• Garmin introduces the Forerunner 935 premium GPS running and triathlon watch

    Garmin Forerunner 935

    Garmin’s new premium triathlon and running watch features wrist based heart rate and GPS.

    " Our popular multisport GPS watch is built for fitness, adventure and style – the Forerunner 935 is catered more towards athletes focused on performance and results"

    Garmin have announced the Forerunner 935, a GPS running and triathlon watch with new performance monitoring tools and Elevate wrist-based heart rate technology. In addition to 24/7 heart rate monitoring, the Forerunner 935 includes new training features, allowing users to fine-tune exercise and recovery to be a better athlete. Easily paired with the new Running Dynamics Pod, Forerunner 935 users will now be able to see all six running dynamics without the need for a chest strap. At only 49 grams, every detail in its lightweight, comfortable design was chosen with the athlete in mind.

    The Forerunner 935 is being announced in conjunction with a new print, digital and social campaign featuring 13 professional Garmin-sponsored elite runners and triathletes from across the world. The campaign showcases how the sophisticated dynamics offered by the Forerunner 935 help these athletes fine tune and elevate their training and be more competitive on race day.

    “With similar features to the fēnix 5 – Garmin’s most popular multisport GPS watch built for fitness, adventure and style – the Forerunner 935 is catered more towards athletes focused on performance and results,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “As a top-of-the-line GPS smartwatch, the Forerunner 935 not only provides users with insight into how their body is responding to fitness, but also offers data for every activity, allows them to automatically upload to Garmin Connect, and is customisable with free apps, data fields and more from the Connect IQ store.”

    New training features – with technology provided by Firstbeat – make it easier for Forerunner 935 users to monitor performance and better prepare for a race or training cycle. Training status automatically analyses previous exercise and fitness levels to provide insight into how the athlete’s body is responding – letting them know if they are training productively, peaking or overreaching. Training load gives users an overview of their weekly activity and helps them determine if they are training in the right zone and whether their sessions are too easy or hard. Additionally, the new training effect metric tracks and reviews the aerobic and anaerobic benefit of a training session, letting athletes know how their training is improving their ability to push the limits. With these training features available at their fingertips, athletes can make adjustments and improvements to their training to become better, faster and more efficient come race day.

    The Forerunner 935 allows users to go further with their running data. The simple-to-use and unobtrusive new Running Dynamics Pod clips to the waistband allowing athletes to see all six running dynamics – including cadence, ground contact time, stride length and more – on a compatible device without the need for a chest strap. The Forerunner 935 also features advanced dynamics to help with cycling and swim training. While on a bike, it will track dynamics including power zones, time seated and standing, platform center offset and power phase. In the water, the Forerunner 935 will track distance, stroke, pace, personal records and more.

    With Elevate wrist-based heart rate, Forerunner 935 users have around-the-clock heart rate monitoring without the need for an additional strap. With GPS and GLONASS coverage, athletes can better track their activities in challenging environments than with GPS alone. Additionally, the Forerunner 935 includes ABC (altimeter, barometer and compass) sensor capabilities. The built-in altimeter provides real-time elevation information, while the barometer can predict weather changes by showing short-term trends in air pressure. The compass can help users keep their bearings whether they’re moving or not.

    Athletes can easily transition between sports with the press of a button utilizing the auto or manual multisport feature. Additional built-in activities include hiking, trail running, skiing, paddle sports, golf and more. The Forerunner 935 is also compatible with the full line of Varia cycling awareness accessories, Vector pedal-based power meter system and Index smart scale.

    Available on the Forerunner 935, Strava Live Segments allow users to view real-time results on a run or ride, leaderboard rankings and how their current effort compares to their PR. Starred Strava segments automatically sync with the Forerunner 935 for live feedback during an activity. Purchases of the Forerunner 935 will receive a 60-day trial of Strava Premium, and owners of Connect IQ compatible devices will receive a 30-day trial.

    Installed on the Forerunner 935, the new TrainingPeaks app allows users to download free workouts directly to their watch, then view the workout in real time, complete with intensity targets and interval durations. Following a session, athletes can automatically sync their completed workout back to TrainingPeaks for a detailed analysis of their performance and to measure their progress toward their goals. Users can also customize their watch with data fields, watch faces, widgets and additional apps including Uber ETA (by Garmin) and AccuWeather MinuteCast Minute by Minute Forecast in the Connect IQ store.

    When paired with a compatible smartphone, the Forerunner 935 automatically uploads to Garmin Connect, an online fitness community where users can track workouts, sleep patterns, join online challenges to compete against friends and earn virtual badges. GroupTrack allows users to keep tabs on those they train with, while LiveTrack lets loved ones follow along on runs and rides in real time.

