Wearable

Pebble Time now lets Android users start text conversations

Pebble Time now lets Android users start text conversations

The Pebble Time smartwatch and its accompanying mobile apps received a number of updates already this week, with the wearables getting new software and both iOS and Android users getting improved Health tracking features. But those with Android as their platform of choice also got something new just for them: the ability to send a text message initiating a conversation directly from the Pebble.

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BearTek Gen II smart gloves are wearable remote controls

BearTek Gen II smart gloves are wearable remote controls

Smartphone-friendly gloves are adequate enough to tap your screen without taking your gloves off, but they’re of limited usefulness, particularly if they’re wet. Enter the BearTek Gen II smart gloves, a pair of ordinary looking gloves that can remotely control your smartphone using simple finger movements. Rather than touching the phone itself, the wearer touches spots on the gloves to trigger specific actions.

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Android Wear speakers activate today

Android Wear speakers activate today

Starting this afternoon, Android Wear smartwatches will be able to use their built-in speakers. Just so long as they have them installed. Users who have a Huawei Watch or the ASUS ZenWatch 2 (49mm) will be getting an Android Wear update that may surprise them. Believe it or not, these two watches (and some future watches) have a speaker inside that hasn't yet been activated. After this update from Google, it's go time.

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Glide video messaging lands on Android Wear

Glide video messaging lands on Android Wear

Smartwatches that run Android Wear are plentiful on the market today and people who use them on a daily basis are always out for new and cool apps and features. The Glide video messaging app is now available on Android Wear devices. The app offers live video, voice, and photo messaging and claims to be the first app to use Android Wear's new speaker support feature.

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You can now summon your Tesla Model S with your Apple Watch

You can now summon your Tesla Model S with your Apple Watch

When Tesla announced firmware version 1.7 last month, which introduced the much anticipated "Summon" feature to the electric car, we knew it was only a matter of time before some enterprising developer plays around with the feature and takes it elsewhere. That time has indeed come and Allen Wong from Rego Apps has finally updated his famous, or infamous, Remote S Apple Watch app. And its new feature is as what you'd expect, allowing you to call your car from almost anywhere with a few taps on your wrist.

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Android Wear adds speaker support, more gesture controls

Android Wear adds speaker support, more gesture controls

Google has announced an Android Wear update that boosts hands-free features for wearables running the software. These include the ability to navigate through smartwatches using gestures rather than swipes and taps, as well as voice-based message sending and support for speakers. The features, which will be arriving to devices in the near future, make it a little easier to use wearables when your hands are full.

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Microsoft Band 2 adds weight tracking, GPS power saver

Microsoft Band 2 adds weight tracking, GPS power saver

Microsoft has announced the arrival of two new features for its second generation Microsoft Band wearable. With this update, the smart band gains a power saving mode designed to increase battery life while using GPS. As well, and just as exciting, is the addition of a weight tracking feature for monitoring weight changes, expanding the wearable’s usefulness for health-conscious users.

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Pebble updates put Health front and center

Pebble updates put Health front and center

This week the folks behind the Pebble smartwatch line are delivering a set of updates to put Pebble Health at the forefront of their wearable devices. With the latest update to the iPhone at (version 3.6) and the latest update to the Android app (version 3.9), Pebble devices will have access to what Pebble describes as "Beefy Pebble Health Updates". While not every Pebble will receive all feature upgrades, all Pebble devices will have an update of some sort.

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Fitbit Alta debuts with fashion-friendly colors, design

Fitbit Alta debuts with fashion-friendly colors, design

Hot on the heels of the unveiling of the Fitbit Blaze at CES last month, Fitbit is back with the announcement of another new fitness wearable, the Alta. Unlike the large-screen Blaze, the Fitbit Alta features a more typical bracelet-style design, with a minimal screen that displays just the right amount of information. Priced at $130, the wearable also comes with several color and texture options to keep it fashionable, not to mention swappable bands.

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Apple event tipped to release trinity of devices: Watch, iPhone 5se, iPad Air

Apple event tipped to release trinity of devices: Watch, iPhone 5se, iPad Air

This week it's been suggested that Apple is preparing their gear for an incrementally-spaced Apple Event coming soon. This event would bring on three devices, one of which would be the iPhone 5se, the upgraded version of the iPhone 5s, bringing 2016 specs to a smaller handset. Also coming here will be the iPad Air 3, also coming with the most updated of specs to match what iOS is now capable of doing. And of course, the darling wearable, Apple Watch, is set to be given a boost in specs this event as well.

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Virtual Reality Done Wrong: Making it Look Terrible

Virtual Reality Done Wrong: Making it Look Terrible

Today we're going to discuss how not to present virtual reality to the public. The images you see at the top of this article are wrong. They're bad. Skeptics of this platform see these images and remain skeptical. People who love virtual reality look at these images and see how goofy they look when they have virtual reality headsets on. It may have worked in the 1980s when ads were extremely strange - but it's not going to work here in the present.

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Narrative opens wearable camera to inventive devs

Narrative opens wearable camera to inventive devs

Wearable camera company Narrative is throwing open its platform to developers, inviting more interesting uses for the tiny life-logging gadget. Dubbed the Narrative Open Platform, it clears the way for both hardware and software customization, as the crowdfunding success attempts to make its wearable a must-have accessory rather than a niche geek trinket.

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