Dyson Zone is a wearable purifier with a crazy price

Releasing in March



While other tech-infused facemasks had already raised eyebrows all over the world, nothing comes close to Dyson’s entry announced earlier this year. It was initially presented as a cyberpunk-esque piece of headgear featuring the traditional styling of over-ear headphones and a wraparound face covering. At the time, Dyson held back announcing everything. Now, the brand has finally revealed the wearable in all it glory — specs, price, and all.

Coming with its own landing page, the Dyson Zone combines noise-cancelling headphones and an air-purifying mask. On an audio level, the device carries 11 microphones to create a more advanced ANC system. According to Dyson, it can reduce the sounds of the city to a more comfortable 38dB. For sound quality, the brand rates the headphones as a capable driver between 6Hz to 21kHz frequencies.

As for the main attraction — the wraparound cover — the Dyson Zone features a visor that can be clamped in place using magnets. Meant to loosely cover your nose and mouth, the visor can supposedly filter out 99 percent of air pollution, particularly those you’ll normally find when living in the city.

Of note, the device makes no mention of any COVID-19 filtration. Despite the prevalence of tech-savvy coverings these days, brands are careful to claim anything related to the disease.

For power, the device can reportedly last up to 50 hours on a single charge with a sizable 2600mAh battery. On the connectivity side, it connects using Bluetooth 5.0, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and USB-C.

From both an audio and a purifying perspective, the Dyson Zone is a beast. However, the price tag is something else. The device costs US$ 949 and will release sometime in March.

SEE ALSO: Why you should upgrade to the Dyson V15


Apple Watch will get a major redesign next year

Called the Apple Watch X



After every few generations, Apple introduces some redesigns, minor or major, to the iPhone. An iPhone today looks different from an iPhone launched five years ago. In contrast, the Apple Watch — except for the new Apple Watch Ultra — has not deviated much from its original design over the years. Now, after years of thriving on a tried-and-tested design, the Apple Watch might finally get a major redesign.

According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple is working on a thinner form factor for its wearable lineup. Emphasized by a smaller chassis, the redesigned wearable — potentially called the Apple Watch X — will also have magnetic watch band attachment points and a microLED screen. In terms of features, the upcoming watch might also have a blood pressure monitor.

By deviating from its original design, the wearable might enjoy a more powerful processor and larger battery in the future. However, in exchange for a new design, the upcoming Apple Watch will likely need newer straps. Users might not be able to reuse straps between an old design and a new one.

Fortunately for wearable users, the transition won’t be sudden. The smartwatch is expected to drop between the second half of 2024 and early 2025, which is right on time for the series’ tenth anniversary. In the meantime, the new wearable generation launching this year will likely offer only a minor to modest upgrade over the current generation.

SEE ALSO: Hermès Apple Watch Series 8: Unboxing and Full Set-Up

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Redmi Watch 3 Active: Basic but better

This might just be the smartwatch to kickstart your fitness journey!



Redmi Watch 3 Active

I always get questions on which smartwatch to get, knowing that my people know me as the guy who always has the latest smartwatch — changing wearables as if it’s just another pair of underwear.

Being in the intersection between fitness and technology for over three years now, I would attest that smartwatches are expensive. With only a few bucks to spare, you’re lucky to get a functional smart band that can track your basic needs. Up your budget a notch, and you might get a decent smartwatch to accompany you on your fitness journey.

This is where Xiaomi aims to break the barriers of smartwatches. The Redmi Watch 3 Active is an affordable smartwatch that’s definitely a step up from a smart band, especially when it comes to features, design, and of course, price.

Monitor what you only need

Smart bands barely have any screen real estate to preview your fitness data. Smartwatches, on the other hand, are built differently. The same goes with the Redmi Watch 3 Active, which has a 1.83-inch screen that makes it easy to view information.

Truth be told: Smartwatches can get intimidating, especially when it packs plenty of features. I sometimes get overwhelmed when I get my hands on flagship and premium smartwatches. There’s so much going on, tbh.

The Redmi Watch 3 Active, somehow, provides comprehensive data by showing only what you need. With its full-scale fitness tracking, it’s easy to monitor your heart rate and blood oxygen level. You can also see how many calories you’ve burned, how many steps you’ve taken, and if you’ve been moving enough to be closer to your goals.

Tracking your sleep, as well as stress levels, help give an overview of your current lifestyle and what you still need to change. These data may sound overwhelming, but these are pretty basic for a smartwatch. These are the only information you’ll ever need. Nothing fancy, just straightforward figures that might help you in your fitness journey.

The screen is big enough to house plenty of data, and swiping between widgets is easy. Although, not as smooth as most smartwatches. But then again, this smartwatch is considered entry-level, so temper your expectations.

More than just a fitness tracker

The most important indicator of your fitness level, for me, would be your heart rate. It shows how many beats per minute depending on the activity you’re doing. When I was taking photos of the Redmi Watch 3 Active, my heart rate spiked to over 100 bpm since I was under the sun trying out some calisthenics workout with my dip bar.

The accuracy may not be the same as most smartwatches, but seeing my resting heart rate go between 60-65 bpm means it’s close enough to my Apple Watch. FYI, my current resting heart rate as of writing is 58 bpm.

It’s pretty normal for athletes (some actually have lower) to have that low resting heart rate. A good indicator would be having 60 up to 90 bpm, which is counted as normal. If your resting heart rate is around 100 or beyond, it’s time for you to get off the couch and stop being a potato.

If you don’t have a gym membership — and a coach, even — then you don’t have to worry. The Redmi Watch 3 Active is equipped with over 100 workout modes, which include 10 professional workout modes.

