Garmin's vivoactive HR gets heart rate monitoring and a makeover

When we reviewed the Garmin vivoactive last year, our biggest complaints were the lack of heart rate monitoring and dubious styling. It looks like Garmin was listening, as the firm has now announced the vivoactive HR, an updated model which adds heart rate monitoring, and gives the device a much-needed makeover. Garmin also announced the vivofit 3 tracker which pairs year-long battery life and a backlit display.Read More


Low-cost "Paper Skin" boasts same sensory functions as the real thing

Multipurpose sensors that are both flexible and wearable could one day be used for everything from monitoring the body's vital signs to changing the way we interact with computers. Working toward this goal, researchers in Saudi Arabia have used low-cost everyday items that you probably have laying around your house to develop a paper-based sensor that reacts to the same stimuli as human skin, such as pressure, touch and temperature.Read More


Skiing wearable tracks your feet, coaches you into better times on the slopes

Wearable technology is taking to the slopes with the introduction of Carv, a two-part monitoring system that provides lessons and real-time feedback for skiers based on motion analysis and pressure data. Skiers place one monitor on the outside of their ski boot and the second on the inside, and the data gathered from the monitors is then analyzed via an iPhone or Android app with feedback available either through earphones or an on-screen display.Read More


Electrical contact lens eyes glucose monitoring and augmented reality

Smart glasses haven't quite taken off as some might have hoped, but that doesn't mean another form of eyewear can't offer users a worthy augmented reality experience. Australian scientists have developed an electrically conductive contact lens with the potential to host miniature computer displays and sensors to help monitor health.Read More

Health & Wellbeing

Personal posture coach gently nudges to mollify neck pain

Sitting over laptops and/or mobile devices for long periods of time can leave one feeling like a stony gargoyle crouched at the top of a cathedral tower. Those looking for a way to improve posture and alleviate muscle stiffness can now opt for the latest wearable instead of extensive yoga classes – the Alex posture tracker is designed to rest against the back of one's neck, vibrating when the head leans too far forward for too long.

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