Custom Android Wear Watch Face

Create Your Own Custom Android Wear Watch Face

The LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live are out and people are searching for custom digital watch faces.  The Samsung Gear Live  and LG G Watch have basic standard watch faces and custom watch faces designed specifically for their devices. There are already several custom android wear watch faces available on the Play store.

What if you just want something more personal?  You are in luck because an app named WearFaces has been released that lets you create very basic custom watch faces.  It is a fun little app to play with.  The app is currently free, so show the developers some love with a good rating on the Play Store if  you like it.

Custom Android Wear Watch Faces

WearFaces is available on the Play Store to create custom android wear watch faces

 

Here is a little video that the developers put together.

Here are the template files that you can use to create your custom android wear watch faces.

Custom watch face for LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live

Custom Android Wear Watch Face

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Custom Android Wear Minute Hand

 

Here is a graphic of the instructions:

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We gave it a shot and downloaded the app and template files and spent a few minutes creating a GadgetWhore branded Custom Android Wear Watch Face.   This is a very crude design based on a design that we saw from the Moto 360 contest and the minute markers came out messed up.   This was our first attempt and it really doesn’t look that bad.  You are going to need the  template files and software to edit the images. You can leave the default hour and minute hands while you are testing your new watch face on your LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live.

 

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Custom GadgetWhore Branded android wear watch face.

 

Please share any of your design in the comment section and show off your designs.

 

If you were looking custom watch faces to download rather than create, you  can find some here.

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Strava App Now Supports Android Wear

Strava Android App Now Supports Android Wear

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Strava Android app updated to support Android Wear.

This is one of our favorite running apps.

Runtastic Android Wear Update

Runtastic Gets Android Wear Support

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It looks like more apps are getting an Android Wear update in preparation for next week’s LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live release.  Runtastic just released an update for Android Wear.

What’s New
Enjoy Runtastic 5.1.2 with optimized functionality & new features!
Android Wear Integration: Control your Runtastic app with Android Wear
* Start a run or bike session via voice command
* Read your favorite stats from your wrist
* Display your post-workout session details, including maps, on Android Wear

 

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Google Play Android Wear Apps Available

Android Wear Apps FINALLY Available For Download

Google Play Android Wear Apps Available

 

Download Android Wear Compatible AppsAndroid Wear Official App Available and Also 3rd Party Apps

 

If you are one of the lucky few who received a LG G Watch or a Samsung Gear Live, Google Play just created a special landing page to download Android Wear Compatible Apps.  The list is fairly limited for the time being, but the official Android Wear app by Google is available for download.

Other notable apps include IFTTT, FLY DELTA, EVERNOTE, GOOGLE MAPS, HANGOUTS, EAT24 and PINTEREST.

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LEO: An intelligent wearable fitness device that actually monitors your body

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It seems like we see a new fitness wearable come along every few months.  Most of the fitness ‘gadgets’ that hit the scene in 2014 are based on similar concepts, so you have to decide what actually distinguishes one from other.  The only thing that truly differentiates a product is the team behind the product.  The Canadian team behind LEO is scrappy and ready for a long road ahead.  This device is scheduled for release in APRIL 2015.  The indiegogo campaign is over 40% funded already, so the LEO is well on its way to becoming a reality.  That is a really cool accomplishment because most backers want instant gratification with a product in hand in a few months.  Lets hope that the LEO team isn’t hurt by setting such a realistic release timeframe.

We are getting way ahead of ourselves here, so this is what the LEO does:

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WHAT IS LEO?

LEO monitors your body’s biosignals in realtime and translates the data into actionable recommendations.  While many similar products aim at just telling what you are doing, LEO gives you that information and tells you how to optimize your workout to avoid injury. LEO integrates biosignal monitoring technology with the capabilities of all the best fitness wearables, measuring: muscle activity, fatigue, heart rate, lactic acid, hydration, calories, technique, and much more. LEO translates this complex bio-data into straightforward and actionable recommendations, and notifies you if something is amiss, all in real-time.  LEO is the first fitness wearable that measures YOU in a time when most wearables measure themselves on a virtual 3d-axis.

