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[CES 2016] Withings Go – the fitness tracker that won’t kill your wallet

Withings Go is a new activity tracker that may just change your life in 2016. 2016 may be the year of smart watches and wearables, but we should never forget activity trackers and health-oriented devices. If you made any fitness goals for this year (and – be honest – you did) you may want to get some help from a fitness tracker. Why not start with this one?

 

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Withings Go is the newest fitness tracker coming from the manufacturer and it is pretty affordable at $69, unlike other well-known brands out there that would require you to take more than $100-150 out of your pocket. What this wearable can do is track steps, distance, heart rate and other information related to sports, like swimming. It also tracks sleep and it notifies you on how many hours of sleep you had in a day.

 

Withings Go has an always-on E-Ink multiscreen display and it does not need to be charged frequently. It has a button cell battery that reportedly lasts for up to eight months. You also get to change the watch face if you want or you can customize displays according to your needs.

 

 

 

 

The fitness tracker is available in five different colors: blue, yellow, black, red and green. You can use it in multiple ways, depending on how you feel comfortable; it can be used as a wristband, as a key chain, or you can clip it on a belt or armband.

If you want a Writhings Go, you will be able to buy one in Q1 of 2016, when the device gets its official launch.

Source: Withings

PRESS RELEASE

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Withings, a leader in the connected health revolution, has expanded its line of award-winning activity trackers with Withings Go, one of the most affordable, versatile and fully featured activity trackers available. Priced at just $69, it is a highly intuitive tracker with a unique, always-on E Ink multiscreen display and ability to automatically track steps, distance, running, swimming and sleep features, usually only offered on more expensive devices.

Dashing E Ink display

Withings Go features a sophisticated always-on E Ink display, extending the “at a glance” attribute Withings pioneered with its Activité line.  Information is always available, even in bright sunlight or in water thanks to the screen’s 88 graphic segments that transform at a simple touch to create different displays for various situations. The main screen provides the user’s level of activity – shown as a dial depicting the percentage of progress achieved towards a specific day’s activity goal. As this goal is met, the central icon changes to display a reward in recognition of the day’s achievement.  The Withings Go will also transform to tell the time, creating an analog watch face. 

The very low power requirement of the E Ink display means the Withings Go can operate continuously for up to 8 months.  There is no charging required as the device uses a button cell battery (CR2032).  

Automatic activity recognition

Withings Go automatically recognizes a variety of daily activities, which allows the user to wear it all day and track everything without having to push a button. For walking and running, the device analyzes number of steps, distance covered, calories burned as well as the duration of the running session. Go is also water-resistant (5 ATM) and automatically recognizes when the user starts swimming, providing the time of the session and the calories burned. At night, Go analyzes and can distinguish between light and deep sleep cycles to give users a full understanding of their sleep patterns. 

Withings Go connects to the free Withings Health Mate iOS and Android application, named as one of Apple’s Best Apps of 2014. Health Mate acts as a personal coach to track and motivate users to achieve their own activity goals as well as advanced food logging capabilities, thanks to a proprietary integration with MyFitnessPal. The app provides a timeline of daily reports and contextual advice to help achieve goals.  It also includes an interactive leaderboard, personal “data insights,” smart reminders, and achievement badges for added motivation through gamification strategies.  In addition, Health Mate integrates with over 150 partners whose services add to the 360° wellness experience (GPS running, food logging, etc.).

Wide wearable appeal

The Withings Go is designed to expand the appeal of activity trackers to wider audiences, helping people of all fitness levels achieve their health goals. Available in 5 vibrant colors (black, blue, green, red, yellow), it can be worn in multiple ways to suit individual styles or social settings. Whether placed on the wrist, clipped to a belt, carried on a keychain, or in a pocket, it is with you wherever you go.

Withings Go expands the Withings portfolio of trackers that currently includes the Pulse Oactivity, heart rate, and blood oxygen level tracker ($99.95) and three distinct models of the Activité line of highly stylized analog watch activity and sleep trackers.  These include the luxury Swiss made Activité ($450), the premium Activité Steel ($169.95) and the versatile Activité Pop ($149.95). 

“We are delighted to introduce Withings Go which rounds out our portfolio of stylish, advanced activity and sleep trackers that meet the needs of people from all walks of life,” says Cédric Hutchings, CEO of Withings. “Sporting a number of industry firsts, from always-on multiple displays to dynamic activity recognition, we have once again released a product that will make activity tracking accessible for everyone.”                

