Posts tagged with: smartwatch
  • by | March 18, 2014 11:37 AM

    Last month, we checked out a patent application filed by LG, describing a very unusual wearable. Instead of something easily recognizable as a smartwatch, or even an activity tracker, the product described was more along the lines of a wearable stylus, going flat and wrapping around the user's wrist like a bracelet. Still, the patent described some ways of giving the band some smartwatch-caliber features, like the ability to see notifications from your phone. Today we get our first look at this product in the flesh, but it's not everything we were hoping for. Notably absent is even the ...

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  • by | March 13, 2014 5:09 PM

    Smartwatches have been dotting the mobile device landscape for a while now, slowly adding functionality, refining designs, and becoming more and more tempting to pick up alongside your next smartphone. This year we could finally see some of the companies behind our favorite platforms start releasing smartwatches of their own, and rumors have been giving a hard look at Apple and Google in particular. Last we heard, Google was likely to tap LG for production of its smartwatch, with the aim of introducing the wearable at Google I/O in late June. Today, we hear a little bit about what we might ...

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  • by | March 12, 2014 7:10 AM

    I like watches -- perhaps "quality timepiece" is a more accurate term. From the Gobots watch that I wore through most of my elementary school days, to the Casio calculator watch that adorned my wrist through junior high, my watches always had something "techie" about them. I wore two iterations of watches sporting Microsoft SPOT technology, a Sony smartwatch, and another Bluetooth connected watch before finally backing Pebble on Kickstarter. I make no apologies when I say that Pebble is the best smartwatch of all of these, and is arguably the best of all the smartwatches available today. ...

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  • by | March 10, 2014 1:17 PM

    A couple weeks back, we were lamenting the lack of any real standards for wearable devices. While there's no absence of companies coming out with wearables, everyone seems to have a different way to do it. Some companies whip up a custom platform for their smartwatches, but at least leave them open to work with any phone you choose. Then there are companies like Samsung that lock-down interoperability, but put a more full-fledged OS on their watches themselves – the first Galaxy Gear got Android, while the new models run Tizen. Everyone doing things their own way has led to a lot of ...

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  • by | March 6, 2014 7:13 AM

    Smartwatches are great. I was in a meeting with several other people last night. Sporadically a smartphone would sound off, interrupting all of us. Each time two or three would pull their phone out of their pocket or purse, check their notifications, and all but one would put it back away. Since I was wearing a Pebble smartwatch, it was easy to tell when the alert was for me: my wrist would vibrate and the alert was displayed on the watch face. It felt good knowing that I was so much more technologically advanced than all the others. But that got me thinking... Smartwatches are super ...

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  • by | February 28, 2014 7:13 AM

    Although the "wearables" category is somewhat new to Pocketnow, devices that are meant to be worn, rather than carried, have been around for quite some time. In the very early days they were called pocket watches. Eventually they evolved into timekeepers that we wore around our wrists. Original versions just kept track of time, but other features were added in: day of the week, day of the month, and even moon phases eventually came to wrist watches. Some got barometers, stopwatches, countdown times, calculators, even simple calendars. When Microsoft released its SPOT technology, and began ...

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  • by | February 27, 2014 7:26 AM

    Wearables, especially smartwatches, are the next "big thing" in mobile technology. Exactly what they should do is still being discovered through iterative trial and error. Currently we have the Pebble 1.0 and Pebble 2.0 (referring to the firmware on the watch itself, and not to be confused with Pebble and Pebble Steel) and the Galaxy Gear. There are a few other more minor players, but already we're seeing the proverbial floodgates open -- and it's not necessarily a good thing. Don't get me wrong, choice is good. Competition is great. Learning from one's own mistakes is valuable, and ...

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  • by | February 14, 2014 7:31 AM

    Wearable technology is nothing new. Today we have Google Glass, Pebble and several other smart watches, medical devices like insulin pumps, Bluetooth headsets, and more. Taking a step back, we've had watches that tell us the time, the date, and the day of the week. Some even had built-in calculators, calendars, altimeters, and barometers. Historically, we've generally placed our technology in our pockets (smartphones and pocket watches, for example), or we've worn them on our wrists. It's only recently that tech has started to make its way to our faces. It stands to reason that the wrist ...

