Posts tagged with: Wearables
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    Infrared keyboards were going to be a thing, right? Type a bunch of stuff on a countertop and have it appear on your phone! Well, sadly, it's a pretty safe bet to say that you're not using an infrared keyboard. That said, interactive projection displays could still have a practical use in smartwatches or so Samsung believes. It has applied for a patent to implement a projector that displays a user interface onto the back of your hand. The watch can pick up input via a camera pointing at your hand. So, what are the possibilities? Well, for one, we might not need a screen on the next ...

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    CEO Tim Cook may try to shine a bright light on Apple’s recent financial numbers, spinning them in such a way that sales decline signals forthcoming growth, and weak China penetration beats yesteryear’s even lousier box-office scores in the world’s largest smartphone market. Meanwhile, the Apple Watch is still considered a hit, and future generations will only make naysayers realize how they can’t live without an iPhone-compatible wearable. Then again, it’s impossible to deny the massive sequential drop in global demand, despite discounts seizing the timepiece its fair share of ...

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    Similar to how many of today’s non-flagship smartphones forgo fingerprint recognition, fast battery charging or optical image stabilization, fitness addicts continue to be dealt GPS-lacking cards in both the smart band and smartwatch game. While these are generally capable of the exact same things as their location-identifying cousins and rivals, they need to tap into a handheld’s navigation system to decently monitor your runs and outdoor training sessions. Even then, data precision can suffer, so if you have the choice, always go for a wearable with built-in GPS functionality. Like ...

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    After failing to thrill in the low-cost wearable space with the slightly-too-pricey, not-sufficiently-ergonomic-or-sensor-packed Gear Fit back in 2014, Samsung pressed the pause button on prospective sequels and spin-offs, instead throwing its weight behind the Gear S2 smartwatch. But now it’s (also) time for a fitness tracker resurgence, as Fitbits, Jawbones and Xiaomi Mi Bands prove you don’t need the heftiest of profit margins to be considered a success story. Before the Gear Fit 2 and Gear IconX can go official however, Samsung wants to tap into the fashion sense of the thriftiest ...

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    I’d like to start this out by stating clearly that I am a diehard Pebble fan of epic proportions. No, I did not fund their original Kickstarter campaign BUT I was one of the first in line to purchase one from the store. Well to be fair, it was my wife that was first in line to buy one for me as an early Christmas present that year as I hadn’t shut up about wanting one for months. From that point forward you’d have been hard pressed to find me without the chunky plastic watch strapped to my wrist. I worked with it on, swam with it on, showered with it on, and pretty much did ...

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    In addition to entry-level Vivofit-series activity trackers meant to compete directly against low-cost Fitbits and Jawbones, as well as slightly pricier Vivoactives and Vivomoves that blur the lines between fitness bands and full-blown smartwatches, Garmin has been slowly building itself a reputation in the intelligent wearable décor thanks to the Forerunner family of “multisport” products. These currently range in price from just $50 or so to as much as $450, with the 735XT introduced the other day at the highest end of the spectrum. While not exactly a smartphone for your wrist, ...

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    We had the feeling Samsung wouldn’t hold off on the announcement of its intriguing next duo of activity-tracking wearables until fall ever since the Gear Fit 2 and IconX were first pictured and fleshed out by prominent leakster Evan Blass. After all, it makes a lot more sense to unveil the Galaxy Note 6 alongside a full-blown Gear S3 smartwatch in advance of IFA 2016. Also, the original Gear Fit is in dire need of a hardware upgrade, and the Gear IconX is the first hybrid device of its kind, thus escaping typical release cycles and timeframes. Last but not least, with so many of the ...

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    Exactly like Xiaomi, Huawei gave priority and put the spotlight first on its newest remarkably affordable phablet before also talking entry-level wearable releases at a Beijing press event yesterday. But unlike its domestic arch-rival, the world’s third largest smartphone manufacturer was ultimately open about the full specs and capabilities of the Honor Band A1, which will begin shipping on Chinese shores in exactly two weeks. As the name suggests, the A1 isn’t a series pioneer, though it really looks nothing like the Honor Band Zero fitness watch. The new guy is an extremely ...

