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Helen Fong

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I would like to share a 2 minute video of what I believe is the most powerful wearable technology device in the market right now. So please check this out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JYmNSf-Ol8

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Jarek W

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Is there a fitness tracker that provides a raw data of your activities that could be used by other apps rather than only the one provided with device ?
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Angel Sensor, but it is n/a yet
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Jasmie Songer

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Thinking of getting your kids something for christmas? We;ve got just one idea for you! Get them an activity tracker! Read my post about kids fitness tracker here: http://www.kidsfitnesstracker.com/kids-fitness-tracker-what-you-should-know/
Thinking of improving your kids health and fitness? Here are the things you should know about kids fitness tracker and how to use them for your kids
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My training circuit at the gym includes 30-40 minutes on a recumbent cycle (plus weights and floor exercises). Is there anything available that can capture leg motion and work in conjunction with the Apple Watch, iPhone Health app, and the Polar H7 HRM?
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moov? (not moov now)
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Mega Chip

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Something interesting?
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Jon Williams

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For everyone interested in using your fitness tracker to its full potential! #FitnessTracker #NYSportsMed
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Hello! I need help choosing the right activity tracker for me.
I'm looking for something to track my daily activities and my fitness routine (cardio+core+resistance exercises) with calories burnt and that can track sleep cycles well (a smart alarm is a big plus).
I don't need it to be waterproof, but it's an appreciated feature nonetheless.
I have a Nexus 5 with last version of Lollipop and use MyFitnessPal.
Thank you! ^_^
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I get ya, depends on what level of water resistance you need...

If you need 10ATM or higher (i.e. getting into serious/real "waterproofness"), then no, it's not the device for you.

If you need something that's fine for the activities I mentioned, then yeah, it's fine.

3am, GN.
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Melissa S

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I want a tracker that:

1. Fully waterproof
2. Recognizes swimming
3. Tracks steps
4. Tracks calories
5. Isn't too bulky. I'm a 5'3" woman.

Nice to have:
1. Counting laps
2. Telling me what stroke I swam
3. GPS for when I run
4. Heart rate, resting. Heart rate while
5. Sleep tracking

I own the Jaybird Reign and am really disappointed. It rarely recognizes swimming, it undercounts steps by nearly half, and it claims I fall asleep as soon as I lay down.

I'm considering Jawbone Up3, Garmin Vivosmart, and Polar Loop but I'm not sure any do what I want.

Suggestions?

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If this post is still relevant; I would suggest that you get the Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band Read my review here: http://www.kidsfitnesstracker.com/garmin-vivofit-fitness-band-review/
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Emon Anam

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Pet GPS Tracker ! Interesting one , right ?
Read the facts, analysis and stats about Pet Industry and Pet GPS Trackers. Also find the top GPS Trackers for pets according to our scoring.
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Hello everyone, I have been researching and I'm interested in the Push armband, I also saw the atlas and I wonder which one would be better.

Originally I was looking for something to track my fitness all day long, walking, running, stairs, I didn't think gym was possible with weights, it was important to have heart rate motion at any given time, then I saw the sleep functionally and that would be a great add on. I was looking for something with a screen but then i discover the up3 by jawbone and I was sold on that ,I discovered that sleep mode is not automatic, but sensor wise that seems the best for everything but weights.

Now I do hit the gym 5 times per day and I'm not pro, neither do I have a personal trainer. Then I discover the push armband form this group and I'm really interested, then I saw the atlas and now I wonder which one is better. I was thinking that I would end up getting the up3 and the push, unless there was something that combined everything or better alternatives for both that wont add on price.

Any ideas?
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The GPS part i'm not that worried about, I'm not a runner or a biker. I do jog from time to time, currently i'm more of walks, stairs and gym. Besides most likely I will still have my phone nearby that that has GPS. The galvanic sensor was another reason why I was considering the up3, being able to tell if i need hydration, body temp, and ambient temp seems far more useful. 
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We help answer questions and provide advice to people who own or are looking to purchase a fitness tracker / activity tracker. From activity tracker wristbands, watches, clips, and new products, we've got the scoop to help you make the best choice for you!
 
