Mio Alpha

Mio Alpha strives for accurate heart rate readings (hands-on)

BARCELONA, Spain--Track your heart from your wrist with the Mio Alpha, yet another smartwatch launched by Kickstarter and shown off at MWC 2013. For $199 the Alpha is water resistant and built to reliably read the rate of your ticker.

With clean lines and smoothly rounded curves, the Mio Alpha looks and feels both futuristic and sporty. As well it should since the Alpha is essentially a timepiece and fitness gadget for people looking for serious feedback about their workouts.The watch's soft silicone wrist strap is comfortable, too, and it's clear this gizmo was designed to wear for hours at a stretch.

Let's be clear, however. The Mio Alpha is not a lifestyle or wellness product meant to be strapped on your person around the clock. For instance, the Mio Alpha does not measure sleep or even how many steps you take daily. Neither will it try to nudge or guilt you toward adopting a better lifestyle. If you're looking for a gizmo to do that then the upcoming Fitbit Flex or Jawbone Up will be more up your alley.

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