Epson is probably best known as an electronics company, famous for their printers. But now the company have joined the ever-growing market for fitness wearables with their new range.
Whilst it may seem like an odd jump from printers to watches, a little research in the company's history suggests it’s not such a great leap. Epson is a Japanese company founded in 1942 and part of the corporate entity ‘Seiko Epson’. The same ‘Seiko’ known for its watches.
Epson believes that what makes their fitness trackers stand out from other fitness watches is their precision technology. The company uses homegrown quartz crystals, which have been at the heart of Seiko watches from the offset. The artificial quartz is said to be purer and therefore enhance its accuracy.
The range of wearables includes the M Tracer, which monitors a golfer's swing, the Pulsense activity tracker which monitors heart rate through blood flow, and the Runsense GPS running heart rate watches to rival Garmin's range.
Could they be the future of fitness watches? Watch this space. In the meantime, read our Epson Runsense SF-810 Running Watch Review
Mio's new Personal Activity Intelligence score turns your heart rate into an activity score that tells you how much you should be doing to stay healthy.
Mio's revolutionary new PAI system was developed by Ulrik Wisløff, a health and exercise research scientist who used a study done on 45,000 people over 25 years to create an algorithm that uses heart rate data to show how much exercise each individual needs to stay healthy.
Your goal is to finish the week with a PAI score of over 100 which indicates that your level of activity will increase your lifespan.
In order to start using their Personal Activity Intelligence, users need to download the PAI app and then use their Mio wearable during a training session. PAI then uses this data to give the user instant feedback and a PAI score.
Pai is simple to use in every activity you do as long as it raises your heart rate.
Are you bored of swiping through Tinder and batting away bad matches on Plenty Of Fish? Well now there's a new dating app on the market and it takes things to the next level. Dating app 'Once' uses your heart rate to evaluate how much you like your potential match by testing how much your heart races when you see them. ‘Once’ aims to stay away from mindlessly swiping through endless profiles by only giving its users one match per day based on their heart rate reading. They then have 24 hours to decide if they want to go ahead with their match.
The USP of Once is that it focuses on quality, not quantity, by only providing you with one potential match each day. At noon, you and your partner will see each other on the app and have 24 hours to decide if you like each other. The really special feature is the heart rate monitor. Those with a Fitbit or Android can hook up their device and then let the fun begin. Once's founder Jean Meyer thinks this feature will help users distinguish real matches. If you look at your partner's photo and your heart rate spikes, it means you really like them!
Since its launch in October 2015, Once has gathered 3 million users and is available in 32 different countries. So, what're you waiting for? Time for your fitness tracker to really do some work!
Fitness events are the perfect outing for any fitness lover. Free merchandise, meeting your favourite fitness models and athletes, and learning more about the industry that you love. That's why we've put together a list of the 5 fitness events that you won't want to miss.
The London Health Show
The London Health show is split into 6 different sectors: Nutrition and Supplements, Sports and Fitness, Beauty and Anti-aging, Complementary Health, Organic and Natural Products, and Healthcare Equipment and Technology. Event hosts promise there will be over 120 exhibitors for its thousands of attendees to explore as well as workshops and live demonstrations. Special guests include Dr Christian Jessen - best known for his work on Channel 4’s 'Embarrassing Bodies', Dr Leah Totton - Winner of BBC Apprentice 2013 and founder of Dr Leah Skin Care and Clinics, and Shona Wilkinson - head nutritionist at Nutri Care. Network with fitness professionals, grab some gear, and enter competitions to win impressive prizes.
The London Bike Show
The largest cycling exhibition in the UK is making its return to London's Excel Centre. There is something for everyone at this show, from professional cyclists to those who just cycle to work, or those who are just getting into the sport.
The show hosts ‘Air to the Throne’, a two-day competition which sees some of the world's best freestyle mountain bike riders perform mind-blowing tricks across the AT3 course and battle it out for a £10,000 prize. Joining them will be over 300 brands, plus one of the country’s most recognised Olympians, Sir Chris Hoy, who will be launching the latest bikes in his HOY range at the event. There will also be appearances from over 50 guest speakers including Chris Boardman MBE, who will be discussing all things cycling as well as showcasing the newest Boardman bikes.There will be tracks set up for both adults and children to take their wheels for a test spin and the world's only ‘pop-up’ Velodrome for those cyclists who are a little braver.
Cost: £15-19 depending on which day you decide to go.
Run Expo: Manchester
RunExpo challenges you to lace up for the biggest show in town. Based at Manchester’s Event City, the show is for beginners and experienced runners alike. This is the ultimate festival of running with all the latest gear, celebrities, and competitions. Leaders in the industry such as Nike, Ron Hill, and USN are just some of the show's exhibitors who will be showcasing their newest releases. Plus, the legend that is Paula Radcliffe is attending the show to help with the running event ‘Run Like A Legend’, which features an 800m track running through the heart of the Expo. 2000 runners will take part in their very own dream mile, designed to push you to ‘find your fast’ and hit a new Personal Best within Event City's walls. From gait analysis to a live fashion show there is plenty to get involved with.
Be:FIT is a fitness expo exclusively for women, to empower and inspire. Held over 3 days at Islington's Business Design Centre, 15,000 female fitness enthusiasts will be greeted by fitness classes, cookery demonstrations, wellness experts, and over 125 brands exhibiting their health foods and activewear ranges. Special guests including celebrity chefs and popular Instagram stars will hold guest talks and question and answer sessions. The event promises to keep you busy all day with classes by leading state of the art gyms such as Equinox and Gymbox, from Bootcamp to Yoga.The show is more than just freebies, it offers expert advice that you can take away with you to upgrade your lifestyle and make a positive and permanent healthy change.
Bodypower is the most celebrated fitness event in the UK, held at Birmingham’s NEC. Over the course of 3 days, nearly 100,000 fitness enthusiasts from all over the world join international stars, industry experts and exhibitioners, to witness national competitions, industry previews, seminars and discover hundreds of fitness-focused brands. Past guests include Phil Heath, Kai Greene, and Bill Kazmaier as well as Steve Cook and Paige Hathaway. Nearer to the event, the biggest names in the industry will confirm their attendance, from business professionals to competitors, athletes, nutritionists and models. Amongst the hundreds of fitness stands, Bodypower also hosts a variety of sporting competitions, such as powerlifting and Bodypower's very own ‘Fit Factor’ - the search for the next big fitness model. There are also strongman events and the Bodypower bodybuilding competition.
Cost: £25 - £99
After installing the new update via the Mio Go app, sleeping tracking is ready and waiting.
Press and hold both the left and right touch points and your watch will ask “sleep?”, tap to confirm and hit the mattress. Fuse will even display a good night message.
Fast forward an optimistic 8 hours and when you wake, press and hold the left and right touch points once more until Fuse asks “wake?”, confirm to collect your morning greeting and return to all-day mode.
The app will then display the level of your sleep (awake/light/deep), its duration, and sleep efficiency. This is a great tool for athletes who rely on a good night's sleep for proper recovery.