Wearable

Sinn Dual Strap wants an Apple Watch opposite a regular one

Sinn Dual Strap wants an Apple Watch opposite a regular one

Not everyone likes smartwatches, but even those who have sworn loyalty to the intricate beauty of mechanical time pieces do sometimes wish their beautiful timepieces could, in fact, do more than tell the time (or date). While there are already some compromises available, like analog watches with hidden digital displays, German watch maker Sinn has what is probably both the most imaginative but also most awkward solution: a strap system that allows you to wear both a Sinn mechanical watch as well as an Apple watch.

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WatchMI adds more smartwatch controls without adding hardware

WatchMI adds more smartwatch controls without adding hardware

Most smartwatches these days, except for the likes of the Pebble, have touch screens that try to make using these wearable devices easier. But unlike the bigger touchscreens on our smartphones, the surface area of smartwatches make it harder to utilize multi-touch gestures. As such, most of the time users are limited to taps, tap and hold, and swipes. Researchers from the University of St. Andrews are proposing a new interaction method they have dubbed as WatchMI, which adds three more touch-based gestures to any smartwatch, without requiring additional hardware at all.

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Samsung’s IFA 2016 invite is unambiguously about the Gear S3

Samsung’s IFA 2016 invite is unambiguously about the Gear S3

Unless Samsung has a surprise high profile smartphone in the works for IFA 2016, which would make it perhaps this year's best kept secret, the manufacturer's spotlight in Berlin next month will be trained on the Gear S3. That definitely seems to be the hint that Samsung has dropped in its invitation to its IFA 2016 press event. While there are no words to indicate it, the clock hands pretty much tell the story, without telling anything nor everything. And considering Samsung has no other notable smartwatch to speak of, it's definitely going to be the Gear S3.

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Fitbit drops Microsoft HealthVault sync

Fitbit drops Microsoft HealthVault sync

Fitbit is axing support for Microsoft HealthVault, the company's cloud-based database intended to make sharing information with healthcare professionals more straightforward. One of the lesser-discussed features of Fitbit products like the Blaze smartwatch, the HealthVault support had allowed wearers to push records of their activity and exercise to Microsoft's service for later consideration by a doctor or other specialist.

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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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Dlodlo V1 VR “sunglasses” tries to be portable, coming soon

Dlodlo V1 VR “sunglasses” tries to be portable, coming soon

A virtual reality headset that won't make you look like a chap from an 80's sci-fi bomb movie and one that will really let you take the VR experience anywhere. That is probably what some VR fans are dreaming of at the moment. Luckily for them, A Chinese company by the name of Dlodlo ("dwo-dwo") is about ready to make that dream come true. First revealed in April, the Dlodlo V1 headset looks pretty much like somewhat larger sunglasses and it will be shipping to developers later this year. But while it does look like the epitome of a truly lightweight and portable VR headset, when it comes to virtual reality, looks can really be deceiving.

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ASUS ZenWatch 3 to be round based on FCC filing

ASUS ZenWatch 3 to be round based on FCC filing

Smartwatches aren't dead yet. At least that seems to be the case if the recent train of news and leaks are any indicator, from speculation about two Apple Watches to the upcoming availability of two Fossil Q Android Wear timepieces. Here's one more: ASUS has a new smartwatch coming. And while that might not exactly be out of the ordinary, a sighting at the FCC hints that, for the first time, an ASUS ZenWatch, to be called the ZenWatch 3, of course, will be round.

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Fossil Q Marshal, Wander pre-order and launch dates set

Fossil Q Marshal, Wander pre-order and launch dates set

Apple may be expected to out two Apple Watches later this year, but not before two Android Wear timepieces join the smartwatch fray. Announced way back in March, Fossil has finally revealed when and, more importantly, at what cost its Fossil Q Marshal and Fossil Q Wander Android Wear smartwatches can be purchased. And it's all happening before this month is over, giving the Android Wear loyal a chance to grab a more luxurious looking wearable before Apple's time in the spotlight.

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Skully AR helmet creators go under, founders sued

Skully AR helmet creators go under, founders sued

Crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo may have made some dreams, both of the creators as well as backers, come true, but it has also brought nightmares to life as well. There is no shortage of anecdotes about failed campaigns and even lawsuits that flowed from those, but there are some that sound too terrible to be true. One such case is that of Skully, creators of a highly popular augmented reality enhanced motorcycle helmet of the same name. Two years after bagging almost $2.5 million on Indiegogo, not only has the startup failed to deliver, it has also ousted its founders and filed for bankruptcy. And now those two founders are facing a lawsuit for alleged misuse of company funds, most of those raised through Indiegogo.

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Apple tipped to have 2 smartwatches later this year

Apple tipped to have 2 smartwatches later this year

While it seems that the smartwatch market has gone into a slight hibernation, Apple isn't yet leaving the party where it burst into as a latecomer. In fact, contrary to previous expectations, it will have not one but two Apple Watches slated for the second half of this year. Almost like an iPhone 5s and 5c strategy, one of the alleged smartwatches will only vary so slightly from the current model, while the real Apple Watch 2 gets most of the new features, like GPS and a bigger battery.

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These Nike sunglasses cost more than the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive

These Nike sunglasses cost more than the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive

These days, expensive headgear is becoming more and more common. There are two consumer virtual reality headsets, the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, available for prices of $600 and $800, respectively. That's already a steep buy, and it doesn't include the high-end gaming PC required to run the devices. But now here's Nike debuting a pair of sunglasses that cost a jaw-dropping $1,200. Are they capable of VR or augmented reality features? Nope. They're just sunglasses. Really, really expensive sunglasses.

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Ouch: Every Basis Peak smartwatch recalled over burn risk

Ouch: Every Basis Peak smartwatch recalled over burn risk

Fitness wearable company Basis is recalling every Peak watch sold, warning users of the potential for the health tracker to overheat and cause burns to the wrist. The voluntary recall - which will result in a full refund to those who bought the Peak - comes after the Intel-acquired firm found it was unable to tweak the smartwatch's software sufficiently to cut the potential for overheating.

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