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Withings Steel HR watch hands-on: classy heart rate time

Withings Steel HR watch hands-on: classy heart rate time

With the Steel HR, fitness gear company Withings is keeping it classy with a new classic-looking watch with smart functionality. This device looks like a simple analog watch - and indeed much of it is. What's next-gen about this watch isn't its looks, it's its ability to read its wearer's heart rate. With Withings smartphone app, this watch can tell its user what their heart rate is at the beginning of a run, throughout, and on-demand.

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Garmin Forerunner 35 smartwatch lasts 9 days at a time

Garmin Forerunner 35 smartwatch lasts 9 days at a time

Garmin is bringing a new smart wrist wearable device to market with abilities aplenty. The Garmin Forerunner 35 works with built-in Elevate wrist-based heart rate monitoring technology. This device is what Garmin says is an "easy-to-use GPS running watch." While this device's primary selling point is its ability to contribute to a hearty run, users can also keep the watch active throughout the day as a general use activity tracker.

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Pebble Update 4.0 released: details and download

Pebble Update 4.0 released: details and download

Today the next big release from Pebble has been ushered in, fully prepared for examination by thousands of Pebble watch users. This newest update was teased earlier this month with a picture of Pikachu - likely in an effort to gain eyeballs from the ravenous hordes of players of the game Pokemon GO. Unfortunately this update does not - somehow - include Pokemon GO compatibility, but it DOES include a new way for developers to make icons. So that's neat.

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ZenWatch 3 images show round device with black and gold face

ZenWatch 3 images show round device with black and gold face

A couple of days ago, word surfaced that Asus has a new smartwatch in the works that would be called the ZenWatch 3. This name was tipped by a leaked line art image of the back of the watch bearing the FCC and other logos. Today some new images of the smartwatch have surfaced as it was getting certifications somewhere.

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Google vested Mobvoi reveals Ticwatch 2 without Android Wear [UPDATE]

Google vested Mobvoi reveals Ticwatch 2 without Android Wear [UPDATE]

Mobvoi will be taking a different approach to smartwatches with their latest in globe-ready wearables. This is the Ticwatch 2, a device that uses Android but doesn't use Android Wear. There's a difference, after all - Google's Android Wear is quite strict when it comes to software modification, while Android on a smartwatch can be basically anything a smartwatch maker wants. This new device has Mobvoi going in some interesting new directions.

UPDATE: Apparently you CAN run Android Wear if you want, so says Mobvoi PR - "Android Wear compatibility mode will work in the new global edition."

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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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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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Japanese Bento watch feeds you at lunchtime

Japanese Bento watch feeds you at lunchtime

The Japanese take their food seriously and they take their gadgets seriously as well. The Bento Watch may be the perfect combination of feeding a hungry appetite and the need for a cool watch on the wrist. This gadget is called the Bento Watch and when lunchtime rolls around all the wearer needs do is flip open the watch face and eat up.

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TomTom Golfer 2 is a next-gen smartwatch for golfers

TomTom Golfer 2 is a next-gen smartwatch for golfers

Newly announced and launching soon is the TomTom Golfer 2, the company’s second-generation Golfer smartwatch. As in the past, this wearable is packed with features targeted specifically at golfers, including things like Automatic Shot Detection and an automatic scorecard. Like other golfing watches, the most useful feature is the database of course information, putting access to details on 40,000+ golf courses on your wrist.

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Pebble drops prices, retail goes more global

Pebble drops prices, retail goes more global

This week the folks at Pebble have made clear their intentions with the wider world of wearables: lower prices and more availability. The Pebble Time Round will now be available at retail locations throughout the United Kingdom and the European Union. Pebble's price drops will affect the United States only - for now. Both the Pebble Time and the Pebble Time Round will cost $50 USD less than they'd cost before this announcement.

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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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3D printing and horology meet in an actual working watch

3D printing and horology meet in an actual working watch

We've seen 3D printing applied to many wondrous, and sometimes absurd, things, from toys, to confectionery, to replacement dog limbs, and even to car parts. One thing we rarely see is 3D printing applied to watches. Not smartwatches, but plain timepieces. Sure, there may have been times when watch parts are 3D printed, but Swiss engineer Christoph Laimer might have earned the distinction of having made what is possibly the world's first working 3D printed pocket watch. Sure, it's not going to compete with a TAG Heuer or even a Swatch, not by a long shot, but it's still a manufacturing achievement worth bragging about.

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