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IFA GPC 2018 – Day 1: Power briefings from brands & analysts

Friday, April 20th, 2018

The first day of the IFA GPC 2018 comprises a series of power briefs by industry leaders and analysts on the latest trends and products in consumer electronics and home appliances. Here is a rundown on what transpired in those proceedings.

Day 1 of the IFA GPC 2018 kicks off with the MC, Dave Graveline, handing the mic over to Jens Heithecker, Executive Director (IFA) & EVP (Messe Berlin Group), for the opening address.

This year, there are altogether 13 power briefings – a marked increase from last year, which saw eight power briefs and one discussion panel.

As I attend these sessions, I will post a brief synopsis of each session on Instagram and consolidate all the synopsis here.

So stay tuned!

Power briefing 1

Power briefing by Philips on innovative solutions for a healthy and joyful life.

Highlight is the new-to-world #SmartSleep solution that will change the way the world sleeps. Philips is positioned to pair clinical research, the latest digital health technologies and design capabilities to create tools that help consumers take better care of themselves and lead a balanced, healthy and energetic lifestyle through nutrition, a clean environment and sleep.

Presenting were Liat Ben-Zur, Senior Vice President, Head of Connected Digital Platforms Propositions; and Bernd Laudahn, Market Leader Personal Health DACH – from Philips.

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New arrival: Fitbit Versa health & fitness smartwatch in Singapore

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

The new Fitbit Versa smartwatch is now available globally and in Singapore at S$318, with accessories ranging from S$50 – S$140. Includes female health tracking and quick replies to mobile Android device messages (from May).

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Versa is Fitbit’s lightest smartwatch, featuring a modern design, advanced health and fitness features, 4+ day battery life, smart features and cross platform compatibility.

Beginning in May, these new Fitbit features will be available:

Quick replies

“We’re thrilled for consumers around the world to experience Versa, a beautifully designed smartwatch for all with advanced health and fitness features, access to our large global social network and smart features people find most useful at an approachable price. We believe Versa is a smartwatch that will have mass appeal, attracting new audiences and helping us capture a previously untapped segment of users in this growing wearables category,” said James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit.

Android mobile device users can respond to messages on the go using Fitbit Versa and Fitbit Ionic smartwatches.

Create and send up to five custom pre-populated quick replies of 60 characters or less to text messages and messenger apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

Female health tracking

Available to all adult users who identify as female in the Fitbit app to track their menstrual cycle and symptoms.

Makes it easier to manage their cycle with a more complete picture of health and fitness data all in one place.

Versa and Ionic users will also be able to view female health tracking information on-device.

More details below from the press release.

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New arrival: Garmin Forerunner 645 Music GPS smart watch

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

The Garmin Forerunner 645 Music is a GPS running watch with integrated music and features Garmin Pay contactless payment solution. RRP: S$669 (without integrated music: S$599). IT Show 2018 promotions below.

Garmin Forerunner 645 Music & Forerunner 645 GPS smart watch.

Garmin Forerunner 645 Music & Forerunner 645 GPS smart watch.

The integrated music gives athletes the freedom to enjoy their favorite tunes on a run or during a workout without having to take a phone along.

Need to buy a bottle of water or a quick bite after a workout?

Garmin Pay contactless payment solution lets users pay for purchases with the Forerunner 645 Music.

In addition to 24/7 heart rate monitoring, the smart watch includes advanced running dynamics, performance monitoring tools, connected features and thousands of ways to customise with free watch faces, widgets, data fields and apps through the Garmin Connect IQ store.

More details from the press release below.

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Jawbone expands UP family with UP MOVE & UP3 fitness bands

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Jawbone announced today that they will be releasing two brand new activity trackers in the coming weeks – the UP MOVE (S$85) and the UP3 (S$288) wristbands.

Jawbone UP MOVE (left) and Jawbone UP3 (right) activity tracking fitness bands.

Jawbone UP MOVE (left) and Jawbone UP3 (right) activity tracking fitness bands.

The UP MOVE will be available in November before Christmas this year, while the UP3 will be made available by early next year in three colors.

“美国消费者电子零件制造商 Jawbone 宣布了两款新的健康手环:Jawbone UP MOVE(十一月起: S$85新元) 以及 Jawbone UP3(明年初开始: S$288新元)。” – 科技点心(微薄)

The UP by Jawbone App for UP MOVE will be available on iOS and Android devices as free download from the App Store and Google Play.

The UP by Jawbone App for UP3 will be available on iOS soon as a free download from the App Store. A compatible Android app for UP3 will be available early next year.

