fitness trackers
Withings Hides Top Fitness Tracking Features in Attractive Watch

The Withings Activité, and the far more affordable Withings Activité Pop, showed the world that fitness trackers don’t necessarily have to look hideous. And while the new heart rate-tracking Steel HR makes some aesthetic compromises to gain smartwatch functionality, it’s still one of the most beautiful wearables you can buy. Read More >>

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Polar’s New Fitness Tracker is a Full-on Android Smartwatch

We were disappointed when Polar sacrificed the GPS capabilities of the M400 smart sports watch so that its A300, revealed in early 2015, could hit the market with a cheaper price tag. But affordability is apparently no longer as important to the company as features, because Polar’s new M600 is a full-on Android Wear smartwatch. Read More >>

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Basis Peak: A £199 Fitness Tracker With Smartwatch Dreams

From the very beginning, the Basis Band wanted to do more than the Fitbit and Nike competition. With high-tech sensors designed to monitor your heart rate and sweat levels — not just your flailing arms — it was one of the first, best activity trackers on the market. It was also an ugly little cretin, but the caterpillar is finally coming out of its cocoon: The new £199 Basis Peak brings some smartwatch sensibility to the company's medical-grade formula. Read More >>

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Report: Spotify Wants to Tailor Playlists By Heart Rate and Movement

If your workouts never quite gel with your soundtrack, help may soon be at hand. The Guardian is reporting that Spotify has plans to measure heart rate and motion to help choose you the perfect playlist for any situation. Read More >>

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A Cheap Pair of Earbuds Can Accurately Measure Your Heart Rate

There's a plethora of devices out there that let athletes, amateur doctors, and even hypochondriacs constantly monitor their heart rates. But thanks to researchers at the Kaiteki Institute in Japan, soon all you may need to keep tabs on your ticker is a cheap pair of in-ear earbuds. Read More >>

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Guy Maps His Heart Rate During Game of Thrones Red Wedding Scene

If you somehow managed to magically avoid all hints at what happens during Game of Thrones' now-infamous Red Wedding scene, stop reading now. Because one man hooked himself up to an Arduino and PulseSensor to track his heart rate during the episode, and spoilers abound (kind of maybe if you have really good eyesight). Read More >>

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Future Fords Adapt and React to Driver Anxiety

Cars are cutting you up on the motorway. Your pulse quickens. You need to concentrate. What you really need is absolute silence — no phone calls, no music. In this kind of situation, a new stress-sensing system developed by Ford would shut down the distractions the moment driving becomes tense. Read More >>