Week in wearable: Diabetes detection, crime prevention, and a lot of running

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The week in wearable tech
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This week we celebrated the future of running, taking a big look at how the world of wearable devices have transformed running so far, and explored how technology can improve the running experience in the future.

For instance, can you break the monotony of treadmill workouts with virtual reality? Zwift, which makes 3D environments for cyclists when they train solo, has a new running mode and our editor Mike Sawh tested it out.

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We also talked to three of the biggest names in running wearables: Suunto, Polar and Garmin, and talked the future of running watches.

Elsewhere, I took a look at which wearables and running apps are the best intro course to running, Hugh reviewed the new Under Armour Hovr Sonic Connected smart shoe, and we also explored how wearable tech can create super athletes. Be sure to check out everything from the week.

Meanwhile, here are the other big stories that you might have missed.

Cardiogram can detect signs of diabetes

Week in wearable

One of the biggest stories of the week was a new Cardiogram study that says your old wearable - from your Apple Watch to Garmin - can detect signs of diabetes from your heart rate.

We spoke to Cardiogram co-founder Brandon Ballinger about the study, and he told us that, simply, there's an established link between insulin resistance and heart rate variability. When your insulin resistance rises, your heart rate variability shifts. Cardiogram emphasizes that it can't actually diagnose diabetes, but it can let you know that you should check up with a doctor.

Meanwhile Valencell, which licenses biometric sensor tech to the likes of Samsung and others, says noninvasive detective of glucose is impossible.

China's crime-fighting smartglasses

Week in wearable

Elsewhere in the world of wearables, Chinese police have been testing smartglasses with built-in facial recognition technology at train stations in Zhengzhou. Travelers will be scanned against a database looking for people with connections to crime.

Thus far, police say they've caught seven suspects wanted in major cases, with another 26 individuals traveling under false identities. The glasses can check individuals against a database of 10,000 individuals in just 100 milliseconds, though the performance depends on the environment.

The glasses are a complement to China's CCTV systems, which often have images too blurry for facial recognition. Of course, the debate about privacy will be inflamed as this is yet another surveillance tool in the hands of the state.

The 2018 Winter Olympics are here

Week in wearable

The 2018 Winter Olympic Games have begun in PyeongChang, and it turns out wearables have a sizable presence there. We took a look at the wearables you can expect, from Visa's contactless payment gloves to body armor and smart suits, to feature.

And if you're sad you're not getting any medals for yourself, maybe the rise of the virtual race, which has seen International Space Station astronauts compete for all the virtual running medals you could want could be the answer.


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