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— Medical

New pulse-tracking tech does away with wearable sensors

Keeping an eye on one's heart rate is a big part of fitness tracking, with wearables from the Apple Watch to dedicated chest straps delivering the feature to users. But what if you could get the benefits of heartbeat sensing without even having to strap on a piece of tech? A team of researchers from the Kyoto University, together with Panasonic, is working on making that dream a reality, utilizing millimeter-wave radar tech and a specially-designed algorithm.

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— Wearable Electronics

Review: Moov Now is a wearable sports coach worth listening to

The Moov Now is not your typical activity tracker. Rather than monitoring your exercise and letting you know how many steps you've taken and how great you're doing, it's designed to be a personal sports coach which speaks to you while you work out. We recently spent a month being bossed around by this little puck, to see whether it's the best wearable for knocking you into shape.

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— Health and Wellbeing

Smarter activity tracker knows when you're just pretending to work out

Tricking your fitness tracker into logging a workout when you are in fact just laying on the couch seems like a fairly futile exercise, but there's more to the equation than just fooling yourself. Insurers and health care providers are increasingly relying on tracking data to offer incentives, reduced premiums and keep tabs on clients behavior. This is cause for concern for one team of US researchers, which has developed an activity tracking smartphone app that can better distinguish between real and imitated physical movement.

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— Wearable Electronics

Fitness-tracking cylinder conceals high-tech sensors and remote control functionality

Although activity trackers come in a variety of shapes and types, most look like what they're assumed to be. The latest device from Misfit, however, bucks trends with a unique fashion-forward design. The Misfit Ray fitness and sleep monitor features a minimalist, cylindrical aluminum body that keeps track of personal activity no matter how it's worn.

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— Wearable Electronics

Fitbit blends fitness and full smartwatch features with new Blaze

If you've been following CES, you'll know wearables have featured heavily. Gaming specialist Razer has waded into the game with its fitness-focused Nabu, while Casio has gotten involved with an Android Wear watch. Now Fitbit is taking its fitness-first approach to the smartwatch game with Blaze, which is priced to take the fight to more established smartwatch players.

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— Wearable Electronics

The Healthbox aims to supply everything you need for a quantified lifestyle

A joint collaboration between Under Armour and HTC, the Healthbox features a fitness tracker, heart rate sensor strap and smart scale: pretty much everything you need to begin monitoring your health and lifestyle, in one red box. All your collated data feeds back into the UA Record app for Android and iOS, freshly revamped to mark the arrival of the new hardware.

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— Wearable Electronics

Mio’s Slice activity tracker takes the focus away from counting steps

Many activity trackers give you a step target to walk towards, or an active minute target to count down each day, but while these metrics are easy to understand, they're often not the best measure of fitness or exercise. Along with its new Slice activity tracker, Mio is launching a new Personal Activity Intelligence (PAI) system. This new metric gives you a score to reflect your body's response to exercise based on your heart rate.

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