By Wares June 27, 2017 Wearables, personal care & health

A round-up of some of the latest local and international wearables, personal care & health category news and new products.

Apple teases watchOS 4

Earlier this month, Apple previewed its new watchOS 4. The update features an enhanced Workout app with GymKit, a new technology platform that offers connected workouts with cardio equipment.

Siri intelligence also extends further with a new Siri watch face that dynamically updates important info displayed based on the time of day.

WatchOS 4 also allows users to make and receive person to person payments quickly, easily and securely with Apple Pay within Messages or using Siri. When users get paid, they receive the money in their Apple Pay Cash account and can use it instantly to send to someone or make purchases using Apple Pay in stores and apps or transfer it to their bank account.

WatchOS 4 will be available this September as a free update to Apple Watch paired with iPhone 5s and later on iOS 11.


Who are NZ’s wearable users?

New data from Nielsen Consumer & Media Insights shows that more than 393,000 Kiwis aged 15+ wear a device on their wrist that can do more than tell the time.

The number of people with wearable device owners has almost doubled (+93%) in the past year and currently represents 9% of the online population aged 15+.

Around half of this number are aged 20-39 and thought to be independent young adults or adults with young children with a personal income 16% higher than the national average.

Wearable owners are also identified as career driven with “busy but active” lifestyles with a focus on exercise, gym going and healthy eating.

The study also shows connections between wearable owners and personal appearance and status with 41% “taking care of their appearance at all times” and 21% saying they “have to have the latest gadgets”.

New Apple products from Belkin

The ultimate way to charge and display your Apple Watch and iPhone simultaneously, the 2-in-1 PowerHouse Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone features a built-in Magnetic Charging Module for Apple Watch, which aligns magnetically and begins charging instantly. The dock also features a built-in VersaCase Lightning connector to charge iPhones that can be adjusted to fit almost any case. Engineered to charge both devices at the fastest possible speed, the dock also elevates them for safety and visibility while they charge.

Belkin also has two new bands for Apple Watch. The Classic Leather Band (above left) is made with supple Italian leather, and has a custom designed buckle, hardware and additional holes for superb style and a comfortable fit. For the toughest of workouts, the Belkin Sport Band has Wave ridges to help keep air flowing for a comfortable yet secure fit that withstands the most rigorous fitness regimen. Featuring a dual-locking buckle and ability to hand-wash, this is the ultimate workout companion.


Garmin Approach S60 Golf Watch and Vívosmart 3 Activity Tracker

Approach S60 (left) is Garmin’s newest GPS golf watch with a sleek new design, sunlight-readable colour touchscreen display and over 40,000 courses preloaded from around the world with lifetime updates and full-colour course view mapping. Features 10 hours battery life while golfing and 10 days in watch mode with activity tracking a 5 ATM water rating and compatibility with the new Garmin golf App that lets users compete in weekly leaderboards on any golf course. Available in black or white or in a premium version with a scratch-resistant ceramic bezel and black leather band.

Garmin also has the new, ultra-slim Vívosmart 3 activity tracker with a hidden display that’s only on when you need it and includes high-end fitness monitoring tools such as VO2 max and fitness age, and wellness monitoring with all-day stress tracking. Garmin’s new Elevate wrist heart rate technology provides 24/7 heart rate monitoring and automatically tracks activity including steps, floors climbed, calories burned, intensity minutes, sleep and more. Vívosmart 3 has a five-day battery life and can be worn while swimming or showering. Available in black in small, medium and large and purple in small and medium sizes.


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