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Samsung's next wearable is the Gear Sport


There has been chatter about a Samsung watch for awhile now, and it looks like the rumors have legs. Android Headlines reports that the company has filed documents with the FCC about a device called the Samsung Gear Sport. Based on the included designs, it appears to be some sort of smartwatch or fitness device. Details on the device are sketchy -- the only hint we get as to the device's design is a schematic of the bottom of the device. We also know that it will have onboard support for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

Fitness Devices Can Provide Locations of Soldiers

U.S. News

"DoD takes matters like these very seriously and is reviewing the situation to determine if any additional training or guidance is required, and if any additional policy must be developed to ensure the continued safety of DoD personnel at home and abroad," Maj. Audricia Harris, a Defense Department spokeswoman, told The Associated Press.

Amazon takes on Apple with fitness and nutrition services for Halo devices


Amazon is pairing its new Halo View activity tracker with services to match. The company has introduced Halo Fitness and Halo Nutrition features that promise to keep you in shape. You'll need to subscribe to the $80 yearly Halo membership to make use of them, but Amazon is clearly betting the Halo bands' customers will treat the outlay as an investment. Halo Fitness is a not-so-subtle alternative to Apple Fitness and similar services. The feature promises "hundreds" of professional workouts, including familiar cardio, strength and yoga sessions as well as basic mobility classes.

Wearables – Continuous Growth in the Internet of Things


With the potential to move over 72 million units across the market, it is no surprise that leading technology companies like LG, Samsung, Sony, Microsoft, Apple, and Motorola are starting to increase their focus on wearable technology. IDC figures suggest that by 2019, global sales of wearables could exceed 150 million units. Fitbit, Jawbone, and Nike make up 97% of the wearable fitness device market. Wearable fitness device companies have the opportunity to provide fitness tracking as a service, and must find new ways to monetize the service to generate direct revenue on top of initial hardware sales.

4 fitness and lifestyle devices to improve your health -- at work

Los Angeles Times

But a clutch of forward-thinking companies are creating products that can make being attached to that workspace a little healthier, plugging into a trend described as "random acts of fitness."