Wearable

Runcible, a wooden smart pocket watch, launches on Indiegogo

Runcible, a wooden smart pocket watch, launches on Indiegogo

Remember the Runcible, a wooden smart pocket watch that was introduced more than a year ago? It's back again, this time as part of an Indiegogo campaign that hopes to bring the device to market. This is the "public pre-release," says Monohm, the company behind Runcible. Monohm is seeking $250,000 in funding through the crowdfunding website Indiegogo, where it has so far raised about $46,000 USD.

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Pebble Time Round gets polished gold/silver options as Kickstarter winds down

Pebble Time Round gets polished gold/silver options as Kickstarter winds down

With about two weeks left in Pebble's Kickstarter campaign for its latest generation of smartwatches, a new reward for backers has been added: the Pebble Time Round in a choice of either polished gold or silver finish. To be clear, is the same hardware as the previous Pebble Time Round, as the thin, round model isn't being updated with this new Kickstarter, which instead is about launching the Pebble 2, Time 2, and Pebble Core.

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Pebble iOS Text Replies grows, iOS Email Actions in beta

Pebble iOS Text Replies grows, iOS Email Actions in beta

Pebble is definitely on a roll. Even while its Kickstarter is in full steam, it isn't loosing steam in developing features for its existing smartwatches. It has just announced not just the start of beta testing for iOS Email Actions but also the addition of T-Mobile and new markets for its iOS Text Replies feature. This makes Pebble the only third-party smartwatch that allows users to reply to text messages, temporarily bypassing the need for Apple to officially provide that functionality in its iOS Messages API.

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watchOS 3 official, total redesign includes Instant Launch, Activity Sharing

watchOS 3 official, total redesign includes Instant Launch, Activity Sharing

This morning Apple introduced the newest version of Apple Watch's software: watchOS 3. This newest version of the operating system works with a number of new features, starting with performance updates and what they call "Instant Launch." As you can imagine, this feature makes for a much quicker experience on the Apple Watch - right alongside Refreshed Information, Background Updates, and the ability to keep favorite apps in the Apple Watch's memory.

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Android Wear 2.0 will skip Moto 360 1st gen

Android Wear 2.0 will skip Moto 360 1st gen

Just as mobile operating systems start skipping smartphone models once they get to be a few years old, the same is happening with smartwatches. Following its big announcement at Google I/O 2016 last month, Android Wear 2.0 has been revealed to not be coming to some of the platform's earliest devices, including the original Moto 360 watch.

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Lenovo smart shoes eliminate the need for a wrist wearable

Lenovo smart shoes eliminate the need for a wrist wearable

At its Tech World show in San Francisco yesterday, Lenovo revealed a pair of smart shoes, that, while a concept prototype, are fairly close to a finalized product. Adding a new layer to the term "wearable," the running shoes offer most of the same features that a wrist-worn fitness tracker or smartwatch would have, including number of steps, distance, calories burned, and activity tracking.

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Samsung Gear Fit 2 sports band goes on sale worldwide

Samsung Gear Fit 2 sports band goes on sale worldwide

If you're a Samsung fan and have been eagerly awaiting the new Gear Fit 2 sports band, now's your chance to finally pick one up. The GPS-enabled wearable has officially gone on sale around the globe in a number of markets, including the US, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Australia. Priced at $179 and available in two sizes, Samsung says that Gear Fit 2 will be available in other countries in the near future.

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Blocks modular smartwatch goes up for preorder

Blocks modular smartwatch goes up for preorder

The Blocks modular smartwatch, which first came into public view via a Kickstarter campaign, is now available to preorder. The company has showcased the factory-ready smartwatch, including the various modules that can be added and removed as the user sees fit, in two videos, one of which is a long, close-up review of the wearable. According to Blocks, the smartwatch is in the final stage of testing before heading into mass production.

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Pebble gets a new Weather app, Health gets more accurate

Pebble gets a new Weather app, Health gets more accurate

Just because Pebble is in the middle of a very hot and again wildly successful Kickstarter campaign for the Pebble 2 and Pebble Core, it doesn't mean it has forgotten about its existing throng of very loyal users. It has just announced the availability of Firmware 3.13 for existing smartwatches, as well as matching updates for its iOS and Android apps. It might not be as earth-shattering as the upcoming Actions feature, but it's still a refinement worth noting and a welcome reminder that Pebble hasn't forgotten its fans.

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Suunto Spartan Ultra is a smartwatch for fitness enthusiasts

Suunto Spartan Ultra is a smartwatch for fitness enthusiasts

Suunto has taken the wraps off a new sports watch called the Spartan Ultra. With the Ultra name comes some ultra features and durability — the company says its newest watch, which will be arriving in August, features a polyamide casing reinforced with glass fibers, a waterproof construction that’ll hold up to depths as far down as 100 meters, and an optional grade-5 titanium bezel.

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EyeForcer forces your kids to stop looking down at their phones

EyeForcer forces your kids to stop looking down at their phones

With the rise of smartphones and tablets, we're spending more time looking down at our hands than ever. Go to any public place, and you'll see people hunched over their phones, checking Facebook, Tweeting, or watching videos. Our bodies aren't designed to hold that position for long periods, and that can cause painful issues. One company has their eye on this problem, and aims to fix it.

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OnePlus had a near-finished smartwatch, but decided to ‘focus’ on phones instead

OnePlus had a near-finished smartwatch, but decided to ‘focus’ on phones instead

Right now, Chinese manufacturer OnePlus is known for producing quality Android-based smartphones at budget-friendly prices. It's a small company, but that focus on high-end phones with flagship-level specs is what makes them standout in a growing sea of other low-priced Android devices. However, OnePlus nearly entered the smartwatch game — another crowded market — going so far as to complete a design, but decided to scrap the device out of concern of losing focus.

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