fitness

Wearables surge by 2017 predicted as Google Glass and more weigh in

Wearables surge by 2017 predicted as Google Glass and more weigh in

Sales of smart wearable devices will reach nearly 70m by 2017, new research claims, though not all of the body-worn gadgets will be augmented reality eyewear such as Google's Project Glass. Smart glasses will only make up a part of the overall smart wearable industry, Juniper Research predicts, with health and fitness devices such as Jawbone's UP and Fitbit's Flex dominating the segment until the price of more advanced technology falls to consumer-friendly points.

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BodyMedia CORE 2 hands-on

BodyMedia CORE 2 hands-on

BodyMedia has revealed its latest health-monitoring system, the CORE 2, the company's attempt to slim down its sensor-strap to help wearers slim-down too. Smaller than Apple's iPod nano, and yet accommodating four sensors and Bluetooth Smart Ready 4.0, the CORE 2 - previewed in prototype form at CES 2013 this week - can funnel fitness stats directly to your smartphone and tablet.

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LUMOback team grabs $5m funding for new body sensor tech

LUMOback team grabs $5m funding for new body sensor tech

Posture tech company and Kickstarter success story LUMO Body Tech looks set to save even more people from slouching, with a new $5m round of funding promising a fresh range of body-worn sensor tech. The company - which more than doubled its $100,000 Kickstarter goal for the LUMO back strap, which tells your smartphone if your posture isn't perfect - has another $5m in the bank, including cash from Eric Schmidt's investment fund; with the first LUMOback bands shipping in November, the company says it plans to use the new money to develop a broader range of sensors.

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Jawbone UP reborn: $130 from today

Jawbone UP reborn: $130 from today

Jawbone has resurrected its UP activity monitoring wristband, redesigning the software and hardware of the sensor-packed strap to track both your exercise and your sleep patterns. On sale from today, priced at $129.99, the new UP tracks movements as you walk, jog, and run, as well as micro-movements during sleep, and can even vibrate to prompt you to get up and be more active.

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Fitbit One and Fitbit Zip break cover

Fitbit One and Fitbit Zip break cover

Anyone who's tried to get in shape knows that dieting and keeping track of all the calories you consume can be a huge pain. Thankfully, there are some new gadgets coming to market that help make it easier to track your activity and how many calories you burn. One of the companies offering some of the more interesting devices is called Fitbit.

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Wahoo Fitness unveils new iPhone powered stationary bike trainer

Wahoo Fitness unveils new iPhone powered stationary bike trainer

If you're serious bicyclist rather than riding some generic exercise bike, you might prefer to ride your own bike even if you can't get outside to do it. I'm sure there are a number of systems on the market that will turn a normal bike into a stationary bicycle and Wahoo Fitness as a new stationary trainer that uses the iPhone for control. The new stationary trainer is called the Wahoo Fitness Kickr Power Trainer.

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Xbox Kinect PlayFit launches today in the US

Xbox Kinect PlayFit launches today in the US

Many may have thought that the Wii Fit was a silly idea, but that didn’t stop it making ridiculous amounts of money for Nintendo. Why not apply the same principle to the Kinect? Kinect PlayFit has been officially revealed today, and will be made available as a free download for any Xbox Live members in the US. PlayFit will be making its way outside the US too, although international gamers will have to wait until next week.

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