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Huami Amazfit Band 5 is a multi-feature fitness watch for only $45

Huami has announced the newest addition to its lineup of Amazfit smartwatch fitness trackers, which are generally less expensive than popular counterparts from Garmin and Fitbit. The Amazfit Band 5 has typical fitness tracker features, such as a pedometer and heart-rate monitor, plus more advanced offerings like a blood oxygen saturation monitor and Amazon Alexa functions, all for $45. There are a sampling of Huami-branded features that take a high-tech approach to health management. The watch’s BioTracker 2 heart rate monitor audits your resting heart rate and heart rate zones, and will alert you when your heart rate gets too high, according to a statement from Huami. OxygenBeats measures your blood oxygen saturation. The PAI, or Personal Activity Intelligence Assessment System, will interpret your daily heart rate into a score you can use to determine how much activity you need to stay healthy. When used with Bluetooth and “power-saving technologies,” Huami says the watch can last 15 days between charges. Source linkContinue readingHuami Amazfit Band 5 is a multi-feature fitness watch for only $45

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Wired

Everything Apple Announced: Apple Watch 6, Apple Watch SE, iPad Air, Fitness+

Apple also announced a subscription service for streamed workouts that seems aimed squarely at taking on Peloton and other companies capitalizing on the home fitness trend. Tell us what you think about these new products in the comments below. (Register here for an account.) The new Fitness+ service offers video streams of workouts in an array of categories like yoga, cycling, strength training, high-intensity interval training, and dance. You can follow along with videos on an iPhone or TV. Data gleaned from an Apple Watch will display on screen in real time so customers can track calories burned and other metrics. All that data then syncs to Apple’s existing fitness app for later tracking. If paired with a Watch, on-screen instructions will also show up on your wrist. So, if a trainer reminds you to check heart rate, those numbers will get larger on the Watch so they’re easier to spot at a glance. Apple says classes will feature Apple’s own workout instructors, and new sessions will be added every week. Fitness+ will be available later this year. It costs $10 per month, or $80 per year if you pay up front. Bundle Up But why subscribe to just one Apple service when you can subscribe to all of them? Apple is embracing the bundle by making the bulk of its subscription services available for a single price. The bundle, called Apple One, will include Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and iCloud storage. Prices start at $15 a month,…Continue readingEverything Apple Announced: Apple Watch 6, Apple Watch SE, iPad Air, Fitness+

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Mashable

Apple’s new Fitness+ feature might make Peloton sweat

Apple has just announced Fitness+, a kind of Netflix for exercise videos that also monitors your personal metrics. Peloton is probably sweating, and not in a good way. Revealed at today’s Apple event, Fitness+ lets you watch workouts on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV while your Apple Watch records your heart rate and calories burned. These metrics will be displayed up on your screen in real time, though you can turn them off if you want to enjoy your workout without fretting about analytics. Fitness+ will also display Apple’s familiar Activity rings, complete with fireworks animation when you close one. As tech commentator Marques Brownlee noted, Peloton’s stock noticeably dropped at Apple’s announcement. Wow Apple Fitness+ might be the biggest disrupter to come to fitness in a while. $9.99 a month with most of the popular work outs. Are services like Peloton and Beachbody in trouble? #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/gD2brvho3s — Danny Winget (@superscientific) September 15, 2020 Fitness+ will have 10 types of workouts to choose from: Treadmill Walk, HIIT, Treadmill Run, Rowing, Dance, Cycling, Yoga, Core, Strength, and Mindful Cooldown. Videos will vary in length from five to 45 minutes with new workouts added weekly, recorded by a team of fitness trainers selected by Apple.  You can choose whichever workout you want, but the service will also suggest trainers and workouts based on how you use Apple Watch’s Workout app. If you’re completely new to exercise, Fitness+ will have an Absolute Beginner program to help you get started. The service…Continue readingApple’s new Fitness+ feature might make Peloton sweat

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The Next Web

Apple’s Fitness+ takes aim at Peloton — and that’s a good thing

At its event today, Apple fired a warning shot to the booming at-home fitness content industry with the announcement of Fitness+. Effectively, this is a subscription service built for Apple devices. Users watch and follow fitness videos on their Apple screen of choice — so far, so standard. The extra juice comes from the syncing the workout with the Apple Watch the training individual is wearing. This is a strong move from Apple — especially with the cheaper SE on the market — and creators of fitness contents are within their rights to feel worried. More on that later though, let’s talk about Fitness+ itself for a moment. The best way to think of it is a streaming service, but filled with, well, fitness videos. These include things like HIIT, cycling, rowing, strength, yoga, and many more. Looks very similar to Apple TV, right? This will work how you’d expect: you have a range of difficulties, ranging from beginner to advanced, and a recommendation system that kicks in once you start exercising. In regards to the syncing with the Apple Watch, Fitness+ will display your health stats as you work out. It looks pretty clear: I’ll be honest, I’m very excited to try this out. If you’d like more specific details on Fitness+ itself, you can go and read more about it here. Now, I’d like to talk about what this means in a broader sense. This, in my mind, is a hugely clever move from Apple. The pandemic has led to…Continue readingApple’s Fitness+ takes aim at Peloton — and that’s a good thing

