Posts tagged with: Wearables
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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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    There’s obviously a very close connection between one’s physical health and emotional stability, and while wearable and wellness pioneer Pebble doesn’t intend to read a user’s mind… yet, it wants you to better understand how “different environments and events impact your mood.” It’s not going to be easy, and it might get a little annoying, but if you install the aptly titled Happiness app on the Time, Time Steel, or Time Round smartwatch, and answer a few simple questions every hour for a full week, you’ll receive an email report containing “deeper insights” into your ...

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    If there’s one thing we’ve always liked and found refreshing about OnePlus co-founders Pete Lau and Carl Pei, that’s definitely their candor regarding the company’s plans, strategies and product lineup. Once again, CEO Pete Lau doesn’t shy away from talking past explorations of the fledgling wearable market, confirming a OnePlus OneWatch of sorts was very seriously considered before the Chinese startup concluded it needed to remain “focused.” Focused on smartphones in general, and budget-friendly high-enders in particular, which still have more room for growth than ...

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    Smart rings may not be quite as old as time, but plenty of tech startups have attempted to move at least part of the magic currently going on in your hands, pockets and around your wrists to your fingers in the past couple of years. We even have reason to believe industry veterans and leaders like Samsung and Apple are quietly working behind the scenes to integrate various ways to control phones, tablets and PCs on tomorrow’s intelligent rings. For the time being, though, we’re afraid you need to settle for a similar prototype developed by multinational financial services giant Visa to ...

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    It's been a couple years of silent squats and burpees for Samsung's fitness-dedicated wearables. That's not to say that the company has ignored fitness. Not by a long shot. But if the chaebol wants to keep battling the likes of Apple and Fitbit, it needed to get its fitness right. Did it? Well, the Gear Fit 2 is giving it a shot. It keeps the wide AMOLED display from its predecessor, though it's gotten a bit wider — 216 x 432 at a 38.1mm (1.5 inches) diameter — that can show live stats as well as messaging notifications. The display is shy of the 24.5mm profile of the ...

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    How much is an arguably tiny and low-res but super-convenient nonetheless OLED display worth? Apparently, under 10 bucks, as that’s the pricing difference between the first-gen Mi Band and lightly revised 1S on one side and the radically redesigned and upgraded Xiaomi Mi Band 2 on the other. Well, perhaps “radically” is a bit of an exaggeration, since the non-touch screen is the only important new feature brought to the table. But boy, is it important, transforming the way you interact with the world’s cheapest activity tracker by putting the time on your wrist, plus step count, ...

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    Technically, Jawbone was never rumored to be giving up on its semi-successful activity tracker business altogether. Still, the recent murmur of the company’s struggles to clear old inventory and its overall delicate financial standing ultimately prompted a representative to issue a full press statement after initially declining to comment. “Speculation that Jawbone is exiting the wearable business or going out of business altogether is false.” begins the somber proclamation, with a full frontal assault then directed at the Tech Insider reporter that spread “this false ...

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    While the vast majority of today’s popular activity trackers highlight the number and precision of their sensors, battery endurance, build quality, water resistance and connectivity as key selling points, you shouldn’t be very surprised if the next wave of low-cost wearables takes a cue from smartphones in engaging in spec wars. The Samsung Gear Fit 2, for instance, is tipped to pack a homebrewed 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, and 2GB internal storage space. That’s in stark contrast to the meek 180 MHz ARM Cortex M4-based CPU inside the original Gear Fit model, whereas RAM and ...

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    MediaTek caught a lot of Computex 2016 attendees off guard and made plenty of headlines yesterday with the announcement of its own groundbreaking fast-charging solution for Android smartphones, but if you were expecting Qualcomm to unveil something similarly innovative at the Taipei expo, we’re sorry to disappoint. Then again, it’s clearly far too early for Quick Charge 3.0 or Snapdragon 820 follow-ups, so all things considered, it’s nice to see even a new entry-level Snapdragon Wear processor brought to light and commercially launched inside low-cost wearables from low-profile ...

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    Even Microsoft’s most hardcore fans and health nuts in general have to admit Redmond’s second-gen fitness band, while better than the original in every single way, felt a little on the pricey side at $250 back in the day. Luckily, MS didn’t take long to realize that itself and amended the situation by first shaving 50 bucks off retail. The temporary promo rapidly turned into a routine thing, and then the Microsoft Band 2 lowered the asking price further, to a much more palatable $175. That was initially supposed to be a limited-time affair as well, but after expiring in late March, ...

