Wearable

Blocks modular smartwatch finally goes on sale

Blocks modular smartwatch finally goes on sale

It was a dream 3 years, perhaps more, in the making. It started around 2014, when Phonebloks revealed its aspirations for a modular smartphone. But while that dream has long since died (replaced by a different form of “modular” in Motorola’s Moto Mods), the smartwatch version of that idea has persisted and, against all odds, survived. Now Blocks, the world’s first modular smartwatch, has finally launched for anyone to purchase. Provided you can justify a $259 Android, not Android Wear, smartwatch.

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Philips SmartSleep system uses audio to trigger deep sleep

Philips SmartSleep system uses audio to trigger deep sleep

Philips has taken the wraps off a new wearable device called SmartSleep, a solution for individuals who have trouble falling asleep. According to the company, its SmartSleep is the first wearable of its kind, one that is also clinically proven as effective for its intended purpose. Key to the device's effectiveness, Philips says, are advanced sleep analysis algorithms alongside "customized audio tones."

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Graphene-based wearable may revolutionize infant health monitoring

Graphene-based wearable may revolutionize infant health monitoring

Monitoring infant health metrics, such as pulse and breathing rate, is tricky and existing devices are cumbersome. A newly developed technology could change that, though, using conducting liquid emulsions. The liquid has been detailed in paper published today in the Nanoscale journal from the Royal Society of Chemistry; inspiration for it came from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's plea for cheap wearable tech that can track babies' health.

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Misfit Path hybrid smartwatch brings the minimalism of a classic

Misfit Path hybrid smartwatch brings the minimalism of a classic

Despite their technological versatility and utility, smartwatches haven’t completely taken the market by storm the way their smartphone cousins have. This can be blamed on many things, particularly the complexity of these smartwatches and the heft that comes with it. Hybrid smartwatches have popped up in an attempt to blend the classic analog design with some smart tracking features, but some of them still teeter over the border. The new Misfit Path nearly throws away all doubt of its classic timeless design, but, as they say, looks can be deceiving.

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Rokid Glass hands-on: AR glasses with teething pains

Rokid Glass hands-on: AR glasses with teething pains

Is the world ready for augmented reality glasses? More importantly, perhaps, are augmented reality glasses manufacturers ready? Having tried the latest attempt at the segment, Rokid's Glass, at CES 2018 this week I'm pretty confident in saying the answer is "kinda, maybe."

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ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset: 3K display and all-day comfort

ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset: 3K display and all-day comfort

Joining ASUS's slew of new gaming products is its Windows Mixed Reality Headset, the company's headset for immersing users into various virtual worlds. The headset was announced amongst ASUS's CES 2018 wares, joining the mass of gaming laptops and other products. With the ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset comes a unique, angular 3D pattern and the promise of very simple setup.

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Sgnl’s body conducting Bluetooth wristband is oddly compelling

Sgnl’s body conducting Bluetooth wristband is oddly compelling

Samsung's C-Lab hibernator for unusual projects seemed faintly ridiculous when we first saw its fruits a few years back, but one project has graduated and is about to hit the market. Sgnl gives the Bluetooth headset a twist by transmitting the sound through vibrations of your hand. To hear the person calling, you jab your finger to your ear.

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Fitbit invests $6M in Sano glucose-monitoring, hinting at future features

Fitbit invests $6M in Sano glucose-monitoring, hinting at future features

Wearables-maker Fitbit offers a range of devices with a strong focus on fitness, but there's a strong indicator the company will soon strengthen its health features. Fitbit has recently made a $6 million investment in Sano, a glucose-monitoring startup developing tech that's able to track blood sugar with a coin-sized patch. It's exactly this kind of feature that several smartwatch makers are said to be working on, and Fitbit's investment likely means it's doing the same.

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Amazon announces Alexa integration for headphones and smartwatches

Amazon announces Alexa integration for headphones and smartwatches

Amazon's smart assistance service, Alexa, has already made the jump from connected speaker to a number of different smart home products, but its next location will be portable devices. The company has announced a new "Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit" that will allow hardware manufacturers to integrate Alexa with wearable products like headphones and smartwatches.

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Eagle wearable has OLED display, headphones for personal entertainment

Eagle wearable has OLED display, headphones for personal entertainment

Kopin has teamed with Pico Interactive to create "Eagle," a mobile headset with a removable OLED display bar. This is a personal entertainment device, according to Kopin, which says Eagle has won the duo a CES 2018 Innovation Award. When put on, the user gets to watch content on the equivalent of an 80-inch screen, but in a very personal, intimate way.

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Samsung SmartSuit uses tech to help Olympic athletes train

Samsung SmartSuit uses tech to help Olympic athletes train

Samsung has a SmartSuit to help Winter Olympic athletes train. The SmartSuit is being provided to a pair of Dutch short track racers courtesy of Samsung Netherlands, which developed the wearable in conjunction with coach Jeroen Otter and scientist Bjorn de Laat. As with similar suits we've seen, the Samsung SmartSuit transmits data to the coach's smartphone.

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Garmin vivofit 4 family gets always-on screen and a year of battery life

Garmin vivofit 4 family gets always-on screen and a year of battery life

Garmin has launched its latest generation wearables in the vivofit family with the new vivofit 4 series. These activity trackers have a year of battery life with no charging necessary. Garmin has also integrated a new sunlight-readable always-on color display.

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