wearables

Embrace smartwatch tracks stress, detects seizures

Embrace smartwatch tracks stress, detects seizures

The Embrace smartwatch is a wearable that offers many of the expected features you get with modern wristbands: activity tracking, smartphone connectivity, a watchface for checking the time, and other similar features. Embrace brings with it a couple unique twists, however, one of which that aims to potentially save lives -- namely, the ability to detect seizures when they happen. With this functionality, both the user and a caregiver are given alerts when a seizure is detected, allowing appropriate medical steps to be taken without delay.

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Survey: 10% of iPhone users ‘very likely’ to buy Apple Watch

Survey: 10% of iPhone users ‘very likely’ to buy Apple Watch

The Apple Watch is still just pictures on a website, but the fervent energy around its release is palpable. Non-tech blogs are discussing it, and the newest addition to the wearable space already has Developers working on the features they can take advantage of. A few weeks ago, we told you about a survey where 10% of people said they’d “definitely buy” the Apple Watch. A new survey backs that number up a bit, but dives a bit deeper into the iOS fan-base.

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Cicret puts Android on your skin

Cicret puts Android on your skin

Cicret is a bracelet, a smart wearable that allows you to work with a user interface we currently associate only with a smartphone or a tablet. Cicret is not a smartwatch. Nor is it a smartphone or a tablet. Instead, Cicret is a bracelet that works with a pico projector, 8 "long range sensors", and all the hardware required to run Android and the apps Android runs. Tap your wrist just as you would a smartphone, and play games on your arm on the go - no more smartphone necessary.

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Apple Watch webpage updated with new Timekeeping, Connection, Health details

Apple Watch webpage updated with new Timekeeping, Connection, Health details

As the release of the Apple Watch draws near, Apple continues to update the product page on its website with additional details and information on its first smartwatch. Just over a week ago Apple offered new information to developers in the form of WatchKit, focusing on tidbits like the device's system font and screen resolution. Now there are three new sections that highlight features consumers will be more interested in, "Timekeeping," "New Ways to Connect," and "Health & Fitness."

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US E-Labels Act ends the requirement for regulator labels

US E-Labels Act ends the requirement for regulator labels

Smartphone users in the US rejoice. You now have less clutter to stare at on the back of your devices. President Barack Obama has just signed into law the E-Labels Act which loosens the noose on device manufacturers to physically imprint regulators' signages on devices. This serves to clear up some room and conserve some space on devices, especially smaller ones. But considering it is just a US law, device makers will still have to comply with similar policies in other countries in the meantime.

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Microsoft Band review: Flawed promise

Microsoft Band review: Flawed promise

The Microsoft Band breaks no ground in wearables, but Microsoft is hoping their submission can at least make you want to own one. The do-it-all wearable has an exhaustive list of features, and carries them across the mobile platform landscape. The aim, it seems, is to let you keep your phone in your pocket and rely almost entirely on your band. We’ve seen that before, too, so can Microsoft crack the use-case code? Is the Microsoft Band one that will actually have you reaching for your phone less?

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Hexoskin Arctic biometric smart shirt offers winter upgrade

Hexoskin Arctic biometric smart shirt offers winter upgrade

Last year the Hexoskin smart shirt was successfully funded on Indiegogo, something that spawned a wearable apparel alternative to wristbands and similar fitness trackers. That shirt, however, has a sleeveless vest design that isn't tailored to the colder months now gripping many states, and so the company has introduced a new model called Arctic. As its name suggests, Arctic is a long-sleeved version of the same biometric shirt, allowing users to wear it while out jogging or exercising in the cold.

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Gizmopal by LG for Verizon: Star Trek communicators for your kid

Gizmopal by LG for Verizon: Star Trek communicators for your kid

This week the folks at LG and Verizon have revealed a couple of communicators for your children. What you'll be doing here is placing the band around the wrist of your kid, telling them to keep the band ON their wrist throughout the day, and calling them up when you want to chat. Designs for the GizmoPal by LG thus far are limited to blue and pink, with stars on the pink version and cars, trucks, and busses on the blue version.

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GizmoPal wearable keeps kids and parents in contact

GizmoPal wearable keeps kids and parents in contact

For children who aren't quite old enough for their own phone, Verizon has announced the upcoming GizmoPal wearable for kids. This wearable is a simplistic wristband able to receive and make calls to a limited number of contacts, such as parents or a caregiver, doing so over Verizon's network after being added to an existing smartphone plan. This is the latest of several kid-centric wearables we've seen over the year, joining the iSwimband and Kidizoom smartwatch, both of which offer their own functionality for different life situations.

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Watchmakers going after pirated smartwatch faces

Watchmakers going after pirated smartwatch faces

A word of caution: if you’ve fallen head over heels for a smartwatch face recently, it might be time to reevaluate your admiration. How your smartwatch looks, at least when it’s not doing smartwatch-y things, may soon change. While we like smartwatches for their contextual awareness and ability to force-feed us notifications, we still want a watch. To accomplish the look of a “real” watch, some smartwatch software designers and Developers actually borrow from existing, often high-end watches.

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