CES & availability

Withings will unveil the Withings Go at CES Pepcom January 5th, at 7 pm. The new device will be demonstrated at CES January 6-9th 2016 at the Sands Expo Center, Hall C booth #74300.  Withings Go will be available for purchase in Q1 2016 for a MSRP of $69.95.

About Withings

Withings leads the connected-health revolution by inventing beautiful, smart products and services that help people become happier and healthier. Founded by visionary innovators Cédric Hutchings and Eric Carreel in 2009, Withings is committed to creating enjoyable, empowering experiences that easily fit into our daily lives.

Withings has built a range of award-winning products across the health spectrum including activity trackers (Withings Pulse and Activité), the Wi-Fi scale and health station (Smart Body Analyzer), the Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor, the security camera with air quality sensors (Withings Home) and an advanced sleep system (Withings Aura). Every piece of collected data comes to life in the Withings applications where users can find coaching, motivation and insights to shape key aspects of their health.

Read more about Withings on www.withings.com. For high resolution images and press releases, visitwww.withings.com/press.

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[CES 2016] Misfit announces Misfit Ray, a new cylinder-shaped activity tracker!

Misfit Ray was announced at CES today and what the device appears to be is a stylish activity tracker. Its creation is all due to an Indiegogo campaign that helped launch Misfit Shine in 2014. At the end of last year, Fossil bought Misfit for $260 million and now new and beautiful things are being made.

 

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Misfit – a brand new Fossil brand now – announced Misfit Ray at CES, a new device that looks like an aluminum cylinder you can wear around your neck or on your wrist.

Official specs for Misfit Ray:

  • 38mm length
  • 12mm diameter
  • vibration motor
  • one multicolor LED light capable of notifications in the case of texts, calls, silent alarms, inactivity
  • six month-lasting battery
  • water submersion up to 50 meters.

 

 

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Misfit Ray will show up on the market in the spring and it will have a price tag of $99.99 in the US. It will be available in Rose Gold and Carbon Black. If you are already sold on the device, Misfit has opened pre-orders on the official website.

 

PRESS RELEASE:

Misfit Introduces Ray, The Most Versatile Activity Tracker Yet

LAS VEGAS, NV January 5th 2016—Today Misfit announced Misfit Ray Fitness and Sleep Monitor, the newest product in the Company’s line of design-forward wearables. Ray’s distinct deconstructed and modular design makes it Misfit’s most versatile activity tracker yet.

Only 12mm in diameter and 38mm long, Ray’s sleek form factor and clean lines make it uniquely wearable. Ray features a highly customizable cylindrical aluminum body, able to be worn with Misfit-branded or custom accessories on the wrist or as a necklace. Ray effortlessly complements watches, bracelets, and fine jewelry. Its elemental, interchangeable design makes it easy to personalize. Ray can be elegant or sporty, sensual or bold, striking or subtle.

Ray’s minimalist form conceals powerful engineering. It tracks activity and sleep with a 3-axis accelerometer and, like Misfit Shine 2, incorporates a vibration motor that allows for nuanced user feedback. Combined with a single multicolor LED eye, Ray provides inactivity nudges, text and call notifications, and a silent alarm. Like other wearables by Misfit, Ray never requires charging (the user-replaceable batteries last up to 6 months) and is water resistant to 50 meters.

Misfit Ray is compatible with Misfit Link, the groundbreaking software experience that turns your wearable into a remote to connect with the world around you. Communicate with friends, turn on your lights, change your music, take a selfie, and more, all with a few taps.

We designed Ray to be your most valuable accessory,” said Tim Golnik, Misfit’s VP of Product and Design. “Ray’s design distills the essential performance of our wearables and opens up a world of style possibilities.”

Ray comes in Rose Gold and Carbon Black, is now available for pre-order onmisfit.com, and will be available in retail locations worldwide in Spring 2016.

Starting from $99.99, Misfit Ray is now on display at International CES at the Misfit booth (#73923, Tech West Sands Expo).

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Micromax launches YUphoria – Cyanogen OS mid-range smartphone – and fitness trackers YUFit and HealthYU

A new mid-range Cyanogen OS phone will soon start selling in India, and it is named YUphoria. Why this name, you ask? Because the device shares the same line with YUreka, another device already on the Hindu market.

