Posts tagged with: Wearables
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    Jawbone's back in the news again for a wrong reason: someone close to the company is telling dirty secrets about how the fitness bracelet maker played ball with a partner company. The Information reports that Jawbone notified that company that it wold not make a payment due this month. Other sources say that Jawbone has been shopping itself out to potential acquirers as well. This falls on top of poor sales and a Hail Mary decision to reduce inventory and assembly and focus on a medical-grade band. Its creditors are tearing down its stock's value while Fitbit notched a legal win in a ...

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    You had to have known this was coming. After all, smartwatches are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to intelligent wearable technology, with forward-thinking companies, both large and small, recently dabbling in smart shoes, belts, shirts, glasses, various headgear, and so on and so forth. A number of (mildly) intelligent smart bag prototypes were also funded on Kickstarter and tested by a handful of startups, with tech giant Hewlett-Packard now on the verge of breaking such an accessory into the mainstream landscape of smartphone, tablet and laptop-charging carry-ons. ...

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    The US Patent and Trademark Office is chock full of little treasures. Here's one from the "Apple v. Samsung" file that was filed in January and published yesterday by the Korean company. "The band for adjustment may be coupled with the band for fixing through a structure [...] through a magnetic attracting force, or through a hooked ring or hooked member," the patent reads. Okay, while all of those figures and that mechanism are definitely grabs at the Apple Watch's design, that is not the pertinence of this patent. In fact, the use of that design is not only excusable, it's competition at ...

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    You may have forgotten all about this, or never heard the news in the first place, but a couple of years back, Intel plunked down a reported $100 million to acquire a startup called Basis Science. The move was part of a larger expansion effort into the world of wearable device production and distribution, though it turned out to be a catastrophically bad investment. Not only did the Basis Peak fitness watch fail to amass the mainstream popularity of Pebbles, the Apple Watch, Samsung Gears, Fitbits or even wellness-centric wrist-worn Garmin gadgets, also ending up costing its designers and ...

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    Well, this is a bitter disappointment. But it’s probably our fault for getting our hopes up, despite Xiaomi’s obvious intentions of limiting expectations and keeping pre-release buzz to a minimum here. No words on Google Daydream compatibility in the MIUI forum post officially previewing the very first Xiaomi VR headset, or on the product’s dedicated webpage, while the design is just as minimalistic as that fugly leaked pic from a few hours ago suggested. We’re looking at an almost primitive device, closer in appearance to Google Cardboard viewers than any of the two consumer ...

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    The prospect of owning a pair of mixed reality head-mounted smartglasses before most of your friends even find out what this futuristic technology is all about might sound appealing to some everyday PC consumers, but coughing up $3,000 on a developer-centric product will probably turn out to be a pretty bad investment. Unless you’re keen (and able) to help shape and evolve the Windows Holographic platform running on the unpolished Microsoft HoloLens, in which case you may have already signed up for your super-costly test drive several months back. But if you haven’t for one reason or ...

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    The smartwatch market is shrinking, with both Apple and Google’s Android Wear hardware-making partners to blame for their delay in renewing last year’s designs, but the wrist-worn tech industry remains kind and giving for at least one key player, veteran and trendsetter. It’s a shame Fitbit seems to be stepping into the limelight only once every 90 days, as its sales results and quarterly earnings scores have yet again beaten analyst forecasts. Surely, the company must now be thinking about building buzz around two mystery products due out at IFA Berlin early next month. Before these ...

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    Back when we reviewed the OG Samsung Gear S in 2014, we called the thing more smartphone than smartwatch, which wasn’t necessarily a compliment. The 2015 sequel addressed many of the form factor-related and UI complaints, but health enthusiasts still found the Gear S2 flawed, especially in its Bluetooth-only, non-3G, non-GPS-including configuration. Samsung may have taken note again, and even after releasing a robust and powerful Gear Fit 2 activity tracker, it reportedly decided to integrate several new fitness-centric features and technologies on the upcoming Gear S3. Possibly dubbed ...

