Wrist Wearables: How Many Are There?

September 10, 2014

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)

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

Amiigo
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.

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

Basis
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:
VivoFit
Sensors: Accelerometer (assumed as documentation is sparse)
VivoSmart
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

Kreyos
Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope

Lark Life
Sensor: Accelerometer

LifeTrak has a family of five different wrist-worn activity trackers.
CoreC200
Sensors: Heart Rate (optical), Accelerometer
CoreC210
Sensors: Heart Rate (optical), Accelerometer
Move300
Sensors: Heart Rate (optical), Accelerometer
ZoneZ410
Sensors: Heart Rate (optical), Accelerometer
Smart
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

Moov
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)

Pebble
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)

PulseOn
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:
SmartBand
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

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

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

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

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