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Sleekgeek review of the 1Life Pulse offering

September 3rd, 2020 Posted by News Story, Press Release 0 comments on “Sleekgeek review of the 1Life Pulse offering”

Over the past 8 weeks, our founders Elan and Eric have been testing the new 1life Pulse offering from 1life Insurance and posting about their experience in the community. Today they review their experience in detail.


We love it because the goals of 1Life Pulse strongly align with what Sleekgeek is trying to achieve with our vision – inspiring everyday real people to make better lifestyle choices and improve their personal wellbeing.

“We can’t all be athletes or go to the gym, especially now with social distancing – but we can all do the activities of ‘life’ well and this is what the 1Life Pulse product and eco-system encourages,” says Laurence Hillman, CEO of 1Life.

“We want to help ordinary South Africans on a journey of positive change, helping them make better choices around their wellbeing and to be rewarded through real-time increases to their life insurance every month.”

In a nutshell: If you sign up and take the actions necessary to improve your wellbeing you can grow your cover up to an additional R200,000! Plus you get a Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2, chipped against your life insurance policy to track it.

In this review, we will elaborate on how the product works in practice and what we loved about it.

The Watch

At Sleekgeek we love to geek out about the techy side of things, so let’s take a look at the Samsung Galaxy Active 2 Watch.

This is the watch that all qualifying new 1Life policyholders receive to help them grow their life insurance cover by making better healthy lifestyle choices.

Isn’t it gorgeous?

This is seriously a top-end smartwatch with a beautiful display, more than 30 different workout modes, a heart rate and ECG sensors, as well as stress and sleep monitoring.

The watch gives you precise health insights into things like your heart, activity levels, and sleep, and so much more in a clear and sophisticated manner.

My personal experience using it? – Eric

It’s FUN! Like, really fun!

For more than 10 years now I’ve been focusing on my health and fitness every single day. Things inevitably get a bit boring after a while… But using the Samsung Galaxy Active 2 Watch has breathed new life into my goals and daily routine.

I love the simple added bonuses too, such as the prompts to get up and move around every hour or so.

You can find out more about the nitty-gritty specs of the Samsung Galaxy Active 2 Watch over here on the Samsung website.

My personal experience using it? – Elan

I am very aesthetically focussed and I have never liked how most ‘fitness’ focussed devices are shaped or styled. They look like fitness devices and I have always found that limiting or one dimensional. You cannot wear them as easily to the boardroom or on a date as when you are out for a long run.

Often when we partner on projects and there is a device involved to test I am a little nervous that I will not enjoy wearing it. Not this time. I love this watch shape and aesthetic look – and will happily continue wearing it after this review is done.

On the flipside most ‘smart watches’ are full of features but not always appropriate to meet my health and fitness needs.

I found the Galaxy 2 Active was a perfect marriage for my healthy lifestyle. Sexy, light to wear and perfect to track my runs, workouts and health.

It is a beautiful watch and I feel proud to wear it for any occasion. I found a sophisticated watch face on the app store and that rounded off the experience for me.

As someone who has only owned ‘fitness’ watches or trackers, this was my first experience with a smartwatch and I have been blown away with all the additional features.

I love the clear full colour display and the universe of apps and smart functions I have access to. It’s opened a new world to me beyond tracking my activity and heart rate trends.

So far the battery has also performed well for me.

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The App

As part of the 1Life Pulse policy, you get access to the VeoSens App.

VeoSens, developed by Samsung and LifeQ, brings life insurance, technology, and science together in a simple way to help you make better health choices.

Every day, you’ll wake up and know exactly what to work on in order to grow your wellbeing, improve your scores, and get even more life insurance cover from 1Life.

This is all connected to and tracked by your Samgsung Galaxy Active 2 Watch.

When you first start using VeoSens, you’ll need to wear your watch at least 18 hours a day for 7-10 days so that it can track your behaviour and calculate your initial scores.

While you won’t see your scores immediately, you will be able to see some of your stats for the day that it will use in it’s calculations. These are things such as how many intensity minutes you’ve had today (which is a measure of how active you’ve been), how many calories you’ve burned through exercise, your heart rate throughout the day, and how well you slept that night.