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    When it rains, it pours. The old saying checks out as far as Samsung Galaxy Note 6 gossip goes, including recent word of an unexpected, unusually powerful “Lite” derivation, and it’s especially true for Gear Fit 2 rumors and visual leaks, which have been flooding the interwebs for the past ten days or so. Pictured next to the innovative 3-in-1 Gear IconX activity tracker/stereo earpiece/digital music player the first couple of times, this long overdue follow-up to the 2014 Gear Fit wearable finally flies solo today to reveal a trio of snazzy paint jobs. There’s no reasonable doubt ...

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    Deeming the US this ultimate indicator of brand recognition and even product quality remains a common misconception among tech consumers worldwide, many of which believe Americans put impartial device functionality and productivity above affordability when making an informed buying decision. But while iPhones and high-end Samsung Galaxy handhelds are generally preferred over everything else, despite their extravagant costs, it appears cheap activity trackers command the budding local wearable market. Kantar Worldpanel claims the prevalent US popularity of Fitbits has little to do with the ...

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    With all its R&D, advertising and distribution resources invested in the Gear S2 smartwatch of late, Samsung disregarded the thriving low-cost fitness tracker market for a little too long, leaving Fitbit and Xiaomi to share worldwide domination, while Garmin and Jawbone battle for scraps. Then there’s also Microsoft, which continues to struggle turning its sensor-rich Band 2 into a mainstream box-office hit, as the design and price feel somewhat lacking. But Samsung apparently sees a lot of potential there, working on a very similar Gear Fit 2 activity tracker. Almost too similar. ...

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    However Apple might try to spin the numbers, focusing on profits and margins rather than actual sales, there’s no denying Fitbit continues to reign over the fledgling, slowly growing wearable market with an increasingly diverse portfolio of largely budget-conscious fitness products. Unfortunately, the year-opening fiscal quarter was essentially as bittersweet for the San Francisco-based company as it was for Cupertino, with both unit shipments and total revenue on the rise, but net income in free fall and similarly harsh reactions from Wall Street to earnings calls. Starting with the ...

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    A few years probably still need to pass for the immature wearable market to reach a point of stability, where someone other than Apple can make real money too, and Fitbit and Xiaomi’s budget-focused rivals can realistically target similar shipment numbers. For the time being, you got a host of smartwatch manufacturers that seem to only want to be recognized as industry pioneers when wrist-worn gadgets finally take off, and possibly even more fitness specialists that have trouble finding the right advertising angle for their often too simplistic products. Let’s not forget about luxury ...

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    For Android devices, it's almost a badge of honor getting listed for sale in the Google Store. It's not like Google sells just any hardware, so you've got to be something special to make it into this exclusive club. Beyond Google's own Nexus lineup, that includes some third-party Android TV boxes, but maybe the easiest way to get your hardware in the Google Store is to launch an Android Wear smartwatch. Today we've got big questions about the fate of one of those wearables, as Google appears to have shut down sales of the Moto 360 Sport. As you may recall, the story of the Moto 360 Sport's ...

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    It used to be that Samsung was king of the wearables market, cranking out new models faster than most of us could keep up. But lately we've really seen the company start slowing things down: last year's Gear S2 is still coasting along steadily, and sometimes it feels like Samsung's let VR's rise distract it a little from other wearable pursuits. But we've still heard whispers about where Samsung's efforts could be headed next, and today we score a major breakthrough as a leak outs a pair of upcoming wearables from the manufacturer: the second-gen Gear Fit tracker and the all-new wireless ...

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    Smartwatches do so many things differently from your standard “dumb” timekeepers that it's difficult to know where to start, but there's undeniably one big thread that runs through the whole experience: personalization. From the watch style you choose, to the apps you load on it, to the watchface you turn to dozens of times throughout the day, smartwatch users have plenty of opportunities to really make their wearables their own. That customization extends to straps, but as anyone who's struggled to swap one out for another can tell you, they're not always so easy to work with. ...

