04 Oct Weekly Wearables Roundup: RadarPace, Ava, OmBra, VivoFitJr, Zeb-Fit100
1. Radar Pace™: The latest Smart Eyegear
Luxottica and Intel has announced the launch of Radar Pace, a smart eye-gear. Redefining the way athletes train, Radar Pace is the result of years of research and development between Luxottica’s Oakley brand and Intel. This device, was launched on oakley.com and in select Oakley retail stores. A smart eyewear featuring a real-time voice activated coaching system, creates dynamic and personalized training programs, tracks performance, coaches in real-time and responds naturally to questions asked by the user.
Combining Oakley’s performance-centric design aesthetic with Intel’s experience-driven technology, Radar Pace delivers a truly innovative and personalized training mechanism for athletes of all skill levels.
Radar Pace is a virtual coach that supports athletes during every step of their running and cycling training journey. With a hands-free conversational interface powered by Intel Real Speech, Radar Pace helps athletes stay focused and maintain optimal training position, and the bluetooth audio headset allows athletes to place and receive calls and texts and listen to music.
With smart technology, external sensors and the Radar Pace app, the device collects and analyzes personal performance data and equips athletes with rich information and real-time, audio coaching. The customized running or cycling programs calibrate based on performance, track performance compliance and adjust to make up for missed workouts. Instead of just giving athletes data, Radar Pace provides actionable feedback that is easy to utilize, understand and implement.
Radar Pace is a reliable virtual coach that supports every step of the training journey. Similar to a human coach, it creates a training program for athletes of all types.By interpreting data in real-time and providing personalized instruction and motivation based on performance, the eyewear holds athletes accountable to a structured and dynamic training program, seeking to transform how athletes track and understand performance.With feedback provided directly through the eyewear, Radar Pace helps athletes make real-time adjustments without fumbling with a phone or watch. Radar Pace helps athletes stay focused on their goals and performance.
Initially Radar Pace will be distributed in North America, Australia and Europe. It is available on Oakley.com and select Oakley stores and in select wholesale outlets.
2. Wearable technology for tracking fertility in Women
Generally wearable technology is aimed to track fitness activities like how far you walk, how well you sleep, even how many calories you burn during workouts. We have reached a point where we have devices that could reveal when a woman is most likely to get pregnant.
The device named Ava is the first-ever wearable fertility tracker. Ava, a bracelet, uses technology to track nine factors – resting pulse rate, skin temperature, heart rate variability, sleep, breathing rate, movement, perfusion, bio-impedance, and heat loss – to find the window of time you’re most likely to conceive.
A clinical study found the device was 89% accurate at identifying 5.3 fertile days in a woman’s cycle.Unlike other temperature tracking calendars, urine tests, or fertility apps, you don’t input any data yourself. You just wear the bracelet at night.
With a price tag of $199, it may be worth it to try things the traditional way first. Ava is available on the company’s website, but they say right now due to high demand, it takes two to three months to ship.
3. Hi-tech Bra Revolutionizing the Wearable Technology
Historically, brassieres have only supported a woman’s breasts—both comfortably and painfully—while she engaged in any activity, be it lethargic or active. A recent breakthrough in undergarment technology is about to revolutionize the bra as women know it.
The Canada based OMbra is the world’s first and so far only “Smart Bra.” The bra’s comfortable blend of polyester, nylon, and elastane are not its sole components. Rather, the OMbra is also rigged with sensors that are embedded right into the fabric. These sensors measure heart rate and breathing directly at the source: the torso, which is seen as an improvement over other wearable tech that is worn on the wrist. The numbers are then transmitted to the woman’s phone, where they provide an accurate representation of these vital signs and how to improve her physical fitness. This is all done through the OMbra’s smartphone app OmRun,which is currently only available for iOS devices.
Launched on September 19, the OMbra is currently taking orders for its unique take on technologically advanced sportswear on its website omsignal.com.
4. Garmin Vivofit Jr for kids
Garmin is bringing out a kids’ wearable device named the Vivofit Jr. The device intends to gamify things to encourage kids to keep moving. Based on Garmin’s budget Vivofit tracker, this device is aimed at four to nine year olds and comes in black, ‘broken lava’, ‘digi camo’, purple strike and flower pattern bands. It’s 5 ATM water resistant so swim friendly and battery life is a year.
The whole idea is to get kids moving for 60 minutes a day, what Garmin refers to as a ‘daily play goal’. There’s a companion app where parents can set challenges, assign tasks and rewards and get their children on ‘mobile adventures’ and ‘adventure trails’ where they can unlock fun facts. There’s a Move bar, which we’ve seen on other Garmins, plus a task timer built into the watch face alongside the time and date. Parents get a summary of activity, sleep and goals and can manage multiple children from one account.
The Vivofit Jr tracks steps, activity and sleep but there’s no GPS for keeping an eye on your children’s location as with slightly pricier options.
5. Zebronics launches ZEB- Fit 100
Zebronics has entered the wearables segment with the launch of its ZEB-Fit100 fitness band. Integrated with advance health scanning technologies, the ZEB-Fit100, keeps a complete track of your health round the clock consistently, keeping you constantly motivated to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
With an OLED display, the ZEB-Fit100 gives information on sleep, calories burnt and steps. The band also gives SMS and call alerts when connected to a phone, and is also able to sync notifications from third party apps like WhatsApp. Zebronics claims that the fitness band has a battery life of two weeks on a single charge.
The fitness band comes with a Sedentary Reminder that is a feature that gives friendly reminders to a user if they have been stationary for too long. It also keeps track of a user’s sleep cycle, and helps the user learn how to sleep better. The fitness band uses gentle inbuilt vibration, as an alarm. A feature in the band allows you to use it as a remote camera shutter for your smartphone. The band also comes with ‘Anti-Lost’ and ‘Find Phone’ features that will help you locate either device when lost.
ZEB-Fit100 costs INR 1,414 and is available at all retail and e-retail stores across India. It will be available in Blue, Black, Grey and Orange colors.