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CES 2016: Withings trackers advance to Go with E Ink

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Withings has expanded its line of activity trackers with Withings Go, which it says is one of the most affordable, versatile and fully featured activity trackers available.

Priced at $69, it is a highly intuitive tracker with always-on E Ink multiscreen display and ability to automatically track steps, distance, running, swimming and sleep features, usually only offered on more expensive devices.

Dashing E Ink display 

Withings Go features a sophisticated always-on E Ink display, extending the “at a glance” attribute Withings pioneered with its Activité line.  Information is always available, even in bright sunlight or in water thanks to the screen’s 88 graphic segments that transform at a simple touch to create different displays for various situations. The main screen provides the user’s level of activity – shown as a dial depicting the percentage of progress achieved towards a specific day’s activity goal. As this goal is met, the central icon changes to display a reward in recognition of the day’s achievement.  The Withings Go will also transform to tell the time, creating an analog watch face.

The very low power requirement of the E Ink display means the Withings Go can operate continuously for up to 8 months.  There is no charging required as the device uses a button cell battery (CR2032).

Automatic activity recognition

Withings Go automatically recognizes a variety of daily activities, which allows the user to wear it all day and track everything without having to push a button. For walking and running, the device analyzes number of steps, distance covered, calories burned as well as the duration of the running session. Go is also water-resistant (5 ATM) and automatically recognizes when the user starts swimming, providing the time of the session and the calories burned. At night, Go analyzes and can distinguish between light and deep sleep cycles to give users a full understanding of their sleep patterns.

Withings Go connects to the free Withings Health Mate iOS and Android application, named as one of Apple’s Best Apps of 2014. Health Mate acts as a personal coach to track and motivate users to achieve their own activity goals as well as advanced food logging capabilities, thanks to a proprietary integration with MyFitnessPal. The app provides a timeline of daily reports and contextual advice to help achieve goals.  It also includes an interactive leaderboard, personal “data insights,” smart reminders, and achievement badges for added motivation through gamification strategies.  In addition, Health Mate integrates with over 150 partners whose services add to the 360° wellness experience (GPS running, food logging, etc.).

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Wide wearable appeal 

The Withings Go is designed to expand the appeal of activity trackers to wider audiences, helping people of all fitness levels achieve their health goals. Available in 5 vibrant colors (black, blue, green, red, yellow), it can be worn in multiple ways to suit individual styles or social settings. Whether placed on the wrist, clipped to a belt, carried on a keychain, or in a pocket, it is with you wherever you go.

Withings Go expands the Withings portfolio of trackers that currently includes the Pulse Ox activity, heart rate, and blood oxygen level tracker ($99.95) and three distinct models of the Activité line of highly stylized analog watch activity and sleep trackers.  These include the luxury Swiss made Activité ($450), the premium Activité Steel ($169.95) and the versatile Activité Pop ($149.95).

“We are delighted to introduce Withings Go which rounds out our portfolio of stylish, advanced activity and sleep trackers that meet the needs of people from all walks of life,” says Cédric Hutchings, CEO of Withings. “Sporting a number of industry firsts, from always-on multiple displays to dynamic activity recognition, we have once again released a product that will make activity tracking accessible for everyone.”

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Super Smash Bros. delivers what the fans wanted in the latest “Ultimate” instalment, writes BRYAN TURNER.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the latest addition to the popular Nintendo Smash series, has landed on the Nintendo Switch with a bang, selling 5-million copies in the first week of its release. The game has been long-anticipated since the console’s release, as many fans consider iy to be a Nintendo staple. And the wait was well worth it.

It features 74 playable fighters, 108 stages, almost 1300 Spirit characters to collect while playing, and a single-player Adventure mode that took about three days (or 28 hours) of gameplay to complete. The game offers far more gameplay than its predecessors, making it the Smash game that gives its players the best bang for their buck.

For those new to the game, the goal is to fight opponents and build up their damage score (draining their health) to knock them off the stage eventually. This makes the game seem chaotic, as many players jump around the platforms as if they were on quicksand, in order to avoid being hit by the other players.

It also services two kinds of players: the competitive and the casual.

Competitive players can be matched on the online service by skill ranking to enjoy playing with similarly high-skilled opponents. This is especially important in e-sports training for the game, and for players wanting to master combos against other human players. The casual gamer is also catered for, with eight-player chaos and button-mashing to see who comes out luckiest. This segment is also important for those wanting to learn how to play.

Training mode is also a place to go for those learning to play. It offers “CPU” players that are graded by intensity to train as a single player to learn a character’s moves, combos and general fighting style. More challenging CPU players can also be used by competitive players to train when there isn’t a Wi-Fi connection available.

Direct Play features in this game, allowing two players with two Switch consoles to play against each other over a direct connection – no Wi-Fi needed. This is especially useful to those who want to have a social gaming element on the go, similar to that of the cable connector of the Gameboy.

Click here to read Bryan Turner review of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Gadget and Gammatek have nine Funko Fortnite figurines to give away.

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A Funko Pop figurine based on a character set is indicative of reaching the heights of pop culture. It is no surprise, then, that the world’s biggest online game, Fortnite, has its own line of Funko Pop figurines. The Funkos are modeled on the characters in game, including Drift, Ragnarok, Dark Vanguard, Volar, Tracera Ops, and Sparkle Specialist.

Now, local Funko distributor Gammatek has released the Fortnite figurines in South Africa. To celebrate, Gadget and Gammatek are giving away a set of three Funko Fortnite figurines to each of three readers (9 figurines in total). To enter, first click on your favourite Funko Pop on the next page and post the Tweet that appears. Then, follow Gadget on Twitter.

You can put the tweet in your own words, but entries must have the competition’s hashtag (#FunkoFortnite) and mention @GadgetZA to be considered valid.

Click here to select the Funko Fortnite character you want to tweet.

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