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Garmin vívosmart 3 Brings Firstbeat Fitness and Stress Tracking to Everyone

Garmin International has announced the vi­vosmart 3, the latest addition to their popular vivo series health and fitness trackers. The vivosmart 3 uses the company’s Firstbeat technology to deliver automatic VO2max fitness level detection, Fitness Age, accurate Calorie Counts, and All-day Stress tracking. The device is capable of delivering personalized insights for better health, fitness and performance.
Firstbeat’s automatic VO2max fitness level detection technology has been onboard Garmin’s high-end Forerunner and Fenix devices since 2013 and gives users a tool for viewing their current fitness level and monitoring their progress. The vivosmart 3 brings this feature to Garmin’s lifestyle oriented vivo series for the first time and introduces Fitness Age, a new interpretation of your VO2max that places the feedback in a more relatable context.

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Reaching peak wearable – the smart condom is coming

It seems that there is no data too private that it can’t be shared. A new smart condom, the i.Con, is firming up to be the next wearable coming to the market.

The new device captures important statistics such as thrust power and velocity as well as other vital statistics such as girth and endurance.

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Withings is dead, long live Nokia – but the Patient Care Platform is the real news

When Nokia purchased health equipment maker Withings last year, we wondered what that would mean for the erstwhile challenger to Fitbit and Apple. Well, it turns out it means the Withings brand will be taken out of the market.

The Nokia brand will replace Withings on all products, update the Health Mate app, and provide a platform for patients and healthcare professionals to easily share data.

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What if exercise doesn’t work for you?

Although exercise is often considered a panacea for many conditions, we don’t all respond it equally. While some can hit the gym for a few weeks and see results, others might labour for years and see no results.

Research supports what many of us know empirically; we all respond to exercise in different ways. And, we respond to different exercise regimes.

The key is to be consistent and give exercise a chance. If a particular activity isn’t fun, try another. The trick is to find something you enjoy doing so that healthy activity is fun and not a chore.

TomTom Touch Cardio – stripping features to hit a price point

Fitness trackers are pretty passè these days. Walk into most electronics retailers, department stores or sports shops and you’ll likely find dozens of options. TomTom has long been a player in the tracker market but they are starting to move down to less expensive market segments with their new TomTom Touch Cardio.

While the original TomTom Touch could shake around AU$219 out of your wallet, the Cardio will sell for closer to AU$150 (that’s $£90 or US$110).

The Touch Cardio keeps the heart rate tracker, step and sleep tracking, but loses the body fat and muscle mass analysis sensors in order to save a few bucks.

There’s no word on Aussie availability yet.

Boltt goes all in on AI-fitness bet

We looked at Boltt during 2016 when they were just kicking off. At the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Indian start up put all their cards on the table, announcing their “triple threat fitness system”.

Arnav Kishore, CEO and Founder, Boltt Sports Technologies said “Our triple-threat fitness systems have been demonstrated at CES for the first time. Our vision is to change the regular fitness regimes and upgrade it with a combination of new-age thinking and technology. Boltt will be a one-stop solution place for the user’s health and fitness needs”.

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