HOW CAN LEO OPTIMIZE MY WORKOUT?

LEO PERFORMANCE

LEO gives you intensity updates and lets you know when you are cheating your progress by working out at low level and lets you know when you are working out inefficiently or with muscle imbalances.   The most important part of working out is staying healthy and consistent, so LEO’S injury avoidance algorithms can warm you about oncoming injuries. LEO can even make sure you are properly hydrated and gives you hydration notifications.

LEO Can Detect Muscle Imbalances

WHAT CAN LEO SENSE?

THINGS LEO CAN SENSE

WHAT MAKES LEO UNIQUE?

Some of LEO’s unique features are actually slated to be included in some of 2014′s most promising fitness wearables.  LEO can give you data on muscle intensity, muscle targeting, muscle coordination, muscle fatigue, efficiency, hydration, balance, lactic acid and technique analysis.  I have not seen any of the current or upcoming devices say that they can measure lactic acid, so that does sound like something very unique.

How Leo is unique

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How Does LEO compare?

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Our only problem with Kickstarter/Indiegogo campaigns is that we noticed that the extended wait times for fitness wearables to be released seem to drive people(us included) crazy.  We haven’t seen a fitness wearable product that hasn’t been delayed by at least three to four months.  With technology changing so quickly and new products like android wear and the upcoming iWatch, it is difficult to determine if the technology will be old news in the year that it will take to come out.  We tend to focus on what happened with Amiigo and how it seemed to advanced a year ago and now it just seems like old technology. Who knows what the fitness wearable environment will look like a year from now.

The Gymwatch

GYMWATCH: Wearable Fitness Tracker that Measures Strength & Motion

July 2014 Release Date – Updated price of $159

Take your fitness to the next level and order this powerful training tool today!

The Gymwatch

GadgetWhore/GW Gadgets loves fitness wearables and we just found out about this awesome looking device named the Gymwatch.  Much like other notable fitness wearable devices, the Gymwatch measures  many different aspects of your fitness routines.

THE WORLD’S FIRST PATENTED FITNESS TRACKER THAT ACTUALLY TRACKS EVERY FITNESS EXERCISE WITH HIGH PRECISION

The Gymwatch can measure force, maximum strength, one rep max, strength endurance, speed strength, starting strength, explosive strength, muscle strength, volume, power. count reps,  sets, speed, calories burned, distance, step count, step duration, step length, cadence, stroke rate and many more. The Gymwatch is currently on sale via their Indiegogo campaign for $149 plus $20 for shipping outside of Germany.  One of the very cool features the Gymwatch offers is the personalized audio training.   The device gives you audio coaching as you perform many fitness activities.  The device can notify you if you are performing exercises too quickly or without using the proper form.  The Gymwatch is the most feature packed fitness/exercise tracking device we have seen so far.  If the demo video is accurate, this device is leaps and bounds ahead of Amiigo and  Atlas Wearables.  The web platform can  be output via HDMI to display on your television during workouts.  You can basically live stream all of your workout data to your television.  It is an amazing experience that I hope makes it to market in July as reported by the team out of Germany.

Workout Data On Your Television

Gymwatch Data On Your TV

Here is where they are in the development process as of today:

Gymwatch Current Development Status

 

Here is what the Gymwatch team has to say about the device.

We developed the first patented sensor to measure strength and motion across fitness exercises, including machines, free weights and bodyweight. The sensor records the full range of motion of an exercise, determines every strength component, repetitions and detects incorrect exercise execution to help ensure exercises are performed properly and desired fitness goals are reached.

Data that the GYMWATCH can track

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Real-time Data

Get visual and auditory live feedback on any screen or through your earphone.

Gymwatch Realtime Feedback

How is GYMWATCH different?

