smartwatches

Garmin rolls out Fenix 3, Epix wearables with new software platform

Garmin rolls out Fenix 3, Epix wearables with new software platform

With a renewed focus on wearables, Garmin is again bringing their activity-focussed wrist-worn devices to CES. This time around, we’re getting two new devices meant to keep you on track and track your whereabouts. The Fenix 3 is meant for those who lead “a rigorous lifestyle”, while the Epix hands-free navigation device keeps you on-track even when you’re off the grid. With the wearables, Garmin is also introducing their Connect IQ platform, an open-source forum for Developers to create apps specifically for Garmin products.

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Wellograph tracker update brings more style, sleep monitoring

Wellograph tracker update brings more style, sleep monitoring

Wellograph has introduced a revamped version of its activity tracking smartwatch, and among the changes is the introduction of its Wellograph 2.0 smartphone app and what the maker says is a "refresh" of its watch's operating system. The watch itself has also received a couple updates -- though mostly only in the design department -- making for a solid rehash of an otherwise lesser-known, crystal sapphire-toting wearable. All three big mobile platforms are supported, as well: Windows Phone, Android, and iOS.

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The one CES Apple might not win

The one CES Apple might not win

In just a few days we begin again with the year's biggest US-based technology conference: CES 2015. Over the past several years, it's been almost a tradition for news outlets to suggest that Apple was either alive and well at CES or in some way or another "winning" the crowd over without actually, physically being at the event series to represent themselves. As far as we know. This year is a little different. This year is the first in which Apple has a new product announced before CES but won't be releasing it until later this year.

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Alcatel Watch aims to low-end their smartwatch competition

Alcatel Watch aims to low-end their smartwatch competition

Wearable smart devices have not yet been known for extreme ease in ownership here in their early days on the market. Alcatel hopes to change the equation for cash exchanged for smart devices worn on your body with the Alcatel OneTouch Watch series. This series of devices works with very, very few details from the start - besides fancy hardware and the promise that you'll be able to connect to your Android device to make all the necessary readings and take photos, of course.

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Montblanc’s e-Strap will make luxury watches smarter

Montblanc’s e-Strap will make luxury watches smarter

To smartwatch or not to smartwatch, that is the question. Especially when it comes to watch lovers who aren't too keen on switching away from their exquisitely designed timepieces just for the sake of receiving notifications or controlling their smartphones from their wrists. Luxury goods maker Montblanc has one compromise up its sleeves, almost literally. Part of its new Timewalker Urban Speed collection is the e-Strap, an optional watch strap that almost inconspicuously hides an electronic module at the bottom, giving you the best of both worlds, almost.

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RunKeeper update gives smartwatch users GPS sans phone

RunKeeper update gives smartwatch users GPS sans phone

RunKeeper has pushed out an update that brings some requested features to smartwatch owners (certain smartwatches, at least). The most notable of the changes is support for wearables that have their own GPS, eliminating the need to lug a phone around while out running or doing other activities. Those who have earbuds with heart rate monitoring can now use them with the latest update, as well, eliminating the need to use a less convenient heart monitor like a chest strap.

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Apple Watch’s premium fashion price ok with consumers, says survey

Apple Watch’s premium fashion price ok with consumers, says survey

In 2007, Apple kicked the smartphone industry into high gear and really got consumers interested in touchscreen devices with the original iPhone. A similar situation could be said for the Apple Watch and how the adoption rate of wearables may start to take off after its release early next year. A new survey from First Insight, a retail research company, seems to indicate that people are very interested in the Apple Watch, but much more as a fashion item than other smartwatches.

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Embrace smartwatch tracks stress, detects seizures

Embrace smartwatch tracks stress, detects seizures

The Embrace smartwatch is a wearable that offers many of the expected features you get with modern wristbands: activity tracking, smartphone connectivity, a watchface for checking the time, and other similar features. Embrace brings with it a couple unique twists, however, one of which that aims to potentially save lives -- namely, the ability to detect seizures when they happen. With this functionality, both the user and a caregiver are given alerts when a seizure is detected, allowing appropriate medical steps to be taken without delay.

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US E-Labels Act ends the requirement for regulator labels

US E-Labels Act ends the requirement for regulator labels

Smartphone users in the US rejoice. You now have less clutter to stare at on the back of your devices. President Barack Obama has just signed into law the E-Labels Act which loosens the noose on device manufacturers to physically imprint regulators' signages on devices. This serves to clear up some room and conserve some space on devices, especially smaller ones. But considering it is just a US law, device makers will still have to comply with similar policies in other countries in the meantime.

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Watchmakers going after pirated smartwatch faces

Watchmakers going after pirated smartwatch faces

A word of caution: if you’ve fallen head over heels for a smartwatch face recently, it might be time to reevaluate your admiration. How your smartwatch looks, at least when it’s not doing smartwatch-y things, may soon change. While we like smartwatches for their contextual awareness and ability to force-feed us notifications, we still want a watch. To accomplish the look of a “real” watch, some smartwatch software designers and Developers actually borrow from existing, often high-end watches.

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