Wearable

Polar M200: a GPS-enabled watch built for running

Polar M200: a GPS-enabled watch built for running

There’s a wide variety of wearables, including fitness trackers and smartwatches, available in the market, but most of them crowd on two opposite ends of the spectrum. On the one hand, you have more tech-oriented smartwatches geared towards active but not athletic users. On the opposite end, you get wearables designed for more rigorous activities and exercise. There are very few, if not none, that help users transition from one end to another. The Polar M200 GPS running watch aims to fill that gap by offering users a coach to get them started running.

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Pebble 2 now on pre-order, Pebble 2 SE coming soon

Pebble 2 now on pre-order, Pebble 2 SE coming soon

While smartwatches in general seem to be going through a lull, Pebble seems to be still going strong. After yet another phenomenal Kickstarter, the startup is now ready to share the fruits of that bountiful harvest to the world at large. Now that the Pebble 2 has started shipping to Kickstarter backers, Pebble is opening the doors to pre-orders for the more health-centric smartwatch. In addition to that, it is also announcing a totally new Pebble 2 SE that it claims goes beyond a “Standard Edition”.

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Bowers & Wilkins P9 Signature launch as latest luxury offering

Bowers & Wilkins P9 Signature launch as latest luxury offering

Bowers & Wilkins has announced the launch of its most luxurious headphones to date, the P9 Signature. With these headphones, audiophiles and music lovers get a mixture of high-end design and excellent sound quality, the combination of which makes for the perfect complement to one's music collection. Says the company, it designed these headphones in celebration of its 50th anniversary using the same team behind the 800 D3 loudspeakers. The company plans to launch a Lightning cable for iPhone users in early 2017.

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Garmin vivofit jr tracks kid’s activity and motivates them

Garmin vivofit jr tracks kid’s activity and motivates them

Garmin has unveiled a new fitness tracker aimed directly at kids who want something like mom and dad wears. The tracker is called the vivofit jr and it is aimed at both tracking the activity your kids engage in and motivating them to be active and healthy. The wearable has an internal battery that is good for a year of use with 24/7 wear. That means no recharging, as you have to do with some adult trackers.

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Panasonic flaunts twistable lithium-ion batteries

Panasonic flaunts twistable lithium-ion batteries

It’s either the worst or the best time to be talking about new battery technologies. Samsung’s disastrous Galaxy Note 7 rollout has probably consumers and manufacturers wary about changing the battery formula too much. At the same time, however, the incidents only showed how the industry is in dire need of improved battery technologies. Panasonic, is, of course, undaunted by those and at CEATEC next week, it will be showing of a lithium-ion battery, the same type that powers mobile and wearable devices, that can be bended and twisted, safely and without losing its charge.

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Huawei reportedly looking to Tizen for future smartwatches

Huawei reportedly looking to Tizen for future smartwatches

It seems that Google might be losing yet another OEM partner in the smartphone market. According to an unnamed Samsung official quoted by a South Korean newspaper, Huawei is in the process of developing a new smartwatch, but one that doesn’t run Android Wear. Instead, the Chinese company is said to be working together with Samsung in order to get the Tizen operating system up and running on the wearable device. With Android Wear smartwatches seemingly at a plateau, this win for Tizen could mean a more difficult struggle for Google’s wearable platform.

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Alphabet’s Verily watch is a hospital on your wrist

Alphabet’s Verily watch is a hospital on your wrist

Google's healthcare-focused sibling Verily may be busy building fitness tracking wearables, but don't confuse its designs with the latest Android Wear smartwatch. The Alphabet division, established in December 2015 after being spun out from Google's own healthcare team, may not be ready to go public with its gadgets - a line-up expected to eventually include smart contact lenses for diabetics and wearables that can monitor for cancer - but an early preview has spilled new details on what one of Verily's gadgets will be like.

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Aetna to provide Apple Watches to customers, employees

Aetna to provide Apple Watches to customers, employees

Although users of fitness trackers and smartwatches with health features are often advised not to substitute these devices for professional medical opinion, health care company Aetna’s latest move is, if anything, a glowing recommendation of exactly that. At least as far as the Apple Watch is concerned. Starting this fall, the company will be subsidizing Apple Watches for select large employers and individual customers. But luckier are the nearly 50,000 Aetna employees that will be receiving the smartwatches at no cost at all.

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Narrative shuts down: Promises lifelogging camera app for owners

Narrative shuts down: Promises lifelogging camera app for owners

Lifelogging camera company Narrative is shutting down, with the wearable company confirming today that it has entered into voluntary dissolution. Sales of the compact Clip camera, which is designed to be attached to a shirt or bag strap and capture photos at regular intervals through the day, will cease, the company told owners in an email, as will aftermarket support.

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Fitbit Charge 2 now available in US and around the globe

Fitbit Charge 2 now available in US and around the globe

The Fitbit Charge 2 wearable is now available to purchase from retailers around the globe, including in North America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and China. This launch will be followed soon by expanded availability into Japan, Latin America, and South Korea starting next month, the same time frame in which accessory bands will be available. As well, Fitbit will launch a Charge 2 Special Edition Series wearable in two varieties, including a 22-karat plated rose gold option, starting this upcoming December.

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What you should know about Snapchat Spectacles

What you should know about Snapchat Spectacles

Snapchat's unexpected rebranding to Snap Inc. may have come as a surprise, but it's the company's first hardware product that really has us talking. The new Snap Spectacles, a wirelessly-enabled camera built into a pair of sunglasses, has already been described as the second coming of Google Glass, though the ephemeral messaging company undoubtedly hopes that they'll have more staying power than Google's ill-fated wearable.

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Snapchat Spectacles are rebranded Snap Inc.’s wearable camera

Snapchat Spectacles are rebranded Snap Inc.’s wearable camera

Snapchat has revealed its first hardware product, the Snapchat Spectacles, taking a more playful (and affordable) approach to wearable video capture than Google Glass. Resembling at first glance a set of regular, rounded sunglasses, albeit with oversized hinges, the eyewear includes a wide-angle camera on one side.

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