Over time, your healthy activities will add up to create health scores that range from 0 (very low) to 100 (excellent).

From then on, whenever you open the VeoSens app, you’ll get a snapshot of your current scores and how well you’re doing.

You’ll even be able to see how your scores have changed over the past 1, 3, or 6 months.

Most importantly, you’ll also be able to track your bonus life coverage which starts at R50,000 just for signing up and can be increased to up to R200,000 over the course of 2 years by wearing your watch and achieving good scores.

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The Scores

Let’s dig into what exactly the VeoSens scores are that 1 Life uses to assess your wellbeing and grow your life cover.

There are 4 main categories:

Activity – Your activity score is based on how active you’ve been throughout the day, compared with recommended guidelines for someone of your age and sex.

We love that rather than steps, the score is focussed on “Intensity Minutes” where you are awarded scores for light, moderate and vigorous activity. This means the intensity of your exercise adds up rather then scoring simply for moving.

Fitness – Your fitness score is based on your cardiorespiratory fitness, as measured by your VO2 max, and compared with what’s considered healthy for someone of your age and sex.

Heart – Your heart health score is based on your heart rate throughout the day and your resting heart rate. It indicates your heart health compared with recommended guidelines for someone of your age and sex.

Sleep – Good sleep is vital to your health. Your sleep score is based on the consistency and amount of sleep you get.

These scores provide you with a real understanding of your current state of healthy behaviours and the influence that changes in your lifestyle can have on your overall wellbeing.

Even the smallest lifestyle changes like going to bed at a more consistent time or taking some time out of your day to destress can make a difference to your wellbeing and simultaneously grow your life insurance cover.

This is why we love 1Life Pulse. It encourages you to improve your health through small incremental changes that add up over time. So you don’t have to be an athlete or the world’s healthiest person to get a good score and receive bonus life cover.

For example, when it comes to improving your Activity Score, you’re wanting to look for ways to move more throughout the day and be less sedentary in general. Some of the things you can do is:

  • Take a daily walk at lunchtime.
  • Take a longer walk with your dog than usual.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Add an extra set to your workout.
  • Choose some kind of active fun on the weekend.
  • Stand up and move around every 1-2 hours.

Improving your Exercise Score is somewhat similar, but it’s all about increasing the intensity of your exercise a bit more than normal, such as:

  • Adding in an extra exercise session to your week.
  • Adding an extra 10 minutes at the end of your exercise session.
  • Increasing the speed on your treadmill or resistance on your bike for the last 5 minutes.
  • Turning one of your low- or moderate-intensity cardio session into a higher intensity interval workout.

When it comes to your Heart Health Score, there’s a lot that can directly or indirectly contribute to it. Some ideas include:

  • Practising positive self-talk at least once a day.
  • Exercise outdoors at least once a week.
  • Meditate or do breathing exercises regularly.
  • Spending quality time with friends or family.
  • Reducing your sugar intake.
  • Adding a meat-free day to your week.
  • Reducing your alcohol intake by adding in at least one non-alcoholic drink in between alcoholic drinks.

And then there’s your Sleep Score. My favourite. Some ways to improve your score include:

  • Going to bed just 30 minutes earlier than usual.
  • Setting a “shut down” alarm to remind you to start getting ready for bed on time.
  • Waking up at the same time every morning without snoozing.
  • Avoiding electronic screens 1-2 hours before bed.
  • Avoiding caffeine after 2pm.
  • Doing a gentle yoga, meditation, or deep breathing session before bed.

These are all example of DOABLE strategies that you can start adding into your life TODAY to both improve your health and improve your scores so that you get more bonus life insurance.

You don’t have to overhaul your lifestyle overnight. You don’t have to become a completely different person and say goodbye to all of the fun or enjoyable things in life. You just have to start moving forward in the right direction. These tiny changes, when done consistently over time, add up to massive results.

