​The week in wearable tech

All the biggest stories of the week in one place
​The week in wearable tech

Welcome to the The week in wearable tech, our compendium of the biggest and most important stories from the week that was.

If you've not been checking Wareable this week – and shame on you if not – we've got you covered. From new a Misfit wearable to the latest in the smart parenting revolution, we've rounded up everything you need to know into one story.

And make sure you tune in tomorrow for And finally, our weekly round-up of the best rumours and less credible stories of the week.

Misfit Phase smart analogue watch lands

Misfit has been fairly quiet since its acquisition (or "partnership") by Fossil with just a handful of updates to the Speedo Shine to shout about. This week, however, the company came back with the Misfit Phase, its smart analogue watch – a classic timepiece that doubles as a fitness tracker.

The 41mm case looks unisex enough and tracks steps, distance, sleep and calories burned, all the stuff you'd expect from a Misfit fitness tracker. But it also handles smartwatch-style notifications and complications, using the watch hands to display information from incoming calls to your daily goal progress.

Check out our guide to the best smart analogue watches and, of course, the best fitness trackers.

Moov launches heart rate tracker

Moov has launched a heart rate monitor to compliment its Moov Now sports coach wearable. Far from another chest strap or wrist-based heart rate monitor, the Moov HR is designed to be worn on the head, using the rather interesting headband.

Why, you ask? Well, Moov reckons the accuracy is far better from the temple, but while we're all aware of the dubious nature of wrist HR tracking, it's now got to overcome the issue of people wearing a bandana to train. The upside is that's it's great for the pool, tucked inside a swimming cap.

Check out our guide to the best heart rate monitors and our full Moov Now review. We've also been writing extensively about optical heart rate monitor accuracy and learning how to train with heart rate to run faster and longer.

Honor S1 Smartwatch

The Honor S1 smartwatch was unveiled this week, from Huawei's spin-off brand. The circular smartwatch boasts a metallic body, multiple colour options and an impressive 5ATM waterproof rating. It's designed for sports with an optical heart rate monitor, which it'll use for VO2 Max and targeted zonal workouts, combined with GPS from your smartphone for accurate runs and cycles.

It's a strong spec sheet and one that will worry the Samsung Gear S3, which seems to be delayed while the company sorts out the wiggy mess that's the Note 7. Check out our guide to the best smartwatches and. with a nod to Asia, our guide to the hottest wearable tech hubs around the world.

Fitbit admits Charge 2 tracking issues

Fitbit has admitted some issues around the way its Charge 2 fitness tracker handles distances. Software errors "caused the tracker to occasionally calculate stats like pace and distance with less precision than we expect from our products," said a Fitbit spokesman. The news comes after Wareable's reviews uncovered issues where screen lag caused the device to show 0bpm during heart rate workouts.

Check out our guide to the best Fitbit device for your needs, and how the its fitness trackers are at the forefront of the latest clinical trials.

Baby tech booms

Two smart baby products caught our eye this week, with one from friend of Wareable and superstar designer, Yves Behar. The Jawbone and Hive designer has unveiled the Snoo smart crib, a super-stylish $1,160 cot that uses sensors to rock a baby to sleep.

And if that wasn't enough, the Parent + Baby Smartband from Project Nursery that enables you to log parenting events such as feeds, pumping, medications, child weight, diaper changes and naps.

Check out our guide to the best smart parenting devices as well as the best smartwatches for kids and GPS trackers to keep tabs on young children.

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Samsung Gear S3
Samsung Gear S3
Fitbit Ionic
Fitbit Ionic
Apple Watch Series 2
Apple Watch Series 2
Garmin Vivoactive HR
Garmin Vivoactive HR

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