Garmin reports 5% year-on-year rise in revenue to $812m in Q216

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Garmin has announced its results for the second quarter ended June 25, 2016, with revenue growing 5% year-on-year to $812 million.

Gross margin expanded to 57.0% compared to 54.2% in the prior year quarter, and operating margin expanded to 24.7% compared to 21.5% in the prior year quarter. GAAP EPS grew 18% year-on-year to $0.85 while pro forma EPS grew 21% year-on-year to $0.87.

Cliff Pemble, president and chief executive officer of Garmin, said: “We achieved strong results in...

By Wearable Tech, 28 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Research, Smartwatches.

How the use of wearable neuromuscular devices could cut down cruciate ligament injuries

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New research unveiled at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) argues that the utilisation of wearable neuromuscular (WNM) devices among female footballers could cut down the occurrence of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. The study ascertained functional improvements in athletes who used the devices in combination with a regular training program.

The study made use of 79 elite youth and collegiate female soccer players (age...

By Wearable Tech, 19 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Fitness, Health & Wellness.

Wearables and social care: How you can become your own ‘personal care professional’

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The relationship between health and social care professionals and their patients is changing, as a result of the increasing access we all have to personal data and online information. With a relatively small collection of wearable consumer devices, linked to a smartphone, I can amass details about my general health, a medical condition, the impact of lifestyle habits and effect of prescribed treatments - more than doctors have ever been able to do in the past. The idea of the...

By Jos Creese, 19 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Fitness, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.

Flex partners with MAS to develop new wearable technologies for clothing

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Flex is collaborating with MAS Holdings to manufacture new wearable technologies that speed up the integration of the ‘Intelligence of Things’ into clothing and facilitate more natural, intuitive interactions between people and technology.

Flex is a ‘sketch to scale’ solutions provider that designs and builds intelligent products for a connected world and MAS Holdings is a technology apparel design-to-delivery solutions provider.

Mike Dennison, president of the...

By Wearable Tech, 15 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Clothing & Textiles, Fitness.

Apple tops smartwatch satisfaction while Samsung superior for fitness bands

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J.D. Power has released two reports on satisfaction in wearable tech; one focusing on smartwatches and the other on fitness bands. Apple topped the satisfaction survey for smartwatches while Samsung stood first in the fitness band category.

The reports ascertain overall satisfaction among customers who purchased the devices within the past 12 months. The reports also provided a breakdown on satisfaction across 11 factors.

For smartwatches, the foremost factors – in order of...

By Wearable Tech, 14 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Fitness, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness, Research, Smartwatches.

Consumers consider accuracy as most important feature of wearables, survey reveals

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Consumers consider accuracy as the most important feature of wearable devices, with more than half of those who do not own a wearable considering buying one if they trusted its accuracy.

The survey, of 706 US consumers, aged between 18 to 65, titled “The State of Wearables Today” conducted by Valencell and MEMS & Sensor Industry Group, looked to gain insight on consumers’ knowledge and preferences around wearables such as a device, clothing or accessories...

By Wearable Tech, 28 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Fitness, Health & Wellness.

Apple showcases watchOS 3 and promises ‘breakthrough’ health features

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Apple has looked to reinvigorate the Apple Watch with watchOS 3 with improvements to performance and navigation along with new features related to fitness and health.

New physical features include new watch faces including Minnie Mouse, Activity and Numerals. Apps – such as, Workout, Music or Messages – will now be able to launch from the watch face. Customers can add complications to the Photo, Motion or Timelapse watch faces.

As regards performance, users can press...

By Wearable Tech, 20 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Fitness, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness, iOS.

Smartwatches narrow gap on activity trackers with fitness tracking adoption

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The NPD Group Connected Intelligence Activity Trackers and Sports Report argues that as activity tracker sales continue to see robust growth, the smartwatch is catching up in terms of popularity with consumers as an alternative to track more advanced activities. The report has found that though the activity tracker exhibits leadership in the majority of exercise categories, smartwatches are narrowing the gap.

Eddie Hold, president of Connected Intelligence, said: “Activity tracker...

By Wearable Tech, 17 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Fitness, Smartwatches.