Sure, you’ve already got an activity monitor that counts your steps, plots your distance covered, and calculates the calories you’ve burned—but how much is it tracking stuffed away in your sock drawer? The truth is that one-third of personal health gadgets get ditched within a few months of being purchased. Why? A lot of so-called wearable tech is, well, kind of dumb—and doesn’t make good on the grandiose promises many consumers have in mind (and some manufacturers make).
Now many electronics manufacturers are trying to adapt. “This shift from simple pedometers and digital scales to connected devices that address health and wellness is what makes the digital health sector such an important area to watch going forward,” writes Mark Chisholm of the Consumer Electronics Association in a report on 2015 tech trends to watch. Launching at CES, these five new wearables are ready to kick off the new year—and the new you—by doing more to improve your health.