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The AIRO Wristband does what no other fitness tracker can

The smart pedometer on my wrist shows that I'm halfway to my goal of 10,000 steps today. It's also able to tell me that those steps add up to roughly 1.74 miles walked, meaning I've burned an estimated 918 calories...which sounds pretty healthy until you consider that my dinner last night consisted of a PB&J, a handful of corn chips, and four chocolate chip cookies. Healthy behavior consists of a lot more than just tracking your step count--something Airo Health is seeking to address with its newest flagship product, the AIRO Wristband.

The AIRO Wristband, unlike other fitness and activity trackers, isn't really designed to track steps (although it can monitor daily exercise). Rather, it uses various technologies to monitor exercise as well as sleep levels, stress levels, and nutrition to provide you with a full-fledged fitness tracking experience. The wristband itself is sleek, smooth, and lightweight. It has no buttons to press--all you need to do is wear it around your wrist and AIRO aggregates the data it collects to not only identify patterns of behavior (such as dinners that are lacking in real nutrition), but also to provide you with recommendations on how to correct those habits to become healthier.

For example, if I were wearing AIRO, it might notice that I tend to eat small meals later at night and then snack on sweet things before bed. AIRO could then show me my caloric intake over the day, and display the quality of the meals I had consumed, in order to help me find ways to improve my eating habits. It does this all via spectroscopic technology, which monitors nutrition via wavelengths of light. The AIRO's wavelengths look into the bloodstream to detect metabolites that appear as you're eating. To monitor stress levels, AIRO measures heart rate variability (HRV) throughout the day, noting any micro-fluctuations that occur; to measure sleep, AIRO looks at the automatic nervous system to identify sleep cycles. If it notices your stress levels are high, it will vibrate slightly; likewise, when AIRO detects you are at an optimal moment to wake from sleep, it will vibrate.

And while AIRO can monitor exercise, it's more of a holistic monitoring instead of a data-driven information: AIRO uses heart rate and caloric burn measurements to detect the intensity of activity, meaning that while it may not display detailed graphs of data on your every activity, it does know when you went for a run. The heart rate and caloric measurements also help AIRO count steps taken and calories burned. The companion app, meanwhile, is designed to recommend health tips such as getting more sleep or exercise if it sees your stress levels are high. AIRO is currently accepting pre-orders for the Wristband at the launch price of $149 (regularly $199). The product is expected to ship in Fall 2014, so we still have a while to wait before we can put this through its paces.


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