If you can get only one gadget to tag along on your workouts, make it an MP3 player. Samsung would certainly appreciate it if you made the new W1 your selection in that regard. Today, ahead of the CES 2010 schedule, the company announced two new portable audio devices for the coming year, one that is the super fitness-friendly W1, aka the MyFit.
The W1 stands out from the crowd with an entire menu dedicated to features that are designed to get you in optimal health. Indeed, it's the first player we've seen to include built-in fat and stress sensors, though how accurate these are remains to be seen. Perhaps more predictable, but no less useful, is the integrated accelerometer that lets you track calories burned while walking or jogging. Samsung also includes an exercise management program, a meal consumption archiving system, and tools for monitoring water intake and helping with smoking cessation. Plus, you can create a specific jogging playlist that is controlled by a tap control, allowing track skipping while in the midst of a workout.
In addition to all the fitness features, the W1 includes audio playback with DNSe enhancement and support for MP3, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AAC, M4A, and WAV. There's also a basic video player (MPEG4 and WAV) and an FM radio. The W1 will be available in the first half of 2010 in an 8GB model. Its price information has not been released.