smartwatches

Withings brings style to Android with Activite, Activite Pop

Withings brings style to Android with Activite, Activite Pop

Android might have its own lineup of wearables with Android Wear, but others linger on the fringe. Starting today, you can add Withings to the mix. The company is announcing their Activite and Activite Pop will now work with Android smartphones and tablets. In bringing their two smartwatches to Android, Withings now boasts most of their lineup of connected devices have been made available for Android. The top-end Activite is available now, while the more middle-of-the-road Activite Pop will come available this month.

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Swatch announces its first smartwatch, aimed at beach volleyball

Swatch announces its first smartwatch, aimed at beach volleyball

Oh how Swatch has changed its tune in the last 8 months or so. First there was the denial they were collaborating on the upcoming Apple Watch, adding that they didn't see why these newfangled smartwrist gizmos were all the rage with the kids these days. Shortly after there was a change of heart (or at least someone wised up) and they said they were working on their take of a smartwatch. Jump to today and we have the announcement of the Touch Zero One, a touchscreen smartwatch that is aimed at beach volleyball enthusiasts. No, seriously.

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MotionX is going to make dumb analog watches really smart

MotionX is going to make dumb analog watches really smart

Here’s the interesting thing about smartwatches: we want them to look like real watches, but also a touch smarter than a traditional timepiece. That’s the goal, but it’s not been an easy one to achieve. Some watchmakers have gone so far as to block digital representations of their faces from being made available for download. Withings did a good job of straddling the line with Activite, but what about the traditional companies out there? With MotionX, a new platform specifically for those brands, their pieces can be smart, too.

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Runcible is a classy wooden smart pocket watch

Runcible is a classy wooden smart pocket watch

Pulling your smartphone out of your pocket, clicking the screen on to check the time, and then tucking it back away is entirely lacking the classy feel that comes from doing the same with a pocket watch. There are smartwatches to check the time, as well, but soon enough there will be a third choice: the Runcible, a wooden pocket watch with a smartphone's (or, perhaps, smartwatch's?) innards. At quick glance it looks like an ordinary pocket watch, but upon closer look there's a camera poking out the back and quite a bit more hidden inside.

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Apple event March 9th confirmed: Apple Watch incoming

Apple event March 9th confirmed: Apple Watch incoming

This morning Apple has announced a special event set for the 9th of March at 10AM in San Francisco. This event will take place at the , the same location the reveal of the iPhone 5 was held. This is a different location from the Apple Event we were in attendance at last. This new event is set right before the release of the Apple Watch - a device which is expected to be released to the public sometime in April. This event will likely reveal final pricing and release information for the Apple wearable device.

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LG Watch Urbane update brings LTE, NFC

LG Watch Urbane update brings LTE, NFC

LG has taken its Android Wear efforts up a couple notches with its upcoming LG Watch Urbane, an incredibly stylish and sophisticated smartwatch that blends in among other snazzy timepieces while bringing smart functionality that trumps the average wrist wearable. LG will be showing off the watch at Mobile World Congress 2015 next week, but it's not letting that timeline slow it down: the maker has already pushed out an update for the watch, adding more features that increase its appeal.

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UnaliWear Kanega Watch: a wearable for the elderly

UnaliWear Kanega Watch: a wearable for the elderly

There's no shortage of wearables on the market, but their uses tend to be narrow, focusing on health, fitness, and bridging the land between your smartphone and your wrist. We've seen some devices crop up that tailor their functions to a more defined user base, but that user base is typically children. The UnaliWear Kanega Watch takes the opposite approach, targeting elderly users in particular with features that both facilitate independence while putting a caretaker's mind at ease. Medication alerts, directions home, and more are all available.

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Pebble counts down to announcement; rumor says color display coming

Pebble counts down to announcement; rumor says color display coming

On their website, a countdown timer ticks away. Nobody’s really sure what’s going on, but Pebble is teasing that in nearly five days’ time, we’ll have something new from them. As the little 8-bit, smiling watch humorously mocks us (not really), we’re left to wonder what’s going on. A new report suggests we’ll see new hardware from Pebble — new hardware that we were hoping to get last time around, when we ended up with a Steel version. We could also be in for a software surprise.

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I want a computer on my wrist, not a buzzer

I want a computer on my wrist, not a buzzer

This week it's become clear to me what Android Wear is doing wrong. It's not that the software isn't smooth. It's not that the software doesn't make sense. It's that Android Wear doesn't make good on the promise of a fully functional piece of smart equipment on my wrist. While a device like the LG G Watch R may be one of the finest smartwatches on the market today, it's still just a buzzer. Its main function is still secondary to the smartphone.

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Apple Watch may have already beaten Android Wear

Apple Watch may have already beaten Android Wear

Canalys says about 720,000 Android Wear devices have been shipped. Of those watches, the Moto 360 is ‘the clear leader’ in the clubhouse, with the G Watch R from LG also making an impact versus its squared sister device. Their findings are interesting, but the caveat is ‘shipped’ versus ‘sold’. We know the two don’t directly correlate (we saw that with Samsung tablets). Now I'm starting to wonder if the Apple Watch has already beaten Android Wear, without ever having seen the inside of an Apple Store.

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