fitness tracking

Amex, Insurance Company Launch Activity-Based Rewards Credit Card

Amex, Insurance Company Launch Activity-Based Rewards Credit Card

American Express and Vitality — a life insurance and investment company — have teamed up to launch a new credit card that rewards users based on how physically active they are. The Vitality American Express Card — available to existing Vitality members with eligible policies — will offer cash-back rewards depending on how physically active…

Samsung Updates User Interface on Older Galaxy Watches

Samsung Updates User Interface on Older Galaxy Watches

Samsung is rolling out a major software update for the Galaxy Watch and the Galaxy Watch Active. The update specifically concerns the user interface, and will allow owners of older Galaxy Watch models to enjoy a slew of features that are currently only available on the newer Galaxy Watch Active2, which debuted earlier this year.…

Garmin and SCOR Algorithm Lets Insurance Providers Monitor Client Health

Garmin and SCOR Algorithm Lets Insurance Providers Monitor Client Health

Garmin and SCOR Global Life have joined forces to develop a new algorithm that calculates a person’s biological age based on the health data captured with Garmin’s wearable devices. The algorithm is part of SCOR’s Biological Age Model (BAM), which is being rolled out through a collaboration with the Taiwanese insurance company Nanshan.   The…

Huami and AliveCor Team Up to Develop Better ECG Technology

Huami and AliveCor Team Up to Develop Better ECG Technology

Huami and AliveCor are joining forces to develop better heart rate monitors. AliveCor is a producer of personal ECG technology, while Huami is best known as a manufacturer of smart watches and other wearables. The two companies will leverage their respective expertise to design and manufacture new ECG devices that are expected to ship globally…

Fathom AI Launches Fathom Pro Wearable Fitness System

Fathom AI Launches Fathom Pro Wearable Fitness System

Sports injury startup Fathom AI has launched Fathom Pro, a wearable sensor-based system aimed at reducing injuries resulting from running and providing recovery exercises based on biometric feedback. Fathom Pro uses three compact sensors, each the size of a quarter, that the user places on their lower back and just above each ankle. These sensors…

New Apple Watch Will Be Very, Very Aware of What’s Going On with You

New Apple Watch Will Be Very, Very Aware of What’s Going On with You

Apple has unveiled its newest line of smartwatches, and the devices are more aware than ever of what’s going on with users. For one thing, the Apple Watch Series 5 features a built-in compass and updated Maps app that can better locate users and help them to get where they’re going. It also features a…

Qualcomm Survey Details Rise of AI, Biometrics in Consumer Headsets

Qualcomm Survey Details Rise of AI, Biometrics in Consumer Headsets

Qualcomm released its “2018 State of Play” report on the consumer market this week, at its IoT Industry Analyst Workshop. The report’s findings, based on surveys of 6,000 consumer across China, the UK, and the US, outline a couple of key, ongoing trends. One is the rise of the voice interface for consumer electronics, with…

Fit Pay Prepares for Mass Production of Bitcoin Payments Device

Fit Pay Prepares for Mass Production of Bitcoin Payments Device

Fit Pay has completed testing of its bitcoin payment device, and plans to start shipping the solution soon, the company has announced. Dubbed the Flip, the device can be loaded with US dollars exchanged from the user’s Bitcoin account. In appearance it looks almost like a large poker chip, but in function it is essentially…

Mi Band 3 Sales Success Suggests Rising Interest in Smart Wearables

Mi Band 3 Sales Success Suggests Rising Interest in Smart Wearables

Consumer interest in wearable tech is on the rise, if the success of the new Mi Band 3 is any indication. Its maker, Huami, has announced that the biometric smart wristband has already sold over a million units, just 17 days since its launch. The first Mi Band, launched back in 2014, took four months…