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The Apple Watch Hermès's online release is fast approaching, first picked up by Fashionista, so here's a breakdown on what differentiates the most stylish smartwatch released by Apple and its other watch products. Currently, the child of Apple and French design company Hermès is available in 18 retail locations in North America, but will be available to purchase Friday through the Apple and Hermès online stores. See also: Apple Watch is the best smartwatch on the market: Our review There are three different models, including the "Single Tour" watch that runs for $1,100, the "Double Tour" watch with double-loop bands for $1,250 and the "Cuff" watch with a wider band for $1,500. According to Apple, the watches all have equestrian-inspired leather bands and a unique Hermès watch face, and the Tour watch bands come in multiple colors including red, black and blue. The Apple Watch Hermes with Double Tour band. Image: Apple To compare, other Apple Watch products start at $349 for the Apple Watch Sport. They still aren't as expensive as the gold Apple Watch, which sells for $10,000-15,000. The Apple Watch Hermès first came to retail locations in October as a limited release. Apple has not released any sales information so it's unclear whether they have sold well enough to justify more production. If you want to show up to Fashion Week with a smartwatch, it should probably be this one.
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I'm in Tierra del Fuego National Park, an archipelago at South America's tip that's shared by both Chile and Argentina, approaching a sign that says I've reached the "End of the World." Considered the gateway to Antartica, the park is a beautiful region known for the stunning, snow-capped Andes Mountains and dramatic scenery filled with waterfalls, lakes and greenery. I'm without Internet but reach into my backpack to grab my iPhone 6S and snap photos, an effort that reinforces the remoteness of the region. It's rare to be completely disconnected, but in the moment, I feel isolated. See also: Under Armour’s Gemini 2 sneakers are fitness trackers for your feet As a tech reporter following wearables and connected devices, I often wear a wristband tracker to monitor daily activity. That's not the case today — I'm seemingly free of all tracking. But off the grid, I am not. Samantha Murphy Kelly tests Under Armour's Gemini 2 sneakers. Image: Mashable, Samantha Murphy Kelly On my feet, I'm wearing Under Armour's new SpeedForm Gemini 2 smart sneakers, which tracks the wearer's movement at all times, whether or not they're carrying a smartphone. The soles include tiny sensors that track where you’re going, the distance you’ve traveled and calories burned. The concept is akin to fitness trackers for your feet, allowing your wrists to go naked when out for a run or, say, a walk through Patagonia. Smart shoes are not necessarily new, but not needing to rely on your phone's Internet connection is a nice perk of the Gemini 2's. The shoes collect data from up to five workouts, so you can leave mobile devices at home (or in my case, a backpack) and sync up to the app later. (After your sixth run without connecting, though, it'll start writing over your earlier workouts.) The sneakers, which go on sale starting Feb. 29, will cost $150 — a bit more than traditional sneakers (a decent pair these days costs between $80-$120) but less than many wristband trackers. Style At first glance — and after further inspection — the Gemini 2 sneakers could easily be mistaken for any other athletic shoe on the market. To start, they're pretty attractive and available in two colors: grey/light green and charcoal/red. I got several compliments on their style while trying them out these past few weeks, and when I responded with the news that they were actually smart sneakers, most were shocked. Wearables in general have a reputation for being unsubtle (and many are not so easy on the eyes), so this new wave of fashionable, soft-spoken trackers is a welcomed change. You'd never quite know the sneakers have some serious brains. In terms of comfort, they're just what you'd want from a sneaker: durable, light and a good fit. My first go at them was on a treadmill and similar to the look, they feel just like any other solid, good-performing sneaker. Although I've only put about 95,000 steps on the sneakers so far, I've never had to charge the battery within them — and I never will. The internal batteries for the sensors will outlast the shoes, Under Armour says, and there's also a neat feature that tracks how many miles in total you’ve put on over time. This is great information for serious runners who need to replace shoes every few months. The shoes can handle about 450 miles before it’s time to trade them in (In just a few weeks I've already burned