Aura Strap 2 for Apple Watch will monitor hydration and your body fat percentage

in Apple Watch edited May 2022
The Aura Strap 2 is a smart Apple Watch band capable of recording metrics like body fat and water levels, and now comes with a fitness subscription service.

The Aura Strap 2 collects BIA data using electrodes
The Aura Strap 2 collects BIA data using electrodes

Aura is a health and fitness company that makes an Apple Watch accessory called the Aura Strap, which is now in its second iteration. The new band collects more data in a smaller package that uses the better Bluetooth BLE 4.2+ standard.

Unlike Apple Watch, the Aura Strap 2 isn't performing constant analysis or health data collection. The sensors in the Aura Strap 2 collect information using bioelectrical impedance analysis by completing a circuit between electrodes and the user's body.

A scan is initiated by opening the Aura app on the Apple Watch. The user places a palm against the sensors on the band for 30 seconds. Aura says the collected data is 95% accurate when compared to the industry standard.

The band connects via Bluetooth BLE. 4.2+ and works with any Apple Watch Series 3 and newer model. The sensors are made with surgical stainless steel and enclosed in a rubber wrist band. The Aura Strap 2 uses cell batteries that last about 6 months.

Data collected by the Aura app is synced with the Apple Health app and Apple Watch data. This information is then used by the Aura Plus service to provide analytics and monthly reports.

Aura Plus also provides personalized selections of exercise videos and a chat service with fitness trainers. Six months is included free with the purchase of the Aura Strap 2, then it costs $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year.

The Aura Strap 2 is available from Aura's website for $149.

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  • Reply 1 of 8
    MactintMactint Posts: 7member
    The subscription is way too expensive. What's next? A scale that tells you your weight for 10 dollars a month? 
  • Reply 2 of 8
    JapheyJaphey Posts: 1,606member
    Good luck with that Aura! 
    Does anybody actually own one of these? I’ll admit to being curious, but I’ve been waiting to see if Apple would get around to Sherlocking them. 
  • Reply 3 of 8
    ndnycndnyc Posts: 19member
    Why does this need to be on your wrist at all times if it's not taking constant measurements? Leave it on your nightstand and wear a strap you like.

    Plus Bluetooth 5.2 has been out for two years.

    Plus the price. Plus the subscription. Plus giving your health data to a company that probably sells it to data aggregators who are desperate to assemble health profiles for every human alive using every health tech vendor they can buy from.

    No thanks.
    edited May 2022 watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 8
    entropysentropys Posts: 3,940member
    You pay $149 for the band and then pay for a subscription?  And Bluetooth 4,2 is ‘better’? Hope that is a typo.

    Anyway providing additional functionality via the watchband is something I am surprised Apple hasn’t done before this. 

    edited May 2022 watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 8
    jkichlinejkichline Posts: 1,367member
    Well that would be only depressing strap.
  • Reply 6 of 8
    Lost me at “subscription service”. 
  • Reply 7 of 8
    sbdudesbdude Posts: 198member
    I bought a scale for $50 bucks that does the exact same thing, and it integrates with HealthKit. Why in hell would I buy this?
  • Reply 8 of 8
    applguyapplguy Posts: 234member
    I suppose a very small segment of elite athletes may need to watch their hydration in real time. Other than that a smart scale does so much more, cost much less and has no subscription. Because you can doesn’t mean you should. 
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