Posts Tagged ‘fitness’

China’s most promising smartphone maker reveals first LTE phone, $13 fitness band

Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi announced two new devices today: the Mi 4 smartphone and the Mi Band, which is also the company’s first wearable. Branded as the “fastest and most gorgeous Mi Phone ever,” the Mi 4′s list of features includes a Snapdragon 801 chipset, 3GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel front camera, a 13-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-inch 1080p display. This is also the first LTE phone for Xiaomi, though it is currently only compatible with China’s LTE networks.

The Mi Band is arguably more interesting, as it promises a 30-day battery life and a shockingly low price tag of approximately $ 13. On top of being able to monitor the user’s activity levels and sleep, Xiaomi’s fitness band will be able to unlock Mi phones without the use of…

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Microsoft wearable rumors suggest more fitness tracker, less smartwatch

You may want to dial back your expectations for Microsoft’s oft-rumored smartwatch. According to sources speaking to the historically well-informed Paul Thurrott, the wearable isn’t intended as a watch — it’s a Gear Fit-style health tracker that…

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Microsoft’s smartwatch is reportedly a fitness band with smartphone notifications

Microsoft’s smartwatch has long been rumored as a device that competes with Android Wear, Samsung’s Gear watches, and any future hardware from Apple, but it might not take the form of a watch. Windows watcher Paul Thurrott reports that Microsoft’s smartwatch will actually be a fitness wristband with multiple sensors designed to track steps, calories burned, and heart rate. Thurrott’s report matches similar recent rumors of a Microsoft smartwatch that continuously measures heart rate through the day and night.

Images in a recent patent filing from Microsoft could offer an early glimpse at where the company is heading with its fitness band. The patent filing from May includes hardware that resembles a fitness band with icons for running…

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Sprint’s outdoor-ready Galaxy S5 Sport packs free fitness training

Americans: you no longer have to flock to AT&T to get a Galaxy S phone that can handle your outdoor adventures. Sprint has unveiled the Galaxy S5 Sport, a spin on the Galaxy S5 Active’s formula that revolves around fitness. It’s not as tough-looking…

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OMsignal Opens Pre-Orders For Smart Shirts That Track Activity, Fitness And Stress

Screen Shot 2014-05-08 at 8.36.04 AM After raising $ 1 million last year and debuting its smartwear clothing-embedded sensor tech, Montreal-based OMsignal is now ready to start accepting orders from customers. Its first product is the OM shirt, with four new models going up for pre-order today including an undershirt, sleeveless shirt, t-shirt and long-sleeved shirt for men. Each of these new shirts tracks your heart rate, breathing… Read More

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Every Fitness App And Wearable Should Have A Mood Tracker

Jawbone Up24 Along with its many other benefits, regular workouts contribute to better mood and energy levels. As a result, I am constantly surprised to see how many fitness tracking apps and wearable devices lack a mood tracking feature. Read More

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Human Adds M7 Support And A Daily Timeline To Its Fitness App

Health tracking app Human just added a few new features to its latest update. First, the app now supports Apple’s M7 fitness chipset if you have an iPhone 5s, while retaining compatibility with iPhone 4S and iPhone 5. The company also added a new daily summary to keep track of all your activities. Read More

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Tappy Fit Channels Flappy Bird Addiction Into Fitness Motivation Using Fitbit Data

A new game out now on the App Store features mechanics virtually identical to those found in viral hit Flappy Bird, but with a key twist – the game can be made easier through sheer physical effort. Using the Fitbit API, developer Aaron Coleman built-in a variable difficulty engine that allows you to redeem steps counted during a day in exchange for in-game rewards, like wider gaps between… Read More

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BSX Insight Looks To Shake Up Wearable Fitness Tracking With A Needle-Free Lactate Threshold Sensor

What is your Lactate Threshold? Chances are you don’t know, but if you’re a serious athlete who runs or cycles, it could be just the key to improving your endurance and strength. BSX Insight, based out of Houston, is the first-ever Lactate threshold monitor, meaning it analyzes the the composition and health of your actual muscles as you’re working out over time. Read More

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Wearables Attack! Huawei Announces A Fitness Band That’s Also A Bluetooth Headset

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Your fitness band got into my bluetooth headset! No, your bluetooth headset got into my fitness band! Stop! You’re both right!

In what I suspect will be a minor blip in the interstitial wearable world, China’s Huawei has announced a Bluetooth sports band complete with pedometer and calorie counter called the TalkBand B1. Why is it called the TalkBand? You can remove the 1.4-inch flexible OLED-fronted lozenge of electronics on the top and stick it into your ear, making it a Bluetooth headset.

The B1 works like any standard fitness band and pairs via NFC. However, because it can also act as a headset you could feasibly go for a run and take a call simultaneously, a boon to cardio-aware machers on the go. I doubt we’ll ever see this thing stateside so you’ll simply have to savor the strange idea of something you sweat all over going directly into your earhole.

via Engadget

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