  • We track actually every Fitness Exercise
  • We measure all strength and motion metrics
  • Sensor and Smartphone support you in the execution of fitness exercises with visual and auditory feedback
  • The sensor is made in germany and patent protected.

 

 USE TWO SENSORS IN A DUO AND GET ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS

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Apple Will Drink Android Wear’s Milkshake…and Pebble and Samsung’s too.

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Everyone is excited for the upcoming release of the Moto 360 smart watch powered by Android Wear.  It is a bit larger than a normal wristwatch, but it is one of the first smart watches that can pass be worn daily without drawing unwanted attention.  It has one of the few features that most smart watches makers seem to leave out, the device actually looks great.  The press was quick to announce that android took the steam out of any announcement that Apple can make in the future about their mysterious smart watch that has been talked about for years.  I think that everyone forgot what happened 13 years ago when Apple was three years behind other Mp3 manufacturers with the release of the iPod.

Moto 360 Smart Watch

In 1998, Diamond released the Rio mp3 player that was a quiet hit and adopted by a small segment of music lovers who had various legal and illegal methods for obtaining music.   The Rio proved that mp3 players were a viable alternative to portable CD players and took the mp3 off of the computer and into your pocket.  With the success of the Rio, more companies were willing to take the plunge into this new electronics market.  RCA released the more refined Lyra in 1999 and it was even more evident that a new era of music listening was upon us.   The following year Archos released the Jukebox 6000 and Creative released the Nomad series of mp3 jukebox systems.   It wasn’t until three years after Diamond released the Rio that Apple evaluated the current state of portable media players  and created the iPod.

 

Steve Jobs went on stage to claim that there were no market leaders in the digital music category.  He went on to say that electronics market leaders like Sony have failed to have any success in the field.  Jobs pointed out that the four type of music storage/player devices at the time were the portable CD player, Mp3 CD Player, the flash storage media player and the hard disk media player that could carry 1000 songs when the next closest device could carry only 150 songs.  Apple provided the idea of carrying your entire mp3 library in your pocket.  They improved the small things and went back to basics with a minimalistic design and faster USB transfer speeds than any other mp3 player out at the time.  They also added a quick charge 10-hour battery than was able to get a 80% charge in about an hour.  The device was beautiful(at the time), had a simple UI , it was quick charging and it played well with your existing music collection.   The killer utility came a little later with the release of iTunes. Over the next few years, Apple improved the ipod and eventually morphed it into the iPhone and changed mobile in the same way that it change music. 

Pebble Smart Watch

Apple is great at sitting back and waiting for things to mature a little before they jump in, simplify and re-imagine a device to make a better experience for the user.  People claim that Apple lost a clear vision of what customers are looking for when Steve Jobs passed away, but I believe that Apple still is sitting on ideas and technology that will change our lives for the better.

Samsung Tizen Devices

I believe that Apple will release an ‘iWatch’ after the Moto 360 and other Android Wear devices are released.  They will most likely figure out a way to make it easier to use and offer functionality that the current wearables are not even considering.   If the rumors are correct the Apple wearable device will have advanced health tracking features and offer iOS notifications.  I think that Android Wear will be a good competitor because it will likely be more affordable than anything Apple releases.  Devices like the Pebble and Samsung’s Tizen OS wearables are sure to be dead in the water. I would have to guess unless the Pebble does a massive price drop, they are dead as soon as the Moto 360 is released.   The Moto 360 appears to have taken a minimalistic design approach ahead of Apple’s release, but Apple and Jony Ive are the kings of minimalistic design.  The higher end Apple products are just designed more beautifully than any devices out there.  The web is full of rumors every month of what kind of features the Apple wearable device will have and how it will look.  Fans of Apple are even creating designs of how they would like the device to look like.  (see below)

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Apple is at the pulse of what the world wants and interesting enough, I bet their device will give you a pulse reading.

