Wearable

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

Apple Watch Theatre Mode and SiriKit incoming in watchOS 3.2

Apple Watch Theatre Mode and SiriKit incoming in watchOS 3.2

Apple Watch developers are getting their first taste of watchOS 3.2 today, released today complete with SiriKit and Theatre Mode. The update, which is currently in beta and not officially available to general users, includes two new features which could significantly improve the usefulness of Apple's wearable and how comfortably it integrates with daily life. That includes not disturbing you while you're at the movies.

Continue Reading

Fitbit could be laying off as much as 10% of its crew

Fitbit could be laying off as much as 10% of its crew

Not so long ago, Fitbit, whose name has almost become synonymous with fitness trackers, purchased smartwatch darling Pebble, and, in the process, killed the latter’s smartwatches. Shortly after that, it purchased Vector Watch, another smartwatch maker startup. If you thought those purchases were signs of a strong company ready to gobble up competition and fresh blood, Fitbit’s Q4 earnings call might prove otherwise. According to The Information, the company actually had a very bad quarter and, as a consequences, could be letting go of some of its employees.

Continue Reading

Gear Fit Pro trademark hints at new Samsung fitness wearable

Gear Fit Pro trademark hints at new Samsung fitness wearable

Samsung may have a new wearable device in the pipeline, this one called the ‘Gear Fit Pro.’ Such is based on the company’s new trademark application with the European Agency For Intellectual Property. The wearable, it seems, will be a fitness tracker or a fitness-centric smartwatch of one sort or another, joining the company’s existing Gear Fit 2, Gear S3, and other assorted wrist wearables.

Continue Reading

Android Wear 2.0’s final dev preview includes iOS support

Android Wear 2.0’s final dev preview includes iOS support

Unlike most fitness trackers and some exceptions like the late Pebble, smartwatch platforms such as Google's Android Wear and Apple's watchOS are pretty much like walled gardens. Trying to show that it wants to play fair, Google has slowly opened up Android Wear for those without Android phones, a.k.a. iPhone users. In the fifth and last developer preview for Android Wear 2.0, Google is taking that one step further by making it possible to install Android Wear apps even without an Android phone at all.

Continue Reading

LG’s Android Wear 2.0 watches got some blurry pics

LG’s Android Wear 2.0 watches got some blurry pics

Android Wear, and smartwatches, might be making a comeback. That is, if the recent spate of leaks and teasers are any indication. TAG Heuer and Casio definitely seem to still be invested in the wearable line. The latest to come our way are these two small res images of LG's upcoming Android Wear 2.0 watches, one with a larger, sporty design and the other with a more petite but classier body. The big question now is whether these two will be the Nexus-like smartwatches Google supposedly has cooking this year.

Continue Reading

Android Wear 2.0 is coming next month

Android Wear 2.0 is coming next month

It seems that Google is making up for lost time when it comes to its wearable platform. Android Wear is not only not yet dead, Android Wear 2.0 is actually coming really soon. And by really soon, we mean some time in February. At least that's according to the notices that app developers are receiving straight from Google. The notice is basically a heads up for those with "legacy" Android Wear 1.0 apps to update their apps so they will be visible in Android Wear's new on-watch Play Store.

Continue Reading

This is without doubt the best Apple Watch accessory

This is without doubt the best Apple Watch accessory

This little Apple Watch stand turns the device into a vintage Apple Macintosh Classic. It doesn't really make the watch into a functional Macintosh Classic computer fully - it doesn't give the watch an 8 MHz Motorola 68000 processor or anything. But it does make the watch look like it's a display for the Mac Classic while it charges. That's what's most important in this case, anyway.

Continue Reading

Fitbit buys Vector Watch as smartwatch app store plans simmer

Fitbit buys Vector Watch as smartwatch app store plans simmer

Fitbit continues its spate of acquisitions, with news that the wearables company has acquired Vector Watch, a smartwatch startup that made headlines with its long battery life and discreet design. The news, confirmed by Vector Watch today, will see both the Vector Watch team and its software platform added to Fitbit's ranks. However, for existing Vector smartwatch owners, it means an end to updates and new features.

Continue Reading

Samsung Gear smartwatches iPhone compatible with release of new apps

Samsung Gear smartwatches iPhone compatible with release of new apps

Is 2017 going to be the year that Apple and Samsung finally start playing nice together? Apple is opening its first retail store in Samsung's home of South Korea, and now Samsung's Gear line of wearables have their own iOS apps. Ok, so maybe playing nice is still out of the picture, but at the least the latter means owners of the Gear S3, Gear S2, and Gear Fit 2 can use their devices with an iPhone if they prefer.

Continue Reading