ID107 24 hour real time Dynamic Heart Rate smart band; Functions and Features: 24 hour real time Dynamic Heart Rate monitor, wrist sense, time & date, step pedometer, calories, distance track, automatic sleep recognition, sleep monitoring, call alert include caller name, caller ID and sms alert, alarm alert, anti-lost, find phone, remote camera shoot, sns alert include facebook, twitter, whatsapp, linkedin, instagram alerts, etc.
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John Sellers

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Lobbying for a better swim lap counter

I have been looking for he perfect solution for years for lap tracking and HAVE NOT FOUND IT in spite the many current offerings and inspite of the excellent review at

http://www.bestfitnesstrackerreviews.com/activity-trackers-for-swimming.html


HERE IS THE PROBLEM
The acceleration based lap pool trackers just do not hack it for accuracy and that includes everything I have been able to examine. As far as I was able to determine with my small effort, there is NO ACCEPTABLE SOLUTION so far.

What is needed as a sensor is a LOW LATENCY, LOW POWERED, 3D compass fast enough to track arm movements as in a watch or in worse case attached to the swimmer with a particular orientation.

Technically speaking, if a lap counter can dependably tell which direction a swimmer is swimming in a lane, then much more accurate lap counting should be possible than is currently being achieved. This means using a compass in addition to acceleration in order to tell what the swimmer is doing.

(By the way, in theory with enough computing power and sampling, calculations of a line integral based on vector acceleration could accurately track ANY closed curve repeated path as in swim strokes, lane lap swimming, track sports, or any arbitrary closed cross country routes, WITH THE SAME ALGORITHM IN ALL CASES! ALSO using FFT methods cycles, sub cycles and combined cycles could be be simultaneously analyzed from a single sensing point such as a watch or angle band, including both upper arm, lower arm, or upper leg, lower leg movement...or both laps and repeated arm movements at the same time. )

I have been recording my own one and two mile swims for my last 1700 miles of swimming. (see sellers.com and follow the link, 2 mile swims.)

I've gone through years of frustration because I have to manually count along with my Garmin Swim in order to be sure that the result is dependable enough....it is difficult but better than either manually counting or depending on the Garmin Swim alone.

We all really would benefit from more compass sensing and calculation technology so consider lobbying the manufacturers for this.

Thanks for your attention to this matter,
John Sellers
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THERE WILL BE A SOLUTION SOON...we can hope.

swimmo.com - Swimmo – Smart Swim Watch, Swimming Training, Swim Lap Counter

This is a jump start project and the lap counter will be using not only acceleration, but will use both compass and gyro so it can tell which direction you are traveling in the lane.

It is not out, but will be soon....let us hope it does the job.
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Pakhi Majumdar

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Mega Chip

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What about extending the comparision Chart with one column "Auto recognation sports type" ?
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Mega Chip

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Can someone fix the links to life beam? (http://lifebeam.go2cloud.org -> http://life-beam.com)
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Okay -- I think I got all the major ones (and possibly all of them, period). There may be a few stragglers that I missed -- If so, I'll pick them up as I encounter them!
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Kate Hebert

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Has anybody seen the inbody band?  Inbody is a big company with other products, but they were launching the band through a kickstarter campaign.  It has body composition feedback.  Also--does anybody have any feedback on the Pebble?
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Kate Hebert

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I have been driving myself crazy looking at fitness tracker reviews.  I have two main features that I am looking for.  I don't necessarily want to swim with it, but I have kids and we spend a lot of time in the summer in the pool.  I don't want to have to take it off all the time, so waterproof is something I really want.  I had a Jawbone UP24 that flaked on me, and I really loved the feature that would vibrate to wake you up during lighter sleep.  I haven't been able to find a tracker that also has both of these features.  Anything?
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Fran T.
 
