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HTC Grip hands-on; finally, an HTC wearable

HTC Grip hands-on; finally, an HTC wearable

As expected, HTC now has a wearable. The company has long been complimentary of wearables, and vowed long ago to have one for us at some point. With the Grip, HTC hopes to get a grip on the wearable market, and tough it has a display — the Grip is more fitness wearable than smartwatch. It also makes good on HTC’s partnership with Under Armour, and when we consider other moves Under Armour has made, could make this wearable a go-to for fitness buffs.

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Huawei’s TalkBand N1 wants desperately to be fashionable

Huawei’s TalkBand N1 wants desperately to be fashionable

Huawei has a new set of Bluetooth headphones that also serve as a fitness tracker, and it’s hoping you’ll like it so much that you’ll wear it as a necklace even when you’re not working out. The Huawei TalkBand N1 isn’t the first paid of Bluetooth headphones we’ve ever seen, but they’re certainly some of the smallest: just 18g despite including active noise cancelation and a nifty magnetic clasp which holds the earbuds together around your neck when they’re not in your ears.

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Huawei TalkBand B2 hands-on: Double-duty wearable

Huawei TalkBand B2 hands-on: Double-duty wearable

Last year, Huawei tried to convince us that we needed a combination Bluetooth headset and activity tracker; for MWC 2015, it’s the turn of its glamorous sibling, the Huawei TalkBand B2. Hewn from metal and leather rather than the plastic of its B1 predecessor, and targeting wearers who might be looking to replace a traditional watch rather than fitness band, the TalkBand B2 is fronted with a 0.73-inch AMOLED display, while inside there’s a self-learning algorithm that claims to cut down on fake readings.

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Swatch announces its first smartwatch, aimed at beach volleyball

Swatch announces its first smartwatch, aimed at beach volleyball

Oh how Swatch has changed its tune in the last 8 months or so. First there was the denial they were collaborating on the upcoming Apple Watch, adding that they didn't see why these newfangled smartwrist gizmos were all the rage with the kids these days. Shortly after there was a change of heart (or at least someone wised up) and they said they were working on their take of a smartwatch. Jump to today and we have the announcement of the Touch Zero One, a touchscreen smartwatch that is aimed at beach volleyball enthusiasts. No, seriously.

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Jawbone cites manufacturing for recent UP3 delay

Jawbone cites manufacturing for recent UP3 delay

Jawbone's UP3 health tracker is having difficulties again before coming to market. The release date has been pushed back before. The third generation health tracker device was originally slated to be ready by the end of 2014. The company has been seized with delays, missing crucial opportunities like the 2014-2015 holiday shopping season. The newly announced 10-11 week delay would put the UP3's release in May. Hopefully, all of the new additions to the UP3 will keep it ahead of the curve in the competitive health tracker device market. Such a delay gives room to competitors to up their stake in the market.

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Hasbro rehashes Skip-it and Twister into fitness tracker

Hasbro rehashes Skip-it and Twister into fitness tracker

Depending on when your childhood took place, you might have an entirely nostalgic new fitness tracking option (it's meant for kids, but we won't judge): Hasbro has tweaked its popular Twister and Skip-it games/toys to have a health-centric slant. Skip-it, for those unaware, was that ball connected to your ankle by a loop; you skipped it around to make the number counter increase, something that seems exceptionally archaic such a short while later. And Twister, dare we say, needs no introduction.

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Microsoft Band catches up with keyboard, cycling, and SDK

Microsoft Band catches up with keyboard, cycling, and SDK

You could be easily forgiven if you've forgotten, or more likely didn't know, that Microsoft just launched it's own smart fitness band. The company itself didn't make such a big fuss out of the Microsoft Band and it was probably smart to do so. The initial experience that we got from our review of the device was nothing to write home about. At least not yet. That was just the beginning, however, as Microsoft is now rolling out a bunch of updates, as well as an announcement, that could turn its first wearable into more than just a flawed promise.

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Tomatan robot rides on your shoulders, feeds you tomatoes

Tomatan robot rides on your shoulders, feeds you tomatoes

Only in Japan will you see a robot designed to feed you tomatoes while you are running. Because you can never have enough tomatoes during a marathon. And you can never have enough hands to eat those tomatoes with. Named Tomatan, this robot will sit on the shoulders of one of the employees of Japanese tomato company Kagome, who commissioned the development of the robot, during the upcoming Tokyo Marathon. Good thing the marathon is more about surviving than winning, as the employee probably won't win any races with the contraption on his head.

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Study: Wearables worse than phones for measuring steps

Study: Wearables worse than phones for measuring steps

The assumption that you need to strap something onto your wrist in order to accurately gauge your fitness level might not be accurate. Your favorite wearable might not be, either — or at least any more accurate at detecting steps taken than your phone. A new study claims apps are just as good at monitoring your activity level than some of the top wearables on the market. The University of Pennsylvania tested apps and wearables in a controlled environment, and the results are pretty interesting.

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Under Armour buys Endomondo, MyFitnessPal

Under Armour buys Endomondo, MyFitnessPal

Under Armour, most notable as a clothing and footwear manufacturer for sports and fitness buffs, has acquired two software companies. MyFitnessPal and Endomondo are now Under Armour properties, giving the sportswear manufacturer complimentary services to their existing MapMyFitness and UA Record suite of apps. According to Under Armour, this now gives them a user base of over 120 million, and the “largest digital health and fitness community”.

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Enko running shoes absorbs shocks, boosts strides

Enko running shoes absorbs shocks, boosts strides

Technology these days has us focusing on our health and fitness, but most of them through monitoring devices like smartwatches and fitness bands. But sometimes, the most efficient and effective improvement doesn't have to be the most sophisticated or complicated. Like these pair of Enko running shoes. You won't find any digital or smart component in here. What you will discover, instead, are shock absorbers that not only protect your feet from injury-causing impact, but also stores and then releases energy in order to give your feet a push to power up your running.

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Sophia skipping rope integrates smart tech into the handles

Sophia skipping rope integrates smart tech into the handles

Quite a few products you use in everyday life have smart counterparts, and now the long-standing skipping rope (also called a jump rope) is counted among them. Sophia is a new smart skipping rope designed for fitness enthusiasts who want easily accessible data on their workouts, something facilitated by the smart technology integrated into the jump rope’s handles. Some information is shown on a small integrated display, while the rest of it – things like calories burned – are shuttled to a paired smartphone.

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