Wearable

Nixon debuts Android smartwatch with 100-meter water resistance

Nixon debuts Android smartwatch with 100-meter water resistance

Another traditional analog watch maker is trying their hand at the smartwatch game. This time it's Nixon, paring their sport watch designs with Android Wear tech into the ultra rugged Mission wearable. But the tough looks aren't just for appearances, as the Mission is primarily aimed at snowboarders and surfers, activities that involve, well, water. To combat this, Nixon has made its smartwatch water-resistant up to 100 meters (330 feet).

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Fossil Q Marshal, Wander join fashion brand’s Android Wear line

Fossil Q Marshal, Wander join fashion brand’s Android Wear line

A few months ago, traditional watch and fashion accessory maker Fossil unveiled its first foray into the wearables market, which included a solitary Fossil Q Founder Android Wear smartwatch. Fossil's first ever smartwatch need no longer feel lonely, as it brings not one but two new Android Wear timepieces to the fold. It is also formally announcing the arrival of the Misfit Ray lookalike, the Fossil Q Motion. But more than that, Fossil will also be bridging the divide with a smart analog smartwatch promised to land sometime this Fall.

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TomTom Golfer 2 is a next-gen smartwatch for golfers

TomTom Golfer 2 is a next-gen smartwatch for golfers

Newly announced and launching soon is the TomTom Golfer 2, the company’s second-generation Golfer smartwatch. As in the past, this wearable is packed with features targeted specifically at golfers, including things like Automatic Shot Detection and an automatic scorecard. Like other golfing watches, the most useful feature is the database of course information, putting access to details on 40,000+ golf courses on your wrist.

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Carv is a ski coach that slips into your boots

Carv is a ski coach that slips into your boots

Carv is a wearable device for skiers that is meant to be a digital ski coach. Carv offers users feedback typically reserved for elite skiers with an expensive and knowledgeable coach to watch and teach as they ski. The Carv sensor device is able to measure things like motion and pressure distribution and relays that data through earphones that the skier wears in real-time.

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Manus VR gloves let you use your hands as Vive controllers

Manus VR gloves let you use your hands as Vive controllers

As virtual reality headsets are on the verge of becoming major platforms for gaming and more, we're going to see more accessories and tie-in products that aim to enhance the VR experience. The hand-held controllers that are included with HTC's Vive are a great example, allowing you to control and manipulate objects presented in VR. But what about the most natural tool we have to do those things, our hands? That's the idea behind the Manus VR gloves, which allow natural hand motions to serve as inputs.

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Snapchat possibly making smart glasses, hiring hints

Snapchat possibly making smart glasses, hiring hints

It continues to be harder and harder to pin down exactly what Snapchat "is" — sure, it fits in the category of social apps, but its features have included experiments with marketing and original content creation, news and citizen journalism, and, of course, selfies. What could make defining the service even more difficult? A venture in to hardware. And that's exactly what Snapchat seems to be exploring, as recent hiring details indicate the development of a glasses-based wearable device.

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Fossil Q Motion is like a rebranded, redesigned Misfit Ray

Fossil Q Motion is like a rebranded, redesigned Misfit Ray

October last year, fashion outfit Fossil revealed its first generation of wearable accessories, including an Android Wear Q Founder smartwatch. A month later, it acquired Misfit, a company that specializes in smart fitness wearables and software. Its intention was pretty clear. It needed Misfit's expertise in wearables to augment its own portfolio. Barely half a year later, Fossil is revealing its first wearable since that purchase, the Fossil Q Motion. Interestingly, it is a dead knocker for Misfit's own Ray, announced just last January.

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Razer Nabu Watch – More watch than smart

Razer Nabu Watch – More watch than smart

Back at CES this year, Razer made a surprise announcement. Sure, the Core external GPU solution and the Stargazer webcam, I was shown something that had little to do with gaming at all. I'm talking, of course, about the Razer Nabu Watch.

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Pebble major update: Jumbo emojis, fresh new iOS app

Pebble major update: Jumbo emojis, fresh new iOS app

Pebble has just announced the rollout of firmware and app updates and while these benefit everyone, those on iOS have a lot to look forward to in this round. The firmware for the smartwatch itself has been update with both serious and whimsical new features while the Android app has gotten more multi-lingual. The iOS app, on the other hand, gets the biggest chunk of changes, starting with a totally new look. Plus, it also gets some new abilities, like being able to keep your notifications silent.

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Fitbit Blaze is now available for purchase

Fitbit Blaze is now available for purchase

They say looks can be deceiving and that might apply very well with the Fitbit Blaze. What looks pretty much like a smartwatch actually isn't. Unequivocally a fitness tracker, the Blaze just happens to come with a few more bells and whistles than normal and a display to make those worth your while. Despite meeting with a bit of skepticism, even falling stocks prices, when it was unveiled at CES, Fitbit forged ahead and has finally put the Blaze on shelves, available for purchase online as well as in partner retailers' stores.

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Joule Wearable Caffeine Patches Review : Better Than Coffee

Joule Wearable Caffeine Patches Review : Better Than Coffee

Over the past several weeks I've been testing out Joule, a system of wearable caffeine patches that administer the drug gradually rather than all at once. With coffee or soda I'd have been getting high and getting low within an hour. The sugar crash happens, I'm back below where I was when I started. What the folks making Joule have suggested is a fix. Not just a short burst of energy, but a lengthened distribution of caffeine through my skin.

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Pebble drops prices, retail goes more global

Pebble drops prices, retail goes more global

This week the folks at Pebble have made clear their intentions with the wider world of wearables: lower prices and more availability. The Pebble Time Round will now be available at retail locations throughout the United Kingdom and the European Union. Pebble's price drops will affect the United States only - for now. Both the Pebble Time and the Pebble Time Round will cost $50 USD less than they'd cost before this announcement.

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