Wearable

Victorinox INOX Cybertool is another option for making a dumb watch smart

Victorinox INOX Cybertool is another option for making a dumb watch smart

As smartwatches are becoming more and more common, so are the options for attachments that add smart functions to traditional analog timepieces. We've already seen in the form of new watchbands, as well as devices that clip to the back of a watch's frame. Now Victorinox, the company behind the iconic Swiss Army Knife, has just announced a new smartwatch device in collaboration with Acer. Dubbed the INOX Cybertool, it attaches to the front of a watch, putting additional information around the analog face.

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Wearvue is the Toshiba smart glass you never saw

Wearvue is the Toshiba smart glass you never saw

This week was filled with announcements of new and upcoming products but, somewhat ironically, Toshiba did the opposite. It revealed that it is canceling its Wearvue product, a Google Glass like that, like the rumored next gen Glass, was intended for the enterprise instead of consumers. What's amusing is how Toshiba canceled the device just a month after it was announced and just a week before it was meant to go on sale. Rather than an isolated case, however, it could be an indicator of a shift in the market.

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LG: No 3rd Nexus 5, Watch Urbane 2nd Ed still coming

LG: No 3rd Nexus 5, Watch Urbane 2nd Ed still coming

Nexus devices have been made by quite a number of Google's partners, but none perhaps is more familiar, or perhaps more favored, than LG. It has, to date, made three Nexus smartphones, the Nexus 4, the Nexus 5, and the most recent Nexus 5X. Those who have preferred the Korean OEM's more budget friendly spins might be disappointed that LG has, more or less, formally said it won't be involved in the next Nexus smartphone. As an unrelated consolation, however, it promises that the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition hasn't been canceled. At least not yet.

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Star Wars Droid Translator Helmets turn you into DIY-D2

Star Wars Droid Translator Helmets turn you into DIY-D2

Two DIY Star Wars enthusiasts have taken to the shop to make a very strange invention. This is the Droid Translator Helmet, and it'll turn your voice into Droid-speak for a second helmet to pick up and translate. Sort of. There's a bit of a trick to it. Instead of actually translating speech word-for-word to a series of beeps and boops, these helmets play sounds from the movies. The speech is not exactly translated so much as it is transmitted.

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ARM outs 32-bit Cortex-A32, better for IoT and wearables

ARM outs 32-bit Cortex-A32, better for IoT and wearables

It seems that smartphones and especially tablets are no longer the darlings of the silicon industry. Chip makers, like Intel, Qualcomm, and even MediaTek are now vying for more embedded products, particularly wearables and the so-called Internet of Things. To sweeten the pot even more, at least on the ARM side of things, ARM Holdings has released the design for a new Cortex-A32. Like the Cortex-A35 it announced last November, this "ultra-efficient" chip is designed for embedded and Iot devices. The difference? It's even more efficient than that and is only 32-bit.

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Epson Moverio BT-300 hands-on: OLED switch for AR upgrade

Epson Moverio BT-300 hands-on: OLED switch for AR upgrade

If augmented reality is yet to make the market splash its VR cousin has, that's probably down to the relative shortcomings of transparent displays, but Epson's latest Moverio BT-300 suggests a tipping point is close. Freshly announced at Mobile World Congress today, the BT-300 headset not only slims down Epson's wearable display, but massively improves the image quality and usability.

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Will.i.am is making another smartwatch, this time with voice recognition

Will.i.am is making another smartwatch, this time with voice recognition

Music and fashion mogul Will.i.am has made several previous attempts at developing tech products, including wearables and a camera-like case for the iPhone. They've all turned out to be duds, but that isn't stopping him from trying again. This time it's another smartwatch, called the Dial, and its main focus in on voice recognition features, complete with its own OS and voice assistant. It couldn't possibly be worse than the Puls, right?

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Garmin’s fashionable new Vivo wearables have activity detection, heart rate monitoring

Garmin’s fashionable new Vivo wearables have activity detection, heart rate monitoring

Garmin has announced several new additions to its Vivo line of wearables today: the Vivoactive HR fitness watch and the Vivofit 3 activity tracker. Right off the bat, it's obvious that Garmin is introducing a design that aims to be more fashionable and unique, especially with the Vivofit 3. But looks aren't the only thing that's new, as both devices have been improved with new features, including automatic activity detection and tracking, and an optical hear rate monitor.

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Apple Watch helps push smartwatch sales past Swiss counterparts

Apple Watch helps push smartwatch sales past Swiss counterparts

It may have seemed like smartwatches would never reach mainstream appeal when they first debuted — that's what the traditional, luxury watch brands in Switzerland wanted us to believe, at least — but now there's solid evidence the tables are turning. A new report from Strategy Analytics has shown that smartwatch sales during the fourth quarter of 2015, led by the Apple Watch, surpassed those of Swiss watches for the very first time.

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New Samsung Gear S2 to be world debut of eSIM

New Samsung Gear S2 to be world debut of eSIM

Come next month, Samsung will release a new 3G model of its Gear S2 Classic smartwatch, and it will be the world's first device to make use of an eSIM, or a programmable, electronic replacement for the physical SIM card. The specifications for eSIM were just approved by GSMA, allowing them to be used in devices like smartwatches, tablets, and fitness trackers.

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Oros winter gear uses NASA tech to block frigid temps

Oros winter gear uses NASA tech to block frigid temps

Oros has introduced a new winter jacket (and related performance gear) designed using NASA tech to shield wearers from the cold. The company, formerly known as Lukla, previously launched an insulated jacker that featured aerogel as an insulator. This time around, the team has launched a full line of products that, while featuring aerogel as well, are lighter and thinner than in the past, keeping winter adventurers warm without weighing them down.

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Don’t make this Virtual Reality mistake

Don’t make this Virtual Reality mistake

You know what really grinds my gears? Ridiculous photos that are used to advertise products. You know the ones, where something has been very obviously been Photoshopped in with little care. Today, the PGA Tour has been kind enough to provide me with an "Exhibit A" for talking about why you need to think about photos used to promote your products.

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