wearable

Fitbit Surge update doubles battery life, adds running alerts

Fitbit Surge update doubles battery life, adds running alerts

Fitbit my be the darling of the fitness wearable market, but it has seen increased competition, and sometimes even lawsuits, in a once niche industry. To stay on top of its rivals, it needs to continuously update its existing devices with new features, without requiring users to buy a new one. Almost a year old now, the Fitbit Surge is getting another major update, the last one rolled out last March, which not only adds a new mode to the smartwatch but also improves its longevity.

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Omate returns with TrueSmart+ watch running full Android 5.1

Omate returns with TrueSmart+ watch running full Android 5.1

These days, most smartwatches are glorified yet less capable companions to smartphones and tablets, but there was a time when some wearables proudly proclaimed their independence. One of those was Omate's TrueSmart, which ran on a full version of Android instead of something like a more constrained Android Wear. After more or less a hiatus, Omate is making a comeback, and this time it's bringing along a lollipop for the ride. Its new TrueSmart+ puts a full Android 5.1 on top of a SIM-enabled standalone wearable.

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You can install WatchOS 2 for Apple Watch now

You can install WatchOS 2 for Apple Watch now

Apple has released WatchOS 2 for the Apple Watch, the first major software update for the wearable, bringing native app support and more. Arriving a little later than expected, after Apple shelved the release last week - which was to be alongside iOS 9 - over an issue spotted at the last-minute, the new update also includes a host of other tweaks.

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Microsoft Band 2 might finally have a curved screen

Microsoft Band 2 might finally have a curved screen

Microsoft's first ever wearable might not have been the hot item that other products in the market, but the Microsoft Band wasn't exceptionally that bad either. Except perhaps for its straight as nails display. In a world of curved screens, the first Microsoft Band was best described at non ergonomic at best. That, however, may be changing in just a few days. Leaked photos of an alleged Microsoft Band 2 reveals a wearable with a slightly refined, more stylish design, including a now curved screen.

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Apple Watch heart rate monitor saves teen’s life

Apple Watch heart rate monitor saves teen’s life

For most, the heart rate sensors on our smartwatches and wearables, sometimes even on smartphones, are more of an extra feature for health enthusiasts and those with active lifestyles. For 17 year old Paul Houle Jr. of Tabor Academy in Cape Cod, it was a literal lifesaver. The heart rate monitor on his newly purchased Apple Watch alerted him to the fact that there might be something wrong with his heart rate. Luckily, instead of just attributing it to a faulty sensor, His trainer and school nurse verified the reading and then rushed the teen to the hospital, saving his life in the process.

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C-Way smartwatch for kids is compatible with LEGOs

C-Way smartwatch for kids is compatible with LEGOs

Smartwatches for kids all tend to be the same, mostly due to their limited functionality: a child's watch is usually designed with very basic functions and GPS, the latter of which allows parents to keep track of where their child is. The C-Way smartwatch is, in some ways, the same. It is a GPS locator with basic smartwatch functions and one unique twist that we haven't seen on other children's wearables: LEGO compatibility.

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Lumenus smart jacket for cyclists has built-in LED turn signals

Lumenus smart jacket for cyclists has built-in LED turn signals

Lumenus, an LA-based company, has introduced a smart jacket for cyclists that is designed specifically to keep them safe — and not just in terms of preventing road rash. The smart jacket features integrated LED lights in strategic places that light up for extra visibility and function as blinking turn signals, alerting nearby drivers of your intention to turn and, at night, the fact that you're on the road with them.

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Moto 360 (2015) vs Huawei Watch hands-on: so similar, so shiny

Moto 360 (2015) vs Huawei Watch hands-on: so similar, so shiny

This week we've received two watches in the mail, one Moto 360 (the new one for 2015), and a Huawei Watch. Both devices work with Android Wear, and both devices are very, very similar. So similar that, had we gotten the same color materials for the Moto 360 as we do here the Huawei Watch, we'd have trouble telling the two apart at a glance. Up close, of course, you'll see the Motorola logo on the single button on the Moto 360, and the shapes are slightly different - but inside, they're largely the same.

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Intel’s Curie tech powers cooling vents in sports bra

Intel’s Curie tech powers cooling vents in sports bra

Sports bras are designed to keep things comfortable during activities while still, you know, offering support where support is needed. The compromise between the two means things can get a little uncomfortable at times, particularly when it comes to the ventilation issue. Women of the future may not experience such troubles, though, as Chromat has shown off the prototype of a sports bra that uses Intel technology to open vents when things get warm.

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HoloLens heading back to ISS: why NASA is staying tenacious

HoloLens heading back to ISS: why NASA is staying tenacious

This June a rocket headed for the International Space Station exploded - and with it went a couple of sets of Microsoft HoloLens holographic headsets. This SpaceX rocket's explosion was a rare occasion indeed, and a devastating one for every party involved. Jeff Norris, project manager for Project HoloLens at NASA with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, spoke up this week about how and when a new set of Microsoft's holographic headsets will be able to be launched into space.

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Pebble rolls out Pebble Time firmware, app updates

Pebble rolls out Pebble Time firmware, app updates

Apple just revealed some new incoming treats for the Apple Watch, so today might not be the best time to put out smartwatch-related news. That, however, isn't daunting Pebble, who has announced some big new features for the smartwatch itself as well as for its Android and iOS apps. Version 3.4 of the firmware not only brings full support to three new language but also add some quiet time and a power-saving feature. The Android app, meanwhile gets a fresh new look that happens to be also easier to use.

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