wearables

Swatch announces its first smartwatch, aimed at beach volleyball

Swatch announces its first smartwatch, aimed at beach volleyball

Oh how Swatch has changed its tune in the last 8 months or so. First there was the denial they were collaborating on the upcoming Apple Watch, adding that they didn't see why these newfangled smartwrist gizmos were all the rage with the kids these days. Shortly after there was a change of heart (or at least someone wised up) and they said they were working on their take of a smartwatch. Jump to today and we have the announcement of the Touch Zero One, a touchscreen smartwatch that is aimed at beach volleyball enthusiasts. No, seriously.

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Cook: Apple Watch ‘designed’ to replace car keys

Cook: Apple Watch ‘designed’ to replace car keys

We know enough about the Apple Watch to keep us interested, but there’s still a lot we don’t know. Even when it comes to pricing, we’re still in the dark a bit. Slowly, Apple CEO Tim Cook is leaking details about the Apple Watch, though. We’ve heard the water resistance might be better than expected, and now Cook is hinting that the Apple Watch will be “designed to be able to replace car keys”. Seems our days of all-in-one key fobs are coming to a close.

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MotionX is going to make dumb analog watches really smart

MotionX is going to make dumb analog watches really smart

Here’s the interesting thing about smartwatches: we want them to look like real watches, but also a touch smarter than a traditional timepiece. That’s the goal, but it’s not been an easy one to achieve. Some watchmakers have gone so far as to block digital representations of their faces from being made available for download. Withings did a good job of straddling the line with Activite, but what about the traditional companies out there? With MotionX, a new platform specifically for those brands, their pieces can be smart, too.

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Jawbone cites manufacturing for recent UP3 delay

Jawbone cites manufacturing for recent UP3 delay

Jawbone's UP3 health tracker is having difficulties again before coming to market. The release date has been pushed back before. The third generation health tracker device was originally slated to be ready by the end of 2014. The company has been seized with delays, missing crucial opportunities like the 2014-2015 holiday shopping season. The newly announced 10-11 week delay would put the UP3's release in May. Hopefully, all of the new additions to the UP3 will keep it ahead of the curve in the competitive health tracker device market. Such a delay gives room to competitors to up their stake in the market.

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TokyoFlash Kisai RPM Watch Review – a minimalist LED watch

TokyoFlash Kisai RPM Watch Review – a minimalist LED watch

Japan is famous for its minimalist approach to style. The Japanese design team TokyoFlash is behind some of the most unique watch designs on the market. They don't look like ordinary watches. The RPM is TokyoFlash's latest watch from their Kisai brand. It exemplifies a mix of futuristic yet simple design that we've come to associate with Japanese designs. The first thing you'll notice about the RPM is that there is no dial. This watch doesn't use numbers or hands. The sleek, metal link watch uses a pattern of abstract blue LEDs to display the time.

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Pebble Time SDK (3.0) released today

Pebble Time SDK (3.0) released today

The software development kit for Pebble Time has been released today - 64 colors and everything. This SDK is also known as Pebble OS SDK 3.0, and it contains a number of big jumps in functionality for the operating system for the wearable collection of devices. Everything developers have created to work with SDK 2.x will run perfectly fine on version 3.0 - so don't worry about compatibility issues as such. Below we've also got a brand new "hardware comparison" chart made by Pebble to show the differences between the two eras of smartwatch.

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Motorola will let you ‘Moto Make’ a Moto 360 soon

Motorola will let you ‘Moto Make’ a Moto 360 soon

Customization has become a hallmark for Motorola, where users find favor with Moto X’s open-source design platform. That choice is about to come to wearables, too. Motorola is about to unleash a Moto Maker suite for their Moto 360, which allows for customization almost all the way through. You can choose your casing, where Motorola gives you options for silver, black, or champagne. You’ll also get to decide on other visual features, but don’t get too excited — it’s not total customization.

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Apple event March 9th confirmed: Apple Watch incoming

Apple event March 9th confirmed: Apple Watch incoming

This morning Apple has announced a special event set for the 9th of March at 10AM in San Francisco. This event will take place at the , the same location the reveal of the iPhone 5 was held. This is a different location from the Apple Event we were in attendance at last. This new event is set right before the release of the Apple Watch - a device which is expected to be released to the public sometime in April. This event will likely reveal final pricing and release information for the Apple wearable device.

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RideOn goggles let you ski in AR

RideOn goggles let you ski in AR

AR isn't just for gaming, and recently we're seeing AR uses pop up in more specialized industries and niche markets. RideOn announced on Indiegogo that it plans to make AR goggles for the skis slopes. If you're skiing with friends, you can see their locations and call or message them all using their floating AR. There's no need for an additional device like a Go-Pro because you can take high-definition videos using RideOn's AR goggles. You may never need a map again because RideOn can highlight the ski lodges and lifts in the distance.

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LG Watch Urbane update brings LTE, NFC

LG Watch Urbane update brings LTE, NFC

LG has taken its Android Wear efforts up a couple notches with its upcoming LG Watch Urbane, an incredibly stylish and sophisticated smartwatch that blends in among other snazzy timepieces while bringing smart functionality that trumps the average wrist wearable. LG will be showing off the watch at Mobile World Congress 2015 next week, but it's not letting that timeline slow it down: the maker has already pushed out an update for the watch, adding more features that increase its appeal.

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