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Growing Your Life Cover

The beauty of this program is that it is extremely reasonable and doable to grow your life cover. One does not have to run marathons or exercise themselves into submission to keep earning. One does not have to be the epitome of health to increase coverage either. Progress is all that is required.

Perfect for everyday people just try to be healthier.

Without over simplifying or going into too much detail one already earns a large portion of the additional coverage available simply by participating and staying engaged with the program.

You win right at the start too. In fact, as soon as they take up cover, they earn an immediate R50 000 towards their life cover.

Next just by signing up, downloading and activating the VeoSens App by Samsung and LifeQ, policy holders can start growing their life insurance. 1Life Pulse is a sophisticated lifestyle monitor and management system that tracks and guides heart, activity and sleep – monitoring overall wellbeing.

Every time you choose to get a little extra sleep or go for a walk, for example, you’re likely to grow your life cover by up to R216 per day, or up to R6 560 per month, starting from day one.

At the end of each calendar month you will receive your additional cover and see your cover grow on the app.

Each time the watch is strapped on, policy holders can grow their additional life cover in two ways; 50% by simply monitoring their activities and another 50% by making positive changes. So effectively just for wearing your watch each month you will gain at least R3,280 additional coverage regardless of your performance.

Over two years, policyholders are able to grow their additional life cover by up to R200 000, as they grow their wellbeing

Something that we really like about the 1 Life Pulse program is that they don’t keep moving the goalposts further ahead each time you reach them.

If a certain score got you a certain amount of bonus coverage last month, the exact same score this month will get you the exact same bonus coverage this month.

So you don’t need to keep stretching further and further to get the same benefit, you simply need to maintain a reasonable level of healthy activity.

Overall Experience

In a nutshell we enjoyed the overall simplicity of the experience end to end. The program is simple and intuitive yet powerful and impactful.

The Samsung Galaxy 2 is a pleasure to wear, the Veosens app works in an intuitive way and as long as you participate by using the watch and make healthier improvements you WILL grow your cover – no catches and no shifting goalposts.

It is a win-win and we think the program is excellent.

Well done to 1Life and we recommend the experience.

Elan and Eric.

 

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ESET SA adopts LifeQ’s Covid-19 early warning and disease-tracking solution

September 3rd, 2020 Posted by News Story, Press Release 0 comments on “ESET SA adopts LifeQ’s Covid-19 early warning and disease-tracking solution”

Carey van Vlaanderen

LifeQ, the leading independent provider of wearable-derived health information, has announced the South African operations of ESET, a premier global cybersecurity company, to be the first customer for its Covid-19 early warning and disease-tracking solution.

With the physiologic monitoring via LifeQ’s wearable-based platform, businesses can better predict outbreaks and assist employees towards recovery by leveraging a critical early warning and disease-tracking system for Covid-19 in individuals.

After extensive lockdowns globally in response to the sudden outbreak of Covid-19, countries and businesses have to find a new set of answers to deal with the ongoing repercussions of the pandemic as part of a much needed drive to “get back to business”. New studies are released almost daily that outline the debilitating longer-term impact — even on younger people that have recovered — and the lasting cardiovascular effects and persistent symptoms after acute Covid-19. It is further clear that although a first tier of vaccines will be available toward the end of 2020, many questions remain on the safety after fast-tracked trials, and globally significant portions of the public have already indicated a reluctance toward early adoption of vaccines.

“Fortunately, the lockdowns have successfully created a new, more mindful behavioural pattern among individuals globally, and a growing range of measures are being adopted to adjust to a new normal,” said Laurie Olivier, CEO of LifeQ. Beyond the longer-term promise of vaccines, these include point-of-care testing, temperature screening, wearing of masks, social distancing, sterilisation of surfaces, PPE and symptom reporting. Olivier continued: “However, while having some prevention benefits, none of these measures is as effective as an early warning system of actual infections to prevent the spread among co-workers at offices and in manufacturing plants.”

