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Polar Loop 2 activity tracker brings smartphone notifications

Polar Loop 2 activity tracker brings smartphone notifications

Polar has introduced its new Loop 2 wearable, an activity tracker that works with its software to aggregate data on one’s daily activities. The latest version brings some updates not available on the first iteration of the Loop, including things like notifications from a smartphone and vibration alerts. A trio of band colors are being offered, as well as the familiar LEDs in the band that compose the display. Users can wear the tracker all day -- it switches over to sleep tracking at night.

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Pebble Time Steel smartwatch production kicks off this week

Pebble Time Steel smartwatch production kicks off this week

Backers of the Pebble Time Steel smartwatch when it was on Kickstarter will be glad to hear that Pebble has announced production will kick off this week. Pebble says that all watches sold during the Kickstarter campaign are being produced this month. Shipments to the first backers will start going out the last week of July. The last backers of the watch will start receiving tracking numbers by the end of August.

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Google Glass 2 coming in 2016, but not for you

Google Glass 2 coming in 2016, but not for you

The second big release for Google Glass is on its way, but not in the way the remaining "Glass for Fun" enthusiasts might've hoped. Instead it would seem that those pushing for an enterprise angle for the headset have gotten their wish. This second-generation Google Glass won't be built for the public. It'll be built for businesses. While the possibility remains that Glass for Fun could pop up, for now it's more of a pipe dream for the average citizen and lover of leisure.

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Niobium nanowires may give wearable electronics a power boost

Niobium nanowires may give wearable electronics a power boost

One of the major limiting factors for wearable electronics today is the size of the battery that can be placed inside. Since wearable devices have to be small and light enough to be worn comfortably there isn't much room inside for a battery. Researchers at MIT have developed a new approach to powering wearable electronics that promises to deliver short but intense bursts of power that wearable devices need to operate.

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Android Wear to soon support interactive watch faces

Android Wear to soon support interactive watch faces

As a platform, Android is quite flexible and part of that characteristic trickles down to Android Wear. The smartwatch-oriented OS has a few hidden quirks that developers are able to take advantage of to provide functionality otherwise unavailable officially. Sadly, that can sometimes lead to unpredictable behavior, sometimes even broken functionality. Good thing, then, that Google has chosen to officially adopt one such "hack". According to insider sources, an upcoming major Android Wear update will finally bring official support to interactive watches faces. Plus, it could also introduce Android Wear to Android Wear communication.

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Samsung wearable to beat HoloLens with 3D-cam and 2x Glass

Samsung wearable to beat HoloLens with 3D-cam and 2x Glass

Samsung may be next on the list of hardware companies to deliver a smart headset with dual-Google Glass-like displays, 3D cameras, and augmented reality/holography. This device does not yet have a formal name, instead opting in early registration documents as a "wearable display apparatus" only. The image you see before you is not the same as Samsung's earlier Google Glass competitor seen back in January of 2014 - this headset is brand new. It's wireless, and it's sporting virtual imagery the likes of which we've never seen before.

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Google Glass successor to sport larger prism, Intel chip

Google Glass successor to sport larger prism, Intel chip

Google probably doesn't have the word "quit" in its vocabulary. After the lukewarm, almost negative, reception of Google Glass, the tech giant seems to be well on the way in making a second one. But this time, instead of trying to appeal to the fickle and vocal masses, Google Glass 2 will instead be marketed to the enterprise, hence its other monitor of Google Glass Enterprise Edition. But more than just a name change, this version will have rather substantial changes, including a wider viewing glass and a switch to an Intel processor.

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Skugga glasses instantly darken via e-tint tech

Skugga glasses instantly darken via e-tint tech

Glasses that tint when you're out in the sun are nothing new, but you're at their mercy -- the tint takes place without any input from the wearer, and so will tint at times when you don't want them to and will be clear in moments when you might want some shade. Enter the Skugga sunglasses -- they can be manually toggled between tinted and clear whenever the wearer would like, and instantly transform when they do. This is thanks to so-called electrochromic lenses and e-tint technology.

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Looks like Google Glass 2, but it’s not for you

Looks like Google Glass 2, but it’s not for you

This morning an FCC listing for what appears to be Google Glass 2 has appeared. But it doesn't matter. The first version of Google Glass was a hit on the tech news circuit - people even spend a bunch of cash to be the first to own the device. But it didn't work out in ideal a fashion as Google had hoped. Unchecked enthusiasm and a never-ending stream of stories about Glass-holes made sure of that. The second edition of this device won't be made for the average consumer.

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Huawei to challenge Moto 360 with Zero Circle watch

Huawei to challenge Moto 360 with Zero Circle watch

This week the folks at Huawei have revealed a device that they call "Zero." This device is a watch - more than likely an Android Wear watch - that works with a circular watch face. As the Moto 360 continues to be the most popular of Android Wear devices on the market - or at least in development terms - Huawei will make with the competition. In true Huawei form, we're to understand that this device will cost less than its opponents while it delivers style that's quite similar.

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