Wearables

Pixel Watch reportedly set to launch in 2022

Google’s first in-house watch

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Today’s tech buzzword is “in-house,” apparently. More and more, the world’s most popular brands are coming up with their own in-house components and devices to reduce their reliance on third-party suppliers. The first major proponent of the trend, Google, recently released their first in-house chipset, the Tensor, for its new Pixel lineup. Months after that launch, Google is back with another plan for another in-house device: the Pixel Watch.

According to Insider, Google is developing its first in-house smartwatch for a launch scheduled sometime in 2022. Earlier this year, Google purchased Fitbit, bolstering its presence and assets in the wearable industry. However, as the report indicates, the upcoming wearable is under Google’s capable hands, rather than Fitbit’s team.

This isn’t the Pixel Watch’s first time shining under a hypothetical spotlight, though. Years ago, Google was also rumored to launch the device but never did. Now that the industry is ripe for wearables and that Google has Fitbit, the company might feel more confident about releasing the device next year.

The upcoming watch, currently spotted with the codename “Rohan,” will have the standard array of fitness tracking features but will cost more than a Fitbit. Also, to flex its partnership with Fitbit, Google is also working on more integration between Fitbit devices and Wear OS. Given that promise, the upcoming Pixel Watch might place itself in an ecosystem with Fitbit.

SEE ALSO: Fitbit’s Daily Readiness Score will determine if you’re ready for a workout

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Google is working on an AR headset called Project Iris

With its own processor and OS

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Understandably so, a good portion of the world is strongly resistant to Meta’s push for a metaverse based on virtual and augmented reality. However, though people are still hesitant to try on Facebook’s VR-tinted goggles, other companies are more than happy to take on the technology themselves. Google, joining Meta and Apple, is also working on its own AR headset called Project Iris.

According to sources from The Verge, Google is getting back into the augmented reality stage. The company is reportedly working on an AR headset with the current codename. The Project Iris headset is supposedly targeting a 2024 release date.

Inside the mysterious headset, the device will supposedly have its own processor and OS. Given Google’s feats recently, an in-house processor and operating system are within the realms of possibility. Google recently launched its first in-house chipset for smartphones, the Tensor chip. The company is, of course, still the thriving developers of Android, currently tailoring its latest Android version for different form factors.

Plus, it’s not Google’s first time with an augmented reality project. Remember the ill-fated Google Glass? The revolutionary wearable had all the potential but ultimately fizzled out into oblivion. At the time, analysts cited the device’s poor timing. Now, especially with other companies vying for dominance, Google does have more initiative to reestablish itself in the augmented reality market.

SEE ALSO: Facebook changes name to Meta

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Garmin’s Venu 2 Plus features voice control built for the busy lifestyle

And 24/7 health monitoring

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Venu 2 Plus

With lots of smartwatches in the market today, Garmin sets itself apart with multiple offerings specific for every niche and budget.

For instance, their Venu 2 and Venu 2S, which were introduced last year, are excellent everyday wearables. The hybrid design of traditional meets modern is a stylish and unique choice. And they’re packed with multiple functions that support overall health and fitness.

This year, Garmin is introducing another addition to the Venu Series, the Venu 2 Plus. It somehow looks the same with previous Venu watches, but with upgraded features to support a busy lifestyle.

Answer calls and control options on your wrist

Venu 2 Plus

Perhaps the biggest upgrade from the past Venu series is the built-in intelligent voice control. The Venu 2 Plus features a combination of speaker and microphone made for easier voice calls and commands.

The Venu 2 Plus Voice Assistant is compatible with Siri, Google Assistant, or Bixby. This way, users can utilize their smartphone’s voice assistant to send texts, ask questions, control compatible smart home devices, and more.

The voice feature is especially helpful when you don’t want to stop mid-workout just to set controls. It’s also a lifesaver when running errands, and you want to limit touching your screen.

The battery life can last up to nine (9) days in smartwatch mode and up to eight (8) hours in GPS + Music mode.

24/7 monitoring of your health

Venu 2 Plus

Maintaining our health while dealing with work and other things can be quite hard especially in this pandemic. But the good thing is, we are more mindful of our wellbeing now more than ever.

Garmin’s Venu 2 Plus is a great companion to track your whole day of activities. There’s no need to write on your planner or create separate trackers in Notion. Most health trackers you need are packed inside this timepiece conveniently slapped on your wrist.

