Wearable

Huawei Fit hands-on: A fitness watch to undercut Fitbit

Huawei Fit hands-on: A fitness watch to undercut Fitbit

If there's a market for a wearable somewhere in-between a traditional smartwatch and a fitness tracker then Huawei wants to dominate it, and the competitively priced Huawei Fit is how it plans to do that. Revealed this morning at Huawei's event in Munich, Germany, but on store shelves in the US today, the Fit undercuts not only Android Wear watches, but is cheaper than fitness-first trackers like Fitbit's Charge 2. I strapped one to my wrist to see if it was Fit for purpose.

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Huawei Fit smartwatch leaks packing e-ink display

Huawei Fit smartwatch leaks packing e-ink display

A new Huawei wearable has leaked that claims to be called the Huawei Fit. The watch looks very similar to the Pebble Time Round and even has an e-ink or e-paper round face like the Pebble wearable. What we can tell from the images isn't; that much, but the wearable has a swim mode indicating that it will be waterproof.

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Glide CMRA strap adds two cameras to the Apple Watch

Glide CMRA strap adds two cameras to the Apple Watch

Some owners of the Apple Watch lament the fact that the wearable has no cameras on it for taking selfies or other images on the go. A company called Glide has a new product that will fix that omission and won't impact the runtime of the Apple Watch itself. The product is called the CMRA strap.

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ASUS ZenWatch 3 on pre-order: here’s where to get yours

ASUS ZenWatch 3 on pre-order: here’s where to get yours

If IDC’s analysis is correct, the market has spoken: smartwatches aren’t as hot as some would have preferred. Thanks to a number of factors, sales of smartwatches have plummeted. Even worse, manufacturers are at an impasse regarding putting out new models. That, however, isn’t stopping ASUS from finally putting out its latecomer racehorse. The ASUS ZenWatch 3 is going to be available in just two weeks and you can already show a vote of confidence by putting in a pre-order for yet another round-faced Android Wear smartwatch.

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TAG Heuer Rose Gold is the Connected Watch you can’t afford

TAG Heuer Rose Gold is the Connected Watch you can’t afford

Smartwatches are already having a difficult time in the market. The last thing it needs is yet another model that no one will buy, not because it’s bad but because barely anyone can afford it. Unfazed by that prospect, TAG Heuer has just made available a Solid Rose Gold version of its Connected Watch launched nearly a year ago. Perhaps banking on its prestige as a luxury brand, TAG Heuer had no qualms slapping on a nearly $10,000 price tag on this smartwatch.

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Samsung’s C-Lab welcomes four new bright ideas

Samsung’s C-Lab welcomes four new bright ideas

Earlier this year, Samsung revealed its Create Lab, C-Lab for short, that, as the name hints, aims to nurture creativity and imagination, at least among the company’s employees. Eventually, the goal is to bring these ideas to the market, sometimes under a company of their own, like what happened with the poorly named Welt smart belt. Pushing through with that mission, despite recent losses, Samsung’s C-Lab expands its portfolio of ideas, embracing both hardware and software, from smart helmets to the evolution of the Tamagotchi.

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Vue Smart Glasses feature bone conduction audio and track activity

Vue Smart Glasses feature bone conduction audio and track activity

Vue Smart Glasses have turned up on Kickstarter and they look more like normal glasses than other smart glasses we have talked about before. Take the Epson Moverio BT-200 smart glasses, they would never be confused for normal eyewear. The Vue Smart Glasses on the other hand can be fitted with prescription lenses, clear lenses, or tinted/transition lenses for sunglasses and look like normal glasses.

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Armani jumps into wearables with Emporio Armani Connected line

Armani jumps into wearables with Emporio Armani Connected line

Previously seen as the domain of geeks and technophiles, fashion brands have started marching into the wearable and smartwatch market, though at different degrees. While some, like TAG Heuer, have dived head first into full smartwatches, others, like Armani’s modern and trendy Emporio Armani brand, are taking a half step instead. The new Emporio Armani Connected line of “hybrid smartwatches” aim to offer the amalgamation of classic, stylish, and expensive timepieces with the strapping of modern wearables, particularly that of keeping track of your activities.

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Android Wear 2.0 apps must be installed separately

Android Wear 2.0 apps must be installed separately

It seems that Google’s next version of Android Wear is shaping up to be rather controversial. In addition to being delayed to 2017, affecting sales of devices and confidence in the platform, tiny details about Android Wear 2.0 are starting to pop up, causing some developers no small amount of disappointment and distress. Googler Ian Lake, yes the same Ian Lake that gave the bad news about Night Light on Android 7.1, revealed that, starting with version 2.0, Android Wear apps must be installed from the smartwatch Play Store instead of being automatically pulled in by the companion smartphone app.

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IDC: Smartwatch shipments halved in Q3 2016

IDC: Smartwatch shipments halved in Q3 2016

If shipment figures are any indicator, it would seem that the market, both consumers as well as manufacturers, are still uncertain about smartwatches and their purpose, let alone their appeal. According to market analyst IDC, the smartwatch market slipped by as much as 51.6% in the past quarter alone. And while that may be due partly to perplexing business decisions from the powers that be, it also reflects how smartwatches, more than two years after they became mainstream, still serve a very niche consumer market.

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LVL wearable hydration monitor tracks activity and more

LVL wearable hydration monitor tracks activity and more

Drinking enough water is a big deal for active people who are into fitness. A new device has turned up on Kickstarter called the LVL that is hailed as the first wearable hydration monitor. The designers say that LVL allows the user to track the complete picture of their health and tracks activity, sleep, mood, and heart rate.

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Self-driving roam your clothes for function or fashion

Self-driving roam your clothes for function or fashion

Forget wearable devices. In the future, you might be using wearable robots instead. No, you’re not getting into a robot suit, of course, but your suit might instead have tiny robots rolling and crawling all over. At least that’s the idea behind “Rovable”, a roving robot “wearable” developed by researchers from MIT and Standford University. While it seems to give a whole new meaning to “creepy crawlies”, the robots’ purpose isn’t whimsical. The goal is to eventually developer robots that can perform anything from activity tracking, notifications, calls, and perhaps even wardrobe repairs.

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