wearable

LG tipped to launch webOS smartwatches in early 2016

LG tipped to launch webOS smartwatches in early 2016

In October 2014, word surfaced that LG would be making a smartwatch running webOS, something that came to light when a developer page referencing a "webOS SmartWatch" and "webOS Wear" briefly appeared online. Though that has been pulled and nothing since has been confirmed regarding this rumor, rumbles of the plan have again gone public, and sources are now saying the plan is both valid and in the works. The smartwatches will reportedly be launched by early 2016, and will be joined by another wearable of a more ambiguous sorts.

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Button-sized Curie module is Intel’s latest wearable bet

Button-sized Curie module is Intel’s latest wearable bet

Intel has almost pretty much given up on the smartphone market, except for a few models from ASUS and Lenovo, so it has set its eyes on wearables instead, where things are still somewhat in flux and no clear winner is in sight just yet. In 2013, it announced the Intel Quark, what is to be its bargaining chip (no pun intended) in the wearables race. Now at CES 2015, it is announcing the latest real-world application of that chip: the button-sized Intel Curie module.

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This is Audi’s custom car-controlling LG smartwatch

This is Audi’s custom car-controlling LG smartwatch

The automotive status symbol may no longer be the fob on your keyring but the smartwatch on your wrist, and we’ve got up close with the LG-made wearable Audi casually revealed during its CES keynote. R&D chief Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg used the watch to summon a self-driving Prologue to the stage, the touchscreen timepiece similar in appearance to LG’s existing circular-screened Android Wear model, but updated to suit the German marque’s automotive needs. Audi exclusively demonstrated the new smartwatch to SlashGear, and explained to me why it’s more than just a G Watch R with a custom skin.

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Apple Watch rumored for March release, employee training soon

Apple Watch rumored for March release, employee training soon

Your wait for the Apple Watch may be over sooner than you thought. According to a new report, the Apple Watch software has been finalized, and Apple is preparing a massive training session for Apple Store employees. The Watch itself is currently on track for a March release, though more detail on a specific release date isn’t known. If true, it nails down a timeline for the next time you might see lines forming at an Apple Store near you.

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Razer Nabu X social and fitness wearable arrives this spring

Razer Nabu X social and fitness wearable arrives this spring

Razer has introduced another wearable, the Nabu X. This is similar to the company's previous Nabu wrist band, and is bid as an entry-level device for those looking to nab a budget-friendly smart band. As with comparable wearables, the Nabu X can keep tabs on one's fitness information, receive notifications from their paired smartphone, and use the device's social feature with other Nabu X owners. The wearable will first be made available for "qualified fans", arriving for everyone else later this year.

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Sony Smartwatch 3 Steel Edition hands-on

Sony Smartwatch 3 Steel Edition hands-on

While its innards aren't all that different from its original release, the Sony Smartwatch in Steel brings the heat with a body that's all-metal. It's Stainless Steel, high-quality looking and high-quality to the touch. This device still has a 1.6-inch "transflective" display so you'll have a slightly better viewing experience than you would with competing square Android Wear devices - outdoors, anyway. This display is 320 x 320 pixels tight, and with this metal band, the entire setup is a whole lot better a warrior in this wearable battle.

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Sony goes steel for Smartwatch, launches Smart-B headset

Sony goes steel for Smartwatch, launches Smart-B headset

Sony is introducing their new-look smartwatch 3 at CES, alongside an interesting new API and their Lifelog Web portal. As Sony is wont to do at CES, they’ve also got a rather mysterious new wearable for us. Their Smart-B Trainer prototype headset has sensors optimized for running, and is touted as a kind of motivational coach for your runs. It will also play music, and “intelligently” suggest a soundtrack for your run. Sony is also refreshing their SmartEyeglass wearable for use with any pair of glasses.

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Lenovo VIBE Band VB10 mixes fitness tracking with style

Lenovo VIBE Band VB10 mixes fitness tracking with style

Amongst its laptops, displays and other assorted offerings this week comes a new wearable from Lenovo, the VIBE Band VB10 wristband. The wearable aims to span across all the needs typically encountered by wearables users, including receiving various notifications from social networks and more, fitness tracking functionality, long battery life (thanks, in part, to the use of an e-ink display), and even waterproof construction, meaning it can withstand use out in the rain or in risky situations like near the swimming pool.

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CES 2015 brings new Garmin Vivofit, stylish bands

CES 2015 brings new Garmin Vivofit, stylish bands

CES always delights if you’re looking for new products, and Garmin never disappoints. Lately, the leader in GPS technology has been focussing on wearables, and this year is no different. At CES 2015, the company is announcing updates to their Vivofit lineup, bringing in a few new features while keeping the legacy functionality put. Vivofit also has some new style options to make it more appealing for your activity, no matter what it is. If you haven’t been paying attention to Garmin for your wearable needs, now may be a good time to start.

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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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