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Meet Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2, the smartwatch contrarians

Meet Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2, the smartwatch contrarians

Pebble is revamping its smartwatch range, launching two new wearables - Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 - along with a new, time-saving Actions interface. As Google's Android Wear and Apple's WatchOS both compete to add more complexity and standalone functionality, Pebble is steadfastly going the other way: trying, company co-founder and CEO Eric Migicovsky explained to me, to figure out how to help people spend as little time as possible interacting with their watch.

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See Google’s Soli make Apple Watch look like a relic

See Google’s Soli make Apple Watch look like a relic

Google has re-introduced us to Project Soli, a gesture-recognition tech that's now small enough to fit in a smartwatch. What's that got to do with Apple Watch, you might be wondering? The gestures they've demonstrated today include a call-back to what we mentioned back in May of 2015: that the Apple Watch Digital Crown would be out-done by Google's Project Soli for smartwatches when the time came. That time is now.

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Pal Strap wants to add GPS, battery to Pebble Time

Pal Strap wants to add GPS, battery to Pebble Time

One of the biggest problems with smartwatches, aside from trying to figure out what they're for, is their battery life. The average smartwatch lasts only at most two days before requiring a recharge. Pebble has once lorded over other smartwatches in that are with its 7-day battery life thanks to its e-ink display. With the colored Pebble Time, however, that time has almost been halved. The Pal Strap seeks to put the Pebble Time and Time Steel back on that pedestal and even add GPS tracking to boot.

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Android Wear 2.0 adds a tiny on-screen keyboard, bizarrely

Android Wear 2.0 adds a tiny on-screen keyboard, bizarrely

Does your smartwatch need a keyboard? That's what Google thinks is the next stage for wrist computing, previewing Android Wear 2.0 at Google I/O 2016 today. The next generation of Google's wearable platform follows Apple's watchOS in some respects, with new support for native apps for instance, while in other ways Google's idea of interaction is very different.

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Pal strap brings GPS to Pebble Time and Time Steel

Pal strap brings GPS to Pebble Time and Time Steel

When the original Pebble came out, it really kickstarted the smartwatch/wearables market. While their current generation of watches doesn't have all of the bells and whistles that you'll find on the Apple Watch and other competitors, they do have a trick up their sleeve. They included a special port that 3rd-party straps can use to add additional features to the devices.

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Omate S3 smartwatch is aimed at the elderly

Omate S3 smartwatch is aimed at the elderly

A new smart wearable called the Omate S3 has debuted and this device is a smartwatch that is aimed at the elderly. Not only does the wearable have many of the features you expect from a smartwatch, it also has an integrated tracking device and is a 3G stand-alone smartwatch running Android. Stand alone means that the user needs no mobile phone in their pocket for the smartwatch to function.

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Doppio: a smartwatch prototype with a removable 2nd screen

Doppio: a smartwatch prototype with a removable 2nd screen

We're still waiting for some manufacturer, probably Samsung, to finally deliver the foldable, dual screen smartphone of our dreams. In the meantime, however, someone else is dreaming up the same thing for smartwatches. That someone is Xing-Dong Yang and his fellow researchers from Dartmouth College who presented the prototype of a smartwatch with two displays, one of them removable. In addition to showing a different or supplementary information, the position of the second display affects what is displayed on the primariy screen as well.

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Samsung smartwatch concept uses your hand as a projection surface

Samsung smartwatch concept uses your hand as a projection surface

One of the biggest limitations smartwatches face when it comes to using apps or interacting with the UI is their small screen. Samsung has a concept that might offer a solution, a recent patent filing has revealed. To put it simply, the wearable features a small projector that displays an extended screen on the back of a wearer's hand.

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Android Wear smartwatch running Windows 7 because why not

Android Wear smartwatch running Windows 7 because why not

Wearables by nature such as Android Wear smartwatches have tiny screens. The screen has to be very small to fit on the wrist, but has to be large enough that the image is easily viewable and you can actually touch the icons. This is why you tend to get apps with very few large icons or buttons on the screen at once so you can see them. As you can tell in the image here, this particular Android Wear smartwatch is running an OS that certainly isn't Android based.

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Garmin’s newest GPS running watch keeps score for masochists

Garmin’s newest GPS running watch keeps score for masochists

This morning the Garmin Forerunner 735XT GPS running watch was revealed with Connect IQ. This device has "24/7 heart rate monitoring", water resistance up to 5 ATM (50 meters), and the Strava Live Suffer Score app. This app comes pre-installed on the device, and aims to make you suffer. Suffer, that is, by pushing you to rack up a high Suffer Score. Just what you've always wanted in a workout watch - pain!

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Pebble update also adds Send Text for iOS

Pebble update also adds Send Text for iOS

Pebble has just pushed out its latest batch of updates, both for the smartwatch firmware and its mobile apps, and, as we have covered before, it centers around a lot of health-related features. As great as that may be, it is hardly the only thing going for this update. iOS users in particular have something sweet to look forward to in the update. Pebble has finally made available the previously Android-exclusive feature that allowed users to start a message conversation directly on their smartwatch.

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Pebble update ups Health ante

Pebble update ups Health ante

Pebble have announced that their smartwatch line will have a big series of updates to its health software. That'll include a feature called Mobile Health Snapshot, for one - a system that allows you to see a picture of your activity and sleep data in a well organized manner. This Mobile Health Snapshot bit will be a whole new section within the official Pebble apps from Pebble on both iOS and Android. Of particular interest in this feature set is a new ability to auto-detect when you're headed out for a walk, recording your activity without additional effort on your part.

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