Items tagged with wearables

Preliminary number crunching from International Data Corporation (IDC) reveals that smartwatch shipments are down for the first time since the wearable became a thing, declining a hefty 32 percent year-over-year in the second quarter of 2016. That puts overall smartphone shipments at just 3.5 million units for the quarter, compared to 5.1 million in the same quarter a year ago. Out of all the smartwatch players, Apple was hit the hardest by the relative disinterest in the category. It was also the only smartwatch vendor to experience a decline in shipments—Apple shipped just 1.6 million Apple Watch... Read more...
So it seems that Google is probably, almost definitely and most likely working on a pair of Android Wear smartwatches of its own, according to a "reliable source" along with "confirmation of their existence from multiple sources" who spilled the beans to Android Police. On a scale of 1 to 10, the site's confidence level in the information obtained from its sources is a 9. Well alright them.There's a lot of huffing and puffing over the sources and validity of the rumored wearables—several paragraphs, in fact—along with a disclaimer in case it turns out to be hogwash or Google cancels the project.... Read more...
Every so often there comes around a deal that has us doing a double take, and the latest promotion for an unlocked Moto X Pure smartphone and Moto 360 smartwatch bundle is one of those times. If you follow our instructions, you can score both for a penny shy of $400, which amounts to a savings of right around $350.If you want take advantage of this deal, head to the Moto X product page, click the Storage tab at the bottom of the site and change it to 64GB, and then click the Buy button. That will show a price of $449.49, but don't fret, you're not paying that price. Click the Add to Cart button,... Read more...
Qualcomm announced today at Computex the new Snapdragon Wear 1100 SoC. This particular processor is destined to fit into wearables for children and the elderly, fitness trackers, and smart headsets. It is intended to complement the Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC, which is designed for multi-purpose wearables. Anthony Murray, Senior Vice President and General Manager, IoT, Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd. stated, “We are delighted to add Snapdragon Wear 1100 to our Snapdragon Wear family, thus making it easier for customers to develop connected wearables with targeted... Read more...
The first day of summer is just around the bend and if you're wanting to shed a few pounds before hitting the beach, a fitness band is a good way to turn that motivation into action. But which of the many different ones available should you go with? One of our favorites is the Microsoft Band 2, especially when it's marked down for sale like it is right now. Every so often, Microsoft and its partners slash the price of its wearables. Back in February, Dell was selling the Band 2 for $199 and tossing in a free $75 e-gift card to sweeten the pot. Not long after, Microsoft and Best Buy were offering... Read more...
Sound the alarm and alert the public, Samsung is kicking Android Wear to the curb and rolling exclusively with its own Tizen OS for wearables such as smartwatches! Actually, don't go sounding the alarm and don't alert the public—contrary to what you might have read earlier today, Samsung isn't ditching Android Wear. The clarification from Samsung came after Fast Company cited unnamed executives from the South Korean firm as saying that it wasn't building or planning to develop any Android Wear devices. It seemed like a totally plausible statement considering that Samsung's tapped Tizen for nearly... Read more...
Thanks to the Internet, technology has become intertwined with our daily lives, playing a part from the moment our smartphones wake us up with an alarm to chilling with Netflix after a long day's work. Now technology is being woven in our very clothes. Meet Project Jacquard and the world's first smart denim jacket that's being built in collaboration between Google and Levi. Smart clothing is one of the frontiers Google's been embarking on and it found a willing partner in Levi to come for the ride. What they did was integrate Jacquard technology into Levi's Commuter Trucker Jacket designed specifically... Read more...
One of the neat things about Android Wear is that manufacturers have stepped to the plate with different physical designs to suit a variety of style preferences. Android Wear smartwatch owners also have access to a host of watch faces. However, if there's a downside, it's that swapping out wristbands hasn't been as quick and easy as it could be. Google realized this, so it took the bull by the horns and created a new line of watch bands called MODE. Developed in partners with b&nd by Hadley Roma, the new MODE bands feature a simple mechanism with a slide button to snap and swap watch bands... Read more...
We promise, this is going to be a review of some upcoming wearable technology from Hykso, designed specifically for punch tracking, but before we dig into the product a bit of backstory is in order. There are reasons why this particular product is so interesting to us, and we want to lay some groundwork to help you all better understand where we're coming from... Hykso Punch Tracking Sensors   The fact that I’ve been working at HotHardware for close to two decades should be evidence enough to prove that I’m a technology enthusiast. Whether it’s a brand new processor, graphics card, slick mini-PC,... Read more...
Qualcomm unveiled a brand new mobile processor today, just don't expect to find it inside any upcoming smartphones or tablets. Instead, the company's new Snapdragon Wear 2100 System-on-Chip (SoC) is designed for the growing wearables market, and specifically for next-generation smartwatches. Size and certainly battery life are perhaps the two most important traits of a smartwatch. The Snapdragon Wear 2100 helps in both regards—according to Qualcomm, the new SoC is 30 percent smaller than previous generation wearables, which in turn will allow for thinner and sleeker product designs. And because... Read more...
Microsoft made a splash in the wearables market with its original Band device, and then followed that up with the Band 2, a fancier and more feature rich version of the original. The second iteration is one of the best fitness wearables on the market, and it just got a little bit better courtesy of a new update. One of the biggest issues with wearables is battery life. It's the nature of the beast when you're dealing with a small and lightweight gadget, so rather than roll with bigger and heavier batteries, manufactures have to get creative. Microsoft's done that with its newest update by enabling... Read more...
It didn't take long for Apple to rise up and claim the top spot in the smartwatch market, at least unofficially. Apple still hasn't revealed sales or shipment figures for its Apple Watch line of wearables, but a new report by market research firm Juniper Research pegs Apple as having shipped 51.5 percent of the world's smartwatches in 2015.One thing to note before performing a little surface level dissection is that the report refers to Apple's shipments, not necessarily actual sales to consumers. That's an important distinction, though to be fair, we haven't heard any reports of retailers or Apple... Read more...
Health and fitness has emerged as a key part of the wearables market. Whether it's a dedicated fitness band or a smartwatch, common features include a heartrate monitor, sleep tracking, and other tidbits designed to help users hit their fitness goals. That being the case, we're hardly surprised Samsung has developed a dedicated Bio-Processor. The Bio-Processor is an all-in-one system logic chip for wearables focused on health and fitness. Samsung says it's the first of its kind. It's also pretty advanced with five Analog Front Ends (AFEs), a microcontroller unit (MCU), a power management integrated... Read more...
One advantage smartwatches have over their dumb brethren is that when you grow tired of looking at the same timepiece, you can download new backgrounds to freshen things up. So it goes with Android Wear, the custom version of Android built specifically for smartwatches, which just received nine more watch faces.Each of the new watch faces is from an "iconic fashion" designer or brand, including Ted Baker, Melissa Joy Manning, Vivienne Tam, Nicole Miller, Y-3, Mango, Zoe Jordan, Harajuku Kawaii, and ASICS. They all bring a unique flair to the Android Wear world, and best of all, they're free to... Read more...
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