Apple Watch users looking for more fitness data points can look to the AURA Strap 2, a $149 smartband that adds BIA monitoring to the popular smartwatch.
The apple watch provides an assortment of health and fitness tracking features – from heart rate to blood oxygen monitoring – but pairing the smartwatch with the Aura Strap 2 brings a host of new metrics and points of data. Although Apple’s smartwatch is good at tracking health and fitness, there are a few metrics the Apple Watch doesn’t currently support. To keep the watch form factor small and portable, only certain health sensors can fit inside the Apple Watch case. To extend the breadth of fitness and health features of the Apple Watch, users can connect the device to third-party trackers and sensors. To make usage more convenient, the Aura Strap 2 has additional health sensors built into an Apple Watch band.
Apple plans to add more sensors to its smartwatch in the coming years, but for now third-party options are the only way to access additional health metrics. That’s not to say there aren’t a host of useful health features built into the Apple Watch today. From counting steps to taking an electrogram, the Apple Watch delivers health and fitness features right from the wearer’s wrist. The smartwatch can measure the wearer’s heart rate, blood oxygen level, and take an ECG to give them insight into their cardiovascular health. However, there is more to health and fitness than just heart health. A key data point for achieving fitness goals is body composition, and that’s the metric the Aura Strap 2 is designed to bring to the Apple Watch.
When the Apple Watch first came out, there was a ton of hope for how third-party companies could add functionality through watch bands. In the years since the release of the original smartwatch, not much has happened in terms of third-party smartband technology. There was the Wristcam, a clunky Apple Watch bunch that brought two meager cameras, but it never really took off. Hopes of an Apple Watch band offering extra battery life never materialized, but third parties have begun developing additional health technologies inside the bands. Now the Aura Bracelet 2 is a thinner, lighter version of the original Apple Watch strap that brought body composition sensors to the popular smartwatch.
Aura Strap 2 is an inexpensive way to track BIA
The Aura Strap 2 is an updated Apple Watch strap that incorporates additional sensors and brings Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) to the smartwatch. The metric can determine how a person’s body changes through exercise and assess the wearer’s body composition. It provides data on body fat, muscle and water content to give the user a more holistic view of their health and fitness. The Aura Strap 2 is similar in appearance to Apple’s Sport Loop bands, but contains fitness sensors in the center of the loop. For users looking for more fitness features on their Apple Watch, the Strap 2 will likely be worth the extra bulk on the wrist.
Compared to other smart band technologies for the Apple Watch, the Aura Strap 2 is cheap, priced at just $149. That’s not a bad price for an accurate BIA sensor embedded inside a smartwatch strap, and Aura says the strap is more accurate than the first generation. With 16 additional data points, the Aura Strap 2 is 95% accurate against a DEXA scan – a dual-energy X-ray scanner that assesses bone and muscle density. However, some of this data is connected to the Aura Plus subscription service, which costs $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year. For tech and fitness enthusiasts looking to get the most out of their apple watch, the Aura Strap 2 might be the best way to add extra data points to the smartwatch.
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