Smartwatches and fitness wearables serve a purpose, but as devices capable of answering calls or responding to notifications they fall well short. The small screen is limiting, and even the upstart Android Wear program is seeing its share of detractors for that very reason. An IndieGoGo campaign for a new wearable takes the screen out of the equation, though — instead using a projector.
With the rise of Android Wear comes its integration into the wider Android experience. The latest Google Camera update has tossed a remote functionality into the mix for wearables running Google's newest platform, allowing the smartwatches to function as a remote shutter for your smartphone camera, among other things.
The task of learning a language has never been simple, despite efforts to make it so. Hundreds of programs, methods, and pseudoscience applications have cropped up over the course of spoken existence aiming to simplify the acquisition of the skill, but few have succeeded. MIT Media Lab's founder Nicholas Negroponte is confident that will change in the future, however, and how he anticipates we'll acquire new languages is very unique.
Today we’ve posed a wearables question to readers of SlashGear and Android Community in a variety of forums: Have you purchased an Android Wear device, and why or why not? The overwhelming response has been "no", with a reasoning most often centering on a complete lack of reason - why would I purchase something that I have no need for? Was Tim Cook right?
If you are one of the few early owners of an Android Wear device out there this week, you may already be aware of your inability to install paid apps. While all free apps have installed to Android Wear devices normally, apps requiring pay from Google Play would not install at all. Until today.
Wearable technology includes a subset of devices that are a bit more internal than the term wearable would suggest. Among these devices are envisioned smart pills and medical-related implants designed to aid in healthcare of all sorts. Latest in this category is a contraceptive chip implant that can be controlled with a remote.
One industrious company looking to lower its insurance premium used a somewhat novel way to accomplish its goal: Fitbit. The fitness wearable was given to workers at startup Appirio, where data was used to get the company's insurance provider to drop its rates by 5-percent, or $280,000 USD.