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LG Ships Its 1st Fitness Wearables

Seoul, South Korea — LG has begun to ship its first fitness wearables: the Lifeband Touch and the Heart Rate earphones, both designed to sync with iOS and Android smartphones.

The wrist-worn Lifeband Touch, first previewed during International CES in January, features a touch-sensitive OLED display that tracks a user’s progress, while a motion-sensing feature turns on the device when the user rotates his wrists. The device, which packs a 90 mAh battery, also lets users check incoming calls and messages and control their music playlists on their smartphones, LG said.

It comes in three sizes. Suggested retail is $149.

The Heart Rate earphones, meanwhile, are designed to provide accurate heart-rate data by measuring blood-flow signals in the ear via PerformTek sensor technology, LG said. A separate clip-on “medallion” contains Bluetooth connectivity, allowing users to send data to their smartphone or to the Lifeband Touch. The free LG Fitness app provides audible status updates about heart rates and oxygen-consumption levels in real time.

The earphones feature a 200 mAh battery, Bluetooth 3.0 with AptX, and in-line mic and remote. Suggested retail is $179.