This week the folks at LG have revealed their first non-square Android Wear device - the LG G Watch R. Unlike their first Android Wear effort in the LG G Watch, this device is aiming for the higher end, bringing on the world’s first round P-OLED display and a complete lack of a notch.
This week the folks at Misfit, creators of the Misfit Shine, have made clear their intent to expand. Not with another wearable - the first one they’ve made is still running strong - but with a release of their software system for the whole developer universe to take part in.
The LG G Watch R came as a surprise. LG had already played its Android Wear hand with the G Watch at Google I/O, and while the square-faced smartwatch was functional it was hardly a stand-out design aesthetically. Turns out, though, LG had already been working on its sibling for more than two years, a round-faced wearable that's far closer in appearance to a regular watch. I sat down with LG and the G Watch R to find out more.
When it comes to wearable technology, the segment is a crowded one. At every turn, it seems another new wrist-strap is in play. With Garmin’s new vivosmart, you’ll find a lot of similar attributes to other bands of its kind. Where vivosmart separates itself is its ability to be smart, stylish, and subdued — all in the same package.
It would appear that LG just couldn’t help themselves, releasing information about the LG G Watch R before the watch itself is sent up in its own release. Instead, LG is releasing data on the round P-OLED that’ll rest at the heart of this wearable.
MICA, which stands for "My Intelligent Communication Accessory", is Intel's latest stab at the wearable market. But unlike it's previous attempts, which often have common and somtimes even more charitable purposes, this one goes to the other extreme. MICA is the product of a collaboration with Open Ceremony announced early this year to produce a wearable device that fashion-conscious affluent people will not be ashamed to wear.
Optinvent has launched its ORA-1 smartglasses on Kickstarter, a wearable bringing two modes and what it hails as several features that trump Google's more popular Glass. Both a Glance Mode and an Augmented Reality mode are offered by the somewhat bulky wearable, though the prototype has slimmed down quite a bit over the years.
Sony's SmartBand Talk isn't the first time we've seen E-Ink on your arm, but it's probably one of the most interesting. The company's second wearable for IFA - the first being the SmartWatch 3 - doesn't run Android Wear like its sibling, but it does throw in some Dick Tracy style functionality like being able to conduct phone calls from your wrist.
Sony has some history with smartwatches, but the company's new SmartWatch 3 is a little different, since it's the first from the firm to run Android Wear. Design-wise, it's an improvement on the blocky Sony wearables that came before it, with a more streamlined rubber strap, though it's not going to be confused for a regular watch unlike, say, ASUS' ZenWatch might.