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Jan. 20, 2014
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Top sports gear from CES

The Consumer Electronics Show took place in Las Vegas last week, and other than a few new TVs (Samsung's 105", curved-screen U9500; Roku TV, with the company's signature streaming built in; and Sony's 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector, which turns any wall into a screen without eating up the room) the dominant trend was wearable technology. For sports fans this means a fitness profile is on hand—or head—all the time.

This is an article from the Jan. 20, 2014 issue

SPREE HEADBAND

This wireless POD (performance optimization device) has a rubber, water-resistant design that keeps sweat from the wearer's eyes while recording biometric information like temperature, heart rate and movement.

RAZER NABU

This rubberized wristband provides notifications for calls, texts and emails on the top, while the underside shows details of those communications plus data such as steps taken and floors climbed. It's set up to work with fitness apps, including those created by third-party developers.

LG LIFEBAND TOUCH AND HEART RATE EARPHONES

A tag team of fitness tech, the ear buds monitor heart rate while playing tunes, as the wristband displays biometrics such as calories, speed and miles covered. It's also a phone.

KODAK PIXPRO SP1

Waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof and dustproof, this camera mounts on helmets, boards and handle bars, from which it can record high-definition 1080p video and snap 14-megapixel stills.

SONY SMARTBAND AND CORE

The Core sensor fits into different accessories, including an accompanying SmartBand. It records physical, social and entertainment activities that can then be displayed through an Android app called Lifelog.

PHOTOCOURTESY OF RAZER (NABU)PHOTOCOURTESY OF LG (LIFEBAND)PHOTOCOURTESY OF SONY (SMARTBAND)PHOTOCOURTESY OF JK IMAGING, LTD (PIXPRO)PHOTOCOURTESY OF SPREE SPORTS (HEADBAND)