Wearable

TAG Heuer Connected Modular 41 puts Android Wear in a smaller form

TAG Heuer Connected Modular 41 puts Android Wear in a smaller form

It might seem like a distant memory but, once upon a time, smartwatches were made by smartphone makers. Having lost interest in what was deemed a business failure, the wearable market was salvaged by fashion and luxury brands instead. One of the first such saviors is TAG Heuer who just last year launched the Connected Modular 45 Android Wear smartwatch. This time, it’s announcing the Connected Modular 41, designed for smaller wrists. Its petite size, however, can be deceiving.

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Ressence Type 2 is a smartphone-pairing mechanical watch

Ressence Type 2 is a smartphone-pairing mechanical watch

These days, there's little middle ground between traditional mechanical watches, and the modern features offered by smartwatches. Sure, there are timepieces from the later category designed to resemble the former, but not without sacrificing real mechanical movement. Watchmaker Ressence is trying to address this conundrum with its new Type 2 e-Crown Concept, a mechanical watch that can be paired and set with a smartphone app.

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Apple said to have met with AR suppliers at CES 2018

Apple said to have met with AR suppliers at CES 2018

CES 2018 has come and gone now, and while Apple doesn't have an official presence at the event it appears Cupertino was in attendance to meet with suppliers. It's been rumored for some time now that Apple is working on an augmented reality device, most likely glasses or a headset, and a new report indicates the company met with several AR component suppliers.

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Huawei patent reveals touch-sensitive smartwatch bezels

Huawei patent reveals touch-sensitive smartwatch bezels

Smartwatch interfaces could soon become much robust with a wider range of input gestures. A recently granted patent to Huawei reveals the company is working on smartwatch bezels that are touch-sensitive, much like the actual display, allowing them to detect different taps and swipes in multiple spots. This could open the door for additional controls beyond just taps on the screen, but without the need for more physical buttons on a wearable.

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Blocks modular smartwatch finally goes on sale

Blocks modular smartwatch finally goes on sale

It was a dream 3 years, perhaps more, in the making. It started around 2014, when Phonebloks revealed its aspirations for a modular smartphone. But while that dream has long since died (replaced by a different form of “modular” in Motorola’s Moto Mods), the smartwatch version of that idea has persisted and, against all odds, survived. Now Blocks, the world’s first modular smartwatch, has finally launched for anyone to purchase. Provided you can justify a $259 Android, not Android Wear, smartwatch.

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Philips SmartSleep system uses audio to trigger deep sleep

Philips SmartSleep system uses audio to trigger deep sleep

Philips has taken the wraps off a new wearable device called SmartSleep, a solution for individuals who have trouble falling asleep. According to the company, its SmartSleep is the first wearable of its kind, one that is also clinically proven as effective for its intended purpose. Key to the device's effectiveness, Philips says, are advanced sleep analysis algorithms alongside "customized audio tones."

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Graphene-based wearable may revolutionize infant health monitoring

Graphene-based wearable may revolutionize infant health monitoring

Monitoring infant health metrics, such as pulse and breathing rate, is tricky and existing devices are cumbersome. A newly developed technology could change that, though, using conducting liquid emulsions. The liquid has been detailed in paper published today in the Nanoscale journal from the Royal Society of Chemistry; inspiration for it came from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's plea for cheap wearable tech that can track babies' health.

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Misfit Path hybrid smartwatch brings the minimalism of a classic

Misfit Path hybrid smartwatch brings the minimalism of a classic

Despite their technological versatility and utility, smartwatches haven’t completely taken the market by storm the way their smartphone cousins have. This can be blamed on many things, particularly the complexity of these smartwatches and the heft that comes with it. Hybrid smartwatches have popped up in an attempt to blend the classic analog design with some smart tracking features, but some of them still teeter over the border. The new Misfit Path nearly throws away all doubt of its classic timeless design, but, as they say, looks can be deceiving.

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Rokid Glass hands-on: AR glasses with teething pains

Rokid Glass hands-on: AR glasses with teething pains

Is the world ready for augmented reality glasses? More importantly, perhaps, are augmented reality glasses manufacturers ready? Having tried the latest attempt at the segment, Rokid's Glass, at CES 2018 this week I'm pretty confident in saying the answer is "kinda, maybe."

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ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset: 3K display and all-day comfort

ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset: 3K display and all-day comfort

Joining ASUS's slew of new gaming products is its Windows Mixed Reality Headset, the company's headset for immersing users into various virtual worlds. The headset was announced amongst ASUS's CES 2018 wares, joining the mass of gaming laptops and other products. With the ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset comes a unique, angular 3D pattern and the promise of very simple setup.

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Sgnl’s body conducting Bluetooth wristband is oddly compelling

Sgnl’s body conducting Bluetooth wristband is oddly compelling

Samsung's C-Lab hibernator for unusual projects seemed faintly ridiculous when we first saw its fruits a few years back, but one project has graduated and is about to hit the market. Sgnl gives the Bluetooth headset a twist by transmitting the sound through vibrations of your hand. To hear the person calling, you jab your finger to your ear.

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Fitbit invests $6M in Sano glucose-monitoring, hinting at future features

Fitbit invests $6M in Sano glucose-monitoring, hinting at future features

Wearables-maker Fitbit offers a range of devices with a strong focus on fitness, but there's a strong indicator the company will soon strengthen its health features. Fitbit has recently made a $6 million investment in Sano, a glucose-monitoring startup developing tech that's able to track blood sugar with a coin-sized patch. It's exactly this kind of feature that several smartwatch makers are said to be working on, and Fitbit's investment likely means it's doing the same.

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