The week in wearable tech: Fitbit heart rate tracking put to the test

The top wearable tech stories from the last seven days
Fitbit heart rate tracking put to the test
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The wearable tech news agenda doesn't show any signs of slowing down. It's been a busy week with major headlines for fitness trackers, smartwatches, VR and more.

Read on for a round up of the biggest stories...

Fitbit heart rate tracking put to the test

After coming in for criticism (and potential legal action) with regards to its heart rate tracking tech, there was finally some good news for Fitbit this week.

Consumer Reports is backing Fitbit by claiming the company's heart rate monitoring on the Charge HR and the Fitbit Surge is accurate.

Our executive editor James Stables says that it's OK that optical HR tech isn't perfect, but we'd like a bit more honesty.

Jawbone sleeps easier

Fitbit's big rival Jawbone's head of data science, Brian Wilt, spoke up this week, about improving sleep monitoring and calorie counting for its current and next generation UP fitness trackers.

Jawbone's software has undeniably been successful and Wilt believes providing actionable insights from that data is crucial. "Wearables need to do so much more than tracking," he said.

Make sure you read our updated guide to the best fitness tracker.

Pebble Time gets smarter

The Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel got a little bit more awesome this week, thanks to the the TYLT VU Pulse. The case adds heart rate tracking and wireless charging to the two Pebble smartwatches and starts at $39.

We've spent a few weeks wearing a Pebble Time then a Pebble Time Round in order to write this big guide to Pebble's new Health platform.

Samsung's VR ambitions

Samsung announced it's opening a film studio in New York dedicated to producing content for its own Gear VR headset, at the Sundance Film Festival.

VR has taken over Sundance in a big way this year. Luckily we had an intrepid reporter on the ground trying out the Star Wars Holo-Cinema, The Martian VR experience, custom Oculus helmets and more.

Garmin ups its golf game

Garmin's new TruSwing is available to buy now, priced at $149.99. The club sensor, which adds a wealth of swing metrics, is compatible with the S4 and S6 watches and the G7 and G8 rangefinders.

It's part of Garmin's refreshed golf tech lineup, which also includes the new Garmin Approach S20.

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Prana is dedicated to combating stress through regulated breathing with its new connected clip-on sensor.

The clip, which is designed to be attached to your waistband, uses algorithms to analyse your posture and breathing technique. The data is then synced to a companion app via Bluetooth, allowing you to review the data in-real time.