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Vital Connect fitness tracking wearable gets serious about mHealth

Vital Connect fitness tracking wearable gets serious about mHealth

Fitness tracking wearables like Fitbit and Jawbone UP are big business right now, but what if you want more from your heath monitoring? mHealth startup Vital Connect is weighing into just that market, with a disposable wireless health monitor that can unlock your biometrics for your smartphone, the cloud, and even remotely to your doctor, nurse, or medical specialist. We caught up with the company to find out what was involved, and whether we should expect wireless fitness tracking to get serious.

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Nike FuelBand 2 expected with battery boost on October 15

Nike FuelBand 2 expected with battery boost on October 15

Nike is expected to reveal its next-gen FuelBand fitness tracking wearable at a New York City event on October 15, with the new accessory tipped to offer longer battery life through the use of low-power Bluetooth LE, among other things. Details of the agenda for the mid-month launch are scant, CNET reports, only promising to discuss "the future of the digital world and physical activity" at its so-called FuelBand Forum. However, leaks around the device have given us some expectations on what to expect.

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SparkPeople Spark Activity Tracker hands-on

SparkPeople Spark Activity Tracker hands-on

Does the world need another fitness tracker? SparkPeople thinks so, and the company's $59.95 clip-on Spark Activity Tracker is the wireless gadget it hopes to sell. Effectively a rebadged FitLinkxx Pebble tied into SparkPeople's online database of food, as well as health and fitness guides, the Spark hooks up to your PC or Mac via an included USB dongle, offloading your activity data whenever you're in range. Read on for some first impressions.

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Stir Kinetic Desk hands-on: The standing desk gets smart

Stir Kinetic Desk hands-on: The standing desk gets smart

The average work surface is covered in smart devices - laptop, smartphone, tablet, maybe a wearable or two like Fitbit or UP - but Stir's Kinetic Desk asks could the desk itself be smarter? That's the approach startup Stir is taking, founded by a former member of Apple's iPod team, and promising great things from its first product, the world's only smart, connected desk. As far away from the average height-adjustable desk as your iPhone is from a rotary phone, the Kinetic Desk not only knows when you're working, it figures out when you should be standing up or sitting down, and gently motions to suggest a change in posture, all controlled by an embedded touchscreen in the hand-finished tabletop itself. We caught up with founder and CEO JP Labrosse to find out more.

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Endomondo “investigating” iPhone 5s M7 fitness chip potential

Endomondo “investigating” iPhone 5s M7 fitness chip potential

Fitness tracker app Endomondo is weighing the potential of Apple's M7 coprocessor in the iPhone 5s, the company has confirmed, though the latest update for iOS 7 does not make use of the motion-tracking chip. The company, which released a new version of the Endomondo iOS app on Wednesday with flatter graphics in keeping with Apple's own design changes, has no current timescale for the potential implementation of the M7's functionality, it tells SlashGear.

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Moves fitness tracker app jogs onto Android

Moves fitness tracker app jogs onto Android

Fitness tracking app Moves has made the jump from iOS to Android, bypassing dedicated hardware and instead relying on your smartphone's plethora of sensors to monitor movement and location. The app, which has already been downloaded 2.5m times for iPhone and which - Moves developer ProtoGeo claims - is tracking double the steps each day that Nike's Fuelband gathers, uses the smartphone's GPS and accelerometer to differentiate between and log walking, running, and cycling, in addition to keeping a list of which locations users frequent, such as their nearest Starbucks and MacDonald's.

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Google Calico takes on mortality with Apple chairman’s help

Google Calico takes on mortality with Apple chairman’s help

Google has launched Calico, a new "moonshot" company aiming to extend human life and putting Apple chairman Art Levinson at the helm as CEO and founding investor. "With some longer term, moonshot thinking around healthcare and biotechnology, I believe we can improve millions of lives" Google CEO Larry Page said of the new company, while Tim Cook weighed in with his own vote of support for the project. "For too many of our friends and family, life has been cut short or the quality of their life is too often lacking" the Apple CEO said, describing Levinson as "one of the crazy ones who thinks it doesn't have to be this way."

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Nissan Nismo Concept Watch unveiled, monitors your health and social networks

Nissan Nismo Concept Watch unveiled, monitors your health and social networks

Following the rising popularity of wearable devices, Nissan has just launched its own Nismo Concept Watch ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show this month. But rather than doing the normal things you think a smartwatch would do, the Nisma Concept's features focuses on keeping tabs on both the car and driver's status in order to improve the performance of Nissan motorsports athletes.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch leaks with health focus

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch leaks with health focus

Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch has apparently leaked, just days ahead of the wearable's expected debut at Samsung's pre-IFA September 4 event. The bulky touchscreen smartwatch was unofficially shown off in prototype form to VentureBeat, along with details from an internal marketing video which describe the onboard WiFi and Bluetooth, roughly 3-inch OLED display, and a 4-megapixel camera integrated into the strap. Samsung apparently expects wearers to use that camera as a food-logging tool, taking snapshots of meals and then tagging them with type so as to build up a diet diary for heath purposes.

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