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TRASENSE MOVEMENT is a smart daily tracker for under $30


One Shenzhen startup is looking to democratize the wearable industry with its affordable fitness band.


Unlike other fitness trackers available on the market today that can run anywhere from a $100, a new wearable device from Shenzhen-based startup TRASENSE packs much of the same punch as industry heavyweights but at a mere fraction of the cost.

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Priced under $30, the MOVEMENT is a super easy and affordable way to begin dabbling into the quantified-self era. Boasting a sleek, unisex design, the unit comes in black and purple with more colors likely to follow its crowdfunding campaign.

The lightweight device is comprised of a TPSiV bangle and a Polycarbonate/aluminum hybrid case, which houses a Bluetooth Low Energy module, an accelerometer and a custom PCB. The incredibly power efficient piece of hardware boasts a battery life of one to two weeks, while recharging its battery requires just about an hour.

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The information collected through the wearable band is transmitted to an accompanying app named LYTICS. Much like those of its competitors, TRASENCE has designed its program to provide all of the data configurations that users have come to expect, including steps taken, calories burned and sleep cycles. What’s more, MOVEMENT is focused on making data more action-oriented, hence its name. For instance, if a user has not been achieving their regular targets, the app will offer up a small tip to help get back on par.

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While time will only tell as to how it lives up to the rest of the market, at $23, it’s certainly worth a try. Want one of your own? Head over to its Kickstarter page, where the TRASENCE crew has already surpassed its $12,000 goal in a matter of hours.

Under Armour teams up with HTC on new fitness band


The HTC Grip is a new wearable device made in partnership with Under Armour.


Among the number of notable wearable technology announcements during Mobile World Congress 2015 is the spawn of a new collaboration between HTC and Under Armour. The device — dubbed HTC Grip — is the first high-performance, smart fitness tracker powered by UA Record, a new health and fitness network from Under Armour.

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Designed with athletes and fitness enthusiasts in mind, Grip is compatible with both Android and iOS devices, and features a slew of Bluetooth-embedded accessories. Taking aim at one activity monitors on the market today, such as the Nike Fuelband and the Microsoft Band, this latest wearable packs GPS connectivity for accurate run tracking and provides additional performance data to the Under Armour connected fitness platform. Through Record, users can log workouts, set challenges and relay data from separate devices like heart rate monitors and the recently-revealed band.

When connected to a smartphone, a quick glimpse of the wrist lets users to see incoming call, text messages and email notifications, all without missing a step or interrupting a workout. Beyond that, the wrist-adorned gadget includes simple apps like a calendar, weather updates and a music controller, which allows wearers to skip, play and pause tracks while exercising.

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Its uniquely contoured, waterproof band conforms to a user’s wrist without pinching the skin or catching on clothing, while a curved 1.8-inch PMOLED display makes it super easy to read time, distance and notifications on the go. To ensure a perfect fit, Grip is currently available in three sizes and complements even the most advanced training equipment and apparel.

What’s more, Grip is capable of tracking and recording a variety of workouts, ranging from running and cycling to time spent at the gym. Its 100mAh battery lasts up to five hours when the integrated GPS is turned on, enabling the device to accurately capture route, distance, pace and calories burned, all of which sync with UA Record in real-time. For everyday usage, Grip lasts up to two and a half days on a single charge, ideal for tracking daily activity.

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“Our partnership with Under Armour has allowed us to direct our combined ambition, talent and passion towards developing new ways to empower athletes to make the most of their training every day. Grip is our first product to offer deep integration with UA record, providing an experience that will surpass the high standards of even professional athletes,” explained Drew Bamford, Corporate VP of HTC Creative Labs.

Intrigued? Head over to HTC’s official page here.