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Xbox Fitness nixes Kinect requirement, adds downloads

Xbox Fitness nixes Kinect requirement, adds downloads

Microsoft has pushed out an update for Xbox Fitness that removes the Kinect requirement. The change opens Xbox Fitness to a larger number of Xbox users, but with a lesser experience in that Kinect is required to fully take advantage of what Xbox Fitness is capable of. Joining this change also comes workout downloads for offline playback, making it easier to sidestep connectivity troubles and data caps.

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New Japanese muscle suit capable of lifting 30kg, weighs only 5.5kg

New Japanese muscle suit capable of lifting 30kg, weighs only 5.5kg

Japanese company Innophys has unveiled a new wearable exoskeletal-like harness that can reduce the weight something being lifted by as much as 30 kilograms (66 pounds). Dubbed the Muscle Suit, the harness features hydraulically controlled attachments that pair with a wearer's arms and legs, essentially adding artificial muscles that provide additional strength when lifting heavy loads. It doesn't actually lift objects on its own, but it does make them seem much lighter than they are.

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Microsoft Band 2 gets $20 charging stand

Microsoft Band 2 gets $20 charging stand

Having to take a cord and manually plug it into a device in order to charge it is the very definition of a first world problem. But just because a problem is minor, doesn't mean that you don't want to do something about it. Thankfully companies are getting on board with various cable-less charging systems. And if you have a Microsoft Band 2, you'll be happy to know that your gadget is getting the same treatment.

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Microsoft Band updated with music controls, activity reminders

Microsoft Band updated with music controls, activity reminders

While it might be a fairly low-key option in the sea of wearables right now, Microsoft continues to update and improve its Band device, whether it be the much more comfortable curved screen on the latest hardware model, or new software features that enable tracking and health stat for additional sports activities, such as golf. Now Microsoft has released an update that introduces a long-awaited feature making the Band more comparable with most smartwatches, as well as a new fitness option.

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HTC, Under Armor team up again, this time for a smart scale

HTC, Under Armor team up again, this time for a smart scale

You can say a lot of things about HTC, but one thing you won't be able to accuse it of is a quitter. Going against all odds, expectations, and sometimes even against rationality, the Taiwanese OEM seems hellbent in staying on its own course. Or die trying. Despite the major setbacks it faced in the health and fitness department, it is once again starting a venture with Under Armor for another fitness product, but this time for something as simple and mundane as a connected weighing scale.

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Blue Goji Play 2 fitness system makes cardio a game

Blue Goji Play 2 fitness system makes cardio a game

Anyone who needs a bit of motivation to get into their cardio workout routine might want to check out the Blue Goji Play 2 fitness game system. The device is a fitness gaming system that works with iOS and Android devices. The device was created with the goal of turning your cardio workouts into a gaming session at home or in the gym.

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Tech tattoos put a working circuit board on your skin

Tech tattoos put a working circuit board on your skin

Technology-imbued tattoos have been discussed many a times over the last year, but now, Chaotic Moon Studios, a creative technology start-up, has taken another step towards making them feasible. Dubbed "Tech Tats," the temporary tattoos use LED lights, a micro-controller, and conductive inks to create a circuit board on the surface of the skin. While they certainly look cool, Chaotic Moon imagines Tech Tats as being much more than cosmetic, from serving as a new form of wearable to playing a part in medical applications.

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Fitbit updated to automatically detect and record exercises

Fitbit updated to automatically detect and record exercises

Fitbit has just rolled out a new software update for its Charge HR and Surge wearables that allow the fitness trackers to automatically know when users begin exercising. There are several new features, but the main one is called SmartTrack, and it means users no longer have to worry about forgetting to press a button or navigate a menu before their workout. The exercise detection works for a number of activities and sports, and sees stats like heart rate, calories burned, and duration recorded in the app.

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Google Fit update adds instant stats, Android Wear challenges, and more

Google Fit update adds instant stats, Android Wear challenges, and more

Google Fit, the company’s fitness tracking app, has been updated with several new features, not the least of which are instant insights into one’s fitness activities — walks, runs, bicycle rides, and such. Google Fit will gather data related to those activities, such as how fast you’re cycling or your running pace, and present it as a snapshot alongside a route presented on Google Maps.

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Withings Activite Steel: fitness smarts with a touch of class

Withings Activite Steel: fitness smarts with a touch of class

Health wearables-maker Withings is back with its third fitness-tracking analog watch: the Activité Steel. The French company debuted the original Activité last year, releasing an impressive wearable that focused on being a premium timepiece before a bulky smartwatch. It's $450 price was a bit steep for most, so Withings followed up with the Activité Pop for $150, replacing the luxury materials with silicone, but keeping all the tracking features. The $170 Activité Steel aims to be just right for the Goldilocks of smartwatch shoppers.

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Runtastic Results launches with personalized 12-week fitness plans

Runtastic Results launches with personalized 12-week fitness plans

Runtastic has introduced a new fitness app called “Runtastic Results”, and it is designed for anyone interested in fitness. This particular app is a personalized training tool, providing a 12-week plan for users that has been customized to their particular needs. It presents body weight workouts that range from 15 to 45 minutes long, and they’re accompanied by more than 120 high-definition instructional videos for each type of exercise.

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Xiaomi Mi Band 1s adds heart rate sensor to budget werarable

Xiaomi Mi Band 1s adds heart rate sensor to budget werarable

Over at China, Xiaomi's name has become synonymous with devices that tout mid to high range specs yet also flaunt affordable price tags. Naturally, not a few want the Chinese OEM to bring its magic to the US. But while that's still questionable as far as smartphones go, accessories, on the other hand, stand a better chance of reaching these shores. Like the Xiaomi Mi Band fitness wearable, which now has a successor in the 1s, which adds just one thing to make the offer complete: a heart rate sensor.

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