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New Look for Fitbit Wearable Technology

Get a sneak peek of the new design for the latest Fitbit wearable technology products in this article from businessinsider.com.

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Fitbit just gave 2 of its most popular products a makeover

By Melia Robinson

The long-awaited successors to two popular Fitbit wristbands have finally arrived, and it looks like the company is remaking its best-selling device to be more like a smartwatch.

On August 29, the health and fitness wearables company announced the Charge 2 and its kid-sister device, the Flex 2. Both devices bring exciting new features that may help recapture customers who have switched to the trending Pebble and Jawbone products.

The Fitbit Charge 2 harmonizes form and function like few fitness trackers before it. Fitbit made the display four times larger, making it easier to read and allowing for more in-depth notifications, like text messages and calendar reminders. A thinner, stylish band is now interchangeable, so users can accessorize for work, workouts, and nights out.

The company is most definitely doubling down on its play for the smartwatch market with the Charge 2. While that’s good news for its rivalry with Pebble — whose Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 not only display notifications, but have a built-in microphone so users can respond — it makes some products in the Fitbit line-up more redundant.

The Fitbit Surge tracks steps, activity, GPS, sleep, and heart rate throughout the day, plus lets a user play music from their phone. The Fitbit Blaze does most of those things, but in color.

Fortunately, two new fitness features help set the Charge 2 apart. A meditation app called Relax guides users through a two- to five-minute guided breathing exercise. Animations on the display and vibrations cue the user when to inhale and exhale.

The other new feature answers a question that almost everyone wants to know but is too scared to ask: “Am I in shape?” The Cardio Fitness Level app calculates a personalized score based on user profile, resting heart rate, and exercise data, and offers guidance on how to improve.

Fitbit also hit the reset button on the Flex, its ultra-slim, minimalist design tracker. The Fitbit Flex 2 is 30% smaller and features a removable tracker that users can pop into other bands, available in sweat-resistant plastics, stainless steel, and 22 karat-plated gold or rose gold.

Swimmers can now wear the Flex 2 into the pool, and land-dwellers don’t have to remove the device before showering. It will track swims, including laps, duration, and calories burned.

Not much else has changed. The Flex 2 blinks color-coded lights that mean different things. Blue means you have a text message. Green shows progress toward your fitness goal, and so on.

I’ve been alternately wearing the Charge 2 and Flex 2 for the past couple of days, and one of my favorite new features is the Reminders to Move. In settings, I programmed the device to buzz if it’s 10 minutes before the hour and I haven’t walked 250 steps yet. The little nudges give me an excuse to get up and fill my water cup or take a lap around the office every hour.

The Charge 2 and Flex 2 are stunning devices. Anyone waffling between a Fitbit and Pebble device will likely enjoy taking home the former.

But they show that Fitbit is only catching up to what’s out there, rather than edging innovation in wearables forward.

The Charge 2 will cost $149, while the Flex 2 will set consumers back $99. Both are available for preorder on Monday and will hit stores this fall.

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Man Cycles Across the UK in His Living Room with Virtual Reality

Exercising getting a little boring for you? Check out what one man did to keep his daily exercise routine interesting. Find out what did the trick in this article from theverge.com.

Device Pitstop man cycling UK with virtual reality
Photo from YouTube video.

This man is cycling around the UK in virtual reality using Google Street View

By James Vincent

Aaron Puzey says it started out of boredom. He’d been toiling away on his exercise bike for half an hour a day for years, and things were beginning to get tedious. “I’d been day dreaming for a while about the possibility of using VR to make it a bit more fun,” Puzey told The Verge by email. “And now of course the technology has arrived to make it happen.” His solution? Hooking a Galaxy Gear up to Google Street View and cycling the length of the UK — 1,500 kilometers from Land’s End to John o’ Groats — all from the comfort of his front room.

Puzey has been documenting his travels on his blog, Cycle VR, updating the site with edited video highlights of every 100 kilometers. He says he’s been lengthening the amount of time he dedicates to the journey, and reckons he’ll be finished in around 50 days.

One of the most interesting things, he says, has been navigating what is a highly constrained 3D world. “The single biggest problem with the Street View data is the high compression on the depth information,” says Puzey, with Google storing a limited number of planes to represent complex scenes. “Some thing, like buildings, fit very well to this model and look quite solid, but things like trees and hedges and anything lumpy often just looks a mess. I’ve also seen things like squashed bugs on the Google camera, bad colors in some scenes and strange black ‘sink holes’. However, even with those problems it still feels like I’m there.”

So much so, that nausea can be a problem, especially when he’s navigating complex routes — like roundabouts — that have been squashed into only a few layers of depth. “The problem [is that I’m] telling the ‘bike’ in VR to face in the direction of the path it was moving along,” says Puzey. “Then I had a breakthrough and realized if I make it face about 5 meters ahead of where I was it made an enormous improvement.”

Puzey says he had to develop his own app to download the 3D data from Street View and make it viewable in the VR headset, but other than that, the setup was simple. He just taped a Bluetooth cadence monitor to his bike to measure its RPM, and sends this data to the Gear VR as instructions to advance through his route. “I find I have to spend quite a bit of time nursing my app through as it gets stuck or crashes,” he adds.

And is he planning on taking any other cycle trips in the future? Puzey says 1,500 kilometers is enough to be going on with for now, but that he’s always liked the idea of visiting Japan, and might take a trip there in the future. “Using Street View I can visit pretty much anywhere.”

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Lumo Run, the Digital Running Coach

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Photo courtesy lumobodytech.com

Learn to run like you’ve never run before with the help of this new technology from Lumo Bodytech. Soon-to-be available in either a clip or garments, the wearable Lumo Run features a high-tech sensor that provides real-time audio coaching through your headphones, post-run insights, biomechanics data more to help you run better.

Lumo Run measures cadence, bounce, pelvic tilt, braking, pelvic drop and pelvic rotation while you run. You’ll also learn the ideal measurements for each of these categories so you can improve yours as you train.

This high-tech runner’s tool will be available in July. Check out much more at lumobodytech.com.

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