Wearable

AT&T brings back the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Ed LTE

AT&T brings back the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Ed LTE

It's not yet even near the second half of the year, but we're not one to complain about extremely early good news. At least hopefully it's good news. LG promised that its second Watch Urbane smartwatch would indeed be going back to the market, but it seems that it will be happening earlier than promised. AT&T has once again put the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE up for pre-order. Presuming it isn't just a fluke, it gives hope that LG has finally resolved the issues that led to the smartwatch being unceremoniously pulled out shortly after launch.

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Tissot Smart-Touch is first true smartwatch from Swatch

Tissot Smart-Touch is first true smartwatch from Swatch

At the Baselworld watch event in Switzerland this week, a new smartwatch from Tissot was announced, making it the first such wearable from the Swatch Group. With the Swatch brand itself released two timepieces last year, their "smarts" were limited to features aimed at volleyball players and a low-priced watch with payment capabilities for China. The new Smart-Touch from Tissot, however, is their first proper smartwatch, boasting of connected features including navigation and solar-powered recharging.

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Working Google Glass Enterprise Edition turns up on eBay

Working Google Glass Enterprise Edition turns up on eBay

You now have a chance to get your hands on an unreleased follow-up to one of the biggest tech hardware flops in recent history: an Enterprise Edition of the Google Glass wearable. A listing for one has turned up for sale on eBay, making it a surprising find of a device that was only rumored to be in development in recent months. While it may look like the original Google Glass that debuted back in 2013 — dozens of which can also be found on eBay — the auction offers some of the first public images of the modifications made for enterprise users.

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Michael Kors unveils two dazzling Android Wear watches

Michael Kors unveils two dazzling Android Wear watches

Michael Kors has announced a new line of wearables called the Michael Kors Access collection, and kicking it off are two new Android Wear smartwatches. The Access watches are designed to offer the best Android Wear wearables have to offer while wrapping them up in a stylish, even glamorous design. The watches won’t be launching until this coming fall season, but the company detailed some features recently at Baselworld 2016.

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Fitbit teams with Amazon for voice-friendly fitness

Fitbit teams with Amazon for voice-friendly fitness

This week the folks at Fitbit have joined forces with the folks at Amazon to bring Amazon Echo voice assistant compatibility to the wearable fitness universe. This setup includes the ability to ask Alexa what Fitbit is thinking. You can't talk directly to Fitbit - Fitbit doesn't even understand what you're saying. That's just silly. You talk to Alexa with your Amazon Echo and Alexa will know what to do. Alexa can speak Fitbit.

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Samsung, de GRISOGONO to make a luxurious Gear S2 smartwatch

Samsung, de GRISOGONO to make a luxurious Gear S2 smartwatch

If you thought that Samsung is over its jewelry obsession, better think again. It may have curiously skipped Swarovski this time around, but this diamond-laden smartwatch isn't going to be less luxurious. Or expensive for that matter. This time, Samsung has partnered with famed jewelry and watchmaker de GRISOGONO to co-create, not merely co-brand, Samsung insists, a special, limited-edition Samsung Gear S2. Naturally, this is more a fashion statement than a simple smartwatch, blending the latest in wearable technology with some of the most luxurious materials and stones in the fashion world.

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Apple Watch gets built-in ECG monitor with Kardia Band

Apple Watch gets built-in ECG monitor with Kardia Band

The Apple Watch's heart rate monitor has been praised before about how accurate it is for a smartwatch, but now it's about to get even more advanced with a medical-grade ECG (electrocardiogram) monitor built into the new Kardia Band from accessory maker AliveCor. The watch band features a small metal sensor on the side that communicates with an accompanying app on the device itself, monitoring and alerting wearers of abnormal heart rates.

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Nixon debuts Android smartwatch with 100-meter water resistance

Nixon debuts Android smartwatch with 100-meter water resistance

Another traditional analog watch maker is trying their hand at the smartwatch game. This time it's Nixon, paring their sport watch designs with Android Wear tech into the ultra rugged Mission wearable. But the tough looks aren't just for appearances, as the Mission is primarily aimed at snowboarders and surfers, activities that involve, well, water. To combat this, Nixon has made its smartwatch water-resistant up to 100 meters (330 feet).

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Fossil Q Marshal, Wander join fashion brand’s Android Wear line

Fossil Q Marshal, Wander join fashion brand’s Android Wear line

A few months ago, traditional watch and fashion accessory maker Fossil unveiled its first foray into the wearables market, which included a solitary Fossil Q Founder Android Wear smartwatch. Fossil's first ever smartwatch need no longer feel lonely, as it brings not one but two new Android Wear timepieces to the fold. It is also formally announcing the arrival of the Misfit Ray lookalike, the Fossil Q Motion. But more than that, Fossil will also be bridging the divide with a smart analog smartwatch promised to land sometime this Fall.

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TomTom Golfer 2 is a next-gen smartwatch for golfers

TomTom Golfer 2 is a next-gen smartwatch for golfers

Newly announced and launching soon is the TomTom Golfer 2, the company’s second-generation Golfer smartwatch. As in the past, this wearable is packed with features targeted specifically at golfers, including things like Automatic Shot Detection and an automatic scorecard. Like other golfing watches, the most useful feature is the database of course information, putting access to details on 40,000+ golf courses on your wrist.

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Carv is a ski coach that slips into your boots

Carv is a ski coach that slips into your boots

Carv is a wearable device for skiers that is meant to be a digital ski coach. Carv offers users feedback typically reserved for elite skiers with an expensive and knowledgeable coach to watch and teach as they ski. The Carv sensor device is able to measure things like motion and pressure distribution and relays that data through earphones that the skier wears in real-time.

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Manus VR gloves let you use your hands as Vive controllers

Manus VR gloves let you use your hands as Vive controllers

As virtual reality headsets are on the verge of becoming major platforms for gaming and more, we're going to see more accessories and tie-in products that aim to enhance the VR experience. The hand-held controllers that are included with HTC's Vive are a great example, allowing you to control and manipulate objects presented in VR. But what about the most natural tool we have to do those things, our hands? That's the idea behind the Manus VR gloves, which allow natural hand motions to serve as inputs.

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