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Hexoskin smart shirt announced for fitness buffs

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With the continuous advancement in various technological fields, a boom in fitness tracking devices and smart exercising gadgets was not an unexpected development. There are already hundreds of smartwatches and fitness trackers on the market, as well as smart shorts and vests that can keep your gear safe while you’re exercising. The newest addition to the smart fitness gadgets field is the Hexoskin smart shirt.

The Hexoskin smart shirt is developed by a Canadian startup and it’s essentially a biometric shirt, similar to the one introduced by Ralph Lauren, equipped with various sensors that will record your every move. Hexoskin developed the shirt with athletes and fitness enthusiasts in mind, aiming to offer a more comfortable fitness monitoring device. Wearables generally tend to stand in your way when exercising because they might be uncomfortable or might get damaged because of the environment your exercising in, or because of sweat and water permeation. Hexoskin aims to compete with Ralph Lauren’s Polo Tech smart shirt, although it basically offers the same type of fitness tracking any other device does. It can track your heart rate, sleep cycles, breathing rate and volume, and integrates all these measurements in order to give you a complete overview of your exercising routine. The Hexoskin shirt will also determine heart rate variability so that it can tell you whether you are stressing your body or overtraining.

The Hexoskin shirt syncs the measurements it makes with a dedicated Hexoskin app for Android 4.0 and above and iOS 7 and above. You can access all your data on an online dashboard, or even on a PC or laptop. The Hexoskin shirt has three main sensors and a device coupled to them that will hang on to you for 14 straight hours of training. The Hexoskin wearable also features Bluetooth, open data API and it’s actually machine washable. If you decide that you would like to have such a thing in your closet, the Hexoskin starter kit will set you back $399 and the package will include the Hexoskin biometric shirt, a Hexoskin Bluetooth recording device, the Hexoskin app and a USB cable with which you can charge the device and connect it to your phone or PC.

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Despite popular belief, PS4 sales in the UK skyrocketed last year

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PS4 sales in the UK climbed by a shocking 633 percent year-over-year in 2023, so apparently the old system isn’t dead yet. The previous year’s very limited supply of the system is likely a major factor in this figure, since the console’s lifespan was drastically reduced because of chip shortages caused by the pandemic. Still, it’s proof that PlayStation’s original platform has unmet demand.

With the very low prices of PS4 software (both in-store and online at the PS Store), this strategy makes a lot of sense. Plus, it’s future-proof, so there’s no harm in stocking up on PS4s while new-gen pricing is still high, since if you decide to switch to a PS5 in the future, you can transfer all of your purchases across. Not to mention that the majority of new releases still come out on the PS4, with several offering free PS5 upgrades.

While the percentage rise may seem huge, real PS4 sales will probably be much lower. It’s a sign that the gadget, which is now a decade old, isn’t completely dead yet, and we expect it to keep receiving maintenance for a while longer. Of course, this is great news for Sony, because the company would rather have PS4 players playing on its last-gen gadget than none at all, even if it would love to have them upgrade to PS5.

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New PS5 firmware is available for download!

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A PS5 firmware update on a cold winter morning is unmatched. The latest PS5 system software update is 23.02–08.40.00 from Sony. Does this one add useful features or just boost system performance?

Though closer to the latter, it’s more than Sony’s favorite patch note. It fixes security issues, improves messages and usability, and boosts system software performance. Official patch notes for this 1.185GB update:

  • We updated system software security
  • We improved system software stability and performance
  • Some screens now have better messages and usability

That’s it. PS5 gets another win to recover from its midweek slump. Do you share our enthusiasm for this firmware update? Comment below. To spice things up, make your comment rhyme.

 

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Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Version Will Help PS5

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Belgian developer Larian Studios’ work on Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Series S version will improve performance on all platforms, including PS5. The game’s fifth major patch, expected to launch this week, will include upgrades and new features. More details will be revealed later today.

Director of Publishing Michael Douse says PS5 performance improvements may be the “least exciting thing” in the title’s next update, so it sounds like a big one. Larian Studios employees are proud of “finally” implementing tweaks, fixes, and changes, Douse says. Later today, we’ll bring you all the Baldur’s Gate 3 update details.

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Those who reached the RPG’s third act have reported technical issues during the narrative’s conclusion, especially in co-op, so today’s update should fix them. New features like a permadeath mode are expected, along with Xbox Series S optimization fixes. What else should be added to the game?

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