Wearables

Vatican releases eRosary gesture-based wearable with an app for prayer

Vatican releases eRosary gesture-based wearable with an app for prayer

The Catholic Church is targeting younger generations with the launch of its own wearable device: the 'Click to Pray eRosary.' Yes, that's its full and proper title. This smart wearable, as the Vatican calls it, combines a connected bracelet with an app to help the faithful pray for world peace. The wearable is designed to look like a beaded bracelet with a cross in the middle.

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Garmin Legacy Saga Series smartwatches bring Darth Vader to your wrist

Garmin Legacy Saga Series smartwatches bring Darth Vader to your wrist

In addition to its new vivofit activity tracker for kids, Garmin has unveiled the Legacy Saga Series, a pair of smartwatches that feature Star Wars imagery including character insignias and digital elements. The designs come only months ahead of the Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker movie scheduled to arrive in theaters this December.

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Garmin launches vívofit jr. 2 Star Wars activity tracker for kids

Garmin launches vívofit jr. 2 Star Wars activity tracker for kids

Garmin has launched a new version of its vívofit jr. 2 fitness tracker for kids, one featuring a Star Wars theme. The new product packs a themed band with embedded Star Wars imagery, as well as a companion app that brings experiences inspired by the franchise. Kids will be able to unlock new adventures and get help with Star Wars characters, motivating them to get enough activity during the day.

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Garmin MARQ Commander smartwatch sounds almost like a spy gadget

Garmin MARQ Commander smartwatch sounds almost like a spy gadget

Smartwatches are a dime a dozen these days, including those not even running on Wear OS by Google, many of them sporting nearly identical hardware and features. Standing out from the crowd, therefore, all boils down to how you market those features and when it comes to presentation, Garmin's new MARQ Commander might take the cake. Save for one or two features, the smartwatch almost sounds like any other but the way Garmin talks about this "tactical timepiece" makes it sound like you're reading about 007's latest toy.

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Galaxy Watch Active 2 update turns touch bezel on by default

Galaxy Watch Active 2 update turns touch bezel on by default

Samsung seems to be on a trajectory that will see its iconic rotating bezel disappear from its smartwatches. For the second time in a row, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 sported no such control, replacing it with thin, classy-looking borders instead. Samsung did make one compromise and made those bezels touch-sensitive. Strangely, it shipped the smartwatches with that feature disabled out of the box and it is now pushing out an update that flips the switch for everyone.

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Levi’s new Jacquard smart jackets make Google’s gesture tech more affordable

Levi’s new Jacquard smart jackets make Google’s gesture tech more affordable

Two years after Levi's and Google teamed up on their touch-sensitive Jacquard jacket, now there are two new versions of the gesture-responsive clothing that promise to be more affordable and more flexible. The Levi's Trucker Jacket with Jacquard by Google brings the cost of entry down to under $200, slims down the gadgetry, and coaxes more functionality from your swipes and taps on the sleeve.

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Huawei Kirin A1 chip is made for wearables and earbuds

Huawei Kirin A1 chip is made for wearables and earbuds

Huawei has started to portray an image of independence from US companies, at least as far as some hardware components go. It has touted its own Kirin system-on-chip (SoC) to rival Qualcomm's and even Samsung's and Apple's on the smartphone side of things. Now it's doing the same for wearables with the newly revealed Kirin A1. But more than just a processor for smartphones, Huawei is billing it as the first chip to support both traditional smartwatches and fitness trackers as well as Bluetooth earphones and headphones.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 released for sale in USA

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 released for sale in USA

This morning the folks at Samsung revealed sale details for the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2. This is a smartwatch from the company that's also releasing their first foldable-display-toting smartphone, the Galaxy Fold. Samsung will have their Galaxy Watch Active2 smartwatch available for sale starting this week.

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Apple Watch 5 40mm battery bodes well for repairs and safety

Apple Watch 5 40mm battery bodes well for repairs and safety

The larger 44 mm series 5 Apple Watch may have not changed that much from its predecessor but, almost ironically, the smaller 40 mm model has a better story to tell. While the innards remain the same, the battery has changed considerably in more than appearance. While the exact reason and effects are still officially unknown, the new aluminum-encased battery in the smaller Apple Watch 5 could be good news for repairing the advanced wearable or at least keeping its safe.

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Apple Watch 5 teardown is a very familiar affair

Apple Watch 5 teardown is a very familiar affair

The smaller electronic devices get, the more sophisticated their components become. The more sophisticated components are, the harder they are to repair or replace. Those statements apply all too well even to Apple's latest smartwatch, the Watch Series 5. The good news is that most of the knowledge that was gained in tearing down the Apple Watch 4 exactly applies to the Apple Watch 5. The bad news is that none of the parts can be reused.

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Amazon Echo Loop hands-on: Alexa at your fingertips (literally)

Amazon Echo Loop hands-on: Alexa at your fingertips (literally)

Alexa in your glasses isn't the only unusual place Amazon has been embedded its assistant today, with the Echo Loop another exploration of how wearables and voice tech could blend. Second of Amazon's Day 1 Editions, its tentative innovation tech offering an invite-only taste of what the future could hold, the Echo Loop is a smart ring with Alexa embedded.

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Apple Watch Series 5 Review: Always-on makes all the difference

Apple Watch Series 5 Review: Always-on makes all the difference

When it comes to smartwatches, there's the Apple Watch and then there's everything else. Five generations of wearable have seen Cupertino's timepiece lose most of its rough edges; now, the Apple Watch Series 5 is taking one of the last big usability issues to task. With an always-on display, the new Apple Watch aims to keep out-shining the competition.

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