Posts tagged with: Wearable
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    Update: Spectacles.com is live and details some of the features of the product, including that Android phones will be connected via Wi-Fi while iPhones will be connected through Bluetooth. Clips as long as 30 seconds can be recorded. The Wall Street Journal combined a feature on Snapchat's sharp millennial CEO, Evan Spiegel, and the empire he has built with a new product peg. A hardware peg, to be precise. Despite what many consider a horribly cluttered user interface that belies the private video sharing app, the Journal's Seth Stevenson calls upon Spiegel's "aptitude for product ...

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    Asus delivers a substantial shift from previous ZenWatches. New for this year is a circular display, a casing made out of stainless steel, and a pair of new programmable shortcut buttons. It's a clean look with a dramatic flare thanks to a little strip of rose gold. Asus is addressing battery life thanks to a new Qualcomm CPU, and a novel magnetic quick charge system. Included with the watch is an external battery which can top off the watch while still being worn. And while Android Wear remains fairly stock, Asus does have a collection of applets which might appeal to folks looking to ...

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    Update: Updated with specifications. One fitness company flying under the mobile circles' radars is Polar. And there's good reason: all the products it has been putting out compete more along the lines of Garmin and Fitbit. The big ace it has up its sleeve, though, is its optical heart rate sensors. The Finnish company figures that it can put that technology to good use with its first Android Wear device, the M600. The watch starts at the sensor, which is just six LEDs. Apparently just six LEDs have become pretty reliable aids in scanning heart rate. We'll have to see how it compares to ...

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    Xiaomi's second nifty and cheap fitness band will have to wait a bit longer before it gets officially released. That's according to Huang Wang, CEO of Xiaomi-associated Huami. Responding to a netizen's question on when and how the Mi Band 2 will be sold, Wang said that mass-production process has been pretty stressful and that there isn't enough inventory to put out for proper sales. He didn't give a timeline, but we assume that we should have to wait a little while before stock gets to where it needs to be. Source: Weibo Via: PhoneArena

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    First-person-view cameras, sometimes called "action cameras," have been pretty popular in the marketplace. But while these cameras are fairly small, when attached to a human, they're not exactly low-profile. Google Glass shrunk down the camera and put it in an infamous pair of glasses. But Samsung may be onto something with a camera in a contact lens. SamMobile is reporting that the company has applied for trademarks on the term "Samsung Gear Blink" in both South Korea and in the US. Following on from that, a South Korean patent filing from Samsung showed off some art featuring a contact ...

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    Buying a wearable these days is not easy. For starters this is one of those markets that has taken for ever to grow out of infancy. As a result we see companies approach the market differently, and bringing a lot of disparity to the offerings that you can choose. Still, we get questions every day on Twitter regarding the best smartwatch for important lifestyle needs like fitness, or simply the usefulness of notifications at a quick glance. The biggest problem is that even with all the offerings out there, you'd be shocked at how few of these products get both of these needs right. The ones ...

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    Pick up a new Apple Watch, and you'll soon find yourself charging your wearable via the included magnetic charging cable. The little puck may not be much to look at, but it gets the job done, and it's small enough to use anywhere. Some users crave something a little bit more elaborate from their charger, and for them there are plenty of third-party charging accessories, ready to augment that magnetic charger with a stand. Now it may finally be time for Apple itself to offer users an alternate way to charge their smartwatches, as a leak appears to reveal a new, official charging dock. The ...

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    The wearable tech category has seen some intense stratification in its infancy. From Fitbits to Android Wear, the Runcible (when will that ever come?) to Neptune, we've seen plenty of cross-streaming between exercise and communication orientations. Some have tried to do both in spectacular fashion. Others have taken a simpler tack. But now, instead of an "in-between," we have a category offshoot. Misfit is debuting the Shine 2, a fitness and sleep monitor that retains some of the wristwatch tropes, throws on some whimsy and changes your home at the flick of the wrist. The form factor ...

