The week in wearable tech

A look back at the biggest stories from the last seven days
The week in wearable tech

Another seven days have gone by since we last rounded up the top wearable tech headlines so, in the words of every football player currently playing, "we go again".

This week we have news of new Fitbit fitness trackers as well as new Android Wear smartwatches and interesting developments from Barclays and Sunnto.

Read on for all the details...

Fitbit's new duo in testing

Fitbit is field testing two new trackers, due to launch at IFA 2016 in September. Our source told us this week that they're codenamed Laryon and Fermion. We reckon the will launch officially as the Flex 2 and Charge 2.

Chances are that these trackers, or at least one of them, will boast heart rate tracking tech. But what is best - chest or wrist based tracking?

Google's new duo also teased

Two Nexus Android Wear smartwatches could be coming soon. Codenamed Angelfish and Swordfish, both smartwatches are said to be of the round-faced variety although there's word that they won't have the annoying flat tyre that blights the Moto 360 range and the Fossil Q Founder.

There are a few Android Wear watches in the pipeline including designs from Nixon and New Balance, but a Nexus Wear range does sound appealing - especially if Google uses the models to introduce new features to the platform.

Talking of new features and we've been taking the Android Wear 2.0 update beta for a spin.

bPay gets new teammates

A new bPay accessory, Loop, was announced on Thursday, bringing wearable payments to Fitbit, Garmin, Mondaine and Android Wear. Simply slip the £20 case onto your existing straps and you're away.

Like TopShop x bPay accessories and Lyle and Scott's bPay jacket, you can add funds to a digital wallet linked to the device and use it with Visa or MasterCard debit or credit cards to make transactions of £30 or under. There's currently over 400,000 locations that support payments.

Suunto's sporty assault

Suunto recently announced the Spartan Ultra and now its revealed a sleeker, cheaper option: the Suunto Spartan Sport.

Available in four colours: blue, black, pink and white. It's also 'built to last' with a mineral crystal glass display and stainless steel bezel, pushers and buckle. It also shares the same color touch screen (with great visibility in sunlight), engine and software as the Ultra. Sensor-wise, there's on-board GPS and accelerometer.

Check out our pick of the best GPS running watches.

Crowdfund this

We've written about posture trackers before like the Lumo Lift but Neurosystems' Monolith, which hit Kickstarter this week, is promising to prevent bad form with just 30 minutes use a day.

Worn around the neck, the Monolith uses magnetic distance sensing and is able to train the back, neck, thoracic and ab segments. It's designed to be worn by adults or children and promises a week's worth of battery life.

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