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    In addition to expanding its global presence in the smartphone landscape, Xiaomi clearly intends to diversify its product portfolio this year in order to return to growth after a couple of stagnating quarters as far as both sales and profits were concerned. Following the kiddie-oriented Mi Bunny smartwatch, Xiaomi recently confirmed a mainstream intelligent timepiece with more than just LED indicator lights or a basic display is in the pipeline. Also, a 4K-supporting Mi Box with Android TV for Western markets, iHealthBox wellness monitor, and mystery VR headset. But the wildly successful ...

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    It looks like activity tracker pioneer and wearable market leader Fitbit has much more important things to worry about than declining profits and prospectively stagnating sales, as a class action lawsuit filed a few months ago may end up greatly harming the company’s reputation. We’re probably way past the silently settling phase too, with a lot of fingers pointed at the Charge HR, Surge and Blaze for erratically and imprecisely monitoring heart rate information which can “pose a danger to not only the clinical population, but those population of individuals who may not know that ...

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    The phrase "make or break" is tossed around often in the world of consumer electronics. With that editorial trope acknowledged, we could be looking at a make or break product release from Pebble. Unveiled today, the smartwatch pioneer showed off the new Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2, and Pebble Core on Kickstarter. This company has been facing challenges of late, recently dealing with some layoffs, but the market for wearables remains strong. Is Pebble back in the game with these new products, or have consumers moved on to more visible brands? Fans flocked, Kicstarter funded Whether you agree ...

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    While we’re certainly a little disappointed to see Pebble once again ask its fans for financial support before commercially launching a new product (or three), the advancements of the Pebble 2 and Time 2 smartwatches guarantee them a spot in the same league as most Android Wear heavyweights, making everything else feel irrelevant. Both the Pebble Time 2 and Pebble 2 feature 24/7 heart rate monitors, built-in microphones, activity and sleep tracking, water resistance up to 30 meters, and multi-day battery life. Oddly enough, although the Pebble 2 seems to sport the smaller, more frugal ...

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    Although Pebble’s hardcore fans seemed to relish the opportunity of once again throwing their weight behind a smartwatch prototype on Kickstarter early last year, many neutral observers of the wearable phenomenon felt the fundraiser was unnecessary and even somewhat tasteless. The Time and Time Steel should really have been developed, mass-produced and distributed without the help of the actual buyers, and the “normal” release of the Time Round in the fall of 2015 did little to fix Pebble’s strategic mistake. It’s all about perception at the end of the day, and after so much time ...

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    They say seeing is believing, so although we’ve heard an awful lot about the surprisingly advanced specs and features of the upcoming “entry-level” Samsung Gear Fit 2 wearable lately from rock-solid sources, it’s certainly nice to also get some visual confirmation. The activity tracker is once again pictured in black, blue and pink, with a much more ergonomic design than its predecessor, comfortable apparent fit on any wrist, curvy body, and a sharp screen that feels like a smooth continuation of the strap instead of two different puzzle pieces not able to come together very ...

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    Who says we don't cover pockets at Pocketnow? Google's Advanced Technologies and Products unit — you know, the one that'll make sure Project Ara gets out to consumers next year — is working on another little ditty called "Project Jacquard". It is essentially trying to work with denim crafting company Levi's to make one of its signature Commuter trucker jackets, but with a cuff woven with touch sensors and a Bluetooth-enabled band embedded within. The band connects with your phone and allows you to swipe up or down on calls and notifications and even trigger actions — if third-party ...

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    The little startup that essentially laid the foundation for your Apple Watch, Samsung Gear S timepieces, Android Wear gizmos and so on appears to be going through an identity crisis of sorts, as many rivals undercut its prices and build quality, with substantial layoffs prompted by flagging sales and profits. Ironically, the healthy future of Pebble might be in the hands of not just its own engineers and developers, but software and especially hardware partners working on ways to squeeze the last possible drop of functionality and productivity out of the Time and Time Steel. Partners like ...

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    Android Pay may be making news as part of Google I/O, but elsewhere in the mobile payments sector, it's wearables that have been making the waves. Fitbit announced its acquisition of assets held by Coin, the mobile payment startup that crowdfunded its debut eponymous product. The maker of fitness trackers said that it will gain personnel, intellectual property and options to implement NFC-based mobile payments into future fitness bands. As the company itself and its products have not been acquired, Coin will continue selling its Coin 2.0 product. Competitor Jawbone has a deal with ...

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    "VR should be mobile, should be approachable, should be for everyone." It's why at Google I/O the company is improving upon everything it had in its earlier Cardboard solution. The Daydream experience on Android N to bring higher framerates, lower latency, better motion quality and processing. Smartphones must have minimum specifications for Daydream. Samsung, HTC, LG, Xiaomi and several other manufacturers already have Daydream-ready specs in current phones or in ones coming soon. Manufacturers working on headsets already have a more comfortable reference design while a new controller ...

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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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