Wearable

Motiv Ring now works with Android

Motiv Ring now works with Android

There's a smart ring (for your finger) called Motiv Ring that now works with Android devices. Before now, the Motiv Ring only worked with iOS - now it's been updated to work with all manner* of Android devices. For those that've never heard of Motiv Ring until today: It also works with iOS 9 and later for iPhone or iPad if you're really feeling weird - and it works with Apple Health.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 event contents leaked early

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 event contents leaked early

Inside a set of leaks this morning it would appear that Samsung's next big event was all but spoiled. It's entirely possible Samsung has some other devices, details, and/or software to bring to the table, but with these leaks, it seems like they've kind of spilled the beans. This is like that time Kevin came in to The Office with his big container of chili and dropped it. Oh god, so much of a bummer.

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Stanford wearable monitors stress hormone levels using sweat

Stanford wearable monitors stress hormone levels using sweat

Stanford researchers have developed a new wearable that measures the wearer's cortisol levels using sweat. Cortisol, a vital hormone associated with stress, can be tested with existing methods, but they require several days for results. Stanford's creation eliminates that long wait period, providing important stress hormone numbers when they matter most.

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Huawei TalkBand B5 wristband transforms into a Bluetooth headset

Huawei TalkBand B5 wristband transforms into a Bluetooth headset

Huawei has launched its new TalkBand B5 fourth-generation wearable, an update to the company's existing B3 model. The updated wearable features a much larger 1.13-inch AMOLED display with 2.5D curved glass, as well as other improvements. Most notable is the TalkBand B5's two-in-one hybrid functionality, which enables it to be used as a Bluetooth headset or a health tracker. Huawei says it has packed the industry's first triple-core audio chip with dual-microphone noise reduction into its wearable.

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Emporio Armani Wear OS smartwatch adds heart rate sensor and more

Emporio Armani Wear OS smartwatch adds heart rate sensor and more

There are only a few holdouts among smartphone OEMs still making smartwatches. In contrast, the wearable market is flooded with designer and fashion brands adding some smarts and screens to their timepieces. The latest to join that fray is Emporio Armani, whose initial smartwatch and hybrid watch selection left some things to be desired. With the new Emporio Armani Connected 2018 though, it is finally offering truly smart devices with heart rate sensors, NFC, GPS, and more.

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TicWatch Pro Review: One smartwatch, two screens

TicWatch Pro Review: One smartwatch, two screens

We may still argue about the usefulness of smartwatches, but few would disagree that a wearable with a flat battery is no use at all. The TicWatch Pro running Wear OS by Google wants to make sure that's not an accusation you can level at it, using a clever twin screen system of stacked panels, one for full functionality, the other for power efficiency. At $249.99 it's fairly affordable, too, but has TicWatch made a smartwatch that's twice as usable or just doubly frustrating?

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Magic Leap One ships this summer, AR app demonstrated

Magic Leap One ships this summer, AR app demonstrated

Magic Leap conducted a livestream today during which time it gave the public a demonstration of its augmented reality experience. During the demo, which is still available to view, we see the system establish locations within the user's world where an AR creature can spawn, then the creature throws rocks at the wearer, who is able to dodge them and interact with the entity by swatting the air.

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Galaxy Watch name confirmed, Samsung Bixby inside

Galaxy Watch name confirmed, Samsung Bixby inside

This year might be a slow one for Samsung. The Galaxy S9, despite re-imagining the camera, isn’t doing so hot. The Galaxy Note 9 due in a month may have a few tricks up its sleeve to make it more interesting than what it so far looks like. The most interesting Samsung product this year, however, might ironically come from its least interesting line: smartwatches. Its name, its OS, and its features are pretty much still in flux, which, at the very least, makes it sound a bit more exciting.

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TicWatch Pro dual-layered smartwatch is here

TicWatch Pro dual-layered smartwatch is here

Smartwatches have a two-fold problem. First is how they sometimes feel like a solution in search of a problem. The more pressing problem, however, is the short, often less than 24-hour, battery life. Smartwatch makers Mobvoi can’t really answer the first but is offering a solution for the second. With the new TicWatch Pro that’s launching today, you can get two, even three, days of use. The secret, if you haven’t heard yet, is that it has two screens instead of one.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch leaks: Apple Watch beware

Samsung Galaxy Watch leaks: Apple Watch beware

Today a leak of data on the upcoming Samsung Gear S4 (aka Galaxy Watch) suggests a top-tier competitor for the hottest devices in the market. Much like the tablet market, Apple seems to have all but crushed the competition in smartwatches.* But with the market set to rise over the next couple of years (in a big way, apparently,) Samsung might be in a prime position to grab some share of the cash. If only they had a winning brand name.

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Huawei smartwatch design cleverly hides two wireless earbuds

Huawei smartwatch design cleverly hides two wireless earbuds

Huawei has designed a new smartwatch with a pair of removable Bluetooth earbuds, making it even less likely that you'll be caught on the go without a way to listen to music. The wearable would hide two small earpieces inside its chunky casing, which could be popped out when required.

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Snapdragon Wear 2500 wearable chip is for kids

Snapdragon Wear 2500 wearable chip is for kids

One of the cited reasons for the failure of Wear OS by Google (formerly Android Wear) smartwatches is that they are all running on a two-year old chipset. Considering the Snapdragon Wear 2100 is based on the Snapdragon 400, its technology goes way back to 2013. As promised, Qualcomm is delivering a much-needed and long-overdue update to its wearable platform. But funnily enough, it is marketing the Snapdragon Wear 2500 squarely at the kids’ wearable market, practically making a bet on that market instead of the grownups’ wearable industry.

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