Wearable

ODG AR smart glasses hands-on: Snapdragon 835 gets real

ODG AR smart glasses hands-on: Snapdragon 835 gets real

The first Snapdragon 835 device isn't a phone, and it isn't a tablet: it's a set of augmented reality glasses. Two sets of glasses, to be precise, the handiwork of ODG - or Osterhout Design Group - flush with a recent $58m cash injection from 21st Century Fox who have been pushing augmented reality and smart glasses for a decade now. While you might associate Snapdragon with phones, there are plenty of good reasons you might want the new 835 in a computer for your face.

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Zhor-Tech self-lacing smart shoes hands-on: one-upping Marty McFly

Zhor-Tech self-lacing smart shoes hands-on: one-upping Marty McFly

This week we're having a look at a pair of smart shoes that take the Nike MAG (Back to the Future self-lacing shoes) to a new level. These have nothing to do with Nike, nor are they to be mistaken for any other official Back to the Future technology. According to the folks representing this shoe, Zhor-Tech, the real challenge in creating a shoe like this is mixing electronic knowhow with footwear - dust, shocks, humidity - and of course wireless electronic lacing.

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Garmin Fenix 5 smartwatch comes in small and ultra-rugged styles

Garmin Fenix 5 smartwatch comes in small and ultra-rugged styles

Navigation and tracking experts Garmin are back at CES 2017 to unveil the latest additions to their popular Fenix line of wearables: the Fenix 5 multi-sport GPS watch. While the new models include many of the same activity and fitness tracking features as before, the Fenix 5 line comes in three different sizes, including a small version designed to be more appealing to women and those with smaller wrists in general.

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ODG R-8 and R-9 AR glasses are powered by Snapdragon 835

ODG R-8 and R-9 AR glasses are powered by Snapdragon 835

Osterhout Design Group, more commonly referred to as just ODG, has introduced the R-8 and R-9 smart glasses, wearable augmented reality devices that are the first to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor. Developer units of these glasses will be shipping out later this year, but as with other wearable headset dev kits, you’ll have to pay a pretty penny to get them: the R-8 will be “less than $1,000” and the R-9 will be “around” $1,799 USD.

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Polar Team Pro Shirt weaves heart tracking into wireless base-layer

Polar Team Pro Shirt weaves heart tracking into wireless base-layer

Polar has launched a new fitness wearable, the Polar Team Pro Shirt, and if you thought your smartwatch got up close and personal, then this stat-tracking base-layer will be like a loving Internet-of-Things hug. The company's first foray out of more mainstream wearables, the shirt embeds heart rate tracking right into its fabric. That means no chest strap monitor, wrist band, or watch.

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Two Nexus-like smartwatches set to lead Android Wear in 2017

Two Nexus-like smartwatches set to lead Android Wear in 2017

Next year Google will be releasing two new Android Wear smartwatches in the style of their Nexus smartphone line. There's very little to get in Google's way in the market for these devices as the only massive competition out today is the Apple Watch. According to a recent study, nobody wants a smartwatch at the moment - except some Apple fans, apparently, who all want the Apple Watch. So why would Google want to continue rolling in this market?

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Pokemon GO Apple Watch update live (vs Pokemon GO Plus)

Pokemon GO Apple Watch update live (vs Pokemon GO Plus)

This morning the Pokemon GO update Apple Watch users have been waiting for has gone entirely live. This version of the Pokemon GO app will only be coming to the iPhone for use in collaboration with the Apple Watch. This version of the app will enable features sort-of similar to those offered on the original Niantic wearable device, the Pokemon GO Plus.

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Fitbit Charge 2’s 11 new features arrive just in time

Fitbit Charge 2’s 11 new features arrive just in time

Since it's too late for the 12 days of Christmas, Fitbit is just cramming all 11 new features into its latest fitness wearable, the Charge 2, all in one go. Sure, it feels like it's missing one more to make the cut, but we'll gladly take them just as well. Especially considering it's exactly that season when people try their darn hardest not to let themselves go. Or guilt themselves for doing so in the end anyway.

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Meta 2 augmented reality developer kit headsets start shipping

Meta 2 augmented reality developer kit headsets start shipping

The Meta 2 augmented reality developer kit headsets have begun shipping, the company behind them has announced. Though they're shipping out to buyers a bit later than we'd originally heard, those who quickly pre-ordered should have their AR dev kit unit by the turn of the year. According to a recent statement by the company, more shipments will be heading out early in 2017, and customers will get a shipping notification in their inbox when their own order goes out.

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People just don’t want smartwatches

People just don’t want smartwatches

Smartwatches aren’t the hit some people had expected, and eMarketer’s latest forecast serves to highlight that fact. Though its forecast last year was fairly optimistic, anticipating a 60-percent growth in the wearables market this year, the company’s latest forecast is much lower at only 24.7-percent. That doesn’t mean consumers are abandoning wearables entirely, however, as fitness tracker growth is increasing while smartwatch adoption stalls.

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Apple now offering refurbished Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2

Apple now offering refurbished Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2

If you have had your eye on a new Apple Watch, but you just can't bring yourself to pull the trigger and plunk out the big bucks the smartwatch costs, you might like the new offerings from Apple. You can now purchase refurbished Apple Watches directly from the Apple Store and right now there are several versions to choose from and they are offered at modest discounts. That modest discount for buying refurb is 14%.

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New Pokemon GO plus wearable for trading in the mix

New Pokemon GO plus wearable for trading in the mix

As the Pokemon GO Plus sales go as quick as they appear, Niantic may well be bringing another, more advanced device to market. This device is tipped by 9to5Mac as being Niantic's next stab at bringing hardware to Ingress, the company's first big GPS-based game. They tip that Niantic is considering their next move after that release, as well, into the world of Pokemon GO.

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