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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, on the other hand, offers heart rate monitoring in additional to standard timekeeping. This... Read more...
We don’t know much about Microsoft’s smartwatch efforts beyond the assumption that the company is surely making one if for no other reason than all of its competitors are, but a patent application granted to Microsoft a few days ago gives us a number of clues as to what its smartwatch will be like. First, according to the drawings, the smartwatch looks quite nice. The face is flush with the surface of the watchband so you wouldn’t snag it on clothing or gear. Further, the device itself--which boils down to a tiny, square computer with a built-in display--is removable from the watchband. In a sense, the watchband is a kind of dock, and the watch affixes to it with magnets and... 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 not very specific. "As a fast-paced, global business we continually align resources with business... Read more...
Once the rumor about LG’s upcoming wearables broke, it didn’t take long for an image of one of them to emerge online. Always good for a leaked photo, Evleaks posted one of the fitness band that LG was said to be calling the “G-Health”. It appears that the name can be scrapped, though, as the wrist-mounted fitness device will be called the LG Lifeband Touch. The photo shows a black bracelet with a small gap in the ring, which presumably allows the wearer to easily slip the device on and off. The LG logo is stamped on one tip, and there’s a green-ringed black button that will presumably be the main means of controlling the Lifeband Touch. Credit: Evleaks We’d... 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. Four metrics are available: Time, Calories, Steps and NikeFuel. Unlike calorie counts, which vary based... Read more...