It’s highly suitable for beginners since you can find workouts like running, walking, freestyle, hiking, and cycling. There are specific workouts as well, categorized into outdoor activities, training, dancing, combat sports, ball sports, winter sports, and recreational sports.

Suitable companion

Redmi Watch 3 Active

After completing my first elite race at Spartan Stadion (a grueling 5KM race with 20 obstacles inside New Clark City’s Athletic Stadium) last mid-July, I took a short hiatus to recover from the race burnout.

Running in a category filled with national and pro athletes was exhausting for my mind, body, and spirit. It was a difficult test of my strength, pride, and willpower. The Redmi Watch 3 Active came a week after, prompting me to get back to taking care of my body with grace.

Somehow, the smartwatch’s advent into my life has impeccable timing. It was raining in Manila, endlessly, for days. I also didn’t have the energy to sign up back to the gym and start my training for Spartan’s Trifecta Weekend in November, dealing with post-race blues and personal affairs that caused me to lose weight.

Redmi Watch 3 Active

I knew I had to resume training. Luckily, the Redmi Watch 3 Active’s different workout modes accompanied me in getting my strength back.

Train your mind and body

Redmi Watch 3 Active

With jump rope as a workout mode, I get to measure my skips in the morning. There are also workouts that are highly specific depending on your equipment such as Dumbbell, Wall Ball, Barbell, Weightlifting, Deadlift, Burpee, and Sit-Ups.

Something more general includes strength, physical training, and functional fitness training. If you’re focused on certain parts of your body, the workout modes have the option to focus on the upper body, lower body, abs, and back.

As for me, I only pick functional fitness training when I do home workouts since I use bodyweight exercises that help with my athletic performance. When I’m training my muscle strength, I opt to do calisthenics using my dip bars and pull-up bar. There are no guides if you’re clueless about what workouts to do.

Redmi Watch 3 Active

The training modes just allow you to see how many kilocalories you’re burning, the duration of your workout, and the intensity of your heart rate while performing the exercises. It’s usually categorized between light, intensive, aerobic, anaerobic, and VO2 Max — which refers to the maximum oxygen consumption. Usually, that’s when you hit your limit.

For everyday life

The Redmi Watch 3 Active pairs easily whether on an Android smartphone or an iPhone. With only the Mi Fitness app, you can see comprehensive data regarding your health and fitness.

Since it pairs seamlessly with any smartphone, the smartwatch makes it easy to read notifications, answer calls, check your calendar, and adjust music playback. You can even remotely capture photos from your phone using just the camera button on the smartwatch!

Even if it’s connected with Bluetooth and WiFi, the smartwatch lasts for at least 7 days — even when using it for different workouts. When on standby, the Redmi Watch 3 Active also indicates how much battery is left and how many days it would last. Fun fact: With several settings off and a full battery, the smartwatch promises up to 12 days of battery life.

Redmi Watch 3 Active

In a way, the Redmi Watch 3 Active gives off an everyday smartwatch vibe. It has all the bells and whistles of a smartwatch, in a design that looks elegant when working out and balancing work and life.

The watch faces are customizable, with over 200 options to choose from. It also comes with optional straps to match your everyday style. Lastly, it’s lightweight and waterproof with a 5ATM. Just what you need out of a reliable smartwatch!

Is this your GadgetMatch?

Redmi Watch 3 Active

The Redmi Watch 3 Active is quite packed for an affordable smartwatch. It has everything you’ll need to kickstart your fitness journey, and a little bit more. You can stop making excuses about having a smartwatch before starting to work out or sign up for a gym membership. This one’s highly affordable, priced at PhP 1,999, and available at Xiaomi’s exclusive Shopee store.

Redmi Watch 3 Active

It’s not as smooth, powerful, and feature-packed as most smartwatches. You’ll need to shell out money for that, especially if you want to elevate your performance. But if you’re just starting out, this smartwatch is a must-have to cop. Xiaomi breaks the notion that smartwatches have to be expensive to be functional. The Redmi Watch 3 Active might just be the best value-for-money smartwatch right now.

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Fitbit is getting a redesigned app later this year

A new Material You look



If you’ve been out of the loop, Google owns Fitbit now. The company completed its purchase of the wearable quite some time ago, but you’ll hardly notice the new ownership from the latter’s range of products. Now, Fitbit is finally going to rock some new clothing.

Fitbit is launching a redesign of its app this fall. Though the main app in its current state offers much of what you want from a wearable companion, it does need some updating. For one, the upcoming version will incorporate Google’s Material You design philosophy. Expect better white space, flatter panels, and bolder letters.

Besides the new design, Fitbit is also changing the app’s layout. It will cut off some of the bloat by simplifying the menus you see at the bottom. The new version will just have Today, Coach, and You.

Already a part of the currently available version, Today will largely remain the same. The tab offers a quick view of your tracked stats throughout the day. The biggest difference is an easier way to customize what you see. Instead of manually picking and choosing every panel, it will have quick presets for you. For example, a sleep-centered preset will put your sleep tracker front-and-center. On the other hand, heart-focused one will put your heartrate on top.

After Today, Coach will house the service’s wide variety of recorded workouts — some are free, but some are only available with Premium. Finally, You will contain most customization settings and the app’s community features.

Recently, the service got rid of a lot of its community features including challenges. With the new You, Fitbit is redesigning communities with new achievements and interaction opportunities.

The new Fitbit app is coming sometime this fall.

SEE ALSO: Google has started migrating Fitbit users to its services

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