 

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Micromax is Cyanogen Inc’s exclusive partner in India, and it is responsible for the YU line which will include the Yuphoria device starting next month. The device itself will sell exclusively through Amazon and it will be clad in white/gold and black/silver. Under the hood you find a Snapdragon 410 chip, 2 GB of RAM, an 8MP snapper with f/2.2 aperture and a 2230 mAh battery. They’re all tucked in under the 5” LCD screen at 720p. It is basically the same as a Moto G device spec-wise.

 

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The smartphone will run on Cyanogen 12 at launch and it will present Truecaller dialer support. Its release date is set for May 28th when it starts selling at $109 or Rs 6,999.

 

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This is not all from the YU line as Micromax also announced fitness tracking devices: HealthYU and YUFit. HealthYU has an advanced health sensor that you can carry in your pocket (?) and take out whenever you want to read your health data whereas YUFit is a smartband that will track activity via an OLED screen.

 

HealthYu also reads temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, oxygenation and respiration and it syncs the data to most apps and devices out there. The smartband sells for $16 or Rs 999 whereas the pocked accessory has a $78 price tag or Rs 4,999. They both come out next month.

Source: India Times via AndroidPolice

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[Giveaway alert] Huawei and AndroidPolice are giving away 10 Talkbands B2

Big news, everyone! Huawei and Android Police are making a giveaway where you can get a Huawei TalkBand B2 for free. Free stuff is great, right? 10 new yet-to-be-released fitness and wireless earpiece gadgets are being given away, but they will be won by US citizens only. The TalkBand B2 was designed to support both iOS and Android devices, which means everyone should want one.

 

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The B2 has a monochrome display area that looks stunning, but you also get versatility because you can wear the band on the wrist as a fitness tracker or in your ear as a Bluetooth device. It allows users to track their activities and quickly respond to hands-free voice calls. It also springs some notifications from your phones just like a smartwatch. Of course, is also displays the time.

If you want to get your grubby little hands on a TalkBand B2 before anyone else in the US, you will have to visit the AndroidPolice source link below and enter the Rafflecopter widget. You can also go to the Huawei Community and sign up for another chance at winning a B2 band.

Source: AndroidPolice

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HTC to launch Grip – a fitness tracker with built-in GPS

HTC will launch a fitness tracker by the name of Grip. This fitness tracker is different from all the rest because it has a built-in GPS, it seems. Even if it is not the first smart accessory to have such a feature, it appears that it will use it to communicate directly with the Under Armour Record app in order to track all of your activities.

 

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Grip has a multi-sport setup and tracks walking, running, sit-ups, treadmill running, rope jumping, and more because of its accelerometer and gyroscope. It has a PMOLED display that mirrors your smartphone’s notifications too, which means it keeps you connected to texts, calls, music and events calendars and you can control them from the band.

 

 

The accessory does not have a heart rate sensor but it seems to be IP57 dust and water resistant. It has a battery life of around 5 hours if the GPS is active or 2-3 days if that feature is disabled. It will be available in the US during summer at the price of $199.

 

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Smartband Talk SWR30 gets new companion app plus four brand new extensions on Google Playstore

If you were looking for some new Sony smartband apps, you’re in luck as the Google Playstore has just been flooded with a few free applications. Smartband Talk SWR30 got a new activity tracker today and it appears to come equipped with a small e-ink display.

The smartband is a revamp of last year’s SWR10 version; it will hit stores next month, on November 10th, and it can already be pre-ordered from Amazon, among other retailer sites. The device will be available in white and black and has a cost of $169.99 with free shipping in the US.

The store just got a new app and four extensions today, all destined for the smartband, and in order to use them, you will have to install them and look for the extensions inside the official companion app in order to fully use the app itself. The core companion app is named Smartband Talk SWR30 and it will allow you to connect the tracker to your smartphone and determine logged and unlogged activities. The app is optimized for Xperia devices, where you’ll have plenty to pick from, but it is not exclusive.

 

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The Voice Note Smart extension lets users record voice notes using the smartband from Sony and it can save them locally or on an Evernote account.

 

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The World Clock Smart extension shows you the time in any city around the world, which makes it a pretty simple addition.

 

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Smart Badge extension will let you manage your profile card where you will be able to choose an illustration to associate with your account. You can also add other information you want to provide on your account.

 

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The Smart Control extension lets your Sony Smartband toggle your phone’s WiFi or radio, but it can also detect handset battery level, switch audio modes and activate the speaker.

 

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