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Aura Strap 2 for Apple Watch slims down, adds subscription service

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Aura Strap 2 lets you track your fat, muscle and water levels with an app and a fitness-oriented subscription service.
Aura Strap 2 lets you track your fat, muscle and water levels with an app and a fitness-oriented subscription service.
Photo: Aura Devices

Aura Devices updated its health-metrics-focused smart band for Apple Watch Wednesday by slimming it down and adding a fitness-oriented subscription service.

The second-generation Aura Strap 2 records metrics like body fat percentage, muscle density and water levels.

Aura Strap 2 for Apple Watch slims down, adds subscription service

The Aura Strap 2 for Apple Watch has been redesigned and updated since the previous generation to collect more data in a smaller package that uses the improved Bluetooth BLE 4.2+ standard.

Augmenting Apple’s Watch’s health metrics readings, the sensors in the Aura Strap 2 collect information using bioelectrical impedance analysis by completing a circuit between electrodes and the user’s body.

You initiate a scan by opening the Aura app on the Apple Watch. Then place a palm against the sensors on the band for 30 seconds. Aura said the data collected data is 95% accurate compared to the industry standard.

The band connects via Bluetooth BLE. 4.2+. It works with Apple Watch Series 3 and newer models. The surgical stainless steel sensors are enclosed in a rubber wrist band. The Aura Strap 2’s cell batteries last about six months.

Data collected by the Aura app syncs with the Apple Health app and Apple Watch data. Then the Aura Plus service uses the information to compile analytics and monthly reports.

Aura Plus also offers personalized selections of exercise videos and a chat service with fitness trainers. You get six months included free with the purchase of the Aura Strap 2. Then it costs $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year.

Price: $149

Where to buy: Aura Devices