For the past year or so, we've seen a boom in fitness tracking bands, with the release of the Nike+ Fuelband SE, leading to unimaginable growth in the health and fitness related market. The list of players is long though very few brands have managed to survive in this fast growing wearable devices business.
LG announced its entry into wearable market with its brand new fitness and heath monitoring band, dubbed the "Lifeband Touch". First unveiled at CES 2014, LG's latest innovative fitness tracker was showcased at LG Tech Show 2014, held in Delhi-NCR on Monday.
LG's first-generation fitness tracking band is an attempt to mark firm's grand debut in the fast growing wearable devices market. The band, LG Lifeband Touch, will let you keep a track of calories burned and other fitness related stats. It has a stylish wraparound design with a fitted OLED display, which lets you to check phone's notification or simply play music when connected to a smartphone. The band is compatible with Android and iOS powered devices through Bluetooth 4.0.
We got to chance to spend a brief time with the LG Lifeband Touch at LG Tech Show 2014. Take a look!
LG Lifeband Touch: Design and display
The Lifeband Touch looks exactly like any other fitness tracking bands. The band flexes around your wrist, very comfortably. The clasp-less design holds the band firmly. Though, the band seems waterproof, but we're not sure whether it is splash proof or not. The band is flexible in nature, made out of rubberized materials and plastic wristband. On the top, you will notice a small monochrome OLED display. Yes, it is a touch enabled display. You can swipe across it to move between different functions. There is a single round shaped button ducked on the side of the display.
The Band can work independently, and its dependency on a smartwatch is not hidden to anyone.
LG Lifeband Touch: Connectivity
And the real deal? The Lifeband Touch connects via a Bluetooth connection to either Android or iOS-powered smartphone. When connected to a phone by Bluetooth you can check latest notifications, control music playback and get alerts on incoming calls/texts messages.
LG's first-generation fitness band is not only compatible with the company's own fitness app, but you are free to sync the band with popular third party apps, notably, Runkeeper, MapMyFitness , and MyFitnessPal.