Items tagged with wearable

LG thinks it may have found a fix for an annoying issue that was causing corrosion build up on its LG G Watch and subsequent skin irritation. Some users are reporting an over-the-air (OTA) update that flashes the firmware from KMV78V to KMV78Y. There doesn't appear to be an official changelog associated with the OTA update, though LG confirmed the primary purpose to stop the corrosion buildup on exposed POGO pins on the back of the smartwatch. "Recently it has come to our attention that a small number of G Watch devices have been reported to have developed discoloration and residue buildup on the terminal pins located on the back. While completely safe and unlikely to affect charging, LG will... Read more...
It seems hard to fathom at this point, but there was actually a time when it wasn't certain if a tablet market could exist outside of Apple's iPad. Once low-cost Android tablets started to roll out (as opposed to Android tablets priced the same as the iPad), consumers reacted in a big way. Fast forward to today and we're staring at an emerging wearables market that has yet to gain major traction, though perhaps Xiaomi's announcement of a $13 fitness band will get things going. That's right -- Xiaomi's "Mi Band," as it's called, is a measly $13. Xiaomi announced the product on its Facebook page, noting that it can unlock your phone without a password. Other tricks include fitness level monitoring,... Read more...
Toddlers love to mimic their parents, which is why you see them talking on pretend mobile phones. And now that the wearable category is starting to gain some momentum, it didn't take long for a company to once again think of the kids, though it wasn't Fisher Price or Mattel. Perhaps more fittingly, LG was the one that thought of extending the wearable experience to the little ones, which is the idea behind its new KizON. KizON isn't simply a toy imitation of a smartwatch, however, but a GPS-enabled device that allows parents to keep track of their young children's whereabouts. Utilizing both GPS and Wi-Fi, mom and dad can receive real-time location data of little Devon on their smartphone. If... Read more...
You'd have a better chance navigating a newly constructed minefield a mile long with a blindfold on and emerging unscathed than you would of dodging all the iWatch rumors. The web is rampant with rumors and speculation as to when Apple will release its first smartwatch device, which is no different than a year ago when were discussing the same topic. The reports keep coming in, however, and the latest ones claim Cupertino's wearable device is coming this fall. According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple will launch multiple versions, all of which will carry the "iWatch" monkier, They'll have more than 10 sensors to track and monitor health and fitness as a way to stand out from smartphones --... Read more...
As we reported on last week, Nike has decided that it's had enough of producing its own wearables, resulting in a seriously short one-year lifespan for FuelBand. With the move, about 55 people were said to have been laid-off, and speculation ran rampant about what Nike would do next. Well, in a new interview with CNBC, Nike CEO Mark Parker drops some big hints. While Nike isn't going to be making its own wearables, Parker makes it clear that nothing is changing on the software side. He name-drops Apple as being a company Nike is working with, and although he doesn't fill us in on what's in the pipeline, we can begin to put some pieces of the puzzle together. If Nike is working close with Apple,... Read more...
Google obviously has a vested interest in seeing Android wearables succeed, so rather than watch its hardware partners flounder around in a sea of custom platforms, the sultan of search introduced the world to Android Wear, a special version of Android specifically built for the wearable market. It's drawing interest from hardware players and developers, including LG, which just announced its working together with Google on a "G Watch" powered by Android Wear. The collaboration makes perfect sense when you think about the cozy history these two firms have with each other (LG built the Nexus 4 and 5, along with the G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition). Their comfortable relationship will now extend... Read more...
Well, that was a relatively short run for shoe maker Nike. After barely more than a year of market activity, Nike's reportedly decided to just not do the wearable computing thing and is shutting down its FuelBand division. That means there won't be a slimmer version coming out this fall as originally planned, and many of those involved in the effort will have to look for employment elsewhere. News of the disbanding comes from CNET, which is getting its information from "a person familiar with the matter." Nike also chimed in on the report, though the information it gave was fairly standoffish and not very specific. "As a fast-paced, global business we continually align resources with business... Read more...
As gadgets shrink in size, it brings up the question of how feasible it is to perform repairs on your own at home. So far the answer depends on the device, as well as your level of patience and expertise. Some are a bear to repair, and others, like Samsung's Gear Fit, are a bit easier, though it's not without its challenges. The folks at iFixIt recently tore into a Gear Fit and what they discovered is that, with a little work, you can replace the battery. That's always a big plus when it comes to mobile devices, otherwise you're stuck with a hunk of unresponsive electronics once the battery gives up the ghost. There is some adhesive that keeps the Gear Fit from popping open, though it's not that... Read more...
You might dismiss this headline as pure tech geekedness but you'd be missing out.  This is the real deal and may some day allow people with disabilities to do things they never have before.  An exoskeleton that can be worn by a human is a new type of robot under development at Tsukuba University. It's called Hybrid Assistive Limb, HAL for short, and anyone who wears it has potential to lift up to 10-times the weight they normally could. "It depends on his original power, because this robot suit is controlled by the assist ratio," says Yoshiyuki Sankai of Tsukuba University. "Usually we set it at 50% or 60% or 70%. If he is a very weak person we set the assist ratio at 90%,... Read more...
Ever notice that many things in science-fiction, especially from a technology standpoint, eventually become reality?  Buck Rogers showed us the first Laser Gun and there have been plenty of examples, (the Jetsons and Video Phones?) since then.  Well, you Mech Warrior fans ought to get a boot out of this one.  "Called The Land Walker, it weighs close to 1 ton (2,000 pounds!) and is controlled by four pedals from inside the cockpit. Additionally, it has built-in air guns that can shoot bullets (not real bullets, though..."sponge bullets"). Talk about a totally pimped out Halloween costume!" If man can dream it up, he will make it so...   See it in action at YouTube.... Read more...
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