Exercise mat is your new personal trainer

This week’s gadget list includes products that were showcased at the CES 2015 in Las Vegas. Starting from Snapcam, which introduces a new way to capturing images to live streaming videos, to an exercise mat that will tell you if are doing it wrong or suggests the correct posture, the list has an interesting mix.

Most products can be pre-ordered now but will go on sale during the course of the year. Read On:

1. Snapcam

How many times have you missed an opportunity to capture the right shot. By the time you pull out your smartphone, unlock the device and open the camera app, the moment would have passed. Snapcam is a tiny wearable camera and a video recorder that can be fitted onto your shirt, cap or anywhere else and starts recording or capturing images with a simple tap. Its video capabilities are impressive as it records HD at 30fps and can even live stream the recording to YouTube.

Tap once to take a phone, twice to start a video and three times to start live streaming.

2. Smartmat – helps you exercise

Working out or doing yoga cannot get easier. Imagine a situation where you are not following the right posture and the advanced sensor technology in the smartmat alignment and gives you real-time feedback on how to correct your pose.

The product will take the user through a series of movements to calibrate the body shape, size and personal limitations the first time.

The Personal Profile information is stored in the SmartMat App, and will help SmartMat detect when you're out of alignment or balance. There is even a Smartmat marketplace where you can access download updates and new classes.

The product is compatible with iOS Version 5+ and Android 4.3+ and has a battery life of 6 hour, and connects to via Bluetooth. The smart mat can be preordered for $297. Shipping will start in July 2015.

3. Linx – protecting your head

The gadget is mainly geared towards sportspersons – especially those who tend to fall often and hit their head against obstacles. Originally designed for military use, the device that fits to your head through a strap, measures the intensity of the head impact and immediately transfers it onto your smartphone.

It monitors athletes for potential concussion-causing impacts. According to the company impact data begins sending to a nearby smartphone or tablet within seconds of a head collision. The device will be launched during Q1 2015.

4. Ditto – a tiny reminder

It’s a peanut shaped device that promises to not just alert you about every important notification but also comes to the aid of those forgetful by ensuring that you will never again leave your smartphone behind. It not only notifies you when you receive an incoming mail or message or in case of a reminder or an alarm but also enables a user to set custom vibrations for different accounts.

Ditto has a built-in wireless tether. When you’re about to leave your phone behind, Ditto will vibrate to warn you. It does not require charging but requires a battery replacement. You can pre-order the device here for $39.95

5  Digitsole

Your pedometer is placed right under your feet. It is a battery powered sole that gets inside your show and you are already connected to your smartphone.

Available on Android and iOS, the dedicated Digitsole app is equipped with Bluetooth 4.0 connection.

What’s more the device can actually heat up to a desired temperature although the feature will not be of much use here in the UAE.


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