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Garmin Shows Off First Touchscreen Hybrid Smartwatch

On Thursday, Garmin International, Inc. announced the vívomove HR, a hybrid smartwatch with activity tracking, Elevate wrist-based heart rate, smart notifications and a touchscreen display.

“Precision hands show the time and dynamically move out of the way for easy viewing of messages, heart rate and more,” the company tells us. “A master of subtlety, the smart display only appears when the user turns their wrist. Style-obsessed, rejoice: The vívomove HR combines the latest and greatest Garmin connectivity, fitness and wellness monitoring features with an elegant, classic design.”

We’re told that the vívomove HR is one of the many new wearables from Garmin being launched in conjunction with IFA in Berlin, Germany, September 1-6.

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Samsung Touts New, Enhanced Wearables

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. has just introduced three new devices to its wearable portfolio, and MHW has the details.

New to the line up are:

  • Gear Sport, a sleek and versatile fitness-focused smartwatch that is water resistant;
  • Gear Fit2 Pro, an upgraded GPS fitness band with smart features; and
  • Gear IconX, a second generation of the company’s cord free earbuds.

We’re told that Samsung’s new Gear devices were designed to let consumers get the most out of their day, and help them live a healthier and well-balanced life.

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First Look: Fitbit Touts New Premium Guidance and Coaching Offering Based on User Data

Fitbit, a leading global wearables brand, has introduced a new premium guidance and coaching paid offering designed to analyze your Fitbit data and activity level to deliver a custom curriculum of workouts, programs, content and other tools tailored to your specific goals.

According to the official word emailed to MHW, the first tools to launch with this offering include a new Fitbit Coach app, which rebrands the current Fitstar Personal Trainer app and combines its popular dynamic video workouts with new Audio Coaching sessions, expert-designed to help you increase endurance, speed and form.

The new coaching services will launch with the Fitbit Coach personal training app, available on Android, iOS, and Windows devices this fall.

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Visa Makes Headway in Wearables Market

Visa confirmed to MHW today that it is enabling Visa payments on Fitbit’s first smartwatch – Fitbit Ionic.

We’re told that eligible cardholders of participating banks will be able to make payments with Fitbit Pay, Fitbit’s new payment function, when available.

So how does it work?

With Fitbit Pay, Visa and Fitbit are meeting demand amongst the majority of wearable owners who, according to the recent “How We Will Pay” survey* by PYMNTS and Visa, see the opportunity for wearables to improve the way they pay throughout their day with a more secure and seamless cashless payment experience.

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Mio Licenses PAI Technology to the Lenovo Brand of Wearables

Mio Global — a health technology company — has just announced its partnership with Lenovo, a rexignized leader in innovative consumer, commercial, and enterprise technology.

We’re told that the new Lenovo HW01 Plus fitness bands are the first of many devices that will feature Mio’s science-based health metric that translates heart rate data into a simple, meaningful score that guides users on how much activity they need to live a longer, healthier life.

The Personal Activity Intelligence experience utilizes heart rate because it is the single most accurate reflection of the body’s response to physical activity, which means it also provides the most accurate picture of how daily and weekly activities can contribute to overall health. The PAI algorithm translates heart rate and personal data into a simple score that gives users a personalized prescription for exercise through one universal goal: keep your weekly PAI score at or above 100 for maximum health benefits. Since this goal is based on personal profile data, it adapts to a people’s fitness levels as they improve.

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Infographic: The State of Wearables Today

Valencell, a leading innovator in performance biometric data sensor technology, in collaboration with MEMS & Sensors Industry Group, the trade association advancing Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and sensors across global markets, recently conducted a national survey in regards to the state of wearables today.

The findings, portrayed in an infographic shared below, revealed interesting statistics about wearables users, including consumer interest in monitoring advanced health metrics like stress, blood pressure, and sunlight exposure.

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Wearable Technology Can Enhance Long Term Patient Care

The following is a guest contributed post from Chris Holbert, CEO of SecuraTrac.

Wearable technologies have been widely adopted by consumers to measure and track aspects of health. Bracelets can track steps and calorie burn, clothing can measure heart rate and VO2 levels. While adoption is slower in clinical settings some health care organizations have begun to integrate wearable technologies into patient care to create more opportunities for e-health programs and to create new data availability.

Some wearable technologies developed for the health care sector are designed to monitor patient vitals. Patients who are not in critical condition are able to receive round-the-clock monitoring from health care professionals at home or at a step-down care facility. There is no need for people recovering from basic surgeries or who have chronic conditions to remain in the hospital for prolonged periods of time. Care can be dispatched to their homes on an as needed basis if vitals stray outside a “normal” range.

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