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Sony SmartBand 2 is durable, waterproof, and arrives next month

Sony SmartBand 2 is durable, waterproof, and arrives next month

Sony has introduced its new SmartBand 2 wearable. This wristband is designed to track fitness and activity metrics while also feeding the most pertinent data from the paired smartphone. The newest SmartBand is able to offer up email and social notifications from a paired smartphone, call info, “visual feedback” delivered via colored LEDs, and more. Says Sony, the SmartBand 2 also features an “advanced heart rate sensor”, and offers up insights on things like the wearer’s stress level and sleep patterns.

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Adidas grabs Runtastic for digital health push

Adidas grabs Runtastic for digital health push

Adidas has bought Runtastic, bringing the popular fitness tracking app in-house and promising to "unleash its knowledge of sport" on its 70m users. The deal, which values Runtastic at around $241m, sees the app join Adidas' own fitness wearables like the miCoach FIT SMART, and could give the sportswear brand a lower-cost way to engage new users via their smartphones.

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Garmin Forerunner 25 puts GPS in slimmer running watch

Garmin Forerunner 25 puts GPS in slimmer running watch

Garmin has a new GPS running watch for those who prefer their fitness wearable to look like an actual wristwatch, the Forerunner 25. Bearing a striking resemblance to Casio watches of old, the Forerunner squeezes GPS, distance and pace measurement, calorific burn count, and support for heart rate monitoring - if you're wearing the right accessory. Paired with a smartphone, meanwhile, it'll flag up notifications like calls, messages, and calendar alerts.

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Altra IQ running shoes track metrics, work with iFit app

Altra IQ running shoes track metrics, work with iFit app

Altra Running has unveiled it new Altra IQ running shoe equipped with iFit tech to gather running data. There’s a multi-sensor system embedded in the shoe that is said to be “razor-thin”. The related connectivity pipes the data from the shoes to a smartphone or smartwatch running the iFit app. As with similar apps, the data is aggregated and presented as an analysis that tracks details over time. The app includes real-time coaching when the wearer is out for a run, and offers up an interpretation of what the data means (that you’re landing too hard on one foot, as an example).

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Helvetica 1 smartwatch hits pre-order, only 1,957 made

Helvetica 1 smartwatch hits pre-order, only 1,957 made

There are lots of smartwatches on the market today from Apple, Motorola, and many other makers. Another smartwatch was unveiled back in March at Baselworld by a Swiss watchmaker called Mondaine. That smartwatch was called the Helvetica 1 and it is now up for pre-order. The manufacturer will make 1,957 units in honor of the year the Helvetica font was introduced.

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Garmin HRM-Tri and HRM-Swim heart rate monitors work in water

Garmin HRM-Tri and HRM-Swim heart rate monitors work in water

Heart rate monitors have been around for years that make it easy to keep track of your heart rate while you walk or run. What has been hard to do is keep an eye on your heart rate while swimming. Garmin has now unveiled its first underwater heart rate monitors that are designed to add minimal drag. There are versions of the new heart rate monitor for the water aimed at swimmers and triathletes.

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Acer Liquid Leap+ fitness tracker launches in US

Acer Liquid Leap+ fitness tracker launches in US

Acer has launched its first fitness tracker in the United States, its Liquid Leap+ wearable. The tracker features interchangeable bands and is compatible with the three big mobile platforms: Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. The Liquid Leap+ isn’t new, but rather is new to the US market, and is aimed at those who want a waterproof wristband for keeping tabs on the activities that happen throughout the day. Unlike some similarly styled fitness bands, the Leap+ has a small OLED display.

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This futuristic exoskeleton convinced me to take aging seriously

This futuristic exoskeleton convinced me to take aging seriously

One day you will die, but, before then - and assuming all goes to plan - you’ll be trapped in an old body. Failing eyesight, hearing plagued with tinnitus, and limbs progressively seizing until just getting up from your chair is a challenge too great: death may be considered the biggest taboo, but aging is arguably a more uncomfortable one. With all that to look forward to, it’s no surprise that nobody wants to talk about getting old. Could a futuristic exoskeleton kick-start that conversation?

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Moov Now fitness wearable debuts from ex-Apple alum

Moov Now fitness wearable debuts from ex-Apple alum

Fitness wearables are very popular with all sorts of them on the market from smartwatches like the Apple Watch to simpler devices like the Fitbit. A new fitness wearable has debuted from an ex-Apple alumni called the Moov Now. The device bills itself as the most advanced AI powered wearable that is able to analyze movement in real-time and coach the wearer to better performance.

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HTC Grip shelved as HTC rethinks wearable plans

HTC Grip shelved as HTC rethinks wearable plans

If you were eager to strap the much-awaited HTC Grip fitness band to your wrist, prepare for disappointment, as the wearable has been put on ice. Announced back at Mobile World Congress in March, the Grip was to be the first fruits of HTC's new collaboration with Under Armour, collecting health stats and serving them up through a monochrome touchscreen. However, HTC now says, "extensive wear testing and user feedback" has forced a rethink.

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Microsoft Band lets users create web tiles via RSS feeds

Microsoft Band lets users create web tiles via RSS feeds

Microsoft is continuing to add new functionality to its Band wearable and push what the device is capable of. Following the release of a SDK and adding fitness tracking for activities like cycling and golf, Microsoft is now letting anyone create apps for the Band in the form of web tiles. As part of a preview program aimed at developers, these mini-apps will display any data that's available on the web through an RSS feed.

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Upcoming Microsoft Band update to add golf tracking capabilities

Upcoming Microsoft Band update to add golf tracking capabilities

Now roughly 9 months old, Microsoft's Band fitness wearable is getting an update that will add support for tracking a new activity: your golf game. Microsoft has just announced a new partnership with golf company TaylorMade, and with that an update to the Band and Health app to track a number of golfing stats, including shots, scorecard, and hole distances. The update is said to be available in the "coming weeks," and will also include new stat tracking for workouts and cycling in the Health app.

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