New options appear as Fitbit expands support, Xiaomi Mi4 pre-orders go live and a new kind of smart device comes to market.
Though the Windows Phone app page has suddenly gone down, multiple reports asure Fitbit’s Windows Phone is ready. The popular health tracker would be the first of the “big guys” in the health market to bring its official app to Windows Phone.
Only Windows Phone 8.1 devices are supported so far, and it will allow users to sync directly with smartphones. Data includes steps, distance, calories, active minutes, floors climbed and sleep quality.
Opinion: I happen to love Windows Phone, but I am not willing to let go of official apps and developer support. It really is an issue we need to work on, so I am glad to see Fitbit being proactive.
Specs include a 5-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 13MP/8MP cameras, 3,080 mAh battery and Android 4.4.
Opinion: This is especially surprising, as we don’t often see devices reaching other markets so quickly after their announcement. The phone is a bit pricey considering usual Xiaomi price tags, though. We are not sure how well it will do.
Indian compay Lechal has created a new type of smart wearable. Their smart shoes can be used for multiple purposes, including tracking your exercise and aiding you in navigation.
The shoes connect to Google Maps (via bluetooth/smartphone) and take you wherever you want. Users are notified when and were to turn via vibrations on the shoes, a concept that is quite the novelty today.
If you think they look weird, you need not worry. All the magic happens in the in-soles, which can be taken out and put in any other shoe. You can pre-order these now, but launch is expected to come this September and prices range from $100 to $150.
Opinion: These can be a bit pricey, but many shoes that do much less cost this much. I just wonder how strong vibrations are. Will we be able to feel them while running?