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Germany bans smartwatches for kids over spying concerns

Germany’s Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) issued a blanket ban on smartwatches aimed at children this week — and asked parents who’d already purchased such a device to destroy them, for good measure. The aggressive move is a response to growing privacy concerns surrounding devices aimed …

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Fitbit Ionic review

Fitbit is probably the most well-known company in the fitness tracker world, but smartwatches are new territory. The closest they’ve come to making a smartwatch was 2015’s Fitbit Blaze, but even that wasn’t all that smart.<p>Things are about to change though, as Fitbit is now going all-in on …

Wearable Tech

PowerWatch, the body heat-powered smartwatch, starts shipping

As far as gimmicks go, PowerWatch’s is pretty good. It was good enough, in fact, to raise 939 percent of its goal on Indiegogo earlier this year. After generations of wearables with 24-hour battery lives, the promise of never having to charge your smartwatch again falls firmly into the realm of too …

Wearable Tech

Wearable Tech Emerging For Chronic Pain Relief

Some think that wearables are a pain, like Alan Tyers who wrote “why I hate wearable technology” for The Telegraph. But how about wearables that can actually relieve pain?<p>The opioid crisis has revealed another real ongoing problem: a lot of people have chronic pain. For example, Lady Gaga recently …

Pain

Will wearable tech create a two-tier healthcare system?

Health-tracking devices are on the rise, but what does it mean for people who can’t afford the technology?<p>As part of Apple’s latest product update, …

Medical Technology

Fitbit Ionic review

A better Fitbit watch, but still not a great smartwatch<p><b>The Good</b> The Fitbit Ionic offers a comfortable design, with 50-meter water resistance for swimming, GPS and mobile payments. You only need to recharge it once or twice a week.<p><b>The Bad</b> While the Ionic supports future apps and watch faces, few are …

Wearable Tech

Google can bring new features to Android Wear through the Play Store

Android Wear 2.0 is far from perfect, and fans really haven’t been loving it like they did the original. It’s important that Google takes steps with 2.0 to improve it at this point, and one of the more recent additions to the platform may make that a bit easier…<p>Hoi Lam, a Wearables Developer …

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Fitbit Ionic review: Great battery life, beautiful design – but is this really a smartwatch?

Fitbit adds some much-needed features to its flagship smartwatch, but is it enough to rival the Apple Watch Series 3?<p>Despite the growing popularity …

Wearable Tech

LunaR is a solar-powered smartwatch with plenty of features and an elegant design

Smartwatches nowadays can do all kinds of neat things. In fact, they are becoming more independent than ever, some even featuring wireless data connectivity, killing the need for a companion smartphone. But there is one thing manufacturers haven’t handled well – battery life and charging.<p><b>Other</b> …

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Smart glasses stage new experiences for deaf theater fans

London's National Theatre is using augmented reality to make its performances more accessible for hard of hearing customers.<p>Trying to get tickets for a sell-out production at London's National Theatre is difficult enough at the best of times, but if you're hard of hearing, it's trickier still.<p>Not …

Augmented Reality

MIT students are selling a personal thermostat for your wrist

An MIT-designed wearable that adjusts the wearer’s body temperature is now available for preorder. The Embr Wave — previously called “Wristify” — heats up (or cools down) the wearer through integrated touch controls on the wrist.<p>You touch one side of the device’s interface to heat up and the other …

Wearable Tech

Google quietly removed all Android Wear watches from the Google Store

All Android Wear watches have been removed from the Google Store without any sort of explanation. What's going on here?<p>Google made just a couple of …

Google

Timex's new watch collection includes contactless payment straps

Barclaycard's various bPay accessories give previously inert objects the ability to make contactless payments, regardless of where you bank. Last year saw the introduction of the bPay Loop, a contactless card alternative that clings to watch straps. Understandably, though, you might not want to …

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Levi’s Google-powered smart jacket goes on sale next week

