Wearables

  • What the Fitbit lawsuit means for clinical researchers Crunch Network

    What the Fitbit lawsuit means for clinical researchers

    Fitbit is facing a class-action lawsuit regarding the accuracy of their heart-rate data, which have been shown to be inaccurate by a margin of up to 20 beats per minute. This news risks sending back to the drawing board many of us who have been experimenting with biotelemetry. Here we seek to present a balanced view of the state of these and other related issues, and chart a viable path forward. Read More

  • Picture This Clothing turns your kid’s crayon art into a sweet dress

    Picture This Clothing turns your kid’s crayon art into a sweet dress

    It’s a magical world we live in, people. Where once our brilliant crayon drawings were condemned to live forever two-dimensionally on a piece of dog-eared construction paper, now they can be given the life they deserve — either as an endearingly grotesque plush doll or, with this new service, an awesome dress. Read More

  • Step trackers in Happy Meals let you tone your McNuggets

    Step trackers in Happy Meals let you tone your McNuggets

    The latest move by McDonalds to distance itself from its enduring image as a greasy, unhealthy fast food apocalypse is once sure to please fitness-conscious parents: for a limited time, every Happy Meal now comes with a working pedometer. The Step-it is a simple device that comes in six colors that, once activated, tracks a kid’s steps and their general activity level. Steps show on an… Read More

  • Jabra upgrades its Sport wireless headphones with new fitness features

    Jabra upgrades its Sport wireless headphones with new fitness features

    Just in time (fingers sweatily crossed) for it to start being a little less excruciatingly hot outside, Jabra will be offering up refreshes to its line of fitness-tracking wireless headphones. The higher-end Sport Pulse bring VO2 Max tracking to the proceedings. What, you ask, is VO2 Max tracking? Don’t feel bad, I wasn’t 100-percent sure, either, but the technology has been offered… Read More

  • Skully officially admits it’s over

    Skully officially admits it’s over

    It took more than a week for remaining Skully execs to admit to themselves it was time to shut down. But late last night the company finally sent customers an email, which was obtained by TechCrunch, telling them it has officially closed its doors. The startup’s troubles have been brewing for several months but came to a head two weeks ago when Skully’s board forced… Read More

  • Nike and Zeiss created a $1,200 pair of sunglasses for Olympians

    Nike and Zeiss created a $1,200 pair of sunglasses for Olympians

    I recently spent $175 on a pair of Warby Parker sunglasses. I’m not proud of that, but my eyesight sucks now because I’m old and it’s sunny because it’s the summer. Suffice it to say, I now wear them indoors and at night both to get the most out of my purchase and to pay homage to Canadian songster Corey Hart’s seminal 1984 hit. Personally, I can’t… Read More

  • Polar brings its fitness focus to Android Wear with the M600

    Polar brings its fitness focus to Android Wear with the M600

    Polar goes back. Way, way back. Back to the early 80s, when the Finnish company launched its first portable heart rate monitor, the Sport Tester PE 2000. Back when wearable fitness devices weren’t really a thing. Of course, being the first doesn’t mean you’ll always be on top. While the company has had a longstanding relationship with professional athletes (with Olympics… Read More

  • Samsung’s Gear VR headset gets an upgrade

    Samsung’s Gear VR headset gets an upgrade

    Not quite worthy of the wow factor bestowed upon the new Note 7, but Samsung wasn’t going to get out of this morning’s Unpacked event with another big reveal. The hardware maker is recommitting itself to the cause of low-cost virtual reality with a refresh to its Gear VR headset. The line, notably, is not getting a number upgrade. There’s no Gear VR 2.0 here; rather, less than… Read More

  • iBeat raises $1.5 million to build a heart monitor that people will actually want to wear

    iBeat raises $1.5 million to build a heart monitor that people will actually want to wear

    A San Francisco startup called iBeat has raised $1.5 million in seed funding to make a smartwatch that constantly monitors a wearer’s heart and, in the event of cardiac arrest, checks in on them, and notifies loved ones and emergency responders. Ryan Howard, who previously founded and was CEO of the electronic health records venture Practice Fusion, said he started iBeat after losing… Read More

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