Gear with Aussie in­flu­ence

Multisport Mecca - - All The Gear - Rowan Hun­nam

SAMSUNG has made a big splash in Berlin, re­veal­ing a new part­ner­ship with an iconic Aussie swimwear maker and a trio of wear­ables.

The new prod­ucts launched at IFA 2017 in­clude Gear Sport, a fit­ness-fo­cused smart­watch (yes, you can swim with it); Gear Fit2 Pro, an up­graded GPS sports band with smart fea­tures; and Gear IconX, the next gen­er­a­tion of the company’s cord free ear­buds.

Both the $549 Gear Sport and the $329 Gear Fit2 Pro have up­graded heart-rate track­ing on pre­vi­ous mod­els, with Samsung claim­ing they would be top of the line.

The Gear Fit2 Pro will be out in Aus­tralia from Septem­ber 15, and the Gear Sport in Novem­ber, with pre-or­ders avail­able be­fore then.

Samsung also an­nounced a part­ner­ship with Speedo to help swim­mers track ac­tiv­ity with a new plat­form, Speedo On.

Samsung’s col­lab­o­ra­tion deal with lead­ing mu­sic stream­ing ser­vice Spo­tify is also big news; it al­lows mu­sic tracks to be played on the de­vices, on or off­line, even with­out a smart­phone.

The new Gear de­vices as­sist with a range of ac­tiv­i­ties – from ro­bust fit­ness track­ing to nu­tri­tion and sleep mon­i­tor­ing, as well as mo­ti­va­tional coach­ing as a life­style com­pan­ion.

Samsung says that by in­tro­duc­ing new smart ca­pa­bil­i­ties, easy-to-use fea­tures and by part­ner­ing with lead­ing names in tech and fit­ness, con­sumers will be able to go be­yond fit­ness and ac­com­plish big things.

As Garry McGre­gor, the di­rec­tor for IT and Mo­bile, Samsung Elec­tron­ics Aus­tralia, ex­plained: “In 2017, fit­ness means more than just burn­ing calories in the gym”.

“Thanks to fea­tures like wa­ter and caf­feine intake record­ing and auto sleep track­ing, our new range of wear­ables are de­signed to help Aus­tralians bring bal­ance to their lives,” Mr McGre­gor said.

“Through ex­cit­ing col­lab­o­ra­tions with iconic fit­ness brands like Speedo and Un­der Ar­mour, the Gear Fit2 Pro and Gear Sport set a new bench­mark for what Aus­tralians can ex­pect from their wear­ables.”

GEAR SPORT

Samsung says Gear Sport is stylish, yet prac­ti­cal with a min­i­mal­is­tic, cir­cu­lar bezel, Su­per AMOLED 1.2-inch dis­play and im­proved user in­ter­face, mak­ing it easy to view in­for­ma­tion – in­clud­ing on-the-go.

With Gear Sport, users can work to achieve health and well­ness goals, and re­ceive nu­tri­tion man­age­ment alerts and ac­tiv­ity rec­om­men­da­tions, even when you are off­line.

It’s got al­most military level-dura­bil­ity, mean­ing it can han­dle a wide-range of en­vi­ron­ments.

Gear Sport comes in blue and black and also in­cludes Gear foun­da­tional func­tions:

■ Con­trol of Samsung IoT-en­abled de­vices through Samsung Con­nect

■ Act as a re­mote con­trol, whether for a Pow­erPoint pre­sen­ta­tion or Samsung Gear VR head­set

■ Pay for stuff with a flick of your wrist via Samsung Pay (NFC Only).

From swim­ming laps to splash­ing about in the pool, these de­vices are 5 ATM cer­ti­fied for wa­ter re­sis­tance. And with the new swim train­ing app, Speedo On, us­ing the Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro you can track key swim met­rics in­clud­ing lap count, lap time and stroke type.

GEAR ICONX

IconX are com­fort­able fit, cord-free ear­buds. And they are the new­est con­nec­tion to Bixby so with a tap and hold of the ear­bud you can use your voice to con­trol your mu­sic or phone – with­out even hav­ing it in your hand.

The up­dated de­sign comes in black, grey and pink and is even more er­gonomic and light­weight than its pre­de­ces­sor.

Fit­ness heavy­weights will be keen to know the Gear IconX automatically tracks your run­ning rou­tines, and also fea­tures stand­alone Run­ning Coach which can be ac­ti­vated by sim­ply tap­ping the ear­bud to pro­vide in-ear au­dio ex­er­cise sta­tus up­dates – in real-time and with­out your phone.

Samsung says that with a fast-charg­ing and im­proved bat­tery life of up to five hours of stream­ing and seven hours of stand­alone mu­sic play­ing, and up to 4GB of in­ter­nal stor­age, you can en­joy a seam­less and fully stand­alone mu­sic lis­ten­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

The writer trav­elled to Berlin as a guest of Samsung

The $329 Gear Fit2 Pro (left) and the $549 Gear Sport (be­low left).

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