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iHealth launches Edge device for sleep and activity tracking

Iain Morris
November 5, 2014

Device maker iHealth Lab has launched a new activity and sleep tracker that allows consumers to monitor levels of wellbeing and fitness on a real-time basis.

The device – branded the Edge – can be operated with “the simple flick of a wrist”, says the company – allowing readers to obtain a quick reading on how they are performing against pre-set goals.

Besides tracking a user’s steps and “sleep efficiency”, the Edge provides information about distance travelled and calories burned.

A workout view lets customers access summaries of their workout sessions – providing details of various parameters – and the device is waterproof to a depth of 50 meters, making it extremely versatile.

iHealth (Mountain View, CA, USA) says it is both ergonomically designed and powerful.

The product can be work on the wrist as a watch or, alternatively, clipped to the waist during any activity.

It will also automatically detect the activity mode, allowing users to switch easily between different form factors.

Once in sleep mode, the Edge will track the number of hours of sleep as well as sleep efficiency levels.

Once the day begins, however, it will automatically “wake up” and begin tracking steps and distance.

Data can be transmitted directly to a user’s mobile device using an app called iHealth MyVitals 2.0.

That app will log details of daily activity and sleep efficiency and also collect data from other iHealth devices being used by the customer, allowing users to view activity and sleep data alongside other key vitals like blood pressure, weight and heart rate.

“We are excited to add the iHealth Edge to our world-class family of mobile health devices,” said Jim Taschetta, the chief marketing officer and head of retail sales at iHealth Lab. “Our research indicates that the best way to help individuals improve their health is to empower them to take charge by providing simple yet powerful tools for creating healthier habits.”

iHealth said consumers would be able to buy the device for $69.99 through Best Buy (Richfield, MN, USA), Amazon (Seattle, WA, USA) or directly from iHealth.
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