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TechCrunch

Samsung’s got a new budget 5G handset and a fitness tracker with a two-week battery – TechCrunch

Yesterday’s overflow Galaxy Unpacked event was about one thing and one thing alone: the Galaxy Z Fold 2. Honestly, it was a bit anticlimactic after its predecessor found Samsung unveiling five new devices. But the singular focus wasn’t for lack of new stuff to show off. In fact, the company just unleashed a whole slew of new products across a wide range of categories, including a gaming monitor, charging pad, refrigerator and washing machine. There are two in particular I’d like to break out here, however: the new Galaxy Fit 2 band and A42 5G handset. The latter in particular is worth highlighting, given the company’s huge push into 5G this year. Samsung is betting big on pushing early and hard on the next-generation wireless tech. Early this year, the company announced that it would be standardizing 5G across its flagship products. The company has also made a major push toward embracing the tech on its budget devices, including the A7 and now the A42. 5G hasn’t quite turned out to be the market correction the industry was banking on, due in no small part to a slowdown in sales from the pandemic. Certainly few banked on that. But while Apple has yet to announce a 5G iPhone (give it a month or two, mind), Samsung’s already loaded up. And importantly, the A42 looks like it may be Samsung’s cheapest 5G offering (though we’re still waiting on exact pricing). Honestly, Samsung wasn’t particularly chatty about the device during an IFA-tied…Continue readingSamsung’s got a new budget 5G handset and a fitness tracker with a two-week battery – TechCrunch

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ProBeat: Amazon Halo is surveillance capitalism in a $100 fitness wearable

Amazon this week walked into the health gadget market with a $100 fitness wearable and a $4 per month subscription service. Amazon Halo stands out not for the lack of a screen, but rather its two “innovative” features: Body and Tone. The former uses computer vision, machine learning, and “a suite of algorithms that can generate your personalized 3D body model, BFP, and body model slider, a visual of how your body could change as you gain or lose body fat.” The latter uses machine learning to “analyze the positivity and energy of your voice — positivity is measured by how happy or sad you sound, and energy is how excited or tired you sound.” Did Amazon learn nothing from the criticisms of its inaccurate facial recognition tech Rekognition? Actually, I think it learned a lot. This time, it’s not selling a problematic AI product to law enforcement (for now). Instead, it’s falling back on its tried and true strategy of going straight to the source: consumers. It was impressive enough that Amazon single-handedly created the voice-activated smart speaker category with a surprise November 2014 announcement, ultimately getting the Echo into millions of homes. But the Echo is limited. Most variants don’t have a camera, and all versions are stationary. This is a tough problem, especially given that consumers have (so far) shunned cameras in wearables (see Google Glass). Amazon’s solution? Use your existing smartphone to upload pictures of yourself in your underwear and buy a cheap band to record…Continue readingProBeat: Amazon Halo is surveillance capitalism in a $100 fitness wearable

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Activate your lifestyle and save 20% on the newest fitness watch from Fitbit

This year, Fitbit has been busy launching four new trackers to keep you fighting fit – these include the Fitbit Charge 4, Sense, Versa 3 and Inspire 2. Normally, discounts for newly released items are few and far between, but Rebel Sport has gone against the grain by offering one of Fitbit’s latest additions, the Charge 4, for only AU$199 – that’s a strong saving of AU$50. The Fitbit Charge 4 is the best Fitbit on the market – a device that strikes the balance between activity band and fitness tracker that is simple enough to wear everyday, but has all the features you require to track your workouts.  The latest addition to the Charge family offers on-board GPS for the first time – a great addition for runners who want to leave their smartphone at home. You can also use contactless payment using Fitbit Play and control your Spotify playlist.  Another great upgrade is the 24/7 heart rate monitor that helps you maximise your workout sessions – also known as ‘Active Zone Minutes’. By tracking your heart rate, you can identify your fat burn, cardio and peak heart rate that enables you to set specific goals to get the most out of every workout.  With no increase in price from the Charge 3, Fitbit has outdone itself with the Charge 4 and its considerable upgrades. Even though there’s still no colour screen, it’s one of the best (and most affordable) fitness trackers available. You can secure one for yourself…Continue readingActivate your lifestyle and save 20% on the newest fitness watch from Fitbit

