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Tech Talk: National Heart Month/Wearables

Posted at 7:14 PM, Feb 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-19 20:14:36-05
The President declared February American Heart Month. Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure – is responsible for one out of every three deaths. It is the number one killer of American men and women, and a leading cause of serious illness and disability.
 
Jason Strong from AT&T joined us on “Wisconsin Tonight” to explore tech that keeps your heart healthy.
 
When it comes to working out, “wearable tech” remains a hot trend. These devices help you monitor your workouts, and also give you the freedom to keep up with work, family, and any other activities while you are in the zone.
 
Fitbit Surge:
 
Train smarter with the Fitbit® Surge™ super watch. By giving you an in-depth look at your training stats, sleep patterns, and heart rate readings, Surge helps you reach your fitness goals. Maximize training, maintain intensity, and monitor calorie burn with automatic wrist-based heart rate monitoring. With continuous heart rate readings, Surge keeps you in the zone—all day and during workouts. No straps.
No clips. No guessing.
 
Key features include:
 
* GPS tracking
* Automatic, continuous PurePulse™ Heart Rate
* Wireless syncing
* Bluetooth® connectivity for notifications and music
 
Garmin vivo fit 2 (needs a chest strap to measure heart rate)
The vivoactive is an ultra-thin, lightweight smartwatch with a sunlight-readable, high-resolution color touchscreen. It comes with built-in GPS-enabled running, biking, and golfing, plus swimming and activity tracking apps. Use on its own or pair with your smartphone to receive gentle alerts for incoming calls, texts, email, and calendar items, plus notifications from social media and other mobile apps. Customize your smartwatch with watch face designs, widgets, and apps from the Garmin Connect IQ store. Battery charge can last approximately 10 hours to 3 weeks depending upon extent of data usage such as syncing or use of GPS.
 
Misfit Flash:
 
Misfit Flash is a sleek, sporty fitness tracker that measures your daily activity, sleep, and syncs with your mobile device1. It's comfortable, durable, and waterproof up to 30 meters, making it fit for some of the toughest activities.
 
Some key features include:
 
* Single touch operation
* Powered by user replaceable watch battery
 
Flash measures steps taken, calories burned, and distance traveled for any daily activity—including cycling and swimming. Just press the button on the face of Flash to see your daily progress! Flash can also track your sleep patterns by showing how much light sleep and deep sleep you've had along with the nightly total.