Wearable

This ultra-thin electronic skin puts a digital display on your body

This ultra-thin electronic skin puts a digital display on your body

Smartwatches and fitness device may be the wearables of today, but in the not-too-distant future we be using super-thin skin-like membranes that can put a digital display right on the surface of our bodies. University of Tokyo researchers are bringing us closer to such a future, as they've been developing a new type of electronic skin, or e-skin, that is nearly as flexible and stretchy as the real stuff, but has the benefit of putting polymer light emitting diodes (PLEDs) on your hand or anywhere it's applied.

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Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch app for iOS leaked, official support coming soon

Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch app for iOS leaked, official support coming soon

Back in January, Samsung said that it would be bringing iOS support to its Gear S2 smartwatch, allowing iPhone owners to make full use of the company's latest wearable. It seems an official release may finally be drawing near, as several screenshots, along with the beta version of the Samsung app itself, have been posted to XDA Forums. While it's still in an early state, it reveals some of the features that iPhone users will be able to take advantage of with their Gear S2.

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Apple Watch 2 reported to sport same design, new internals

Apple Watch 2 reported to sport same design, new internals

It's been nearly a full year since Apple first introduced their take on the smartwatch. And with any Apple device that's been out for that long, it's due for a refresh. (Well, unless you're a Mac Pro, that is.) Yesterday we heard one report that the next update will be thinner, today we're hearing a much different tune.

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Fitbit Charge HR helped a doctor make a life-saving decision

Fitbit Charge HR helped a doctor make a life-saving decision

Remember the Apple Watch that helped save a teenage athlete's life? Well, now it's the Fitbit's turn to make such a sensational news. A Fitbit Charge HR's heart rate monitor data was used by a doctor to determine it was safe, in fact critical, to reset a man's heart rate using electrical cardioversion. While it still remains pretty much the exception rather than the norm, it does show the growing sophistication of such fitness-equipped wearables to the point that they can provide essential information that could help save people's lives.

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Apple Watch 2 expected to debut in June, up to 40% thinner

Apple Watch 2 expected to debut in June, up to 40% thinner

The successor to the Apple Watch has been rumored for a few months now, with most predictions saying it will debut at some point in 2016. The latest credible information backs this up, but offers specifics like a debut from Apple at this year's WWDC event, expected around June 13-17, and a significantly thinner casing that the original Watch. This comes from Brian White of the Wall Street analyst group Drexel Hamilton, who is currently on a tour of tech factories in China.

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Apple Watch Hermes bands get new colors, will be sold individually

Apple Watch Hermes bands get new colors, will be sold individually

So far, the Apple Watch Hermes band has been one of the most impressive collaborations between the tech giant and a high-end fashion brand. Unfortunately for those who are fans of the French brand, the only way to get the luxury accessory was to buy the Apple Watch that comes paired with it; if you already own the smartwatch, you're out of luck. That's changing later this month, the two companies have revealed, as the Hermes band will start being sold separately on April 19th.

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Huawei TalkBand B3 has built-in Bluetooth headset

Huawei TalkBand B3 has built-in Bluetooth headset

When Huawei finally got around to unveiling the P9 smartphone, that phone wasn’t all the company had to unveil. It also tossed out some details on the TalkBand B3 wearable. At first glance, the TalkBand B3 looks like a skinny smartwatch, but it has something that you won't find on other wearables. The screen of the TalkBand is actually a Bluetooth headset so you can have hands free communication when you want.

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Adidas Zone is a durable heart rate wearable for kids

Adidas Zone is a durable heart rate wearable for kids

Adidas has a new wearable, and it is designed for students as a way to encourage exercise. Called the Adidas Zone, this wearable keeps track of the user’s heart rate and makes the data available in a cloud-based system for PE instructors to access. As such, students are able to see when they raise their heart rate and to what level, while instructors can assess a student’s exertion and better tailor activities to students' needs.

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Pebble update adds iOS Text Replies for Verizon, more vibes

Pebble update adds iOS Text Replies for Verizon, more vibes

Despite having laid off practically a fourth of its workforce, Pebble is showing that it's business as usual at the office. In the latest set of updates for both firmware and the respective mobile apps, Pebble is throwing Verizon subscribers a bone. It is finally making available the iOS Text Replies feature that it introduced last year for this particular carrier. Of course, that's not the only new feature in this update. For those with the Pebble Time generation of smartwatches, you can set different vibrations for different notifications and track sleep more accurately, down to hour-long power naps.

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HoloLens Dev Edition ships today with a tiny Buzz Aldrin

HoloLens Dev Edition ships today with a tiny Buzz Aldrin

This week the folks at Microsoft have announced the release of the first edition of HoloLens. This version of the headset will be sent to developers only - it'll be a HoloLens Developer Edition as such. The shipping on this developer edition will begin today, and Microsoft suggests that developers will begin to be able to develop apps immediately. They've also given a single example of development time for a standard HoloLens app - six weeks. They first app they've developed will have its code posted to GitHub soon.

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Ringly unveils Aries step counting bangle bracelet wearable

Ringly unveils Aries step counting bangle bracelet wearable

The last time we talked about Ringly is when the company unveiled its little vibrating ring that notified users of calls, texts, and other items by vibrating. Ringly is back with a new wearable device for folks who don’t like to wear rings, but want in on the Ringly action. This time out the wearable device is a bangle bracelet. The stone in the bracelet looks the same as the stone in the ring.

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Sony’s newest team hunts oddball tech for post-PlayStation world

Sony’s newest team hunts oddball tech for post-PlayStation world

Sony is creating a new idea incubator unit, pulling together wearables, unusual home entertainment, and other odd R&D in the hope of figuring out the next big thing. The Sony New Business Incubation Group (NBIG) will hunt down potential "products that span and integrate conceptual consumer technology, human interaction and the environment around them," the company says today.

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