Wearable

Gameband returns as smartwatch with Atari, Android, Pong

Gameband returns as smartwatch with Atari, Android, Pong

The folks at FMTwo Game Inc. have created a new version of the Gameband, a wearable smart device made for gamers. This new version isn't just a USB storage solution, as their past Minecraft device was - here in 2017, they're making a real-deal smartwatch. They've teamed with the official Atari SA brand and Re-Logic (creators of Terraria) to release special editions of the new Gameband as well as a standard edition. This new Gameband will be pre-loaded with 20 mini-games, several of which are "reconditioned" versions of classics like Pong and Breakout.

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ZTE Quartz leaked as maker’s first Android Wear smartwatch

ZTE Quartz leaked as maker’s first Android Wear smartwatch

It seems Chinese company ZTE has a new product in the pipeline, and it comes in the form of a smartwatch. Reportedly called the ZTE Quartz, this smartwatch is poised to become the company’s first Android Wear product, signaling its move into a new market. The watch was recently the source of a leak that included an alleged photo of the product, which features a sporty blue-and-black band.

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LG Watch Sport, Style leaked manuals leave no stone unturned

LG Watch Sport, Style leaked manuals leave no stone unturned

In less than 48 hours, Google is expected to finally release Android Wear 2.0 to the world and, at the same time, LG will be unveiling its two new smartwatches. That said, with these leaked user guides, there is practically nothing left to be said about the LG Watch Sport and the LG Watch Style. Of course, reality might still turn out differently, but at least now we have a more or less complete idea of what to expect, including a rotating crown button.

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TomTom Touch Cardio launched amidst struggling tracker market

TomTom Touch Cardio launched amidst struggling tracker market

If recent news are any indicator, the once lucrative fitness tracker market might be running out of steam. Jawbone has supposedly given up on the consumer market and Fitbit is turning its eyes towards the equally unstable smartwatch industry. That doesn't seem to have fazed TomTom, a brand more known for its GPS navigation devices. It has just announced the availability of a variant of its Touch fitness tracker, one that still boasts of heart rate monitoring while coming with a lower price tag.

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Snapchat Spectacles will be easier to buy in 2017

Snapchat Spectacles will be easier to buy in 2017

Snap had a hit with its Spectacles, a pair of sunglasses with a built-in camera for recording videos from a life-like perspective. The wearable wasn’t easy to get ahold of, though, being offered in only select major cities via a yellow vending machine. Lines were hours long in some cases, and the Spectacles that made their way online were being sold for hundreds of dollars. All of that is set to change this year.

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These connected Rossignol skis have a built-in computer

These connected Rossignol skis have a built-in computer

As "wearable tech" goes, skis are probably pushing the edges of the definition, but that hasn't stopped PIQ from embedding a whole bunch of technology in a new connected ski. The collaboration between PIQ and slope favorite Rossignol sees the former's PIQ ROBOT nano-computer integrated into the latter's Hero Master skis, offering real-time analysis of how you're doing on the snow. Currently a prototype, it's being shown off for the first time in Munich this week.

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LG Watch Sport specs leak ahead of this week’s unveiling

LG Watch Sport specs leak ahead of this week’s unveiling

While MWC 2017 is still a good three weeks away, Google and friends will be trying to avoid the flood of announcements for its their wearable push. The big Android Wear 2.0 is expected to be launched this week and with it are two "reference" smartwatches from LG. But even before that happens, we're getting a glimpse of one of those, particularly the LG Watch Sport, preparing us for what to expect this Wednesday.

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Jawbone said to be abandoning consumer wearables for clinical health products

Jawbone said to be abandoning consumer wearables for clinical health products

We've known that Jawbone has been in trouble for quite some time now, with last year seeing reports about the maker of the UP band ending production of it fitness wearables, as well as looking to sell its portable speaker business. Jump forward to 2017, and the latest news about the company is that it's looking to completely drop consumer wearable products and pivot towards products and services for clinical health use.

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LG Watch Sport Android Wear 2.0 might cost a pretty penny

LG Watch Sport Android Wear 2.0 might cost a pretty penny

Smartwatches aren’t exactly raking in the dough, especially not Android Wear ones, if the not so subtle disappearance of devices is any indication. As mentioned before, Google’s Android Wear platform needs a hero device, and that might very well be the two LG smartwatches that might be unveiled at MWC 2017 later this month. That said, premium smartwatches are going to have a premium price tag. Or at least that’s what this latest tip is implying about the LG Watch Sport variant.

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MIT wearable app determines the emotion behind conversations

MIT wearable app determines the emotion behind conversations

Researchers with MIT have detailed a new wearables app that determines the emotions behind a conversation. The app is billed as a possible future ‘coach’ of sorts for individuals with Asperger’s or general issues picking up on emotion and social cues. The app was created in part using the Samsung Simband, a wearable device that picks up high-resolution waveforms on physiological metrics like heart rate and blood pressure.

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New Balance RunIQ now available with Intel inside

New Balance RunIQ now available with Intel inside

New Balance released their RunIQ smartwatch this week with Android Wear inside run by an Intel Atom processor. This device is made to be an active wear watch, tracking the user's workout with heart rate, GPS, and Wi-fi connectivity. This device has the ability to sync and store music with Google Play Music, sync with STRAVA for the sharing and analyzation of workouts, and one's own smartphone with Bluetooth.

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Desperate Fitbit looks to smartwatches for rescue

Desperate Fitbit looks to smartwatches for rescue

Fitbit has announced its preliminary fourth-quarter 2016 financial results, and things aren’t looking so hot. The company revealed that revenue for the past quarter will fall somewhere between $572 million and $580 million, quite a bit lower than its previous $725m to $750 million guidance. Growth was also much lower than expected, but the company isn’t throwing in the towel yet, and is apparently looking toward smartwatches for salvation.

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