New Balance RunIQ now available
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Smart wearables seem to be back on track, at least when it comes to the frequency of new products that hit the market. New Balance has just unveiled a new smartwatch with Android Wear on board that uses an Intel Atom processor and can monitor multiple fitness/health parameters.
New Balance RunIQ has a 1.39-inch AMOLED display, an unspecified Intel Atom processor, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal storage, GPS, Bluetooth, and WiFi connectivity, but there is no mobile data version to talk about at this time. However, it can sync and store music with Google Play Music, while workout data can be shared and analyzed via STRAVA. The list of sensors includes a gyroscope, accelerometer, as well as one that performs optical heart rate monitoring.
Being loaded with Android Wear, the RunIQ is expected to support only English, Spanish, German, French, Korean, Italian, and Japanese until Google updates to system with support for more languages. New Balance promises up to 24 hours of typical use on a full charge, but only up to 5 hours when both the heart rate monitoring and GPS tracking are enabled.
The price if $300 USD and those interested should be able to purchase New Balance's new smartwatch starting one of these days.
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