Wearable

See Google’s Soli make Apple Watch look like a relic

See Google’s Soli make Apple Watch look like a relic

Google has re-introduced us to Project Soli, a gesture-recognition tech that's now small enough to fit in a smartwatch. What's that got to do with Apple Watch, you might be wondering? The gestures they've demonstrated today include a call-back to what we mentioned back in May of 2015: that the Apple Watch Digital Crown would be out-done by Google's Project Soli for smartwatches when the time came. That time is now.

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Google Jacquard Levi’s jacket will make fabric “smart.”

Google Jacquard Levi’s jacket will make fabric “smart.”

This week the folks at Google's Advanced Technology and Project group (aka ATAP) have announced their first Project Jacquard release. This is touch-sensitive material - textiles that can sense when your skin comes in contact with it. The first product that'll be released by Levi's with this technology inside is a Commuter Jacket for bicycle riders - and it'll be released in the Spring of 2017.

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Pal Strap wants to add GPS, battery to Pebble Time

Pal Strap wants to add GPS, battery to Pebble Time

One of the biggest problems with smartwatches, aside from trying to figure out what they're for, is their battery life. The average smartwatch lasts only at most two days before requiring a recharge. Pebble has once lorded over other smartwatches in that are with its 7-day battery life thanks to its e-ink display. With the colored Pebble Time, however, that time has almost been halved. The Pal Strap seeks to put the Pebble Time and Time Steel back on that pedestal and even add GPS tracking to boot.

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Pavlok wearable (literally) shocks you into fiscal responsibility

Pavlok wearable (literally) shocks you into fiscal responsibility

Do you keep buying stuff you don’t need, and willpower isn’t enough to stop you? Enter the Pavlok, a wrist band that delivers a 255 volt shock to the wearer when they violate self-imposed spending limits. The wearable works via an integration with a banking platform for Intelligent Environments, a UK company. The setup is pretty straight-forward. Pavlok owners sign up for the service, connect their banking data and their Pavlok, then set limits on their spending. Go over that limit, and the system will notify Pavlok, which will dutifully give you an electric shock as punishment.

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How Google will bring Daydream to you

How Google will bring Daydream to you

Google's been hard at work over the past couple of years getting a virtual reality platform ready for the planet - this week they've opened the doors. With Google's "Daydream", developers will be given the keys to the mobile VR vehicle, and smartphone users will be taken for a ride. Not just a flat, smartphone screen ride, but a 3D, spherical, immersive ride, the likes of which have only been available with multi-hundred-dollar headsets before now.

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Android Wear 2.0 adds a tiny on-screen keyboard, bizarrely

Android Wear 2.0 adds a tiny on-screen keyboard, bizarrely

Does your smartwatch need a keyboard? That's what Google thinks is the next stage for wrist computing, previewing Android Wear 2.0 at Google I/O 2016 today. The next generation of Google's wearable platform follows Apple's watchOS in some respects, with new support for native apps for instance, while in other ways Google's idea of interaction is very different.

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Omate S3 smartwatch is aimed at the elderly

Omate S3 smartwatch is aimed at the elderly

A new smart wearable called the Omate S3 has debuted and this device is a smartwatch that is aimed at the elderly. Not only does the wearable have many of the features you expect from a smartwatch, it also has an integrated tracking device and is a 3G stand-alone smartwatch running Android. Stand alone means that the user needs no mobile phone in their pocket for the smartwatch to function.

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Microsoft Band 2 will finally track your hikes and walks

Microsoft Band 2 will finally track your hikes and walks

Fitness bands are made for tracking your activities, most of which happen to take place outdoors. While the latest Microsoft Band 2 is of the same bent, it strangely didn't take interest in one particular outdoor activity: hiking and exploring. Nearly a year after it launched the product, Microsoft is finally putting that GPS on the band to even better use. With a new Explore tile in an upcoming Microsoft Health update, the fitness band will be able to keep a record of your adventures, whether it be through a forest or even just through your neighborhood.

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Samsung Charm stylish fitness band heading to ‘select markets’

Samsung Charm stylish fitness band heading to ‘select markets’

Samsung has newly introduced its Charm 'lifestyle band,' a fitness wearable that Samsung says has all the stylish elements of a piece of jewelry. The band itself is very simple, with a single charm-like element in the middle, hence the model's name. This fitness band was released in Russia, Italy, France and Korea, and now Samsung says it will be released in 'select markets' soon.

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Garmin’s vivosmart HR+ adds GPS and remote action-cam control

Garmin’s vivosmart HR+ adds GPS and remote action-cam control

Garmin has a new fitness wearable, the vivosmart HR+, and if we were the designers of Microsoft's Band we might be feeling a little flattered. The lookalike gadget packs in not only activity tracking and heart-rate monitoring but built-in GPS for more precise standalone location, and is waterproof to 5 ATM for wearing in the pool or the shower.

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Doppio: a smartwatch prototype with a removable 2nd screen

Doppio: a smartwatch prototype with a removable 2nd screen

We're still waiting for some manufacturer, probably Samsung, to finally deliver the foldable, dual screen smartphone of our dreams. In the meantime, however, someone else is dreaming up the same thing for smartwatches. That someone is Xing-Dong Yang and his fellow researchers from Dartmouth College who presented the prototype of a smartwatch with two displays, one of them removable. In addition to showing a different or supplementary information, the position of the second display affects what is displayed on the primariy screen as well.

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Samsung smartwatch concept uses your hand as a projection surface

Samsung smartwatch concept uses your hand as a projection surface

One of the biggest limitations smartwatches face when it comes to using apps or interacting with the UI is their small screen. Samsung has a concept that might offer a solution, a recent patent filing has revealed. To put it simply, the wearable features a small projector that displays an extended screen on the back of a wearer's hand.

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