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Garmin rolls out Fenix 3, Epix wearables with new software platform

Garmin rolls out Fenix 3, Epix wearables with new software platform

With a renewed focus on wearables, Garmin is again bringing their activity-focussed wrist-worn devices to CES. This time around, we’re getting two new devices meant to keep you on track and track your whereabouts. The Fenix 3 is meant for those who lead “a rigorous lifestyle”, while the Epix hands-free navigation device keeps you on-track even when you’re off the grid. With the wearables, Garmin is also introducing their Connect IQ platform, an open-source forum for Developers to create apps specifically for Garmin products.

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Wellograph tracker update brings more style, sleep monitoring

Wellograph tracker update brings more style, sleep monitoring

Wellograph has introduced a revamped version of its activity tracking smartwatch, and among the changes is the introduction of its Wellograph 2.0 smartphone app and what the maker says is a "refresh" of its watch's operating system. The watch itself has also received a couple updates -- though mostly only in the design department -- making for a solid rehash of an otherwise lesser-known, crystal sapphire-toting wearable. All three big mobile platforms are supported, as well: Windows Phone, Android, and iOS.

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InBody activity tracker adds body composition to the mix

InBody activity tracker adds body composition to the mix

InBody, a company that specializes in body composition analysis machines, is here at CES 2015 to introduce a more portable version of its products. Simply and plainly called the InBody Band, this smart wearable combines the best of fitness and medical worlds. Not only does it sport the core features that you'd expect in an activity tracker, it also boasts of InBody's medical expertise in the area of body composition analysis, giving wearers an even deeper insight into their current state as well as the overall effects of their activities and exercises.

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Withings Activité Pop finally melds watch and smarts

Withings Activité Pop finally melds watch and smarts

Withings turned heads with its first smartwatch, the Activité, approaching the wearables market from the timepiece end rather than the gadget mindset. The result was a fitness tracker that didn't look like an oversized Livestrong band, but while it certainly felt the part from a wristwatch perspective, at $450 it certainly wasn't an option for the mass market. Enter the Activité Pop, a cut-price version with the same core features but a far more palatable $149.95 price tag.

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Ring wearable gesture device hands-on

Ring wearable gesture device hands-on

Ring is a wearable smart device that connects to your smartphone with Bluetooth. It wirelessly allows you to make gestures in the face of your phone to launch apps and perform certain functions. At CES 2015, we've seen this device do several things - take a photo, launch a basic music app, and even Tweet. Users are invited to work with the gestures already built in to the Ring controller app or to create their own and connect to apps like Facebook, Evernote, and Yo. And you know what that means - IFTTT connectivity as well.

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Narrative Clip 2 gets WiFi, Bluetooth and 8MP upgrade

Narrative Clip 2 gets WiFi, Bluetooth and 8MP upgrade

Times can be tough when you're trying to kickstart a new wearables segment, use crowdfunding to pay for it, and facing society's growing concerns around privacy, but Narrative and its Clip life-logging camera seem to be doing alright. Fresh to CES 2015, the Narrative Clip 2 keeps the core concept of snapping a photo every 30 seconds and highlighting the best for you, but gives hardware and software a comprehensive upgrade. So, the new Clip 2 has WiFi and Bluetooth where its predecessor had only USB, a modular back for more imaginative mounting, and - most importantly - an 8-megapixel sensor with better low-light performance. I sat down with CMO Oskar Kalmaru in Narrative's new San Francisco workspace to find out how a year of life-logging has shaped the new camera.

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Flappy Bird arrives on Android Wear

Flappy Bird arrives on Android Wear

Last summer we saw a game akin to Flappy Bird call "Flopsy Droid" arrive on Android Wear, and while it offered the same sort of tapping gameplay, it did so without the stoic flapping bird (you played as a flopping droid instead, obviously). If you're a purist at heart and see no issue with having a maddening endless game on your wrist, there is now a better version available: Flappy Bird itself in wearable form, courtesy of developer Corbin Davenport.

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Apple Watch coming to Europe sooner than we thought

Apple Watch coming to Europe sooner than we thought

Europe may end up getting the Apple Watch a bit sooner than they bargained for. Via the Apple Watch page, we see that Apple has slightly tweaked their language about when the wearable would arrive in Europe. Previously, it was noted as “available in 2015”. Now, the Apple Watch is coming in early 2015 to several countries in Europe. While the change doesn’t nail down a finite time for arrival, it does bring the European timetable for Apple’s wearable in line with the US.

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ODG Smart Glasses squeeze AR into pseudo-Wayfarers

ODG Smart Glasses squeeze AR into pseudo-Wayfarers

The tech world won't be content until we're wearing our computers and phones on our face, and Osterhout Design Group thinks it has the answer with its vaguely-Wayfarer-styled Smart Glasses headset. The consumer version of the ODG R-6 family of wearables, the 125g sunglasses support Qualcomm's Vuforia augmented reality system, overlaying 3D graphics on top of a view of the real-world, and offering a mixture of video playback, 3D gaming, navigation directly in your line-of-sight, and even a virtual workspace. None of that comes especially cheap, however, with ODG aiming high for when the Smart Glasses launch sometime this year.

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