By Wares February 26, 2016 Wearables, personal care & health

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

Better than the half time show at Superbowl 50

Following on from its connected basketball (see photo), Wilson Sporting Goods (www.wilson.com) is almost ready to bring its new smart Wilson X Connected Football to the market. The ball has technology inside in the form of accelerometers for detecting motion, a processor, and a Bluetooth connection so you can send the data to a smartphone. If you’re thinking this isn’t a big deal then consider that the NFL, despite its razzmatazz, has been a late adopter of technology and has only recently allowed teams to use tablets to view and review plays during games.

Casio WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch

Although the just announced Casio Smart Outdoor Watch is only so far definitely scheduled to become available in the US and Japanese markets, we’d be surprised if it didn’t hit our shores in due course.

The Android Wear device is water resistant to 50 metres and built to military standard specifications. Its outdoorsiness extends from its robust build to original Casio applications for activities like trekking, cycling, and fishing, as well as apps to measure changes in the natural environment. Powered by Android Wear, users will also be able to load their own apps.

The watch face features a dual layer display with colour LCDs, or users can extend the device’s charge to more than a month by selecting to a mode that displays only watch data in monochrome.

WSD-F10 also includes an application that links the watch to remotely control the Casio EXILIM Outdoor Recording Gear EX-FR100 digital camera launched late last year.



Fitbit Alta fitness wristband

Activity wearables market maker Fitbit may have trumped itself when it introduced its Fitbit Alta fitness wristband so soon after its Blaze Smart Fitness Watch. Alta has an easy-to-read, bright OLED display and comes in a satin stainless steel body that’s quickly matched with a line of interchangeable bands in multiple colours and premium materials. In addition to automatically tracking your all-day activity, exercise and sleep, Alta will nudge you to stay active throughout the day, as well as providing visual feedback on progress and keeping you connected with smart notifications from your Android or iOS smartphone. Fitbit Alta will be available in New Zealand from March in a satin finish, silver stainless steel tracker with a black, blue, teal or plum band with a shiny gold stainless steel tracker option coming soon. Additional accessories at launch will include: classic fitness bands (black, blue, teal and plum at $49.95); soft, premium hide leather graphite or blush pink bands ($119.95); and hand-polished stainless steel silver bangle ($189.95).


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