I just hope that 2014 is the year the we finally get to buy one of these devices.

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Amiigo App Screenshots 03/31/14

 

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Update: 05/03/14 – Team Amiigo released a very important update today confirming that all 200 early bird devices have been shipped. They also released a summary of the types of activities that can be tracked. Below is the txt from today’s update on Facebook.

Can Amiigo Track My ______ ?

We’ve loved all the questions lately, regarding exactly what Amiigo can track. We’ve had folks ask about nearly everything – from Horseback Riding to Badminton to Water Hockey.

The Amiigo system is the first to classify complex activities. As many might remember, a few months back we decided to open up system and let YOU choose what Amiigo tracks….

In “workout” mode, Amiigo will track a wide variety of resistance and cardio activities. You do not need to ‘upload an activity’ in order for it to be tracked, as long as it is repetitious and continuous.. Amiigo will find all activity regions and their reps, duration, form, consistency, speed and calories.

However, if you do choose to upload activities beforehand, Amiigo will also attempt to name each activity region and of course, track the details. See the image below, which shows what you might expect to see in the app if you perform an activity that has been ‘uploaded’ prior to the workout, and what you’ll see if you perform an activity that was not ‘uploaded’.

Samples of the activities that Amiigo tracks are:

Kettle Bell Swings
Standing Shoulder Press
Deadlifts
Squats
Shoulder Shrugs
Calf Raises
Shoulder raises
Dumbbell straight arm pullover
Dumbbell Hammer Curls
Dumbbell sumo squat
Dumbbell flies
Dumbbell front squat
Dumbbell overhead press
Dumbbell curls
Crunches
Bench press
Bent over dumbbell rows
Hamstring curls
Hanging knee raises
Jumping jacks
Lat pulldown
Leg press
Military press

Jogging
Cycling
Elliptical
Treadmill
Stair Stepper

..the list goes on.

Most resistance machines work very well with Amiigo too, because the way you perform the activity is often fluid and repeatable. In order to successfully upload an activity, you must complete 15+ “clean” reps or 30 seconds worth of movement for cardio based activities. The more you teach Amiigo, the smarter it becomes. The list of activities that Amiigo supports is growing by the day – thanks to the users we have now and their feedback. We can’t wait to see where we can take this with your help. We’ll leave it to you to find the limits, and we’ll do our best to overcome them.

Now its our turn.. what will you use Amiigo to track?

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Update: 04/19/14

Several ‘Early Bird’ users have reported receiving their Amiigo devices and even posted pictures online.  User Kyle Newton posted pics here and user Bao Bit posted this pic of how the device looks when unpacked. Below is a copy of the text that they posted to their Facebook profile:

Update: 04/04/14

Here is the link to the Amiigo App on the Google Play Store. amiigo app on Google Play

A source was nice enough to send us screenshots of all the Amiigo app screens. This is going to take a long time to load the page.

Our source was also nice to point out a few of the things that were missing from the app.  The original indiegogo campaign promo stated that the app would have social features and competitions, but the current app has no mention of any of those type of events.  Also, the oxygen reading that the original promo video displayed in NOT in the app at all.   Our source also pointed out that it appears that you will have to set the device to sleep mode.  It does not automatically enter sleep mode like some of the newer wearable devices out now. As stated by Amiigo earlier, the heart rate readings are only resting, but the app does give you the option to check now.

I’m sure that the app is a work in progress, but it is very basic as of this initial release.

 

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Vudu for iOS and Android Finally Work With Chromecast

Vudu for iOS and Android now support standard definition(Update: HDX streaming now available ) streaming via Chromecast.

It looks like support is limited to only standard definition(Update: Vudu for iOS is now streaming in HDX)for now, but that may change soon.  The movie description pages have been updated with the Chromecast icon to identify the titles that are currently compatible.

We will let you know more details after we’ve had a chance to check out more of the features.

Vudu also added this link to explain how to use Vudu and Chromecast together.

