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Movo Wave fitness tracker taps the lower end

Movo Wave fitness tracker taps the lower end

We've entered the age of the inexpensive smart wearable device, here with the Movo Wave most recently. The Movo Wave displaces the Misfit Flash for the least expensive wearable with the ability to track your fitness on the block. Now we'll just have to see how one compares to the other - especially since the Misfit Flash left such an impression on us earlier this year. This device will be the new lowest-end - not for quality, necessarily, but certainly for pricing off the bat.

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Report: Apple Watch heading into mass production soon

Report: Apple Watch heading into mass production soon

Brace yourselves: the Apple Watch is coming. Sometime next year, we’ll have our hands on the highly anticipated device, Apple’s first true wearable. While we expected to see it launch around April-May, a new report suggests we might get it a whole lot sooner than that. Or, Apple really think they’ve got a hit on their hands and are just stockpiling devices. Either way, their issues with actually making the watch are said to be over, with the wearable entering mass production a full month ahead of “schedule”.

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Jawbone UP for Groups aims to make workplaces healthier

Jawbone UP for Groups aims to make workplaces healthier

Jawbone wants to make fitness a communal goal, and to help facilitate that is its newly announced UP for Groups. As its name suggests, UP for Groups allows teams of people (ten or more individuals) to participate in healthier living together. Jawbone is specifically targeting businesses, which it says have requested ways to "support and amplify" fitness tracker usage in the workplace, but the new offering is just as applicable to schools and any other organization or collective.

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Android Wear watch faces hit Google Play

Android Wear watch faces hit Google Play

For the first time in the history of wearables, Google Play has its own wearables category for Android Wear - only it's not just dedicated to apps, it's made for watch faces. The "watch faces" category on Google Play will be launched today with dozens of "official" designer, artist, and brand-made watch faces for Android Wear devices. Google is also releasing new developer tools for Android Wear, including an official Watch Face API, so that additional watch faces can be made by all developers with great speed.

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Gear VR sold out at Samsung UPDATE: and AT&T

Gear VR sold out at Samsung UPDATE: and AT&T

There's a number of reasons why you might want to stay away from this first release of the Samsung Gear VR, but according to Samsung's sales website, there might be a few more reasons to buy. The Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition - the first and only version to have been released so far - is currently "out of stock" at Samsung's website. AT&T's stock appears to still be running strong*, but we do not know how low their stock is - if it's low at all.

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Fineck smart necklace tracks posture, neck health

Fineck smart necklace tracks posture, neck health

If you're looking for an activity tracker to keep tabs on your daily activities but don't like the idea of wearing a wristband, the folks at Veari have an alternative: Fineck, a smart necklace that tracks health metrics while worn around the neck. As with wristbands, Fineck tracks common information like distance traveled, as well as neck positions, balance, and posture, providing the information on various charts through the related smartphone app.

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Uno Noteband uses speed reading to zip through notifications

Uno Noteband uses speed reading to zip through notifications

You've likely used or viewed a demonstration of Spritz speed reading technology at some point -- it shows individual words at a fast rate to improve reading time. Uno Noteband is bid as the first wearable to utilize this technology, allowing wearers to read their incoming messages and notifications quickly one word at a time. In addition to the speed-reading functionality, the wearable also functions as a fitness tracker.

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You don’t want a Samsung Gear VR

You don’t want a Samsung Gear VR

You might not want a Samsung Gear VR - not yet, anyway. The first Samsung Gear VR you're going to see on the market - as early as this afternoon - is the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition. This may look like a consumer release, but it's not. AT&T may be suggesting that it is, and Samsung may be suggesting that it is, the team at Oculus VR are making relatively clear that this is not meant to be the end-all, be-all release for the Gear VR. It's got Oculus branding on it, after all - they're not going to let anything out the gate suggesting it's final before they agree 100% that it is, truly, ready for everyone.

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Mira: a fashionable fitness tracker for women

Mira: a fashionable fitness tracker for women

Fashionable wearables are gaining traction, with products like the Ear-O-Smart earrings and the Omate Lutetia smartwatch ushering in what is sure to be a growing industry of smart jewelry. Mira is in the same vein as these products, taking the familiar fitness tracker technology available in a large roster of products and embedding it in a stylish bracelet. In conjunction with its mobile app, Mira provides "Boost" suggestions with a personal, encouraging slant to aid in improving one's fitness.

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Prana wearable is a breath and posture tracker

Prana wearable is a breath and posture tracker

Prana wants you to have better posture and to breathe correctly, and so to help with these two things is its new wearable by the same name. Prana is a disk-shaped wearable that connects to one's waistband using a clip, and from that position it will use a 3-axis accelerometer to keep tabs on posture and breathing patterns. As with other wearables, the information is piped off to a connected smartphone, where the Prana iOS and Android apps present data and aid in training the user to adjust their posture and breathing patterns.

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