Earlier this year, we discussed how Levi's was working on a smart jacket in connection with the Google Advanced Technology and Products group's Project Jacquard. Now, after much anticipation, the jacket is ready and will be available on Levi.com (and in some Levi's stores) on October 2nd. If you're …

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Amazon is reportedly working on smart glasses

As the augmented reality (AR) market prepares to catch a second wind thanks to Apple and Facebook, another tech titan may be preparing to jump in: Amazon.com. The e-commerce giant is now reportedly working on a set of Alexa-powered smart glasses that could be used as a foundation for an AR …

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There’s a connectivity fault with the new LTE Apple Watch Series 3

Apple has acknowledged a fault with its LTE Apple Watch Series 3 devices, whereby the smart watches connect to unknown Wi-Fi networks instead of cellular networks — thereby making connectivity unreliable.<p>According to a statement from Apple, “We have discovered that when Apple Watch Series 3 joins …

Report: Amazon is working on Alexa-powered smart glasses

The Financial Times reports that Amazon is embarking on a difficult journey: it’s developing smart glasses that tether to your phone and allow you to invoke and interact with the company’s Alexa voice assistant.<p>It isn’t clear exactly why they have to be glasses, since Alexa primarily listens for …

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Arrow Smartwatch brings a 360-degree rotatable HD camera to your wrist

I remember when the first Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch came out and it had that huge camera hump, I loved to take pictures with it (no matter how bad the quality.) Looking back on that now, I honestly never thought I’d want another smartwatch with a camera, but after seeing Arrow’s …

How are you liking the Android Wear 2 update?

Android Wear's 2.0 update brings a lot to the table, but is it a good meal?<p>It's been about 6 months since Android Wear was updated to version 2.0. …

Long range, low power sensors may lead to better health wearables

For small electronic devices and sensors like those found in wearables that can decipher biological information from sweat and contact lenses that can measure glucose levels, there are a couple of trade offs that limit their function. In order to be small and unobtrusive, they need to run on very …

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Google breathes new life into old Android Wear watches with new Play Store policies

Changes will promote standalone apps for your watch.<p>Google has announced two major changes for Android Wear apps: Multi-APK apps are now supported …

Garmin debuts three new wearables and a mobile payment solution

Garmin has three new wearable devices it’s debuting at IFA 2017, including the vivosport GPS-enabled activity tracker, the vivomove HR hybrid touchscreen smartwatch and the vivoactive 3, a smartwatch with Garmin Pay, which supports Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards to enable mobile …

Smartwatches and Fitness Trackers Struggling to Attract New Buyers

While one in five consumers owns some kind of smart wearable device like an Apple Watch or Fitbit Charge, there is little interest in buying such a …

Diesel’s first Android Wear watch is available today for $325

Diesel is starting to release the first of its debut line of Android Wear watches, after announcing them back in March. The watches will all go under the name Diesel On Full Guard, and the first of them is being made available today, only through Macy’s. That model will have a black case and a …

Here’s the Ionic, Fitbit’s long-awaited answer to the Apple Watch

Starting out as a novelty product, the Apple Watch has grown increasingly relevant by adding more fitness-tracking capabilities. They are likely to expand further with its third version, expected to debut next month (including, reportedly, a cellular antenna). Fitbit, meanwhile, is coming from the …

Fitbit finally has a real competitor to the Apple Watch, the Ionic

Over the past couple of years, Fitbit has witnessed its signature fitness wearables slowly being eclipsed by the Apple Watch and other smartwatches …

Wearable Tech

Why smartwatches failed

Smartwatches failed as a product category because the main industry players made a huge mistake.They started with consumer smartwatches and treated …

Smartwatches

What Happened to Wearables?

The once-hyped wearable tech market has struggled to find its footing. What worked, what didn’t and what’s next?<p><b>SAN FRANCISCO, United States</b> — It …

Google might be working on Assistant-powered, smart headphones

According to the information from the latest beta of the company's Google app, extracted by <i>9to5Google</i>, Google might be planning to launch smart, …

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