Fitbit announces global availability of highly anticipated Fitbit Charge 2.
The new fitness wristband from Fitbit has received early acclaim from the Editors’ Choice awards, ranking number one across multiple Amazon.com Best Sellers categories.
With Charge 2, Fitbit has reimagined its best-selling fitness wristband, Fitbit Charge HR, with a new sleek look, innovative health and fitness tools based on its PurePulse continuous wrist-based heart rate tracking, an enhanced fitness experience, and smarter technology.
“As the category leader with over nine years of experience, we have demonstrated our consistent ability to deliver new hardware and software that consumers love, and that motivates and inspires a community of millions across the globe to reach their health and fitness goals,” said Woody Scal, Chief Business Officer at Fitbit.
“We’ve maintained our focus on health and fitness with Charge 2 and it reflects our deep understanding of what consumers want in a wearable device, with a sleek new look and a fitness experience that is more engaging, motivating and personal than ever.”
Charge 2 packs Fitbit’s advanced sensors and finely tuned algorithms into a customisable design. The device builds on the Charge HR’s classic features while adding several new health and fitness capabilities:
- PurePulse wrist-based heart rate tracking helps you optimise your workouts, better track all-day calorie burn, and reach your health and fitness goals with continuous tracking day and night – all without having to wear an uncomfortable chest strap.
- Cardio fitness level provides a snapshot of how fit you are with a personalised view of your cardio fitness. Based on estimated VO2 Max – calculated by using your user profile, heart rate and exercise data – you can easily see how your fitness level measures up to others of the same age and gender, and get guidance on how to improve over time.
- Relax guided breathing sessions helps calm your body and mind through two- and five-minute sessions personalised to your breathing rate, so you can gain the benefits of a guided breathing practice which research shows can reduce stress and anxiety, and lower blood pressure. Powered by PurePulse, Relax uses your heart’s beat-to-beat changes, known as heart rate variability, to determine your breathing rate and create a personalised guide that displays real-time heart rate visualisations, animations and vibrational cues that help you align each inhale and exhale with the guide, and find moments of calm throughout your day.
- Multi-sport modes help you track more than 17 specific workouts like runs, bike rides, weights, yoga and more, showing you actionable, real-time exercise stats to make on-the-go adjustments to your workout, with post-exercise summaries on display and a detailed summary of your activity in the Fitbit app.
- Connected GPS links your device with the GPS in your smartphone to provide more precise real-time stats like pace and distance to help you improve your run, bike, or hike experience while also recording a map of your route in the app.
- Interval workout mode guides you in alternating periods of high-intensity exercise and recovery to maximise workouts like circuit training so you never lose focus.
- SmartTrack automatic exercise recognition automatically tracks select exercises like walks, runs, bike rides, treadmill exercise, sports, and aerobic workouts, recording them for you in the Fitbit app and giving you credit for your exercise activity, even if you don’t track it manually.
- Automatic sleep tracking lets you know how long and how well you slept, set a silent vibrating alarm to wake, follow a sleep schedule, and view your sleep trends in the Fitbit app.
- A long battery life of up to 5 days on a single charge lets you take your health and fitness further with all these new features, and live your life without missing a step or a beat.
- A sleek, new design lets you easily transition from a workout to a night out with interchangeable bands and customisable clock faces. The large OLED display keeps you connected to the smart notifications you need most, including call, text and calendar alerts.
- A broad compatibility of the Fitbit app with more than 200 Android (which powers nearly 9 of 10 new smartphones sold worldwide), iOS and Windows mobile devices, helps motivate millions to achieve their goals within the Fitbit community of users they choose.
“With Charge 2, Fitbit has introduced even more new features and technologies, which we know our customers expect and value from their health and fitness devices,” said Frank Bedo, Vice President of Wearables at Best Buy. “We’re looking forward to bringing Charge 2 to our customers as we head into the holiday gifting season.”