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    Back when the Microsoft Band 2 was marked down to $175 (from an ill-advised list price of $250) for the second time, with an unusually distant expiration date, we speculated the deal could become permanent, seeing as how a sequel should be drawing near. Even if Redmond decides for some reason to extend the wearable’s upgrade cycle, and hold up the Band 3 until spring, heated competition in both the fitness tracker and smartwatch spaces must prompt frequent discounts. Surprisingly enough, the manufacturer is back charging an absurd $250 for the sensor-rich band in all three sizes. But ...

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    When’s the last time Samsung released a product with a really cool name? When did the company even try to think outside the box and concoct an original moniker rather than attach bland Max, Pro, Active, Ace, Neo or, yes, Edge suffixes to base, established brands, as well as combine random letters with incremental digits? Instead of racking your brains to answer that, consider the following labels – Gear Blink, Odyssey, Gear S3 Frontier. Pretty eccentric, memorable brand names, and while we’re not certain Samsung will ever actually use them, they’re at least being considered. ...

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    In confirming curved screen smartphones could appear on its product roadmap somewhere down the line and denying laptop entry plans, but dodging questions about an interest in wearable devices, Meizu practically betrayed an imminent smartwatch announcement. It seems this might take place as soon as August 10, i.e. a little over a week after the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 “unpacking” and well ahead of the oft-rumored Gear S3 IFA coming-out party in early September. Decent timing, though the success of the intelligent timepiece hinges more on its commercial schedule, plus stuff like premium ...

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    Let’s be honest, no one could have predicted the rampant, record-breaking success of Pokémon Go, a “freemium” augmented reality mobile game that’s ambitious in concept but ultimately simplistic in its execution. Not Niantic, not Apple or Google, and certainly not Nintendo, which isn’t making as much money here as investors originally assumed. While various analytics firms claim the “catch’ em all” global phenomenon is about to wind down, the companies involved in its development and promotion can probably expect to milk the 1995-created media franchise for a few more ...

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    Online chatter about Microsoft looking to beef up and consolidate its multi-factor authenticator services dating as far back as January finally spawns an official announcement today, previewing some big changes coming to security-enhancing apps for your Microsoft account and Azure AD on August 15. No more separating the two… in a few weeks, as the “best of both” worlds is combined into a single product supporting enterprise and consumer “scenarios.” Dubbed simply and fittingly Microsoft Authenticator, the revised app aims to maintain the “highest level of security” while ...

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    Whether we’re talking low-cost, smartphone-enabled virtual reality products like the Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard or LG 360 VR, or much pricier, fancier and higher-end PC or console-supporting PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive devices, there’s something not quite right and intuitive about all early VR hardware pieces. The aforementioned have reliance on a separate gadget in common, which a number of companies are looking to eliminate or cut back on to start with. Focused on growing and maturing the Daydream platform, Google likely paused its standalone VR headset-building ...

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    Samsung Gear S3 rumors are still thin on the ground, despite the Galaxy Note 7 “unpacking” event and IFA Berlin inching closer, with the Gear S2 of course unveiled at the previous German trade show in September 2015. Whether a sequel is in the pipeline or not, it’s nice to see the OG treated to its third incremental software update, previewed by tipsters very recently, and made official and fully detailed on the OEM’s newsroom portal earlier today. While iOS support remains on hold, Android users willing to pair their compatible smartphones with the Tizen wearable should rejoice ...

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    Doesn’t it feel like Samsung’s latest fitness products received too little attention from the company’s marketing department and consequently, the media, on the heels of their actual announcements? The Gear IconX in particular was pretty much forgotten after a few pre-release mentions by both leakers and Samsung PR, which is hardly fair. Not only are we dealing with “truly cord-free”, truly wireless headphones here, but the 3-in-1 Gear IconX device can also work as a standalone music player, courtesy of its very own 4GB internal storage, pulling triple duty via an in-ear heart ...

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    While yesterday felt like an early Black Friday of sorts, between Amazon and Microsoft’s 24-hour-limited deals and the introduction of sweet HTC and T-Mobile promos set to last a little longer, today is tech customer satisfaction-measuring day. After surprisingly hearing precocious digital wallet adopters are more content with Samsung Pay than market veteran Apple Pay, separate May-June surveys conducted by J.D. Power found Cupertino in the lead in the smartwatch landscape, and its Korea-based rival the recipient of the fitness band gold medal. The former was to be expected, given the ...

