LG's Smart Activity Tracker is FuelBand look-alike—there's no denying it. And, yes, there are already a lot of new wearable fitness trackers. But with this gadget, LG crams the features of all of its competitors into one. And by the time it comes out this summer, the wrist-worn device might add something everybody wants: A heart rate monitor.
The Smart Activity Tracker uses an accelerometer and GPS to measure your activity. It uses GPS to tell how fast you're moving, so it knows if you're running, walking, or sitting at your desk. You can sync the date back to your phone, where a robust app displays your metrics. LG plans to add a heart-rate monitor, but no promises yet—it hasn't quite nailed how to measure the pulse of a wrist.
But! Unlike other wearables, this fitness tracker talks back to your phone to tell you about incoming text messages and phone calls. Also, whereas the FuelBand has a single button, this tracker has a touchscreen so you can swipe through different types of information on it. Even more, the little gadget syncs with the exercise apps on LG's connected TVs, so you can see how many calories you're burning while you dance off the pounds.
We couldn't play with the tracker because the hardware on display at CES isn't final, but if LG can pull off the mashup, this thing will be incredible. LG says it hopes to have the Smart Activity Tracker ready for summer. There is no word on what it will cost.