about 50 miles on my pair's life cycle). Getting started One of the best parts about the Gemini 2 sneakers is you don't need to do much to use their smart capabilities, especially when it comes to getting started. You need the company’s MapMyRun app, which syncs via Bluetooth. After both are connected, you'll need to keep the shoes near the phone and then shake the right one (which houses the accelerometer) to wake up the sensors. From there, it'll start to log your movement. However, users interested in leaving phones home for a run should select "Auto Start" within the shoe page (under the "Connected Apps and Devices" section), which sets the shoes to begin collecting data as soon as they detect that you're running. Auto Start isn't entirely intuitive, so I wouldn't recommend new users dive right into it — you wouldn't want to later go back to your app only to find the data wasn't collected. However, with this feature on, the sneakers will transmit data collected retroactively, which was helpful in my case — I couldn't sync up the app until much later when I found a better-working Wi-Fi zone. Now, let's get to the nitty-gritty. Performance Image: Mashable, Jhila Farzaneh Perhaps my favorite part about the Speedform Gemini 2 sneakers, in addition to the comfortable fit, is that I don't have to wear anything on my wrist. Being free from a wristband tracker is not only a fashion-plus, but there are no distractions. I don't get notifications or updates of any kind: the experience is as almost-old-school as you can get. For those who want real-time notifications and updates (or music playback control), Under Armour's got you covered there, too — its new UA Band ($180) can sync up to the app and sneakers, but you can also use other devices from Garmin, Fitbit and Jawbone. But with the sneakers alone, the app calls out how many steps you've walked, workout duration and distance — all core metrics you'd want to learn from a workout. The only big thing missing is heart-rate. The app analyzes your steps by the minute when wearing the shoes (in addition to pace and stride) and allows live tracking, so friends and family can follow you on every run (you can share these details on Facebook and Twitter, too). After your workout, the app can coach you on training plans so you improve over time. And it's not just for running — you can track yoga, aerobics or cycling, too. During my testing — most via a beta version of the new software — there were certainly some kinks, especially when it came to logging workouts. For example, there were often holes in my distance and time-spent stats, and considering there isn't built-in GPS (the app can do this, however), I don't have a record of where exactly I burned the most calories or took the most steps. Other times, the shoes and app weren't entirely aligned. In one case, I wanted to track how much I was walking one afternoon at the 2016 CES in Las Vegas. After starting a workout, I didn't remember to turn off the timer until... days later. In fact, it had logged that workout as 2,237 mile cross-country run. Sure, I could dismiss the record from my app history — although a 2,237-mile run has a nice ring to it — I had wished my sneakers would have known exactly when that period ended, making the time-start and time-stop not a requirement. All the kinks aside (UA says my issues are isolated), I've enjoyed my experience with the sneakers so much I'm willing to overlook the quirks for now (however, Under Armour should fix these issues by the time the sneakers arrive in stores). After testing many wristband trackers over the past few years, the SpeedForm Gemini 2 sneakers were a breath of fresh air. I didn't need to make sure anything was charged before leaving the house, I could leave my phone at home and the best part: My wrists were device-free. I was able to live in the moment and focus on my workouts... and just be. I was able to look at all of my data later. For serious runners and marathon trainers looking for real-time updates on how they're doing, you'd likely want to pair these with a wristband wearable, too. But for people who want stats without having it play too much of a role in the moment, the SpeedForm Gemini 2 sneakers do just that. Although the shoes aren't perfect, its unique take on fitness tracking is the start to something much bigger for the category as we know it now. If you're going to wear sneakers anyway, they may as well be smart. Under Armour SpeedForm Gemini 2 The Good Comfortable and stylish design • Useful for fitness tracking • Long-lasting battery and no charging necessary • Integration with third-party devices The Bad Some data-logging errors The Bottom Line The Under Armour SpeedForm Gemini 2 sneakers are for anyone who wants fitness tracking without wearing a wristband monitor.
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