At CES 2014 LG officially announced their first attempt at a wearable fitness device with the LG Lifeband Touch. At first glance the Lifeband Touch seems like yet another Fitbit-esque device, but there’s actually a few additional features that make the Lifeband stand out as ‘smarter’ than many comparable products.
Darcy LaCouvee managed to get a closer look at the LG’s new wearable during CES last week, where an LG rep gave us a run-through of what to expect from the device.
The Lifeband communicates with Android (and even iOS) devices using Bluetooth technology, and will be compatible with many popular fitness apps like RunKeeper and MyFitnessPal.
Of course there’s more than one way to get your fitness information, thanks to an OLED display that allows you to toggle through fitness details with the push of a button. This includes info about how many calories you’ve burned, how close you are to your goal and the amount of steps you’ve taken during the day. The Lifeband also works with a special pair of headphones that doubly function as a heart monitor.
Aside from the obvious fitness benefits, the Lifeband shows the time and is capable of receiving call/text notifications. Heck, it can even control your music. The wearable’s battery is also capable of lasting through about 2-5 days of use.
Okay, but how much will the Lifeband cost and when will we be able to get our hands on it? Although the price point for the device has yet to be disclosed, we can expect the Lifeband to arrive in the spring of 2014. The fitness tracker will be offered in three different sizes: medium, large and extra large. It will also come with red, silver and black options for the device’s trim.
The LG Lifeband Touch might not be for everyone, but if they can hit a low enough price, it could be the perfect device for those looking for a fitness device that can also provide a limited smartwatch experience all in one package.
What do you think of the Lifeband, impressed or not?
Does the “music control” include both volume and track (previous and next) control?