Wearable

Google Glass finds new purpose in autism therapy

Google Glass finds new purpose in autism therapy

It was almost laughed out of tech circles for its design and its not so obvious camera raised all sorts of privacy red flags. But now those features are the very same things that could vindicate the Google Glass in at least one very specific application: helping kids with autism learn to socialize better. At least that’s the preliminary finding of a Stanford study that utilizes the Google Glass to identify facial expressions. And, unsurprisingly, there’s some AI involved as well.

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Samsung Wireless Charger Duo outed by Amazon ahead of launch

Samsung Wireless Charger Duo outed by Amazon ahead of launch

Almost everything that can be leaked about the Galaxy Note 9 has already been leaked, including some inkling of its price. Even its cases are already out in the open. There are, however, still two companions that continue to be shrouded in mystery: the Galaxy Watch and a new dual charging pad. But thanks to an error on Amazon’s part, we now have a confirmation and a set of images for the Samsung Wireless Charger Duo.

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Nike Training Club app brings exercise data to Apple Watch

Nike Training Club app brings exercise data to Apple Watch

Nike Training Club, the company's personal trainer and workout app, has launched for Apple Watch. The decision to launch the app on Apple Watch was influenced by user feedback, says Nike, which points out the big benefit of using a wearable: you don't need to check your phone repeatedly. The app's arrival on Apple Watch began rolling out today.

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Motiv Ring now works with Android

Motiv Ring now works with Android

There's a smart ring (for your finger) called Motiv Ring that now works with Android devices. Before now, the Motiv Ring only worked with iOS - now it's been updated to work with all manner* of Android devices. For those that've never heard of Motiv Ring until today: It also works with iOS 9 and later for iPhone or iPad if you're really feeling weird - and it works with Apple Health.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 event contents leaked early

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 event contents leaked early

Inside a set of leaks this morning it would appear that Samsung's next big event was all but spoiled. It's entirely possible Samsung has some other devices, details, and/or software to bring to the table, but with these leaks, it seems like they've kind of spilled the beans. This is like that time Kevin came in to The Office with his big container of chili and dropped it. Oh god, so much of a bummer.

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Stanford wearable monitors stress hormone levels using sweat

Stanford wearable monitors stress hormone levels using sweat

Stanford researchers have developed a new wearable that measures the wearer's cortisol levels using sweat. Cortisol, a vital hormone associated with stress, can be tested with existing methods, but they require several days for results. Stanford's creation eliminates that long wait period, providing important stress hormone numbers when they matter most.

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Huawei TalkBand B5 wristband transforms into a Bluetooth headset

Huawei TalkBand B5 wristband transforms into a Bluetooth headset

Huawei has launched its new TalkBand B5 fourth-generation wearable, an update to the company's existing B3 model. The updated wearable features a much larger 1.13-inch AMOLED display with 2.5D curved glass, as well as other improvements. Most notable is the TalkBand B5's two-in-one hybrid functionality, which enables it to be used as a Bluetooth headset or a health tracker. Huawei says it has packed the industry's first triple-core audio chip with dual-microphone noise reduction into its wearable.

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Emporio Armani Wear OS smartwatch adds heart rate sensor and more

Emporio Armani Wear OS smartwatch adds heart rate sensor and more

There are only a few holdouts among smartphone OEMs still making smartwatches. In contrast, the wearable market is flooded with designer and fashion brands adding some smarts and screens to their timepieces. The latest to join that fray is Emporio Armani, whose initial smartwatch and hybrid watch selection left some things to be desired. With the new Emporio Armani Connected 2018 though, it is finally offering truly smart devices with heart rate sensors, NFC, GPS, and more.

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TicWatch Pro Review: One smartwatch, two screens

TicWatch Pro Review: One smartwatch, two screens

We may still argue about the usefulness of smartwatches, but few would disagree that a wearable with a flat battery is no use at all. The TicWatch Pro running Wear OS by Google wants to make sure that's not an accusation you can level at it, using a clever twin screen system of stacked panels, one for full functionality, the other for power efficiency. At $249.99 it's fairly affordable, too, but has TicWatch made a smartwatch that's twice as usable or just doubly frustrating?

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Magic Leap One ships this summer, AR app demonstrated

Magic Leap One ships this summer, AR app demonstrated

Magic Leap conducted a livestream today during which time it gave the public a demonstration of its augmented reality experience. During the demo, which is still available to view, we see the system establish locations within the user's world where an AR creature can spawn, then the creature throws rocks at the wearer, who is able to dodge them and interact with the entity by swatting the air.

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Galaxy Watch name confirmed, Samsung Bixby inside

Galaxy Watch name confirmed, Samsung Bixby inside

This year might be a slow one for Samsung. The Galaxy S9, despite re-imagining the camera, isn’t doing so hot. The Galaxy Note 9 due in a month may have a few tricks up its sleeve to make it more interesting than what it so far looks like. The most interesting Samsung product this year, however, might ironically come from its least interesting line: smartwatches. Its name, its OS, and its features are pretty much still in flux, which, at the very least, makes it sound a bit more exciting.

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TicWatch Pro dual-layered smartwatch is here

TicWatch Pro dual-layered smartwatch is here

Smartwatches have a two-fold problem. First is how they sometimes feel like a solution in search of a problem. The more pressing problem, however, is the short, often less than 24-hour, battery life. Smartwatch makers Mobvoi can’t really answer the first but is offering a solution for the second. With the new TicWatch Pro that’s launching today, you can get two, even three, days of use. The secret, if you haven’t heard yet, is that it has two screens instead of one.

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