Wearable

Lift charges your Apple Watch as it levitates

Lift charges your Apple Watch as it levitates

If you own an Apple Watch and want to charge it with something more interesting than what Apple designed, the Lift levitation charger might be just the ticket. This charger uses an induction system that works with a charging base that levitates your watch in the air and charges it at the same time. The charging station can also act as a smart lamp when you aren't charging your watch.

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Omate Rise Limited Edition brings Amazon’s Alexa to your wrist

Omate Rise Limited Edition brings Amazon’s Alexa to your wrist

While it seems that smartwatch makers have settled down in camps around a very few wearable platforms, like Android Wear, Apple watchOS, Tizen, and Pebble OS, Omate remains firm in its uniqueness. It is perhaps the only remaining smartwatch maker that runs a “full” Android version on its smartwatches. Not Android Wear but Android. It turns out, that has advantages, like expanding the platform to integrate new features, like, say, Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa. In fact, that is exactly what Omate is doing with yet another “flash” Indiegogo campaign, this time for the Omate Rise Limited Edition.

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New Fitbit Charge 2 and Flex 2 pack auto-tracking, move nudges, more

New Fitbit Charge 2 and Flex 2 pack auto-tracking, move nudges, more

Fitbit has updates its two most popular fitness wearables, with the Charge 2 and Flex 2 adding features like auto-recognition of different exercise types, guided breathing, and Apple Watch style reminders to get up and move. Meanwhile, there's a new app with Fitbit Adventures pitting your exercise regime against a trek through Yosemite, while designer collaborations aim to make the health gadgets as close to high-couture as possible.

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Sony FES Watch U e-ink watch, band returns with more designs

Sony FES Watch U e-ink watch, band returns with more designs

It may not have a pretty name, but it tries to have a pretty face. Almost two years ago, Fashion Entertainment, which turned out to be a Sony subsidiary, put out the FES Watch, which combined an e-ink watch face with a flexible e-ink wrist band. Now it’s back as the FES Watch U, not “Two”, again on Sony’s home-grown First Flight crowdfunding platform. It tries to make the same technological spiel of active matrices and e-paper displays. This time, however, it also tries to appeal to more design-conscious supporters with the promise of more designs delivered via their smartphones.

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Samsung Gear S2, Fit 2 iOS support is now in beta testing

Samsung Gear S2, Fit 2 iOS support is now in beta testing

In little less than a week, Samsung is expected to unveil its next gen smartwatch the Gear S3. But before it takes the throne, it seems that Samsung will be giving the Gear S2 generation one last hurrah. In South Korea, it has started a beta program for testing iOS support for the Gear S2 smartwatch as well as the newer Gear Fit 2 fitness wearable, signifying the long-awaited iPhone support for Samsung’s wearable devices.

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Garmin goes luxury with Fenix Chronos GPS smartwatch

Garmin goes luxury with Fenix Chronos GPS smartwatch

While Garmin may not be the most popular name in the smartwatch market, it continues to become one of the biggest players with its growing lineup of GPS and sports-focused devices. The company's newest wearable, however, takes a turn towards luxury: the new Fenix Chronos watch includes the health, activity, and location tracking you'd expect from Garmin, but puts it in a handsome, high-end package with leather, steel, and titanium materials.

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Kanex GoPower Watch keeps Apple Watch working all day

Kanex GoPower Watch keeps Apple Watch working all day

Apple Watch users who take advantage of the features that the watch offers might have a hard time making it all day on a signal charge. Kanex has a new portable, cordless charger made just for the Apple Watch that has 6x the power inside than the Apple Watch has alone. The device is called the Kanex GoPower Watch and it has a magnetic charging dock that uses the same inductive charging connector that comes with the watch from Apple.

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Pebble OS 4 is coming, new features teased

Pebble OS 4 is coming, new features teased

Time and again, Pebble’s crowdfunding attempts have been met with nothing but phenomenal success, including the latest Kickstarter that lumps together the new Pebble 2 as well as the totally never before seen Pebble Core. Soon, the earliest Pebble birds will be receiving the first batch of Pebble 2’s, but before that happens, Pebble will be giving their existing Pebble Time users a treat, rolling out the also totally new Pebble OS 4.0 that will almost literally bring a new face to the smartwatch.

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McDonald’s issues recall for faulty STEP-iT activity trackers

McDonald’s issues recall for faulty STEP-iT activity trackers

McDonald's struggles with its ill-fated activity trackers keep getting worse, as the company has now issued a recall for all of the wristbands that have made their way into the wild. Folks who are in possession of one are encouraged to take it to a nearby McDonald's store to receive a replacement toy and either a yogurt tube or a pack of apple slices in exchange.

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SolidEnergy may double battery life of smartphones and drones

SolidEnergy may double battery life of smartphones and drones

If you find that your phone's battery capacity leaves something to be desired, you're definitely not alone. MIT spinout SolidEnergy might have a solution to our battery life problems, though, introducing a new "anode-free" lithium-ion battery that could potentially offer double the life of current batteries on the market. Even better news is that the battery could be available for devices like smartphones as early as next year.

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McDonald’s ditches Happy Meal activity trackers

McDonald’s ditches Happy Meal activity trackers

McDonald's isn't exactly seen as a healthy eating option by most parents. It's more seen as a cheap place to fill your gob with food that is questionably tasty and not particularly good for you. The company is seeing demand for its food sag as parents and consumers in general have started to flock to eateries with healthier options. To combat this McDonald's has relied on Happy Meals for kids with toys that grab their interest leading to parents taking kids in not so much for food as for the toys.

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Round ASUS ZenWatch 3 hinted in August event invite

Round ASUS ZenWatch 3 hinted in August event invite

ASUS indeed has a round, hopefully still Android Wear, ZenWatch 3 coming next month and the company has all but confirmed it. That is, if we're reading the signs right from its teaser for an announcement scheduled at the end of the month. While it reuses its favorite "incredible" word yet again, its wording and even the imagery does seem to hint at a round smartwatch coming really soon. What other features the smartphone will have, however, remains mostly a matter of guesswork and wishes.

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