Wearable

Panasonic flaunts twistable lithium-ion batteries

Panasonic flaunts twistable lithium-ion batteries

It’s either the worst or the best time to be talking about new battery technologies. Samsung’s disastrous Galaxy Note 7 rollout has probably consumers and manufacturers wary about changing the battery formula too much. At the same time, however, the incidents only showed how the industry is in dire need of improved battery technologies. Panasonic, is, of course, undaunted by those and at CEATEC next week, it will be showing of a lithium-ion battery, the same type that powers mobile and wearable devices, that can be bended and twisted, safely and without losing its charge.

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Huawei reportedly looking to Tizen for future smartwatches

Huawei reportedly looking to Tizen for future smartwatches

It seems that Google might be losing yet another OEM partner in the smartphone market. According to an unnamed Samsung official quoted by a South Korean newspaper, Huawei is in the process of developing a new smartwatch, but one that doesn’t run Android Wear. Instead, the Chinese company is said to be working together with Samsung in order to get the Tizen operating system up and running on the wearable device. With Android Wear smartwatches seemingly at a plateau, this win for Tizen could mean a more difficult struggle for Google’s wearable platform.

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Alphabet’s Verily watch is a hospital on your wrist

Alphabet’s Verily watch is a hospital on your wrist

Google's healthcare-focused sibling Verily may be busy building fitness tracking wearables, but don't confuse its designs with the latest Android Wear smartwatch. The Alphabet division, established in December 2015 after being spun out from Google's own healthcare team, may not be ready to go public with its gadgets - a line-up expected to eventually include smart contact lenses for diabetics and wearables that can monitor for cancer - but an early preview has spilled new details on what one of Verily's gadgets will be like.

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Aetna to provide Apple Watches to customers, employees

Aetna to provide Apple Watches to customers, employees

Although users of fitness trackers and smartwatches with health features are often advised not to substitute these devices for professional medical opinion, health care company Aetna’s latest move is, if anything, a glowing recommendation of exactly that. At least as far as the Apple Watch is concerned. Starting this fall, the company will be subsidizing Apple Watches for select large employers and individual customers. But luckier are the nearly 50,000 Aetna employees that will be receiving the smartwatches at no cost at all.

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Narrative shuts down: Promises lifelogging camera app for owners

Narrative shuts down: Promises lifelogging camera app for owners

Lifelogging camera company Narrative is shutting down, with the wearable company confirming today that it has entered into voluntary dissolution. Sales of the compact Clip camera, which is designed to be attached to a shirt or bag strap and capture photos at regular intervals through the day, will cease, the company told owners in an email, as will aftermarket support.

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Fitbit Charge 2 now available in US and around the globe

Fitbit Charge 2 now available in US and around the globe

The Fitbit Charge 2 wearable is now available to purchase from retailers around the globe, including in North America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and China. This launch will be followed soon by expanded availability into Japan, Latin America, and South Korea starting next month, the same time frame in which accessory bands will be available. As well, Fitbit will launch a Charge 2 Special Edition Series wearable in two varieties, including a 22-karat plated rose gold option, starting this upcoming December.

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What you should know about Snapchat Spectacles

What you should know about Snapchat Spectacles

Snapchat's unexpected rebranding to Snap Inc. may have come as a surprise, but it's the company's first hardware product that really has us talking. The new Snap Spectacles, a wirelessly-enabled camera built into a pair of sunglasses, has already been described as the second coming of Google Glass, though the ephemeral messaging company undoubtedly hopes that they'll have more staying power than Google's ill-fated wearable.

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Snapchat Spectacles are rebranded Snap Inc.’s wearable camera

Snapchat Spectacles are rebranded Snap Inc.’s wearable camera

Snapchat has revealed its first hardware product, the Snapchat Spectacles, taking a more playful (and affordable) approach to wearable video capture than Google Glass. Resembling at first glance a set of regular, rounded sunglasses, albeit with oversized hinges, the eyewear includes a wide-angle camera on one side.

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Adidas Futurecraft M.F.G. is the first Speedfactory shoe

Adidas Futurecraft M.F.G. is the first Speedfactory shoe

Adidas isn't exactly being forthcoming with all the details on what its new Speedfactory really is. It appears to have something to do with a faster robotic manufacturing process that is more sustainable and allows Adidas to churn out shoes that are more customizable than the norm. Exactly how they are pulling all this customization and futuristic manufacturing off, we are left to guess.

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CoWatch “Alexa Smartwatch” is now up for purchase

CoWatch “Alexa Smartwatch” is now up for purchase

We already have Siri, Google Now (soon to be Assistant probably), and even Cortana available on our wrists, but one virtual assistant remains unaccounted for. At least until today. No, Amazon hasn’t made a smartwatch (thankfully) but you can have the next best thing. CoWatch, the smartwatch that breezed through Indiegogo with its promise of putting Amazon’s Alexa on your wrist, has fully come out of the woodwork and can now be purchased by anyone. All you need is to shell out $299 for a piece.

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Research says fitness trackers are ineffective at weight loss

Research says fitness trackers are ineffective at weight loss

We’ve all seen the marketing materials and heard the spiels. Today’s generation of wearable devices, from fitness trackers to smartwatches with health-related features, can help you keep a healthy lifestyle and even lose weight along the way. But according to a two-year study that was started way back in 2010, that isn’t exactly the case. In fact, they might actually be counter-productive to the goal, with wearers losing less weight than people who undergo the same amount of activity but take the manual route of keeping track of themselves.

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Nixon The Mission Android Wear aims at action sports

Nixon The Mission Android Wear aims at action sports

Most smartwatches out there can survive being splashed with water while you wash your hands, but you probably wouldn't want to swim with the watch on. A new smartwatch aimed at action sports people has turned up and it's from Nixon and is called The Mission. The smartwatch runs Android Wear and is described as the first action sports smartwatch.

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