wearables

Snapchat possibly making smart glasses, hiring hints

Snapchat possibly making smart glasses, hiring hints

It continues to be harder and harder to pin down exactly what Snapchat "is" — sure, it fits in the category of social apps, but its features have included experiments with marketing and original content creation, news and citizen journalism, and, of course, selfies. What could make defining the service even more difficult? A venture in to hardware. And that's exactly what Snapchat seems to be exploring, as recent hiring details indicate the development of a glasses-based wearable device.

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Razer Nabu Watch – More watch than smart

Razer Nabu Watch – More watch than smart

Back at CES this year, Razer made a surprise announcement. Sure, the Core external GPU solution and the Stargazer webcam, I was shown something that had little to do with gaming at all. I'm talking, of course, about the Razer Nabu Watch.

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Joule Wearable Caffeine Patches Review : Better Than Coffee

Joule Wearable Caffeine Patches Review : Better Than Coffee

Over the past several weeks I've been testing out Joule, a system of wearable caffeine patches that administer the drug gradually rather than all at once. With coffee or soda I'd have been getting high and getting low within an hour. The sugar crash happens, I'm back below where I was when I started. What the folks making Joule have suggested is a fix. Not just a short burst of energy, but a lengthened distribution of caffeine through my skin.

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Pebble drops prices, retail goes more global

Pebble drops prices, retail goes more global

This week the folks at Pebble have made clear their intentions with the wider world of wearables: lower prices and more availability. The Pebble Time Round will now be available at retail locations throughout the United Kingdom and the European Union. Pebble's price drops will affect the United States only - for now. Both the Pebble Time and the Pebble Time Round will cost $50 USD less than they'd cost before this announcement.

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Sony patent reveals PowerGlove-like VR gaming controller

Sony patent reveals PowerGlove-like VR gaming controller

You're not going to believe this, but the Power Glove — Nintendo's awful, wearable game controller released in 1989 — could be coming back, at least in spirit, and from Sony. Several patents have been discovered by a NeoGAF user that reveal the PlayStation maker is looking into a glove-based controller to be used with virtual reality gaming experiences. Not only would it allow hand movement tracking, but the ability to physically interact with items in a VR world.

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Victorinox INOX Cybertool is another option for making a dumb watch smart

Victorinox INOX Cybertool is another option for making a dumb watch smart

As smartwatches are becoming more and more common, so are the options for attachments that add smart functions to traditional analog timepieces. We've already seen in the form of new watchbands, as well as devices that clip to the back of a watch's frame. Now Victorinox, the company behind the iconic Swiss Army Knife, has just announced a new smartwatch device in collaboration with Acer. Dubbed the INOX Cybertool, it attaches to the front of a watch, putting additional information around the analog face.

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Star Wars Droid Translator Helmets turn you into DIY-D2

Star Wars Droid Translator Helmets turn you into DIY-D2

Two DIY Star Wars enthusiasts have taken to the shop to make a very strange invention. This is the Droid Translator Helmet, and it'll turn your voice into Droid-speak for a second helmet to pick up and translate. Sort of. There's a bit of a trick to it. Instead of actually translating speech word-for-word to a series of beeps and boops, these helmets play sounds from the movies. The speech is not exactly translated so much as it is transmitted.

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Epson Moverio BT-300 hands-on: OLED switch for AR upgrade

Epson Moverio BT-300 hands-on: OLED switch for AR upgrade

If augmented reality is yet to make the market splash its VR cousin has, that's probably down to the relative shortcomings of transparent displays, but Epson's latest Moverio BT-300 suggests a tipping point is close. Freshly announced at Mobile World Congress today, the BT-300 headset not only slims down Epson's wearable display, but massively improves the image quality and usability.

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Will.i.am is making another smartwatch, this time with voice recognition

Will.i.am is making another smartwatch, this time with voice recognition

Music and fashion mogul Will.i.am has made several previous attempts at developing tech products, including wearables and a camera-like case for the iPhone. They've all turned out to be duds, but that isn't stopping him from trying again. This time it's another smartwatch, called the Dial, and its main focus in on voice recognition features, complete with its own OS and voice assistant. It couldn't possibly be worse than the Puls, right?

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Garmin’s fashionable new Vivo wearables have activity detection, heart rate monitoring

Garmin’s fashionable new Vivo wearables have activity detection, heart rate monitoring

Garmin has announced several new additions to its Vivo line of wearables today: the Vivoactive HR fitness watch and the Vivofit 3 activity tracker. Right off the bat, it's obvious that Garmin is introducing a design that aims to be more fashionable and unique, especially with the Vivofit 3. But looks aren't the only thing that's new, as both devices have been improved with new features, including automatic activity detection and tracking, and an optical hear rate monitor.

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Apple Watch helps push smartwatch sales past Swiss counterparts

Apple Watch helps push smartwatch sales past Swiss counterparts

It may have seemed like smartwatches would never reach mainstream appeal when they first debuted — that's what the traditional, luxury watch brands in Switzerland wanted us to believe, at least — but now there's solid evidence the tables are turning. A new report from Strategy Analytics has shown that smartwatch sales during the fourth quarter of 2015, led by the Apple Watch, surpassed those of Swiss watches for the very first time.

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New Samsung Gear S2 to be world debut of eSIM

New Samsung Gear S2 to be world debut of eSIM

Come next month, Samsung will release a new 3G model of its Gear S2 Classic smartwatch, and it will be the world's first device to make use of an eSIM, or a programmable, electronic replacement for the physical SIM card. The specifications for eSIM were just approved by GSMA, allowing them to be used in devices like smartwatches, tablets, and fitness trackers.

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