wearables

Garmin’s fashionable new Vivo wearables have activity detection, heart rate monitoring

Garmin’s fashionable new Vivo wearables have activity detection, heart rate monitoring

Garmin has announced several new additions to its Vivo line of wearables today: the Vivoactive HR fitness watch and the Vivofit 3 activity tracker. Right off the bat, it's obvious that Garmin is introducing a design that aims to be more fashionable and unique, especially with the Vivofit 3. But looks aren't the only thing that's new, as both devices have been improved with new features, including automatic activity detection and tracking, and an optical hear rate monitor.

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Apple Watch helps push smartwatch sales past Swiss counterparts

Apple Watch helps push smartwatch sales past Swiss counterparts

It may have seemed like smartwatches would never reach mainstream appeal when they first debuted — that's what the traditional, luxury watch brands in Switzerland wanted us to believe, at least — but now there's solid evidence the tables are turning. A new report from Strategy Analytics has shown that smartwatch sales during the fourth quarter of 2015, led by the Apple Watch, surpassed those of Swiss watches for the very first time.

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New Samsung Gear S2 to be world debut of eSIM

New Samsung Gear S2 to be world debut of eSIM

Come next month, Samsung will release a new 3G model of its Gear S2 Classic smartwatch, and it will be the world's first device to make use of an eSIM, or a programmable, electronic replacement for the physical SIM card. The specifications for eSIM were just approved by GSMA, allowing them to be used in devices like smartwatches, tablets, and fitness trackers.

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Oros winter gear uses NASA tech to block frigid temps

Oros winter gear uses NASA tech to block frigid temps

Oros has introduced a new winter jacket (and related performance gear) designed using NASA tech to shield wearers from the cold. The company, formerly known as Lukla, previously launched an insulated jacker that featured aerogel as an insulator. This time around, the team has launched a full line of products that, while featuring aerogel as well, are lighter and thinner than in the past, keeping winter adventurers warm without weighing them down.

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Don’t make this Virtual Reality mistake

Don’t make this Virtual Reality mistake

You know what really grinds my gears? Ridiculous photos that are used to advertise products. You know the ones, where something has been very obviously been Photoshopped in with little care. Today, the PGA Tour has been kind enough to provide me with an "Exhibit A" for talking about why you need to think about photos used to promote your products.

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Samsung Gear S2 Classic released in Rose Gold and Platinum

Samsung Gear S2 Classic released in Rose Gold and Platinum

For those wearable wearers that want the best in fine metals for their smartwatches, Rose Gold and Platinum are here. It would appear that Samsung's readiness for launching their own Rose Gold and Platinum models for the Samsung Gear S2 has become a reality, as both models will be coming to Samsung online, Amazon, Best Buy, and a few other stores imminently. Inside, the watches remain the same. Same innards as the Samsung Gear S2 models that were first launched late last year.

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Pebble Time now lets Android users start text conversations

Pebble Time now lets Android users start text conversations

The Pebble Time smartwatch and its accompanying mobile apps received a number of updates already this week, with the wearables getting new software and both iOS and Android users getting improved Health tracking features. But those with Android as their platform of choice also got something new just for them: the ability to send a text message initiating a conversation directly from the Pebble.

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BearTek Gen II smart gloves are wearable remote controls

BearTek Gen II smart gloves are wearable remote controls

Smartphone-friendly gloves are adequate enough to tap your screen without taking your gloves off, but they’re of limited usefulness, particularly if they’re wet. Enter the BearTek Gen II smart gloves, a pair of ordinary looking gloves that can remotely control your smartphone using simple finger movements. Rather than touching the phone itself, the wearer touches spots on the gloves to trigger specific actions.

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Android Wear speakers activate today

Android Wear speakers activate today

Starting this afternoon, Android Wear smartwatches will be able to use their built-in speakers. Just so long as they have them installed. Users who have a Huawei Watch or the ASUS ZenWatch 2 (49mm) will be getting an Android Wear update that may surprise them. Believe it or not, these two watches (and some future watches) have a speaker inside that hasn't yet been activated. After this update from Google, it's go time.

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Android Wear adds speaker support, more gesture controls

Android Wear adds speaker support, more gesture controls

Google has announced an Android Wear update that boosts hands-free features for wearables running the software. These include the ability to navigate through smartwatches using gestures rather than swipes and taps, as well as voice-based message sending and support for speakers. The features, which will be arriving to devices in the near future, make it a little easier to use wearables when your hands are full.

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Microsoft Band 2 adds weight tracking, GPS power saver

Microsoft Band 2 adds weight tracking, GPS power saver

Microsoft has announced the arrival of two new features for its second generation Microsoft Band wearable. With this update, the smart band gains a power saving mode designed to increase battery life while using GPS. As well, and just as exciting, is the addition of a weight tracking feature for monitoring weight changes, expanding the wearable’s usefulness for health-conscious users.

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Pebble updates put Health front and center

Pebble updates put Health front and center

This week the folks behind the Pebble smartwatch line are delivering a set of updates to put Pebble Health at the forefront of their wearable devices. With the latest update to the iPhone at (version 3.6) and the latest update to the Android app (version 3.9), Pebble devices will have access to what Pebble describes as "Beefy Pebble Health Updates". While not every Pebble will receive all feature upgrades, all Pebble devices will have an update of some sort.

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