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New fitness trackers: Fitbit Charge, Charge HR & Surge

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

The new lineup from Fitbit features continuous, automatic heart rate tracking; GPS; smartwatch functionality; plus all day activity and automatic sleep tracking.

Fitbit Charge (S$169), Fitbit Charge HR (S$199) and Fitbit Surge (S$329) will be available broadly in early 2015.

Fitbit Charge ($169) is available in black, slate, blue* and burgundy*; Fitbit Charge HR ($199) will be available in black, plum, blue* and tangerine*; Fitbit Surge ($329) will be available in black, blue* and tangerine*. * indicates colors that are coming soon. Fitbit Charge, Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge will be available in small, large and extra large sizes (extra large only available through Fitbit.com).

Fitbit Charge (S$169) is available in black, slate, blue* and burgundy*; Fitbit Charge HR (S$199) will be available in black, plum, blue* and tangerine*; Fitbit Surge (S$329) will be available in black, blue* and tangerine*. * indicates colors that are coming soon. Fitbit Charge, Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge will be available in small, large and extra large sizes (extra large only available through Fitbit.com).

Fitbit has unveiled three new activity and sleep-tracking products: Fitbit Charge, Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge.

  • Fitbit Charge – a high-performance wristband that delivers all-day activity tracking, real-time fitness stats and Caller ID right on the wrist for people who want to step up their everyday activities to improve their overall health.
  • Fitbit Charge HR – an advanced tracker that delivers continuous, automatic wrist-based heart rate, Caller ID and all-day activity tracking for active users: regular exercisers looking to push their fitness further.
  • Fitbit Surge – a sleek Fitness Super Watch that offers the best of GPS, continuous wrist-based heart rate, all-day fitness tracking, and smartwatch functionality in one device, for people dedicated to reaching their peak performance.

More detailed descriptions extracted from the press release below.

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Samsung unveils Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge, Gear VR, Gear S and Gear Circle

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Samsung has announced the new Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge smartphone, the Gear VR mobile VR headset, as well as the Gear S smartwatch and Gear Circle earphones at the Unpacked Episode 2 press conference in Berlin, Germany.

Update (18 September, 2014):

Samsung showcased in Singapore today most of the new devices it unveiled during IFA 2014 in a media preview.

It also displayed accessories that Montblanc has specially designed for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

The Galaxy Note 4 will be available in

The Galaxy Note 4 will be available in “Charcoal Black,” “Frost White,” “Bronze Gold,” and “Blossom Pink” in global markets starting in October.

The Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge are the latest additions to the Galaxy Note family.

Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge Android smartphones

The Galaxy Note 4 has a 5.7-inch Quad HD (2560×1440) Super AMOLED display and sports the Multi Window feature for multi-tasking.

The Galaxy Note Edge will be available in “Charcoal Black” and “Frost White” in select markets through Samsung’s retail channels, e-commerce and carriers later this year.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

It ships with a 16-megapixel rear camera with Smart Optical Image Stabilizer, and a 3.7-megapixel front camera with f1.9 lens with 120 degrees wide angle.

The Note 4 also has a Fingerprint Scanner and a UV sensor.

The Galaxy Note Edge has a 5.6-inch screen that wraps around the right side of the device.

The Galaxy Note Edge will be available in “Charcoal Black” and “Frost White” in select markets through Samsung’s retail channels, e-commerce and carriers later this year.

Gear VR mobile headset

Samsung and Oculus has collaborated to create the mobile VR headset optimised for the Galaxy Note 4.

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Review: TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio GPS Sport Watch with Heart Rate Monitor built-in

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

The TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio GPS Sport Watch comes with built-in Heart Rate Monitor. The watch works for running/treadmill, cycling and swimming activities.

The TomTom Cardio GPS Sport Watch comes in Runner or Multi-Sport versions.

The TomTom Cardio GPS Sport Watch comes in Runner or Multi-Sport versions.

The built-in Heart Rate Monitor is in the base of the watch, and measures your heart rate the moment you put on the watch.

This means you do not need to wear a separate chest strap or place a finger on a separate heart rate monitor (say on a smartphone) every time you want to take a reading.

You can vary the heart rate zones and vary the intensity of training depending on the goals you want to reach.

The embedded GPS receiver provides real-time exercise information at a glance, tracking your distance, time, pace, speed and calories burnt as you run, cycle or swim.

After the activity, users can view their routes and other key stats on TomTom MySports and other popular sites, such as, RunKeeper, MapMyFitness, TrainingPeaks and Strava so that they can monitor their progress over an extended period of time.

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