Wearable

Intel is quitting the smart glasses game, Vaunt canceled

Intel is quitting the smart glasses game, Vaunt canceled

While primarily a silicon maker, Intel has tried its hand at anything and everything that could have a processor inside, from smartphones to smartwatches to smart glasses. Very few of those, however, have yielded any promising fruit. Almost like Google but with more tragedy, Intel has axed many of its moonshot attempts. The latest to get the boot is its New Devices Group in charge of its remaining wearable projects. That practically means that Intel is axing its smart glass plans and its admittedly promising Vault prototype.

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Casio Pro Trek WSD-F20A watch is designed for outdoor adventures

Casio Pro Trek WSD-F20A watch is designed for outdoor adventures

Casio is back with a new Pro Trek lineup smartwatch, the WSD-F20A. As the name implies, this model is designed for hikers and other wearers who engage in outdoor adventures. The Pro Trek features a round display and, among other things, Google's Wear OS platform. Users get access to high durability and offline maps. Casio will launch this model in the United States next month.

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Top smartwatches to buy in 2018

Top smartwatches to buy in 2018

Smartwatches aren't dead. Sure, they're not the hot sellers they were hoped to be but, here and there, you will find someone wearing a wearable in one form or another. And while not as numerous as smartphones, there are still quite a good number of models available making the choice an equally difficult one. To help you make that decision, we take a look at some of the most notable smartwatches in the market and how they stack up in functionality, style, and, of course, price.

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Skagen Falster puts Wear OS in a small package

Skagen Falster puts Wear OS in a small package

The future of Wear OS, formerly known as Android Wear, isn't going to come from traditional device makers. It will come from fashion brands who are learning how to perfectly mix technology and style. And one of the most prolific is the Fossil Group, which has put out almost dozens of smartwatches, both full ones and hybrids, under its name as well as under its subsidiaries. One of those is Skagen, and its new Falster Wear OS is one of the more fashionable ones around.

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Fitbit Versa, Nokia 6.1 now available on Amazon

Fitbit Versa, Nokia 6.1 now available on Amazon

Amazon has fundamentally changed the way we buy things and have them delivered to us, to the point that it has just come under US President Donald Trump's scrutiny. While most still probably buy their devices from carriers, some prefer to get their unlocked fixed from Amazon. Two such devices has just landed on the retailer's virtual shelves and while you can probably buy the Fitbit Versa from other brick-and-mortar stores, Amazon will be the only legit place to buy the Nokia 6.1 in the US.

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Latest watchOS beta hints at Apple Watch support for third-party faces

Latest watchOS beta hints at Apple Watch support for third-party faces

Since the Apple Watch's original release in 2015, almost all of the device's personalization has been tied to the swappable wrist bands. While custom watch faces seems like a no-brainer feature, users have been limited to making small adjustments to Apple's default faces. This could finally be changing in the future, as the latest beta for watchOS 4.3.1 includes code that mentions support for third-party watch faces.

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Apple begins free repairs for Apple Watch Series 2 with swollen batteries

Apple begins free repairs for Apple Watch Series 2 with swollen batteries

Owners of an Apple Watch Series 2 that's experiencing power issues or, even worse, a swollen battery will want to take notice: This week Apple began a new service policy that offers free repairs, assuming the device meets certain criteria. Fortunately those criteria are mainly that the Apple Watch be a 42mm Series 2 model.

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Apple hit with patent lawsuit over Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor

Apple hit with patent lawsuit over Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor

The Apple Watch, specifically its heart rate sensor technology, is at the center of the latest lawsuit targeting the company. Omni MedSci, a tech startup focused on "near-infrared and mid-infrared broadband lasers," filed a patent lawsuit against Apple on Friday, accusing them of infringing on several patents with the Apple Watch's heart rate sensor.

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This AlterEgo wearable can hear your silent speech

This AlterEgo wearable can hear your silent speech

A wearable that can track silent speech could make secret conversations with an Alexa-style AI possible, removing one of the big hurdles voice control still faces in mobile devices. The handiwork of researchers at the MIT Fluid Interfaces group, AlterEgo isn't mind reading but it could easily be mistaken as that, at least if you're watching someone use the headset.

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Samsung Gear Fit2, Fit2 Pro update makes it easier to track things

Samsung Gear Fit2, Fit2 Pro update makes it easier to track things

Smartwatches are complex (but small) beasts with multi-faceted functionality. Fitness trackers, in contrast, are streamlined to do only one thing: keep track of your activities. Well, actually two things. They also display that information, provided they have a screen of their own. Following the fitness-centric update to the Gear S2, Samsung is rolling out a similar refresh to the Gear Fit2 and Gear Fit2 Pro, making it easier to see your fitness stats and goals with just a few taps and swipes.

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Apple MicroLED Watch and AR smartglasses from 2019 tips report

Apple MicroLED Watch and AR smartglasses from 2019 tips report

Apple's efforts to commercialize MicroLED panels could hit stores from 2019, a new report claims, with the firm targeting displays for an upscale Apple Watch, AR glasses, and larger products like MacBooks. The new screen technology has distinct advantages over Apple's current LCD and OLED panels, including brighter screens, lower power consumption, and thinner assemblies.

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Motiv Ring expands to embrace Amazon, b8ta, and Android

Motiv Ring expands to embrace Amazon, b8ta, and Android

Mention the word “wearable device” to people and those in the know will immediately think one of two things: a smartwatch, a fitness tracker, or even both. Motiv, however, wanted to smash that preconceived notion into little bits that you can wrap around your finger. Last year, the startup launched the Motiv Ring, which, as the name so plainly implies, crams all those fitness tracking hardware into something you can easily put on your finger. This year, it is expanding that ring’s reach by making it possible to buy the “truly wearable wearable” in more places.

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