wearables

See Google’s Soli make Apple Watch look like a relic

See Google’s Soli make Apple Watch look like a relic

Google has re-introduced us to Project Soli, a gesture-recognition tech that's now small enough to fit in a smartwatch. What's that got to do with Apple Watch, you might be wondering? The gestures they've demonstrated today include a call-back to what we mentioned back in May of 2015: that the Apple Watch Digital Crown would be out-done by Google's Project Soli for smartwatches when the time came. That time is now.

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Google Jacquard Levi’s jacket will make fabric “smart.”

Google Jacquard Levi’s jacket will make fabric “smart.”

This week the folks at Google's Advanced Technology and Project group (aka ATAP) have announced their first Project Jacquard release. This is touch-sensitive material - textiles that can sense when your skin comes in contact with it. The first product that'll be released by Levi's with this technology inside is a Commuter Jacket for bicycle riders - and it'll be released in the Spring of 2017.

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Pavlok wearable (literally) shocks you into fiscal responsibility

Pavlok wearable (literally) shocks you into fiscal responsibility

Do you keep buying stuff you don’t need, and willpower isn’t enough to stop you? Enter the Pavlok, a wrist band that delivers a 255 volt shock to the wearer when they violate self-imposed spending limits. The wearable works via an integration with a banking platform for Intelligent Environments, a UK company. The setup is pretty straight-forward. Pavlok owners sign up for the service, connect their banking data and their Pavlok, then set limits on their spending. Go over that limit, and the system will notify Pavlok, which will dutifully give you an electric shock as punishment.

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Android Wear 2.0 adds a tiny on-screen keyboard, bizarrely

Android Wear 2.0 adds a tiny on-screen keyboard, bizarrely

Does your smartwatch need a keyboard? That's what Google thinks is the next stage for wrist computing, previewing Android Wear 2.0 at Google I/O 2016 today. The next generation of Google's wearable platform follows Apple's watchOS in some respects, with new support for native apps for instance, while in other ways Google's idea of interaction is very different.

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Samsung Charm stylish fitness band heading to ‘select markets’

Samsung Charm stylish fitness band heading to ‘select markets’

Samsung has newly introduced its Charm 'lifestyle band,' a fitness wearable that Samsung says has all the stylish elements of a piece of jewelry. The band itself is very simple, with a single charm-like element in the middle, hence the model's name. This fitness band was released in Russia, Italy, France and Korea, and now Samsung says it will be released in 'select markets' soon.

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Samsung smartwatch concept uses your hand as a projection surface

Samsung smartwatch concept uses your hand as a projection surface

One of the biggest limitations smartwatches face when it comes to using apps or interacting with the UI is their small screen. Samsung has a concept that might offer a solution, a recent patent filing has revealed. To put it simply, the wearable features a small projector that displays an extended screen on the back of a wearer's hand.

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Garmin’s newest GPS running watch keeps score for masochists

Garmin’s newest GPS running watch keeps score for masochists

This morning the Garmin Forerunner 735XT GPS running watch was revealed with Connect IQ. This device has "24/7 heart rate monitoring", water resistance up to 5 ATM (50 meters), and the Strava Live Suffer Score app. This app comes pre-installed on the device, and aims to make you suffer. Suffer, that is, by pushing you to rack up a high Suffer Score. Just what you've always wanted in a workout watch - pain!

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Pebble update ups Health ante

Pebble update ups Health ante

Pebble have announced that their smartwatch line will have a big series of updates to its health software. That'll include a feature called Mobile Health Snapshot, for one - a system that allows you to see a picture of your activity and sleep data in a well organized manner. This Mobile Health Snapshot bit will be a whole new section within the official Pebble apps from Pebble on both iOS and Android. Of particular interest in this feature set is a new ability to auto-detect when you're headed out for a walk, recording your activity without additional effort on your part.

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Oculus just lost its display guru

Oculus just lost its display guru

Oculus is losing one of its top display engineers, with Mary Lou Jepsen announcing she is to leave the Facebook-owned VR company. Jepsen revealed her departure while speaking at the Anita Borg Institute's 2016 Women of Vision Awards Banquet this week, saying that she felt it was time to "work on curing diseases" instead.

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Garmin Vivomove is a fashionable activity tracker

Garmin Vivomove is a fashionable activity tracker

Garmin has introduced its new Vivomove wearable, an analog watch that happens to pack activity-tracking “features” and a battery that can run for a year. It is essentially a fashionable fitness tracker that disguises itself as a regular analog watch; features include sleep and step tracking, a waterproof construction (to 50 meters), and the ability to notify users when they’ve been inactive too long.

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CST-01 Watch officially dead: company files for bankruptcy

CST-01 Watch officially dead: company files for bankruptcy

The CST-01, the “world’s thinnest watch,” has seemingly been dead in the water since last summer when the company behind it, Central Standard Timing, posted their last update declaring that Flextronics had decided to back away from the project. The company first sought funding on Kickstarter, where its promise of an incredibly thin e-ink watch raked in $1,026,293 from more than 7600 backers. The campaign ended on February 22, 2013 -- the first delay was announced by July and now, nearly a year since the company's last update, backers have received paperwork announcing bankruptcy.

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Here’s an Apple Watch running Windows 95

Here’s an Apple Watch running Windows 95

In the long, long list of ancient operating systems and software that's been installed on smartwatches, the combination of Windows 95 and the Apple Watch has been missing. Thankfully, developer Nick Lee has put things right. It may take an hour to boot up, but the OS is almost fully functional on the wearable, despite being completely impractical. Lee shared his achievement in a video, so there's no need to go through the nightmare of trying to open the Start menu yourself.

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