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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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Zebra Says One-Half of Manufacturers Globally to Adopt Wearable Tech by 2022

Just when you though the momentum of wearables had reached rever-pitch, we’re hearing that the boom shows no signs of slowing.

Zebra Technologies Corporation, a market leader in mobile computers, today revealed the results of the Zebra’s 2017 Manufacturing Vision Study, a body of research analyzing the emerging trends shaping the future of industrial manufacturing.

“The global study revealed manufacturers are adopting the IIoT to enhance visibility and improve quality,” the report summary reads.

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Report: $1 Billion Potential Revenue with Green High-Tech Wearables

Proving once again that green tech is a magnet for green paper, OLIVEDA International, Inc. sees a big market for eco-friendly wearables.

The company has just announced it’s projection which calls for a potential global market for its unique green-tech wearables products of up to 10 million users and potential revenues up to $1 billion.

The wearable market is just one of the revenue streams derived from OLIVEDA’s olive tree based products, the company says.
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