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Here’s the Ionic, Fitbit’s long-awaited answer to the Apple Watch

Starting out as a novelty product, the Apple Watch has grown increasingly relevant by adding more fitness-tracking capabilities. They are likely to expand further with its third version, expected to debut next month (including, reportedly, a cellular antenna). Fitbit, meanwhile, is coming from the …

Smartwatches

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro gets revealed on Samsung Spain web portal

We know that Samsung is going to launch its Galaxy Note 8 smartphone later today, but rumors circulating recently suggested that the Gear Fit 2 Pro might appear at the New York Event too. This, it seems, may have been accurate, as the watch has now broken cover on Samsung’s official site.<p>The …

Posting pictures of your kids on Facebook? Think twice.

You might think it's cute to snap a photo of your toddler running around in a playground or having a temper tantrum, and then posting it on social …

Moov made a heart rate sensor you wear on your head

When representatives from the fitness tracking company Moov first told me they had made a heart rate sensor that you wear on your head, I thought the idea was ridiculous. But after I saw the Moov HR Sweat headband and swim caps (Moov HR Swim), it all made a bit more sense. The new device sits …

Garmin vivofit jr tracks kid’s activity and motivates them

Garmin has unveiled a new fitness tracker aimed directly at kids who want something like mom and dad wears. The tracker is called the vivofit jr and …

TomTom's new fitness tracker can estimate your body fat and muscle mass

Don't worry — it does all the other fitness tracker stuff, too<p>TomTom has announced three new fitness tracking wearables today at IFA. The first one is called the TomTom Touch, and it’s a fairly standard wrist-worn fitness tracker in terms of its design, but it also measures your body fat and muscle …

Samsung Gear Fit 2 review: Samsung gets fitness tracking right

I have to give Samsung credit: it went from making a me-too wearable to making something that feels like a serious commitment, something that its intended audience would actually want to use. I’m talking about the Samsung Gear Fit 2, the company’s new activity-tracking wristband.<p>Samsung’s first try …

Vinaya's emotion-tracking bracelet smashed its $100,000 crowdfunding target in 41 hours

The Shoreditch company is raising money for its "Zenta" bracelet, which is designed to help people track their emotions.<p>Vinaya launched the Zenta device on Indiegogo on June 1 and by Friday evening over 250 investors had backed the product with $114,868 (£78,000.) The campaign will finish on June …

Samsung's latest fitness smartwatch has some incredible new features, but it's missing something important

It's the successor of the good-but-flawed Gear Fit, and it comes with a great new map feature that shows your route and helps direct you in the right direction.<p>At the same time, it's lacking an important feature that we believe would have made the Gear Fit 2 an undisputed winner as a fitness device.<p>…

Fitbit Charge 2 vs Garmin vívosmart HR+

<i>Looking for our Fitbit Charge HR vs Garmin vívosmart HR comparison? Head here.</i><p>Fitbit vs Garmin: a battle between two fitness giants that’s been debated for quite some time.<p>If you’re looking to keep better track of your daily activity, the Fitbit Charge 2 and Garmin vívosmart HR+ are two devices …

Is Jawbone about to go out of business? - Pocket-lint

It looks like Jawbone isn't doing so well.<p>The company, which is known for making both speakers and fitness trackers, is reportedly ending production …

Pebble's new smartwatches focus on fitness

Way before there was Android Wear or the Apple Watch, there was Pebble. It was arguably one of the more successful smartwatches on the market, raising a whopping $10 million on Kickstarter with its simple e-paper design. The company has faced quite a few challenges since then, but it came back …

Pal wristband adds GPS and battery life to a Pebble watch

Putting GPS in a watch is nothing new, but adding it to an existing watch is a neat feat. That's what a company called Powerstrap is doing with its new Pal wristband for the Pebble Time series. The GPS module, like other Pebble Time add-ons, is basically a case for the Pebble, and the additional …

Wearable Tech

Fitbit buys wearable tech from Coin, looks toward NFC payment integration in future devices

Fitbit’s future plans clearly extend well beyond simple fitness tracking, as evidenced by products like the Blaze, which leans much more heavily into smartwatch territory than before. And then there’s this. The company announced this morning that it’s picked up assets from mobile payment solution …

Wearable Tech

Adidas wants to put these Zone fitness trackers on every kid in PE class

Everybody likes a good fitness tracker, but nobody is thinking about the children. The poor dears are being left out of the wearable revolution — looks like it’s up to Adidas to put a gadget on every wrist and a smile on every PE teacher’s face. The athletic-goods company aims to equip whole …

Heart Rates

Wearable tech could be making exercise less fun

This is the moment of the quantified self.<p>Such a moment isn't driven only by the Apple Watch, which the company markets for its self-tracking ability; nor is it entirely the doing of fancy pedometers like Fitbit and Jawbone, or the dubious sleep-quality measuring apps. This moment is also the …

Fitness apps are ruining the Apple Watch. Apple should scrap them.