According to IDC, Fitbit’s “dominance remains unchallenged,” increasing its leadership position in the wearables category with more than 25 percent market share worldwide and shipping nearly double the number of wearable devices as its next closest competitor as of the end of Q2 2016. IDC also estimates that the basic wearables category, which includes Charge 2, is growing faster than smartwatches, noting that the basic wearables category grew at 48.8 percent year over year, while the smart wearables category saw a significant decline of 27.2 percent over the same period.
Charge 2 is available for £129.99 from the Fitbit UK store, with a Classic band in black, blue, plum or teal.You can read Sundried’s Fitbit reviews here.
Michael Kors, a global luxury lifestyle brand, introduce the Michael Kors Access display smartwatch, part of its new wearable technology accessories line.
The line is geared towards the fashion-focused consumer and combines innovative technology with exceptional style.
The cutting-edge technology at the heart of the Michael Kors Access smartwatch, which is compatible with both iPhone and Android phones, is made possible through a partnership with Google, using their Android Wear smartwatch platform.
Designed to show that technology and social connectivity should be seamless, the Michael Kors Access line, which also includes activity trackers, proves that access can be both glamorous and effortless.
“Our customers love fashion and they’re plugged in 24/7,” says Michael Kors. “I think they’ll appreciate having social connectivity and health and fitness tracking all within a great-looking accessory.”
Michael Kors smartwatches offer customisable features such as exclusive Michael Kors display watch faces, which change with a swipe, a touchscreen display smartwatch powered by Android Wear that provides social media updates and text and email alerts, app notifications and smart help from Google Built-in fitness tracking and interchangeable leather and silicone wristbands with glamorous versions for women and sporty versions for men.
The watch supports magnetic charging with a system-on-a-chip designed to ensure a highly interactive touch screen experience.
“We’re excited to offer our customers smart, great-looking watches that will help them to stay on top of their daily lives while uniquely expressing their personal style,” says John Idol, Chairman and CEO of Michael Kors. The Michael Kors customer lives a busy, fast-paced life and the Access collection will let him or her stay connected. “From Google Search to smartwatches, Google strives to give you the information you need to stay connected to what matters most,” says David Singleton, VP of Engineering for Android Wear.
Michael Kors Access will be launched in 18 countries via a global digital and print advertising campaign, including a video featuring Zendaya and Martha Hunt. The video follows the two models on a jam-packed day in New York City,from morning workouts to a glamorous evening party. Throughout the day, Michael Kors Access smartwatches keep them in sync and looking chic.The Michael Kors Access smartwatches start at £329.00. For details visit Michael Kors wearables UK.
Misfit and Speedo have announced the launch of the Speedo 2 Shine, a speedo-branded swim, sleep and activity tracker.
Following the original collaboration between these two fitness giants the Misfit Shine 2 Swimmer introduces a new generation of swim tracking, made completely with swimmers in mind. Misfit and Speedo’s proprietary lap counting algorithms track a swimmer’s lap count with industry-leading accuracy and work for all stroke types.
The activity tracker is made made of durable aircraft-grade aluminum, designed for non-stop wear with a battery life of up to 6 months.
The latest edition tracks swim distance down to the meter, counts swim laps for 25 and 50 meter pools, and counts down a set swim time. It also works with the Speedo Fit app to provide granular insight into your swim fitness.
Misfit Shine 2 swimmer edition also tracks steps, distance, calories, light and restful sleep, delivers call and text alerts and vibration notifications with IoT compatibility that let you control your connected devices.
“Whether you’re training competitively or swimming for fitness, you want your focus to be on speed and form – not tracking laps. With the Speedo Shine 2, you can concentrate on your efforts in the pool without distractions,” said Team Speedo USA athlete and four-time Olympic medalist Cullen Jones. “Speedo Shine 2 is an ideal aid for athletes and fitness enthusiasts to maximise their time in the water while keeping track of their overall fitness and sleep.”
The new Misfit Link compatibility means the Speedo Shine 2 can be turned into a music remote, selfie trigger, presentation clicker, or button to enable a variety of smart home devices and web services.
The Speedo Shine 2 also features Misfit’s most advanced hardware and firmware, which offers dramatically improved touch responsiveness with capacitive touch technology, faster syncing, and an extended Bluetooth range. Its 12 lights display over 16 million colours and are bright enough to be seen in direct sunlight.
