wearables

New Balance to launch smartwatch this holiday season

New Balance has announced the launch of a new division called “Digital Sport.” This new division is tasked with developing “digital experiences” and various wearables, the first of which will be a smartwatch scheduled to launch this holiday season. The company plans to roll out a digital ecosystem targeted at athletes via the new division, and has announced Intel, Google and more as partners.

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Samsung Gear S2 iOS compatibility coming this year

When the original Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch was revealed, it wasn't prepared for the full collection of smartphones on the market. Android and Tizen would work, sure, but not the most popular smartphone on the planet - the iPhone. Now, according to Samsung representatives speaking at CES 2016, they're going to be bringing iOS compatibility to the Samsung Gear S2 by the end of the year. "This year" they said.

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Samsung Gear S2 Classic hands-on: detailed in Rose Gold and Platinum

The smartwatch Samsung Gear S2 Classic, as it's now called, has been revealed in two new editions. Samsung has revealed that the Gear S2 Classic will now come in 18K Rose Gold in one edition, and Platinum in another. These devices will function exactly the same as the standard editions of the Samsung Gear S2 Classic, while their exteriors will be encased in slightly finer metals. And they look just fine indeed.

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Misfit Ray is a fitness wearable with a sleek, minimalist design

Wearables maker Misfit has just announced its first device since being acquired by Fossil just two months ago: the Misfit Ray. The fist thing you notice is that the Ray differs greatly from the sporty, coin-shaped design of Misfit's other wearable, the Shine. Instead, the new fitness tracker has a clean, simple look that could easily be mistaken for a simple bracelet. It's little more than a tube-shaped piece of aluminum attached to a flat band made of rubber or leather.

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Fitbit Blaze smart fitness watch looks quite familiar

The Fitbit Blaze is a new smart fitness watch being revealed for the 2016 consumer season, shown off for the first time at CES 2016. What you're going to notice first and foremost - if you're familiar with smartwatches of all sorts - is that this watch looks rather similar to one of the more well-known smartwatches on the market. Beyond that, this machine works with FitStar by Fitbit for on-screen workouts, GPS, PurePulse heart rate tracking, and Fitbit's SmartTrack auto-exercise recognition system.

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Garmin Varia Vision is a headset display for cyclists

Garmin's flagship product showing at CES 2016 is the new Varia Vision headset, a Google Glass-like display that can attach to any sunglasses to help keep cyclists safe and informed while keeping their eyes on the road. The device can be worn on either side of the head, and places a small heads-up display on the edge of the wearer's field of view, displaying things like smartphone notifications, navigation data, cycling performance, and even warnings about cars approaching from behind.

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Star Wars Force Band by Sphero commands BB-8 (our hands-on)

One of the most fantastic toys ever made, BB-8 by Sphero, now has its own remote control. The basic model requires your smartphone to move around - and that's pretty awesome as it is. But Sphero wanted to go the extra mile. Forget these drones that are commanded by your smartwatch. Sphero wants to sell you the device, not just push an app to someone else's gear. That's why they're showing off the Star Wars Force Band.

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OMbra and OMrun platform tracks running performance

OM has created a new sports bra for female runners and athletes that has the ability to track all sorts of information about athletic performance. When used in conjunction with the new OMrun paltform, the OMbra is able to track multiple aspects of running including basics like distance, cadence, pace, heart rate, and calories.

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This drone is controlled by an Apple Watch’s motion sensors

Researchers from PVD+ in Taiwan have engineered a common looking drone to be controlled by hand movements with an Apple Watch. See it in action, one might think it's all thanks to magic or The Force. Since 2013, the researchers have been working with National Chung Hsing University on developing a programming language they've dubbed "Dong." Once the software is installed on an Apple Watch, it can recognize hand gestures and other motions and turn them into instructions to control a drone.

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Sonar-based haptic feedback glove lets users feel distant objects underwater

A pair of Ph.D. candidates in Japan have developed a glove that lets wearers "feel" distant objects underwater, even without making physical contact. Dubbed "IrukaTact," the glove uses a combination of haptic feedback and sonar to detect items from a distance, and apply increasing pressure to the fingertips as the wearer moves closer. It seems inspiration for the device was drawn from dolphins and their use of echolocation, as the name IrukaTact is a combination of the words "tactile" and "iruka," the Japanese word for dolphin.

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Google has fixed the big problem that killed Glass v1

Today we're getting our first good look at Google Glass version 2, also known (for now) as Google Glass: Enterprise Edition. This version of the device has a few changes in its hardware - the most apparent of which is the removal of the metal bar that attached the glass unit to the opposite side of the wearer's head. There's also a ball joint for the eyepiece. But what's most important here is the addition of a single light - right near the front-facing camera.

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