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    Not exactly an adherent of the “strike while the iron is hot” philosophy, Nokia continues to take its sweet time before unveiling concrete smartphone-designing comeback plans. In the meantime however, the Finnish multinational communications and information technology company didn’t hesitate to spend some of that Microsoft-obtained money on Alcatel-Lucent and Withings. The latter acquisition is expected to close in “early Q3”, subject to “regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions”, and will see the past makers of Asha and Lumia handhelds cough up EUR 170 million ...

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    It hardly seems controversial to suggest that Apple's working on new smartwatch hardware; after all, the original Apple Watch has been around for quite a while now, and Apple's sure to have come up with a few ideas in the interim on things it might like to do better. And certainly, we've heard plenty of rumors about just what form some of those changes might take. That said, there are plenty are unknowns when we start getting specific about which of these changes Apple's most likely to make, and maybe more importantly, when the company's likely to make them. Will this year only get a minor ...

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    Two weeks back, BlackBerry finally gave us what we'd been asking for for so long (kinda), as the company got around to dialing back the price on its Android-running Priv handset. The unusual smartphone has always been a pretty interesting model, but its top-shelf pricing made it a difficult sell for all but the most ardent Blackberry enthusiasts. A price cut was exactly what the phone needed … but the scant $50 BlackBerry was willing to take off its sticker felt like too little, too late. Luckily, one retailer is stepping up to fulfill our dream of a Priv with a much more wallet-friendly ...

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    Shortly before the Apple Watch went up for sale last year, we learned about a little data port that was hiding under one of the strap connectors. At first it seemed like this hardware might be reserved for development models, but the smartwatch ended up keeping the interface for its final form. And while Apple itself didn't offer any consumer-facing uses for the port, it wasn't long before we learned about a third-party company interested in taking advantage of the connector, in the form of the battery-boosting Reserve Strap. By tapping into those pins, the strap was supposed to help ...

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    You may have spoken with Cortana, or asked Siri for her help, but have you checked in lately to see what Amazon's been up to with its own voice-powered service, Alexa? The system finds itself at the heart of the company's Echo smart appliance, which has recently been branching out into new form factors. Amazon's even encouraged fans to build Alexa-connected hardware of their own. Now one set of developers are looking to bring Alexa to our wrists, as they crowdfund a smartwatch featuring tight Alexa integration. The iMCO CoWatch runs Cronologics' custom wearable platform, including access ...

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    Summer's coming, and for a lot of us that means lots of opportunities to find ourselves separated from our hard-earned cash: vacations, concerts, dining out – hell, even air-conditioning bills. So if the looming season has you thinking that you should try and save some money while you can, we may have just the deals for you. After all, living on a budget shouldn't mean that you totally deprive yourself of some techy toys, and today we've got a couple of deals that can hook you up with that tech without breaking the bank. If you're looking for the lowest price in town on the Nexus 5X, ...

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    This September, it will have been two years since Apple first announced the Apple Watch. And in the mobile-tech world, that's more cause for a retirement party than a birthday party. The smartwatch's age has been helping to fuel rumors of second-gen hardware, and while the idea that Apple's cooking up a new wearable is an easy enough sell, sources have been butting head over the details: what changes will Apple make for its second-gen model, and when could we hope to see the new smartwatch launch? Just last week we looked at a report pointing to a substantially thinner Apple Watch making ...

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    Apple's recent hardware event may have brought us a new iPhone, and a new tablet, but it came up a little bit lacking for wearable fans: we got new Apple Watch bands, sure, and a new low price for the entry-level model, but isn't it about time to see the launch of a second-gen Apple Watch? After all, it's been a year and a half since Apple first announced the smartwatch, and nearly a year since retain availability commenced – in the mobile market, that's an eternity. But so far while we've heard a few rumors of possible changes due for a next-gen Apple Watch, we've lacked a lot of ...

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    Huawei just introduced its latest flagship smartphones, the P9 and P9 Plus, each armed with a pair of 12MP Leica cameras. Their debut would make today a big enough occasion for Huawei alone, but they're not the only new devices taking the stage at the company's London launch event. Alongside these handsets, Huawei's also showing off its latest wearable, as it draws the curtains back on the TalkBand B3. In previous years we saw Huawei's TalkBand launch at MWC, first with the B1 back in 2014, and following up with the B2 last year. For 2016, Huawei held back its new TalkBand for this April ...

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