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Garmin’s fashionable new Vivo wearables have activity detection, heart rate monitoring

Garmin’s fashionable new Vivo wearables have activity detection, heart rate monitoring

Garmin has announced several new additions to its Vivo line of wearables today: the Vivoactive HR fitness watch and the Vivofit 3 activity tracker. Right off the bat, it's obvious that Garmin is introducing a design that aims to be more fashionable and unique, especially with the Vivofit 3. But looks aren't the only thing that's new, as both devices have been improved with new features, including automatic activity detection and tracking, and an optical hear rate monitor.

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IOFIT is the first smart shoe to focus on fitness and golf

IOFIT is the first smart shoe to focus on fitness and golf

You get up in the morning and grab your smartphone, then you put on your smartwatch, wander around your smart home, and before you leave, you can put on your smart shoes. The smart shoe market isn't exactly huge at the moment, but like anything with the "smart" title, we'll start seeing more and more of them. In fact, Samsung is prepping to launch their own smart shoe.

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Runkeeper app bought by shoe-maker ASICS

Runkeeper app bought by shoe-maker ASICS

One of the growing trends in the world of mobile app acquisitions is for sportswear companies to grab up apps that provide some sort of fitness tracking and social sharing features. This trend can be seen in Adidas' purchase of Runtastic, Under Armour's acquisition of MyFitnessPal, and the latest being ASICS buying Runkeeper. Jason Jacobs, CEO of Runkeeper, made the announcement in a post on Medium, although the amount of money involved was not disclosed.

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Fitbit Alta debuts with fashion-friendly colors, design

Fitbit Alta debuts with fashion-friendly colors, design

Hot on the heels of the unveiling of the Fitbit Blaze at CES last month, Fitbit is back with the announcement of another new fitness wearable, the Alta. Unlike the large-screen Blaze, the Fitbit Alta features a more typical bracelet-style design, with a minimal screen that displays just the right amount of information. Priced at $130, the wearable also comes with several color and texture options to keep it fashionable, not to mention swappable bands.

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Google My Tracks alternative apps swoop in

Google My Tracks alternative apps swoop in

Google's app "My Tracks" has reached its end of life, the company preparing to phase out support starting on April 30th, 2016. This app won't just have an end of service at that time, it'll basically just stop working altogether. With Google My Tracks gone, users will have to move to better and/or more popular services before that time is up. OR they'll just have to stop tracking their runs, and run without knowing where they've gone, like in the olden days.

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Samsung’s upcoming fitness tracker looks more like a smartwatch

Samsung’s upcoming fitness tracker looks more like a smartwatch

By now, Samsung already has half a dozen wearables under its belt. That means there's an opportunity to make half a dozen more! We don’t know how many Samsung has planned for this year, but a certain fitness tracker has been leaked to be Samsung's next big thing in wearables. Nicknamed "Triathlon", the wearable strangely looks more like the Gear S2, a full smartwatch, rather than any traditional tracker, which is probably going to be a source of marketing and purchasing confusion for many.

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You stress too much, but this Halo headband can retrain you

You stress too much, but this Halo headband can retrain you

Forget tracking steps, the next big thing in wearable health metrics could be counting frowns. BioTrak claims to do for compulsive stress-heads, TMJ sufferers, and migraine victims what Fitbit did for couch potatoes: train them up into a more functional version of themselves by making previously subconscious things conscious.

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Solos peddles furiously away from bad Google Glass memories

Solos peddles furiously away from bad Google Glass memories

Google Glass may have proved too goofy for everyday wear, but the ride to connected eyewear might prove to be on two wheels. Solos is pitching its smart sunglasses as the ideal accessory for dedicated cyclists, a head-up-display which floats performance data like speed, power, pace, and more in the line-of-sight, courtesy of a connection to a nearby smartphone.

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Fitbit Blaze hands-on: should you believe the hype?

Fitbit Blaze hands-on: should you believe the hype?

Our first up close and personal look at the Fitbit Blaze takes place during CES 2016, where the reveal of this device had some ill effects. Fitbit's stock price took a little bit of a dive yesterday as this device was revealed - though it may have been a bit premature. While the watch does look quite similar to the Fitbit Surge - or perhaps a mix between a Surge and an Apple Watch - the end product is unique.

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Welt hands-on: The smart belt that watches your waistband

Welt hands-on: The smart belt that watches your waistband

If there's anything that's going to know exactly how your waistline is changing, it's your belt, so it's about time the humble pants-gripper got a smart upgrade. Welt, the perhaps ill-named handiwork of a team from Samsung Creative Lab, focuses on the belt buckle in particular for its connectivity.

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Misfit Ray is a fitness wearable with a sleek, minimalist design

Misfit Ray is a fitness wearable with a sleek, minimalist design

Wearables maker Misfit has just announced its first device since being acquired by Fossil just two months ago: the Misfit Ray. The fist thing you notice is that the Ray differs greatly from the sporty, coin-shaped design of Misfit's other wearable, the Shine. Instead, the new fitness tracker has a clean, simple look that could easily be mistaken for a simple bracelet. It's little more than a tube-shaped piece of aluminum attached to a flat band made of rubber or leather.

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HTC, Under Armour’s HealthBox: a kit for fitness buffs

HTC, Under Armour’s HealthBox: a kit for fitness buffs

What do you do when your first ever fitness product has been delayed indefinitely? Why, make three more! That seems to be the almost crazy thinking inside HTC, whose Grip wearable will never see the light of day. Or will it? HTC and Under Armor are announcing the UA HealthBox, which is basically a kit made up of a smart scale, a heart rate monitor, and, of course, a fitness band. They say that good things come in threes, and this HealthBox package might indeed be the break that HTC has been looking for in the fitness market.

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