Items tagged with wearables

T-Mobile boss John Legere has never found himself at a loss of words, and love him or hate him, you have to appreciate the fact that he speaks his mind. It's a double-edged sword, as he can sometimes say foolish things, but we'll take that over the canned responses that PR people are known for giving. As we embark on a new year, it doesn't look like Legere will change his strategy of saying anything and everything that comes to mind, and though this is just the first day of 2015, he's already given us plenty to quote, including his take on the Apple Watch. "I love what Jawbone, Fitbit, Samsung, LG, Microsoft and others are doing in the wearables space. But we haven’t begun to see the potential... Read more...
Wearables are the hottest thing going at the moment, and despite it still being a new area, it already seems like there's not that much differentiation in the market. Sony apparently recognizes this, as it's planning to integrate a technology in some of its wearables that others seem to be overlooking: epaper. On paper - ahem - it seems like a neat idea. Epaper isn't going to offer the kind of resolution and graphics like a normal smartwatch would, but it could be argued that the result would be far classier. You can get an idea of what we're dealing with in the shot below: As seen in the video below, squeezing the watch will force its face and band to change. You'll have a total of 24 designs... Read more...
Razer today announced that its Nabu smartband will begin its world tour in North America on December 2, at which time you'll be able to purchase the wearable device for $100 at Razer's online store and, shortly after, from select retailers. It will be available in two sizes -- small-medium and medium-large -- along with four color options that include green, white, orange, and black (kudos to Razer for refraining from making up fancy names for its color options, like "Toxic Green" for example). What exactly is the Nabu? Short and simple, it's a smartband with various capabilities (we caught our first glimpse of the device at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this year).... Read more...
If you assumed the wearables war had all of its players set, think again. As we march ever closer to CES (as well as the holiday shopping season), we're seeing yet another major player announce that it too will be rivaling LG, Samsung, Motorola, Apple, and more. The name? Lenovo. The company has quietly hosted up a product page for the Smartband SW-B100, which is being detailed as a fitness tracker that sports a rectangular display and a few amenities that aren't readily found on competing devices. As you might expect, it'll track things like steps taken, distance moved, calories burned, and current heart rate, and it'll graph all of those statistics for monthly/yearly log viewing. If you choose... Read more...
One of the risks of being an early adopter of technology is that at any given moment, a price cut is bound to appear. In fact, that's an inevitability in most cases. Be that as it may, it's still a gut punch when it happens, especially so quickly, as is the case with LG's G Watch. Having only been on the market since July, Best Buy just slashed the price of the G Watch to $160. That's down from the smartwatch's original MSRP of $229 and it applies to both the black and white models. It's not known if the price cut will turn into a temporary one or if Best Buy is trying to clear out inventory in advance of something new, but either way, that's a significant reduction for something that's only... Read more...
It used to be that we'd rely on Twitter user @evleaks (real name Evan Blass) to inevitably post press shots of unannounced or otherwise unreleased products, along with with specs and other details ahead of schedule. But with online retailers jumping the gun these days, we can see why Blass went into retirement. Even Best Buy is prone is the occasional goof up, such was the case when it posted a product page for Motorola's Moto 360 smartwatch. Back in May, a French-language website claimed the Moto 360 was headed to retail in July and that it would cost 249 euros (around $340 in U.S. currency). July came and went without a launch, and it now looks like the Moto 360 will launch during a press event... Read more...
You could see this one coming a mile a way.  Though Samsung is clearly Google's golden child when it comes to moving Android-powered smartphones, there's a distinct divide developing between the two when it comes to the latest "wearables" technology trend and even a hint of one in smartphones as well. Further, according to recent reports, apparently Google CEO Larry Page's patience is wearing thin and in a rather "tense" meeting with Samsung Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee, Page made it crystal clear that he is not happy with Samsung's lack of effort in developing Android Wear devices.  Instead, Samsung only currently offers Tizen-based wearable products like the Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch.... Read more...