    The Forerunner 935 features up to 24 hours of battery life in GPS mode, up to 50 hours in UltraTrac battery saver mode and up to two weeks in watch mode. It is available in black for £469.99. A tri-bundle option – which includes a black watch face with force yellow strap, HRM-Tri, HRM-Swim, Quick Release Kit and additional strap in black – is available for £589.99. Compatible with optional Garmin QuickFit bands in leather, silicone or metal, the Forerunner 935 lets users go from workplace to workout – no tools required.

    The ever-expanding Garmin fitness segment develops technologies to enhance and promote healthy and active lifestyles. Whether users are runners, cyclists, swimmers, multi-sport athletes, or simply looking to stay active throughout the day, there is a product that can help them reach their health and fitness goals.

    Posted by Victoria Gardner
  • Mio Slice Featuring Personal Activity Intelligence

    Mio Slice Heart Rate

    Mio Slice Heart Rate Activity Tracker Featuring Groundbreaking PAI TM Technology.

    Mio Slice is the first activity tracker that provides meaningful insight into how much activity users need to live a healthy life.

    Slice is the first wrist wearable to feature PAI, which stands for Personal Activity Intelligence TM. Instead of counting steps as a measurement of activity, PAI is a new metric that translates heart rate data into a simple, meaningful score that tells users how much activity they need to live a longer, healthier life.*

    PAI gives users a personalised prescription for exercise through one simple goal: keep your weekly PAI score at or above 100 for optimal health. Users can earn PAI points by doing any activity that increases their heart rate—even those that don’t involve steps—and earn points faster with higher intensity activities.

    Mio Slice PAI

    With our mission to also encourage people to lead active, healthy lifestyles by empowering them with insights into their activity levels to better manage their health. PAI is a simple, scientifically-backed activity metric that consumers can now experience through the Slice tracker.” said Liz Dickinson, Founder and CEO of Mio Global.

    In addition to tracking all-day heart rate and daily and weekly PAI scores, Slice delivers smartphone notifications and tracks sleep, calories burned, distance and more with a simple one-button operation. Slice syncs with the Mio PAI app (available for free on the Apple Store and Google Play Store) so users can review further details on their heart rate, PAI scores and other activity metrics.

    The Mio Slice retails at £119.

    To learn more about the Science Behind PAI, visit the Mio Website.

    Posted by Victoria Gardner
  • Fitbit and Medronic Join to Help Monitor Diabetes

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    The New iPro2 myLog App collects data from Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGM) and your Fitbit activity tracker to provide an insight on how exercise impacts glucose levels.

    Medtronic plc - provider of medical technology and Fitbit have joined together to integrate health and activity tracking for patients living with diabetes and their physicians and care teams.

    The iPro2 myLog mobile app will allow patients living with type 2 diabetes to see their glucose levels and physical activity data in one streamlined application. The new integration provides meaningful insights into how exercise impacts glucose levels for more effective diabetes care management.

    “We believe monitoring glucose is a critical element in the management of diabetes and therefore, glucose should be included among other vital signs. As such, it has never been more important to increase the collaboration between healthcare and technology to simplify daily diabetes management for the 29 million patients living with type 2 diabetes in the United States,” said Laura Stoltenberg, vice president and general manager of Non-Intensive Diabetes Therapies at Medtronic.

    “By creating a connection between physical activity and glucose levels, our iPro2 myLog mobile app solution provides new tools and insights, so that physicians can optimize therapy and patients can better understand how to manage their diabetes. By helping people with diabetes implement lasting lifestyle changes, this partnership underscores our commitment to transforming diabetes care, together, for greater freedom and better health.”

    Maintaining and tracking glucose levels is critical to effectively managing diabetes. For people living with type 2 diabetes, understanding how exercise affects glucose levels is a critical element to proper glucose management and long-term health.

    Many patients have to manually track and record their physical activity, and then  recall and communicate that information to their physician from memory. The iPro2 myLog mobile app will allow type 2 diabetes patients to easily combine data generated by their Fitbit activity tracker and Medtronic’s iPro2 professional CGM system, eliminating the need to enter physical activity data manually and providing a clear understanding of how exercise impacts glucose levels.

    MyLog will simplify the sharing of information with a patient’s healthcare team, facilitating productive discussions about care and the benefits of exercise on diabetes management.

    “We believe the integration of wearable technology with professional diagnostic tools can provide a more accurate and actionable view of a patient’s physical activity,” said Adam Pellegrini, vice president of Digital Health for Fitbit. “By partnering with Medtronic, we are able to bring the power of Fitbit’s automatic activity tracking together with continuous glucose monitoring, allowing patients and providers to have a more informed conversation.”

    For More on from Fitbit read our blog and Fitbit Reviews.
    Posted by Victoria Gardner
  • Fitbit Charge 2

    Fitbit Charge 2 HR Colours

    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.”

    Fitbit Charge Heart Rate Watch

    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.

    Fitbit Charge 2 Colours

    “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.
    Posted by Victoria Gardner
  • Introducing Michael Kors Access Wearable Technology

    Michael Kors Wearables

    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.

    Michael Kors Access

    “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.
    Posted by Victoria Gardner