Wearable

Android Wear 2.0, LG Watch Sport, Watch Style break cover

Android Wear 2.0, LG Watch Sport, Watch Style break cover

At long last, the smartwatch market is getting fresh new blood and a chance at becoming popular again. At least that is the promise and dream of Android Wear 2.0 which, after a few months’ delay, is finally officially launched. Of course, it’s going to take some time for it actually be available on anyone’s wrists, including the still to ship LG Watch Sport and Watch Style smartwatches, but Google is promising it will very well be worth the wait.

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Verizon spills beans on LG Watch Sport and Wear24 LTE

Verizon spills beans on LG Watch Sport and Wear24 LTE

Both the LG Watch Sport and the Wear24 smartwatches with Android Wear were announced by Verizon today as coming with LTE editions. Both of these watches will be coming to Verizon, and the Wear24 will be exclusive to the carrier. The LG Watch Sport will not be an exclusive of Verizon, very likely appearing officially from AT&T later today - so far we've just got leaks of that particular version.

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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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