New technologies

Businesses that cannot operate effectively on a remote basis have to go out of their way to safeguard their employees. Some businesses have been holding out in the hope that the Covid-19 threat will disappear or that a super vaccine will become available, ultimately terminating the pandemic. However, the more rational organisations are concluding that the challenge will not evaporate overnight. Therefore, adopting new technologies that could ease the anxieties of employees who would like or may need to return to office, but are rightfully scared of being infected by their colleagues.

“We owe it to our employees and our country to implement solutions to get back to business while safeguarding our staff,” said Carey van Vlaanderen, CEO of ESET Southern Africa. “We are proud to be partnering with LifeQ, adopting this world-class solution and ultimately working with their team to lead the way. This also shows the great potential of our country as an innovation hub – the Stellenbosch-based complement of LifeQ played a crucial role to get this solution prepared for the global market.”

A range of wearable companies are involved in studies to validate the application of their own products for pre-symptomatic screening. The challenge wearables face is the ability to comprehensively monitor the wide range of physiological parameters needed as the impact of Covid-19 varies from person to person. “No single measure like breathing rate or resting heart rate is sufficient as an effective universal screening mechanism. Also, while having suitable outputs for consumer use, most wearables lack the accuracy and fidelity of biometrics required to minimise the false positives and negatives to be an effective early warning system for Covid,” said Dr Franco du Preez, LifeQ’s chief scientist.

The LifeQ solution serves as a screening tool, and if no other explanation for anomalies could be found, would recommend the individual take a Covid-19 test. While releasing a first version of the product early that is geared to helping companies get back to business, LifeQ is testing a range of physiological streams that will add accuracy and impact to the current offering.

About LifeQ
LifeQ is the leading independent provider of biometrics and health information derived from wearable devices, used in world-leading health management solutions. LifeQ’s information and solutions are already used by Fortune 500 customers and partners in a range of wearable devices, consumer-facing health and wellness platforms, and health-risk tracking applications for the global insurance and corporate wellness industries. With offices in South Africa, the US and the Netherlands, LifeQ is ideally placed to globally deliver solutions, leveraging the convergence of new technologies and consumer and business demand for new approaches to health management.

About ESET Southern Africa
ESET began life as a pioneer of antivirus protection, creating award-winning threat detection software. Now, ESET’s goal is to make sure that everybody can enjoy the breath-taking opportunities that technology offers. Today, ESET security solutions allow businesses and consumers in more than 200 countries and territories to make the most of the digital world. Working with ethical and passionate people, ESET is building a safer technology environment for everyone to enjoy. This is being done through education and business’s commitment to research and development. ESET believes in technology – and wants to make sure that everyone can enjoy it in safety.

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Rimidi, LifeQ Partner to Add Wearable-Based Monitoring to Rimidi’s Platform Enabling Early Warning of COVID-19 Infection

August 13th, 2020 Posted by News Story 0 comments on “Rimidi, LifeQ Partner to Add Wearable-Based Monitoring to Rimidi’s Platform Enabling Early Warning of COVID-19 Infection”

With the addition of physiological monitoring via LifeQ’s wearable-based platform, businesses can better predict outbreaks and leverage a critical early warning system for COVID-19 detection in individuals

Rimidi, a cloud-based software platform that enables personalized management of health conditions across populations, today announced a new strategic partnership with LifeQ, a leading provider of biometrics and health information derived from wearable devices.

As a result of the partnership, LifeQ’s physiological data from commercial wrist-worn wearable devices will be integrated into Rimidi’s Epidemic Monitoring Platform, powering a more sensitive and specific screening mechanism for identifying individuals needing further assessment for COVID-19 infection as well as flagging clinical deterioration of COVID-19 cases.

“No single tool in the fight against COVID-19 is sufficient. There is a dire need to identify outbreaks at their onset and early warning systems for detecting COVID-19, especially in asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic individuals, as this is truly the key to controlling spread and predicting new clusters,” said Lucienne Ide, MD, PhD, founder of Rimidi. “Rimidi and LifeQ’s partnership makes this possible. This clinical decision support capability could ultimately replace symptom and exposure self-reporting surveys, and is the future of remote patient monitoring.”

