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Fitness Wearables Will Bounce Back From Smartwatch Threat, Says Gartner

By |January 16th, 2015|Fitness Bands, RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT|

What’s the short term trajectory for fitness wearables? DOWN.

    Analyst Gartner is projecting a dip in overall shipments next year, owing to overlapping functionality between different types of fitness wearables and because smartwatches are eating into their functionality (while also offering more in the way of communications features).

But the analyst expects the fitness wearables category to bounce back in 2016 because of better, more versatile designs and lower cost displays. In other words, fitness devices are going to up their game.

In a global forecast on fitness wearables, the analyst projects shipments will reach 68.1 million units in 2015, down from 70 million in 2014, as a larger proportion of buyers opt for smartwatches instead (it estimates that half of people considering buying a smart wristband will purchase a smartwatch instead next year — which is, of course, when Apple is expected to launch into the space). But by 2016 it sees shipments bouncing back — to total 91.3 million units.

Gartner segments the fitness wearables category into five main form factors: smart wristbands, sports watches, other fitness monitors, heart rate monitor chest straps, and smart garments.

While smart wristbands and other fitness monitors are currently the most popular form factors, the analyst identifies the latter emergent category as having the “greatest potential for growth” being as it’s emerging from the testing phase.

It’s projecting shipments here will grow from practically nothing (0.1 million units) in 2014, to 26 million in 2016.

Gartner adds that it expects continued overlap in functionality between smart wrist bands and smartwatches, but sees fitness bands and other fitness monitors carving out a non-retail niche in the future — by being increasingly offered by gyms, wellness providers, insurance providers, weight loss clinics and employers, sometimes at subsidized prices or for free.

It said it expects a quarter of these fitness devices to be sold through non-retail channels between 2018 and 2020.

These companies will serve as a growing distribution channel for device manufactur

ers,” it adds.

“The new channels also result from fitness monitors being integrated into employee badges or identification bracelets for access control. Business-to-consumer companies will have rewards or gamification linked to the use of wearables as a way of keeping customers engaged with their brands.”

A key driver for fitness wearables to continue to proliferate, according to Gartner, are the big funding initiatives from the likes of Apple (HealthKit), Google (Google Fit), Samsung (S.A.M.I.), and others, which will allow consumers to integrate data from multiple wearables into a single account where it can be analyzed and yield useful insights for the wearer.

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Top 5 Most Purchased SmartWatch by Asian Markets

By |October 20th, 2014|Companion |NFC, Fitness Bands|

China’s smartphone makers are quickly taking interest in launching wearable companion device to keep track of notifications and even health. Over the past year we have seen hundreds of wearables, but these 5 are current the most popular.

What is wearable tech?

As the name suggests, wearable technology is the type that is attached to the body in some way. In this case we are focusing on watch style wearable devices, but we can also see smart glasses, and even clip on smart accessories too.  Wearable technology can be as simple as a companion to your smartphone with simple notifications, to all singing and dancing smart devices with built in cameras, and full Android operating systems.

5 Pieces of popular wearable tech from China that outperform Most Worldwide Competitors
and sales of each have verified each devices success

The following 5 pieces of wearable tech from China are all watch based, We plan to revisit wearable technology more often though so keep your eyes peeled for other accessories.

 

‘Mi Band’ by Xiaomi

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The most affordable wearable is also probably the most popular wearable too!
The Xiaomi MiBand is nothing more than a simple rubber wrist band with a tiny removable capsule where the magic happens.

Xiaomi’s first wearable is very basic in look, design and even function.

The lightweight rubber design couldn’t be simpler and makes for a comfortable and lightweight device. At the heart of the product is a small alloy and plastic body which has nothing more than 3 LED lights and socket for a special USB cable to connect for charging.

The Mi Band is designed as a easy to use health monitor. All it does it counts your steps and works out how many calories you burn a day (through the Mi Band App). The product is so simple that it doesn’t even have a watch feature!

The Mi Band has an amazing battery life of 30 days and costs a very reasonable 79 Yuan in China.

International customers can pick a Mi Band up for around
$21.99 from online resellers.

‘InWatch Z’ by Yao Industries, USA

inwatch z 5 Pieces of popular wearable tech from China

You might remember the InWatch Pi as the minimalist device that was announced during the Meizu MX4 launch, well the InWatch Z is a totally different device with more features and a designer closer to Android Wear smartwatches.

