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Fitbit has launched a new fitness tracker that aims to offer a more fashion-conscious styling than other wearable tracking devices, with a slimline bangle-style appearance. The Fitbit Alta is a thinner tracker compared to others in the Fitbit range, using a narrow OLED tap display inside a sweat and splashproof stainless steel and elastomer band, but it still retains the same activity tracking capabilities as its stablemates.
Yesterday Misfit announced the Shine 2, the next generation of the Shine Fitness and Sleep Monitor. The update of the device originally brought to market by co-founder John Sculley brings more accurate activity and sleep tracking, better progress management, and text and call notifications with a silent vibration to the new iteration of the wearable.
Polar is adding another item to its wearable device range, with a fitness tracker capable of monitoring the wearer's heart. The Polar A360 is able to measure the heart rate while the user is working out or doing activities, helping users keep it up during intensive training, as well as other important items such as the amount of activity, step counts, calorific burn rate, workouts, and the wearer's sleep patterns when resting.
Jawbone today launched a new design for the UP2, and 10 new colors for the UP2 and UP3, further expanding the company's portfolio of activity trackers. In addition, Jawbone released a range of new features for UP2, UP3 and UP4 that improve product functionality and reliability through a free over-the-air firmware update.
Sony Mobile Communications today announced the SmartBand 2, the latest wearable from the manufacturer. Sony calls the new iteration that now includes heart rate monitoring "a multi-sensor lifelogger that provides full-scale insights about your fitness, well-being and stress levels."
Wearable company Polar has introduced the latest version of the Polar Loop activity tracker, the Polar Loop 2. Designed to be worn constantly, the Loop 2 tracks users' daily activity, workouts and sleep, and gently vibrates reminding the user to move if they have been sitting for too long. The latest activity tracker from Polar also displays and vibrates for incoming calls, messages, and calendar alerts.
As the Apple Watch finally becomes more available, so too do reports of users who may suffer from skin reactions to the materials used in the bands. A small number of buyers have posted to Twitter and other services to show skin rashes they say are caused by the bands, a not-uncommon complaint among users of any sort of watch. Thus far, the reports focus on sensitivities to the bands more than the Watch itself, which does contain a warning about the use of nickel in the device.
Electronista has had a chance to get hands-on with the Asus ZenWatch 2 at Computex Taipei 2015. The new device follows hot on the heals of the original ZenWatch, which was launched as recently as November, which gives you a little bit of an idea of just how critical OEMs view the wearables market. Although we weren't able to get a taste of a running unit (as it won't go into mass production until around September for a Q3 launch) we were able to try some sample units on, and came away reasonably impressed with its build quality and general design.
Yet another wearable device will be offering alternative payments in the future, according to a report. According to the Wall Street Journal, American Express and Jawbone are planning to announce a new system that will allow AmEx card owners to use the manufacturer's fitness bands to make payments at a number of retailers in the United States.
Wearing Google Glass in any movie theater in the United States could soon mean a visit from law enforcement, thanks to the efforts of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and National Association of Theatre Owners. The organizations released a joint statement this week, announcing that wearable devices are now added to official anti-piracy polices.