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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)

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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)

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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)
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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)

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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)

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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)

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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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The forks are one of the dumbest things I have ever seen Report
Neat gadgets! Report
GREAT Report
I am still waiting to get a smart phone. I can't justify spending this kind of money on "toys" so close to retirement. Report
Love all the ideas! Report
These are interesting, but not very practical. Report
I like the ring and the watch. Report
Eating too fast has NEVER been my problem. LOL. A lot of this stuff seems like fluff. Just more things to squander money and material resources on. What do people do with the things that most of these items replace? Add them to a landfill?? Most people already have far too much *stuff*. Even more stuff is NOT the answer. And, if it were an answer, what would be the question? Report
That my motiv ring is interesting because there are a lot of times when the FitBit is too big too awkward etc. Also it reminds me of the Bio Ring "scam" on crowdsourcing which allegedly tracked your food without you having to remember and enter the info. Report
Great suggestions Report
Hoping to possibly buy a fitness bracelet online. Can't afford a real fit bit on my wage. Report
I would like to try the body composition scanner and monitor. I think it would be a very helpful weight lose aid. Report
Just the bike mount for me! Report
I'd try them all to see what they are about! Report
Bike mount looks useful
oops, posted twice the same comment. Report
I like the underwater mp3 player, the smart skip rope, the bike phone holder and the body composition scanner and monitor. The one I like best is the last one, if it really works. Report
There is an app called "sleep as android" that is practically free and does everything that the sleep monitor that they are publicizing does. I love that and my Fitbit Alta to take care of me. Report
Dumb! Report
I like them all but I still would go old school when it comes to working out because no tool is 85% - 100% to me. You could go with anyone of these to promote healthier habits. Report
I think some people must have more money than sense. I wouldn't spend my hard-earned bucks on any of these toys. Yes, they are definitely more toys than tools. Report
I love my UP2 activity tracker, but the ring is really appealing to me. I find I don't wear bracelets as often anymore because they clash with my purple tracker band. The smart fork is interesting too. I don't see anything wrong with buying gadgets if you think they're cool. Some folks are just real Debbie Downers around here! Report
The phone holder is the only one that seems super practical to me. but that's just me. Report
I would like the Body Composition Scanner and Monitor. I am very dubious about the body fat readings on scales and this sounds more accurate. Report
I have an Underwater Ipod and love it! Make swimming laps much more bearable. I also have a Garmin Vivoactive HR, it measures sleep! So nice! Report
Interesting gadgets to maybe help you or inspire you to do the work - it is still up to ourselves to make it happen! Report
I like the bike smartphone mount. Now I keep my phone in my bike bag on the back if my bike. I can't use it for navigation that way.
The ring us interesting to me too. Report
Interesting. Report
None of them. For those who are fast eaters, here's a tip. When you take a bite, put your fork down. Chew your food, swallow. Then pick your fork back up, put food on it, and repeat the process.

Buying all of these expensive gadgets doesn't replace common sense. People have been losing weight sucessfully for many years before smartphones and apps.

If you need all of these apps to tell you what to do every minute of the day, you have more problems than weight to deal with. Report
smart fork - interesting Report
I like the bike cell phone mount Report
The ring looks interesting to me ... Report
No smart phone and if I had one these are no products I would buy. Report
I'm fascinated by the fork. Report
Thank you! Report
No Smartphone is the issue for me. Too bad, some these are very interesting, especially the mindfulness one. Report
A fun article but I wouldn't put any of these on my wish list. Report
Most of the stuff I wouldn't buy. I mean who needs a $200.00 pair of socks. But the body composition scanner , I might be interested in especially if it would help prevent an injury Report
I am a fast eater and I would have the fork in a heartbeat if it were not so expensive. Perhaps the price will come down. Also, the ring looks good to me! Report
More junk to buy, so you spend time checking your body out, but not really living. Looking at yourself, monitoring your fat, muscles, yes, it's all about you and some nonsense perfection goal. Billion dollar business, fools abound. Report
Some of these are new to me! Report
These look pretty neat! Report
Proud to be old-school, the prices of these unnecessary gadgets are astronomical! No thanks. Report
So does exercise even count anymore if we don't track it on something electronic?? Report
I may be old school but most of this is just a waste of money. Report
I do not see the need for some of this stuff but whatever Report
These all sound interesting! Report
Interesting products! Report
I have a flat water bottle that fits right in my pack. Report