Items tagged with wearables

If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck, right? Not necessarily. Chinese giant Huawei has a new wearable for the U.S. market, the Huawei Fit, and while it's certainly shaped like a smartwatch and can tell time like a smartwatch, Huawei is pitching its latest wearable as a fitness tracker with a rated six day battery life (or 30 days if left on standby). "Huawei Fit is the next evolution of Huawei wearables, combining learnings from products including the Huawei Watch," said Zhengdong Zhu, president of Huawei Device USA. "We designed Huawei Fit to be the perfect fitness... Read more...
Has the smartwatch fad run its course? That's the question to ask as worldwide smartwatch sales fell off a cliff in the third quarter of 2016. According to market tracking firm International Data Corporation (IDC), smartphone volumes reached just 2.7 million units this past quarter, down over 51 percent from the 5.6 million units shipped in the same quarter a year ago. IDC called it a "significant decline," though also pointed out that the third quarter of last year was the first time the Apple Watch enjoyed widespread retail availability following a limited online launch. The second generation... Read more...
HP is expanding its portfolio of wearable products by teaming up with Movado Group to release a line of high-end analog smartwatches. These luxury watches will make use of the former's Engineered by HP smart platform and will span the latter's licensed watch brand portfolio, including Coach, HUGO BOSS, Juicy Couture, Tommy Hilfiger, and Scuderia Ferrari. You might not be aware, but HP has a small Wearables division. It currently offers just a small handful of products, among them a Movado BOLD Motion line that starts at $695 and a couple of $100 MISFIT Shine Sleep/Activity Monitors, to name about... Read more...
When Google launched its Android Wear platform for wearable devices a couple of years ago, HTC was listed among a collection of nearly two dozen partners said to be working on a smartwatch utilizing the specialty OS. HTC's name still sits on that list, though here we are two and a half years later and the company has yet to announce an Android Wear smartwatch. Will it ever? Newly leaked photos suggests the answer is yes, and perhaps soon.The first rumor that HTC was working on a smartwatch came in 2013, though it was never interested in releasing a gimmicky product. Half a year later, Google brought... Read more...
It's not hard to find wearables that have a huge focus on fitness, but it can be hard finding one that's worth actually purchasing. If you're serious about fitness, and like using modern technology to help you improve your workouts, then you're going to want to pay attention to the new Radar Pace from Oakley (made in cooperation with Intel and Luxottica). At $450, Oakley's Radar Pace glasses are not designed for those who are casual about fitness. Instead, they are geared towards those who enjoy the myriad of stats and recommendations that will come from the product's software. They're also... Read more...
The verdict is still out on whether or not the population at large will embrace smartwatches when they can whip out their smartphones to check the time instead, though one thing that's been propping up sales in the wearables category is the recent hyper focus on health on fitness. It's an angle Apple's been leveraging with its Apple Watch devices, and now it's partnered with Aetna to push its products and services onto the healthcare carrier's employees and members. As part of Aetna's new Apple-focused initiative, it plans to hand out Apple Watches to all of its nearly 50,000 employees. There's... Read more...
Researchers at MIT have taken the concept of a temporary tattoo and launched it into the technology age. Using a process that creates conductive circuit designs that can be easily transferred to the surface of human skin, in addition to surface-mounted microcontrollers or LEDs, the researchers have developed user interfaces and simple displays that can be installed on human skin as wearable technology. The team at MIT is calling it DuoSkin. An NFC Capable DuoSkin Device There are three main steps in the process of creating a functional DuoSkin tattoo. First, graphic design software is used to sketch... Read more...
It looks like the whole smartwatch category might have legs, after all. Rumor has it Apple is getting ready to launch a new Apple Watch line while Samsung, it's main rival in all things mobile, has sent out invitations to members of the press for what it strongly hints will be a smartwatch announcement. The invitation doesn't actually mention a smartwatch, but unless it's planning to release a clock, there's little else it could be.Samsung's press conference is scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 1, at IFA 2016. The invitation has clock hands, which we presume to mean the launch of the... Read more...
The next version of the Apple Watch isn't likely to look much different than Apple's first generation wrist wearable device, though it will boast some fancy (and requested) new features, the biggest of which is GPS tracking, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted in a research note to investors over the weekend.While just predictions, Kuo has sources in Apple's supply chain, so these are more like highly educated guesses. Based on what Kuo's been told, the Apple Watch 2 will launch sometime in the second half of the year wielding a faster System-on-Chip (SoC) built by TSMC. And in addition... Read more...
Well this is a little awkward. Apparently Samsung invented the Apple Watch design, or so it would seem based on the South Korean electronic maker's recent patent filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The patent is for a wearable device and included in the filing are several sketches that look remarkably like the Apple Watch family. The discovery was made by Patently Apple, a site that focuses on Apple products and services, but that doesn't diminish the finding. You can check things out for yourself by directing your web browser to Samsung's patent filing and clicking... Read more...
Intel has issued a voluntary but important safety recall on all Basis Peak watches. It issued the recall after fielding reports of the handy accessory overheating, which Intel says can result in burns or blisters on the skin. Intel says it's important that owners of any Basis Peak watch stop using it immediately and return it for a full refund. The overheating issue came to light in mid-June. At the time, Intel hoped it could fix the problem with a software update, but it wasn't able to make the issue go away without completely compromising the user experience. Rather than continue down that road,... Read more...
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...
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