wearables

Ōura smart ring tracks sleep patterns, health metrics

Ōura smart ring tracks sleep patterns, health metrics

Activity trackers and sleep trackers are offered as wristbands nearly across the board, with the most common variation being a clip-on unit for a belt or a bag. The latter, while less obvious, usually isn’t too favorable due to the decrease in accuracy, while the wristband isn’t ideal for everyone: they’re too obvious for some and too uncomfortable for others. The company behind Ōura has side-stepped those too common designs, instead electing to squeeze the technology into a polished unassuming ring.

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Apple Watch launches in seven new countries

Apple Watch launches in seven new countries

Today the Apple Watch launches in seven new countries around the world. These countries include South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Taiwan, Mexico, and Singapore. Starting today, Apple Stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers will be able to sell the Apple Watch in these countries. This update is in addition to the countries already able to sell the Apple Watch including Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the USA. This includes in-store availability as well as online sales.

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Bowling Central update adds Apple Watch as motion controller

Bowling Central update adds Apple Watch as motion controller

Love bowling but hate having to wear those funny shoes? The Wii has been the long-running champ among alternative bowling methods, but those who own an Apple Watch will soon have another option. Rolocule Games has introduced the 2.0 version of its Bowling Central game for Apple users, and with the update comes Apple Watch support, allowing the wearable to be used as a sort of motion-based game controller. Presently Bowling Central has been available for the iPhone and iPad for use with the Apple TV, and is akin to the company’s previous Motion Tennis game.

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Google develops health wearable for medical, research tracking

Google develops health wearable for medical, research tracking

The unmonitored period between doctor visits can make it difficult for medical professionals to adequately treat patients with chronic issues, and to fill that void are various medical gadgets designed to monitor some aspect of one's daily life or health metrics. Google has decided to enter that market with a new health wearable, one that will be targeted at doctors and those performing clinical trials rather than the average consumer. The wearable was developed by Google X.

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Apple Watch hacked to run Mac OS 7.5.5

Apple Watch hacked to run Mac OS 7.5.5

In the weeks since developers got their hands on the Apple Watch's watchOS 2 at WWDC earlier this month, we've seen things like native apps running on the wearable, along with games like Flappy Bird, all due to tinkering with the software. Now, in a sign of just far our digital devices have come, one developer has gotten the Apple Watch to run System 7, or specifically Mac OS 7.5.5. That version of the OS was released in September of 1996. Making nearly 20-year old software run on a wrist-computer of today is beyond impressive.

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Pebble Time goes on pre-order outside Kickstarter

Pebble Time goes on pre-order outside Kickstarter

While the already-established brand Pebble decided to head back to the startup-friendly Kickstarter for its second release, regular sales have begun now in earnest. Earlier this year the second-generation smartwatch Pebble Time was revealed with a colorful display and new body, done so through the crow funding campaign website Kickstarter. This gave a sign of the times - the site was no longer for starting up companies, but for companies that'd previously sought funding from fans as well. While it's still not necessarily a store, Kickstarter didn't seem to mind selling Pebble's second watch from the outset.

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Apple Watch gaining 3x the developer interest of first iPhones, iPads

Apple Watch gaining 3x the developer interest of first iPhones, iPads

As if there weren't enough evidence that the Apple Watch has been a success for Apple, from the predicted sales numbers to customer demand, recent comments from Tim Cook reveal that the device is hot among app developers too. The Apple CEO said in an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek that developer interest in the Apple Watch is over three times what it was for the iPhone and iPad during their first year.

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Moto 360 gets Wi-Fi, improved notifications, and more

Moto 360 gets Wi-Fi, improved notifications, and more

Motorola’s round smartwatch, the Moto 360, is getting the newest version of Android Wear, and with it comes some new features that make the wearable a little more appealing. Wi-Fi is one of them, lending a connectivity option that expands beyond Bluetooth. There will likewise be an always-on mode, says the maker, and faster access to favorite app and one’s contacts. Notifications, too, will be benefiting from the update, becoming more easy to access and visible for users who are already doing something on the watch. Full list of changes after the jump!

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Upcoming Microsoft Band update to add golf tracking capabilities

Upcoming Microsoft Band update to add golf tracking capabilities

Now roughly 9 months old, Microsoft's Band fitness wearable is getting an update that will add support for tracking a new activity: your golf game. Microsoft has just announced a new partnership with golf company TaylorMade, and with that an update to the Band and Health app to track a number of golfing stats, including shots, scorecard, and hole distances. The update is said to be available in the "coming weeks," and will also include new stat tracking for workouts and cycling in the Health app.

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Apple Watch 2 details begin to pop up – already

Apple Watch 2 details begin to pop up – already

Now that the Apple Watch has reached Apple Stores for the first time yesterday, now not 24 hours later we've got details on the second generation. This Apple Watch 2, or Apple Watch S, as we're going to go ahead and assume it'll be called, will have a front-facing camera - aka a FaceTime camera, the ability to work without an iPhone, and similar innards. It might just go ahead and use the same processor as the model that's already out in stores today.

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