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Vortex VR turns LG G3 into sub-$100 Oculus-style HUD

An LG-powered virtual reality headset which relies on the G3 smartphone has beaten Samsung’s well-rumored Gear VR to market, helped along the way with 3D printing. Vortex VR’s VRTX I is effectively a head-mount for the LG G3, relying on the smartphone’s 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 display to deliver high-res graphics for each eye.

Sony SmartBand Talk wearable surfaces ahead of IFA 2014

In addition to the previously leaked SmartWatch 3, it seems Sony has a second wearable in the plans for the upcoming IFA 2014. Called the SmartBand Talk, the new wearable will be an update to the company’s original SmartBand (check out our review), a rubber wristband toting NFC with a health-centric focus.

HTC tipped to have 64-bit phone, two wearables at IFA

HTC has something special planned for IFA, and it looks like it might be a 64-bit capable phone. Dubbed the Desire 820, it might be everything you want a mid-range device to be, with a big screen and massive battery. Additionally, it seems HTC finally has some wearables ready for us, maybe even one they previously dismissed.

Sources: iWatch not coming to stores until 2015

Though we expect to hear all about Apple’s latest offerings September 9, speculation abounds as to when we’ll get hold of them. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is expected soon after the product launch, again believed to be September 9, but what about the rest of the products Apple reportedly has lined up? According to a new report, it might be … Continue reading

Samsung Gear S gets Nike+ Running App, no phone required

Looks like HERE Maps isn’t the only company Samsung is cozying up to with the launch of the Gear S smartwatch, with a new deal with Nike bringing a custom Tizen version of the Nike+ Running App to the wearable. Preloaded on the watch, the app will support standalone run tracking as well as music playback, thanks to the Gear … Continue reading

HealthPatch MD wearable encrypts your data, gets FDA approval

Vital Connect’s newest wearable, the HealthPatch MD, is a health-centric device different than most medical wearables we’ve seen. Unlike wristbands and such, the HealthPatch MD is targeted more towards doctors and newly-released patients, and as such it takes its job seriously: the device, among other things, encrypts the wearer’s health data to HIPPA standards.

Jabra Sport Pulse wireless earbuds track your heart rate

The influx of heart rate-monitoring earbuds has a new entrant, the Jabra Sport Pulse. As the name suggests, these fitness-centric earbuds have an integrated heart rate monitor that provides wearers with their heart rate data, no wristband necessary. The earbuds are joined by the Sport Life Application.

Latest Wearable Reviews

VivaLnk Digital Tattoo Review: An Android’s best friend

When we first heard about digital tattoos, the thought of forever bonding one’s self with technology that could very well be outdated by the time the art was done seemed… less than appealing. As it turned out, Motorola’s first chatter on the next level in the wearables game wasn’t quite so permanent. This week we’re having a peek at the … Continue reading

LG G Watch Review: Android Wear goes square

LG is one of the first onboard with Android Wear, and the G Watch is its first gambit in Google’s new smartwatch segment. Unlike the flashier Samsung Gear Live, and the eye-catching – but not yet available – MOTO 360, the G Watch has taken a more discrete route to the wrist. I’ve comprehensively reviewed Android Wear separately, so this … Continue reading

Samsung Gear Live Review: Goodbye Tizen, hello Android Wear

Samsung isn’t short on smartwatches right now, but it couldn’t resist adding another to the roster with Android Wear, Google’s play for the wearable space. Launching alongside LG’s G Watch, the Samsung Gear Live borrows heavily from the Tizen-powered Gear 2 Neo, though with some Google Now sparkle thrown in too. I’ve reviewed Android Wear in full separately, so this … Continue reading

Android Wear Review: Your wrist just got smarter

I’ve wanted Google Now on my wrist since Google’s contextual engine was officially announced. Android Wear, revealed at I/O last week, is the first stage in Google’s mainstream play for the wearables space, at launch effectively the Android notifications tray delivered to your wrist. That’s something we’ve seen tried before, from Pebble and others, but with Google Now there’s the … Continue reading

Epson Moverio BT-200 Review: Smashing Glass

Google didn’t invent wearable technology, it just made it contentious. Glass’ play for the mass-market isn’t going smoothly, but Google isn’t the only company pushing head-mounted displays. Epson’s Moverio BT-200 may have been dismissed by many as another “me too” Glass clone when it was unveiled at CES earlier this year, but in many ways it’s the true augmented reality … Continue reading

Sony Smartband review: a good start, but needs work

At the time Sony’s new wearable ambitions were announced, I noted it was to a “hushed and confused crowd”. The reason the deluge of press members at CES were silent was because nobody knew quite what to make of Sony’s Core announcement. It didn’t seem as though Sony quite knew what they wanted to relate, either. Now that the Smartband … Continue reading

Samsung Gear Fit Review

The Samsung Gear Fit is very close to being a concept brought to life. With its shard of curved full-color AMOLED touchscreen and unusually narrow design, the smartwatch/fitness band hybrid is certainly eye-catching – the number of people who’ve spotted it on our wrist and asked about it is proof of that – but does the functionality and usability match … Continue reading

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Would you pay $400 for an Apple wearable?

Apple is considering a $400 price tag for its mysterious wearable devices, sources suggest, which if the Cupertino firm’s eventual strategy would put it at the upper end of the market. The device – which, according to the latests rumors, could be announced at Apple’s September 9th event alongside the iPhone 6, but not actually launch until sometime in the … Continue reading

Why a “delayed” iWatch destroys all competitors

Apple’s wearable device, still code-named “iWatch” here in the days (or weeks) before its official reveal, has been tipped to be released in the year 2015. If Apple announces an iWatch on September 9th, then doesn’t ship the device until January (or any time after that), they’ll drop a bomb on the rest of the “wearables” industry.

Watch wars: LG, Samsung, Motorola arm-wrestle pre-IFA

It’s time for new smartwatches from LG and Samsung – at last? While Samsung has been releasing smartwatch after smartwatch over the past couple of years, LG has just begun. Both competitors released their first Android Wear smartwatches earlier this year at Google I/O for developers – now they’re already in their second wave, so to speak.

Samsung Gear S smartwatch divorces your phone

Samsung has yet another smartwatch for us, the Samsung Gear S, and this time the Tizen wearable has divorced itself from requiring a tethered smartphone thanks to integrated 3G. Fronted by a 2-inch curved Super AMOLED 360 x 480 touchscreen, the Gear S has dualband 2G and dualband 3G so as to get online independently, and supports calls and messaging … Continue reading

LG G Watch R shows off round face ahead of IFA 2014

LG is showing off its G Watch R smartwatch ahead of its debut at IFA 2014, the company’s latest Android Wear device. The maker has squeaked ahead of Motorola and is hailing its upcoming wearable as the first watch-style wearable offering consumers a round plastic OLED display. If all goes as planned, we’ll be seeing this new wearable arrive in … Continue reading

LG G Watch R circular smartwatch teased for next week

LG’s next smartwatch, the LG G Watch R, is set to make its debut at IFA 2014, a freshly-revealed video teaser has confirmed, with a circular design to directly challenge Motorola’s wearable. The watch, expected to run Android Wear just as is the case with the existing LG G Watch, is for the most party a mystery in terms of … Continue reading

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