LG to Launch Health-Focused Wearable Smart Devices

LG Electronics is set to launch new wearable devices in the global market that monitor the user's fitness and other health-related data, it said on Wednesday.

The Lifeband Touch and Heart Rate Earphones will hit the U.S. market on Sunday and be released in Autralia, Italy, Spain and the U.K. later this year. LG plans to roll out the devices in Korea between July and September.

In addition to displaying regular time- and call-related information on its 0.9-inch screen, the Lifeband Touch also tracks the user's activity, measuring the distance covered, number of steps taken, calories burned and walking speed. Wearers can also use its touchscreen display to control the music playlist on their smartphone. The battery lasts for up to five days on a single charge.

It works with all Android smartphones as well as iPhones. In contrast, Samsung Electronics' similar device Gear Fit is only compatible with its smartphones.

LG Heart Rate Earphones with built-in sensors monitor the user's blood flow in real-time and provides heart rate data with voice feedback.

englishnews@chosun.com / May 15, 2014 10:38 KST