Garmin's Approach X40 should be a hole-in-one for golfers

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Garmin is no stranger to wearables and has a solution for most people no matter what sport they partake in. The company's Approach range is specifically-targeted at golfers, and the latest X40 is packed with all the features you need to improve your game whether a professional or an...

By Ryan Daws, 25 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Contextual Data, Devices, Fitness, Performance Monitoring, Trackers.

Logitech prepares for iPhone 7 with Jaybird acquisition

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Jaybird manufactures audio wearables for people who live active lifestyles, but more importantly they’ve been acquired by Logitech ahead of what seems like the inevitable removal of the standard headphone jack in the upcoming iPhone 7. 

Judd Armstrong, founder and chief executive officer of Jaybird, said,...

By Ryan Daws, 14 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Bluetooth, Devices, Fitness.

EQM Indexes launches index monitoring wearables segment

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IDC estimates that the global wearable device market is anticipated to see 44% year on year increase in shipments to 111.1 million units in 2016. Additionally, the segment is expected to witness a five year CAGR of 28%, resulting in 214.6 million units by 2019. As a result, EQM Indexes is launching an index, named WEARXT, to monitor the wearables segment.

WEARXT monitors the combined performance of around 45 to 55 global stocks that generate revenue from wearable technology...

By Wearable Tech, 10 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Fitness, Research, Smartwatches.

MasterCard and Coin pair up for payments on smartwatches and fitness bands

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MasterCard and Coin have announced a partnership to add MasterCard payments to a number of smartwatches, fitness bands and wearable devices.

The collaboration adds on to an announcement by MasterCard in October 2015 that introduced the Commerce for Every Device programme. This programme aims at enabling payments via any consumer gadget, wearable or accessory.

Under the partnership, Coin will provide the software and hardware to be integrated with the MasterCard Digital Enablement Service...

By Wearable Tech, 15 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Mobile Wallet, Payments.

How smartwatches are set to top fitness tech purchases in 2016

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Smartwatches are the most likely product to be purchased in the health and fitness technology sector, according to a report from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

More than one third (35%) of US respondents who said they were likely to purchase health and fitness technology in the coming 12 months said they would buy a smartwatch, ahead of fitness related apps (30%), dedicated wearable fitness activity trackers (27%), smart apparel (27%) and devices which track sleep patterns...

By Wearable Tech, 12 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Fitness, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.

Fossil to acquire Misfit to boost capability in wearables

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The Fossil Group has agreed to acquire wearable player Misfit with a view to expand its product range and cater to demand for wearables. The purchase price of $260 million (£171.4m) will be funded via cash and bank debt.

Sonny Vu, founder and chief executive officer of Misfit, will the join the Fossil Group as president and chief technology officer of connected devices, while also serving on the company’s executive leadership team.

The acquisition will allow Fossil to...

By Wearable Tech, 19 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Fitness.

Wrist-based trackers to power growth in fitness wearables

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Juniper Research has released a report that projects hardware revenues generated from the fitness wearables sector to nearly triple from an estimated $3.3 billion (GBP 2.2 billion) in 2015 to $10bn (GBP 6.6bn) by 2020, mainly on account of sales of wrist-based trackers.

Fitness currently outstrips fashion as the key purchase driver among wearable consumers. More than 70% of those weighing the purchase of a wearable are looking to use a fitness device. As a result, the current demand...

By Wearable Tech, 18 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Fitness, Health & Wellness.

Review: Putting the Fitbit Surge through its paces

When it comes to fitness trackers, the most renowned players are Jawbone and Fitbit. Both of these companies push the boundaries when it comes to keeping us healthy, but of the two, only Fitbit has so far attempted to combine a powerful tracker with smartwatch functionality in their most-recent flagship, the Surge. 

Has the company pulled off this ambitious feat? It's time for us to find out... 

Design, Battery, and UI 

First and foremost the Fitbit Surge is a fitness device, and therefore it...

By Ryan Daws, 23 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Fitness, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness, Smartwatches, Trackers.