Byte 1 - SlashGear looks at "Sony Smartband review: a good start, but needs work."
Byte 2 - Engadget looks at "X-Doria's KidFit is a low-cost fitness wearable for five-year-olds."
Byte 3 - Engadget looks at "Garmin's fitness trackers now help you master your calorie balance. There are plenty of apps and gadgets that track the calories you burn during exercise. But comparing those figures with the calories you're taking in? That's harder, which is why Garmin has teamed up with MyFitnessPal to provide a clearer picture of your energy balance. "
Byte 4 - Tech Crunch looks at "The Next Fitbits Uncovered: Heart-Rate Sensors, GPS Info, Atmospheric Tracking, And Smartphone Notifications. The Fitbit product line is looking a little stale especially after the recall of the Fitbit Force. But that’s seemingly about to change with the addition of several upcoming, and upgraded, models including a fitness tracker with a heart rate sensor. Meet the Fitbit Surge, Fitbit Charge and the PurePulse."
Byte 5 - Gigaom posts "Nike releases a FuelBand app for Android. In a surprise move, Nike released a Android app for its (most likely) discontinued FuelBand wearable accessory."
Byte 6 - 9to5 Mac posts "Nike+ FuelBand app gets push notifications for challenges, upcoming events, more. Nike updated its Nike+ FuelBand companion app today with one notable new feature: the ability to receive push notifications for a number of different features within the app. Those include things like challenges, upcoming Nike events, exclusive video content, and more."
Tech 1 - Slash Gear looks at "Razer Nabu wearable entering beta program this summer. Gaming PC magnate Razer is getting into the wearable game. First showcased at CES this year, the Razer Nabu is among the class of fitness wearables poised to enter the market this year. The company has begun seeding their beta program, and it’s more than just a software test."
Tech 2 - Tech Crunch looks at "Apple Patents A Weightlifting Tracking Sensor With Possible iWatch Integration."
Tech 3 - re/code looks at "Sony’s Latest Activity Tracker Not Quite Fit for Primetime. SmartBand SWR10 and its accompanying Lifelog Android app. It’s available now for $100 (the app is free), but it only works with smartphones running Android 4.4 and Bluetooth 4.0, so if your phone doesn’t meet those requirements, you won’t be able to use it. Sony also says that it doesn’t have any plans to offer support for other platforms, including iOS, at this time."
Tech 4 - Gizmodo looks at "Sony SmartBand SW10 Review: Swings For the Fences, Misses By a Mile."
Tech 5 - Slash Gear looks at "Fitbit for Windows Phone 8.1 confirmed."
June 9 (Bloomberg) -- Affirm CEO and Founder Max Levchin and Chairman of Edventure Holdings Esther Dyson discuss wearable tech at Bloomberg’s Next Big Thing Technology Summit on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg)
On this episode of Talking Tech we're talking smart watches and wearable technology. Consumer Reports is coming up with new testing methods for this category. We discuss wearables and where they may be headed.