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Zepp sports sensor now pits you against pro athletes

Zepp sports sensor now pits you against pro athletes

Zepp's fancy sports tracking nugget could always show you how your golf or baseball swing was shaping up, but a new deal with pro-level athletes can now tell you how you compare with those earning big bucks in the sports. Zepp launched back in 2013, a 1-inch square dongle that clips to your golf glove or baseball/softball bat and comes filled with sensors to track movement in 3D and then feed performance stats to a companion app. Now, though, there's a whole new level of training aid integrated, including 3D modeling, as well as a free version of the app to get an early taster.

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Dyson Humidifier employs UV light to keep air germ-free

Dyson Humidifier employs UV light to keep air germ-free

Dyson is really spreading its wings as far as its product lineup goes. Just last month it introduced to the world its first robot vacumm cleaner, the 360 Eye. Now, it is doing so again but with a humidifier. It doesn't have an ominous sounding name and is simply called the Dyson Humidifier. That doesn't mean, however, that it is any less interesting. This humidifier, which resembles and doubles as a bladeless fan, not only keeps your air cozily humid, it also kills germs before it distributes those water particles as well.

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Microsoft’s fitness wearable said just weeks away

Microsoft’s fitness wearable said just weeks away

Microsoft's long-rumored smartwatch plans will reach fruition in just a few weeks time, insiders claim, with what's said to be a fitness-centric wearable expected to debut imminently. The Windows-maker's ambitions in the space have been well whispered since last year, and as recently as June 2014 there were suggestions that the unnamed wrist-band would hit the market in October, complete with a full complement of motion-tracking sensors.

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Fitbit Flex avoids recall by adding allergy warning label

Fitbit Flex avoids recall by adding allergy warning label

Following a nationwide recall of the Fitbit Force back in February of this year, Fitbit has just avoided another such situation by agreeing to warn consumers about possible allergens. The fitness wearable manufacturer reached an agreement with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, resulting in packaging for the Fitbit Flex now displaying a warning about containing nickel.

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Apple may kick Fitbit out of stores over HealthKit

Apple may kick Fitbit out of stores over HealthKit

Not long ago, we reported that Fitbit wasn’t enthralled with Apple’s HealthKit. They didn’t say it was lacking, but they also said they were being a bit more pragmatic about it than some users would hope for. According to a new report, Apple will stop selling Fitbit products in their stores, instead choosing to make way for their own wearables which do support HealthKit. Though it’s not clear exactly why Fitbit is being removed from store shelves, the HealthKit slight is hard to look past.

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Fitbit Charge, Charge HR leaked in press materials

Fitbit Charge, Charge HR leaked in press materials

Fitbit is a leader in the fitness wearable group, and widely popular among those who wish to stay healthy and knowledgeable about their caloric intake or steps taken. After recently swearing off HealthKit (temporarily) to focus on their own platform, we learn exactly what that focus may be about. A leaked shot of new Fitbit marketing materials show an expanded lineup, with a new device that can track your heart rate. Named the Charge, this new Fitbit leads their own charge into 2015.

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Jaybird Reign lands in the Go-Zone on October 26

Jaybird Reign lands in the Go-Zone on October 26

The world is not short of fitness wearables, and while Jaybird's Reign managed to impress us back at CES 2014 in January, it's only this month that the wrist-worn wearable is finally hitting shelves. Packing the ability to track Heart Rate Variability (HRV) - which Jaybird says gives results 99-percent accurate to those you'd get from a medical EKG - the Reign introduces a new metric dubbed "Go-Score" which, rather than tracking historic performance, claims to actually tell you how ready for activity your body is.

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Google is experimenting with “call a doctor” video chat

Google is experimenting with “call a doctor” video chat

As we've mentioned before, tech companies are now getting into the health business as well. Although Google already has its hands partly inside the health cookie jar, with thrusts like Google Fit, it seems that that company is planning on getting deeper and more involved with people's medical needs. Google has hinted that it is considering a new service, integrated into its already many services, that would let users consult a proper doctor for whatever concerns they may have, like a Helpouts but with certified physicians.

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Fitbit and HealthKit? Not any time soon

Fitbit and HealthKit? Not any time soon

As we’ve said time and again, Apple’s HealthKit has a lot of promise. The ability to view data about yourself via a single app (Health) is a neat idea. It’s been assumed that companies would jump at the chance to get on-board with HealthKit, and engage users on a whole new level. At least one major fitness technology brand isn’t interested. Fitbit is currently swearing off HealthKit, but aren’t staunchly against the platform. It seems they’re just being pragmatic about Apple’s new fitness darling.

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