 

Vudu Chromecast Support

 

Vudu Via Chromecast on iOS

Pro Fitness Caliber Wearables Go Mainstream and To the Masses

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Remember those crazy 90′s Gatorade commercials where elite athletes were evaluated at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute? Pro athletes were running on treadmills and performing (ECG)Electrocardiogram and VO2 tests with a team evaluating every aspect of their workout. They gave these elite athletes an edge by giving them important data on how their individual bodies reacted to activities and stress. The testing was performed by data scientists and doctors in association with nutritionists. The individualized results provided were the results of thousands of dollars worth of testing and data analysis. Trainers could take this information back to training camp and make these elite athletes even better by optimizing their workouts and nutrition.

Consumer Wearables started to benefit athletes a long time ago when analog and digital watches provided basic information to runners. As technology progressed these watches not only provided information related to time, but they also started to give pulse readings for those athletes looking to keep in a certain zone. Fast forward a few years and Polar and Garmin made GPS tracking affordable and accessible to all. Garmin upped the game when they added wireless chest strap heart rate readings along with desktop and online software that let you visualize your run or bike ride and store your data for analysis.

Since 2009 devices like the fitbit, Nike Fuelband(Early 2012) or Jawbone Up had the public focus on the quantified self. Skeptics say that those devices are just glorified pedometers with some basic sleep tracking, calories burned, and distance thrown in for good measure.  Is a glorified pedometer really so bad if it motivates? They provide basic information via the device, computer software and sometimes even apps that can give you a general idea of how active you are on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis. These devices can be perfect for the walking club enthusiast, the non-athlete, seniors or the recovering athlete, but the low grade(my opinion) information they provide isn’t going to do much for an athlete who is already motivated to workout each day.

Consumer Wearables 3.0 are about to hit the streets sometime toward the end of the first quarter of 2014. These devices are going be game changing  because technology is at the point where the Gatorade Sports Science Institute type data can be gathered and analyzed for a one time fee of $200-$500.  It has never been a better time to be an amateur or semi-pro athlete who is interested in data.  The data that these devices can collect and analyze may actually help athletes perform better.  Wearables will no longer be limited to MOTIVATIONAL TOOL status.  The new wrist worn, armband or even headband devices will come with multiple sensors and robust applications that can collect all sorts of interesting data.

amiigoThe Amiigo($99 to $120 – Pre-Order Backers Only) fitness bracelet was announced in late 2012 and will have a 3-axis accelerometer , pulse oximeter, temperature sensor and be waterproof.  Along with basic step counting and sleep tracking this  wrist worn device will be able to automatically recognize and learn workout activities.  The activity recognition is done by comparing the 3D movements to Amiigo‘s cloud database for analysis.  It can also count reps and sets for exercises and store that information within an app or in the cloud.  The device also comes with a shoe clip to allow data collection for running, bike riding and exercises with leg involvement.  The app lets you review your historical heart rate measurements and associates those measurements with the activity you were performing.  The bluetooth low energy sensor allows a direct connection from the device to your iOS or Android mobile device.   This was one of the first devices to incorporate activity recognition software into the mix.  Amiigo is due to be released to Indiegogo backers sometime in the 3rd Quarter or 2014. An announcement will be made when the device will go on sale to the general public.

 

Push StrengthThe Push Strength band($150-$260 –  Pre-Order Backers Only) is marketed as a device to analyze every movement you make at the gym.  This armband has a small footprint, but provides real data to quantify your gym workouts. Push was built because its creators wanted to give everyone the tools used by elite athletes at reasonable price.   The Push team thinks that force, power and velocity are the key metrics in strength training.  This device will help athletes optimize a training plan , track their workouts and progress over time and share the information with trainers, coaches and friends. The Push Strength band uses the same measurements pro athletes have used for years.  All of the results are scientifically validated against the gold standard in the industry to bring athletes the most accurate information about every rep of every workout.  Coaches and athletes can track and monitor each athlete’s training program and modify existing programs to get the most out of each workout.  The sensors in Push allow it to track reps & sets, velocity, force, power, balance, explosive strength, 1 rep max, volume load and tempo.  These are move data points than nearly any other fitness wearable on currently on the market. This device can actually let you know if you are lifting too heavy or going to light.  The device is listed as having a motion sensor and orientation sensor and bluetooth 2.1.   An iOS an Android app will be released when the Push Strength band is shipped to its Indiegogo backers in July or August of 2014.

