Wearable

Android Wear may soon be sweeter than iPhone X

Android Wear may soon be sweeter than iPhone X

iPhone X TrueDepth-like radar (see: Face ID) may be employed on the next generation of Android Wear devices. In a set of concept drawings made by Google, we've seen the ways in which radar could make the next generation of wearable devices not only more usable, but useful, too. Google's Radar-Based Gesture-Recognition Through A Wearable Device might well be the reason why the future of Android Wear is a reality.

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Apple Watch EKG heart monitor feature tipped for future models

Apple Watch EKG heart monitor feature tipped for future models

Apple is currently working on an EKG monitor that will be available in future Apple Watch models, according to sources, enhancing the wearable's usefulness as a medical monitoring device. The Apple Watch already contains a heart rate monitor, however this upcoming version is said to include EKG functionality for detecting potential conditions rather than just tracking historical cardiac data.

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Apple Watch provides swimmers with radionavigation information

Apple Watch provides swimmers with radionavigation information

The Apple Watch may soon tell swimmers where to go using radionavigation technology to pinpoint their location. This technology was patented this week by Apple in a document called "Radionavigation for swimmers." This might well be the first use for a smartwatch - any smartwatch - that's unique to a wearable device. Just a hint of this technology was revealed during the first presentation of the Apple Watch Series 2 by Apple back in September of 2016.

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BEAM AMOLED smart button lets you wear a GIF

BEAM AMOLED smart button lets you wear a GIF

BEAM Authentic has taken the wraps off what it calls a "smart button" by the same name. BEAM is a wearable broach, basically, except it packs an AMOLED display, making it possible to literally wear GIFs. The smart button works with a related app for adding the GIFs to the device, the end result being what BEAM Authentic calls "the world's first digital dynamic button."

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Atari Speakerhats are now available to buy and wear

Atari Speakerhats are now available to buy and wear

Want to show your love and loyalty to a brand in the most obnoxious way possible? Why not grab a baseball cap that will draw attention to it not with its logo but with the music that it’s blasting. Yes, music. If you have forgotten already, and we won’t blame you if you did, Atari announced its Speakerhat idea a few months back. That idea has, for better or for worse, turned into a product that you can now buy, wear, and, of course, belt out tunes for everyone to hear.

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Android Wear Oreo: which smartwatches are getting it and when

Android Wear Oreo: which smartwatches are getting it and when

There might be hope for Android Wear smartwatches yet. It hasn’t been a year since Android Wear 2.0, based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, came out (which should have actually rolled out late last year) and now a new major update is coming to Google’s smartwatch family. Well, semi-major. It’s no Android Wear 3.0 but the update does bring the Android 8.0 Oreo to wearables. But just like the fragmentation that plagues Android itself, the biggest question is which smartwatches will get it. Fortunately, Google has a list.

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T-Mobile Apple Watch Series 3 deal discounts wearable for the holidays

T-Mobile Apple Watch Series 3 deal discounts wearable for the holidays

Thinking about picking up an Apple Watch Series 3 for yourself or someone else this holiday season? T-Mobile is hoping you'll get the device through it, and to help sweeten the deal comes a special offer: $50 off the wearable starting today. The deal is being offered to both new and existing customers who can get up to 5 watches per account at the discounted rate.

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Samsung energy-harvesting clothes could charge your Galaxy S9

Samsung energy-harvesting clothes could charge your Galaxy S9

Samsung has patented smart clothing that is able to harvest energy for powering personal gadgets or embedded sensors. The patent details a shirt that contains this energy-harvesting technology, making it not just a shirt that could charge your gadgets, but one that could actually harvest the energy needed to do it. This is in contrast to previously unveiled "smart clothes," which typically involve a battery that needs to be charged elsewhere.

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Apple’s smart glasses may have found their missing key

Apple’s smart glasses may have found their missing key

Mass-production of digital lenses for augmented reality glasses has reignited rumors of Apple's smart glasses plans, with the company believed to be aiming for a 2019 or 2020 launch. Transparent display specialist Lumus has been showing its lenses for some years now, including integrating them into glasses-style wearables that can overlay digital information onto a view of the real world.

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You can now buy a Nokia Steel HR hybrid smartwatch in the US

You can now buy a Nokia Steel HR hybrid smartwatch in the US

As if the wearable market was already crowded with smartwatches and half-smartwatches, here’s one more. Granted, the Nokia Steel HR isn’t exactly new. Although it went on pre-order only recently, it has actually existed as far back as last year but with a different name: the Withings Steel HR. Call it by any other name, it is still the same curious spin on the smartwatch design. And it is now available to buy in the US, if you’re willing to pay $180 for a smartwatch that works with both Android and iOS.

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You can also use your Apple Watch with Apple Pay Cash

You can also use your Apple Watch with Apple Pay Cash

After a brief hiccup due to an unplanned early update, Apple has finally flipped the switch for its much-awaited “person to person” mobile payment system. But since Apple Pay Cash transactions happen on Messages, you might presume it’s only limited to iPhones and iPads. Apple has now released the fine details of the new system and in case you missed it in beta, here’s the all-important reminder: you can use the Apple Watch to send payments, too.

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FDA approval of Apple Watch medical accessory is world’s first

FDA approval of Apple Watch medical accessory is world’s first

An EKG reader by the name of KardiaBand is officially the first Apple Watch medical accessory to be approved by the FDA. This device works with the Apple Watch to detect abnormal heart rate. KardiaBand allows users to take a single 30 second EKG on their own wrist with a tap.

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