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    I've worn a smartwatch ever since my LG G Watch arrived (which I've subsequently replaced with a 1st gen Moto 360). Both of these wearables, and wearables in general, have solved a challenging problem that I didn't even know I had. My phone spends a lot of time on my desk, on my nightstand, or on the dash of my car. I don't like to be "one of those guys" that has his notifications turned up so the whole office hears when you've got an email, need to head to a meeting, or are getting a call. Unless my phone is in my pocket, it's unlikely that I'll know when I need to look at my phone. ...

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    Samsung does some really cool things, especially when it comes to displays: curved edges, round screens, and even screens that wrap part way around your wrist! That last one was one of the things that attracted me to the Galaxy Gear S - the big, beautiful screen that wrapped around your arm. However, two aspects to the otherwise amazing wearable kept it off my wrist: it ran Tizen when Android Wear was just gaining in popularity and functionality, and you could only pair it to a Samsung phone or phablet. This year's Gear S - the appropriately named Gear S2 - is still powered by Tizen ...

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    Updated to reflect revised Apple Watch sales estimates. (Thanks, SocialBrian!) I remember the moment I realized smartwatches had a chance at being the next big thing in mobile. It was the spring of 2012, I'd just spent a week with the original Pebble, and I suddenly found myself unable to live without it. It was 1999 all over again: I was a wristwatch-wearing man, and leaving the house without it prompted angry expletives and a day full of accidental glances at an empty wrist. Three years later, smartwatches have made the jump to the mainstream consciousness. No longer confined to the ...

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    I’ve learned that there are two things about being a mobile technology reviewer. The first thing: you get to handle awesome gadgetry days or weeks ahead of its official release date, and you’re not just allowed to use the heck out of it; you need to, in order to do your job. That’s the awesome thing. The other (less-awesome) thing: you eventually have to give it all back. Empty Nest is a recurring column discussing what I miss -and what I don’t- about the devices I’ve had to return. • I wore the Apple Watch Sport for the better part of last month as preparation for our ...

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    It was over two years ago that we gave you a taste of life on the very first Pebble – the product that smashed crowdfunding records and almost singlehandedly launched the modern smartwatch era. The little Bluetooth wearable would go on to sell over a million units in both standard and Steel trims, and when the sequel Pebble Time hit Kickstarter this past March, it broke another record by being the first Kickstarter project in history to raise a million dollars … in 49 minutes. Clearly, the people at Pebble know a little something about getting the masses excited for a new gadget. ...

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    One of the most frustrating problems about today’s smartwatches is that once their batteries run out, they’re pretty much useless. The biggest challenge that most of these companies face, is being able to give you a smartwatch that lasts for days, or even months. Charging these can also be a challenge, as not all mechanisms are either practical, or durable. All this said, what if a company approached things differently and focused on giving you a smartwatch that you wouldn’t have to recharge? Hong Kong-based Cogito is one of the few companies with a solution to that problem, but you ...

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    Last year, Huawei delivered a wearable that pulled double duty, going well beyond the normal feature set of fitness trackers to offer one that transformed into a Bluetooth earpiece: the TalkBand B1. This year the manufacturer came to MWC ready to show off its more refined take on the concept, launching the second-gen TalkBand B2 and coming back with the same sort of hybrid design. We've already had the opportunity to go hands-on with the wearable for ourselves, and now it's your chance to get involved, as we team with Huawei Device USA to give away five TalkBand B2 wearables to lucky ...

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    When the first Android Wear smartwatch was released, the LG G Watch, I hurried and snatched it up. It was roughly square, which seemed odd for a timepiece, but I'd had rectangular watches before, so I didn't mind. I swapped out the rubber band for a metal one, and began my adventure into wearables. Motorola wasn't far behind - and its wearable was round (well, mostly round) like watches are meant to be. I was hesitant to get the Moto 360 due to some technical differences in the display, the processor Motorola decided to put in the watch, and what has become known around the industry as ...

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    In January of 2007, I owned a touchscreen smartphone that let me surf the web, navigate the streets of my city, communicate via threaded SMS, and silence my ringer with a single switch. No one really cared. Then Apple announced a smartphone that could do all the same things, and the world went crazy. In January of 2010, tablet computers were a decade-old reality. High-end laptop manufacturers offered convertible variants of their standard notebooks, almost all of which ran modern, powerful operating systems like Windows 7. Then Apple came along with its own take on the tablet: ...