It features all-day monitoring and data analysis of your overall health including heart rate (with user-configurable alerts for high or low readings), advanced sleep with sleep score and insights, breathwork activities, fitness age, respiration, Pulse Ox, all-day stress, hydration, and women’s health (menstrual cycle tracking and pregnancy tracking).

Price and availability

The Garmin Venu 2 Plus retails for PhP 25,695.

It is available in 3 colors: Black, Ivory, and Powder Gray. You can purchase through Garmin Brand Stores, kinetic.com.ph, Lazada, Shopee, and Garmin PH Viber Community. They currently have an ongoing promo: the first 75 customers can get a free Garmin Tote Bag for every purchase.

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How to get your bumpy fitness journey back on track

Start slowly with a smartwatch

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Redmi Watch 2 Lite

The rise of smartwatches and wearables is revolutionizing healthcare in an entirely new way by allowing us to take charge of our physical and mental well-being right from our wrists.

Anyone can quickly jump-start a fitness routine designed for their level. But if you haven’t kept up with your fitness routine over the past year, I’m not going to blame you. I’ve been hibernating most of the year, too!

The thought of figuring out how to start working out again seemed daunting. But wearing a smartwatch can help shake off the dust. Such is the case when I wore the Redmi Watch 2 Lite — I knew right away it’s time to get back in shape.

Know your fitness level and start slowly

It’s been a while since my last workout, so I remembered to take it easy. Starting off with something as rudimentary as a week of stretching is fine.

I decided to begin my fitness journey with quick runs, yoga, and quality stretching. If you’re unsure where to start, smartwatches usually have workout modes built-in. In my case, the Redmi Watch 2 Lite offered 100 workout modes — from core sports like outdoor running, and even freestyle workout tracking.

It also includes support for GPS, Glonass, as well as Galileo, and BDS satellite systems to improve accuracy in tracking your outdoor runs and rides.

Keeping my heart healthy, unbothered and happy

Before working out, I used to pick a Spotify playlist that’ll last the entire duration. Then, I just head off and skip some rope or run on a treadmill. Or go outdoors when the sun is setting down.

I’d do anything to keep my heart rate up without depleting my strength. It helps with my concentration and focus — something that we need to consider beyond our workouts, too.

The Redmi Watch 2 Lite has an optical heart rate sensor that continuously measures heart rate during exercises, or even when you’re lounging around day or night. On the plus side, it helps me track my stress levels and wind down through guided breathing exercises.

Take essential breaks to power through

Hitting your fitness goals as soon as possible might be your main objective for now, but you shouldn’t work out relentlessly. Take breaks. Come back better and stronger.

Throughout my journey, I learned how important sleep is, especially in helping your muscles recover. It actually matters the most during training.

Although sleeping requires far less energy than most daytime activities, I was surprised that it’s still an active period for burning some calories.

Seeing statistics on my wrist about my sleep quality helped me understand recovery better. For in-depth understanding, the Redmi Watch 2 Lite syncs with a dedicated Xiaomi Wear app — which works with any smartphone.

Somehow, I learned more about my sleep stages as well as my heart rate and blood oxygen levels when I’m snoozing, and how they’re an important indicator if your body’s doing well. I realized that my sleep quality can help me determine how much effort I’ll make on my workout the next day.

Stay active, no matter what

Consistency is key. I’m a deep believer that our habits don’t just appear out of nowhere. A significant reason is that things don’t just happen in a split second — time is needed to get stronger, build muscle, and lose fat. Having a visual reminder of my workout streak motivates me to keep going.

This is why I enjoyed the Redmi Watch 2 Lite. It packs a 262mAh battery capacity which, based on my regular usage, lasted me for at least 10 days.

It’s great having a smartwatch with a solid stamina that can accompany you through your fitness journey. You don’t have to spend a lot of time charging your device every now and then, so you can continue being active and staying on track. Hit your goals right!

Ready, #GetFit, and #StartNow!

Imagine having a smartwatch that can certainly get you a week’s worth of time in between charges. For a budget smartwatch, the Redmi Watch 2 Lite certainly impressed me on how it can be a long-lasting companion as I try to get my fitness journey back on track.

It also looks chic and it doesn’t feel cheap, even for a retail price of PhP 2,899. Plus, the screen has a reasonably good quality.

The Redmi Watch 2 Lite comes in various colors such as Ivory, Black, and Blue. Meanwhile, the straps showcase different colors that complement the watch, namely Pink, Olive, and Brown.

Get the Redmi Watch 2 Lite on Xiaomi’s flagship stores in Shopee and Lazada.

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