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Wearables are dead

They were going to be the platform where the next big app or social network was built. They were going to free us from our smartphones. They were going to go from a nerdy dream to a mainstream reality.<p>None of that happened.<p>In fact, it was the opposite. The market for wearables has proved to be …

Toyota is building a wearable to help the blind navigate indoors

Although Toyota is best known for building cars, it’s been working on a project over the past four years to enable a different kind of mobility.<p>The company’s engineers in collaboration with the Toyota Partner Robot Group are developing Project BLAID, a wearable for the blind and vision impaired …

Wearable Tech

Apple is getting a do-over with the Apple Watch

Your Apple Watch is about to get the nearest thing to a brain transplant this fall.<p>Apple’s watchOS 3, (announced on Monday at WWDC 2016) represents a …

Smartwatches

ZeTime: World's first smartwatch with hands over touchscreen

<i>"The first smartwatch with no compromises"</i><p>ZeTime: <b>the world’s first hybrid smartwatch combining mechanical hands with a full round color touchscreen</b>. …

Michael Kors taps your Instagram feed to beautify your smartwatch

The My Social app offers another way to design custom watch faces.<p>Last month, Michael Kors announced a "My Social" app that lets you tap into your Instagram feed for watch face backgrounds. Today, the company is sharing a video that shows exactly how you'll do that and why you might want the …

Michael Kors

Wearable Technology That Can Diagnose Diabetes, Cystic Fibrosis

Most cystic fibrosis diagnoses today require sitting for 30 minutes while an instrument collects sweat.<p>That bodily fluid is usually transported …

Huawei tries to cram a Bluetooth headset into a fitness tracker once again

While Huawei's ambitious new P9 flagship phone attempts to "reinvent smartphone photography," Huawei hasn't forgotten about its oft-maligned wearable TalkBand line. The all-new TalkBand B3 keeps the gimmick of its predecessor: the wristband's screen / brain pops out and works as a Bluetooth …

Fossil’s Q Wander and Q Marshal go up for preorder on August 12

Fueled by last year’s acquisition of Misfit, the Fossil Group continues it march towards its goal of offering more than 100 wearables by the end of the year. The latest pair of smartwatches to join that collection are the Q Wander and Q Marshal, which go up for early order on August 12.<p>The pair of …

Polar’s new fitness-focused M600 sport watch runs Android Wear

If you’ve been struggling to choose between a fitness tracker or an Android Wear device, look no further. Polar, the Finnish company known for its heart rate monitors and fitness wearables, has just announced a new sports watch powered by Android Wear. It’s called the Polar M600, and it comes with …

Navigate your smartwatch by touching your skin

New tech from Carnegie Mellon makes it much easier to play 'Angry Birds' on your wrist.<p>Smartwatches walk a fine line between functionality and fashion, but new SkinTrack technology from Carnegie Mellon University's Future Interfaces Group makes the size of the screen a moot point. The SkinTrack …

Angry Birds

Alcohol measuring wristband wins government competition

BACtrack Skyn detects alcohol levels from your sweat.<p>BACtrack is a San Francisco company known for making breathalyzers for both law enforcement and ordinary people. But it won the $200,000 grand prize at a National Institutes of Health-sponsored competition for a different kind of blood alcohol …

Alcohol

Samsung's New Fitbit Competitor Does a Little of Everything

Samsung is taking another crack at breaking into the fitness tracker market. The company’s new Gear Fit2 is an Android phone-compatible wristband …

The Blocks modular smartwatch can now be pre-ordered

You choose which four of six modules you want<p>If you’ve been dreaming about owning a customizable smartwatch, the modular watch that London-based Blocks promised is now available — but just for pre-order. And nothing gives a pre-order announcement a little extra spice like a teaser video:<p>This watch, …

This is the world's first luxury Android smartwatch — here's what it's like to use

Tag Heuer announced its Connected Watch back in November, and it's been available around the globe for a few months now.<p>It's the result of a team effort from Tag Heuer, Intel, and Google. Intel provided the chips, Google provided the operating system (it runs on Android Wear), and Tag Heuer …

Correction: Digital Life-Fitness Trackers-Glance story

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story July 20 about choosing a fitness tracker, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Fitbit Surge sells for $300. The price is $250.<p>A corrected version of the story is below:<p>How to choose a fitness tracker when they all sound the same<p>Choosing a fitness tracker can …

