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Workouts++ for Apple Watch and iPhone

<i>Background photo by Francesco Gallarotti</i>Workouts++ is a new app by David Smith that lets you completely customize the way different workouts are …

Android Wear 2.0 update list exclusion affirms Samsung's focus on Tizen

Though Samsung hasn’t stated it explicitly, the exclusion of the company’s only Android Wear watch, the Gear Live, from the Android Wear 2.0 update …

Why phone makers should take a break from making Android Wear smartwatches

Christmas came and went and no one I know received a smartwatch as a gift. Conversely, I saw plenty of <i>mechanical</i> watches sprouting up on social media …

Apple`s push into healthcare now includes Apple Watch data

Apple and Aetna both have something to obtain from a new partnership that allows Aetna consumers to get discounted Apple Watches with their insurance …

CES 2017: We cannot wait to see this smartwatch change the face of the wearable industry

Step aside Apple! Sandfox is going to be a new benchmark for smartwatch makers.<p>We have seen several smartwatches come and go, but the upcoming …

Purdue and Northwestern engineer wearable tech for the modern athlete: BTN LiveBIG

Wearable skin patches have seen a surge in popularity with everyone from athletes to medical patients. A pair of teams from Big Ten universities are …

Is scoring your sleep worth paying for?

We spend a third of our lives asleep, so we all know how important sleep is, but are we doing it right? With the new year approaching, and 'get more …

Smartwatches failed to excite in 2016

When the first smartwatches made it to our wrists a few years ago, we were willing to overlook shortcomings because the product category was in its infancy. But the technology has had time to mature, and 2016 should have been an exciting year in this space. Instead, we saw a number of important …

Wearable Tech

Bad UX: Apple Watch

When the first Apple Watch came out, I was so excited to try it out; a year later, I’m less than hopeful about the future of the Apple Watch, or …

Smartwatches

Japan Is Tagging and Tracking the Elderly With Stickers

The oldest country in the world is taking new steps to keep their wandering elders in check: adding barcodes their thumbnail and toenails. It’s …

Kochi, Bengaluru engg students come up with panic-sensing earphones for women’s safety

At a time when crimes against women are on the rise, four engineering students have developed a unique safety device.<p>The engineers, Nitin Vasanth, …

Smaller, better, safer: The new 'almost perfect' batteries coming to your gadgets soon

Solid-state batteries could offer a viable alternative to the types of batteries that caused Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 woes.<p>When the Samsung Galaxy …

Witworks launches flagship smart wearable device Blink

With an 8GB internal storage, Blink allows to store over 1000 songs which can be played using the watch's inbuilt speaker.<p>By: | Bengaluru |<p>Bihar …

Wearable Tech

The Ultimate Wearable: A Second Skin That Feels What You Can’t

We rely on our phones and laptops to see information. But what if we could feel it instead?<p>We’re surrounded by intangible information. Every second of the day, radio waves resonate encrypted messages through our walls, furniture, and skulls. And to translate this omnipresent flood, we pick up our …

Hey, Siri, am I drunk?

Are you sober enough to drive? The familiar way to test levels of blood alcohol (without actually drawing blood) is with breathalyzers. They are used by police trying to identify drunk drivers and in ignition-locking devices designed to prevent intoxicated people from starting a car.<p>But breath …

Uber trials panic buttons in South Africa after string of attacks

Uber is testing panic buttons for its taxi drivers and passengers after a series of attacks on people using the service in Johannesburg.<p>At last three reports have surfaced in recent weeks of people being kidnapped, assaulted, robbed and raped after ordering an Uber.<p>An Uber spokesman said the …

South Africa

Montréal-based wearable startup OMsignal launches smart bra

Montréal-based wearable company OMsignal, which is known for its high-tech line of shirts, produced the OMbra fitness tracking sports bra to capture …

Vinli tops the car apps market, adds Meineke and Cox for distribution

Connected car startup Vinli has accumulated a lot of traction since it started shipping 10 months ago, following a launch at TechCrunch Disrupt in 2014. The company began by offering a hardware dongle for vehicle diagnostic OBD-II ports, but has since expanded to focus on its software platform, …

A high-tech watch strap can turn your fingers into a phone

A startup spun out of Samsung has created a watch strap that purportedly makes it possible for people to answer phone calls using their fingertips.<p>Since launching on Kickstarter this month, Sgnl has captivated tech blogs by proposing a completely new way to communicate. The technology recalls spy …

Science Fiction

Wearable Health Solutions, Inc. to Receive Second Batch of iHelp+ 3G Medical Alert Test Units

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA--(Marketwired - Sep 13, 2016) - Wearable Health Solutions, Inc. (<p>OTCQB: WHSI), a Pennsylvania-based wearable health device …

LVL Wearable Hydration Monitor (video)

BSX Athletics based in Austin Texas has unveiled a new wearable hydration monitor that can easily help provide you with a “complete picture of your …

Websites settle with New York over online child tracking

Some of the biggest child-oriented websites are learning a hard lesson about the importance of respecting kids' privacy. New York state has reached settlements with Hasbro, JumpStart Games, Mattel and Viacom for violating the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act by collecting personal …

New York State

A Screenless Smartwatch That Teases An Alternative Future Of UI

A smartwatch without a screen? Not such a dumb idea.<p>For all the recent breakthroughs in interface design–whether it’s the virtual reality of HTC’s Vive headset, or the real-life holograms of the Microsoft Hololens–the technology is mostly visual, enabling a better way to see information that …

The inventor of Siri's backend technology says Amazon's Echo and Alexa are 'incomplete'

But Babak Hodjat, the inventor of the technology behind Apple's voice recognition system Siri, doesn't believe in Echo and Alexa's hype. He thinks they still lack one major component that makes human-machine conversations more complete: visual interactions.<p>"It has to be augmented with all sorts of …

Samsung missed the memo: Gear-type smartwatches aren't the future of wearables

Analog smartwatches like Fossil's newly unveiled Q range and the Withings Steel HR will be responsible for growth in the wearables space, say analysts.<p>Time could be running out for Samsung's smartwatches.<p>The highlight of IFA 2016 for Samsung was the unveiling of its latest, the Gear S3. For the …

Withings announces Steel HR: equal parts fitness, style, and smartwatch

Going on sale in October for $179.95<p>Nokia-owned Withings has unveiled its latest activity-tracking wristwatch, the Steel HR. It offers users fitness tracking, a heart rate monitor, and smartphone notifications — all within a stylish, metal design with a 25-day battery life. And yes, it tells the …

Misfit Debuts Shine 2 and Ray Activity Trackers in New Colors, Announces Apple Exclusives

Misfit today announced expanded color options available for its Shine 2 activity tracker, debuting four new Shine 2 colors accompanied by 14 new Sport Band options and four new Field Bands in woven nylon and leather.<p>According to Misfit, the new colors have been inspired by the "nostalgia of …

Fitness band maker adds meditation apps to its range

Fitbit, the world’s biggest seller of activity trackers, has stepped up its efforts in wearable technology with a new range of fitness bands including one that helps users meditate.<p>As the world’s top tech companies prepare to descend on Europe’s biggest tech show, Fitbit unveiled two successors to …

Skagen's first smartwatches are decidedly analog

Fossil is gradually dragging its watch brands into the smartwatch era, and now it's Skagen's turn: the Danish company is introducing its first smartwatch, the Hagen Connected. The new wristwear is focused on a traditional look over pure tech, and competes more with Withings' Activité watches than …

Wearable Tech