Mi Band was the most popular fitness tracker in the world. Following the Mi Band, Mi Band Pulse was introduced by Xiaomi. The Mi Band Pulse never made it to India. But now we have a whole new version of the Mi Band. The Mi Band 2 has been announced in India and it is priced at Rs 1999. The reason for the success of the Mi Band was its value for money, compactness and impressive battery life. Now the Mi Band 2 inherits all of this along with heart rate sensor from Mi Band Pulse and a Display.
It is time the fitness bands move on to track something more than steps and sleeping pattern. “Liv” is a wearble band that can alert you the next time you pick your nose or pluck your hair. Liv is from a startup called HabitAware. It is conceptualized and developed by a husband-wife team, Sameer and Aneela. Aneela’s habit of plucking her facial hair involuntarily has made her realize the need for such a device.
The Liv can work with an app running on iOS or Android. You will have to train the device and let it know the gesture that you want to get rid of. The next time you raise the hand, wearing the Liv band, the band will vibrate and alert you. The vibration may not stop you from doing that action, but it is an alert to keep you informed of the involuntary action by drawing your attention. For many the action is a result of idleness or anxiety. The app could suggest your some activity to divert your attention and change the action.
The device can be programmed to react and alert 8 such actions. It has to be charged everyday and it can be used by a wide range of age group. It is currently available to be pre-ordered and will be delivered to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe and Australia only. The retail price of a band is $149 and you can pre-order it for $119. It will be shipped by the end of this year.
The penetration of smartwatches in the market is slow, but steady. Though there are smart watches built around different user stories, every one of them has a fitness angle to it. When I was a kid, I did not need any contraption to keep track of my activities. My parents never needed a device to track my location. But times have changed. Kids don’t get to experience physical activity as much as a 90s kid. There are many solutions available for tracking kids and each of them have an unique differentiator. But such tracking devices have not made into the mainstream market, yet. Omate is a promising startup in the field of smart wearables. Omate started off with its projects crowdfunded in sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo.
At the recently concluded MWC in Barcelona, Omate announced a smartwatch for kids. Unlike most of the smartwatches in the market now, Omate smartwatches are standalone. They don’t need a mobile to be tethered to it always. Omate Wherecom K3 is also a standalone 3G enabled smartwatch. It runs on Android 5.1 and is developed in collaboration with Monitorling, a leading safety devices manufacturer. The Omate Wherecom K3 is designed for kids aged between the age of 6 and 10 years. It has a GPS tracker which can track the kids location and also let the parent communicate with the kid.
- 3G connectivity
- Dual-core 1Ghz ARM Cortex-A7 MediaTek MT6572M processor
- ARM Mali-400 MP GPU
- Android 5.1
- 1.54” display with a resolution of 320×320
Once charged, it can last upto 2 days. It also has a reserve battery. It can also be a fun device to wear along as the kid can enjoy games, music and photos on the smartwatch. The inbuilt pedometer can help tract the fitness activities of the kid. It is priced at $129 and will be available in the US from April 2016.
LG has announced that its latest wearable, LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, will begin rolling out worldwide starting this month. Its the first Android wear smartwatch to feature cellular
connectivity. LG Watch Urbane 2 works with Android and iOS, but cellular enabled features will vary across Android and iOS. It has a great design consisting of hairline-etched stainless steel
body and a 1.38 inch 348 PPI P-OLED display. It has heart rate tracking, workout tips, stress level monitoring and more features. It also has the IP67 ratings for water resistance and a 570 mAh battery.
LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE Specs
- Display : 1.38 inch (480 x 480 pixels) P-OLED Display at 348 PPI with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
- Processor : 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
- Storage : 768MB RAM with 4GB internal memory
- Battery : 570mAh
The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition comes in Space Black, Opal Blue, Luxe White and Signature Brown colors and will roll out in the United States and Korea starting this month, followed by other key markets in Europe, Asia and CIS regions in coming months. . The company said that the pricing will be revealed locally at the time of availability.
While Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, LG V10, Gionee Elife E8 and Nexus Devices like flagship devices are creating a lot of buzz, Huawei, the Popular Chinese smartphone brand launched its Flagship Honor 7 in India. The smartphone was first launched in China back in June and then in Europe in August. The smartphone comes with 5 inch Full HD display with corning gorilla glass protection. It is powered by Octa-core HiSillicon Kirin 935. It runs on Android 5.0 out of the box with Emotion UI 3.1 on the top. The company says the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for the smartphone will be rolled out in February 2016.
It has a uni-body metal design and Fingerprint sensor on the back. The Honor 7 features a 20MP camera with a Sony sensor and dual-LED flash and an 8MP front facing camera. It has Smart Sense with a dedicated Smart Key that lets you access your most used apps. It has a 3100 mAh battery with fast charging that charge the phone up to 50% in just 30 minutes and 100% in 1 hour and 25 minutes. It also has 4G LTE connectivity with support for Indian 4G bands.
Huawei Honor 7 Specs
- Display : 5.2 inch Full HD
- Processor : Octa-Core Huawei Hi Silicon Kirin 935 processor
- Storage : 3GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD
- OS : Android 5.0 with Emotion UI 3.1, updradable to Android 6.0
- Rear Camera : 20MP camera
- Front Camera : 8MP with LED flash
- Battery : 3100 mAh battery
The Huawei Honor 7 comes in Mystery Gray and Fantasy Silver colors and is priced at Rs. 22,999 in India. The 32GB/64GB Models are not launched in india yet. The smartphone will be available from October 15th exclusively on Flipkart. Along with the flagship Honor 7, the company also announced its Smartband called, Honor Band Z1. It has a 1.06 inch display. It is water and dust proof with IP68 certification. It has pedometer
and tracks your steps, calories burnt and other activities. It has brushed metal bezel around the dial. It works with both Android and iOS devices, will show message notifications and incoming call alerts. It has a 70 mAh Battery with 3 days usage time. The Honor Band Z1 is priced at Rs. 5499 and will be available in India by end of October.