Google’s mysterious “X” division was reportedly experimenting with contact lenses that have built-in technology to detect glucose levels in the wearer’s tears earlier this year, and the company has now teamed up with drugmaker Novartis to make the lenses a reality. According to Reuters, the smart contacts will have two purposes, actually; one is measuring glucose, and the other is a solution to a condition called presbyopia wherein the eye losing its ability to focus. The lenses could possibly correct that inability to focus. Such a product could be be available in as little as five years, according to Novartis CEO Joe Jimenez, and once the technology matures, there could... Read more...
In a move that reminds us that the iWatch is inevitable and coming relatively soon, Apple has poached an executive from high-end Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer. Vice president of sales Patrick Pruniaux will be moving on to join Apple, and although his official role and title have not yet been announced, he’ll presumably offer strong industry sales experience to help Apple market it iWatch to more than just techies. Image Source: Flickr (Brett Jordan) According to Reuters, Tag Heuer actually made the move public--not Apple--and the former company seems a bit salty about Pruniaux leaving, even though he’s already been replaced. "I think he was probably head-hunted," a spokesperson told... Read more...
Google’s Android Wear is now a Real Thing, and there’s no doubt that a slew of manufacturers will be jumping on the bandwagon. (That is to say, more of them will.) You can count ASUS in that number, as the manufacturer is reportedly going to release an Android Wear-based smartwatch in September. According to TechCrunch’s sources, the device will have an AMOLED display, and it will come at a price point that may prove quite compelling--between $99 and $149. ASUS, then, will be undercutting the competition. LG announced its G Watch ($229), while Samsung’s Gear Live smartwatch will be $199 and the Motorola Moto 360 will cost about $249. We’ll be looking forward to seeing... Read more...
Wearables in general--and smartwatches in particular--are among the hottest tech trends of today. Despite a great deal of hullabaloo over these devices, though, many aren’t quite finding them as compelling as you might think. As a result, there’s a sense that no one has yet figured out the secret sauce that makes a wearable / smartwatch a "much have" device. Samsung is at the forefront of the smartwatch push, looking to develop that perfect swoon-worthy device. The company is already on the second generation of its smartwatch line with its Gear 2, the wearable that we’re looking at today... Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch Review... Read more...
Google, listen: You already have a serious image problem as it pertains to Google Glass. Granted, it’s undeserved, but far too many people view Glass as either a silly, expensive gadget for the snobbiest of techies or a googah for those with too much money to throw around. (Or both.) People are getting physically accosted just because they’re walking down the wrong street or drinking in the wrong bar wearing Glass. Letting a luxury designer put out Glass editions of its spectacles will only make things worse. $1800. Really? You need to work hard to position Glass as something that no one can live without but can also afford to buy. It should be so compelling and packed with so many... Read more...
Biometric monitoring via wearables appears to be the Next Big Thing, as far as the biggest tech companies are concerned. Samsung is on its second generation of smartwatches (with a new generation already rumored), Google is expected to reveal much more about its Android Wear wearable platform next week, and Apple’s iWatch is allegedly coming to market this autumn. However, for the perspective of the average user, biometrics are only so compelling. Sure, it’s neat to be able to monitor your heart rate from your wrist or track your steps, but that’s just it--they’re merely “neat” features. However, according to a Reuters report, the big aforementioned companies... Read more...
Wearables in general--and smartwatches in particular--are among the hottest tech trends of today. Despite a great deal of hullabaloo over these devices, though, many aren’t quite finding them as compelling as you might think. As a result, there’s a sense that no one has yet figured out the secret sauce that makes a wearable / smartwatch a "much have" device. Samsung is at the forefront of the smartwatch push, looking to develop that perfect swoon-worthy device. The company is already on the second generation of its smartwatch line with its Gear 2, the wearable that we’re looking at today. Samsung makes some fine mobile devices, but the smartwatch is a different beast... Read more...
Google's annual I/O developer conference takes place in San Francisco next week, and while there's sure to be a surprise or two to come out of it, it should come as no surprise that wearables is going to have a major focus. The wearables market is on fire at the moment, which is impressive given the fact that it was virtually non-existent only a couple of years ago. In fact, it might seem a little silly that Google's taken quite so long to get its own platform out the door, but from what we can see of Android Wear so far, the company's putting a lot of effort and care into it. To help back that statement up, Google posted a video (seen below) late last week that allows developer advocate Timothy... Read more...
