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Wearable technology

  • Fitbit Charge 3 to hit South Africa in October

    Fitbit this week added another wearable device to its lineup in form of the Charge 3. A new edition to the Charge series, the Charge 3 "features an elevated, premium swimproof design with a touchscreen display", Fitbit said in its release. The device also features a seven day battery life. "With Charge 3, we are building on the success of our best-selling Charge franchise and delivering our most innovative tracker, offering an extremely slim, comfortable and premium design, along with the advanced health and fitness features our users want", said James Park, the company's co-founder and CEO. More importantly, the Fitbit Charge 3 is...

  • This is how much you’ll pay for your kid’s Fitbit Ace in South Africa

    The Fitbit Ace, a smart activity wearable for children, is now available in South Africa. The Alta-like band is built on a smaller frame, and lacks niceties like heart rate tracking, but does includes tools to monitor your kids' activity. This is notably steps, sleep and active goals. Fitbit Ace fitness tracker for kids (and parents) debuts for $100 The Fitbit Ace is the company’s latest US$100 smart wearable band for kids age eight and older. It looks a lot like the company’s Alta, but features a smaller build and lacks a few smart features. Read more... The Ace will also remind kids...

  • Fitbit Ace fitness tracker for kids (and parents) debuts for $100

    The Fitbit Ace is the company's latest US$100 smart wearable band for kids age eight and older. It looks a lot like the company's Alta, but features a smaller build and lacks a few smart features. For one, there's no heart rate sensor, but the Ace will monitor sleep, steps taken and active goals. It'll also reward the user with badges, as the full Fitbit experience does with adults. Speaking of adults, parents "are in control and can manage who their children connect with and what information they see in the Fitbit app that will motivate them most," the company writes in...

  • Fitbit Alta HR review: Is the HR a good Alta-rnative?

    Some of us aren't good at motivating ourselves to exercise. Sometimes you get home after a long day at work, and there seems nothing better than popping something frozen into the oven and crawling into bed. But those days become weeks, and then months, until eventually you're faced with the fact that neither your body nor your mind can handle your lifestyle anymore. For some, that's when you call your fit friend who lifts, like, 300kg a day, boet. But not even they can be there everyday to make sure you're meeting your goals. Enter Fitbit: the company that designs wristbands...

  • LG smartwatches, Android Wear 2.0 date leaked

    LG is teaming up with Google to reveal two new smartwatches next month, it has been reported. According to VentureBeat's Evan Blass, LG and Google plan to reveal the Watch Sport and the smaller Watch Style. The watches are purportedly set to launch alongside Android Wear 2.0 on 9 February. VentureBeat adds that the smartwatches will go on sale in the USA a day after launch. But one of the more notable nuggets of information is that the watches will apparently copy Apple and include a Digital Crown wheel for navigation. Android Wear is due for an upgrade, and it appears that LG...

  • Samsung Gear Fit 2 review: more smartwatch than fitness tracker

    In the world of wearables, only the practical survive. Sure, gimmicks work for a few weeks, but in the long term, devices that can perform well in almost every situation are usually the ones that outlive all the others. A great example of this? Apple Watch. It wasn't the greatest fitness tracker, nor was it a good smartwatch, but it was adequate for both. It beamed notifications to your wrist, and kept up with your pulse at the same time. A company that's well versed in both smartwatches and fitness wearables is Samsung. Although it recently faced a few questions regarding...

  • Intel issues immediate fitness watch recall due to ‘burns’

    Intel has issued an immediate safety recall of its Basis Peak fitness tracker due to heating issues. The chipmaker said the fitness watch gets so hot it could cause burns or blistering. Back in June, the company told users to stop wearing the device while they explored software-based solutions. Now, Intel has revealed that software updates won't fix the issue, resulting in a more drastic solution. "We had hoped to update the software on your watch to address the problem. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we aren't able to develop such a solution without completely compromising the user experience. As a result, we are asking that you return your Basis...

  • Samsung Gear Fit 2, Samsung Gear IconX debut in South Africa

    On the back of its leaky Samsung Galaxy Note 7 news, the company still has time to issue press releases of its new wearable products. The company today announced that the Samsung Gear Fit 2 fitness band, and the Samsung Gear IconX wireless earbuds are both heading to South Africa. Well, at least the one is -- the Fit 2 is already available in South Africa. On that note, the fitness tracker is cut from the same cloth as other fitness trackers. It boasts a heart-rate monitor, a 1.5-inch 216x432 curved AMOLED screen, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage for...

  • Xiaomi Mi Band 2 launched: 5 things you should know

    Missed the news last week? Yep, Xiaomi quietly launched the second-generation Mi Band fitness tracker a few days ago. What's new in this edition though? We list a few of the more notable features and improvements. It's got a screen Well, for starters, there's a tiny OLED display on the tracker, being scratch-resistant and having an oleophobic coating to boot. There's a button below the screen too, allowing you to cycle through displayed data (such as steps taken, time, temperature etc) on the screen. Don't want to tap the button? Then simply lifting your wrist will activate the screen instead. And yes, the Mi Band 2...

  • Samsung Gear Fit 2 ‘confirmed’ with Tizen, to launch June

    Details of the upcoming Samsung Gear Fit 2 have been leaked, and it largely confirms talk that the band will be quicker and more feature packed than its predecessor (above). According to a new "confirmed" SamMobile report, the Gear 2 will boast a 1.55-inch 216x432 screen -- Samsung's retaining the rectangular screen profile -- that'll use sAMOLED technology. The band will also feature a Samsung-made 1.0GHz dual-core CPU, along with 512MB of RAM and 2GB of internal storage. We're not sure if that allows for music storage, or strictly additional Tizen apps. Speaking of Tizen, the Gear 2 will further mirror Samsung's future...