The Rimidi COVID-19 Population Monitoring Toolkit was designed to ensure the health and safety of individuals by offering a holistic platform that combines symptom and exposure surveillance, virus and antibody testing, vaccine and biometric data to give visibility of COVID-19 status across a population of patients or employees. In order to better control the spread of COVID-19, continuous physiological monitoring via wearables, such as smart watches, to predict infection prior to symptom presentation and, ideally, even before viral shedding, is needed. Partnering with LifeQ and adding continuous physiological monitoring via smart watches into the pre-established platform will further assist healthcare providers in identifying high-risk patients, triaging to appropriate testing and tracking complication development.

“By combining Rimidi’s holistic, innovative platform and LifeQ’s in-depth knowledge and understanding of human physiology and systems biology, we are broadening the scope of what’s possible in predicting fundamental physiological processes via wearable devices,” said Laurence Olivier, LifeQ CEO. “With the impact of COVID-19 varying significantly across populations, parallel monitoring of multiple physiological and health features are critical for defining and detecting an accurate enough universal pre-symptomatic COVID-19 biosignature.”

For more information on the partnership or Rimidi’s COVID-19 Monitoring Platform, please visit rimidi.com/lp/employers-covid-19-monitoring-toolkit [rimidi.com/lp/employers-covid-19-monitoring-toolkit __title__ rimidi.com/lp/employers-covid-19-monitoring-toolkit].

About Rimidi
Rimidi is a cloud-based software platform that enables personalized management of health conditions across populations. Created by doctors, Rimidi avoids the disconnect in connected care by combining patient-generated health data with clinical data from the EHR to drive patient-specific clinical insights and actions. The net effect is a better health system with optimized clinical workflows that enable better decisions, better relationships, better outcomes and ultimately a better healthcare system. For more information, visit rimidi.com and follow us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

About LifeQ
LifeQ is the leading independent provider of biometrics and health information derived from wearable devices, used in world-leading health management solutions. LifeQ’s information and solutions are already used by Fortune 500 customers and partners in a range of wearable devices, consumer-facing health & wellness platforms, and health-risk tracking applications for the global insurance and corporate wellness industries. With offices in South Africa, the USA and Netherlands, LifeQ is ideally placed to globally deliver solutions, leveraging the convergence of new technologies and consumer and business demand for new approaches to health management.

Samsung 1Life Pulse Webinar

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B-Secur partners with LifeQ to bring accurate, combined ECG and PPG sensor biometrics to wearables

July 1st, 2020 Posted by News Story 0 comments on “B-Secur partners with LifeQ to bring accurate, combined ECG and PPG sensor biometrics to wearables”
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B-Secur partners with LifeQ to bring high-accuracy heart-rate biometrics and monitoring to wearables

A collaboration to produce superior heartbeat biometric and health monitoring capabilities for wearables has been agreed to by B-Secur and LifeQ.

B-Secur’s Electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG) technology will be integrated with LifeQ’s optical PPG (photoplethysmography) technology to enable advanced identification, wellness and health monitoring features in the next generation of everyday devices, according to the announcement. The companies say in the press release that each is widely recognized for best-in-class performance for their respective technologies.

Many wearables utilize PPG for blood flow monitoring, and LifeQ provides PPG signal conditioning to leading consumer technology companies for higher accuracy in business and clinical applications. B-Secur says advances in ECG technology can enable high-accuracy biosensing in future product releases.

“Many of the technology features that are on offer through an integrated B-Secur and LifeQ solution are currently only accessible in medical environments or by the fortunate few. Today’s announcement will accelerate access of this type of information to everyone. We are very fortunate to find a partner in LifeQ that shares a common goal and we are confident that together we provide class-beating technologies,” states Alan Foreman, CEO of B-Secur.

The collaboration is expected to speed up the integration, launch and adoption of high-performance biosensing solutions OEMs for secure health and wellness features in smartwatches and other fitness trackers.

