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Apple is already winning the wearables war, but it is the next version of the company's Apple Watch that could end up a real game changer. Tim Cook, the man in charge, was seen at the Apple campus in Cupertino, California wearing a prototype blood glucose monitor connected to an Apple Watch. If such a thing could make the leap from prototype to retail hardware, it would be a boon millions of people who battle diabetes. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes. And in 2012, it was estimated that 86 million Americans age 20 and older... 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...
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...
By the end of the year, market research firm eMarketer predicts that 39.5 million U.S. adults (18 years old and over) will use wearables, a category that includes smartwatches and fitness trackers. If so, it will mean the category has grown nearly 58 percent compared to last year, though it's just the beginning of bigger numbers to come. The same research firm expects that more than twice as many adults will buy into the wearables category by 2018, and just one year later, two in five Internet users will wield a wearable device of some kind. At present, wearables are most popular among U.S. adults... Read more...
The early Apple Watch sales numbers are in, and to the surprise of not very many at all Apple's hyper-hyped new device blew the doors off the Internet on Friday, selling out the entirety of the company's initial stock in just six (6) hours.  As reported here on HotHardware, pre-sales for the Apple Watch got underway Friday morning at 12:01AM PST (an unfair-by-virtually-all-standards 03:01AM on the East Coast) and just an hour later the shipping dates on orders for the shiny new wrist-worn technological marvel had slipped past the April 24 official launch date and into June and... Read more...
The world doesn't always make sense. Take for example smartphones; these wonderful little devices reduced wristwatches to a niche market. And now those same smartphone makers, the ones who beat wristwatch makers over the head, are now trying to revive the category by implementing smart features. We call them smartwatches, which a part of the new "wearables" category, and according to International Data Corporation, it's one to keep an eye on. Taking into account a combination of new vendors, new devices, and greater awareness among potential consumers, IDC predicts the wearables market... Read more...