Wearable

Armani jumps into wearables with Emporio Armani Connected line

Armani jumps into wearables with Emporio Armani Connected line

Previously seen as the domain of geeks and technophiles, fashion brands have started marching into the wearable and smartwatch market, though at different degrees. While some, like TAG Heuer, have dived head first into full smartwatches, others, like Armani’s modern and trendy Emporio Armani brand, are taking a half step instead. The new Emporio Armani Connected line of “hybrid smartwatches” aim to offer the amalgamation of classic, stylish, and expensive timepieces with the strapping of modern wearables, particularly that of keeping track of your activities.

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Android Wear 2.0 apps must be installed separately

Android Wear 2.0 apps must be installed separately

It seems that Google’s next version of Android Wear is shaping up to be rather controversial. In addition to being delayed to 2017, affecting sales of devices and confidence in the platform, tiny details about Android Wear 2.0 are starting to pop up, causing some developers no small amount of disappointment and distress. Googler Ian Lake, yes the same Ian Lake that gave the bad news about Night Light on Android 7.1, revealed that, starting with version 2.0, Android Wear apps must be installed from the smartwatch Play Store instead of being automatically pulled in by the companion smartphone app.

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IDC: Smartwatch shipments halved in Q3 2016

IDC: Smartwatch shipments halved in Q3 2016

If shipment figures are any indicator, it would seem that the market, both consumers as well as manufacturers, are still uncertain about smartwatches and their purpose, let alone their appeal. According to market analyst IDC, the smartwatch market slipped by as much as 51.6% in the past quarter alone. And while that may be due partly to perplexing business decisions from the powers that be, it also reflects how smartwatches, more than two years after they became mainstream, still serve a very niche consumer market.

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LVL wearable hydration monitor tracks activity and more

LVL wearable hydration monitor tracks activity and more

Drinking enough water is a big deal for active people who are into fitness. A new device has turned up on Kickstarter called the LVL that is hailed as the first wearable hydration monitor. The designers say that LVL allows the user to track the complete picture of their health and tracks activity, sleep, mood, and heart rate.

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Self-driving roam your clothes for function or fashion

Self-driving roam your clothes for function or fashion

Forget wearable devices. In the future, you might be using wearable robots instead. No, you’re not getting into a robot suit, of course, but your suit might instead have tiny robots rolling and crawling all over. At least that’s the idea behind “Rovable”, a roving robot “wearable” developed by researchers from MIT and Standford University. While it seems to give a whole new meaning to “creepy crawlies”, the robots’ purpose isn’t whimsical. The goal is to eventually developer robots that can perform anything from activity tracking, notifications, calls, and perhaps even wardrobe repairs.

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Huawei Honor Pad 2 tablet, Watch S1 smartwatch break cover

Huawei Honor Pad 2 tablet, Watch S1 smartwatch break cover

Huawei may already have a lot of devices beyond smartphones, but its sub-brand honor hasn’t ventured outside as much. That changes today as the company launches two new devices that aren’t phones. The Honor Pad 2, as the number implies, follows up on Honor’s previous slate, while the Honor Watch S1 dives head first into full smartwatch territory. And, in typical Honor fashion, these devices will be offered with dirt cheap prices, though which markets outside of China will get it remains an open question.

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Nixon Mission Android Wear smartwatch goes up for sale

Nixon Mission Android Wear smartwatch goes up for sale

The Nixon Mission Android Wear smartwatch we reported on last month is now available to buy from several online retailers. The company describes its product as the first ever ‘action sports smartwatch,’ and it comes with stylings to match. You can grab the watch in three color options, one black, the other “concrete” gray and the last a sporty mixture of black, gray, and bright construction cone orange.

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Apple Watch patent uses heart rate sensor to identify users

Apple Watch patent uses heart rate sensor to identify users

When talking about using parts of our bodies for secure authentication, we mostly think of fingerprints or irises. Neither of those, however, are feasible on smartwatch, leaving them with nothing but PIN codes. Apple, however, may have thought of something to make future Apple Watches more secure. And it could use hardware that already exists today and can even be found in existing Apple Watches. That is, identifying people by looking at their blood vessels and their oxygen levels.

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LUMO Jacket Review – Fall and Spring warmth in LED lights

LUMO Jacket Review – Fall and Spring warmth in LED lights

LED lights ride the front zipper cover and the rear rump area of the LUMO Herne Hill Harrington jacket. This is the latest in an expanding line of designs from LUMO, a company that makes all manner of activities safer for pedestrians in darkness. This jacket is made for biking - and for that it's certainly made fit. Up front is a line of white LED lights and along around back is a line of red LEDs, the lot of which blink in a variety of patterns when the wearer presses a button hidden within.

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Samsung reveals first 14nm FinFET Exynos chip for wearables

Samsung reveals first 14nm FinFET Exynos chip for wearables

Samsung might be moving even closer to independence from Qualcomm. It already has its own application processor for smartphones and is rumored to soon up the ante with its graphics performance. And now it is also striking at the heart of Qualcomm’s newest market: processors for wearables. The Korean technology giant has just announced the start of mass production of the Exynos 7 Dual 7270, a dual-core processor that’s squarely aimed at the wearable, particularly smartwatch, market, taking on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear.

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HTC Android Wear “Halfbeak” smartwatch poses for the camera

HTC Android Wear “Halfbeak” smartwatch poses for the camera

You may criticize HTC for a lot of things, but one thing you can’t fault it is for being stubborn and never giving up. Sometimes, that works to its favor, like the HTC Vive and, still to be proven, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. Yet another example might soon be in the smartwatch category. Yes, HTC’s much delayed smartwatch is apparently closer to launch than we think. And unlike the growing number of dissidents, HTC’s “Halfbeak” smartwatch will still be running Android Wear.

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Pixie Arduino wearable watch is pure DIY geek chic

Pixie Arduino wearable watch is pure DIY geek chic

If you want a wearable that you can walk into a store and buy there are plenty out there to choose from. If you want a wearable that is unique and geeky cool, you have to build it yourself. This is exactly what has transpired with this oddly cool Pixie wearable. Pixie is an Arduino-based NeoPixel watch.

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