“With technology advancement and the increasing quest to improve health and wellbeing, whether to consumers, employees, employers, and even governments, the global biosensing market has grown exponentially in recent years,” says Laurie Olivier, CEO of LifeQ. “Events such as COVID-19 have further highlighted the importance of real time health monitoring and, specifically to make this available to everyone. We are thrilled that our partnership with B-Secur allows us to accelerate our goal of improving wellbeing and reducing the cost of good health for all in conjunction with some of the world’s leading technology companies.”

1Life, Samsung and LifeQ Launch “Life Insurance Ecosystem”

June 11th, 2020 Posted by News Story 0 comments on “1Life, Samsung and LifeQ Launch “Life Insurance Ecosystem””

1Life, Samsung South Africa and LifeQ have partnered to launch life insurance ecosystem, 1Life Pulse. This initiative is backed by wearables and app technology and enables consumers to grow their life insurance cover by “making better choices”.

1Life Pulse acts as a lifestyle monitor and management system that tracks and guides heart, activity and sleep – monitoring overall wellbeing. Every time a consumer chooses to get a little extra sleep or go for a walk, for example, they’re likely to grow their life cover by up to R216 per day, or up to R6 560 per month, starting from day one.

Over two years, policyholders are able to grow their additional life cover by up to R200 000, as they grow their wellbeing.

All qualifying new 1Life policyholders that take out cover for R1 million or more, receive a Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2, chipped against their 1Life policy number. By simply downloading and activating the VeoSens App by Samsung and LifeQ, consumers can start growing their life insurance.

“We can’t all be athletes or go to the gym, especially now with social distancing –  but we can all do the activities of ‘life’ well and this is what the 1Life Pulse product and ecosystem encourages,” says Laurence Hillman, CEO of 1Life.

“We want to help ordinary South Africans on a journey of positive change, helping them make better choices around their wellbeing and to be rewarded through real-time increases to their life insurance every month.”

“Our offering is underpinned by the fact that, as your life and wellbeing grows, so too does your cover. This is a new way of life cover, which we believe will be the way of life cover in the future,” concludes Hillman.

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Hands on: Montblanc Summit 2 Plus review

May 26th, 2020 Posted by News Story 0 comments on “Hands on: Montblanc Summit 2 Plus review”

A slight upgrade at a high price

EARLY VERDICT

The Montblanc Summit 2 Plus adds LTE to the mix, boosts the battery and makes other small changes, but is held back slightly by an aging chipset and a very high price. Still, it wouldn’t be a Montblanc if it was cheap.

 

FOR

  • Now with LTE
  • Gorgeous design

AGAINST

  • Similar core specs to its predecessor
  • Very expensive

Apple still hasn’t flattened the luxury watch market, despite its best ongoing efforts, and until it does we’ll continue to see brands like Tag Heuer, Frederique Constant and Montblanc fend off its advances with smartwatches that offer something more traditional.

The new Montblanc Summit 2 Plus, an update to the Montblanc Summit 2 that launched in 2018, tries to bring a touch of luxury to Wear OS – and throws LTE connectivity on top.

More than that, the Summit 2 Plus has been given a face lift and a few other small tweaks. Here are our initial impressions.

Montblanc Summit 2 Plus release date and price

The Montblanc Summit 2 Plus will be available from April. We only currently know the US price, which is $1,170 (roughly £900 / AU$1,780), though that’s before you factor in the monthly data cost if you’re going with LTE.

It’s a lot of cash, but remember that luxury is Montblanc’s entire USP.

Design and display

For the Summit 2, Montblanc managed to squeeze the components into a unisex 42mm case size, but going plus-sized on the specs now means bumping up the design, with the Summit 2 Plus coming in at 43.5mm, with a 1.28-inch AMOLED display.

It’s not a drastic difference to 2018’s model, but it is creeping into that larger territory which may put off some people, particularly those with smaller wrists. It’s actually a tiny bit thinner than the Montblanc Summit 2, but it’s so negligible you won’t notice it.

The watch comes in four finishes: black DLC (diamond-like carbon) steel, stainless steel, rose gold steel or bronze steel. The good news is that all four cost the same, and Montblanc is offering a variety of leather and silicone straps to mix and match with.

