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CES 2016: FitBit Blaze Fitness Watch

Friday, January 8th, 2016

In the world of fitness, FitBit is recognized as one of the most popular fitness tracking devices out there. This week at CES, the company unveiled its brand new FitBit Blaze – their second fitness watch to date. The Blaze is much different from what we are used to seeing from the brand and this year Fitbit has managed to deliver a Smartwatch that can compete in not only tech, but style as well.

Close-up of the sleek FitBit Blaze in a stainless steel band.

Close-up of the sleek FitBit Blaze in a stainless steel band.

Considering that the company occupies about 88% of the total health and fitness wearable market, bringing style to their technology is something many consumers’ have been waiting for. The fitness watch features a colorful touchscreen display and a collection of stylish leather and stainless steel band accessories to choose from. You can wear a casual band for working out and easily swap it out for a fancier choice when going out for the night.

Closer look at the FitBit display at CES of the different bands you can use to personalize the Blaze Fitness Watch.

FitBit display at CES.

The main purpose of the FitBit Blaze is still heavily focused on monitoring your fitness. It includes features such as PurePulse™Heart Rate monitoring, Connected GPS tracking, and On-Screen Workouts. Unfortunately, it does not come with built-in GPS to track your fitness on its own. However, you are able to tether it to your Smartphone and bring your mobile device along for a run or bike ride to still track your route. FitBit has also included On-Screen Workouts, a newer feature that allows you to choose from three popular workout plans accessible directly from your wrist. But perhaps the biggest difference that sets the FitBit apart from all the other fitness trackers is its SmartTrack feature. SmartTrack knows exactly what type of exercise you’re doing – without you having to touch a button. Whether you are hiking or bike riding, the built-in sensors detect your current workout and automatically log your movements for tracking. This applies to their sleep monitoring as well; the FitBit Blaze knows when you’re asleep based on your movements, so you don’t have to bother with simple tasks such as remembering to switch it into sleep-mode.

Last but not least, we absolutely cannot forget to mention that the Blaze fitness watch can also send notifications from your Smartphone to the watch. You are able to answer (or reject) phone calls, check out incoming text messages and receive calendar alerts, which is partially what allows it to hold a Smartwatch title!

All in all, the FitBit Blaze is a huge step-up for the brand in the wearable tech category. Not to mention, its thin and sleek design will surely appeal to fashionable health “techies” everywhere. Currently it’s only available to pre-order for the retail price of $199.95, with an expected arrival date in March of this year.

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CES 2016: HYDRAO Smart Shower Head

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

When it comes to taking a shower, many of us do not realize how much water we actually consume on a daily basis. A simple ten minute shower can eat up to 50 gallons of water, which according to the AWE (Alliance for Water Efficiency) is considered to be “wasteful”.

Prototype of the HYDRAO Smart Shower at CES 2016.

Prototype of the HYDRAO Smart Shower at CES 2016.

At CES 2016, we’ve discovered a nifty tool created to track water usage in order to help conserve it and in turn reduce our aquatic footprint. The HYDRAO Smart Shower Head (developed by French firm Start & Blue) is designed with an array of built-in LED lights, each of which changes color based on the amount of water you are consuming during each session. The HYDRAO system connects to a special app, available for iOS and Android that allows you to set three alert intervals. For example, you can set it to 5 gallons, 10 gallons, and 15 gallons (start at a point where you are comfortable), and the HYDRAO will light up each time you pass a set amount with the color you chose. Once the final color continues to flash, this is your cue to hop out!

The special HYDRAO app let's you choose the amount of water and LED light color you would like to be notified at for your three separate intervals.

The featured app helps track your progress.

The HYDRAO Smart Shower Head fits any standard shower head and uses no batteries, making it eco-friendly. Instead, a small turbine inside the shower head uses the water flowing through which creates enough energy to power the lights and the need for Bluetooth connection. The app allows you to set profiles for different users, so that the whole family can compare and encourage each other to change their water-usage habits. The HYDRAO Smart Shower can help save you money in the long-run, which is always an added bonus.

As of right now, the HYDRAO Smart Shower Head is only available to pre-order for $99 here and should be available in the US around September 2016.

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CES 2016: HAIRMAX LaserBand 82

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

While at CES 2016 our team stumbled upon the HAIRMAX LaserBand 82, a revolutionary new hair growth solution. This product stimulates hair to grow faster and easier, resulting in normalized hair growth cycles.

How it works, the HAIRMAX LaserBand 82 is placed on ones scalp for 90 seconds. Starting with the front, the user places the LaserBand 82 on their scalp for 30 seconds, then places it on the middle of their scalp for an additional 30 seconds, and then finally placing it on the back of their scalp for the remaining 30 seconds. This process is repeated three times a week, and results will become visible after about 12 weeks.

This interesting technology is an FDA cleared treatment that is clinically proven to be safe and effective. The secret behind the HAIRMAX LaserBand 82 is its low level light therapy, which works through photobiostimulation. The light energy penetrates to the hair follicles, in order to stimulate stronger hair growth. It increases blood flow to the scalp while stimulating the hair follicles, which reverses the thinning process. This allows hair to grow in longer, stronger, denser and fuller. The LaserBand 82 has a 90% success rate, which is why it’s being referred to as the fastest hair loss treatment on the market.

Currently the LaserBand 82 is available on HAIRMAX’s website for the retail price of $795.

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