New to the Database: The super affordable Mi Band by Xiaomi
Jul18

New to the Database: The super affordable Mi Band by Xiaomi

Each Friday, we alert our readers as to what devices and companies we’ve added to the authoritative Wearables.com Database over the course of the week. This week we’ve added the Xiaomi Mi Band. Xiaomi Mi BandThe Xiaomi Mi Band activity tracker is perhaps the most affordable mass market fitness tracker. The tracker can track steps and sleep with it’s built-in accelerometer, but also functions as a smartband to alert you to incoming calls, wake you up with its smart vibration alarm, or even unlock your phone (requires requires smartphones with MIUI or Android 5.0 and above). The Mi Band is also compatible with Android and iPhone operating systems. Xiaomi is a privately held Chinese consumer electronics company. Xiaomi is the third largest smartphone vendor in the world. Xiaomi offers a variety of affordable wearables including their Mi Band. Check back next week for...

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Xiaomi closely trails Fitbit and jumps to second place in worldwide wearables market
Jun17

Xiaomi closely trails Fitbit and jumps to second place in worldwide wearables market

Xiaomi, the Chinese technology company that was named the most valuable tech startup at the end of 2014, has frequently been in the news as of late. Since releasing its first smartphone less than four years ago, the company has become the largest smartphone vendor in China and third largest smartphone distributor in the world, largely through undercutting prices via very narrow profit margins and a completely online presence. The company recently set its sights on fitness trackers, too. The colorful Mi Band “hit the market last August in mainland China, and since then has spread to India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. On Monday, it finally hit US and European shores, among the first Xiaomi products to reach the West,” according to a report in Quartz. Priced at a mere $20, it is giving wearable tech chief Fitbit a run for its money. Although the Mi Band may not have as many features, it is three times more affordable than Fitbit’s cheapest tracker and comes with a longer battery life. Furthermore, the Mi Band allows the user to choose between a hundred colors and various vibration patterns for any given app, providing a versatility lacking in most other activity trackers. Despite Xiaomi’s drastic growth over the last few years, an IDC report released earlier this month revealed that Fitbit is still at the top of the worlds’ wearable tech market. Now we see if they can stay there. Xiaomi is trailing incredibly close...

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Xiaomi and Ni-Ling develop a smart sneaker to complement your smart clothing
May02

Xiaomi and Ni-Ling develop a smart sneaker to complement your smart clothing

Are you in the market for a smart shoe? No, not the leather type that goes well with a tailored suit. Rather, the running kind, embedded with a smart chip with the capability to track your movement and performance and relay that back to you. If so, you’re in luck. Chinese mobile phone powerhouse Xiaomi announced that it is partnering with Li-Ning, an athletics and footwear company whose (temporarily) successful high-profile ambush marketing and subsequent multi-million dollar sponsorships during the 2008 Olympics did nothing to quell the steady but gradual loss in sales and demand in recent years. The “smart sneakers” will combine embedded smart chips developed by Xiaomi with Li-Ning’s experience in sportswear to create a shoe capable of tracking exercise statistics and progress to an app on the users smartphone. Details on exactly what information the app will collect is still largely undetermined, although general performance improvement and health monitoring will surely direct app function. Why the world’s 3rd largest smartphone distributor would want to team up with a name that has suffered a net loss for the third consecutive year is an interesting question. A large part of Li-Ning’s failure since 2008 has to do with the fact that the company is wholly China based. Li-Ning undoubtedly hopes that a 2012 apparel deal with NBA Miami Heat star Dwayne Wade will aid its growth into a Western market, which in turn would open up further possibilities for partner Xiaomi (who already have a foothold in the U.S. through their backing of California-based fitness monitoring company Misfit Wearables). Furthermore, the lack of a smart shoe in the current market could make this product a revolutionary one. Although there are devices connected to apps designed to track fitness activity (Nike’s Jawbone Up and FuelBand, its Apple-partnered sneaker sensor, as well as a wide variety of Fitbits wristbands), none of these options offer both an easy and affordable integration between an actual shoe and an app, a lack that this collaboration hopes to affordably fix — although just how affordable is yet to be announced. Current smart sneakers on the market include the MediaTek 361 sneaker for children whose sole (ha!) purpose lies in tracking whereabouts via GPS as well as the GPS shoe, developed largely to locate adults suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s. The variables concerning the result of this partnership make it difficult to predict the success of the “smart shoe”. We are told that the product will be affordable and easy to use, but details are yet to be announced. It is however nice to see a micro-chipped sneaker targeted at the millions of people who identify...

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Xiaomi smartwatch is not included in product releases at mystery event
Mar31

Xiaomi smartwatch is not included in product releases at mystery event

Xiaomi — famed for offering low-cost wearables and other consumer technology — turns five in April. To celebrate the milestone, the Chinese company unveiled five new products in Shanghai on March 31st at an event watched around the globe. While many suspected the electronics giant would unveil a Xiaomi smartwatch — it did not. Rather, the company showed the rapt crowd how it plans to create an entire Xiaomi ecosystem centered around its smartphones. The five products revealed at the keynote are the below. A limited edition pink version of the Mi Note phone (~$400) A smart television called the Mi TV 2 (~$800) A slim Mi Power Strip (~$8) A Mi Smart Scale with Bluetooth compatibility for Android and iPhone (~$16) An affordable smartphone called the Redmi 2A (~$100) Xiaomi is currently valued at $46 billion and continues to impressively tackle mega-corporations like Apple and Samsung with its affordable products and marketing tactics centered around the art of anticipation....

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Mysteries — and a smartwatch? — to be revealed at Xiaomi event
Mar30

Mysteries — and a smartwatch? — to be revealed at Xiaomi event

Chinese smartphone and electronics vendor Xiaomi enjoys keeping its audience on its toes. So much so that it invited its forum users to guess how many new products will be revealed at the company’s March 31st mystery event. A clear majority emerged with 62% of forum readers anticipating at least three products. At least one product, connected weighing scales, is for certain. Chinese website MyDrivers.com posted an image of the product. The International Business Times reports, “The device is part of Xiaomi’s plan to create an eco-system of products with the smartphones at its heart. The company already sells a number of connected products including a budget fitness tracker and an air purifier.” Reports and speculation suggest that Xiaomi could also unveil its first smartwatch. China’s 36 Krypton was the first to announce that Xiaomi had a smartwatch in development earlier this month, and reports suggest the device could be unveiled at the event. Stay tuned for...

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