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Apple Retail Stores are clearing shelf space again, and this time three companies are being shown the door: Nike, MIO, and Jawbone. All three companies produce fitness trackers that compete with built-in functionality found in the upcoming Apple Watch product line. The ban on the fitness trackers extends to both Apple’s online store and it brick and mortar locations though the United States according to Re/code. The Jawbone UP24 provides basic activity tracking and sleep monitoring, while the Nike Fuelband allows you to track your fitness activity and share it among friends. MIO’s Alpha wearable,... Read more...
As we reported on last week, Nike has decided that it's had enough of producing its own wearables, resulting in a seriously short one-year lifespan for FuelBand. With the move, about 55 people were said to have been laid-off, and speculation ran rampant about what Nike would do next. Well, in a new interview with CNBC, Nike CEO Mark Parker drops some big hints. While Nike isn't going to be making its own wearables, Parker makes it clear that nothing is changing on the software side. He name-drops Apple as being a company Nike is working with, and although he doesn't fill us in on what's in the... Read more...
Well, that was a relatively short run for shoe maker Nike. After barely more than a year of market activity, Nike's reportedly decided to just not do the wearable computing thing and is shutting down its FuelBand division. That means there won't be a slimmer version coming out this fall as originally planned, and many of those involved in the effort will have to look for employment elsewhere. News of the disbanding comes from CNET, which is getting its information from "a person familiar with the matter." Nike also chimed in on the report, though the information it gave was fairly standoffish and... Read more...
Remember when Nike introduced Marty McFly's MAG shoes a few years ago? Nike only made 1,500 pairs of the MAG as featured in Back to the Future Part II, which were then auctioned off on eBay where they generated nearly $6 million for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. As cool as those replicas were, they were missing a key feature of what made the mythical version so awesome -- power laces. It seemed like Nike either wasn't capable or interested in a power laces function, but whatever the reason, it's no longer a factor. Nike Designer Tinker Hatfield was at attendance at the... Read more...
Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch was the company’s big foray into wearable tech, but Samsung isn’t satisfied; it may be invading the fitness market, too, impinging upon territory currently occupied by the likes of Nike’s FuelBand and FitBit. According to Korean site DDaily, Samsung is planning to roll out a wrist-mounted device called the Galaxy Band in Q4 2014. The Galaxy Band will have a number of sensors to detect movement, pressure, humidity, route guidance, and so on. The rumored Galaxy Band would compete with the likes of the FitBit Force, shown above The device should... Read more...
It doesn't quite answer all of the lingering questions, but it sure sheds a lot of light on what Apple's doing behind the scenes. As the wearables market explodes, fitness gadgets have found themselves in the spotlight. Startups are coming out of the woodwork to sell health-minded bands, while Google has found a market for an expensive computer / eyeglass device dubbed Glass. The future of computing involves computing devices that are on one's person, and while Apple didn't beat everyone to it (see: Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch), it won't be sitting it out entirely. The company has just hired... Read more...
Exercise is important, there's no disputing that. It's especially critical if, like us, you spend hours each day plopped in front of a computer screen hammering out hardware reviews, TPS reports, or whatever. Activity is key to a healthy lifestyle, but how do you know if you're doing enough? In the old days, a mirror and scale would keep track of your progress. And today? Healthy living monitor gadgets like the Nike+ FuelBand are finding an audience among the health nuts, nouveau techno-geeks, and the upwardly connected set. But what you may not realize is that, as cool as these gadgets purport... Read more...
FuelBand? Well, we've heard of stranger names for products, and perhaps Nike's attempting to catch a few odd stares here. The athletic company just announced a new wristband that tracks and measures everyday movement to motivate and inspire people to be more active. Activities can now be measured through a new metric called NikeFuel: the more active you are, the more NikeFuel you earn. Designed to be worn throughout the day, the ergonomic, user-friendly NIKE+ FuelBand uses accelerometry to provide information about different activities through movement of the wrist via a LED dot matrix display.... Read more...
Nike this week launched its Nike+ GPS App into the App Store, a new piece of software that has grand aspirations of being a digital training tool for athletes. Runners who download the app can use their iPhone or iPod touch to visually map out their runs while tracking pace, distance, time, and calories burned, Nike says. And if you're new to this whole running thing and can't seem to stay motivated, Nike offers instant motivational feedback from athletes like Paula Radcliffe and Lance Armstrong, as well as...Tracy Morgan? That's right, the former Saturday Night Live star and current 30 Rock comedian... Read more...