Wearable

Aetna to provide Apple Watches to customers, employees

Aetna to provide Apple Watches to customers, employees

Although users of fitness trackers and smartwatches with health features are often advised not to substitute these devices for professional medical opinion, health care company Aetna’s latest move is, if anything, a glowing recommendation of exactly that. At least as far as the Apple Watch is concerned. Starting this fall, the company will be subsidizing Apple Watches for select large employers and individual customers. But luckier are the nearly 50,000 Aetna employees that will be receiving the smartwatches at no cost at all.

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Narrative shuts down: Promises lifelogging camera app for owners

Narrative shuts down: Promises lifelogging camera app for owners

Lifelogging camera company Narrative is shutting down, with the wearable company confirming today that it has entered into voluntary dissolution. Sales of the compact Clip camera, which is designed to be attached to a shirt or bag strap and capture photos at regular intervals through the day, will cease, the company told owners in an email, as will aftermarket support.

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Fitbit Charge 2 now available in US and around the globe

Fitbit Charge 2 now available in US and around the globe

The Fitbit Charge 2 wearable is now available to purchase from retailers around the globe, including in North America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and China. This launch will be followed soon by expanded availability into Japan, Latin America, and South Korea starting next month, the same time frame in which accessory bands will be available. As well, Fitbit will launch a Charge 2 Special Edition Series wearable in two varieties, including a 22-karat plated rose gold option, starting this upcoming December.

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What you should know about Snapchat Spectacles

What you should know about Snapchat Spectacles

Snapchat's unexpected rebranding to Snap Inc. may have come as a surprise, but it's the company's first hardware product that really has us talking. The new Snap Spectacles, a wirelessly-enabled camera built into a pair of sunglasses, has already been described as the second coming of Google Glass, though the ephemeral messaging company undoubtedly hopes that they'll have more staying power than Google's ill-fated wearable.

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Snapchat Spectacles are rebranded Snap Inc.’s wearable camera

Snapchat Spectacles are rebranded Snap Inc.’s wearable camera

Snapchat has revealed its first hardware product, the Snapchat Spectacles, taking a more playful (and affordable) approach to wearable video capture than Google Glass. Resembling at first glance a set of regular, rounded sunglasses, albeit with oversized hinges, the eyewear includes a wide-angle camera on one side.

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Adidas Futurecraft M.F.G. is the first Speedfactory shoe

Adidas Futurecraft M.F.G. is the first Speedfactory shoe

Adidas isn't exactly being forthcoming with all the details on what its new Speedfactory really is. It appears to have something to do with a faster robotic manufacturing process that is more sustainable and allows Adidas to churn out shoes that are more customizable than the norm. Exactly how they are pulling all this customization and futuristic manufacturing off, we are left to guess.

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CoWatch “Alexa Smartwatch” is now up for purchase

CoWatch “Alexa Smartwatch” is now up for purchase

We already have Siri, Google Now (soon to be Assistant probably), and even Cortana available on our wrists, but one virtual assistant remains unaccounted for. At least until today. No, Amazon hasn’t made a smartwatch (thankfully) but you can have the next best thing. CoWatch, the smartwatch that breezed through Indiegogo with its promise of putting Amazon’s Alexa on your wrist, has fully come out of the woodwork and can now be purchased by anyone. All you need is to shell out $299 for a piece.

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Research says fitness trackers are ineffective at weight loss

Research says fitness trackers are ineffective at weight loss

We’ve all seen the marketing materials and heard the spiels. Today’s generation of wearable devices, from fitness trackers to smartwatches with health-related features, can help you keep a healthy lifestyle and even lose weight along the way. But according to a two-year study that was started way back in 2010, that isn’t exactly the case. In fact, they might actually be counter-productive to the goal, with wearers losing less weight than people who undergo the same amount of activity but take the manual route of keeping track of themselves.

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Nixon The Mission Android Wear aims at action sports

Nixon The Mission Android Wear aims at action sports

Most smartwatches out there can survive being splashed with water while you wash your hands, but you probably wouldn't want to swim with the watch on. A new smartwatch aimed at action sports people has turned up and it's from Nixon and is called The Mission. The smartwatch runs Android Wear and is described as the first action sports smartwatch.

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Apple Watch Series 2 teardown reveals bigger battery, water resistant chassis

Apple Watch Series 2 teardown reveals bigger battery, water resistant chassis

Not only has iFixit already managed to subject an iPhone 7 Plus to one of their trademark teardowns, but the new Apple Watch Series 2 has gone under their knife as well. While the second generation of the smartwatch hasn't quite gotten the same level of upgrade as this year's iPhone models have, it still boasts several improved features and specs, namely a larger battery and "swim proof" water resistance.

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Michael Kors Smartwatch Review : Access Dylan and Bradshaw

Michael Kors Smartwatch Review : Access Dylan and Bradshaw

The Michael Kors Access line features to main smartwatch products: Dylan and Bradshaw. Both are available in more than one color and with a variety of straps. The Dylan is the lesser of the two, coming in two "silocone" iterations, one black (the one we have here), and one closer to a true rose gold. The Bradshaw comes in Gold, Rose Gold, and Sable - all of which are "tones" of stainless steel, not actual gold. Michael Kors brand suggests that these watches are what the user should consider "the chicest way to do tech."

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Apple Watch Nike Plus first-impressions and hands-on

Apple Watch Nike Plus first-impressions and hands-on

Amongst the new versions of the Apple Watch for generation 2, Apple revealed a Nike edition. This version goes by the name Apple Watch Nike+ (or Apple Watch Nike Plus), and it's priced right along the lines of the standard Series 2 Apple Watch. Gone is the original Apple Watch Sport - taken its place is the Apple Watch Nike+. The original Apple Watch (Series 1) has been given a bit of a kick in the pants as well with a new processor and the "Sport Band" that was originally only on the Sport version of the watch.

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