wearables

hereO: a colorful GPS smartwatch for kids

hereO: a colorful GPS smartwatch for kids

Gadgets for children aren't anything new, but they're commonly over-priced and poorly made, offering often comical features that have little practical use in everyday life. Fortunately, the trend toward more useful kids-centric devices is growing, and it is always a welcomed change to see a useful gadget for the younger people out there. One such device is the hereO smartwatch, a colorful and durable wearable bid as the "most advanced" cellular GPS smartwatch for children. The company behind hereO is showing its wearable off at CES 2015, and we've all the details on it.

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Razer Nabu X hands-on: three little lights

Razer Nabu X hands-on: three little lights

Over the past year, Razer has turned their original Nabu wearable device (revealed exactly one year ago) into a bit of an underground hit - thousands sold, but to their fan club members and developers only. Here in 2015, Razer is returning to the scene with the Razer Nabu X, a slightly more simple affair. This device has the same abilities as the original Nabu, but this time you're being notified by three LED lights, not a full screen with text. This unit is a whole lot less expensive, too.

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Vuzix and HERE team up: location apps for M100 inbound

Vuzix and HERE team up: location apps for M100 inbound

This past November, Vuzix's M100 Smart Glasses went up for pre-order on Amazon following a previous debut and details. They might not be as svelte as Google Glass or as well known, but the wearable has held its own, and now it is working with HERE to add to some usefulness for its users. Under a new program between the new companies, developers will be able to create location-based apps for use with the M100 Smart Glasses, adding HERE's presence to yet another platform.

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LG tipped to launch webOS smartwatches in early 2016

LG tipped to launch webOS smartwatches in early 2016

In October 2014, word surfaced that LG would be making a smartwatch running webOS, something that came to light when a developer page referencing a "webOS SmartWatch" and "webOS Wear" briefly appeared online. Though that has been pulled and nothing since has been confirmed regarding this rumor, rumbles of the plan have again gone public, and sources are now saying the plan is both valid and in the works. The smartwatches will reportedly be launched by early 2016, and will be joined by another wearable of a more ambiguous sorts.

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Button-sized Curie module is Intel’s latest wearable bet

Button-sized Curie module is Intel’s latest wearable bet

Intel has almost pretty much given up on the smartphone market, except for a few models from ASUS and Lenovo, so it has set its eyes on wearables instead, where things are still somewhat in flux and no clear winner is in sight just yet. In 2013, it announced the Intel Quark, what is to be its bargaining chip (no pun intended) in the wearables race. Now at CES 2015, it is announcing the latest real-world application of that chip: the button-sized Intel Curie module.

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Apple Watch rumored for March release, employee training soon

Apple Watch rumored for March release, employee training soon

Your wait for the Apple Watch may be over sooner than you thought. According to a new report, the Apple Watch software has been finalized, and Apple is preparing a massive training session for Apple Store employees. The Watch itself is currently on track for a March release, though more detail on a specific release date isn’t known. If true, it nails down a timeline for the next time you might see lines forming at an Apple Store near you.

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Razer Nabu X social and fitness wearable arrives this spring

Razer Nabu X social and fitness wearable arrives this spring

Razer has introduced another wearable, the Nabu X. This is similar to the company's previous Nabu wrist band, and is bid as an entry-level device for those looking to nab a budget-friendly smart band. As with comparable wearables, the Nabu X can keep tabs on one's fitness information, receive notifications from their paired smartphone, and use the device's social feature with other Nabu X owners. The wearable will first be made available for "qualified fans", arriving for everyone else later this year.

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Sony Smartwatch 3 Steel Edition hands-on

Sony Smartwatch 3 Steel Edition hands-on

While its innards aren't all that different from its original release, the Sony Smartwatch in Steel brings the heat with a body that's all-metal. It's Stainless Steel, high-quality looking and high-quality to the touch. This device still has a 1.6-inch "transflective" display so you'll have a slightly better viewing experience than you would with competing square Android Wear devices - outdoors, anyway. This display is 320 x 320 pixels tight, and with this metal band, the entire setup is a whole lot better a warrior in this wearable battle.

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Sony goes steel for Smartwatch, launches Smart-B headset

Sony goes steel for Smartwatch, launches Smart-B headset

Sony is introducing their new-look smartwatch 3 at CES, alongside an interesting new API and their Lifelog Web portal. As Sony is wont to do at CES, they’ve also got a rather mysterious new wearable for us. Their Smart-B Trainer prototype headset has sensors optimized for running, and is touted as a kind of motivational coach for your runs. It will also play music, and “intelligently” suggest a soundtrack for your run. Sony is also refreshing their SmartEyeglass wearable for use with any pair of glasses.

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Lenovo VIBE Band VB10 mixes fitness tracking with style

Lenovo VIBE Band VB10 mixes fitness tracking with style

Amongst its laptops, displays and other assorted offerings this week comes a new wearable from Lenovo, the VIBE Band VB10 wristband. The wearable aims to span across all the needs typically encountered by wearables users, including receiving various notifications from social networks and more, fitness tracking functionality, long battery life (thanks, in part, to the use of an e-ink display), and even waterproof construction, meaning it can withstand use out in the rain or in risky situations like near the swimming pool.

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