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Fitness

Exercise can be a solitary undertaking, but technology is increasingly coming along for th...

Technology has made monitoring our health and fitness easier, cheaper and more convenient than ever, with a dizzying array of apps and wearable devices – from fitness trackers and smartwatches, to headphones and clothing – designed to improve our wellbeing. With New Year's Eve just around the corner and getting fitter and healthier sure to be among many people's resolutions, we thought it a good time to look back at just some of the health and fitness tracking technology that caught our eye this year.  Read More

The Uno Noteband is the first wearable to make use of Spritz speed reading technology

The Uno Noteband is the first wearable to make use of Spritz, a technology that aims to increase reading speed by showing individual words in quick succession. It connects via Bluetooth to Android and iOS devices, offering notifications, fitness tracking and (allegedly) long battery life.  Read More

Unlike its original wearable, Hexoskin's new Arctic shirt is designed for use in cold weat...

Hexoskin has announced a new version of its crowdfunded smart fitness vest. The Arctic smart shirt doesn’t make any changes to the already solid fitness tracking specs, but offers a new design and custom material designed to keep the user warm in more extreme environments.  Read More

A combination of new sensors and predictive algorithms could make the Jawbon UP3 the most ...

With its new flagship device, the UP3, Jawbone introduces a new set of sensors and software features that could finally provide reliable sleep and activity tracking data, succeeding where so many others have fallen short.  Read More

The Microsoft Band takes the same approach as the Samsung Gear Fit, blending fitness track...

Microsoft’s new wearable, known as the Band, is a sensor-packed, understated wearable that provides both solid fitness tracking and limited smartwatch functionality. It might be a little late to the wearable tech party, but it looks to be a good option whether you’re a Windows Phone user or not.  Read More

The Névo watch is a fashion-first fitness tracker with stylish looks and vibration alerts

While recent wearable releases like the Moto 360 and LG G Watch R have successfully blurred the line between smartwatch and fashion accessory, they’re still more tech product than jewelery piece. At first glance, the Névo looks like a straightforward analogue watch, but it’s actually packing some reasonable fitness tracking tech under the hood.  Read More

Fitbit's Charge tracker serves as a replacement for the Force, adding a touch of new funct...

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.  Read More

Ampy is also pocketable at 3 inches square

Kinetic chargers have been around for a few years, but have typically been big and bulky. Ampy is much smaller and fashionable enough to wear around.  Read More

The SmartMat has integrated pressure sensors, and wirelessly communicates with an app in t...

Yoga is definitely one of those activities where it really helps to have someone coaching you through it. That's why people go to group classes, although they usually can't be in a class every time they want to do yoga. Well, that's where the SmartMat is designed to come in. It's a pressure sensor-equipped yoga mat that communicates with the user's mobile device via Bluetooth, to guide them through their sequences.  Read More

It might not be the actual open road, but staring at a Zwift world like this might beat ju...

Indoor bicycle trainers may allow cyclists to keep fit and go through the physical motions of riding a bike, but let's be honest ... as compared to actually riding outdoors, they're stunningly boring. Among other things, one of the problems is the fact that riders tend to use them in isolation, with no real incentive to push themselves. Zwift, however, is designed to change that. It's a massive multiplayer online game (MMOG) platform that lets real-world cyclists ride with or race against one another in 3D computer-generated online environments. Just think of it as World of Warcraft for riders.  Read More

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