The Apple Watch is the most popular device for fitness tracking. From tracking races and rides, to setting goals, to that rush of excitement to closing your rings, this smart wearable has truly impacted the way we all train.
What if you could unlock more? What if your Apple Watch could read you the secrets of your body composition?
The brand new Aura Bracelet 2 may be the key you need to take a fresh look at health and wellness data tracking. Using bioimpedance analysis (BIA), this accessory wristband is the only wearable that provides fat, muscle and hydration measurements to the Apple Watch. Here’s what we know about this revamped band aimed at helping you achieve your peak physique.
The Aura Strap 2 is like a smart scale for your wrist
20% thinner and 5% narrower than its original iteration, the Aura Strap 2 works by touching the heel of your palm to the electrodes on the back of the strap and waiting 30 seconds. The BIA sensors then send a weak electrical current through your body to calculate body fat, muscle mass, minerals and water. According to Aura, the redesigned architecture captures 16 times more data points than the original device, improving accuracy to 95% of a DEXA scan — the gold standard of BIA measurement.
Measurements are viewable in the Bluetooth-connected Aura app, where you can view your Bioimpedance Vector Analysis (BIVA) maps for an informative scope of your personal body composition, hydration and fitness progress. You can also set fitness goals in the app and monitor your progress as you train and diet towards your desired self.
Do you like using Apple’s Health app? The Aura Strap 2 also fully syncs with Apple’s HealthKit, keeping all your data neatly organized in one place.
Bring more to your training with the new Aura Plus app
To really take advantage of all that Aura has to offer, the brand has also unveiled a subscription app, AuraMore. In addition to body composition metrics, goal tracking, and other content from the free version, Aura Plus gives you even deeper analytics on your personal BIVA chart as well as monthly wellness reports. The subscription – $9.99/month or $79.99/year – also gives you personal recommendations to maximize your fitness journey, as well as access to the library of workout plans and training videos. ‘Will have.
Depending on the brand, Aura Plus will also allow you to chat one-on-one with a certified sports physician or personal trainer. However, this bonus feature hasn’t gone live yet, so we’ll have to wait and see how beneficial it really is. For now, we think we’ll take advantage of the six-month free subscription, but the free version seems to provide enough for the average user once the trial is over.
Aura Strap 2 specs and price:
Aura’s redesigned strap is now available in a unique black colorway in two sizes for the 38/40/41mm and 42/44/45mm Apple Watches. The Strap 2 works with any Apple Watch Series 3 or later, and is currently only compatible with iOS. Unlike its previous version, the Aura Strap 2 uses a stretch band, similar to Apple’s solo buckle rather than clasp mechanisms.
At under $150, it’s not the most expensive Apple Watch band, but it certainly offers more than just improved aesthetics. Although we’re not completely sold on the subscription app just yet, the Aura Strap 2 seems like a must-have accessory. Maybe even a good companion to the upcoming 8 series.
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