Wearable wants to help users establish a routine rather than count steps
Adidas keyed the public in on the official release of the Fit Smart wearable today during the Wearable Technologies Conference 2014 in San Francisco. The band was initially reported on in June, after FCC and retailer listings revealed that the athletics company planned to release an entry into the growing wearable market.
FCC, retailer listings suggest imminent launch of new Adidas fitness tracker
Adidas is close to launching another fitness tracker, according to a variety of sources. Trademarks, FCC filings, and listings with retailer Keller Sports for the miCoach Fit Smart appears to show Adidas combining its existing miCoach Smart Run smartwatch with similar functionality to competitor Nike's FuelBand SE device, with the device also appearing to provide heart rate monitoring as well.
Company advances just one spot
Apple has placed 21st on Fortune's latest annual Best Global Green Brands list. The chart takes the 100 companies from Interbrand's annual Best Global Brands Report and narrows them down to 50, sorting them according to perceived environmental friendliness versus their actual efforts. The sway in one direction or the other is described as a positive or negative gap.
Yonder Music announces commercial-beta launch of Android-exclusive digital music service
Yonder Music has announced its commercial-beta launch of an Android-exclusive digital music service. Providing users with access to millions of songs with no pay-wall barrier, music content can be downloaded and played without commercials. Yonder's catalog includes major labels such as Universal Music Group, Sony Music, and more, as well as a variety of independent artists and labels. During the commercial-beta, Yonder can only be used on specific Android-enabled devices, such as the HTC One, and must purchase it directly from Yonder Music to have access to the application.
Adidas fitness tracker will offer offline Spotify music playback before end of year
Adidas is collaborating with Spotify to add offline music playback to its miCoach Smart Run fitness tracker. The update will allow wearers of the smart watch to store tracks and playlists from the streaming music service on the device, so tracks can be listened while running or working out without the need to carry a smartphone for a data connection.
Fitness smartwatch designed as standalone device, tracks workouts
Adidas has introduced a new smartwatch that it says is designed for runners. The watch, announced just one day after Nike revealed its updated FuelBand SE, is a standalone device that includes an integrated GPS and heart rate sensor, which it combines with movement sensors to monitor the wearer's training session.
Event labeled first "smart soccer match"
Adidas has announced that the 2012 AT&T Major League Soccer All-Star Game will be the first professional event to feature the miCoach team-tracking system. The miCoach system will enable soccer fans to view live data related to overall team performance and individual metrics from each player on the field.
coconutBattery update adds export option
Alongside the release of the miCoach SPEED_CELL and adizero F50 soccer cleats, adidias has launched miCoach Soccer in the App Store. The free app syncs with the SPEED_CELL, a fitness sensor that tracks performance metrics such as average speed and total distance, and visualizes the data. miCoach Soccer also allows athletes to use the data to create a virtual avatar and share stats via MiCoach.com or various other social media sites.
Adidas makes Nike Plus-rivalling f50 official
Adidas on Friday hoped to bring intelligence to soccer (international football) by bringing out a miCoach-equipped version of its adizero f50 shoes. They contain a sensor in the outsole like Nike+ shoes but have an added level of detail that helps track the on-off pacing of a player on the pitch. They cover basics like average speed and distance but can also single out the frequency and distance of sprints as well as the stride.
Lodsys sends warnings to more Android devs
Lodsys pulled its attention back over to Android this weekend as multiple Android app developers reported getting notices of alleged infringement. Noble Master Games received one for in-app purchases in its Age of Conquest series. The patent holder has even begun sending notices without verifying its complaints, Droid Gamers saw, and sent a notice to the Trese Brothers regarding Star Traders by mistake.
Lodsys expands patent suits to hit Best Buy, more
Lodsys tested its limits on Friday by expanding its lawsuits beyond app developers. A new complaint serving as a preemptive strike against possible patent invalidation has targeted 10 companies, including Adidas, Best Buy, CVS, Sam's Club, and others, accuses them of violating two patents mentioned in Lodsys' campaign to sue iOS app developers for in-app purchases. All but Sam's Club were sued for allegedly copying one patent by having surveys on their websites, while Sam's Club, Black & Decker, and Vitamin Shoppe were sued for just using "feedback soliciting FAQs" or live help chat.
Three models including the HD 25, HD 220, CX 310
Sennheiser has teamed with Adidas to release a new Adidas Originals line of headphones. The range includes the HD 25, the HD 220 and the CX 310. The HD 25 is a premium headphone set aimed at DJs, while the HD 220 adopt a street style. The CX 310 are an in-ear type earphone.
Samsung intros N150 Adidas edition netbook
Samsung has revealed a special edition version of its N150 netbook to coincide with the upcoming kick-off of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Partnering with Adidas, the netbook is glossy white and offset with a colorful World Cup theme. Performance improvements over the standard computer include the inclusion of Bluetooth 3.0.
Samsung, Adidas miCoach
Samsung and Adidas are teaming up to compete with Apple and Nike's Nike+iPod program, and have today introduced the miCoach workout tracking system. The miCoach system combines the miCoach phone with a heartrate monitor and stride sensor to provide accurate feedback about workout activities. Pricing was not announced, but the miCoach system will be available in Europe mid-March.