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Wearables

September 16, 2016

This week: focus on Apple Watch(es) and wearables for Paralympic athletes.

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Hands-on with the Apple Watch Series 2

Wired

At first glance, Apple Watch Series 2 looks identical to the first-generation wearable and the new features are relatively minor. However, the Apple Watch didn't become the second biggest selling watch brand (behind Rolex) in 2015 without having some redeeming features. Built-in GPS adds real value to the wearable. Runners can now use the Watch to more accurately track their route without having to take their phone with them and these route details are easily synced with an iPhone the next time they're paired.

Apple Watch Series 2 Announced with Swimproof Shell and GPS for $369

The Verge

Apple Watch Series 2 is swim-proof with a new processor, brighter display, and GPS chip. The Apple Watch Series 2 retains the same casing for the lower and middle-tier versions. So the cheapest version comes with an aluminium case, while the next tier up has a stainless steel one.

This is the Only 'Apple Watch' that Can Get You Drunk

Mashable

We had to share this just because of the pure ridiculousness of the product. I'm still having a hard time believing this is a real product but it most definitely is. The Jim Beam Apple Watch is a watched-shaped wearable that puts a retractable shot glass on your wrist. Yes, you read that right!

Fitbit’s New Charge 2 Is a Much-Needed Upgrade

Time

One of Fitbit’s most popular bands, the two-year-old Charge HR, is starting to feel dated compared to newer wearables. The Charge HR’s screen is tiny, making it difficult to view a lot of data at a glance. Fitbit is addressing these setbacks and more with its new Charge 2, which launches this month for $149.95. The Charge 2 tracks a wider array of health metrics, brings more customization options, and features a roomier display.

With Wearable Tech Deals, New Player Data Is Up for Grabs

NYTimes

The University of Michigan football team took the field for its season opener on Sept 3 accompanied by Michael Jordan, the team’s honorary captain for the game, in uniforms bearing his signature Jumpman logo. A clause in the contract could, in the future, allow Nike to harvest personal data from Michigan athletes through the use of wearable technology like heart-rate monitors, GPS trackers, and other devices that log myriad biological activities.

5 Reasons Why Wearables Are Still Ruling Our Wrists (and Everywhere Else)

TNW

This article attempts to dispel suggestions that wearables are not living up to the hype by taking a look at some numbers and discussing products including Pebble's newest additions, Philips Health Watch, Run Profiler and Qardiocore.

Paralympic Athletes Get Boost with Tech from Chicago Startup Rithmio

Chicago Tribune

Rithmio offers motion recognition software to help companies build wearables and connected clothing. The startup also offers an app that helps weightlifters automatically track their workouts. Now, the company is using its technology to give Paralympic track athletes better data into the movements they use to propel their wheelchairs.

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