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    Pebble's been counting down to its big news since last week, and rumors were quick to suggest that this countdown would give way to the announcement of a new color-screened model. Yesterday we checked out a render that seemed to reveal just such a smartwatch, but is this what we'd actually get? Zero-hour is upon us, and it looks like the rumors were right on the money, as Pebble unveils its first wearable with a color display, the Pebble Time. Just as we heard suggested late last week, the Pebble Time uses a low-power color e-ink display instead of the sort of LCD or OLED panel we usually ...

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    Pebble's countdown timer – the one we saw go live late last week – is already down to less than a day, promising big news tomorrow morning. Rumors have suggested that we could be looking forward to the next generation of Pebble hardware, one that would finally bring the smartwatch into the world of color. Specifically, we've heard that the first Pebble with a color display could be just about to debut, one that would also see the wearable's screen grow to a slightly wider aspect ratio. We'll have official word soon enough, but in the meantime it looks like the cat might be out of the ...

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    Pebble's in a tricky position: it was arguably the first mass-market smartwatch that saw any real measure of success, yet being first to the party also means that it risks being eclipsed by flashier new models like those on the Android Wear front and the soon-to-be-released Apple Watch. Last year we saw Pebble take some real steps to keep its smartwatches feeling modern, delivering new features via software and adding the ability to display Android Wear notifications. But eventually, could a fresh start be the answer? Pebble may be embarking on one of the most ambitious years in its ...

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    Samsung's newest Gear is also its most ambitious. The Gear S smartwatch packs a curved two-inch display, IP67 ingress protection, and a custom Tizen UI into a cuff-like wristband that weighs in at a surprisingly airy 66g. Oh, and it packs cellular and WiFi connectivity along with the usual Bluetooth. That last important detail makes the Gear S more than just your typical smartwatch. As we discovered during our first hands-on at IFA 2014, the Gear S is capable of fully independent operation, smartphone or no. Sure, you still need a smartphone to set it up –and a Samsung one at that– ...

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    Late last month we saw Microsoft get into the fitness tracker game with the launch of the Microsoft Band, a cross-platform wearable with GPS, messaging support, and even a UV sensor. While the company was quick to put its Band up for sale, initial stocks were low, making it tricky to get your hands on one (at least we managed to, bringing you our review in the process). But now the Microsoft Band is seeing its stocks replenished, as Microsoft begins to make more available in its online store in just a couple minutes. Starting this afternoon at 1pm Eastern (which is right about now if ...

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    The "Microsoft Band" came as a bit of a surprise when it was unveiled late last month. There weren't any leaked pictures of the device and all we knew about it came from the Windows Store, where the Microsoft Health software appeared the night before the new wrist band went on sale in Microsoft Stores nationwide. The Band is mainly geared towards fitness tracking, though it does have quite a few "smartwatch" type features. We think Microsoft would prefer that people compare it to other fitness trackers as opposed to smart watches, but it certainly does fit somewhat into both ...

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    With all the hype that Apple has been able to create around the Apple Watch, the only thing that's left for the company to achieve is to be able to start selling it. The last time that Apple took six months between a product announcement and a launch was with the original iPhone in 2007, so there is a significant amount of pressure on Cupertino's shoulders. If you're wondering exactly when we should expect the product to reach the market, we've heard a couple of rumors here and there, and today we get some extra confirmation. Analysts have already begun to predict that we shouldn't expect ...

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    Our Moto 360 review unit is still days away from its official turn at our review desk, but it's already been on quite an epic odyssey. Picked up in Chicago by Adam Doud on his Motorola HQ tour, it was immediately overnighted to our resident Android guy Joe Levi for a proper unboxing and initial setup while Taylor Martin and I were covering the sights and sounds of IFA 2014 in Berlin. Then it was quickly repackaged for a cross-continental journey in time to meet me in Boston, whereupon I immediately pressed it into service for a day of sweet wearable-tech action before using it to answer ...

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