Demand for wearables to increase 24% this year

Demand for wearables (including smartwatches and fitness trackers) remained robust during the pandemic and will grow by 24% to 239 million units worldwide in 2021, according to market analyst company CCS Insight. CCS Insight's report indicates an impressive 22% growth in unit sales for smartwatches and fitness trackers in 2020, with 193 million units sold,…

Spending on health and fitness apps rose 50% in 2020

Consumers turned to digital platforms for their fitness needs driving remarkable growth in the industry in 2020. According to the research data analyzed and published by Comprar Acciones, worldwide consumer spending on health and fitness apps grew by 49.7% in 2020. Moreover, based on a Washington Post report, 2.5 billion health and fitness apps were downloaded globally from January to November…

Nudge wristband could help prevent COVID-19 transmission

A British company has launched a wristband that trains people to stop touching their face, a common transmission route for COVID-19. The Nudge wristband uses behavioural science and artificial intelligence to psychologically ‘nudge’ the wearer. Its developers say the band helps minimise wearers’ risk of catching infectious diseases and can also help many of the…

Apple launches Fitness+, new smartwatches: what the critics say

Last night Apple unveiled a new personalised workout subscription service, Apple Fitness+,  alongside new sixth-generation Apple Watch smartwatches and new iPads.... Fitness+ will initially launch in six countries including the US and UK before the end of 2020. It will cost £10 per month or £80 per year as a standalone service, which can be…

Wearable devices sales to grow 26% in 2019, says Gartner

Gartner Inc. forecasts that worldwide shipments of wearable devices will reach 225 million in 2019, an increase of 25.8 per cent from 2018. End-user spending on wearable devices is forecast to reach $42 billion in 2019. Of that, $16.2 billion will be on smartwatches. “At the moment, the smartwatch market is bolstered by the relatively stable…

Fossil launches £249 smartwatch on Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform

Watch brand Fossil has announced its latest addition to its wearables line-up, the Fossil Sport Smartwatch. Based on the recently launched Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform and the newly redesigned Wear OS by Google, this watch boasts several new technology features including extended battery life, a new battery saving mode, enhanced ambient mode, integrated heart…

August launches SWB200 smart activity and fitness tracker for £54.95

August launches affordable, app enabled fitness tracker wristband with OLED display, notifications and 30-day battery life Accurately tracks daily activity including steps, distance, heart rate, blood oxygen, calories burnt and sleep UK based consumer electronics company August International has announced the launch of the SWB200 smart activity tracker. Packed full of features, this app-enabled wristband tracks a…

Twinery introduces NOVA, first machine-washable, self-illuminating jacket for runners

Twinery, the innovation arm of MAS Holdings, has announced the launch of NOVA –  the first high visibility jacket with on-demand illumination, designed specifically for runners and outdoor enthusiasts. This machine-washable, self-illuminating running jacket aims to keep wearers safe in low light conditions. Featuring patent-pending LightGuide technology embedded into the fabric, it can be  activated…
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Who is wearing wearables? New survey shows 12 per cent of adults. Female ownership up

A new study of trends in wearables reveals that ownership has doubled in the last 12 months to 12% of the population with activity trackers and smart watches both doing well. However the growth of GPS sports watches has fallen. Based on 3,000 interviews with a nationally representative survey, the poll from Clicked Research Agency's Wearable…

CES 2016: Sphero announces Star Wars Force Band

At CES 2016 in Las Vegas, connected play brand Sphero announced its first wearable gadget dubbed the Force band. Expanding outside of Sphero's usual heritage app-enabled robotic experiences, the Force band attaches to the wrist and utilises gesture-based controls to operate the BB-8 app-enabled Droid product. “Branching out of app-enabled robotics and into new categories that…