Adidas FWD-01 Wireless In-Ear Sports Headphones For Jogging – Review

Co-created by athletes, the in-ear headphones has been designed specifically for runners and is now available in Singapore (S$249).

* This review first appeared in tech4tea.com.

“Wired wireless” in-ear sports earphones from adidas: FWD-01.
“Wired wireless” in-ear sports earphones from adidas: FWD-01.

Launched jointly by adidas and Stockholm-based Zound Industries – the earphones combines the latter’s audio technology with the former’s knowhow in sports ergonomics.

My Take

A little bit pricey, the adidas FWD-01 is a pair of solid wireless in-ear headphones for runners, boasting decent audio quality, a long 16-hour battery life and the ability to quick-charge. What I liked a lot was its IPX4-rated sweat resistance.

On first looks, I like the ergonomic and minimalist design of the sweat-proof FWD-01, which weighs 26g and has a tangle-free cable that’s 47.5cm long.

The knitted fabric gives the earphones a nice shoelace appearance consistent with the fabric on some of adidas’ sports shoes.

The control buttons on the cord is easy-to-find and enables full control of all the basic functionalities of the earphones viz. play/pause, volume up/down, answer/end phone calls, power on/off or pair.

An Action button is programmable (using the companion app) as a shortcut for up to three different actions, triggered by either 1, 2, or 3 clicks.

Actions include activating the language assistant and, and playing back albums, artists or playlists on Spotify.

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Three control buttons on the right and an Action button on the left of the adidas FWD-01 wireless in-ear headphones.

A range of sizes for the interchangeable ear tips and wings are included to ensure a good fit.

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Ignaz Semmelweis Taught Us Hand Washing for COVID-19

Hand washing is one of the most effective preventive measures against COVID-19 – the disease ravaging the world now. Google Doodles is recognising Ignaz Semmelweis – the Hungarian physician who discovered the medical benefits of handwashing.

Google Doodles celebrates Ignaz Semmelweis and handwashing. Click to watch the video.
Google Doodles celebrates Ignaz Semmelweis and handwashing. Click to watch the video.

Dr Ignaz Semmelweis was appointed Chief Resident in the maternity clinic of the Vienna General Hospital 173 years ago in 1847, where he deduced and demonstrated that requiring doctors to disinfect their hands vastly reduced the transmission of disease.

Print out this poster on proper handwashing techniques.
Print out this poster on proper handwashing techniques.

Semmelweis had noticed that a mysterious and poorly understood infection known as “childbed fever” was leading to high mortality rates in new mothers in maternity wards across Europe in the mid-19th century.

Semmelweis deduced that the doctors were transmitting infectious material from prior operations and autopsies to susceptible mothers through their hands.

He required doctors to wash their hands with chlorinated lime water before examining pregnant women.

As a result, the documented mortality rate plunged from 18% to 2.2% over a period of a year.

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EC OLÁ In Singapore Showcases TeleHealth Kiosk Concept

The 17,000 square-feet sales gallery for OLÁ Residences at Sengkang will open to the public today with celebrity appearances, soccer clinics and carnival.

The luxury EC will feature a handcrafted chandelier and other porcelain ornaments from Lladro of Spain and paintings of children and family settings by renowned Spanish artist Eva Armisen that evoke themes of love, family and the community.

The celebrity-chef cookout will feature Li Nanxing, Constance Song, Julie and Wei Le.

Coaches from the Real Madrid Football School will give soccer tips to aspiring young players, alongside a renowned Spanish artist, Eva Armisen, painting at the gallery itself.

Carnival activities from 1-3pm today include performances by Kpop dancers, jugglers, stilt walkers; food and drinks as well as claw machines and games with prizes to be won.

A highlight of OLÁ Residences is the provision of telehealth services by local healthcare startup HiDoc – for the first 2 years, in-condo telemedicine consultations will be free (excluding medications).

OLÁ Residences is developed by Anchorvale, a joint-venture between homegrown EVIA Real Estate and Gamuda Land, a leading property developer based in Malaysia.

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HiDoc First To Develop TeleHealth Platform For Condominium In Singapore

Homegrown telemedicine startup, HiDoc, has developed and will roll out Singapore’s first TeleHealth Kiosk in OLÁ – an Executive Condominium (EC) in Sengkang that will be completed in 2026 (TOP 2023). Check out the kiosk in the showroom from 15 February, 2020.

