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Fitbit brings Ionic to SA

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Core Group has released Fitbit’s first smartwatch, the Ionic, in South Africa. The watch is designed to work seamlessly across the iOS, Android and Windows operating systems.

It is described as “the world’s first truly cross-platform high-end smartwatch, with industry leading battery life”. It is available immediately from retailers nationwide at a recommended retail price of R5499.

Core provided the following information:

Whereas other smartwatches typically excel on one of the three leading mobile operating systems, Fitbit Ionic was conceived to work seamlessly across all of the prominent platforms – Android, iOS and Windows – making it ideal for users who want to choose their smartwatch independently of their smartphone.

Fitbit Ionic is ahead of the pack. In addition to the usual functionality found in similar high-end devices (for detailed specifications, see http://www.fitbit.co.za/ionic/), Fitbit’s smartwatch has industry-leading multi-day battery life (up to 4 days) and incorporates advanced new technology, like the relative SpO2 sensor, for estimating blood oxygen levels. This opens the potential for tracking important new indicators about a wearer’s health, such as sleep apnea, in the future.

“With the launch of Ionic locally, Fitbit solidifies its position as the leading wearables brand in South Africa,” said Cynthia Herdman-Grant, Fitbit Business Development Manager, of Core Group. “We expect it to become the preferred high-end smartwatch for health and fitness aficionados across the country.”

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Win Funko Fortnite in Vinyl

Gadget and Gammatek are giving away a set of three Funko Fortnite figurines to three readers.

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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. To enter, first follow Gadget and Gammatek on Twitter. Then click on your favourite Funko Pop on the next page and post the Tweet that appears.

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

Click here to see the Funko Fortnite characters and to select the one you want to tweet.

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CES: ThirdEye X2 mixed-reality glasses

The X2 mixed reality (MR) glasses, unveiled at CES last week, are the smallest mixed reality devices yet. They boast a 42-degree field of view, HD resolution, and run on the Android platform. The glasses are not connected to wires or tethered packs, and boast a built-in VisionEye Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) system for accurate environment tracking. The UI allows the user to wear it while completing tasks indoors and outdoors.

Click through to read how the software makes these glasses a reality.

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Nick Cherukuri, founder of ThirdEye, said: “The goal of the X2 was to integrate SLAM into a small glasses form factor – that is the future of making MR Glasses mass produced.”

ThirdEye has also partnered with a major manufacturer, which will enable the X2 to be shipped in mass scale, which is currently a significant hurdle for many startups.

The glasses have built-in software like the ThirdEye App Suite, which provides a full MR software platform built into the units. The App Suite includes live audio and video streaming, AR data communication between remote users in the form of a “see what I see” application, and 3D scanning capabilities.  The glasses run on Android 8.0, creating a platform for a worldwide community of developers to submit AR, VR, and MR applications to the ThirdEye App Store. 

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