The new Fitbit Charge HR
has got a lot of competition in the increasingly crowded fitness tracker market. With countless devices vying for the chance to monitor your activity and tell you you're not doing enough exercise, can the Charge HR stand out with its built-in heart rate monitoring, activity tracking, and gentle encouragement? We've recently spent a couple of weeks with one to discover whether it can encourage us to be more active.
For many drivers, a vehicle’s inner workings are akin to magic. When something goes wrong with the car, we take it to the mechanic and trust them to provide an accurate, honest resolution recommendation. But what if there was an app that could provide us vehicular simpletons with ongoing monitoring and recommend a non-biased solution when a problem is identified? That’s exactly what five Thai engineers thought when they set about developing the Drivebot, a device described as a Fitbit
for your car.
Fitbit’s Charge may provoke a touch of déjà vu in anyone familiar with the ill-fated Force fitness tracker
, but it’s not a direct clone. The new wearable provides a touch of new functionality and offers an optional pulse tracker.
Health monitoring start-up Azoi has announced the availability of a significant product in the form of the Wello, a lightweight smartphone case embedded with sensors that measures blood pressure, electrocardiography (ECG), heart rate, blood oxygen, temperature, and lung functions to a high level of accuracy. With such functionality, the Wello has the potential to become a disruptive technology, enabling people in developed countries to track all their key vital health data, and make more informed lifestyle choices. In developing countries where the healthcare system is poor or non-existent, it has the potential to facilitate much more. Gizmag speaks with Hamish Patel, founder and CEO of Azoi.
As big tech companies prepare to woo you with current and upcoming smartwatches
, they'll be doing battle with fitness tracking devices that some customers already have on their wrists. Along with the Jawbone Up
and Nike Fuelband, one of the most popular series of wrist trackers comes from Fitbit
. The San Francisco-based company just unveiled its latest tracker, and, surprise surprise, it took some baby steps in the direction of the smartwatch.
Fitbit is an activity monitor which conveniently clips to pants, shirt or wristband and pays careful attention to what you are doing. It counts your steps, records distance traveled and tells you how many calories you've burned. When you're not being active it'll record data on how long it takes you to fall asleep, how many times during the night you awoke and how much sleep you actually managed to get. Go within a few feet of its base station and it will automatically upload the data to a website for subsequent detailed analysis and storage.