wearables

Today is your last (official) chance to buy Google Glass

Today is your last (official) chance to buy Google Glass

Check your bank account and credit card statements. Seriously, we’ll wait. Do you have $1,500 bucks you just can’t stand having lying around? Do you enjoy technology that may someday be a collectors item? If so, Google Glass is still on sale, and today is the last day to buy it. That’s right, at the end of today, Glass will be officially off the market, relegated to bloated eBay listings. As Google starts winding down their Explorer program and directing Glass to what amounts to their hardware division, Glass as we know it is ending.

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Samsung’s new smartwatch may support wireless charging

Samsung’s new smartwatch may support wireless charging

According to their website, Samsung has three smartwatches. That list does not include their original Gear, so news of Samsung possibly introducing a new smartwatch at MWC in early March would mean it’s their fifth major smartwatch release. That seems like a lot of wearables for one company, but we’re talking Samsung, so it’s not that surprising. Their new smartwatch is starting to hit the rumor mill, and the latest news suggests it’s going to be round. Also, it might even charge wirelessly.

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Apple’s Schiller was right about Google Glass all along

Apple’s Schiller was right about Google Glass all along

Unless you have Google Glass, chances are you’re not interested in them. After slowly winding down the Explorer program, Glass’ future is a bit uncertain. Google isn’t killing the project off, but they are sidelining the wearable while they refocus their efforts. Most weren’t interested in dropping $1,500 to look goofy and crane their eye upward, leaving Google Glass to a nerdy, niche market. If Google Glass left you thinking “nobody normal would wear those things”, you’re not alone. At least one Apple exec felt the same way.

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Microsoft Band and Health get first big content update

Microsoft Band and Health get first big content update

Microsoft's relatively new Band wearable (check out our review) has received its first big content update, and with it comes a particular focus on Guided Workouts, which is said to be one of the more popular offerings consumers get with the device. Likewise the Health app has been updated as part of this, and Microsoft promises this is the first of what will soon be a series of updates -- more details on those future updates will be forthcoming soon enough.

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Google Glass’ victory lap: a brief history gallery for Explorers

Google Glass’ victory lap: a brief history gallery for Explorers

Today Google Glass Explorers were given a digital book thanking them for taking part in the first big leg of the Glass journey. This book goes by the name GLASS VOL 1, emphasizing - again - that this is not the end of the road for the smart headset, it's just a chapter marker. This book begins with an inspirational quote: "To discover new places, sometimes we need to leave the map behind." This document acts as an extensive Thank You card to users as well as a victory lap for Google Glass creators.

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Rumor: Samsung’s round smartwatch will have rotating bezel

Rumor: Samsung’s round smartwatch will have rotating bezel

Samsung has a round watch in the works, according to various reports we’ve seen circulating of late. Rather than a static round-face screen, Samsung may be working on something tricky. According to at least one source, Samsung will borrow a page from Apple’s book and use hardware to manipulate what you see on-screen. There may not be a crown, but there will be a bezel, and Samsung is reportedly working on a rotating ring that will mimic what Apple is doing with the Apple Watch.

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Google Glass now under Tony Fadell, exits Google X

Google Glass now under Tony Fadell, exits Google X

The Google Glass Explorer Program has officially been tapped by Google to shut down. That doesn't mean that there won't be any more Google Glass - in fact the opposite, more than likely - it's just part of the transition process. When a group exits inside Google X, Google's experimentation lab, it generally has more of a "not quite ready for the real world" vibe to it - now Google Glass is being brought into that real world. The real working world - not necessarily as a consumer product.

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Fujitsu smart ring prototype brings control to your finger

Fujitsu smart ring prototype brings control to your finger

Wearables largely revolve around fitness and health at the moment, but we're slowly seeing ones with other functionality surface. Fujitsu has set its attention on turning your finger into a stylus, one that works by writing in the air rather than on a touchscreen. This wearable will prove particularly useful for those wearing head-mounted displays, allowing for non-auditory input and control in situations where it is preferable. Other useful situations can be things like having children practice penmanship using their finger.

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Oculus Rift Crescent Bay hands-on with 3D Audio

Oculus Rift Crescent Bay hands-on with 3D Audio

We entered the room Oculus VR had prepared for us not knowing exactly what we were in for. Not the Samsung Gear VR - surely not - that's already nearly a consumer product. Instead, Oculus had a padded room ready for us. Not because the SlashGear team is ready for straight jackets, but because this demonstration required that we be in as quiet an environment as possible. This demonstration - of the newest Oculus Rift headset prototype Crescent Bay, beyond the DK2 - required that we stand on a platform 4 feet by 4 feet wide in the center of a room that was perhaps 12 feet square. We were dropped immediately into a series of demonstrations.

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Wearables of CES 2015: more watch, less smart

Wearables of CES 2015: more watch, less smart

With CES winding down, the SlashGear crew now has some time to take a step back and consider what just happened. We learned a lot, saw a lot, and walked away mostly excited for the future. The Internet of Things is still alive and well, but there’s another topic we’d like to discuss today: wearables. the darling of CES 2014 came back to us in 2015 as well, but we’re starting to get a better idea of where the genre is going.

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