Apple has got its fitness strategy all wrong. It sees Apple Watch as a computing platform rather than a device, and so it promotes third-party apps instead of making better built-in ones of its own.<p>That may be a fine strategy for Macs and iPhones, but it just does not work for watches and fitness …

Withings expands fitness family with button-sized, e-ink Go tracker

The $69 device is the company's least expensive and most versatile tracker.<p>Withings is known for its elegant line of products as well as its …

HTC delays Grip fitness wearable to later this year

Device will now be available alongside a larger portfolio of Under Armour products<p>Earlier this year, HTC announced that it would be releasing a fitness wearable in a partnership with Under Armour. Called the Grip, the device was a wrist-worn fitness tracker that included a touchscreen and GPS …

Wearable devices: tracking your every step may not make you happier

Self-tracking apps and devices allow us to monitor our behaviour, but we should be cautious in expecting them to drive improvements in our wellbeing<p>“Fitter, happier, more productive” is a cynical line even by Radiohead’s standards. But the band’s song, released in 1997, did manage to predict the …

Psychology

Moov's new fitness tracker will coach you through your workout

Moov has launched its new wearable fitness device – MOOV NOW – which is available for pre-order, with a limited number being sold at a discounted price of $59.99 instead of $99.99.<p>The band itself is designed to be lightweight and breathable, and is worn on the ankle as opposed to the wrist. It …

HTC's Grip Wristband Helps Outdoor Runners With Built-In GPS

This Nike FuelBand-inspired device tracks much more than movement<p>If you're a outdoor runner, and you still haven't bought a wearable wristband to track your fitness goals, you might want to consider HTC's first wearable device—the Grip.<p>The HTC Grip was made in partnership with Under Armour and uses …

LG Watch Urbane and LG Watch Urbane LTE -- hands-on

Gallery: LG Watch Urbane and LG Watch Urbane LTE -- hands-on<p>Gallery: LG Watch Urbane and LG Watch Urbane LTE -- hands-on<p>+ 15<p>+ 14<p>+ 13<p>LG has shown off …

Wear OS

Swatch announces new touchscreen watch with fitness features

A Swatch smartwatch is still coming<p>While we wait for Swatch to show off its upcoming smartwatch this spring, the company has decided to update its current touchscreen offering, the Swatch Touch. The Swatch Touch Zero One is a fitness watch geared toward volleyball players. It can track calories …

Why Wearables Should Be Free

Companies shouldn’t just give out wearables for free; they should pay users for data, argues Frog’s chief creative officer.<p>Owners of wearable technology, like the upcoming Apple Watch or Microsoft Band, are the most vital part of the product ecosystem because they generate valuable information each …

Wearable Tech

Jawbone's new Up3 is its most advanced fitness tracker ever

Jawbone loves data. It loves collecting more data; it loves collecting better data. Data is what makes the Up platform turn, what helps it turn its product from simple trackers into devices that subtly nudge you toward a better, healthier life. Today, Jawbone is launching a high-end product …

Fitbit announces three new activity trackers, including a GPS watch

The last year has been a bit rough for Fitbit. The biggest thorn in its side has obviously been the allergic reactions to, and the subsequent recall of, its Force fitness tracker. Despite having spent the better part of 2014 without its flagship model on store shelves, the company still holds a …

Glassy Pro One wants to be the FuelBand for beachbums

Sportsbands or smartwatches try to be all things to all people, but are you going to pit a pricey smartwatch against 20-foot waves? Of course not, and that's where purpose-built devices come in like the Glassy Pro One sportsband for surfers. While far less versatile than a general sportsband, the …

Garmin's Vivosmart is part fitness band, part smartwatch

Considering how many damn smartwatches and fitness bands we've seen, it's incredible how few of them manage to combine aspects of both. Sure, there was the Fitbit Force, which was designed to show incoming calls for iPhones, but that was discontinued after a recall. The Samsung Gear Fit and Gear 2 …