Awesome! Thanks for sharing what you ended up with and how it's working for you. That one didn't even occur to me. I've added it to the comparison chart and the "waterproof fitness tracker" page on www.bestfitnesstrackerreviews.com
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Rayn Drahps

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I emailed Fran/BFTR through their web form about this, but this is by far my favorite entry into the field recently.  Due to a rocky start I canceled my Amiigo pre-order and am going to wait and see how it pans out first.  

The Dash by Bragi, big promises from their Kickstarter that from CES demo's people are saying they nailed it.  Check it out, it gets released to early backers in Feb they say, any pre-order made now won't come until April so I'm waiting for real reviews.  Personal assistant, highly customizable with app's, platform independent, HRM/Steps/MP3 player with or without phone, etc.  Lots of promises in a very small package, I hope they get it right because it's everything I currently want XD

http://www.bragi.com/
Bragi: Home of The Dash – World's First Wireless Smart In-Ear Headphones. 4GB MP3 Player. Waterproof. Body and Performance Tracking. Gesture Control. Bluetoo...
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Yeah, the audio feedback is key to it, not a replacement to other devices, rather a powerful augmenter/magnifier.
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Sandro Di Pede

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help with wearable watch selection:

1. Waterproof for competitive swimmer doing the 4 major strokes
2. Direct hear rate monitoring in watch, no separate transmitter
3. Other cardio metrics...running, etc
4. syncing to iOs and Android

Thanks
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Hi Sandro,

Thanks for your question! I saw your same question in my email and also wrote back via email - but here is my full response here as well, in case it's helpful to others! I also added just a few additional clarifying sentences to this response that occurred to me, versus the email I sent.

Here is a good page on the site to look over for swim watches: http://www.bestfitnesstrackerreviews.com/activity-trackers-for-swimming.html
In particular, the watches listed on that page that will have the best swim metrics are:
Suunto Watches
Swimovate Watches
Poolmate Watches
Tom Tom Multi Sport and Multi Sport Cardio
Garmin Swim Watch
Garmin Forerunner Watch (910 and 310)
Garmin fenix2 watch

None of the above watches are able to measure the heart rate from the watch/from the wrist while you're swimming. There are three products that can measure heart rate while swimming:
AquaPulse Heart Rate Monitor
Instabeat Swim Monitor
Poolmate HR Watch + Under Water HR Chest Strap

Fitness trackers that can measure heart rate (while exercising, not just resting heart rate) from the wrist while on dry land include the following. However, these do not track swim metrics:
FitBit Charge HR (iOS, Android). This is a good all-around fitness tracker.
FitBit Surge (iOS, Android)
Mio Alpha (not sure if both iOS and Android) - this only measures heart rate
Basis Peak Watch (iOS, Android)

As for which ones sync to both iOS and Android, I've filled in the ones I know for sure. But it will also depend on whether your iOS or Android device is compatible with the specific list on each company's site -- usually, it has to be a recent enough device to have BLE connectivity. For this reason, it's best to have your device types written down, including the software versions, and call the company to make certain before hitting the "buy" button. Most also have a list online of compatible devices, but these lists can take a little clicking around to find.

None of the fitness trackers will automatically track cardio exercises like pilates, but if they track heart rate they should be able to accurately estimate calorie burn. The FitBit products and Basis Peak both also track running/walking metrics (steps, distance, calories, etc).

If anyone else has helpful advice or can point to some products I forgot to mention, please chime in!

Hope this helps!
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Fran T.
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Heads UP! Jawbone just released two new fitness trackers, the UP Move and the UP3: https://jawbone.com/up/trackers #fitnesstrackers   #jawboneup3   #jawbone  
Three ways to chase your fitness goals. Check out the UP MOVE, UP3 and UP24 activity trackers by Jawbone.
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