* This story first appeared on tech4tea.com.

Artist’s impression of the HiDoc telehealth kiosk, which will be showcased to the public when OLÁ opens its show gallery 15 February.
Artist’s impression of the HiDoc telehealth kiosk, which will be showcased to the public when OLÁ opens its show gallery 15 February. Image: Hidoc

HiDoc’s TeleHealth Kiosk will allow residents to consult doctors and specialists virtually, supported by a medical concierge who will dispense medications to the doorstep of the patient.

The unique online platform provides convenience and time-savings as part of the EC’s emphasis on amenities and community living.

The TeleHealth Kiosk will be showcased to visitors to the OLÁ show gallery at Sengkang from 15 February 2020.

More details below from the press release.

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Heart Health Quiz For World Heart Day From Philips

It’s World Heart Day today, and Philips is highlighting the importance of early detection of heart disease with its heart health quiz to increase individual awareness of risk factors and early symptoms to encourage early detection and preventive care.

I like how the quiz provided immediate tips based on each of the 14 questions, based on its relevance to heart health. At the end of the quiz, you get an overall assessment of the state of your heart health.
I like how the quiz provided immediate tips based on each of the 14 questions, based on its relevance to heart health. At the end of the quiz, you get an overall assessment of the state of your heart health.

Heart disease is a leading cause of death globally. Unfortunately it is also a clinically silent disease.

Findings from Philips’ Annual Future Health Index 2019 unveiled how healthcare practitioners are recommending the use of digital health technology to track health data, just as patients are seeking greater access to data for better empowerment of their health.

More details below on the findings of the Future Health Index 2019.

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Fitbit Versa 2 Smartwatch & Fitbit Aria Air Scale

Fitbit has launched the Versa 2 smartwatch and Aria Air Bluetooth scale in Singapore. Price and availability below.

* This story first appeared on tech4tea.com.

Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatches.
Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatches.

The two new devices join the existing Fitbit Versa and Fitbit Aria.

“At Fitbit, we believe that health belongs to everyone and that people should not be priced out of having access to devices and features that can help them improve their health. That’s why we’ve designed Versa 2 to be a premium, full-featured and easy-to-use smartwatch at an accessible price point. Building on the success of our original best-selling Versa smartwatch, we believe the added value and innovation in Versa 2 with new features like Alexa, a Spotify app and advanced in-app and on-device sleep features, will bring more users into the smartwatch category, allowing them to unlock the benefits of better health,” said James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit.

The new Fitbit Versa 2 is swimproof and includes sleep features like Sleep Score and smart wake, together with advanced health, fitness and smart feature.

The Versa 2 debuts an on-device microphone, which enables Fitbit’s first Alexa smartwatch experience, along with a Spotify app that allows users to control their music and podcasts, and Fitbit Pay on all models.

Coupled with even faster performance, thousands of apps and clock faces and a brighter, crisper display with an optional always-on mode, the Versa 2 wants to be your 24/7 health and wellness companion.

With 5+ days battery life, the Versa 2 has the same price tag as the Versa when the latter was launched last April.

The latest Fitbit Aria Air is an affordable Bluetooth scale that tracks weight and syncs with the Fitbit app to calculate BMI, providing a comprehensive view of your trends over time alongside your activity, heart rate, sleep and nutrition data within the Fitbit app.

Fitbit Aria Air smart Bluetooth scale.
Fitbit Aria Air smart Bluetooth scale.

When combined with Fitbit’s app and wearable devices, Aria Air provides access to added data, information and motivation to more effectively reach health and wellness goals.

Price and availability below.

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Clarifications on Fitbit’s Collaboration With Health Promotion Board

Both Fitbit and HPB have clarified that media reports that the Singapore government is planning to give away one million free Fitbit devices are not correct.

The “free” Inspire Fitbit HR tracker for the 1 million Fitbit Premium service subscribers that Fitbit is targeting.
The “free” Inspire Fitbit HR tracker for the 1 million Fitbit Premium service subscribers that Fitbit is targeting.

Both clarifications are very similarly worded and are appended below.

Essentially, the clarifications addresses two issues: who is actually giving out the free Inspire HR trackers, and whether other partners have been selected by HPB for other collaborations.

Below is Fitbit’s clarification.

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