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Wearable devices to surpass 200 million
IDC says worldwide shipments of wearable devices are expected to reach 110 million by the end of 2016.
Kiwi schools ditch the textbooks, take up sports wearables
“It’s incredibly exciting to see how this technology makes learning hugely relevant to the next generation."
Unmanaged wearables pose threat to the enterprise
“Wearables are deceptively private. However, hackers don’t need to take physical possession of a device in order to exploit a hole in security."
Wearables stepping up with bumper growth, where to next?
Wearables have taken a big step forward with triple digit growth in 2015, but 'me too' copycats won't cut it going forward.
Feast your eyes on these Fitbit pics
With Fitbit leading the wearables race, we thought we'd take a closer look at what's on offer.
Fitbit's latest: the Alta
“Alta features the everyday tracking Fitbit is known for, along with innovative and purpose-built features that push users to do more."
Smartwatches, fitness devices, HDMs: What's in store for the wearables market?
According to Gartner, sales of wearable electronic devices will generate revenue of $28.7 billion in 2016.
Can wearable tech predict patient decline?
"Leveraging technology developed for the sports industry could provide an inexpensive way to improve patient care."
Tech and exercise – friend or foe?
The New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals is calling for people to not get lost in technology when trying to get healthy.
Fitness and activity trackers rule the wearables market, but for how long?
The demand for wearables continues to grow, with fitness and activity trackers now in fierce competition from smartwatches.
Wearables a growing target for cyber attacks
"We live in a truly connected world. But as the number of connected devices continues to grow, so does the number of threats."
Changing consumer habits damaging PC sales
"The PC market is still in the middle of structural change, which will reduce the PC installed base in the next few years."
Smartwatch ecosystem grows, Apple Watch destroys competition
“With smartwatch functions established, it is now up to consumers to decide if they want them, rather than tech companies providing more reasons."
Smartwatches to push wearables market
"The smartwatch we have today will look nothing like the smartwatch we will see in the future."
Wearables for Good challenge celebrates life-changing technology
"If I told you 10 years ago that I thought mobile phones could strengthen national health systems, you would have told me I’m crazy."
Ingram Micro gets a Moov on with new fitness wearables deal
Ingram Micro has signed a sub-distribution deal which will see it offering the Moov range of fitness wearables in New Zealand.
Fitbit improves exercise tracking
The new features include SmartTrack automatic exercise recognition as well as enhancements to Fitbit’s PurePulse heart rate tracking.
Wearables developers hit $29m funding milestone
“We are already doing pilot trials of Skylight, and we're excited about the potential it has to impact and transform entire industrial sectors."
Toshiba targets wearable market with new Bluetooth devices
"As the market for wearables continues its rapid expansion, users are increasingly demanding low-power communication capabilities built into devices."
Wearables popularity creating jobs, according to new research
The report suggest the wearable tech space is an emerging job market, with 81% of CIOs believing wearables will happen the workplace.
Enterprise wearables are here to stay
“Despite the breadth of wearable devices, smart glasses remain the most powerful tool for hands-on workers.”
Smart wristwear driving wearables market, Apple Watch OS to lead
A growing list of vendors, proliferation of devices, price points and steady consumer adoption will fuel growth in the worldwide market for wearables.
LG's G Watch R now Wi-Fi capable
The latest Android Wear update is being rolled out over the next couple of days, bringing new features to all three LG Android Wear devices.
Enterprise wearables, more than just a fad?
Organisations are taking innovative approaches to utilising wearables in their operations and making use of the numerous devices available.