The black steel is probably the only option that can conjure a sporty look when combined with a silicone band; the others are a bit too luxe glam to pull it off, but they all look good and share the same raft of health and fitness features.

Features and fitness

So, there’s good and bad news here. The good news: the Summit 2 Plus comes running the latest Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset with 1GB of RAM. The bad news: those are the same internal specs as the 2018 Summit 2, which means it’s running on the same tech as a watch that’s 18 months older.

To be fair, this isn’t the fault of Montblanc, which is technically still using the most cutting-edge Qualcomm smartwatch technology available. Qualcomm’s progress in smartwatch technology has been excruciatingly glacial and the 3100, announced in 2018, was far less of a leap forward than we had anticipated.

The better news is that the battery has been upgraded from a 340mAh charge to 440mAh, so that it can handle the extra drain of LTE.

Speaking of which, the Summit 2 Plus is an LTE watch that’s also running Google’s Wear OS, which makes it an incredibly rare breed. We’ve seen very few of these, and the ones we’ve tried haven’t convinced us.

Apple’s had more success with LTE smartwatches, but that’s largely because of the way it has weaved it into the Apple Watch software and hardware. But because every Wear OS smartwatch is a mishmash of ideas – Google’s software, Qualcomm’s chip, the watch manufacturer’s design – it doesn’t feel as elegantly put together.

At launch, LTE will only be available through Verizon in the US and Vodafone in the UK (along with some networks in France, Spain, Germany and China), although Montblanc told us it hopes to add more providers in the future.

We weren’t able to test out the LTE in any meaningful way during our demo, but we’re fascinated to know how it will perform in the wild.

Montblanc has also added a speaker and microphone to the side of the Summit 2 Plus, so you’ll be able to make and receive calls when away from your phone.

But we’re more interested to see how the LTE impacts battery life. Montblanc is promising a full day with the LTE running, so we’ll see. You’ll apparently be able to stretch the battery life to a maximum of five days if you enable the low-power mode, which deactivates the smart features and simply shows you the time.

While LTE is the big new feature here, there’s plenty on offer for those who don’t want the data connection. There’s a heart rate monitor and built-in GPS (also found on the 2018 Summit 2) and, like the Summit 2, Montblanc has peppered some of its own micro apps into the Wear OS experience.

The new watch comes with an app called Timeshifter, designed to give travelers advice on how to minimize their jet lag. There’s a stress-tracking micro app too, which presumably extracts heart rate variability data from the sensor.

And you’ll also get access to Montblanc’s Travel Info app, which serves up some local knowledge on any area you’re exploring.

These should give you a sense of the type of user Montblanc is shooting for. But you might also wonder… why not just call this the Summit 3?

Daniel Arfi, Montblanc’s senior product marketer for tech, told us that Montblanc worried that calling it the Summit 3 would suggest the Summit 2 is dead, when in fact it plans to continue selling that watch.

Early verdict

The Montblanc Summit 2 Plus is an undeniably gorgeous smartwatch, but it’s less of an upgrade than we had hoped for.

Without extensive testing we can’t speak to its LTE abilities, but with so few Wear OS watches offering this feature right now, we’re all the more intrigued to see if Montblanc can convince us it can work. Because if we’re honest, right now, no other Wear OS watches have.


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MOTO 360 Smartwatch

The Moto 360 smartwatch is back, but Motorola isn’t making it

May 26th, 2020 Posted by News Story 0 comments on “The Moto 360 smartwatch is back, but Motorola isn’t making it”

The 2015 hit is being resurrected.

The original Moto 360 was one of the most attractive smartwatches around when it launched way back in 2015. As the first round Android Wear watch, it made a huge impression with slick-looking wearables fans despite some hiccups at launch, but as with so many tech firsts, it gradually lost its charm. Now, however, it’s making a comeback.

In the same nostalgic vein as HMD’s revival of the Nokia, or TCL bringing back the BlackBerry, the Moto 360 has been given a contemporary makeover and is being brought back to the masses. This time around it’ll feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform, 8GB of storage and 1GB RAM, an always-on display and fast charging that’ll have it juiced from zero to 100 percent in just an hour. Plus it comes with all-day battery life and a battery-saving mode that will keep the time displayed for three days even when the battery is critical. And, of course, it’ll boast the good looks that made it so popular the first time around.