 

Atlas WearablesOur personal favorite is the Atlas ($169 – Pre-Order Only) from Atlas Wearables. This is the only device on the list that you can still pre-order until early March. The Atlas will have a “gym mode” that just automatically collects data for reps, sets, resting heart rate, max thrust, explosiveness and energy production for each exercise performed. Unlike the Amiigo, the workout reference database is on the device.  That means you don’t have to carry your phone with you to the gym.  You can sync the data using your PC/MAC or the mobile app at a later time.  As a bonus you can also sync your data to your iPhone or Android device or upload your workout activity to the popular Fitocracy and MapMyFitness platforms. Data is analyzed on the device and exercises are recognized on the fly and your data is stored in device memory.  The Atlas fitness band will be waterproof rated to 50m-100m*(based on reaching a $50ok stretch goal) for use in swimming pools and other activities where the device may be exposed to moisture and water pressure.  This is also one of the only devices with a large removable OLED touchscreen interface that will allow the users to modify or edit data on the device.  The removable OLED interface can be worn on a band around your ankle or on your leg to measure movements that focus on leg movements.

 

 

Garmin Forerunner 620The Garmin Forerunner 620 is the latest GPS running/walking  watch and trainer.  The device displays time and gives you all the standard information that most GPS enabled watches give. This device is different that the other Garmin devices because it measures several running dynamics.  The 620 measures ground contact time in milliseconds, cadence, and vertical oscillation or degree of bounce at a glance.  It also compares your data to others in your age range to give you a visual display range of where you rank.  When used with HRM-Run, it provides you with your VO2 max estimates. VO2 max is the maximum volume of oxygen (in milliliters) you can consume per minute per kilogram of body weight at max performance. VO2 max is an indication of aerobic capability and should increase as your fitness improves. The race predictor feature projects your finish time for a given race distance based on the your current VO2 max estimate. The race time is idealized based on your current state of fitness and presumed proper training.  The Recovery advisor is a set of features that estimate how much time you need to recover from your run so you can more easily assess how hard your next one should be.  The Recovery Time feature estimates your state of recovery immediately following a run and operates in a countdown mode until the next effort.  Recovery can range from 6 — 96 hours. The Recovery Check feature provides a real-time assessment of your recovery in the first several minutes of a run.

This device connects to your iOS device via Bluetooth 4.0(BLE).   

 

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The Garmin Fenix 2 has most of the features of the Garmin Forerunner 620 and several that it does not have.  The Garmin Fenix 2 loses the touch and color screens, but adds multi-sport functionality features to the mix. Garmin is calling it the Ultimate Multisport Adventure watch.

Here are some of the key features:

  • GPS Walking/Hiking/Running/Riding Features
  • New Skiing and Swimming Tracking
  • Ground Contact Time/Cadence/Vertical Oscillation
  • VO2 Max Estimates
  • Recovery Advisor
  • iOS Compatible via Bluetooth 4.0 (with phone notifications)
  • Altimeter, Barometer, and a 3-axis Compass
  • With built-in accelerometer, f?nix 2 users can even track their distance and pace indoors without any additional accessories like a footpod.
  • Scratch-resistant, curved mineral glass lens, and a water rating of 50 m
  • The rechargeable battery can last up to 50 hours in GPS mode or five weeks in watch mode

Consumer wearables will only become more advanced and the next gen devices may measure your DNA.

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