Items tagged with wearable

If you're a fitness guru or otherwise looking to "live healthier and be more productive," as Microsoft pitches its Band accessory, you have options. Lots of them. Fitness has become a huge point of focus for the wearables category, and speaking of the aforementioned Microsoft Band, the Redmond outfit sliced $20 off the price of its wrist band today.It now sells for $180, down from its original retail cost of $200. With it you can "achieve your wellness goals and stay more productive with email. previews, and calendar alerts at a glance," Microsoft says. It offers guided workouts, can track your... Read more...
You didn't think Samsung would let Apple hog the wearable spotlight with its Apple Watch, did you? Rather than concede defeat, Samsung this week released its next-generation Gear smartwatch SDK to developers, along with documentation, sample applications, images, and an explanation about the forthcoming wearable.In looking over the bundled extras, we know the next Gear will feature a 1.18-inch round display with a 360x360 resolution. That will give it a pixel density of 305 pixels per inch, the most of any Samsung-brand smartwatch to date. You can also expect a healthy assortment of sensors --... Read more...
Apple has acknowledged that some skin tattoos and other factors can affect the ability of an Apple Watch to detect a person's heart rate. The issue came to light recently when some Apple Watch owners began complaining that their wearable wasn't functioning properly when worn on top of a tattooed wrist, which seems to be exacerbated by darker tattoos. The reason for this has to do with the way Apple Watch devices read heart beats. Apple's wearables are equipped with LED lights paired with light-sensitive photodiodes that can detect the flow of blood in your wrist at any given time. It does this... Read more...
Do you prefer a more traditional round face when it comes to watches? If so, you'll be glad to know that Samsung is planning to go circular for its next Gear smartwatch. The forthcoming wearable will be Samsung's 7th generation Gear smartwatch, and leading up to the launch, Samsung for the first time is making its wearable software development kit (SDK) available to developers before the official product announcement. Over on Samsung's developer portal, the company shows a giant, circular watch face with the tag line, "Get ready for the next Gear." Underneath is a series of smaller watch faces,... Read more...
What's one of the most expensive wearable on the market today? It's the Apple Watch, of course, which starts at $349 and goes all the way up to $17,000. An AppleCare+ protection plan and you could be looking at up to an additional $1,500. Or you could take repairs into your own hands. Just how feasible is the DIY option? The answer depends on the problem. The tech surgeons at iFixIt got their mitts on the Apple Watch Sport and proceeded to lay it out on their operating table for an emergency dissection. Things started off easy enough -- with a press of a button on the back... Read more...
If it hasn't been proven obvious enough up to this point, the wearables market has immense potential, and we're not just talking about things like smartwatches or smart eyewear. What about shirts? Gloves? Hats? For a number of different reasons, smart clothing could prove very useful, or down-right important, depending on who's wearing it. But there is a problem with such implementations: integrated circuits typically don't like to be bent. We've seen bendable displays time and time again, but what about bendable ICs? That could become possible if printing circuits with liquid-metal alloys becomes... Read more...
If you're not wanting to pledge allegiance to either Android or iOS in the smartwatch sector, you might be interested in Alcatel's OneTouch, a cross-platform wearable that's now available to pre-order in the U.S. for $149.99 on the company's website. It's the same one that was first showed off at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year and is slated to ship on June 1, 2015. The OneTouch sports a 1.22-inch touchscreen display with a 240x204 resolution. It's wrapped in a silver circular casing and has a black patterned band with a metal clip, at least for the model that's available... Read more...
The underlying message today from Pebble is "if you can do it with Android Wear, you can do it with Pebble." That's because the smartwatch maker just graduated Android Wear compatibility from beta to public release, thus allowing Pebble hardware to act on and respond to notifications from its monochrome display. First things first -- to prep your Pebble smartwatch for Android Wear compatibility, you need to update the device's firmware to version 2.9 and then snag the latest version of the Pebble Android app (version 2.3.0) from the Google Play Store (or just click here). Pebble said that those... Read more...
Smartwatches based on Google’s Android Wear platform didn’t start shipping until the latter half of 2014, but since that time over 720,000 units have been sold according to Canalys. Customers were initially only presented with lackluster products like the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live, but those offerings were soon joined by more attractive smartwatches like the Motorola Moto 360, LG G Watch R, Sony SmartWatch 3, and the ASUS ZenWatch. When it comes to a dominant player, the Moto 360 was the “clear leader” according to Canalys. Unfortunately, sales by vendor/model weren’t provided, so we... Read more...
We have yet to see if the smartwatch category will truly take off and become the next big thing, though either way, one company that's enjoyed a bit of success up to this point is Pebble. Remember Pebble? The smartwatch maker doesn't garner the same kind of attention that Google does with its Android Wear platform or Apple and its unreleased Apple Watch, but that hasn't stopped the company from selling over 1 million wearables to date.Pebble chief Eric Migicovsky revealed the million-shipment milestone in an interview with The Verge, adding that it occurred on December 31 of last year. Just eight... Read more...
One of the challenges smartwatch designers face is that of battery life. Understanding that users don't want to be bothered with frequent recharges, companies are devoting a lot of time and R&D into figuring out how to extend battery life. Looking to up the ante, ASUS over the weekend hinted that its next smartwatch might be able to run for up to seven days before needing a recharge. That's in stark contrast to Apple's goal, which is to get its Apple Watch to last all of 19 hours before needing a charge. Active use would be far shorter -- Apple is aiming for 2.5 hours to 4 hours when running... Read more...
Google Glass is an exciting ongoing development in the fields of wearable technology and heads up displays (HUDs). At the same time, it's also been the center of various controversies, such as privacy concerns and the ability to fun afoul of copyright laws by illegally recording certain content. However, there's a new concern that's emerged, and it has to do with blind spots. A new study calls to attention that conventional glasses can reduce the wearer's visual field, sometimes causing absolute scotomas, or blind spots, and that head-mounted devices have even more pronounced frames. "What we've... Read more...
At CES this past January, Intel talked more about wearables than anything else. It became immediately clear that the company was done playing games, and didn't want to fall behind in such a lucrative market. To help give its progress in the wearable game a massive boost, the company announced at that time a competition, 'Make It Wearable', allowing anyone to submit their Intel Edison-based concept and hope to score a big prize. Initially, Intel was hit with 500 entries, which eventually became 40. At that point, even Intel CEO Brian Krzanich pored over those 40 to help whittle them down to 10.... Read more...
Just as video killed the radio star, smartphones played a big role in nearly eliminating the market for wrist watches. Ironically enough, smartphone makers are now trying to bring back the watch, albeit with smart functionality. One of the more active in this pursuit is Samsung, which is getting ready to launch its Gear S smartwatch in the U.S. next week, just as previously promised. The Gear S will be available a week from today (November 7), though if you're unfamiliar with the device, don't expect to see any traces of Android. Samsung is rolling with its own Tizen operating system, an open source... Read more...
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