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  • by | February 12, 2014 8:23 PM

    We first saw Pebble Steel at CES last month, and we immediately fell in love with the hardware imrpovements over the original Pebble. We were a bit surprised, however, when CEO Eric Migicovsky told us it would sell for $100 more than the original, or $250. Inside, they're practically the same, save for the 8MB storage in Pebble Steel vs 4MB in the original. It has Gorilla Glass 2 covering the display, a machine-cut, marine grade stainless steel chassis, and a choice of two finish styles – brushed or PVD coated. It also ships with two premium watch straps: a genuine leather and matching ...

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  • by | February 11, 2014 12:44 PM

    We first saw Pebble Steel at CES last month, and while many feel the upgrade over the original Pebble to be a disappointment, there is no denying how good looking the new Pebble is. It's internals and specs are practically the same as the original, except this model has double the internal storage. It bears the same display, battery, CPU, etc. But its frame is smaller, it weighs a little more, and it looks infinitely more classy. While we put this smartwatch to the test and determine if it's worth an additional $100, feast your eyes on the Pebble Steel unboxing video below, and tell us why ...

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  • by | February 11, 2014 10:50 AM

    As I sit here writing this article, my Pebble smartwatch is on my wrist and my mind is racing back to my time with the Galaxy Gear -- and finally getting it to "work" with my Nexus 5. I love my Pebble. It's a watch that does so much more than a standard wristwatch, and helps keep my smartphone in my pocket, rather than in and out, over and over when I check notifications. Samsung's Galaxy Gear is a different breed of smartwatch. In addition to doing most of what Pebble does, it also serves as your phone's handset, lets you snap short videos, and more. Unfortunately, it's only "compatible" ...

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  • by | February 6, 2014 4:35 PM

    If the rise of the smartwatch (and wearables in general) is doing nothing else, it's providing manufacturers with the opportunity to really experiment and play around with new designs, trying to think up innovative ways to enrich our lives through these smart products. Sure, many of the players are treading lightly, not wanting to release anything too bizarre looking, but even in more mainstream devices we're seeing some unexpected design choices – like Samsung building the Galaxy Gear's camera into the watch's strap. One newly published patent application reveals an unusual take on the ...

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  • by | February 4, 2014 4:39 PM

    Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch has a lot going for it, but two major obstacles have been responsible for really holding it back: its very limited smartphone compatibility, and its quite lofty price tag. We already find ourselves looking forward to the next big thing, anticipating a second-gen Galaxy Gear to launch early this year (and possibly alongside the Galaxy S 5), but that doesn't mean that the original smartwatch can't still offer a whole lot of functionality. Of course, with this new watch just over the horizon, Samsung's going to have to take steps to keep the older model ...

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  • by | January 31, 2014 2:16 PM

    Love or hate them, smartwatches are a growing thing. Many of us here at Pocketnow have or will soon own a Pebble, and Michael Fisher also has a soft spot for the Galaxy Gear. And Joe and I share similar theories on the future of smartwatches, wearables, and the personal area network. But it's not just us those of us who are obsessed with technology either. As new generations of devices have come out and they become more visible to the general public, they have grown in popularity. For instance, while sitting in a coffee shop writing last week, I saw two random customers wearing Pebble. A ...

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  • by | January 31, 2014 3:32 AM

    Pebble, Samsung, and Sony, to name a few, already have a jump-start in the wearables sector, specifically in the smartwatch business, but there are still key players that are yet to join the fight. While there are only rumors about an upcoming Apple smartwatch, and Samsung smart glasses, Acer and ASUS are two Taiwanese giants that already made their plans public. An Acer company executive admitted that wearables were demoed to key customers at CES, and that "the company is still developing certain types of wearable devices. We certainly aim to play a role in the new market", said ...

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