Find the Right Fitness Tracker for Your Needs

Black Friday is right around the corner, and so is the new year! Many of us are simultaneously gearing up for holiday shopping and thinking about New Year’s resolutions. If getting healthy or just being more active is on your list of 2017 goals, then read on. We’re taking a look at how to compare the latest fitness trackers on the market and how to decide which one you should add to your holiday wish list.running-573762_640

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Tech Talk Thursday: A Quick Preview of the Myo

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Myo ArmbandHats off to the savvy and forward thinking minds at Thalmic Labs where they have combined biometrics with technology. The Myo (pronounced “my-oh!”) is a gesture control armband that can be worn by business professionals, engineers, and gamers alike! By using sensors to read your arm’s ligament movements, the Myo acts as a hands free controller for your presentation, robot or droid, or (best of all) game! Bringing presentations to a whole new level, this new gadget is sure to impress!

 

There will be a live demo of the Myo at the HSL Info Expo – Summer  2015 Technology Symposium. Look out for your invitation soon!

 

To learn more about the Myo, follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWu9TFJjHaM

Apple’s Spring Forward Event Big Topic Recap

In case you missed it, Apple held an event on Monday to make some announcements about the new products it will be soon releasing. So naturally, we fired up our Apple TV and connected it to the big screen in the library to broadcast to anyone interested. We had a bit of fun live-tweeting portions of the event on Twitter.

This one happened a little later, too:

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Wearable Technology Preview

Smart devices are really here to stay. This week, Apple announced their newest phones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, increasing their line of available smartphones. Interesting to note is the fact that Apple has chosen to go bigger with these new phones, which looks to be something of a recent trend in phone creation; ever seen a Samsung Galaxy Note? Between Google, Apple, and other innovators working to develop more robust software and functional design, we can definitely expect to continue to see exciting changes made to how we communicate with one another. Along the same lines, now that smartphones are a staple part of our lives, wearable technology is also becoming quite the hot market. Plenty of companies have already explored ways to bring some intimacy to how we interact with our devices, with a lot of that being driven by a personal need to monitor health and wellness. It’s looking like the latest must-have wearable devices these days are aiming to serve that purpose, plus some that have been traditionally left to your smartphone to manage. They’re called “Smartwatches” and you can read up a bit on some of the popular ones below!

 

 

moto360Motorola Moto 360

Quick Facts:

  • Released September 5th 2014
  • Displays timely notifications depending on where you are
  • Built in pedometer and heart rate monitor
  • Receive app notifications from Facebook, Pinterest, and more
  • Choose from six different preloaded watch faces
  • Wireless charging
  • Check out more!

 

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Quick Facts:

  • Coming Early 2015
  • 3 styles to choose from – the normal watch, the Sport, and the Edition – with different watch bands to match with them
  • Answer calls, texts, and messages from your wrist, or send them via Bluetooth to your iPhone.
  • Includes many features of a fitness/activity tracker with the Activity App and Workout App
  • Lots of customizations for the watch face
  • Check out more!

 

samsunggearliveSamsung Gear Live

Quick Facts:

  • Released June 25, 2014
  • Receive notifications from your phone and apps
  • Monitor heart rate with built in monitor
  • Display is always on, adjusting color and style
  • Choice of black or wine colored wrist straps
  • Check out more!

 

lgGwatchLG G Watch

Quick Facts:

  • Released June 2014
  • Use any standard 22mm watch strap as the strap
  • Always-on display
  • Can be used with any Smartphone using Android 4.3 and up
  • LG G Watch R announced for October 2014
  • Check out more!

 

There’s a lot of potential for these Smartwatches but could you ever see yourself purchasing one? We’d love to know!