Wearable

Wear OS by Google puts a smarter Assistant on your wrist

Wear OS by Google puts a smarter Assistant on your wrist

Wear OS by Google is getting a supercharged Google Assistant experience, the company has announced today, with the rebranded smartwatch platform adding new voice control features. The new integrations were revealed ahead of Google I/O 2018, the company's annual developer event set to take place in San Jose, CA next week.

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Samsung Gear S4 LTE coming to the US, eventually

Samsung Gear S4 LTE coming to the US, eventually

By now, almost all of the major smartphone makers have bowed out of the smartwatch market, perhaps except for Huawei and Samsung. The latter, however, seems to be in an odd position. After having implemented and admittedly ingenious rotating bezel control in the Gear S2, Samsung seems to have slowed down its pace. Last year's successor to the Gear S3 was the Gear S3 Sport, leaving many wondering if it was the end of the line. Worry not, Gear fans, because a Gear S4 is coming this year and will even bring LTE connectivity to the US when it does arrive.

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Fitbit and Google team to use machine learning on your fitness data

Fitbit and Google team to use machine learning on your fitness data

Fitbit and Google are teaming up on health, aiming to make it easier to combine individual exercise data with electronic medical records for a smarter take on fitness and chronic conditions. The deal will see Fitbit use Google's Cloud Healthcare API to funnel the everyday movement and workout data gathered by its wearables into owners' patient profiles.

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This big Fitbit deal cuts Ionic, Alta HR & more for one day only

This big Fitbit deal cuts Ionic, Alta HR & more for one day only

If you've been looking for an excuse to get active, Amazon's daily deals might have the answer, with a one-day promotion for several Fitbit fitness bands and smartwatch models. The company's Alta, Alta HR, Charge 2, Flyer, and Ionic are all up for grabs, with up to $50 savings depending on which model you want to strap to your wrist.

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LumiWatch prototype wearable projects touch interface onto your arm

LumiWatch prototype wearable projects touch interface onto your arm

If the current form of smartwatch devices feels lacking — a small touchscreen on the wrist with limited app functionality — here's a wearable with the potential to really shake things up. The LumiWatch prototype projects an interactive interface onto the skin of the arm, turning it into a touchscreen. It's developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, and they say that the projection can create an interface that's almost five times larger than today's smartwatch displays.

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LG Watch Timepiece Wear OS smartwatch with mechanical clock leaks

LG Watch Timepiece Wear OS smartwatch with mechanical clock leaks

LG is planning to launch a new "hybrid" smartwatch called the LG Watch Timepiece, according to a leak. The wearable will run Google's Wear OS, reportedly having the distinction of being the first watch to run the rebranded system off the shelf. Why the hybrid designation? In addition to its digital nature, the watch will supposedly also feature a mechanical clock.

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Apple’s smart glasses sound more like VIVE than Glass

Apple’s smart glasses sound more like VIVE than Glass

Apple's first AR/VR product is shaping up to be more like HTC VIVE Pro than Google Glass, and that's probably a good thing in the long run. If the latest leaks are true, the Cupertino company's first steps into augmented reality and virtual reality hardware will be a more streamlined version of the tethered experience slowly gaining traction among gamers. That may be less exciting than sci-fi style AR eyeglasses, but it's certainly more sensible.

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Snapchat Spectacles 2.0 VS 1.0, new vs old

Snapchat Spectacles 2.0 VS 1.0, new vs old

Snapchat Spectacles v2 are out - that's Snapchat Spectacles 2.0, according to Snap. Today we're having a look at the differences between the new Snapchat photo and video-recording glasses and their predecessor. At first glance, you might not be able to tell the difference - but once you're behind the lenses, you'll be running with heat.

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Snap Spectacles 2 official unveiling tipped for next week

Snap Spectacles 2 official unveiling tipped for next week

Snap is expected to unveil the second-generation of its Snapchat Spectacles soon, an updated wearable featuring a camera built into a pair of sunglasses. Spectacles weren't a huge hit the first time around, but apparently were popular enough to justify launching an updated model. Spectacles 2 first appeared on April 11 in FCC documents, and now a report claims we'll be getting the official announcement very soon.

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The last Apple Watch pop-up store closes next month

The last Apple Watch pop-up store closes next month

When the first Apple Watch launched back in 2015, the lengths Apple went to to promote it as a fashion and luxury item included opening three pop-up stores dedicated to the device alone. Located in London, Paris, and Tokyo, the shops gave potential buyers the opportunity to try the Watch on and see a variety of swappable wristbands without having to visit a regular Apple retail store. Now that the wearable has been available for several years, the last of these pop-ups is finally closing.

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Intel is quitting the smart glasses game, Vaunt canceled

Intel is quitting the smart glasses game, Vaunt canceled

While primarily a silicon maker, Intel has tried its hand at anything and everything that could have a processor inside, from smartphones to smartwatches to smart glasses. Very few of those, however, have yielded any promising fruit. Almost like Google but with more tragedy, Intel has axed many of its moonshot attempts. The latest to get the boot is its New Devices Group in charge of its remaining wearable projects. That practically means that Intel is axing its smart glass plans and its admittedly promising Vault prototype.

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Casio Pro Trek WSD-F20A watch is designed for outdoor adventures

Casio Pro Trek WSD-F20A watch is designed for outdoor adventures

Casio is back with a new Pro Trek lineup smartwatch, the WSD-F20A. As the name implies, this model is designed for hikers and other wearers who engage in outdoor adventures. The Pro Trek features a round display and, among other things, Google's Wear OS platform. Users get access to high durability and offline maps. Casio will launch this model in the United States next month.

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