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Wearable technology

  • 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...

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear chips to power wearables for kids, elderly

    Catch all of the latest news, analysis and reactions from Computex 2016 right here. Chipmaker Qualcomm has already launched its first dedicated wearable chip earlier this year, in the form of the Snapdragon Wear 2100. But the company is targeting children and the elderly in particular with its latest bit of silicon. The Snapdragon Wear 1100 is ostensibly a lower end chip when compared to the 2100, but is made with "targeted-purpose" wearables in mind. Qualcomm specifically mentions "connected kid and elderly watches, fitness trackers, smart headsets, and wearable accessories" as part of this market. The US tech firm says the new chip will deliver longer...

  • Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2 and all-new wearable hit Kickstarter

    Pebble's all-conquering smartwatches hold jaw-dropping records on Kickstarter. The original Pebble sits at number three on the website's all-time "most funded" list, at US$10.2-million. The Pebble Time campaign, launched last year, is the most-funded Kickstarter project of all time, sitting at a massive $20.3-million. Now, the Pebble team is back, revealing the Kickstarter for the all-new Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 smartwatches. It's already blown past its US$1-million goal, hitting US$5.8-million as of publication. So what's new this time? What should you expect? Much like the original Pebble, the Pebble 2 features a black and white always-on "e-paper" display, water-resistance (to 30 metres) and...

  • Garmin Vivosmart HR review: acute fitness tracking for a price

    American company Garmin isn't a stranger to tracking technologies, be it mapping tech or sport science, so when the Vivosmart HR arrived on my desk, I was pretty excited. It's the company's new fitness tracker for the semi-serious outdoor performer, and unlike the standard Garmin Vivosmart, the HR has a heart rate tracker (I'm sure you figured that out by its name). But at R4299, it's not the cheapest fitness tracker on the market, and not even close to the cheapest with a heart rate monitor, like the Fitbit Charge HR. So why should anyone drop this amount of cash on...