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Sony SmartBand starts lifelogging from March

Sony SmartBand starts lifelogging from March

Sony has confirmed launch plans for its "Core" fitness wearable revealed at CES last month, now dubbed the Sony SmartBand SWR10 and expected to hit shelves - along with a new Lifelog app - in March. Back at CES Sony was relatively coy about what the "Core" would do, only showing off the Bluetooth LE-connected hardware and the different colored wristbands it could slot into. Now we know that it's the company's play to expand health wearables beyond simply tracking fitness.

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Fitbit recalls Force over skin irritation complaints

Fitbit recalls Force over skin irritation complaints

Fitbit is halting sales of its Force flagship fitness tracker, and recalling all existing units already on users' wrists, after a spate of skin irritation issues. The issue - which saw some Force wearers reporting what appeared to be allergic reactions to the silicone band, leaving their wrists red and inflamed where it had come into contact with their skin - only affects "a small percentage of Force users" Fitbit said in a statement, but will still offer a full refund to any existing owners who want to return the wearable.

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Windows Phone Bing Fitness, Food, and Travel apps launch with PC sync

Windows Phone Bing Fitness, Food, and Travel apps launch with PC sync

Microsoft has pushed out a clutch of new and updated Bing apps for Windows Phone, including Bing Health & Fitness to track activities, diet, and medical information, and make suggestions as to how users can be healthier. The new smartphone software - which also includes Bing Food & Drink, and Bing Travel - aims to fill in some of the software gaps in Windows Phone, in addition to updating Bing Finance, Bing Sport, and Bing News, and adding cross-platform sync between Windows Phone and Windows 8.

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Glass hits operating theater as wearable tech boosts cancer surgery

Glass hits operating theater as wearable tech boosts cancer surgery

"OK Glass, show me an X-ray." Surgeons at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital are turning to Glass to summon patient records and more, with the hospital the first to use Google's wearable during abdominal surgery. Two physicians, Dr. Szotek and Dr. Jeff Browne, each sported Glass during the four-hour procedure, relying on Google's voice control to access medical information as they sliced out a tumor.

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Apple iWatch may predict heart attacks insiders claim

Apple iWatch may predict heart attacks insiders claim

Apple's "iWatch" wearable could predict heart attacks by tracking blood-flow from the noise it makes in arteries, new sources claim, along with further chatter of talks between Apple and Tesla, suggesting the Cupertino firm could be looking to significantly expand its footprint. The health wearable would use pioneering audio technology to track blood turbulence, it's said, differentiating between healthy flow and the sound of blood struggling to get past the plaque build-up that can lead to coronary failure.

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Smartwatches to drive wearables as Canalys predicts boom

Smartwatches to drive wearables as Canalys predicts boom

Wearable tech will break the consumer market in 2014 after the segment was buoyed in 2013 by fitness-tracking bands, one research firm has predicted, though smartwatches are expected to cannibalize more basic models from Fitbit and Jawbone. The "smart band" segment made up of smartwatches from manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, and Pebble will reach around 8m shipments in 2014, Canalys suggests, estimating that figure will rise to more than 23m units by 2015, and in excess of 45m units by 2017.

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LG Heart Rate Earphones clear FCC on way to US release

LG Heart Rate Earphones clear FCC on way to US release

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.

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Nanomotors navigate live human cells in “Fantastic Voyage” style

Nanomotors navigate live human cells in “Fantastic Voyage” style

Tiny motorized probes have navigated through live human cells steered by magnetic fields and propelled by ultrasonic waves for the first time, opening the door to fighting cancer or performing intracellular surgery from the inside. The nanomotor research, handiwork of a team led by Tom Mallouk, Evan Pugh Professor of Materials Chemistry and Physics at Penn State, sees tiny, missile-shaped probes ingested by cells and then activated with ultrasonic waves, at which point they begin to move around inside the cell and impact with its internal structure.

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Adidas sues Under Armour over fitness wearable tech

Adidas sues Under Armour over fitness wearable tech

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.

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