wearables

Ring wearable gesture device hands-on

Ring wearable gesture device hands-on

Ring is a wearable smart device that connects to your smartphone with Bluetooth. It wirelessly allows you to make gestures in the face of your phone to launch apps and perform certain functions. At CES 2015, we've seen this device do several things - take a photo, launch a basic music app, and even Tweet. Users are invited to work with the gestures already built in to the Ring controller app or to create their own and connect to apps like Facebook, Evernote, and Yo. And you know what that means - IFTTT connectivity as well.

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Withings debuts Activite Pop: $150 health watch

Withings debuts Activite Pop: $150 health watch

As CES draws even closer, health wearables company Withings has just announced a new, more affordable version of its Activite health watch. Priced $300 less than the top-tier model, the Activite Pop comes in three new colors and will be available this March for $150. The Activite Pop maintains the appearance of a regular analog watch at quick glance, but it features a smaller dial on the face that measures how close you are to fulfilling your activity goal for the day, which is set in its partnering app.

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Flappy Bird arrives on Android Wear

Flappy Bird arrives on Android Wear

Last summer we saw a game akin to Flappy Bird call "Flopsy Droid" arrive on Android Wear, and while it offered the same sort of tapping gameplay, it did so without the stoic flapping bird (you played as a flopping droid instead, obviously). If you're a purist at heart and see no issue with having a maddening endless game on your wrist, there is now a better version available: Flappy Bird itself in wearable form, courtesy of developer Corbin Davenport.

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Apple Watch coming to Europe sooner than we thought

Apple Watch coming to Europe sooner than we thought

Europe may end up getting the Apple Watch a bit sooner than they bargained for. Via the Apple Watch page, we see that Apple has slightly tweaked their language about when the wearable would arrive in Europe. Previously, it was noted as “available in 2015”. Now, the Apple Watch is coming in early 2015 to several countries in Europe. While the change doesn’t nail down a finite time for arrival, it does bring the European timetable for Apple’s wearable in line with the US.

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Alcatel Watch aims to low-end their smartwatch competition

Alcatel Watch aims to low-end their smartwatch competition

Wearable smart devices have not yet been known for extreme ease in ownership here in their early days on the market. Alcatel hopes to change the equation for cash exchanged for smart devices worn on your body with the Alcatel OneTouch Watch series. This series of devices works with very, very few details from the start - besides fancy hardware and the promise that you'll be able to connect to your Android device to make all the necessary readings and take photos, of course.

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Montblanc’s e-Strap will make luxury watches smarter

Montblanc’s e-Strap will make luxury watches smarter

To smartwatch or not to smartwatch, that is the question. Especially when it comes to watch lovers who aren't too keen on switching away from their exquisitely designed timepieces just for the sake of receiving notifications or controlling their smartphones from their wrists. Luxury goods maker Montblanc has one compromise up its sleeves, almost literally. Part of its new Timewalker Urban Speed collection is the e-Strap, an optional watch strap that almost inconspicuously hides an electronic module at the bottom, giving you the best of both worlds, almost.

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Samsung pours Milk VR 360 video on its virtual reality headset

Samsung pours Milk VR 360 video on its virtual reality headset

This week Samsung is bringing VR video to its Virtual Reality headset Gear VR. With Milk VR, users are able to tap into 360-degree video files. This means that while you watch and move in space, you're able to turn your head left, right, up, and down, and see what's around you as you do so. For those of you without a VR headset, you'll be able to view Milk VR at Milk VR dot com - hold your mouse button down and drag to turn your head.

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AMPL Labs SmartBackpack taps into “smart” charging

AMPL Labs SmartBackpack taps into “smart” charging

There've been backpacks in the past that had batteries inside them. Batteries that charge your devices while you're walking about, talking with your best pals, waiting for your smartphone to come back to full energy. What the folks at AMPL hope to do is make that process smarter. This backpack lets you know how far your charging has gone, which devices need more time, and what you're going to want to do in the way of prioritizing each device as they ramp up.

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Google Glass is still around, so says Google

Google Glass is still around, so says Google

From now until the 16th of February, the de Young Museum in San Francisco will be hosting Keith Haring: The Political Line, fully Google Glass-friendly. It's not a direct effort on the part of Google to represent Glass for new users - they're not exactly aiming for the consumer market at the moment - but it is set to be a treat for Google Glass Explorers. The "Explorer" group of Google Glass owners are the first wave - early adopters - and possibly the last wave of users outside the enterprise market.

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RunKeeper update gives smartwatch users GPS sans phone

RunKeeper update gives smartwatch users GPS sans phone

RunKeeper has pushed out an update that brings some requested features to smartwatch owners (certain smartwatches, at least). The most notable of the changes is support for wearables that have their own GPS, eliminating the need to lug a phone around while out running or doing other activities. Those who have earbuds with heart rate monitoring can now use them with the latest update, as well, eliminating the need to use a less convenient heart monitor like a chest strap.

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