Every year, the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas brings out the best and brightest in new tech innovations, from home gadgets to productivity aids to health tools. As always, wearable tech was a popular category at CES 2018—and some seriously intriguing fitness-specific products were announced.
This year’s most notable products included AI-driven headphones, lap-tracking swimsuits, and smart watches that are somehow smarter than ever before. Other innovations on display were bigger and bolder: Peloton released its second-ever piece of luxury in-home fitness equipment, and the virtual reality movement made its way to a strength workout. While the innovations vary, they all have the same goal: to give your workouts an edge.
SELF’s editors haven’t had the chance yet to test all of these products, so we can’t guarantee that they live up to their claims. But we think that anyone who’s into tracking their health and fitness data will be as intrigued as we are by the innovative technology and how it could potentially affect their workouts.
Whether you’re in the market for a tech-y new fitness tool or you’re just an interested gearhead, here are seven of the most noteworthy fitness tech launches that were presented at CES 2018.
1. Peloton Tread
The Peloton Tread practically ran the fitness category at CES 2018. Peloton’s known for its indoor cycling bikes that allow riders to stream high-energy classes at home, and the tech company is breaking into treadmill classes with its second launch.
The treadmill itself features a sleek 32-inch screen, which runners can use to choose from live or on-demand classes. There are, of course, plenty of pure running and walking classes, but Peloton’s also launching Total Body classes—which include circuit and bootcamp-style sessions—and Floor classes—which are all about strength training and stretching off the treadmill.
The Tread is already available for pre-order online with a $250 deposit, but fair warning—the full price of the treadmill is $3,995 (plus delivery), and the class membership is $149 a month for new members. Still, the high-tech treadmill is worth marveling over.
2. Spire Swim Tracker
Swimmers, rejoice. Swim-tracking platform Swim.com has partnered with Spire Health Tag to create the first smart swimsuit. The slim tracking tag can be embedded right into a variety of athletic swimsuits on SwimOutlet.com, and it automatically starts tracking when you put on your suit. From there, it’ll sync your info to the Swim.com app, where you can check out and log metrics including your time and distance.
The battery will also apparently outlast the suit itself, so there’s no need to worry about charging it up like a watch or another wearable. The best part? It’s pretty cost effective: The tracker is only $30 (in addition to the cost of the suit). It’s expected to officially drop in March 2018.
3. Suunto 3 Fitness
In addition to the usual bells and whistles on a smart watch (like heart-rate monitoring, step counting, and sleep tracking), the Suunto 3 Fitness wearable is making waves thanks to its nifty adaptive training plans. Taking into account your fitness level and exercise history, the watch creates a seven-day workout schedule for you, suggesting the length and challenge level of your workouts for every day of the week.
It also uses the heart-rate monitor to give you real-time guidance on your heart rate zones to keep you at the suggested intensity. And if you miss a workout or do more than it suggests, it adjusts accordingly to personalize your schedule the more you wear it. It also factors in information from the sleep tracker to help determine recovery time.
While there’s no word on when you’ll actually be able to buy it, it’ll retail for about $280.