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A few days ago I presented you with the part one Here is the second part where I show you other interesting products presented during the ETUC 2016These are products that by themselves are not good enough for an article but are interesting enough to at least tell you about them.
Kuaiwear, the first biometric headset
The Kuai is a headset totally oriented towards sports, well, even more, multisport. Besides being able to listen to music via Bluetooth connection, they also have internal memory in case you do not feel like charging more devices.
As for their sports functions, they have an optical pulse sensor that allows them to transmit heart rate data in dual mode via ANT+ and Bluetooth. With their internal accelerometer, they are also capable of calculating rhythms and distances covered. They announce the possibility of being able to follow voice guided training and are submersible up to 3 meters, so you can also use them in the pool. Ah! and their battery lasts up to 7 hours. All that for only $149, with an estimated market arrival date of March 2016.
It seems too nice, we will have to be attentive and see if they really fulfill everything they promised. For the moment you can look for more information on their website: https://www.kuaiwear.com/.
The Dash of Bragi
I continue with headphones. In this case, the model in question is the "The Dash" model from the Bragi brand. Like the Kuai headphones, they have an optical pulse sensor and can transmit your heart rate via Bluetooth Smart to a paired device. They also have an internal accelerometer capable of measuring pace and distance. They are submersible, so you can also listen to music in the pool (or in the shower).
The most remarkable thing is that both headphones are totally independent from each other. There is no cable connection between left and right, it's all wireless. As for the control of the different functions, it is done through a touch panel in the headphone itself, where you will have to slide and press to access the different options of its menu.
In addition to playing music via Bluetooth, they also have memory for storing your songs, 3GB in total, and they have external noise reduction capability, although when thinking about sports I think it would be ideal to have that function off.
Their price is 299 euros and they are very close to being able to send the first units. You can find more information on their website: http://www.bragi.com/.
Withings presented, as the main novelty, a thermometer capable of measuring the temperature in tenths of a second simply by placing it on the temple, almost as if you were shooting yourself. But what interests us most, the sports lovers, is the other product they showed.
Withings Go is the French firm's new activity monitor, but instead of standing out in terms of features it does so in terms of price. With an electronic ink screen and a price of just 69 euros, it allows you to keep track of your daily activity, even while swimming. This screen is one of its most interesting aspects, as it is easy to see in daylight and consumes hardly any energy.
Powered by a CR2032 battery, it has an autonomy of up to 8 months, without having to remove the device to charge it every few days. The design of the device allows it to be worn on the wrist as a bracelet (although its resemblance to the infamous Power Balance does not help) or as a clip on the waist.
There is no control button, since the detection of the exercise (and the type of exercise) is automatic. Whether it is walking, running, swimming... or even monitoring your sleep. Later, synchronize all the activity data through Bluetooth to your smartphone, having an application for Android and iOS, called Health Mate.
Nikon KeyMission 360
Nikon has decided to enter the action camera market through the big door, with a camera capable of recording 360º. It has two lenses, capable of offering 360º images. It is waterproof up to 30 metres and has an electronic optical stabilizer.
The Nikon KeyMission 360 has a total resolution of 4K. Although the first impression is that 4K is a high resolution, you have to take into account that it is the resolution of the whole recording field, so it is not really as nice as it looks on paper. That resolution is totalTherefore, it ends up producing low quality images for the specific frame that you may be viewing at any given time, close to 480p. That is, far below any current action camera, which at least is offering 720p in the most economical models. But this is the price that a 360º recording has.
But there is another problem associated, and that is the lack of devices where you can take advantage of this type of images. Unless you have a TV at home that supports those 360º, which I think not; the only way to consume this type of content is through Youtube (and only with certain browsers, for example Chrome) or with a mobile device and solutions like Google CardboardIn that case you could play videos like the one below.
At the moment this is all the information that Nikon has provided. It is still very green and there is not really a functional product to present yet.
Single HUD (Head Up Display)
Solos makes a similar proposal to Garmin's with its Garmin Varia VisionBut its concept is much more open, because while the Garmin Varia Vision is only compatible with two of its devices, the Solos glasses are multi-purpose.
They incorporate a small screen where you can see information from the mobile application available for Android or iOS. You can guess what the data is: distance, time, speed, etc. They can also be connected directly to external sensors to receive all the information from them.
At the moment I have much more information, I don't know if they have memory for recording FIT files. What is clear is that they don't have a GPS receiver, so you will have to use the mobile application or pair a speed sensor. You can subscribe to news on their website: http://www.solos-wearables.com/.
Casio Smart Outdoor Watch
Casio introduced a watch with Android Wear for outdoor use. The Casio WSD-F10 is waterproof, shock and vibration resistant, and is certified for military use. All great, but no GPS, which for an adventure watch should be paramount (as much as there is a pressure sensor, compass, temperature and barometer).
There is something new, and that is that it has a dual screen design. An LCD screen takes care of the entire smartwatch function, and Casio engineers, in a decision that I don't understand anyone has made before, have placed a monochrome screen above it, which will take care of displaying the most basic information.
At least it's the first watch with a specific fishing function.
And with this I end the coverage for CES 2016. It's been an exhausting few days. You can review all the articles of products presented to be totally up to date with all the news. Thanks for reading!