Wearable

Jolla Sailfish OS might be coming to a smartwatch near you

Jolla Sailfish OS might be coming to a smartwatch near you

Smartwatches might no longer be the hot items they once were, if they truly were, but some seem to be unwilling to call it quits on the market. In fact, some are still just catching up to smartwatches. Whether it is Fitbit’s rumored plans to buy Pebble or the new generation of smartwatch platforms popping up here and there. The latest ambitious attempt at cornering at least the software market is Sailfish OS, the Linux-based platform from Jolla. Although the startup isn’t yet saying it will be coming out with a Sailfish OS smartwatch, it is proudly boasting that, at least on the software side, it can easily be done.

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Motorola bows out of smartwatches

Motorola bows out of smartwatches

The Moto 360 may have been the poster-child for Android Wear smartwatches, but don't expect a sequel any time soon, Motorola has warned. The company, one of the first to launch a smartwatch with a circular touchscreen, has confirmed that not only has it scrapped any 2016 plans for a new connected timepiece, neither does it intend to release one alongside the upcoming new version of Android Wear. It's another blow to a segment that, though highly marketed, has arguably failed to deliver in practice.

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Here’s how to get prescription lenses for Spectacles

Here’s how to get prescription lenses for Spectacles

Want to get in on the Snapchat Spectacles craze but need prescription glasses in order to see? Snap's $130 wearable camera makes no claims to improve your vision, only show your Snapchat contacts what you could be seeing if only you had corrective lenses, but now there's an option for those of us who are short- or long-sighted. Even better, it doesn't make the existing Spectacles any more bulky.

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Fitbit tipped to be close to buying Pebble

Fitbit tipped to be close to buying Pebble

Perhaps in a year or two, maybe sooner, we will be looking at a time when there were nearly if not already a dozen or so brands competing in the fitness wearable market. As early as now, however, some of those have already been gobbled up by other companies. Fossil bought Misfit and Nokia, of all companies, bought Withings. And according to the quintessential people familiar with the matter, the next will be Fitbit buying Pebble. Yes, the household name in fitness trackers is eying Pebble, but not for its hardware, which Fitbit already has tons of, but for its IP, specifically Pebble OS.

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Snapchat Spectacles prescription lenses are coming

Snapchat Spectacles prescription lenses are coming

Snapchat Spectacles owners who ordinarily need prescription lenses will soon be able to add them to the coveted video-sharing glasses. Spectacles, the unexpected must-have of late 2016 that have prompted block-circling lines wherever the company's pop-up vending machine appears, are still commanding a premium on eBay for those who can bear to part with their pair. However, left out of the fun are those whose vision would normally demand they cough up for prescription sunglasses.

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PogoCam is a small, attachable camera that works with almost any eyeglasses

PogoCam is a small, attachable camera that works with almost any eyeglasses

The Google Glass may have gloriously failed, but that's not stopping tech companies from giving the eyeglass camera wearable another shot. Most notable has been the gradual rollout of Snapchat's Spectacles, which features a camera integrated with a pair of simple sunglasses that records brief videos and shares them on the social app. But if you'd prefer to shoot video that's not tied to one app, and use your own glasses, the PogoCam is just what you're looking for.

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Samsung Gear S3, Pay works on LG V20, not on Google Pixel

Samsung Gear S3, Pay works on LG V20, not on Google Pixel

Last week, Samsung gave Android fans an early Christmas gift. Or rather, it gave them one less reason not to buy its Gear S3 smartwatch for this holiday season. It has made the smartwatch compatible with other Android smartphones outside of its own Galaxy line and, with it, made Samsung Pay also available. Sadly, it seems that not everyone was invited to Samsung’s party, with the Google Pixel, one of the hottest phones this year, left out in the cold. The LG V20 from Samsung’s rival, however, is in.

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Sphero Force Band now allows Force gestures to control IoT home devices

Sphero Force Band now allows Force gestures to control IoT home devices

Earlier this year, toy-maker Sphero debuted the Star Wars Force Band wearable, making the previously released robotic BB-8 even cooler than it already was. Basically, the wristband allowed the small droid to be controlled with hand movements. Now Sphero has one-upped itself once again, introducing the ability to pair the Force Band with various smart home apps and appliances, all powered by IFTTT.

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Pebble update brings faster workflow, iOS voice reminders

Pebble update brings faster workflow, iOS voice reminders

One thing you can say about Pebble is that it isn’t fazed, or perhaps even affected, by the global slump in smartwatch sales. As if to show signs of life and ongoing improvement, the smartwatch maker has just announced a major 4.3 update to the firmware and mobile apps, revolving around a theme of “built for speed”. Although there are probably under the hood speed improvements, it’s really more about getting to functionality and actions faster, with a new Kickstart watchface and support for voice reminders, on iOS only sadly.

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The clever Here One earbuds are delayed

The clever Here One earbuds are delayed

The Here One smart earbuds which promised not only to make you forget your iPhone 7 lacks a headphone jack but put a virtual assistant right in your ear have been delayed, creators Doppler Labs confirmed today. The wireless headphones, put up for preorder earlier this year, promise active noise cancellation, music streaming, and the ability to boost speech. Much like Apple's AirPods, they're designed to be small and unobtrusive.

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Smartwatch mod uses accelerometer to “see” objects, gestures

Smartwatch mod uses accelerometer to “see” objects, gestures

Smartwatches are nifty hi-tech toys, but, unless they mature soon, they will remain as such, toys. In the face of competition from more focused, not to mention cheaper, smart fitness bands, smartwatches have a hard time breaking out of its niche market. That, however, doesn’t mean smartwatches aren’t capable. In fact, even run of the mill ones pack a piece of hardware that, when fine tuned and exploited, can actually make the smartwatch feel like a device from the future. And that hardware is none other than the accelerometer.

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Major layoffs signal Intel’s departure from wearables

Major layoffs signal Intel’s departure from wearables

Except for some of the biggest tech companies, the wearables market has been a tough one to find success in. It seem Intel is waking up to that fact, as new reports indicate the company is laying off almost all the staff from its wearable division. This also comes after the debacle surrounding Intel's own Basis Peak smartwatch, which was recalled earlier this year over concerns of overheating and burning users.

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