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Wired

Wahoo Fitness Kickr Smart Trainer Review: Brings the Backroads Indoors

If the pandemic wasn’t enough reason to take your cycling inside last spring, the cooler weather this fall will be. And while sweating up a storm in your basement after a glorious season of summer outdoor riding seems, well, kind of gross, there are still a lot of reasons to rejoice over the increasing sophistication of indoor trainers. Take the fifth-generation Wahoo Kickr that debuted in early August. While it carries the same price tag and compact design as its previous iteration, the new Kickr offers impressive upgrades in calibration, accuracy, and especially connectivity—those who have ever been dropped on Zwift mid-ride (or mid-race) because of a bad connection will be psyched to learn that Wahoo’s new built-in Direct Connect port will forever eliminate that issue. We’ll get to that. But first, the basics. Freedom Train Photograph: Rafael Astorga/Wahoo Fitness Unlike the Kickr Smart Bike, the stand-alone indoor bike we reviewed earlier this year, this new Kickr is a trainer; you use your own bike, removing the back wheel and attaching your frame to the unit. Even though it seems relatively simple, setting up a trainer can be as time-consuming as waiting in line at the DMV. That’s why I budgeted an entire Saturday morning to do it. The process with the Kickr, however, was so intuitive that it took less than a half hour. And that’s despite a kink, which is that the Kickr comes out of the box with an 11-speed Shimano freehub body attached, but my “indoor”…Continue readingWahoo Fitness Kickr Smart Trainer Review: Brings the Backroads Indoors

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The Next Web

How wearable fitness devices can give early warning of possible COVID-19 infection

The difficulty many people have getting tested for SARS-CoV-2 and delays in receiving test results make early warning of possible COVID-19 infections all the more important, and data from wearable health and fitness devices shows promise for identifying who might have COVID-19. Today’s wearable device gather data about physical activity, heart rate, body temperature and quality of sleep. This data is typically used to help people track general well-being. Smartwatches are the most common type of wearable. There are also smart wrist bands, finger rings and earbuds. Smart clothing, shoes and eyeglasses can also be considered “wearables.” Popular brands include Fitbits, Apple Watches and Garmin watches. Several studies are testing algorithms that assess data from wearable devices to detect COVID-19. Results to date show that the concept is sound. However, wearables can be expensive and sometimes challenging to use. Addressing these issues is important to allow as many people as possible to benefit from them. Detecting flu-like illness Because wearables are excellent tools for monitoring general health conditions, researchers began studying ways of using them to detect illness before the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, researchers used Fitbit data to identify people who could have an influenza-like illness from their resting heart rate and daily activity patterns. An elevated resting heart rate can be related to an infection. Most Fitbit models measure and record heart rate, so the devices can be used to spot periods of increased resting heart rate. They also measure and record activity, so they can identify reduced…Continue readingHow wearable fitness devices can give early warning of possible COVID-19 infection

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Need help relaxing? The Calmind Mental Fitness app is on sale.

Products featured here are selected by our partners at StackCommerce.If you buy something through links on our site, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. The Calmind Mental Fitness app is a multifunctional approach to self-care. Image: calmind By StackCommerceMashable Shopping2020-08-10 09:00:00 UTC TL;DR: Stay calm and collected with a lifetime subscription to the Calmind Mental Fitness app for $69.99, an 89% savings as of Aug. 10.  Been feeling all the feels? Welcome to the hell hole that is 2020. After speaking to therapists virtually — which has been on the rise even prior to the coronavirus pandemic — there are many other things you can do to help improve your mental health. If yoga and meditation aren’t your style, the Calmind Mental Fitness app might be. And even if yoga and meditation are totally your style, it’s still worth checking out.  Calmind describes itself as a digital therapy software that “will improve your quality of life.” From sleep (or lack thereof) to stress, the app is designed to provide users with a multifunctional approach to self-care. The technology encompasses neuroscience, psychoacoustics, positive CBT, and more to help you cut out the noise and distractions around you to help you focus. Unlike a typical meditation app, Calmind actually tracks your cardiac rhythm to show exactly when you’re alert, sleepy, or calm. You’ll learn more about yourself than you ever thought possible through an app, and if you’re able, eventually adjust your schedule to get things done when you’re most energized.  For…Continue readingNeed help relaxing? The Calmind Mental Fitness app is on sale.