World Of Wearables!

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Remember Google Glass? It just got its first update in 3 years. Seriously.

If you still have Google Glass lying around somewhere, it's time to dust it off and plug it in: Google just pushed out its first update to the device in two and a half years.<p>The update is honestly barely worthy of the noun—one of the two bullet points in the X23 release notes is the rote "bug fixes …

Google Glass

Google Glass updated to XE23, its first firmware update in almost three years

Well this is a surprising headline, to say the least. The long-defunct AR hardware from the Mountain View company, Google Glass, is getting its first firmware update in almost 3 years. Today’s update, hot on the heels of a minor update to the MyGlass app yesterday, bumps the device up to XE23 and …

Google Glass

Armani takes on Android Wear 2.0 with its latest smartwatch

Why it matters to you<p>If you're in the market for a new smartwatch, Armani's latest device is fashionable and high-powered.<p>Fashion brands are …

Wearable Tech

Huawei Watch 2 review: a fitness focus that falls flat

Huawei’s latest smartwatch is a departure from the fashion-forward original<p>The original Huawei Watch was one of my surprise favorites. It didn’t have an overabundance of features, but it ran Android Wear nicely and it looked good doing it. With the new $299.99 Huawei Watch 2, the company pivoted …

Wearable Tech

Fossil's Latest Watch Gets Even Smarter With Android Wear 2.0

I’m a simple guy. Old fashioned, I suppose, in that I like things that just work. Printed magazines. Manual levers that move car seats forward and back. And intentional walks that involve four thrown pitches instead of a gesture to first base. You get the gist.<p>But I also love newer technology …

Smartwatches

Smartwatches need to distinguish themselves with software as well as hardware

If I had to give companies looking to enter the smartwatch space in 2017 one piece of advice, it would be, simply: don’t. Failing point one, due to investor pressure or the spirit of a long dead financial partner’s ghost visiting you in the night, seriously consider building your own operating …

Wearable Tech

Under Armour Sport Wireless Heart Rate review: A different kind of fitness wearable

Measuring your heart through your ear, but is it worth the high price tag?<p>Most fitness trackers want to keep one eye on your heart rate – and why …

Revolar, the personal safety button, can get you out of tight spots

A new hardware/app device called Revolar aims to make it safe to walk the streets. This tiny button will notify your friends and family if you’re scared and the authorities if you’re in trouble — and will even simulate a phone call if you need to get out of a sticky situation.<p>It works with iOS and …

Gear & Gadgets

New in Wearable Health Tech: A Wrist Sensor That Works Up a Sweat

Researchers who are trying to find a way to make wearable health technology real say they’ve taken a big step with a device that generates enough sweat to be useful.<p>They’ve built a prototype that generates a few drops of perspiration — enough to measure blood sugar and to monitor other bodily …

Stanford University

Alphabet’s health division made a better smartwatch than Google could

But you can’t buy it<p>Alphabet’s life sciences spinoff, Verily, has developed a health-tracking watch that will be used in observational and longitudinal health studies, the company said in a blog post today.<p>Appropriately named the Study Watch, the watch has a simple, sleek look and has “multiple …

Wearable Tech

CEO of company that makes smartwatches: Smartwatches are pointless

There's firm, tough leadership, and then there's ... whatever this is.<p>Calling one of your company's newest high-profile releases essentially useless probably isn't the best way to boost team morale — but that didn't stop Huawei Deputy Chairman and rotating CEO Eric Xu Zhijun from trashing even the …

Wearable Tech

This smart bra can tell when you're getting stressed

When Cindy Wu was a student at The University of British Columbia, she began to suffer from depression. One thing that helped improve her health was yoga. "It was like a cure for me," the former mechanical engineering student said.<p>Wu eventually became a yoga instructor herself. Then she did …

Wearable Tech

These iPhone-connected hearing aids let doctors make adjustments remotely

Connected hearing aids are nothing new, but today a company called ReSound introduced the iPhone-compatible LiNX 3D, which can be adjusted remotely. This means doctors can access their patients’ hearing aids and make minor adjustments without the person having to revisit their office. The hearing …

Home Automation

The Uvolt is a very clever watch that doubles as a spare battery pack

An extra battery that’s always within an arm’s reach<p>The Uvolt Watch is not a smartwatch. It does not connect to your phone via Bluetooth, or buzz your wrist with notifications, or even do the basic task of tracking your steps. Instead, the Uvolt is essentially a wrist-worn battery pack for charging …

