By Lisa Johnston
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Mountain View, Calif. –– Start-up Bellabeat is offering its first product, a pocket-sized digital sensor and accompanying app that allows expecting parents to track the fetal development of their baby using a smartphone.
The Bellabeat Tracking system amplifies the unborn baby's heartbeat, tracks fetal movements, visualizes in-utero sounds and offers illustrations of the baby's physical development. It also includes a tool for tracking pregnancy weight gain.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Barcelona, Spain — Sony went to the Mobile World Congress to launch its first smartphone and first tablet with 4K video capture.
The company also unveiled a slim midrange Android phone and revealed more details of its first smart band, initially unveiled at International CES.
The company also talked up a new integrated global marketing campaign to support its mobile devices.
The smartphones and tablets run Android and feature 4G LTE. The smart band and 4K smartphone and tablet are also promoted as waterproof.
Santa Clara, Calif. – GPS supplier Magellan diversified its wearable-electronics lineup with the launch of its first fitness-oriented smart watch, which joins a pair of fitness-oriented GPS watches launched in 2012.
Chattanooga, Tenn. –– Clarity, the Plantronics division specializing in devices for seniors and the physically impaired, has introduced two new Alto corded home phones for the hearing impaired.
The phones are the first Clarity products to meet the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) 4953 standard for amplified phones, published last May. The standard requires laboratory testing to meet benchmarks for sound amplification, tone control, simulated use for hearing aid users, and the sound level of the ringer.
Arlington, Va. — More than half (55 percent) of U.S. online consumers used a fitness technology in the past year, and more than one-third (37 percent) anticipate purchasing a fitness technology in the next 12 months, according to new research by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).
The report, “Getting Connected with Emerging Fitness Technologies,” shows the number of consumers who used a fitness technology in the past year increased 8 percent from 2010. Results from the study were released today at the mHealth Summit in Washington.
Singapore – Zensorium today will announce the availability of Tinké, a small plug-in device for iOS devices that monitors cardio-respiratory health and stress levels.
Tinké is compatible with Apple’s 30-pin connector as well as a Lightning-to-30-pin adapter. It uses optical sensing technologies to capture blood volume changes through a user's fingertips and quantifies cardio-respiratory health and stress levels into indexes. The indices trend alongside one another for daily and monthly monitoring.
The free app enables a user to store, access and manage weight, physical activity, heart and sleep data transmitted from the company's Wi-Fi-enabled health devices, such as the Withings Wi-Fi Body Scale, Smart Blood Pressure Monitor, BodyMedia FIT armbands, Zeo Personal Sleep Coach and Runkeeper. It also allows Withings users to seamlessly export their weight data to more than 60 fitness-friendly partner apps.
The Health Companion aggregates the data from the various devices into a single user-friendly dashboard, the company said.