Wearable Tech World Feature Article
May 27, 2015

Verizon Flowchart Leads Readers to the Right Fitness Tracker

With all the new wearables appearing in the fitness market, it can be hard to decide which one is the right fit. Luckily for those people who are still on the fence, Verizon Wireless has posted an infographic that can lead prospective tech-fitness buffs to the right activity trackers.

The infographic takes the place of both an information center and flow chart to lead readers to the correct devices. There are a number of categories that activity trackers can fall into, so the graphic begins by first asking readers whether or not they want a heart rate monitor built into the tracker. Readers who say “Yes” will have their choice of two watches.

The first watch, the Samsung Gear Fit, also comes with a sleep tracker. It can be a good fit for anyone who wants to monitor heart rate during daily exercise routines but who also wants to get a good night's sleep. On the other hand, people for who already sleep just fine can get their need for heart monitoring with the ADIDAS Micoach Smart Run.

If readers answer “No” to wanting a heart rate monitor, there are more choices at the end of the tunnel. First, there is the Fitbit Charge, which also allows users to log their food intake and can measure stairs climbed during the day. The Fitbit Flex comes in with similar functionality but without the ability to count steps.

Logging food intake may not be an issue for some fitness gurus, but having an activity tracker that is waterproof could be a must. The Misfit Shine ranks high in that category with its ability to remain unaffected by rain or moderate sea level depths. The Garmin Vívofot is also mentioned in the flowchart and comes with the ability to track calories and distance traveled.

The flowchart only goes so far and only takes into consideration the best of the bunch when leading users to heart rate, water resistance, or event logging. To get more in depth, there is a detailed listing of the capabilities of each watch below the chart itself. Nearly all the watches are water resistant and most can track calories as well as distance and some work with third-party apps and have social features such as finding other user's running/biking routes.

Verizon's chart comes at around the same time TMC's Wearable Technology Conference & Expo is scheduled to take place. It will run from July 13-15 at the Jacob Javits Center and will host Stan Kinsey, the president of Martian Watches, and Gary Davis, the chief consumer security evangelist at Intel/McAfee, as event keynote speakers.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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