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    Even though Google hasn't found the amount of consumer adoption that rivals have seen with their smartwatch offerings, it doesn't mean that there isn't a tremendous future in Android Wear. This is not only the most diverse platform, but also the one that has evolved the quickest when compared to others. We've seen a few recent rumors that claim that Google is even willing to build its own smartwatches to compete, and today we learn about them. Today we find some very interesting renders of Google's possible Android Wear smartwatches, codenamed Angelfish and Swordfish. The renders are ...

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    It’s not pretty and circular, like the fall 2015-released Time Round, and it can’t monitor your heart rate, which is probably the key selling point of the recently unveiled, crowd-funded, and soon-to-be-commercialized Pebble 2 and Time 2. Nonetheless, last year’s Pebble Time Steel arguably has enough going for it to warrant its $200 MSRP. In fact, the premium-built, “marine grade” stainless steel chassis and bezel-sporting smartwatch has presumably been selling so well lately that a few configurations are currently listed as out of stock on the manufacturer’s US website. ...

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    This is an odd stunt, even for OnePlus, a company that once encouraged its fans to smash their perfectly functional old phones for a chance to receive a new and better one. It also makes us wonder whether co-founder Carl Pei might actually still be gauging interest in a prospective OnePlus smartwatch. Sure, Pei is adamant the wearable device “could have been but never will be”, following a decision taken in 2015 to cancel it over fears of losing smartphone focus and not being able to stand out in a “cruel”, crowded, challenging market where so few OEMs can turn a profit at the ...

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    Despite no major breakthrough or innovation in the past couple of years, the wearables market is still very much alive and kicking. 101.9 million wearable units are expected to be shipped worldwide this year, marking a 29 percent growth over 2015. The information comes from IDC, who predicts a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.3 percent, meaning the total number of wearable units shipped worldwide could very well reach 213.6 million units in 2020. Watches and wristbands take up the majority of these numbers, but other wearables are also contributing to the category's market growth ...

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    While Pebble detractors have been led to reconsider their stance on the smartwatch pioneer’s future following the Kickstarter debut of the affordable, heart rate-enabled Pebble 2 and Time 2, as well as the 3G-integrating Core, devoted fans probably feel there’s something missing. Specifically, a sequel for the September 2015-unveiled Time Round. Ask and ye shall receive, it turns out, with the circular, sleek wearable due for a redesign this September. That’s when “polished” gold and silver finishes will begin shipping to early adopters, who can already “pre-order” the ...

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    HTC’s generosity knows no bounds, it seems, at least when it comes to the company’s newest flagship phone, also seen as its prospective financial savior. For that to happen, of course, the HTC 10 has to be competitively priced, which isn’t really the case with the $100 coupon code from a while back no longer valid. On the bright side, Memorial Day buyers were offered complimentary Re Cameras, and now, folks in the market for a nice Father’s Day present can get one of two headsets bundled with the HTC 10 at no extra charge. Through Sunday, May 19, you have the choice between an ...

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    A pair of modular Moto-branded smartphones (or rather, normal phones with snap-on modules), the world’s first commercial product to integrate Google’s AR Tango technology, two surprisingly advanced foldable gadget prototypes, and… smart shoes?! As odd as it sounds, that’s the eclectic device roster Lenovo displayed on a glitzy San Francisco stage at the Tech World conference yesterday. There’s probably no need to explain why we got to the connected footwear last, since we’re clearly dealing with a pre-release concept unlikely to hit stores anytime soon. Still, we have to admit ...

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    Samsung clearly has great ambitions for its first “basic” activity tracker in two years, taking the wraps off the Gear Fit 2 just last week, instantly putting it up for pre-orders stateside, and already crowing over the wearable’s wide availability today. According to a new press release, the Samsung Gear Fit 2 is “now commercially available in select markets including the US, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Australia”, gradually heading soon “around the globe.” Priced at $180 on American shores, the standalone GPS-packing sports band however is still listed on ...

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