Where would the world be without some much needed satire to put things into perspective? Thankfully that's not a question we have to worry about, not when there are shows like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart that are willing to take on tough subjects -- you know, like the current discrimination against Google's Explorers. You can see where this is going. In a five minute clip called "Glass Half Empty," faux coorespondant Jason Jones examines Glass and hosts a discussion with a panel of Explorers what it's like to wear the device in public. It doesn't take long for the complaints to start rolling in about being denied service in bars and name-calling. "The best uses of Glass today are apps where... Read more...
We probably don’t really need another health tracking platform or app at this point, but everyone is making them anyway. Most notably, Apple has its HealthKit (coming this fall with iOS 8) that should unlock all sorts of health- and fitness-tracking possibilities for developers, and Google is reportedly following suit. According to Forbes’ sources, Google will announce its own health-tracking platform called Google Fit at its I/O dev conference on June 25-26th. Android Wear UI Google Fit will aggregate data from multiple fitness trackers and other health apps using open APIs and instruction sets. In terms of fitness tracking, this is actually a rather brilliant strategy; there are... Read more...
One of the things Back to the Future II got right was that we'd eventually be wearing glasses with embedded electronics by 2015. Here we are a year ahead of schedule and though it's not JVC supplying the wearables, Google has stepped in with Glass. To Google's credit, Glass looks far less dorky than the JVC specs Marty McFly, Jr. wore at the dinner table, but there's still room for improvement in the fashion department, hence the new DVF | Made for Glass collection. The Google Glass team announced the chic eyewear on its Google+ page. Google has teamed with fashion designer Dianve von Furstenberg to bring trendy Glass designs to the Glass Explorer Program, which will sit alongside the existing... Read more...
When Acer announced its BYOC (bring your own cloud) initiative yesterday, it was just getting started. Today, the company announced a new spate of smartphones as well as a wearable device. Up first is the Acer Liquid X1 smartphone, a monster 5.7-inch device with an octa core (1.7GHz) processor and a quad-core graphics processor. The LTE handset features 2GB of RAM with a microSD card slot for expandable storage. There’s a 13MP camera with a f/1.8 aperture and 0.3-second “ultra-fast” focus and a 2MP wide-angle front camera. Acer Liquid X1 (Credit: NDTV) Acer also baked in some proprietary goodies including Acer Zoom Fit, which shrinks the UI to 4 inches for one-hand operation;... Read more...
At this point, it seems like we need another heart rate-monitoring smartwatch like we need a hole in head (seriously, when did knowing one’s heart rate become such a big deal?), but everyone is jumping in the smartwatch game, Microsoft included. We’ve known about a Microsoft smartwatch for a while, but according to a Forbes report, Redmond’s smartwatch could finally be coming as early as this summer. It doesn’t appear that the smartwatch will do a wide variety of different things, unlike for example the rumored standalone Samsung smartwatch, but one crucial feature it will have is compatibility across Android, iOS, and Windows Phone devices. The software for the device... Read more...
LeapFrog, the company that makes all sorts of fun/educational products for kids, mostly centered around technology, has a smartwatch aimed at 4-7 year olds. The device looks cute, with a bright and colorful display, and it’s designed to encourage kiddos to engage in active play and learn about food, nutrition, health, and hygiene. There are activity games wherein kids are supposed to earn points by moving in certain ways (such as leaping like a frog or wiggling like a worm), and the smartwatch tracks that activity, too. Kids can unlock more play on other devices and earn rewards playing games that will sync back to the LeapBand. The LeapBand also has a primary function where kids can choose... Read more...
Let’s be frank: Although wearables are most definitely a hot, up-and-coming market, not everyone is convinced that very many (or any) wearable computing devices are worthwhile. Smartwatches often seem like a very intriguing concept, but no one has yet figured out how to make one that people have to have. Fitness bands are handy tools but are often limited. Google Glass and its ilk have run into a bizarre zeitgeist buzzsaw. And so on. Thus, the market is wide open for innovation, and a team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have what they believe is a design solution for smartwatch interfaces: They’ve made the interface mechanical to complement touchscreen capabilities.... Read more...
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