Garmin Vivofit 4 has a Color Display and 1-Year Battery Life
Garmin today announced the Vivofit 4, a new activity-tracking wearable device that sports an always-on color display and battery life up to one year. The wrist-mounted, waterproof device performs all of the functions of a digital watch, including timer, stopwatch, and alarms, while counting steps and encouraging the wearer to stay mobile and active. The Vivofit 4 can be paired via Bluetooth with a phone (iPhone or Android) for additional functions, such as sleep tracking, detailed and automatic exercise tracking, and weather reports. It also includes a "find my phone" feature. The phone app connects to Garmin's cloud service and lets users compare activity with selected family and friends. It also lets users customize the wearable's display with various watch faces and themes. The always-on display uses a special kind of LCD technology called MIP (memory-in-pixel) that retains an image without power, much like e-ink displays. It's readable in daylight without a backlight, and can display eight different colors across its 88 x 88 pixels. The wearable comes in three sizes and three different colors. The interchangeable rubber bands are available in three additional colors as well. The Vivofit 4 is available starting today for $80, exclusively from Amazon.com.
HTC and Under Armour Launch Fitness Kit
Jan 5, 2016
Under Armour and HTC today announced UA HealthBox, a $400 box containing a suite of health and fitness hardware designed to work with the UA Record app for Android and iOS. The core device is the UA Band wrist wearable, which tracks basic heart rate and activity.
Apple Improves iPhone 6s and 6s Plus with 3D Touch
Sep 9, 2015
Apple today announced the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, which are enhanced versions last year's iPhones. Like the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the 6s and 6s Plus have 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens, respectively, slim metal designs, and fingerprint readers built into the home button.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Active Built for the Adventurous and the Accident-Prone
Jun 6, 2016
Samsung today announced the Galaxy S7 Active, a semi-rugged version of its S7 flagship smartphone. The Active has a sturdier metal frame with rubber-coated corners to help protect it.
E Ink Reveals Full-Color ePaper Display
May 24, 2016
E Ink today announced Advanced Color ePaper (ACeP), which is a full-color reflective display. E Ink says this is the first time an electrophoretic display can produce color in every pixel without the use of a color filter array.
Huawei Fit Adds Heart Rate Monitor to Honor Band Z1
Nov 3, 2016
Huawei today announced the Huawei Fit, a watch-like fitness band similar to the Honor Band Z1, but with a heart rate monitor and additional fitness functions. It's designed to work with a companion app called Huawei Wear, available for both Android and iOS.