Moto 360 eBuyNow

What’s interesting, however, is the company behind its resurrection. While Nokia and BlackBerry had the likes of HMD and TCL behind their resurgence, the Moto 360 has a company called eBuyNow. It’s under license and in partnership with Motorola, but it’s still a relative unknown. Whether this will have any impact on the watch’s comeback remains to be seen — the company’s website does say that it has 15 years of experience in this area — but the real question is whether the Moto 360 can once again find favor with buyers in a market that’s now saturated with equally attractive-looking devices.

The Moto 360 will be available for $350/£340 through select major retailers this December. Pre-orders will begin in the US, Canada and the UK mid November at Moto360.com.


Rachel England@rachel_england

October 29, 2019
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TAG Heuer Introduces A New Generation Luxury Connected Watch

May 26th, 2020 Posted by News Story 0 comments on “TAG Heuer Introduces A New Generation Luxury Connected Watch”

FRÉDÉRIC ARNAULT, TAG HEUER’S CHIEF STRATEGY AND DIGITAL OFFICER, Hosted the launch of the new edition on March 12th, 2020 in New York.

Ali Krieger, Ashlyn Harris, & Paulina Vega attended the immersive event in NY.

The new connected combines elegance and craftsmanship with new high-tech features for a customised physical and digital experience focused on performance.

LA CHAUX-DE-FONDS, SwitzerlandMarch 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — TAG Heuer pioneered the luxury connected watch segment in 2015 and with the third generation of its visionary Connected timepiece, the brand makes a design and technological statement that further solidifies its position as leader of the luxury connected watch category for the long term.

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The TAG Heuer Connected has the elegance of a chronograph-inspired timepiece crafted in the purest watchmaking tradition, with a 45-mm case in noble materials like stainless-steel titanium, ceramic or sapphire crystal, subtle polishes, mechanical pushers and a rotating crown, as well as interchangeable strap choices with a folding buckle. The all-active OLED touchscreen displays a choice of custom-designed dials, mechanical or digitally inspired.

The highlight of this new model is the immersive sports experience developed in-house, the TAG Heuer Sport app. It provides detailed tracking for golf, running, cycling, walking and fitness sessions thanks to the watch’s built-in GPS and heart-rate monitor, among other sensors. The experience on the wrist is complemented by a newly developed TAG Heuer mobile companion app.

In addition, a range of daily connected services offered from Wear OS by Google will enhance the user’s daily life, including notifications, Google Assistant, Google Translate, Google Pay where enabled, music controls, agenda, weather, maps and more.

TAG Heuer’s Chief Strategy and Digital Officer, Frédéric Arnault, who has led this ambitious project and built the brand’s internal technological expertise over the past two years, explains: “The TAG Heuer Connected watch was designed and engineered with the same passion and attention to detail as our mechanical watches. The Connected watch is not only a beautiful timepiece, it’s a truly immersive experience, as it now sits within a complete TAG Heuer digital ecosystem geared towards performance and sports. It expresses the brand in a completely new way and offers limitless possibilities in terms of innovation for the future and will lead the way into a new era for TAG Heuer.”

The new TAG Heuer Connected watch is available in four references and lands in select stores worldwide and at www.tagheuer.com on Friday, 13 March 2020.


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Mar 13, 2020, 10:37 ET

SUUNTO 7 Sports and life, combined

May 26th, 2020 Posted by News Story 0 comments on “SUUNTO 7 Sports and life, combined”

SUUNTO 7

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Juggling your passion for sports with a busy life can be hard – you want a sports watch that is ready when you are and a smartwatch that handles your everyday. Suunto 7 gives you the best of both worlds and is designed to help you get the most out of your time. It’s our first watch that combines Suunto’s versatile sports experience and free offline outdoor maps with helpful smartwatch features from Wear OS by Google™.

Suunto 7 works with Android™ and iOS phones.


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