Wearable

Michael Kors Access Android Wear smartwatches finally launch

Michael Kors Access Android Wear smartwatches finally launch

At Baselworld 2016, famed luxury accessory maker Michael Kors revealed that it was getting knee deep into the fusion of fashion and wearable technoloy. Dubbed “Michael Kors Access”, the new line was unveiled featuring activity trackers and, of course, smartwatches. Half a year later, these luxury timepieces are now available for purchase. Dubbed Dylan and Bradshaw, these Android Wear promise not just the latest notifications and health tracking, they also deliver good looks to match. For a price, of course.

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Moto 360 could have actually been square and terrible

Moto 360 could have actually been square and terrible

Motorola should probably thank its lucky stars, or its executive decision makers, that the Moto 360 it launched in 2014 was a far cry from this prototype that has now leaked online. Back when smartwatches were still practically unheard of, the Moto 360 was the lone voice of fashion, running circles around its contemporaries, even with a flat tire. But in another world, in another possibility, Motorola’s first smartwatch could have been just as square as all the rest. In fact, it could have even been worse.

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Samsung C-Labs’ Welt smart belt goes live on Kickstarter

Samsung C-Labs’ Welt smart belt goes live on Kickstarter

At CES early this year, Samsung’s newly formed Creative Labs showcased a few concept smart products, and one of the most curious was a smart belt called Welt. Curious partly because of its perhaps poorly chosen name, and partly because it embodies the ultimate dream of wearable devices: an inconspicuous piece of clothing or fashion made smarter. Now the team behind the smart belt is seeking to bring the concept to fulfillment and, unsurprisingly, has taken to Kickstarter to make that happen, despite ties with Samsung.

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Alcatel Move wearables include watch, GPS and activity tracker

Alcatel Move wearables include watch, GPS and activity tracker

Alcatel has a new series of wearable devices under the MOVE line, including the Moveband, Movetime WiFi Watch, Movetrack, and MOVE Track&Talk. Each one has its own purpose, such as the Movetrack that functions as a portable GPS tracker and the Moveband activity tracker. According to Alcatel, all the products in the Move series are designed for people who are active and want some insight into their days, whether that’s to see how far they’ve travelled, how many calories they’ve burned, what notifications have hit their phone, and more.

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Misfit unveils new colors for Shine 2 and Misfit Ray

Misfit unveils new colors for Shine 2 and Misfit Ray

The Misfit team have revealed a new round of accessories for their wearable fitness trackers this week. They've placed themselves well ahead of every other wearable fitness tracker company in terms of accessories - and they've given themselves another big boost this week with a variety of items that will make owners of the Misfit Ray and Mistfit Shine 2 joyous for having already joined in on the party.

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TomTom Spark 3, Runner 3 and Adventurer fitness GPS watches debut at IFA 2016

TomTom Spark 3, Runner 3 and Adventurer fitness GPS watches debut at IFA 2016

TomTom has announced the launch of some new sports GPS watches that aim at active users who like to run or hike. The new ranges include the TomTom Spark 3 and Runner 3, and Adventurer watches along with the TomTom Touch fitness tracker. The Spark 3 and Runner 3 wearables both have a route exploration feature that allows users to explore new trials without having to worry about finding their way back. Unexplored routes can be uploaded from the MySports website to the watch.

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Star Wars BB-8-controlling Force Band from Sphero debuts this month

Star Wars BB-8-controlling Force Band from Sphero debuts this month

One of the biggest Star Wars-related products to be released last year in the build-up to The Force Awakens was the robotic BB-8 toy from Sphero. The device could move around on its own in an automated mode, or be controlled via smartphone, but in January the company revealed a new Force Band accessory. When paired with BB-8, the wristband allows users to control their bot with mere hand gestures. And it will finally be available later this month.

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Fossil Q hybrid smartwatches add Crewmaster, Nate, Gazer, Tailor

Fossil Q hybrid smartwatches add Crewmaster, Nate, Gazer, Tailor

With most manufacturers seemingly taking a break from the smartwatch scene, with the exception of Samsung and ASUS (and soon Apple), traditional watch and accessory makers are stepping in to fill in the gap. In fact, fashion brand Fossil has a total of 8 new pieces to show off, under 4 new “hybrid smartwatch” models. The new Fossil Q Crewmaster, Q Nate, Q Gazer, and Q Tailor aim to offer most of the conveniences of smartwatches and fitness trackers while still remaining the classy and simple timepieces that most people are comfortable wearing.

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Samsung Gear S3 hands-on: Samsung Pay, LTE, rugged smartwatch

Samsung Gear S3 hands-on: Samsung Pay, LTE, rugged smartwatch

If you've got a Galaxy Note 7 in your pocket then the perfect accompaniment is a Samsung Gear S3 on your wrist, at least that's the argument the smartphone behemoth is making ahead of the Apple Watch 2. Launched at IFA 2016 today, the Gear S3 builds on Samsung's earlier Tizen wearables with a more distinctive and tougher design, the option of integrated LTE connectivity, and the convenience of Samsung Pay to leave your purse or wallet (and, for that matter, your Galaxy phone) at home.

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This is the new ASUS ZenWatch 3

This is the new ASUS ZenWatch 3

Just as they had previously teased, Asus has unveiled its new ZenWatch 3 smartwatch at the IFA 2016 show in Berlin this week. Like last year's model, the ZenWatch 3 remains powered by Android Wear, but the obvious difference is that it sports a round casing, offering a more handsome, traditional look to the watch than the squarish, utilitarian face of the ZenWatch 2.

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Garmin Forerunner 35 smartwatch lasts 9 days at a time

Garmin Forerunner 35 smartwatch lasts 9 days at a time

Garmin is bringing a new smart wrist wearable device to market with abilities aplenty. The Garmin Forerunner 35 works with built-in Elevate wrist-based heart rate monitoring technology. This device is what Garmin says is an "easy-to-use GPS running watch." While this device's primary selling point is its ability to contribute to a hearty run, users can also keep the watch active throughout the day as a general use activity tracker.

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Corning’s next-gen wearable glass will be nigh unbreakable

Corning’s next-gen wearable glass will be nigh unbreakable

Corning Gorilla Glass SR+ has been revealed today by the company that makes massive amounts of display glass for many mobile devices. Corning makes its mark year after year on phones and tablets - smartphones, mostly - covering them all with their reinforced glass. Corning Gorilla Glass SR+, they suggest, will "significantly reduce visible scratches while delivering the toughness, optical clarity, and touch sensitivity that make Gorilla Glass famous."

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