LG's Heart Rate Earphones, revealed as part of the company's fitness wearable push back at CES 2014 last month, have hit the FCC, ahead of what we'd assume is a near-at-hand launch in the US. The headphones, which use pulse-tracking technology built into the buds to monitor heart activity and send it to a nearby smartphone, plugs into a clip-on Bluetooth dongle and can optionally be paired with LG's other new wearable, the Life Band Touch.
Adidas has accused Under Armour of wearable patent violation, filing a lawsuit in which it claims ten of its miCouch technologies have been infringed by its rival's health and fitness products. The suit, filed in Delaware earlier this month, sees Adidas claim that a former senior engineering manager who jumped ship to Under Armour used his "direct knowledge of Adidas' patent portfolio" to give the Armour39 an unfair edge.
The Fitbit Flex, which we reviewed nearly a year ago, is a fitness band that tracks users body stats day and night, competing with some of the wristbands in the wearables fitness market. Soon, owners will gain access to an accessories line developed by Tory Burch, adding an element of chic to the fitness-centric wearable.
In the creation of the next iteration of Apple's mobile operating system, it's said - and it's been suggested by Apple several times over the course of the last year - that they'll be pushing into the health and fitness arena. You'll have seen quite a few apps and devices doing this over the past year as well, the entire "wearables" industry making their way forward fully intent on taking advantage of the average citizen's wishes to stay in shape.
Fitbit Force, a fitness tracker released late last year and soon to have a caller ID functionality, has been causing a rash and sores in some users -- in some cases, quite large ones. Reports from affected users began cropping up on the company's forums and other places across the Web, and the cause seems to have been narrowed down to an allergic reaction that can be caused by skin contact with materials near the charging port.
When you’ve got a design for a watch as ubiquitous as the Casio G-Shock on the market, you’re allowed to be late to the new technology party. This year Casio’s entry in the STB-100 comes in the form of Bluetooth 4.0 and a sports-tracking collection of bits and pieces in their slightly modified G-Shock design. While we’re not about to suggest this watch is in any way more all-inclusive than its smartwatch competitors from Sony, Samsung, Pebble, and the many others shown off this week at CES 2014, Casio still retains that built-in fan base they’ve cultivated for years.
Sen.se was here at CES 2014 showing off a monitoring system called Mother. The Mother works in conjunction with sensors which are called Cookies and these can be used to monitor a variety of things. Some use case examples include getting notified when the kids arrive home, how long they brush their teeth, or as a reminder to take your medicine.
There's a suspicion among many that wearable tech is simply today's digital navel-gazing; a self-indulgent and meaningless set of metrics bordering on narcissistic over-obsession. The quantified self could soon become a whole lot more meaningful, however, if startup GERO has its way. Building on groundbreaking research by the Human Locomotome project, the Russian company says it can use the data from wearables like Fitbit's Force and Jawbone's UP to identify chronic conditions such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, depression, and even type 2 diabetes, simply from the way we move. SlashGear caught up with GERO's co-founders at CES as they shift things out of stealth mode.
With no shortage of fitness gadgets already on the market, the category seems to still be growing every day. These new arrivals come from both new companies and also from existing companies pushing new products. This time around we are looking at LifeTrak, which just so happens to be the latter, an existing company pushing out a new product.