Unlike the Pi and the Mi Band, the InWatch Z does not actually need you to connect it to a smartphone, and can actually take the place of your Android phone in many ways.

InWatch have managed to squeeze a dual-core 1.2Ghz processor, under the 1.63-inch 240 x 240 resolution touch screen, along with 1GB RAM and 8GB memory. Memory can be used to save photos taken with the built in camera, store apps downloaded from Google Play or even save contacts who you can call or email over 2G networks!

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‘Omate X’ by OMATE (SimValley,GE)

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Start-up Omate are back again with their second generation Android smartwatch, the Omate X. The original Omate Truesmart was one of the first Android smartwatches to really capture the attention of Android fans and developers with some great hard wear and features.

The Omate X takes those features and fuses them in to a really stunning body make from alloy and with a leather strap. Where as the Truesmart was a Casio the X Omate X is heading toward Omega territory!

Features of the Omate X include a 7 date battery, and a Mediatek processor,and as it is based on a standard Android OS most of your favourite apps will work on it without issue.

The Omate X is quite affordable to at only $129!

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‘W007’ Atongm SmartWatch

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The Atongm W007 is a Samsung Galaxy Gear wannabe, and a device which neatly sits between the basic Mi Band and feature rich Omate X.

Atongm have given their device a brushed metal body and simple LCD display which tougher give a nice minimalistic look and should give good battery life. The watch doesn’t use Android so you cannot load many apps on it, but it will sync to your phone to control music, act as a hands free kit for calls, track exercise and send you notifications when you get a message, or email.

There is also a built-in camera for those times you need to go undercover, and syncing is made easy with a specially designed Android .apk.

Pricing of the Atongm W007 is around $85.

‘TalkBand B1’ by Huawei

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Finally we have another sports band, this time from Huawei with a similar design to the Xiaomi Mi Band. Huawei actually unveiled the Talkband B1 at MWC, so quite sometime before the Mi Band launched, and although similar in design they are very different in the features they offer.

Again we are looking at the main heart of the product living inside a a comfortable rubber band. In there we have a 1.4 Inchi OLED display that can show notifications from your phone, incoming calls and fitness tracking.

What really sets the B1 apart is the fact that the screen can be pulled out of the band and plugged in to your ear as Bluetooth 4.1 earpiece for calls.

There is also NFC built in and the Huawei will work on both Android and iOS phones.

Pricing is around 99 Euros and you should be able to find the B1 in stores around Europe and Asia.

Apple Pay Security using Skin Contact on Apple Watch

By |September 11th, 2014|Apple, Companion |NFC, Consumer Wearables, Fitness Bands, News, Outside Sources*|

When Apple announced that the Apple Watch would be able to use Apple Pay, the company’s new mobile payment initiative, many wondered how secure the payments would be if the device lacked the security of Touch ID, which is used in the iPhone 6’s implementation. Now, several members of the press have confirmed how the system works.

Both Rene Ritchie of iMore and Cult of Mac report that when a user first puts on the Watch they must type in a PIN code to authorize Apple Pay. Once it’s on, the Watch uses constant skin contact, which it can sense using the four sapphire-covered lenses on the underside of the device, to authorize payments. However, once the device is removed from a user’s wrist, they must re-enter their PIN when putting the device back on their wrist.

Thanks to sensors on the Apple Watch’s back, the device can tell when it’s being worn and when it has been taken off. When you first put the watch on, you must enter a code. When the watch is removed from your wrist, the watch locks itself and can’t be used for payments unless the code is entered again.

MasterCard’s mobile payment executive Ed McLaughlin also told Re/code that the Watch would use the four sensors on the back of the device as a security measure, while Visa CEO Charlie Scharf said that Apple understood the risks of contactless payments and has a solution.

The Apple Watch is due to arrive in early 2015 and will start at $350.