Gear & Gadgets

The Pixel’s camera software has its origins in Google Glass

The Google Pixel has been praised for many reasons, but it is especially popular for its camera quality. The Search Giant has gone from having the worst cameras in the industry to offering some of the best. How did they accomplish this? It turns out part of what makes the Pixel’s camera so good is …

Tommy Hilfiger and Hugo Boss are the latest fashion brands to announce Android Wear watches

Hugo Boss and Tommy Hilfiger are the latest fashion companies to announce their own Android Wear 2.0 watches at Baselworld 2017. The news continues the trend we’ve been seeing of fashion brands stepping up to fill the gaps in the wearables market caused by an absence of new models from established …

Fashion

Misfit Vapor replaces proprietary OS with Android Wear 2.0, launching ‘late summer’ at $199

Despite failing to get first-wave smartwatches off the ground and stalling Android Wear 2.0, losing a key hardware partner in the process, Google …

New Guess Connect Android Wear watches announced in two sizes with lots of gold

More fashion names are getting into the Android Wear world.<p>You may have forgotten by now that Guess actually had Android Wear watches, but it's …

Solar-powered 'skin' could make prosthetics more real

In a bid to advance the development of lifelike prosthetics, researchers turn to the sun's rays to power sensors that allow electronic skin to mimic the human kind.<p>Many people try to stay out of the sun. But if a new type of solar-powered electronic skin makes its way onto prosthetics, wearers will …

Clean Energy

The Next Mobile Computing Platform: A Pair Of Sunglasses

<b>Within the next several years, wearable, lightweight smartglasses will replace your smartphone, your monitor, even your television.</b><p>ODG’s R-8 AR Glasses<p>Osterhout Design Group (ODG), just raised $58 million to turn its successful R-7 Head Mounted Displays (HMDs) for enterprise into a $1,000 consumer …

Augmented Reality

Google Glass Didn't Disappear. You Can Find It On The Factory Floor

Remember Google Glass?<p>They're the headsets that look like regular glasses but have a small computer on the side to speak to and access the Internet. If that's not ringing a bell, it could be because Google Glass fizzled out and was discontinued in the consumer market.<p>But now, it's getting a second …

Google Glass

Guess' Android Wear smartwatch is classically styled

Guess, the fashion brand that's perfect for annoying people when they ask what you're wearing, is launching a new smartwatch. This time, however, the company is going all-in on Android Wear 2.0 with the Guess Connect. The timepiece comes packing Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor and comes …

The Montblanc Summit is another luxury Android Wear watch, starting at $890

Tag Heuer recently announced a new absurdly-expensive Android Wear watch, the Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 (that's a mouthful). Now Montblanc, a …

Visa bellyflops into the wearables space with payment-enabled sunglasses

Ever wonder how you might make the world a better place if money wasn’t an object? The best Visa could come up with is a pair of sunglasses equipped with an NFC chip that lets you make contactless payments in stores.<p>The company unveiled a prototype that pairs with a prepaid card at SXSW earlier …

Banking

TAG Heuer teases its next Android Wear device ahead of March 14th unveiling

Last year’s price ceiling on Android Wear was set by the TAG Heuer Connected, a $1,500 watch and we never really expected to see a sequel. However, earlier this year, the company confirmed that it was indeed launching a second generation, and now we’re getting our first teaser for the device…<p>The …

Google and Levi’s connected smart jacket will come out this fall and cost around $350

A delayed product is better than no product<p>The connected denim smart jacket made in partnership between Levi’s and Google’s ATAP division now has a price tag, but its release date has been pushed from this spring to the fall. The jacket, which will cost around $350 when it goes on sale, is the …

Google I/O

Smart condom i-Con will rate your sexual performance

A British company claims to have created the world’s first “smart condom” which rates blokes performances and helps detects STIs.<p>The i-Con Smart Condom is like a FitBit, but for your penis.<p>It provides all the statistics men need to assess their sexual prowess.<p>Data includes duration of intercourse, …

Condoms

No, wearables aren't dead, although Fitbit could use a boost

With the downfall of Pebble late last year, it looked like the wearables market could be in trouble.<p>Nope. It hit an all-time high with 33.9 million units shipped in the fourth quarter of 2016, growing 16.9 percent year over year, according to the latest data from analytics firm IDC.<p>The report …

Wearable Tech

Google is hoping to avoid a Google Glass-style backlash for its big augmented reality play

BARCELONA, Spain — Google has a bold vision for the future — but first, it has to avoid the mistakes of the past.<p>Remember Google Glass? It was one of Google's most notorious failures. A head-mounted computer that ran apps and let its wearer take videos and photos, it came to to symbolise the …

Augmented Reality