Items tagged with wearables

As smartphones became increasingly popular, the market for wrist watches took a nosedive. The irony is that smartphone makers are now focusing their attention on making wrist watches vogue again, and their strategy is to build smart functionality into these old school accessories. So far it's working, but doesn't it seem like watch makers would have the advantage here? Casio thinks so and it's going to give Apple and company a run for their money in the smartwatch space.Having been almost four decades since introducing its first digital watch, Casio is now planning to enter the wearable market... Read more...
LG Chem has developed a new battery that could be a boon for certain smartwatch manufacturers. The company this week introduced a new hexagon-shaped battery that can be used in smartwatches that feature circular case designs. Today’s wearables typically feature a square-shaped battery, which is not very space efficient when placed inside of a circular watch case. However, the hexagonal shape more closely matches the shape of a circular case, thus allowing LG Chem to improve storage capacity of its batteries by up to 25 percent. Source: LG Chem "The development will help users have four hours more... Read more...
One of the more elegant looking smartwatches on the market is the ZenWatch by ASUS. At this point, the first generation model isn't long for this world as ASUS preps a ZenWatch 2, but if you favor price and bang-for-buck over cutting edge features, now is the time to strike -- Newegg just knocked $50 off the price of the original ZenWatch, bringing the cost of ownership down to $150.That's $200 less than the least expensive Apple Watch, and while that's a bit of an apples to oranges comparison (or Apple to Android), it's something to think about if you're platform agnostic. Yes, the original ZenWatch... Read more...
Apple Watch owners who want to significantly extend the battery life of their wearable will have to ask themselves how much they're willing to pay for the convenience. And by "significantly," we mean more than 30 additional hours, the amount of time the developers of the Reserve Strap claim their accessory will add to Apple's already pricey smartwatch. That works out to a factor of 2.7 times, or 167 percent more usage. Real world results will depend on a number of factors, but if a person typically achieves Apple's rated 18 hours of Apple Watch functionality, the Reserve Strap will up the ante... Read more...
One of the neat things about smartwatches is the ability to change the face on a whim. You can't do that with a regular watch, at least not without spending some hard earned cash. This is also a strength of Android Wear -- not only are there a bunch of different smartwatches supporting the platform, there's over 1,500 downloadable watch faces to download for virtually any mood, including 17 new ones that were just added. "Today, we’re showcasing 17 new watch faces from all over the globe—from the adorable characters of Angry Birds, Hello Kitty, and Moomin, to the elegant accessories of Cynthia... Read more...
I may have been wrong about the wearables market. Here's the thing, I still don't think smartwatches are the the next big thing, to borrow a line from Samsung, and I don't see fitness bands being the thing that companies like Apple and Google throw their full weight behind. But what I hadn't considered is that "sex sells" and that of course someone would come up with a wearable for wee wees.1 How lovely. Actually, make that Lovely, with a capital "L" to describe the smart wearable sex toy for couples. That's how it's being pitched on crowdfunding site Indiegogo, where the goal is to reach $95,000.... Read more...
It still remains to be seen whether there's a lasting, lucrative market for smartwatches, though when it comes to devices like fitness trackers, there are plenty of buyers. This is evidenced by Fitbit taking the lead in a wearables segment that's just seen its eight consecutive quarter of steady growth around the globe, according to data compiled by International Data Corporation. Fitbit maintained its momentum from the fourth quarter of 2014 right on into the first quarter of 2015, the latter of which was boosted by the release of three new devices -- Charge, Charge HR, and the Surge. There also... Read more...
Distracted driving is a growing and dangerous problem that's receiving more awareness these days, and while smartphones top of the list of things that divert people's attention from the road, wearable devices can be just as risky. They're certainly subject to the same fines -- just ask Jeffery Macesin, a Canadian Apple Watch owner who received a $120 ticket and four points on his license for using his wearable while driving. Call me a curmudgeon, but I have no sympathy for Macesin, especially since he sees nothing wrong with what he was doing. Macesin said he was surprised to be pulled over and... Read more...
Gold is best, right? It's certainly the most expensive in Apple's wearable lineup. The cost of an Apple Watch Edition with 18-Karat gold ranges anywhere from $10,000 to $17,000 plus another $1,500 if you want to add an AppleCare+ warranty. While we don't typically pay much attention to packaging, you'd think that spending five figures on a first generation wearable would warrant a better container than the one that comes with a $349 Apple Watch Sport, and you'd be right. Well, kind of.Now that gold Apple Watches have begun shipping to non-celebrities, pictures are popping up online of what they... Read more...
In an attempt to thwart long lines and possible customer frustration, Apple changed the game when it launched its Apple Watch devices and only made them available to purchase online. In the past, anticipated product launches would see people camped out in line sometimes days ahead of retail availability, and that's an image (and culture) Apple apparently wants to eliminate. However, that doesn't mean you'll never be able to pick up an Apple Watch in a retail store.If you head over to Apple's website and add an Apple Watch Sport to your virtual cart, you'll see during the checkout process that there's... Read more...
If anyone cares enough to make a meme about Apple's "Made for Apple Watch" program, it would read, "Brace yourself, third party Apple Watch bands are coming." You can bank on it now that Apple's given third-party developers the green light to forge ahead with compatible bands for its line of smartwatches, they just need to follow a set of guidelines to win Apple's approval.The Made for Apple Watch program is similar to the company's existing MFi accessory program for iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices. And if past precedent is any indication, you can expect mass participation among third-party accessory... Read more...
Apple's market capitalization currently sits at nearly $750 billion, and it didn't get there by charging pedestrian prices for its gadgets. Just the opposite, Apple often attaches premium price tags to its products, and the same goes for its recently launched Apple Watch line. Speaking of which, preliminary data from IHS shows that the new Apple Watch has the lowest ratio of hardware cost to retail price of any Apple phone. By tearing down the Apple Watch Sport, IHS was able to estimate a bill of materials (BOM) of $81.20. Adding in $2.50 for manufacturing expenses, the research firm reckons it... Read more...
Apple has been having a tough time meeting demand for its recently launched Apple Watch wearables, as it was reported earlier this week that only 20 percent of the nearly 2 million smartwatches ordered during launch weekend have been delivered. Now we may know why -- there's a defect in one of the key components. Citing "people familiar with the matter," The Wall Street Journal reports the faulty part is the taptic engine, the part responsible for the tapping sensation that Apple Watch owners feel on their wrist when there's a notification. Mass production of the taptic engine kicked off in February,... Read more...
There's nothing quite like sinking $17,000 into a fancy Apple Watch with 18-karat gold only to find out that your sweet as hell sleeve tattoo is preventing it from functioning the way it's supposed to. Same goes for the $349 Apple Watch Sport models for the somewhat wiser among us who aren't willing to pay nearly the equivalent of a Honda Civic for a piece of jewelry that's likely 6-12 months from being a generation behind the technology curve. But that's a topic for another day, let's get back to what's already being called tattoogate (*groan*). That colorful sleeve tattoo you're sporting might... Read more...
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