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10 Futuristic Health Products That Should Be on Your Radar

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Now that Marty McFly's self-lacing shoes are finally a reality, one thing is clear: The future is here. Getting your hands on the latest technology, though, is equal parts risky and rewarding. After all, how many people actually need $720 shoes?

With new products hitting the market every day, it can be difficult to identify the ones that can actually help you with your daily health and fitness struggles. From a fork that will force a slow-food revolution at your table to a jump rope that ensures you'll never lose count of your skips ever again, these 10 products are sure to make you feel like you're living like the Jetsons.

1. Sleep Monitor (Beddit, $79.99)
Photo courtesy of Amazon.

Time to ditch your old alarm clock for good. The Beddit sleep monitor is a non-wearable sensor that you slip under your sheets. It monitors your sleep time, cycles and patterns, as well as your heart rate, any snoring and more. Connecting to your phone via Bluetooth, the monitor then sends a signal to your alarm to wake you at the most optimal hour. With sleep this good, you may never need coffee again.

2. Bluetooth-Enabled Smart Fork (HAPILABS, $66.35)

Photo courtesy of Amazon.

How many times have you realized that you had been eating too quickly only after your whole dinner had disappeared from your plate? Eating quickly not only causes most people to eat past the point of actually being full, but it is also associated with uncomfortable digestive issues. Cut the bad habit with this smart fork, which alerts you with vibrations and lights when it's time to slow down. Pair it with your smartphone to get a read out of your eating stats in real time.

3. Underwater MP3 Player (FINIS, $84.99)

Photo courtesy of Amazon.

Swim in silence no more. Hear your favorite playlist clear as a bell as you perfect your butterfly stroke with this waterproof MP3 player. Clip the device right on your goggles and play up to 60 hours of music.

4. Smart Socks (Sensoria Fitness, $199)
Photo courtesy of Amazon.

Feel like you're running too slow? Too fast? How's your gait? Get immediate feedback on your runs with these comfortable, moisture-wicking smart socks. The socks' sensors and anklet pair up with an app that guides your runs with real-time cues.
5. Smart Ring (Motiv, $199)
Photo courtesy of Motiv.

For some, activity trackers can be too clunky and obvious. If you would prefer a more subtle wearable that still has all the benefits of a bracelet or watch, try the Motiv ring. With a battery life of up to five days, you can leave the ring on 24/7 and let it record your activity, heart rate and sleep. Check your stats and keep your goals on track with the integrated Motiv app on your smartphone. Finally, tracking-meets-fashion has never been so cool.
6. Hybrid Modern Pursuit Smart Watch (Fossil, $155)

Photo courtesy of Amazon.

If you love the idea of a smart watch but hate the look, then a hybrid version could be the answer. Compatible with both Android and iOS operating systems, this sleek hybrid watch will track your steps and send you alerts about activity on your phone. Now you can step out (and count those steps) in style.

7. Smart Rope (Tangram Factory, starting at $79.99)

Photo courtesy of Amazon.

Track your fitness mid-air with this LED-embedded jump rope that displays your jump count as you go. The rope syncs with your smartphone to track your jumps, calorie burn, workout times and more. Compete with your friends for added fun.

8. Bicycle Smartphone Mount (TaoTronics, $15.99)

Photo courtesy of Amazon.

It's hard enough to reach your water bottle while biking, much less dig around for your phone. This phone mount holds your phone safely and securely right on your handlebars so you can view your route or explore new ones as you go. The mount is also guarded on all sides in case of an accidental fall and releases with the push of a button.

9. Mindfulness and Activity Tracker (Spire, $129.95)

Photo courtesy of Amazon.

With stressful jobs and increasingly busy schedules, the concept of mindfulness has worked its way into our lexicon over the course of the last few years. If you're someone who struggles with slowing down your breathing in moments where you feel out of control, this activity tracker can help. By alerting you when it's time to breathe, the tracker can help guide you toward more periods of focus, calm and productivity. You can also learn more about your stress patterns and view your periods of high stress by location, time and activity with daily and weekly reports from the tool's app integration. It also counts your steps, calories and activities. Just clip it on and go!

10. Body Composition Scanner and Monitor (Skulpt, $99)

Photo courtesy of Amazon.

