This Week in Wearables is our weekly blog curating the best stories on wearables from around the web.
Moov Now is a $100 Fitness Wearable That Does What Apple Watch and Fitbit Cannot
via PCWorld by Jon Phillips
With Apple Watch squeezing the high end of the fitness tracking market, and the just-IPOed Fitbit looking more powerful than ever, you’d think now would be a bad time to launch the Moov Now. Another activity-tracking wearable? Doesn’t the world have enough already—especially at that commodity-level $100 price point? But take a look at the Moov Now feature set. It doesn’t look like anything we’re seeing from the big wearable players. Indeed, what’s inside the Moov platform may be just enough to make the Moov Now relevant in today’s crazy-crowded wearables space.
Hitting the Fairway: Golf Readies Itself for the Wearable Tech Revolution
via gearburn by Brett Zika
Technology, which is constantly changing, also changes each industry it touches. And it’s currently got its finger on the world of sports, altering the experience for athletes and fans alike. Fantasy golf is one prime example of a realm in which technology is giving fans an entirely new way to engage with the PGA and LPGA tours. And it’s not the only sport trending; more than 41-million people play fantasy sports of all types in the US and Canada alone.
Wearables Are Dead, Long Live Wearable Tech!
via WT Vox by Eamon Kunze
Wearables vs Wearable Technology. If mentioned in my discussions, the “wearable tech” and the more generic, still very popular “wearables” terms, most of my interlocutors – when questioned – admit that they instantly visualise a fitness tracker or a smartwatch and I wonder, why is that?
Fitbit is Poised to Benefit From Dominating Wearables: What Wall Street’s Saying
via The Street by Meg Garner
Since going public nearly one month ago, Fitbit has continued to attract attention for its dominance is the wearables industry, with several analysts initiating coverage on Monday. Analysts believe Fitbit faces some pressure from competitors, such as Apple and Garmin, but overall the San Francisco-based company stands to profit from its strong brand name within the industry.
After Wearables: Complete Customization?
via Tech.co by Drew Hendricks
With Sprout, HP is banking on a significant departure from keyboard and mouse control. For me, those things are necessary as everything keeps getting smarter and developing. The keyboard shows the computer will respond to me, as opposed to only having another computer respond. And, sometimes even M2M communication is plain creepy from a certain angle.
Fitbit, Apple Putting the Hurt on Garmin Wearables
via Investor’s Business Daily by Patrick Seitz
Garmin stock took a tumble Thursday after the GPS device maker preannounced weaker-than-expected Q2 earnings, driven by challenges in its fitness device business and foreign exchange pressure. Garmin stock was down 7.5% in afternoon trading on the stock market today, near 43. Late Wednesday, Garmin said it expects to report Q2 revenue of $770 million to $775 million and earnings per share of 70 to 72 cents. The sales target is in line with Wall Street’s consensus of $773.1 million, but EPS is well below consensus of 91 cents.
Microsoft WearDrive Can Triple Battery Life for Wearables
via betanews by Phoebe Jennelyn Magdirila
Microsoft Research expects to almost triple the battery life of wearables through a technology called WearDrive which uses the aid of a smartphone. The idea of the technology is to use the battery of the user’s smartphone to allow the wearable to handle high-battery consumption tasks, while also keeping the device on for a longer period of time.
How Fancy Do Consumers Want Their Wearable Devices?
Wearable device awareness is high, but ownership—and purchase intent—remain low. Indeed, May 2015 polling by Altimeter Group found that just 7% of US internet users owned a wearable, and a March 2015 study by DigitasLBi put wearables penetration among internet users worldwide at 17%.
Can Fitbit and Other Wearables Really Keep Us Fit?
Last October, PriceWaterhouseCooper’s health research institute released a study that said one in five Americans owned a wearable device — about the same percentage of people that owned tablets back in 2012. But just how accurate are these devices when it comes to gauging how much we exercise? Mitesh Patel, an assistant professor of medicine and health care management at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School, has done some of the first research into just how effective step-counting devices really are. In an interview with Knowledge@Wharton, Patel discussed what his research revealed about these remarkable bits of mobile technology, and how well their technical strengths stack up against our resistance to exercising.