TomTom launches new line of fitness wearable devices

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TomTom has added three new devices to its North American fitness wearables portfolio: TomTom Touch, TomTom Spark 3 and TomTom Adventurer.

TomTom Touch is claimed to be the first fitness tracker in the world that can measure all-day heart rate and body composition from the wrist. It is priced at $129.99. Users can measure their body composition, which is the ratio of body fat to muscle mass, with a touch of the device's button. The device can alos track sleep and heart rate up to five...

By Wearable Tech, 09 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Fitness, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.

Wearable which makes fitness “easy to understand” launched on Kickstarter

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The crowdfunding website Kickstarter has seen the launch of a new funding campaign for Keenbrace, an adaptive training device for workouts that features an integrated sensor system, a real-time voice coach and other features.

The Keenbrace device is suited for users of all activity levels, providing real-time error correction. The brace-like device houses a sensor system that delivers insights on user performance. It aims to avoid injuries and muscoskeletal issues.

Ken Leung, CEO and...

By Wearable Tech, 02 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Fitness, Health Monitoring.

Tractica cautiously optimistic in wearable cameras market forecast

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Market intelligence firm Tractica has released a new market report that forecast that annual shipments of wearable cameras will rise from 7.4 million units in 2014 to 24 million by 2021, resulting in a market worth $3.4 billion. The market at present consists of cameras for sports and adventure activities, consumer applications and public safety

These cameras have a targeted niche, but sports and adventure cameras, or action cameras, remain the largest driver for adoption of the...

By Wearable Tech, 31 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Clothing & Textiles, Fitness.

Amazfit launches ceramic-based wearable to combine fitness and fashion

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California-based firm Amazfit has introduced its first ceramic-based wearable activity tracker, which assesses biomechanical signals and daily activities.

The device connects the user's daily activities and biomechanical signals with smart data. It tracks a user's steps, distance travelled, sleep quality and calories burned. It also receives and transmits incoming call alerts through vibration.

Amazfit is a lightweight and slim activity tracker designed like a fashion accessory. It...

By Wearable Tech, 26 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Fashion, Fitness, Smartwatches.

Nearly half of wearables in Germany remain unused, report finds

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Almost half of all Germans who own a fitness wearable device have either stopped using or do not use it, according to new research.

The 2016 DKV Report, titled 'How Healthy is Germany?', indicates that nearly 50% of those who use a fitness tracker have either stopped using it, or do not use it. A total of 2,830 Germans were surveyed by GfK Nuremburg for the report.

Clemens Muth, chairman of the board of management at DKV, said that most people in Germany do not see the requirement...

By Wearable Tech, 25 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Fitness, Research.

Sports wearables require a greater focus on improvement advice

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When most people think of wearables, fitness trackers such as Fitbit come to mind. Whilst these devices are great for tracking your current performance to compare it to your past, they often don't offer advice on how to improve your ability in a chosen sport. 

Fossil announces launch of Q Wander and Q Marshal smartwatches

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Fossil has announced the launch of the Q Wander and Q Marshal smartwatches with pre-orders beginning August 12 and availability in stores from August 29.

Q Marshal and Q Wander are compatible with both Android smartphones and iPhones and start at $295, with integration including Google Fit, UA Record by Under Armour, UP by Jawbone, and MyFitnessPal.

“Q Wander and Q Marshal beautifully marry form and function for a stunning addition to your everyday style,” said Jill...

By Wearable Tech, 15 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Fitness, Health Monitoring, Smartwatches.

Fitbit reports $587m revenue in Q216, represents a 46% year on year increase

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Fitbit sold 5.7 million devices in the second quarter of 2016 on a 46% year-on-year increase in revenue to $586.5 million during the period.

The US accounted for 76% of revenue on sales growth of 42% year-over-year while EMEA revenue grew 150% year-over-year while accounting for 17% of the company’s revenue during the period. APAC accounted for 2% of the company’s revenue while seeing a 54% decline in sales. Excluding the impact of the progressive shut down of retailer...

By Wearable Tech, 05 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Fitness, Health & Wellness.