A picture gallery of the top 10 wearables shown at IFA 2017

This week has been very significant for the field of wearable technology. This year’s IFA was one to remember because some of the biggest names in the industry showed off products that broke new ground.

For those who are unaware, this event is the largest technology show in Europe. This enormous event takes place once a year during the first week of September in Berlin, and it gives businesses the opportunity to demonstrate both their existing and prospective items. In recent years, the overall number of visits has been close to a quarter of a million, and 2017 has a good chance of surpassing that amount. There are still a couple more days left if you happen to be in the neighborhood. On September 6th, the show will come to an end.

In the lead up to the event, fitness trackers and smartwatches were one of the main topics of conversation, and they did not fail to live up to expectations. Here is a rundown of some of the wearable technologies that generated the most buzz during IFA 2017.

Fitbit

The San Francisco-based firm didn’t waste any time getting their product out the door. A couple of days prior to the beginning of the event, fitness tracker manufacturer Fitbit revealed its very first fitness watch to the public. But that’s not the end of it. In addition to this, it showed off a long-overdue upgrade to its smart scale as well as its very first set of Bluetooth headphones.

But everyone’s attention was focused on the Fitbit Ionic, which is a device with capabilities that directly compete with those of the Apple Watch and the Garmin lineup of sports watches. Even though its exterior design isn’t particularly impressive, the Ionic has a lot of features up its sleeve.

This has almost everything we’ve come to expect from Fitbit devices, plus a new SpO2 sensor for measuring blood oxygen levels, local storage for music, an NFC chip for payments, a gallery of apps made by third parties, and more.

During his keynote talk that took place during the event, James Park, the CEO of Fitbit, stated that he is hoping that the Ionic may be able to diagnose atrial fibrillation. In addition to that, he made a huge show of the company’s intentions for the future in the medical industry.

We were actually able to spend some time with Ionic, and when we put it all together, we were pleasantly delighted by the product’s quality, its build, and how easy it was to navigate. To what extent this will be sufficient to compete with the more stylish Apple Watch and Garmin’s vast array of fitness devices remains to be seen. 

Garmin

Garmin is not a company that should be neglected in any way. At IFA, the company made the announcement of three brand new Vivo smartphones.

The Vivoactive 3 is a jack-of-all-trades GPS smartwatch that brings Garmin Pay into the mix, along with a lovely new look. It has the highest-end specifications of all the watches in this series. The company has come to the conclusion that it must implement a form factor that is less cumbersome if it wishes to appeal to a more diverse population. Another fantastic piece of equipment from Garmin’s fitness line.

The Vivomove HR comes in at number two on the list. This hybrid has a sophisticated appearance and was developed with ease of use in mind. The fashionable watch has a circular case, there is no digital crown, the bands are interchangeable, and the notification screen is just what we’ve been hoping for. As the name suggests, Vivomove HR includes monitoring of your heart rate as an additional feature. The Nokia Steel HR is the only hybrid watch that can track a wearer’s heart rate at this moment.

Lastly, Vivosport is a GPS-enabled smart wristband that measures heart rate based on the wearer’s wrist. In contrast to the first two, which were generally anticipated and had been revealed in advance, the third one was somewhat unexpected. This fitness band was designed for those individuals who prefer working out with something that is both unobtrusive and lightweight.

In spite of its compact size, the Vivosport conceals some rather respectable specifications beneath its hood. In terms of tracking your physical activity, it has everything that is included with the Vivoactive 3, with the exception of some of the apps that are specific to individual sports and Garmin Pay. It is a remarkable accomplishment to pack all of that into such a small device.

Samsung

This year, the South Korean electronics titan is putting a strong emphasis on waterproofing. If you were able to tear yourself away from its mesmerizing light show, you would see that the brand new Gear Fit 2 Pro and Gear Sport, in addition to the Gear IconX 2018, are both displayed there (a set of biometric headphones). This is the company’s most significant push to date in the area of health and fitness.

With the release of the Gear Sport, Samsung has taken another step forward into the world of smartwatches. This sleek piece of technology is essentially an all-in-one solution that combines the capabilities of a smartwatch and a fitness tracker into a single convenient package.

In terms of its overall design, it most definitely does not fall short of expectations. The screen measures 1.2 inches in diameter and has a resolution of 320 by 320 pixels, making it extremely vivid and bright. It is always on and displays full color. In spite of the fact that we weren’t able to put it through its paces, the clock in question is quite lovely. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that it functions as well as it appears.

Instead of being an entirely new product from a different generation, the Gear Fit 2 Pro is an upgraded version of the Gear Fit 2. As was just noted, the most notable piece of news is the water resistance of 5 ATMs. The tracker will come with a Speedo app that will record your swim stats (the type of stroke you use, the number of strokes you do, and the number of laps you complete) and give you your “SWOLF” score. The design and the other specifications are largely the same, with the exception of a few adjustments that have been made to ensure that the tracker stays on while you are swimming laps in a pool.

Fossil

More than three hundred connected touchscreen smartwatches, hybrid smartwatches, and activity trackers will have been introduced by the Fossil Group by the time this year comes to a close. The majority of its 14 brands that were on show in Germany included Armani Exchange, Chaps, Emporio Armani, Diesel, DKNY, Fossil, Kate Spade New York, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, MICHELE, Misfit, Relic, Skagen, and Tory Burch.

It is interesting to note that the firm has announced that its eagerly awaited Misfit Vapor will now be available in the month of October rather than in late summer. It is clear that Misfit has encountered some difficulties along the way. A couple of weeks ago, we broke the news that the watch would ship with connected-GPS rather than the built-in GPS that was first slated for it.

There has not been an official press release made by Misfit. However, it has secretly added the Misfit Command to its range of devices that are being sold at IFA. About two years ago, Fossil completed the acquisition of the company, and the brand’s imprint is beginning to become more noticeable. The new hybrid has a lot in common with other Fossil shoes, especially the Skagen Hagen Connected.

The first touchscreen smartwatch from Diesel, the On Full Guard, is now available for pre-sale after being introduced earlier this year at Baselworld. The clock is all about style and even offers some amazing visual effects, such as the look of a cracked screen when you receive a notice or weather filters that change with the climate. Both of these effects are triggered when the timepiece detects a change in the weather. The rest of its features are pretty much the same as those of other Fossil fitness devices.

MyKronoz

The Swiss company MyKronoz has announced that the ZeTime hybrid watch will soon be available for purchase. IFA attendees were able to see the product that helped crowdfunding campaigns generate more than $6 million. The amount of money raised makes it the crowdfunding initiative that has ever received the most support from a European firm.

The fact that ZeTime is the first hybrid timepiece in the world, meaning that it combines mechanical hands with a full-round color touchscreen, is the primary selling point. That means it gives you the advantages of both of the aforementioned options. In order to accomplish this, the central portion of the console has a hole drilled into it, and the hand gears are attached to this hole.

The MyKronoz watch, which was designed to complement a variety of looks and is scheduled to begin distribution to supporters in September, In the following weeks, we will be publishing our review, so stay tuned for that.

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