Wearable

WOOLF wearable for bikers warns when you’re speeding

WOOLF wearable for bikers warns when you’re speeding

WOOFL is a wearable wrist band made from Italian leather and designed specifically for bikers, aiming to prevent them from getting speeding tickets. The wearable uses vibrations to alert the wearer of any speed issues, doing so in conjunction with a mobile device and sensors that track things like speed. Fast vibrations mean you’re very close to an area where you need to be extra careful — somewhere with a known speed camera, for example.

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Rithmio EDGE app uses Android Wear to track weightlifting

Rithmio EDGE app uses Android Wear to track weightlifting

Assuming you already have an Android Wear smartwatch and you enjoy lifting weights, there’s a new app for you: Rithmio EDGE. The app works with Android Wear to track the wearer’s weightlifting sessions and provide snapshots of how their fitness goals are progressing. The app aims to take the hassle out of workout tracking by learning what moves you’re performing and automatically adding them to the day’s workout log, among other things.

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Samsung Gear S3 tipped for barometer and altimeter

Samsung Gear S3 tipped for barometer and altimeter

Details are slowly starting to leak out about the next smartwatch from Samsung, rumor has it that the device will be called the Gear S3 and it will be round like the version before. The new smartwatch is expected to launch in September at IFA 2016. Ahead of that launch, a new rumor claims to confirm some of the features that the S3 will offer.

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Philips unveils new line of smart health wearables

Philips unveils new line of smart health wearables

Philips has announced a new line of connected wearable devices, including a blood pressure monitor, a health watch, body analysis scale, and an ear thermometer. According to the company, these are the first in a larger product line of smart health products, with each one being medical-grade and designed to work with the HealthSuite Health companion app. The company will be launching the four products on August 1.

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Apple Watch successor said to feature thinner ‘One Glass Solution’

Apple Watch successor said to feature thinner ‘One Glass Solution’

It's only a matter of time before Apple debuts a second generation Apple Watch, and while it's anyone's guess when it might be announced, we know that the smartwatch is being worked on behind the scenes. Previous reports have pegged the next Apple Watch as featuring a nearly identical design with a larger battery, or being slightly thinner, but the latest information from the supply chain indicates there will be some changes to the display as well.

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Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch to bring rotary bezel in September

Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch to bring rotary bezel in September

While Samsung is eying a very early launch for its next Galaxy Note phablet, it doesn't seem in a rush to do the same for its next Gear smartwatch. Dubbed the Gear S3, because what else would you call it, the company's next high profile smartwatch isn't expected to debut to the public until September, during its usual IFA affair. And when it does, it will be sporting the same rotary bezel control that put Samsung's smartwatch back on the "interesting" map, enough to warrant a successor.

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Nest silently sneaks in Apple Watch support in latest update

Nest silently sneaks in Apple Watch support in latest update

When you're a company set on conquering every household with smart monitors and sensors, you can't afford to ignore even your parent company's fiercest rivals. That is especially true for Nest, formerly owned by Google, now owned by Alphabet. Although the company has had an iOS app for quite some time now, one important piece of the puzzle was still missing. Well, consider that puzzle now complete as Nest has, rather silently, finally added support for the Apple Watch in the latest update to its iOS app.

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Apple Watch game Cosmos Rings from Square Enix now available

Apple Watch game Cosmos Rings from Square Enix now available

Some people still can't make heads or tails of what smartwatches are or should be. Some do see them as mere extensions of their smartphones but others also want these wearables to do almost everything by themselves. One thing most seem to agree on, however, is that smartwatches aren't exactly the best devices for gaming. Square Enix apparently didn't get the memo and has, as earlier reported, launched Cosmos Rings, a game that is played solely on the Apple Watch. No, not a companion watch app for a mobile game but a 100% Apple Watch only game.

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Pokemon Go Plus wearable delayed until September

Pokemon Go Plus wearable delayed until September

Bad news for Pokemon Go players looking forward to an enhanced way of playing the mobile game: the wearable accessory that pairs with players' phones and notifies them of nearby creatures, called Pokemon Go Plus, has been pushed back to a September release. The optional device was originally due to be available towards the end of July — around now, basically — but Nintendo revealed the delay on Twitter today.

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Google vested Mobvoi reveals Ticwatch 2 without Android Wear [UPDATE]

Google vested Mobvoi reveals Ticwatch 2 without Android Wear [UPDATE]

Mobvoi will be taking a different approach to smartwatches with their latest in globe-ready wearables. This is the Ticwatch 2, a device that uses Android but doesn't use Android Wear. There's a difference, after all - Google's Android Wear is quite strict when it comes to software modification, while Android on a smartwatch can be basically anything a smartwatch maker wants. This new device has Mobvoi going in some interesting new directions.

UPDATE: Apparently you CAN run Android Wear if you want, so says Mobvoi PR - "Android Wear compatibility mode will work in the new global edition."

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Samsung Gear S2 update rolls out with Samsung Pay beta

Samsung Gear S2 update rolls out with Samsung Pay beta

While it may seem that Android Wear is on vacation of late, Samsung is pulling out all the stops to keep its Tizen-powered Gear S2 smartwatch from descending into obsolescence. It has just announced perhaps the biggest update to the wearable to date, almost amusingly called the Value Pack Update. But while it already has a ton of new features for owners to explore, it apparently also hides one little tidbit for the more tech savvy user who wants to be truly rid of paper and cards in their wallets.

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Samsung Gear IconX wireless earbuds launch with in-ear fitness tracking

Samsung Gear IconX wireless earbuds launch with in-ear fitness tracking

Samsung's newest addition to its Gear line has begun hitting the shelves: the IconX wireless earbuds. We were impressed when we got our hands (ears?) on them back in early June, with high-quality audio maintained even over a Bluetooth connection. But the IconX, which Samsung bills as "truly cord-free earbuds," do much more than just audio output; they're also a fully functional fitness tracker and heart rate monitor.

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