Wrist Wearables: How Many Are There?

In response to the much anticipated reveal of the Apple Watch I did a bit of digging around to find out where we stand with wrist-worn wearable devices. I found over 60 different devices. The following list focuses on self-tracking tools, I intentionally left out those that work only as notification centers or secondary displays for your phone. I’m sure this isn’t all of them, but it’s as good a place to start as any. If you’re using one of these devices to learn something about yourself, or you’re just interested in these type of wearable tools we invite you to join us in San Francisco on June 18-20, 2015, for our QS15 Conference & Exposition.

(Thank you to all those who commented here, on Twitter, and on our Facebook group pointing us to additional devices to add!)

Adidas has two devices:
Fit Smart
Sensors: Accelerometer, Heart Rate (optical)
Smart Run
Sensors: GPS, Accelerometer, Heart Rate (optical)

Sensors: Accelerometer, Heart Rate (optical), Blood Oxygen, Temperature

Sensors: Accelerometer, Pulse Oximeter, Temperature

Apple Watch
Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate (optical)

Asus ZenWatch
Sensors: Materials state the ZenWatch houses a “bio sensors and 9-axis sensor.” I assume optical heart rate, accelerometer, and gyroscope.

Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate (optical)

Sensors: Heart Rate (optical), Accelerometer, Perspiration, Skin Temperature.
(Note: Intel & Basis today also announced the new Basis Peak to be released this year.)

DigiCare ERI
Sensors: Accelerometer, Temperature, Pressure

Epson Pulsense Band/Watch
Sensors: Accelerometer, Heart Rate (optical)

Fatigue Science Readiband
Sensors: Unknown

Fitbit Flex
Sensor: Accelerometer

Fitbug Orb
Sensor: Accelerometer

Garmin has a few tracking devices as well:
Sensors: Accelerometer (assumed as documentation is sparse)
Sensors: Accelerometer (assumed as documentation is sparse)
ForeRunner 15
Sensors: GPS, Accelerometer

GOQii Band
Sensor: Accelerometer

iFit Active
Sensors: Accelerometer, Altimeter

iHealth Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracker
Sensor: Accelerometer
(Note: iHealth just announced a new waterproof device, the iHealth Edge.)

Jawbone UP & UP24
Sensor: Accelerometer

Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope

Lark Life
Sensor: Accelerometer

LifeTrak has a family of five different wrist-worn activity trackers.
Sensors: Heart Rate (optical), Accelerometer
Sensors: Heart Rate (optical), Accelerometer
Sensors: Heart Rate (optical), Accelerometer
Sensors: Heart Rate (optical), Accelerometer
Sensors: Heart Rate (optical), Accelerometer

LG LifeBand Touch
Sensors: Accelerometer, Altimeter

Magellan Echo Fit
Sensor: Accelerometer

Mio Alpha / Link
Sensor: Heart Rate (optical)
Mio Fuse
Sensors: Accelerometer, Heart Rate (optical)

Misfit Shine
Sensor: Accelerometer
Misfit Flash
Sensor: Accelerometer

Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer”

Motorola Moto360
Sensors: Accelerometer, Heart Rate (optical)

NewBalance is offering two devices:
Body TRNr
Sensor: Accelerometer
Life TRNr
Sensors: Accelerometer, Heart Rate

Nike FuelBand SE
Sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient Light

Omate TrueSmart / X
Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, GPS (TrueSmart only)

Sensors: Accelerometer, Compass, Ambient Light

Phyode W/ME
Sensor: Heart Rate

Polar Loop
Sensor: Accelerometer
Polar V800
Sensors: Accelerometer, GPS, Barometer (see here for a thorough review)

Sensors: Accelerometer, Heart Rate (optical)

Razer Nabu
Sensors: Accelerometer, Altimeter

Runtastic Orbit
Sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient Light

Samsung has a variety of watches/wearables: (There are so many I probably missed one!)
Galaxy Gear
Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscrope
Gear Fit
Sensors: Heart Rate (optical), Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Gear Live
Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Heart Rate (optical), Compass
Gear 2
Sensors: Heart Rate (optical), Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Gear 2 Neo
Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate (optical)
Gear S (Announced, but not available.)
Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Hear Rate (optical), Ambient Light, UV, Barometer, GPS

Sony currently has three offerings:
Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope
SmartBand Talk
Sensors: Accelerometer, Altimeter
SmartWatch 3
Sensors: Ambient Light, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope, GPS

Striiv Touch/Band
Sensor: Accelerometer (assumed as documentation is sparse)

Suunto Ambit 3
Sensors: Accelerometer, GPS (see here for a thorough review)

Sync Burn/Fit
Sensors: Heart Rate, Accelerometer

Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope (assumed), Heart Rate (optical)

Withings also has two devices:
Sensors: Heart Rate (and blood oxygen), Accelerometer, Altimeter
Sensor: Accelerometer

If I missed one, or you’d like to add more detail, please leave a comment below!

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14 Responses to Wrist Wearables: How Many Are There?

  1. Austin says:

    I came across this Wearables Database today which is pretty good: http://vandrico.com/database

  2. Jon says:

    Do any of these wearables keep your data locally and don’t share them with these companies? Or are all of them “internet enabled” to “see your data on a nice dashboard”?

    • Ernesto Ramirez says:

      Interesting question Jon. Most of these devices are storing some data to offload to the companies’ web server. This is something we’re keenly interested in too (see our post on data access). In future posts I hope to tease some of these differences in data sharing, access, and ownership.

  3. Bill Day says:

    I’ve been working with the Magellan team to launch and support their Echo family of smart sports watches.

    Magellan Echo Fit has built-in step and sleep tracking capabilities. For more please see:

    Happy to answer any questions I can, high level or nitty gritty!

  4. Ian says:

    Garmin has lots more. One of the most advanced is the “Fenix 2″. It has loads of various sensors including a barometric altimeter, accelerometer, thermometer, gps, compass, heart rate, etc. Costs $450 bucks if you want the fancy version though.

    • Ernesto Ramirez says:

      Thanks for the comment Ian. We decided to focus on activity trackers on this one. The Fenix series, and most Garmins, are dedicated GPS devices for tracking sports such as running, cycling, or swimming. I think the Forerunner 15 is the only “all-day” tracker other than their Vivo series.

  5. Donna Spruijt-Metz says:

    Hi gang
    Out of all of these, is the Basis the only watch that also does GSR?

    • Ernesto Ramirez says:

      Hi Donna,

      I think it’s the only device that does GSR at the wrist from what I can tell. I believe BodyMedia does it, but on the arm.

  6. sky says:

    Hi Is there any online database for Heart rate and accelerometer data?
    I really need accelerometer and heart rate data for about 10 person and each one about 1 hour during physical activity and during relaxation
    thank you

  7. JV says:

    Quanttus will be producing a wrist worn device that can produce Vital Signs (www.quanttus.com)

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