Episode 89 Tech Talk- Fitbit Charge HR and LG Tone Ultra

This week on Plug and Play episode 89, we discussed two devices to make our lives better, the Fitbit Charge HR and the LG Tone Ultra. Although very different devices with different applications, they both support an active, on the go lifestyle. Let’s take a quick look.

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My mother-in-law was looking for a way to help motivate herself to meet her fitness goals, so for her birthday, we got her a Fitbit Charge HR. It tracks not only her steps for the day, but also changes in elevation, and her heart rate. Since she doen’t use a smartphone, she can sync her Fitbit simply by walking by her PC with connected USB dongle, and her data is displayed in all sorts of useful graphs. She is enjoying her Fitbit and says it really motivates her to keep moving. The Fitbit Charge HR features:

PurePulse Heart Rate

Get continuous, automatic, wrist-based heart rate monitoring and see simplified heart zones—with no uncomfortable chest strap.

Activity Tracking

Track steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, floors climbed and active minutes.

Auto Sleep + Silent Alarm

Automatically monitor how long and how well you sleep and set a silent, vibrating alarm.

Exercise Mode + SmartTrack

Use Exercise Mode and SmartTrack automatic exercise recognition to record all of your workouts. Activate Exercise Mode on your tracker for the most precise tracking during workouts and real-time stats on your wrist.

Caller ID

See call notifications right on your wrist when your phone is nearby.

OLED Display

Bright display shows daily stats and time of day right on your wrist.

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Zach was looking for headphones that wouldn’t tangle and break after a few month’s use, and if wireless, last for his 10 hour shifts. He believes he has found the solution with the LG HBS-810 Tone Ultra. The Bluetooth ring rests around his neck, and the earbuds extend from the end. He is able to sync his iPod and his phone at the same time, and listen to podcasts on the iPod and seemlessly switch to the phone if a call comes in. With talk time up to 17 hours and music playback time up to 13 hours, Zach has a hands free, tangle free solution to his workplace podcast listening needs. The LG HBS-810 Tone Ultra features:

Bluetooth 4.0

Quad-Layer Speak Technology

Tone & Talk app

HD Voice and aptX

Passive noise isolation

Retractable earbuds

Talk Time (Up To) Up to 17 hours
Music Play Time (Up To) Up to 13 hours
Charging Time Less than 2 hours