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How Sense with Voice will save your sleep with big data

How Sense with Voice will save your sleep with big data

If logging your runs is the current peak of the quantified self, then sleep is the next big frontier, and Hello is pitching its new sleep tracker as the centerpiece of that. Sense with Voice builds on the original no-wearable design with new voice controls, smart home integration, and a growing amount of behind-the-scenes data courtesy of the company's new Chief Scientist, Professor Matthew Walker, who I caught up with ahead of today's launch. Turns out, there's more to bad sleep than just nightmares.

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LVL wearable hydration monitor tracks activity and more

LVL wearable hydration monitor tracks activity and more

Drinking enough water is a big deal for active people who are into fitness. A new device has turned up on Kickstarter called the LVL that is hailed as the first wearable hydration monitor. The designers say that LVL allows the user to track the complete picture of their health and tracks activity, sleep, mood, and heart rate.

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Polar M200: a GPS-enabled watch built for running

Polar M200: a GPS-enabled watch built for running

There’s a wide variety of wearables, including fitness trackers and smartwatches, available in the market, but most of them crowd on two opposite ends of the spectrum. On the one hand, you have more tech-oriented smartwatches geared towards active but not athletic users. On the opposite end, you get wearables designed for more rigorous activities and exercise. There are very few, if not none, that help users transition from one end to another. The Polar M200 GPS running watch aims to fill that gap by offering users a coach to get them started running.

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Microsoft Band 2 seemingly discontinued, ‘no plans’ for new Band this year

Microsoft Band 2 seemingly discontinued, ‘no plans’ for new Band this year

If you were thinking of picking up Microsoft's Band 2 activity tracker, you may have missed the boat. It would appear that Microsoft's Online Store has been wiped clean of any reference to the Band 2, suggesting that the device has been discontinued. That Microsoft has also removed the Band software development kit also fuels speculation that the line of fitness trackers is no more.

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Garmin vivofit jr tracks kid’s activity and motivates them

Garmin vivofit jr tracks kid’s activity and motivates them

Garmin has unveiled a new fitness tracker aimed directly at kids who want something like mom and dad wears. The tracker is called the vivofit jr and it is aimed at both tracking the activity your kids engage in and motivating them to be active and healthy. The wearable has an internal battery that is good for a year of use with 24/7 wear. That means no recharging, as you have to do with some adult trackers.

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Aetna to provide Apple Watches to customers, employees

Aetna to provide Apple Watches to customers, employees

Although users of fitness trackers and smartwatches with health features are often advised not to substitute these devices for professional medical opinion, health care company Aetna’s latest move is, if anything, a glowing recommendation of exactly that. At least as far as the Apple Watch is concerned. Starting this fall, the company will be subsidizing Apple Watches for select large employers and individual customers. But luckier are the nearly 50,000 Aetna employees that will be receiving the smartwatches at no cost at all.

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Research says fitness trackers are ineffective at weight loss

Research says fitness trackers are ineffective at weight loss

We’ve all seen the marketing materials and heard the spiels. Today’s generation of wearable devices, from fitness trackers to smartwatches with health-related features, can help you keep a healthy lifestyle and even lose weight along the way. But according to a two-year study that was started way back in 2010, that isn’t exactly the case. In fact, they might actually be counter-productive to the goal, with wearers losing less weight than people who undergo the same amount of activity but take the manual route of keeping track of themselves.

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Samsung C-Labs’ Welt smart belt goes live on Kickstarter

Samsung C-Labs’ Welt smart belt goes live on Kickstarter

At CES early this year, Samsung’s newly formed Creative Labs showcased a few concept smart products, and one of the most curious was a smart belt called Welt. Curious partly because of its perhaps poorly chosen name, and partly because it embodies the ultimate dream of wearable devices: an inconspicuous piece of clothing or fashion made smarter. Now the team behind the smart belt is seeking to bring the concept to fulfillment and, unsurprisingly, has taken to Kickstarter to make that happen, despite ties with Samsung.

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Withings Steel HR watch hands-on: classy heart rate time

Withings Steel HR watch hands-on: classy heart rate time

With the Steel HR, fitness gear company Withings is keeping it classy with a new classic-looking watch with smart functionality. This device looks like a simple analog watch - and indeed much of it is. What's next-gen about this watch isn't its looks, it's its ability to read its wearer's heart rate. With Withings smartphone app, this watch can tell its user what their heart rate is at the beginning of a run, throughout, and on-demand.

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New Fitbit Charge 2 and Flex 2 pack auto-tracking, move nudges, more

New Fitbit Charge 2 and Flex 2 pack auto-tracking, move nudges, more

Fitbit has updates its two most popular fitness wearables, with the Charge 2 and Flex 2 adding features like auto-recognition of different exercise types, guided breathing, and Apple Watch style reminders to get up and move. Meanwhile, there's a new app with Fitbit Adventures pitting your exercise regime against a trek through Yosemite, while designer collaborations aim to make the health gadgets as close to high-couture as possible.

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Garmin goes luxury with Fenix Chronos GPS smartwatch

Garmin goes luxury with Fenix Chronos GPS smartwatch

While Garmin may not be the most popular name in the smartwatch market, it continues to become one of the biggest players with its growing lineup of GPS and sports-focused devices. The company's newest wearable, however, takes a turn towards luxury: the new Fenix Chronos watch includes the health, activity, and location tracking you'd expect from Garmin, but puts it in a handsome, high-end package with leather, steel, and titanium materials.

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Best Fitness Trackers to keep you fit in 2016

Best Fitness Trackers to keep you fit in 2016

It is interesting, almost amusing, how recent technologies, both hardware and software, have seemingly conspired to get us on our feet and, at the very least, live more active lifestyles. Pokemon GO, for example, has gotten people walking a lot, despite the sometimes insane reasons. Fitness trackers and smartwatches with health features come in all shapes, sizes, and design, to keep you at least mindful of your activities, or lack of it. And though we're way past the middle of the year, there's no time like the present to start the journey towards a healthier you. But there are dozens, literally, of fitness-centric accessories out there. So to help you pick your next healthy purchase, here's our top ten choices for this year's best fitness wearables.

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