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iSwimband: a wearable to keep your kids safe at the pool

We’ve seen a variety of wristbands targeted towards parents, all of them selling the promise of safety in a world that feels increasingly dangerous. iSwimband is a similar wearable, but one that narrows its purpose down to one specific activity: swimming, and the related prevention of drowning.

Razer Nabu smartband and WeChat make strange bedfellows

Sure, almost all smartwatches have some sort of notification system that will alert you to the latest messages, but rare would a fitness band advertise that same capability. And yet that is exactly what Razer is doing when it revealed that its Nabu smart wearable will integrate with popular messaging and social hub WeChat.

Lenovo C1 Google Glass rival launches NBD Internet of Things push

Lenovo has revealed a new wearable prototype, the Lenovo C1, a Google Glass aping set of smart glasses to help launch its NBD platform for the smart home and Internet of Things. Announced in China today, the NBC – or “New Bench” – platform aims to make connected devices like web-enabled air purifiers more inter-compatible, by providing a framework, manufacturing … Continue reading

Sync brings wearable utility to the whole family

Wearables are al the rage, but their aim is often a bit myopic. some focus on fitness tracking, others notifications. Some simply measure steps taken, while others are there to track your entire life. Sync, currently being funded in IndieGoGo, is not only meant for you, it’s meant for your family as well.

That HTC Smartwatch? It’s a designer’s flight of fancy

The eagle-eyed were ecstatic: HTC had shared a video of its design studios and there, lurking in plain (if pixely) sight, seemed to be the much-rumored HTC smartwatch, right there on a designer’s desk. It was enough to reignite speculation about an HTC-made Android Wear wearable, but now HTC has waded in with some cold water, claiming the whole thing … Continue reading

Motorola’s digital tattoo made real

This week the digital tattoo – temporary tattoo, that is to say – has been made a real product by the folks at Motorola, Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group, and VivaLnk Inc. This is not the firs time we’ve heard of such a product – Motorola first showed a prototype off at D11 last year. Now Regina Dugan’s Motorola … Continue reading

Sense sleep tracker analyzes room for smarter rest

A new sleep-tracking gadget which aims to do for the bedroom what wearables like Fitbit and Jawbone have done for exercise claims it can wake you more naturally without a frustrating wristband, figuring out sleep cycles but also taking into account the state of your bedroom. While there’s no shortage of products out there which will analyze how you’re sleeping, … Continue reading

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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

Garmin VivoFit review: a good start for wearables

Within the blossoming smart wearables market, the battle for the real estate on your wrist is getting intense. With the Garmin VivoFit, many of us will have our bases covered. It keeps track of your activity levels adequately, and the sleek styling makes it wearable in just about any circumstance. Is the VivoFit comparable to the crop of current wearables, … Continue reading

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Swatch denies Apple iWatch collaboration

Watch behemoth Swatch has denied working with Apple on the iWatch, following reports suggesting the Swiss company would be one of Cupertino’s early wearable partners. Speculation began mid-week, building on long-standing rumors around which mainstream watch players Apple might have turned to – or tried to poach staff from, according to some accusations – in order to give its smartwatch … Continue reading

Jawbone UP 3.2 adds smart food tracking

First steps, then sleep, and now Jawbone is taking on food tracking in the wearables’s company’s latest bid to quantify life. UP 3.2, the latest version of the Jawbone iOS companion app for the UP and UP24 bands, aims to do what no food logging platform has quite managed: make logging as close to automatic as possible, and then deliver … Continue reading

Did Android Wear just bomb, or did Moto 360 just win?

Today we’ve posed a wearables question to readers of SlashGear and Android Community in a variety of forums: Have you purchased an Android Wear device, and why or why not? The overwhelming response has been “no”, with a reasoning most often centering on a complete lack of reason – why would I purchase something that I have no need for? … Continue reading

The MOTO 360 is Motorola’s new RAZR

Getting wearable critics cooing is difficult, but Motorola seems to have struck a nerve with the MOTO 360. The circular smartwatch may, at its heart, be simply another Android Wear device, yet its enthusiastic embracing of a new form-factor and the technologies to enable it have already cast a shadow over models from LG and Samsung. For once, buyers are … Continue reading

Apple grabs TAG Heuer sales chief in tipped iWatch push

Apple is reportedly bulking up its iWatch launch team, having poached the sales director of TAG Heuer as it readies the wearable for what’s widely believed to be an October 2014 release. The exec left last week “to take a contract with Apple” on the company’s first wearable push, according to the LVMH brand chief.

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

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