The also device works with Speedo’s personalised swim tracking app, Speedo Fit, to provide a fine-grain resolution into your swim fitness.
To find out more visit: www.speedo.com or purchase the Misfit Shine 2 Swimmer Edition via their website.
The Misfit Shine 2 Swimmer Edition retails at $119.99 and ships to the UK in 2 to 3 weeks.
Garmin Grows in the Wearable Market
Garmin have reported new data that highlights their strong and ever growing position in the wearables market. Garmin specialise in the design and manufacture of unique and useful wearables for active lifestyles.
Garmin were pioneers in the wearables market when they introduced the Forerunner 201 in 2003 which was the first GPS enabled wearable to target the running market. Since then, Garmin has shipped more than 20 million wearable devices. Garmin wearables focus on purpose-built devices for consumers who want to measure and enhance their active lifestyle pursuits, whether it’s running, cycling, swimming, golfing, walking, or simply being more active.
The Garmin Connect online community was formed almost 11 years ago as part of Garmin’s recognition of the importance of storing, tracking, analysing and sharing fitness data as part of the process of encouraging a healthier, more active lifestyle.
Today, Garmin Connect has over 15 million user accounts, with 5 million new users joining in 2015. Garmin Connect enhances motivation by enabling users to compete with family and friends who also live active lifestyles, and offers insights to individual users to help them reach health and wellness goals by recognising their accomplishments. The Garmin Connect community is supported by a powerful ecosystem of partners like Nike, Strava, MyFitnessPal and MapMyFitness enabling customers to experience the data they collect on their wearable across multiple platforms and within the community of their choice.
The most recent and fastest growing pillar of the Garmin wearables strategy is the Connect IQ Application Store, which was created less than two years ago. Since the launch, users have downloaded over 10 million Connect IQ apps for free. Connect IQ users on average download approximately 10 apps per device. Connect IQ increases in popularity as it adds personality to wearable devices enabling customisation and useful features such as maps, weather, forecasts, custom workouts, custom data fields, widgets, watch faces.
“We believe that wearable devices enable and enhance a broad range of active lifestyles, and we offer purpose-built devices designed specifically for those lifestyles,” said Cliff Pemble, Garmin president and CEO.
"The style-focused vívomove makes it easier than ever to stay fashionable and active."
The latest watch my Garmin, Vívomove has arrived as a fashionable analog watch with activity tracking features.
The Vívomove combines classic design with function, monitoring steps and sleep and reminding users when they’ve been inactive too long with its move bar. The watch feature one-year battery life, a water rating of 5ATM (50 meters) and a variety of interchangeable bands to be wearable 24/7, no matter what the occasion.
“Whether you’re heading into the boardroom or walking into a ballpark, Vívomove has you and your steps covered” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales.
Designed to be worn all day vívomove features a timeless analog style face and is available in several models: the sleek vívomove sport, vívomove classic with leather straps, and the more upscale vívomove premium with leather straps and full steel body. With interchangeable leather and silicone strap options and a variety of fashionable case finishes including black, white, rose gold-tone, stainless steel, and gold-tone, the vívomove can be customised to a user’s personal style.
The watch face features two bars that allow users to view step progress and inactivity at a glance. The bar on the left side of the face shows the progress toward a user’s personalized daily step goal. The red bar on the right side of the watch face reminds users when they’ve been inactive too long, filling half way after one hour of inactivity and building with every 15 minutes after that until it’s reset by walking for a couple of minutes.
Throughout the day, the Vivomove automatically syncs with the Garmin Connect Mobile app, a free online fitness community where users can track workouts, sleep patterns and trends, join online challenges to compete against friends and earn virtual badges.
The Vívomove is available in sport (black or white) from http://explore.garmin.com/en-GB/vivo-fitness/
Garmin Vivomove Review
The Garmin Vivomove is in our radar and we are currently working on a review. We love this watch. It looks great. And is a nice way to adapt smart technology with a touch of classic timekeeping.
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