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MWC 2014: Wearable tech roundup

A look at some of the smartwatches and fitness bands at this year’s Mobile World Congress
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While this year’s Mobile World Congress saw an abundance of smartphone launches, it also gave vendors a platform to unveil their latest wearable tech devices.

We take a look at some of the smartwatches, smartbands, and even a glove, that caught our eye.

Sony SmartBand SWR10
Along with a two new smartphone and a tablet, Sony unveiled its waterproof SmartBand fitness tracker, which can monitor sleep, receive notification alerts and control media playback.

Samsung Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit
Not content with one new wearable device, Samsung decided to unveil three at this year’s show. The Gear 2 and Gear Neo smartwatches run Tizen OS, making them the first wearable devices to feature the open source platform. The Gear Fit is a fitness band, which has a display that curves around the users wrist.

Huawei TalkBand B1
The TalkBand B1 is a headset and smartband with NFC pairing and Bluetooth 4.1. The headset can pop out of the band and be used to make calls and is water- and dust-resistant.

Bionym Nymi
The Nymi by Bionym is a ‘security wristband’ that stores your security and personal information and recognises you based on your heart’s unique cardiac rhythm, making it possible to do away with manually inputting PIN codes and passwords on your devices.

Mio Link
While a lot of the fitness trackers on show were cram packed with features the Link is a simple hear-rate monitor featuring just a pulsating LED.

Fujitsu Smart Glove
Designed for the industrial industry, the Smart Glove can pair with augmented-reality glasses to allow the wearer to point at anything in their surrounding and be shown or told instructions on what to do.

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