Measure your muscle and fat composition with this full-body scanning device. With the Skulpt app, you can then read your personalized analysis and use that information to burn fat and build muscle strength where you are weakest, all while lessening the risk of injury.

Which of these tech toys would you use? Tell us in the comments.

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ARNETTELEE 7/20/2021
thanks Report
KATHRYNGC 5/31/2021
To be honest, my Fitbit is all I need. Report
CD26750174 5/31/2021
Dated article written 2017 Report
SEDONACAT 5/31/2021
FYI, Motiv site has closed down just in case anyone was interested in the rings. Report
CECELW 2/14/2021
Body scanner? I've never heard of it Report
PLCHAPPELL 1/29/2021
There are a couple i would buy. Report
EVIE4NOW 12/12/2020
thanks Report
The activity ring is neat but it is too masculine for my jewelry taste. Report
Great gadgets! Report
Thanks for advice Report
I love the technology, but will wait until tested by first adopters for relevance. May then purchase items that become mainstream and cheaper. Report
thanks Report
Body Scanner is amazing. Report
neat gadgets. Report
buying the Mindfulness & Activity Tracker....anyone have one and can offer insight? Saw it on Amazon for $79,99. Less than $100.00 but still too much to waste. Will return if not happy. Report
Thanks for the great article! :) Report
A few I thought helpful a few I thought just plain scary but yo each it's own. Report
Interesting but too expensive. I don't and won't even have a Smart Phone. Report
Great stuff Report
All COOL! Especially the Body Composition Scanner and Monitor and Smart Rings! Report
awesome stuff! Report
I didnt know I needed these items! Report
Really, thanks! Report
Thanks. Report
Just bought the smart phone mount for hubby. That will be a nice Christmas gift. Report
great article Report
Spend all of that money for a utensil? The oldest method is to simply put a mirror in front of your face. Report
I thought the ring and the body composition and scanner sounded the most interesting, although I personally don't think of any of these as "run out and buy immediately" type items. Report
I had a good laugh. Although, the activity ring looked interesting, but a little expensive still. Report
I wouldn't use any of them - just for starters they are all extremely expensive, I really don't see that they are necessary either. Report
None. Expensive. Unnecessary. Not all of us want to be Mister ir Ms. Gadget. Report
One word, expensive! Report
is it necessary to get them Report
A smart fork??? Oh come on!! These gadgets are just too far out as far as I am concerned!! Report
Interesting stuff but looks expensive if you get it all. And is it all necessary? Report
Wow is all I can say. Is all this really necessary? Report
Interesting Report
These look really interesting. I think the bike mount has some features that would please avid cyclists. I'm very happy with my Fitbit One-not as fancy as the newer Fitbits but it has just what I need for me. While the bells and whistles always sound great, I have found that I don't always use them to their full potential so it is a waste of the extra money to get the super fancy. I have learned to determine what I'm trying to accomplish with something I'm buying and then can easily cross off the more expensive add-ons that I won't use and get it down to affordable and what I will really use for me. I think everyone needs to make their own decisions on what they would like to have and folks that aren't interested or think these are silly are equally entitled to not buy them. I don't think putting folks down who are interested in some new tech should be put down by those who have decided they can do it without the new tech. To each his own and no one should not have to justify either way. Report
Underwater MP3 player. I NEED that! The only thing I don't like about swimming laps is that I can't listen to music. Report
I like the ring idea. Report
No Smartphone so unfortunately these aren't too useful to me. Love the ring idea though for a tracker, but my fingers don't fit rings well because of being so knobby and bent from RA. Report
These look really good! --I want them all! Report
I'd love a bike phone mount that was really stable. I've already tried one in the same price range that had good Amazon reviews and it was a bust, so I'm leery to try another one. Report
Seems like these are products for people that want to be connected all the time but not for me. Report
It seems like these would be great gift items for anyone who loves to be connected all the time - not for me. Report
I will definitely try the Fit Ring. I killed 2 wrist trackers and I love the idea the ring is small and not very obvious. Report
So many things to help us stay fit...............Thank You. Report
A few things for future purchase. I should track more than food and excercize!! Report
Got to get back into training mode first Report
Beddit for me! Report