Samsung doubles wearable market share as Apple’s plummets

The International Data Corporation published its Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker a few days ago, and according to the figures, it seems as though Samsung is slowly yet steadily catching up to Apple.<p>International Data Corporation<p>Apple’s total shipments declined from 3.6 million units in …

Samsung's Next Smartwatch Could Put The Display On Your Hand

Samsung’s next smartwatch may have an interesting trick up its sleeve. Or your sleeve in fact. Or your palm. Or the desk you’re resting your arm on…<p>A new patent demonstrates that the Korean company could be working on display technology that lets a smartwatch can project onto any nearby surface.<p>The …

Wear OS

Samsung wants to turn your hand into a secondary smartwatch display

The smartwatch is still a work in progress — they’re cool devices, to be sure, but voice controls are still being worked on, and controlling a device …

Smartwatches

Google built a tiny radar system into a smartwatch for gesture controls

ATAP, which stands for Advanced Technologies and Projects, is a division within Google that's at a crossroads. It was formerly led by Regina Dugan of DARPA fame, and her influence led the division to pursue technologies ranging from modular phones (Project Ara) to real-time 3D mapping (Tango) to …

Is An LTE-Connected Apple Watch Coming This Fall? I’m Betting Yes.

Smartwatches may finally go mainstream when they’re constantly connected to the web without the help of a smartphone.<p>When Apple announces the Apple Watch 2–presumably this fall–it’ll have been more than a year and a half since the original Watch went on sale.<p>If Apple continues to release …

Google could be working on two new Android Wear watches

Rumors point to 'Angelfish' and 'Swordfish' wearables on the horizon.<p>Sources close to <i>Android Police</i> claim Google is hard at work right now on two Android Wear devices of its own. According to the report, the watches are fundamentally different from one another, with one acting as a larger and …

Oops! Wearables can leak your PINs and passwords

The security nightmare posed by the Internet of Things isn’t just related to the lack of expertise in the types of companies adding connectivity to gizmos and gadgets.<p>It’s the sensitivity of the connected sensors, strewn hither and thither, opening up potential attack vectors for determined …

LG Rolling Bot now available for pre-order in the U.S. and UK for $246.99/£229.00

Remember the LG Rolling Bot from the LG G5 announcement? It was one of the cooler – but not exactly readily available – LG Friends. At the time, LG was hush-hush about its price and release date, but that time has now arrived. The LG Rolling Bot price in the U.S. is $246.99 and in the UK it’ll set …

IFA 2018: Everything that’s happened at the Berlin trade show

IFA 2018 has officially kicked off today in Berlin, an event truly bustling with technology from all players – from the big guns of Samsung, Huawei, Sony, HTC and more, through to the little guys trying to make an impact. August 31 sees doors open out at the Messe Berlin exhibition grounds through …

Mobile Technology

Smartwatches now more popular than Swiss watches, thanks to Apple

The venerable Swiss wristwatch industry may have a smartwatch problem.<p>Global shipments of smartwatches outpaced those of Swiss watches in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to figures released Thursday by market researcher Strategy Analytics. This marks the first time the wearable tech devices …

Next Apple Watch may include cellular connectivity, report says

What if the Apple Watch had its own cellular connectivity? Would that finally make you want to dive into the world of wearables?<p>According to a new …

Smartwatches

Xiaomi CEO teases next version of its best-selling $15 fitness band

Fitbits and the Apple Watch may be the most well-known wearables around, but Xiaomi's dirt cheap Mi Bands dominated the wearable market last year, …

Wearable Tech

This wristband will give you a 255-volt shock when you spend too much money

If you're struggling to save cash for your holiday, perhaps the Pavlok wristband is the thing for you.<p>This wearable device can be linked to your bank account and will deliver a 255-volt shock to your arm when your account drops below a pre-set amount, the BBC reports.<p>"Willpower is great if you've …

Fitbit acquires wearable payment assets from Silicon Valley firm Coin

Fitbit Inc. has acquired the wearable payments platform of Silicon Valley financial tech company Coin, setting its sights on the future of payment options.<p>The maker of wearable fitness trackers said the asset acquisition from Coin will enable Fitbit to develop mobile payment technology that could …

Android Wear 2.0 coming this fall with improved messaging, smarter fitness and better battery life

If the next version of Android Wear does its job, you'll be futzing with your smartwatch a lot less.<p>Google on Wednesday unveiled Android Wear 2.0, an update to its wearable software that promises a streamlined experience focused on what it believes watch users really need. That means smarter …