Fitness Tech Tag

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The Microsoft Band 2 fitness tracker is gone! It has literally vanished in the sense that it can no longer be bought, having disappeared from the shelves, and no references to the wearable can be found via Microsoft’s online stores either. However, Microsoft continues to sell wearable’s from rival companies such as Fitbit and Misfit, and rumour has it that there are no plans to release another Microsoft Band fitness tracker this year, so what exactly has happened?
When the Apple Watch was launched, it impressed us all with its endless features and had a huge impact on the wearable market. Now we hear a new version of the Apple Watch is being released – with even more features! The new Apple Watch boasts built in GPS, the ability to track your swimming sessions accurately, enhanced Nike+ features and the inclusion of a heart rate sensor to name but a few.
One of the mainstream wearables in the market is the Fitbit. We’re going to take a little look at how the data produced by Fitbits can help scientists with their health and fitness research. Fitbit is an American company known for its products of the same name, which are activity trackers. They are wireless-enabled wearable technology devices that measure data such as the number of steps walked, heart rate, quality of sleep, steps climbed, and other personal metrics. The volume of data they capture is unquantifiable and takes us in to an age where wearable technology is out moving the steps we can monitor!
Whilst staying on the topic of wearables, this blog is going to focus specifically on Garmin’s latest products. Garmin seem to have been very busy of late introducing new devices to the market, so we’re going to take a more in-depth look at what new and exciting bands they have to offer. Garmin’s latest products to be released on the market was at first, the ‘Approach X40’, followed by the ‘Vivomove’, and now, most recently, the ‘Forerunner 735XT’. The great thing about these wearables is that each one is geared toward different activity types, including golfers, runners and casual users who simply want to make a conscious effort to lead a more active lifestyle. But…that isn’t it! Garmin can now boast their ‘Vivosmart HR+’, a fitness band with a built-in GPS sensor for more accurate distance and pace tracking. I told you that they’ve been busy! Thanks to that GPS radio, the Vivosmart HR+ will have a few advantages over the former ‘Vivosmart HR’. These advantages will include a virtual pacer mode and the ability to keep track of personal achievements. In addition, this upgrade will let you view a map of your activities via Garmin’s Connect App. From a user’s point of view, design-wise, the ‘Vivosmart HR+’ is nearly identical to its predecessor. Personally, I think this is a good idea, as we (the users) remain familiar with the device. We will already need to master the new features, so by keeping the design similar, Garmin have done well not to over-complicate things here.