The Xiaomi Mi Band is a very basic fitness device. It measures your heart rate, it tracks your steps, calories, and so on. It’s as simple as it gets and that’s not a bad thing, especially when you consider its price. However, according to the latest rumors, it seems that the next-gen Mi Band could come with a killer feature.
Apart from keeping our bodies in shape and just good for overall health, exercise is also touted to have additional benefits like better-looking skin and also the release of chemicals in our brains, such as endorphins. In case you wanted more proof, Asics has recently conducted a study in which they strapped on an EEG onto three elite athletes and six “everyday athletes”.
A couple of years ago, Google announced their plans to acquire Fitbit. This acquisition would no doubt help Google’s wearable efforts, but as with all acquisitions, they need to go through an approval process to ensure that there are no antitrust violations. Now it seems that Google has announced that the acquisition is complete, but the US Department of Justice begs to differ.
The Apple Watch has a lot of health features built into it and also features designed to help encourage people to be more active. This includes things like reminding people to stand at least once every hour, reminding them to complete their activity circles, and so on. It can also alert people to things like an unnaturally high heart rate or irregular heart rate.
Back in September, Apple officially introduced its new Apple One subscription bundle that combines various services into a single, more affordable package. One of the subscription bundles offered includes a new subscription service called Apple Fitness+ that provides users with workout videos and also the ability to sync their workouts with devices like the Apple Watch.
If you want to track your workout, your best bet would be to get a fitness tracker or a smartwatch. However, if you’d rather not wear a tracker and also a pair of earphones/headphones, then you might want to consider getting your hands on Amazon’s Echo Buds.
When it comes to wearables, there are some who choose to wear it as a fashion statement, while others might choose to use it as a productivity tool, but if you’re really into sports and fitness, then Polar might have something for you as the company has announced their latest wearable – the Polar Vantage V2.
Fitness-related games aren’t exactly new, but it seems that if you wanted to lose weight or get toned, perhaps you might want to consider the Nintendo Ring Fit game. According to Japanese Twitter user kzm, he posted a photo of his insanely toned body onto the social media platform in which he credits the game for helping him achieve his body.
It has been rumored that Apple has been planning to launch a fitness subscription service. It seems that the rumors were right on the money as Apple has since officially announced Apple Fitness+. This is a fitness video training subscription service that Apple claims will introduce new workout videos every week.
Companies obviously have an incentive to get you to upgrade to their newer devices, but since not all of us can afford to upgrade every year or every other year, we can sometimes hold onto our devices for a long time. However, the downside is that companies don’t always support their devices for very long.
Amazon is a company known by many to be one of the biggest online retailers in the world. While they do sell their own hardware, they are typically in the form of tablets or e-readers. However, it seems that Amazon has decided to dive into the world of wearables as they have since announced the Halo Band.
Many smartwatches and fitness trackers come with the ability to help you track your workouts, like when you run, when you swim, and so on. But what if you’re a complete beginner when it comes to working out and to wearables in general? This is an area that Polar is hoping to address with its new fitness smartwatch, the Polar Unite.
The lockdown has caused not only financial strain on the world, but also on the mental and physical well-being of people who might otherwise be going out socializing, exercising, and so on. If you’re going a little stir crazy at home right now, the good news is that if you own the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo has recently released a free game for you all.
Wearables for the most part aren’t particularly expensive, but we get that for some, they’d rather not fork out a couple of hundred bucks for it. This is where Xiaomi truly shines, where the company’s Mi Band series has managed to help the company capture a fair bit of the market due to its incredibly low prices.
Headphones with built-in health monitoring features aren’t new, but it looks like Apple wants to get in on the action. This is according to a recent DigiTimes report in which they claim that Apple could potentially use ambient light sensors in a future pair of AirPods, but it stops short of actually mentioning why.
Fitness masks aren’t really a new concept. If you’ve ever seen fitness videos, you might have noticed some people wearing them. The idea behind these masks aren’t really about protecting the wearer from bacteria or viruses, but more about restricting airflow to help simulate high altitudes to help improve cardiorespiratory fitness levels.
Apple has found tremendous success with its Apple Watch, where over the years, we’ve come across countless stories of how the wearable was able to detect abnormal heart rates and inform the wearer that they should seek medical help, saving live in the process. In fact, recently there was an incident where the Apple Watch detected a problem that a more traditional ECG machine did not.
One of the issues with wearables like smartwatches is that for the most part, a lot of them don’t exactly have very good battery life. This is because of their size, where you can’t exactly squeeze in a particularly huge battery. Then there is also its functionality where thanks to the fact that it can do a lot of things, unsurprisingly battery drain is expected.
When Pokemon GO was first released, one of the (perhaps) unintended side-effects of the game was that it forced players to walk around a lot, and as such, it allowed players to do more exercise than they normally would. Now it looks like we have a success story where a student claims to have lost 140 pounds playing the game.
If you own a Fitbit device, you might want to check for a software update because according to reports, it seems that the company has quietly enabled blood oxygen tracking on some of its wearables. This includes devices like the Fitbit Versa, Ionic, and Charge 3, where some users are reporting seeing the new feature.