Wearable Electronics

Polar Tracks Heart Rate, Sleep With A370

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Polar Tracks Heart Rate, Sleep With A370

Polar announces the A370-- an upgrade on the A360 fitness wearable, featuring the addition of continuous heart rate tracking together with sleep tracking and, as such devices tend to, fitness tracking.

The A370 monitors heart rate every 5 minutes, regardless of wearer activity (or lack thereof). It also can tell when the wearer is doing any activity, with an accelerometer tracking running speed and distance. Connectivity with the Polar weighing scale allows it to track calorie loss.

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Asus ZenWatch Line No More?

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Asus ZenWatch Line No More?

According to supply chain sources speaking to DigiTimes, Asus is "likely" to end the ZenWatch smartwatch line due to "lower than expected" sales.

DigiTimes adds monthly ZenWatch product shipments total around 5000-6000 on average, with production currently outsourced to Pegatron. In comparison, Q1 2017 Apple Watch shipments total 3.5 million according to IDC, while 2016 shipments reached 7m units.

The latest ZenWatch device is the ZenWatch 3, a smartwatch launched back in November 2016 featuring a 1.39-inch AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 CPU, 512MB RAM and 4GB storage.

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Acer Presents Leap Ware

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Acer Presents Leap Ware

Acer makes another stab at fitness wearables with the Leap Ware-- a smartwatch the company says can measure stamina as well as heart rate, fatigue and UV exposure.

The Leap Ware is a 42mm device with Corning Gorilla Glass SR+ and IPX7 water resistance able to protect it against an "unexpected torrential downpour." A built-in LED light switches on at the press of a button, and bands are interchangeable with any 20mm watch band. Acer claims the battery lasts for up to 3-5 days on a single charge.

On the fitness metrics side the watch uses a MediaTek M2523 chipset and MT2511 bio-sensing chip, together with "advanced algorithms" to monitor heart rate, stamina, stress/fatigue levels and exposure to ultraviolet rays.

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Leaked: Fitbit's First Smartwatch!

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Leaked: Fitbit's First Smartwatch!

Yahoo Finance gets its mitts on images of the first "proper" smartwatch from troubled fitness wearable maker Fitbit, as well as the company's first-ever set of Bluetooth earbuds.

Originally meant for a Spring release, the smartwatch is set for a Q3 2017 launch. According to a Yahoo source, Fitbit plans to "get ahead of whenever Apple plans their normal fall announcement." Rumours also suggest the device was affected by hardware issues, including GPS signal and waterproofing, as well as a lack of app store due to SDK delays.

As seen in the photos the smartwatch is similar to other premium Fitbit products, such as the Blaze fitness watch. Codenamed "Higgs," it has a colour display with 1000 nits brightness, built-in GPS, heart rate monitoring, touchless payments capability, music storage and playback (via streaming service Pandora) and battery life reaching up to 4 days on a single charge. Construction is in aluminium, and the watch bands are swappable.

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The First Windows 10-Powered Smartwatch

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The First Windows 10-Powered Smartwatch

German OEM TrekStor is the company working on the first Windows 10-powered smartwatch-- a yet unnamed wearable device based on Windows 10 IoT Core able to run Universal Windows applications.

Announced in a Windows Blog post, the TrekStor smartwatch is primarily aimed at industry use, with applications such as retail inventory management, building automation, industrial automation, healthcare, asset management and fleet management. As Microsoft puts it, the device "allows various functions to be reported to the right place without any communicative detours, and messages can be transmitted silently in real-time or verbally via voice messages."

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Alphabet's Health Study Smartwatch

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Alphabet's Health Study Smartwatch

Verily, the life sciences spinoff of Google umbrella company Alphabet, has a slick-looking smartwatch designed for use in observational and longitudinal health studies.

Dubbed the Study Watch, the device has a low-power ePaper-style display and carries "multiple physiological and environmental sensors, designed to measure relevant signals for studies spanning cardiovascular, movement disorders, and other areas.” Verily says the battery lasts up to a week on a single charge, and the smartwatch encrypts health data before upload and processing on the cloud.

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ZTE Presents Quartz Smartwatch

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ZTE Presents Quartz Smartwatch

ZTE announces a first smartwatch-- the Quartz, an Android Wear 2.0-powered number promising functionality on par with similar devices, only at a lower price range.

The Quartz features a unibody design with a round 1.4-inch Gorilla Glass 3-covered 400 x 400 touchscreen complete with Gorilla Glass shielding. Inside are an accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, GPS and a heart rate sensor, together with a 1.1GHz quad-core Snapdragon Wear 2100 CPU, 768MB RAM and 4GB storage. A 500 mAh battery promises up to 36 hours of use on a single charge.

Interestingly, it also carries an own LTE radio as well as a microphone and speaker, meaning it can handle phone calls, SMS and data. Watch construction is water resistant, and the band is a 22mm number users can be easily swap out.

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Polar Presents M430 Running Watch

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Polar Presents M430 Running Watch

Polar presents an update on the flagship M400 running shop-- the M430, a wearable featuring wrist-based heart rate sensors within a slightly thinner and lighter design.

The M400 is very similar to its predecessor, consisting of a rounded-square module with 5 physical buttons and a soft-touch perforated silicone strap reminiscent of that included with the Nike Apple Watch Series 2. The module weighs 51g and carries 6 LED lights for optical heart rate sensing, built-in GPS, 240mAh battery and a monochrome display.

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The App-Enabled ReSound LiNX 3D Hearing Aid

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The App-Enabled ReSound LiNX 3D Hearing Aid

GN Hearing announces the next generation of app-enabled hearing aid-- the ReSound LiNX 3D, a hearing aid complete with companion app for customisation and fine-tuning via iPhone and even Apple Watch.

The app allows users to ask their audiologist to remotely fine-tune the hearing aid without need for an appointment or traveling to the clinic, thanks to a cloud-based platform dubbed ReSound SmartFit. One can also share feedback on hearing difficulties as a situation occurs, and hearing care professionals can offer follow-up services remotely.

As for the actual hearing aid, the ReSound LiNX 3D carries 5th generation 2.4GHz wireless technology and 3rd generation binaural directionality for "clear, natural sound, exceptional speech understanding and the best sense of where sounds are coming from." GN Hearing adds the hearing aid handles both quiet and speech-only situations as well as areas with loud surrounding sound, and the aid optimises audibility of speaking voices.

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Misfit Vapor Gets Android Wear 2.0

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Misfit Vapor Gets Android Wear 2.0

Fossil-owned fitness tracker maker Misfit announces its first smartwatch, the Vapor, will use Android Wear 2.0-- replacing the proprietary OS seen when it was first revealed at CES 2017.

The Vapor is a fitness-focused device with a circular 1.39-inch AMOLED touch display. It features a standalone GPS, heart rate sensor and a touch-sensitive bezel. According to Misfit, Android Wear 2 offers support for more 3rd party services (as opposed to a homegrown OS) while allowing for a customised device with unique watchfaces and micro apps.

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The Samsung Smart(pocket)watch

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The Samsung Smart(pocket)watch

Samsung presents three different takes on the smartwatch at the Baselworld 2017 trade conference-- including what is essentially a Gear S3 repurposed into a traditional pocket watch.

The brainchild of watch designer Yvan Arpa, the Gear S3 pocket watch even carries a mechanical movement inside the back of the case, while the lid features a compass. The other two Gear S3 variants a somewhat more ordinary (at least compared to the hybrid pocket watch), with one featuring a redesigned bezel and the other replacing the digital internal components with a Swiss-made mechanical movement.

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