Europe’s answer to CES is IFA, one of the oldest industrial exhibitions that has taken place in Berlin since 1927.
At last week’s show, innovations in fitness-centric technology continued to trend with three noteworthy wearables on display from Garmin, Puma and Adidas.
with AMOLED display
The Garmin Venu, click here to watch the video or on the still shot above, is the brand’s first smartwatch with an AMOLED display that tracks all-day health including respiration, hydration and sweat loss estimation. The built-in workout feature uses easy-to-follow animated workouts on the watch face with more than 20 preloaded GPS and indoor sports apps. The watch has up to five days of battery life in smartwatch mode and six hours in GPS mode with music for phone-free listening.
runs on Google’s Wear OS
Puma in collaboration with Fossil Group created the brand’s first smartwatch powered by Wear OS and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset. The smartwatch includes an AMOLED display inside a nylon and aluminum case and is both swimproof and lightweight at just 0.06 pounds. Other features include 4GB of storage and 512MB of RAM, more than 24 hours of battery life, NFC payments, heart rate monitor, fitness tracking, and Google Assistant integration.
Adidas FWD-01 Headphones
never on pause
Adidas is in the sports headphone space. Teaming up with Zound Industries, Adidas released the FWD-01, in-ear, ergonomic earphones, shown above left, that come with interchangeable magnetic buds (so you don’t have to worry about losing them). On one side of the tangle-free knitted cord is an action button that allows you to program apps or music. On the other side is a button control for play, pause and volume. The FWD-01’s have up to 16 hours of playback time and USB-C charging.
If you prefer a more rugged set, the over-the-ear RPT-01, shown above right, is IPX4 rated sweat-proof and gives users total control with a one-touch action button for control and customization. The battery life offers 40-hours of playback time.
Photos courtesy Garmin, Puma, Adidas