Xiaomi Mi Band review

Xiaomi Mi Band review

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Keeping track of your fitness should not be expensive. After all, you’ve probably already spent plenty of dough on new-age foods and exercise equipment to keep you in tip-top shape. So when it comes to simply tracking your day-to-day activity, a welcome thing would be a product which doesn’t cost the earth — a fitness band that’s, say, $13.

The Xiaomi Mi Band is just that. It’s a fitness band and sleep tracker that’s significantly cheaper than the likes of the Jawbone UP3 and other products such as the Withings Activite. The key difference between the Mi Band and other fitness trackers though is that the Mi is very difficult to get ahold of – it’s only on sale in China, where Xiomi sells plenty of them.

But we’ve managed to get ahold of one of these fitness bands. So what’s it like?

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Razer OSVR CES 2015

The stars of CES 2015

With hundreds of start-ups providing a glimpse into the world of next-generation technology such as “The Internet of Things” and virtual reality, CES 2015 was the best show that this technology event has put on in a long time – eclipsing even 2014’s stellar event.

But it was Korean tech giant Samsung that stole CES 2015 with a neat washing machine with ActiveWash, a range of Ultra-HD TVs that run on Samsung’s home-grown Tizen operating system and a virtual-reality headset called Gear VR. If you love your technology and relish the opportunity to peer into very the near-future, below we have listed the show’s star products.

Enjoy!

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The best third-party Google Cardboard kits

Google Cardboard is a fascinating product, a product which puts virtual reality into the hands of regular Android smartphone users at a fraction of the price of what most people would assume virtual reality kits cost.

Cardboard went from concept to project to product in what seems no time at all, and while Facebook bought into virtual reality technology for a mind-blowing $2 billion, Google settled for something a little more simple…

…cardboard.

Google Cardboard was created under Google’s 20 Percent Policy, a company policy that allows employees to spend some of their normal working hours on side projects. This is the first indication that this policy is indeed an effective one, and it has spawned a market for third-party Google Cardboard kits as well as a new hobby for DIY-ers.

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The Withings Activité is a Swiss Made smartwatch

The Withings Activité is a Swiss Made smartwatch

If like me you love high-class watches from the likes of Omega and Patek Phillipe, and you are interested in all of the latest smartwatches such as the Moto 360 and LG G Watch, then the Withings Activité will most probably be the ideal smartwatch for you.

The Withings Activité is a Swiss Made timepiece crafted from machined sapphire, calf leather, and stainless steel… It’s a beautiful watch that wouldn’t look out of place alongside all of the fancy Swiss timepieces in Geneva Airport, yet it packs in a Day & Night motion sensor and High precision MEMS 3-axis accelerometer.

What this means is that alongside keeping perfect time like a watch should and looking utterly splendid, it will track your day-to-day activity and your sleep.

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Will.i.am Puls

Will.i.am’s Puls wearable is the ugliest thing, like, ever…

I’ll keep this short, peeps:

LOOK AT IT!!!! CHRIIIIIIIIIIIIIST!!!

If that isn’t the ugliest piece of wearable technology, nay, the ugliest digital watch you have ever seen, we want to know what you’ve found. Because quite frankly, you’d have to be mad to want to wear this more than the Moto 360 or the Pebble Steel… or even the LG G Watch.

Heck, even The Verge has slammed it for being terrible.

But wait. This isn’t a smartwatch. It’s a smartcuff. That’s right folks.

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HTC Fitness Band

HTC’s wearable device won’t be a smartwatch after all

So what on earth could it be?

After months and months of rumours and numerous smartwatches, fitness bands and virtual reality headsets being launched by other manufacturers while Taiwanese manufacturer HTC has lost out, HTC has finally give us a clue about what their wearable device is going to be.

Ready for it?…

…it won’t be a smartwatch.

Gee, thanks HTC. That really narrows it down.

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