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GARMIN APPROACH S6 GOLF WATCH | Gadgets Magazine

By |August 29th, 2014|Fitness Bands|

GARMIN APPROACH S6 GOLF WATCH

GARMIN APPROACH S6 GOLF WATCH

LATHE, Kan., Jun 19, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE)– Garmin International Inc., a system of Garmin Ltd. GRMN -0.90 %, the worldwide leader in satellite gps, today revealed the Approach S6touchscreen watch furnished with brand new golf watch innovation. The Approach S6 flaunts first-of-its-kind swing metrics and training devices precisely a golf player’s wrist. SwingTempo, TempoTrainer and SwingStrength ™ could be utilized to enhance golf players’ swing uniformity and synchronization, making the S6 an important device on the driving variety, in the tee box, on the eco-friendly, and even in the club. The S6 is the very first golf watch to provide complete CourseView maps with GreenView, Touch Targeting, and PinPointer ™ on a high-res shade touchscreen. Like various other Garmin golf gadgets, the Approach S6 comes preloaded with greater than 30,000 worldwide programs without any extra memberships or charges. With this brand-new innovation, the Approach S6 offers which a golf player has to enhance their video game in a smooth watchGRMN -0.90 %, the worldwide leader in satellite gps, today revealed theApproach S6 touchscreen watch furnished with brand new golf watch innovation. The Approach S6 flaunts first-of-its-kind swing metrics and training devices right on a golf player’s wrist. Like various other Garmin golf gadgets, the Approach S6 comes preloaded with even more compared to 30,000 worldwide programs with no extra memberships or charges.

GARMIN APPROACH S6 GOLF WATCH

GARMIN APPROACH S6 GOLF WATCH

The Approach S6 is a feature-packed hi-res shade touchscreen GPS golf watch with integrateded swing metrics, consisting of SwingStrength calibration, assists you immediately understand exactly how tough you struck each club so you could educate on your own to turn much more constant. Swing metrics likewise consist of SwingTempo and TempoTraining to assist you tweak your timing. Complete shade CourseView maps for over 30,000 worldwide programs, touch targeting, PinPointer and devoted Course View button with hands-on pin positioning assistance you swiftly discover accurate yardage and instructions you require for each try. The Smart Notification function allows you receiveemails, contents and notifies from your apple iphone (Fours or later on) or iPad. And the lithium-ion electric battery supplies as much as 10 hrs of GPS golf on a solitary fee.

“The Approach S6 supplies golf players with efficiency and training information that has actually never ever been offered in a watch previously,” stated Dan Bartel, Garmin vice head of state of around the world sales. “The brand-new swing metrics, coupleded with the shade CourseView maps, high-res touchscreen screen and Smart Notifications make the S6 the very first golf watch that loads the power of a portable into a smooth type element.”

The Approach S6 is the very first golf watch with these sophisticated Swing Metrics, that include SwingTempo, TempoTrainer, and SwingStrength. SwingTempo gauges the partnership in between a golf player’s backswing and drop-off, and reveals it as a proportion. In research studies of effective golf swings, a suitable proportion of 3:1 has actually been developed, despite specific variants of rate. TempoTrainer utilizes the 3:1 proportion and provides golf players audible tones to integrate their swing technicians and tweak their pace. The S6 likewise includes SwingStrength, which supplies golf players with instant comments on their power portion, to assist golf players determine and keep in mindkeep in mind and determine exactly how difficult they struck each club. TheApproach S6 likewise has a Handicap Scoring function, which offers handicap racking up choices for specific openings, golf player’s regional handicap, or index/slope techniquesThe Approach S6is a feature-packed hi-res shade touchscreen GPS golf watch with developed in swing metrics, consisting of SwingStrength calibration, assists youimmediately understand exactly how difficult you struck each club so you could educate on your own to turn much more constant.”TheApproach S6 supplies golf players with efficiency and training information that has actually never ever been offered in a watch previously,” stated Dan Bartel, Garmin vice head of state of around the world sales. The Approach S6 is the very first golf watch with these innovative Swing Metrics, which consist of SwingTempo, TempoTrainer, and SwingStrength.

Watches that utilize GPS to assist you on the program are absolutely nothing brand-new. Clip-on swing trackers are aged information. However a wearable that incorporatesA wearable that incorporates them both? Now you’ve obtained something. The Garmin Approach S6 GPS Golf Watch proceeds the GPS-maker’s playing golf line with a host of sensing units that it utilizes to track your swing pace and rate, contrasting your pace versus the perfect proportion and providing you audible tones to enhance your technicians. Naturally, it’s likewise buckled down GPS chops, with comprehensive, full-color sees of over 30,000 programs, the Pin Pointer to assist with blind chances to the eco-friendly, an eco-friendly see that enables you to relocate the pin to its present place, and the capability to keep your rating and gauge your range on huge chances.

via GARMIN APPROACH S6 GOLF WATCH | Gadgets Magazine.