Posts tagged with: Wearables
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    Smartwatches may be more popular today than ever before, but even with rising public interest, they still have a few major hurdles to clear. Battery life continues to remain a challenge, but the use of tech like wireless charging promises to help make things a little smoother. There's also the problem of input; voice command sounds like it's going to be the gold standard, but how are you supposed to interact with your watch when you need to be quiet? When you're somewhere like a theater or in a meeting? We've shared with you early efforts to bring on-screen keyboards to even these tiny ...

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    If there's one thing about us geeks, it's our capacity to be super-critical about every little thing you can imagine. Sometimes that's a good thing: it prevents us from being bamboozled by every piece of techno-trash a company tries to shove down our throat, and it prompts the more vocal among us to shout out loud until those firms refine their offerings. Criticism, on the whole, can have a net positive effect. But sometimes it feels like we complain just for the sake of making noise. Publications like ours are as guilty of this as any other, but on the whole, most of us try to keep our ...

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    Are you excited for the arrival of Android Wear hardware? You should be, especially with all the news we're likely to get out of Google I/O this week, including (hopefully) confirmation about when devices like the LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360 will go up for sale. Last week we briefly looked at how the G Watch will get its power, checking out a pic of the wearable that seemed to suggest a clip-on cradle will attach to its rear set of contacts, allowing for the attachment of a Micro USB cable. For the Moto 360, on the other hand, we've been expecting a much more exotic charging system ...

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    Wearables are shaping-up to be a major focus of Google I/O this year, and with the conference just about ready to get underway, we're not far from learning what Google has to share. One rumor we recently checked out concerns availability of Glass, and instead of tackling the usual “when will this become affordable and easy to buy” question, it looked to the issue of international availability: when would anyone but curious wearables enthusiasts in the US get a change to call Glass their own? We heard about a couple nations that might be on the short list for getting Glass next, ...

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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    Any bets on whether we'll really see the LG G Watch make its commercial debut next week? The wearable has been official for months now, but we still haven't had the chance to learn much about how it will go up for sale. Some recent Play Store glitches have made it look like Google might offer sales of the G Watch directly, and rumors have suggested that Google I/O attendees might leave with the smartwatch in their goodie bags. So while we're likely to start seeing a whole lot more of the G Watch very soon, for now it's still a treat when we get to check out new pics of the watch in the ...

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    Motorola's getting a lot of attention for its upcoming Moto 360 smartwatch, and more than because of the Android Wear software the wearable will run, people are fascinated with the idea of its circular display. It won't be the first one we ever saw, with Motorola itself delivering the round-screened Aura a few years prior, but anything with a display that's not rectangular is still very much the exception. And there are good reasons for that: circular displays can be tricky to produce, complicated to address with typical display circuitry, and are more wasteful to fabricate. But today we ...

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    About a month ago we were trying to get to the bottom of what pricing would look like for the Android Wear-powered Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch. While an official number hadn't been formally announced, we heard about a design contest the manufacturer was throwing for 360 watch faces, with the prize being a Moto 360 watch to take home. And nestled within all the contest rules, Motorola was forced to divulge an MSRP: just shy of $250. We're still waiting for 360 sales to begin (and its price to finally be confirmed), but this week we pick up from the other end of that thread, as we see ...

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    Google I/O 2014 is just one week away, and one of the many reasons we've been looking forward to the conference has been for what it will mean for Android Wear. When LG first announced its G Watch Android Wear smartwatch back in March, it mentioned plans for a second quarter introduction, and July (along with Q3) is creeping up on us fast. We've also heard that the G Watch might be an I/O giveaway to attendees, hinting at imminent retail availability. Now we've got one more sign of a pending retail launch, as some G-Watch-related text shows up on the German version of the Google Play ...

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    With Google I/O a mere week away, chances are very good that we're about to find ourselves facing some new Android Wear developments. Between whatever software news emerges out of there, and the pending arrival of the LG G Watch, Moto 360, and whatever new hardware pops up this summer, Android Wear is threatening to go from zero to sixty in no time at all, changing the Android smartwatch landscape. That puts pressure on manufacturers of existing smartwatches to keep moving if they want their products to stay relevant, and today we see Samsung doing a little of just that, doling out a new ...

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    Apple may be famous for the products it has launched over the last couple of decades, but one thing that it has also become infamous for, is for the products it has decided not to launch, or even for the technologies it has always been late to adopt. Another thing Apple is famous for, and in this particular manner Steve Jobs mainly, is in attracting some very good talent in order to help him make the best decisions while he ran Apple. One of these talents is famous designer Hartmut Esslinger, which Steve Jobs hired in 1982, and which is still highly respected in the industry. If you're ...

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    After hearing those rumors about Google Fit just a little earlier this morning, our wearables kick continues, and now we've got a new development from Samsung to check out. Samsung's already got more wearables than pretty much anyone else out there, and from the signs of it, its pace isn't about to start slowing down. Last month we looked at a leak that identified Samsung's model SM-R382 as an upcoming Gear model – but that's all we had. This week, that model number makes a reappearance, as the watch's FCC certification paperwork goes public. So, what is this thing? Well, it's probably ...

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    Apple's launch of iOS 8 earlier this month is still fresh on our mind, and along with all the other new features it introduced, we got to know HealthKit. With HealthKit, Apple aims to give wearable activity trackers and other body sensors a central hub for storing their sensor data, maximizing its usefulness for fitness tracking or more serious healthcare-related analysis. And when Apple's own smartwatch eventually makes its debut, it should fit right in with the existing HealthKit functionality. But when it comes to wearables, Android's already way ahead of iOS, so where's its own ...

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    Sales of Google Glass feel like they're approaching a crossroads. Google's removed the initial exclusivity from its Glass Explorer program, opening sales to any eligible shopper with $1500 to spend. We've been wondering if Google could finally be ready to move Glass forward into its next phase, targeting even broader audiences with a lower price. It's still unclear just when, how, (or hell, if) that might happen, but a new rumor has arrived to offer another stab at what Google could be up to for its next big Glass expansion, finally bringing the headset to users abroad. Our mention of ...

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    Pebble introduced the Pebble Steel this past winter as a sleeker, slightly more capable, and all around just better-looking version of last year's popular smartwatch. Really, it took most everything we liked about the original and refined it – just what we'd expect from a second-generation model. But right from the beginning, availability was an issue, and even once Steel went up for order, users could find themselves waiting months and months to get their hands on a unit. The situation has greatly improved by this point, but what if you don't feel like waiting at all; what if you want ...

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