Wearables

Sony’s weird wearable air conditioner just hit its crowdfunding goal

Sony’s weird wearable air conditioner just hit its crowdfunding goal

Sony's individual, back-mounted air conditioning unit has hit its crowdfunding goal, with the oddball wearable now getting the green light for production. Revealed late last week, the Sony Reon Pocket launched on the company's First Flight platform, the Kickstarter-style business accelerator it started back in 2015.

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Sony Reon Pocket is a crowdfunded wearable air conditioner and heater

Sony Reon Pocket is a crowdfunded wearable air conditioner and heater

Whether you believe in climate change and global warming or not, it's difficult to deny that temperatures and weather patterns these days are drastically different from years ago. More commonly, hot days are even hotter but sometimes even cold ones can become unbearable. Those may be of no problem if you stay indoors but the moment you step out, you're mostly on your own. That's why a few folks at Sony have thought up of the Reon Pocket which, believe it or not, promises to offer an air conditioner you can discreetly wear on your back.

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Galaxy Watch Active 2 could have a few tricks up its sleeve

Galaxy Watch Active 2 could have a few tricks up its sleeve

Samsung just announced an update to the Galaxy Watch Active with a feature that seemed to embrace its lack of a rotary control. That may hint that the mechanism will truly be on its way out. Band news for fans: that may exactly be the case with the Galaxy Watch Active 2. The good news is that Samsung might not be throwing out the concept entirely and may use that new smooth bezel for something just as useful.

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Galaxy Watch Active promises to meet fitness and lifestyle goals in one

Galaxy Watch Active promises to meet fitness and lifestyle goals in one

The Galaxy Note 10 won't be officially appearing until the second week of August but Samsung is already kicking off the journey towards Unpacked 2019 with a small announcement. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 has been going around the rumor mill a few times but now its current model making a re-debut on its own. And yes, it still doesn't have Samsung's iconic rotary bezel but, in exchange, Samsung promises a new UI with better usability.

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GAssist app gives Galaxy Watches a taste of Google Assistant

GAssist app gives Galaxy Watches a taste of Google Assistant

It's arguable that Samsung's smartwatches may have an edge over Wear OS devices but there is one thing that Google's platform naturally does better. It does come with better integration with Google Assistant, which is normal considering who develops both software. Owners of Galaxy Watch models can request all they want but they're pretty out of luck. Fortunately, some developers have taken it upon themselves to do the work, like this GAssist app that unofficially brings Google Assistant to these Tizen-based smartwatches.

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Three Galaxy Watch Active 2 models rumored for reveal alongside Note 10

Three Galaxy Watch Active 2 models rumored for reveal alongside Note 10

When Samsung pulls the veil back on the Galaxy Note 10 next month, it's expected to announce the Galaxy Watch Active 2 alongside it. Make no mistake, the Galaxy Note 10 will be the star of Samsung's Unpacked event on August 7th, but that isn't stopping the rumor mill from churning out fresh reports on that incoming smartwatch. Today, a new report is claiming that Samsung is gearing up to launch three different models for the Galaxy Watch Active 2 in all.

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Galaxy Watch Active 2 leaked official renders confirm design changes

Galaxy Watch Active 2 leaked official renders confirm design changes

In just a month, Samsung will be making the Galaxy Note 10 official and it might not be alone. Just like its other launches, Samsung is expected to have a wearable to go along with the phablet. Instead of the Galaxy Watch 2, however, it might announce the Galaxy Watch Active 2 instead. But despite that name, the smartwatch looks like it will be Samsung's classiest, at least based on new leaked renders.

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Mobvoi TicWatch Pro finally gets a 4G LTE version

Mobvoi TicWatch Pro finally gets a 4G LTE version

Smartwatches are still pretty much seen as extensions of smartphones but, little by little, they are becoming independent smart devices in their own right. The first and most crucial requirement to make that happen is the ability to connect directly to the Internet without a smartphone. That comes via a 4G LTE connection which is exactly what the new Mobvoi TicWatch 4G/LTE brings to the table one year after the original launched.

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Google shutters Nest app support for Wear OS and Apple Watch

Google shutters Nest app support for Wear OS and Apple Watch

Due to the low number of users who were controlling their smart thermostats using smartwatches, Google has ended Nest app support for Wear OS and Apple Watch. Google confirmed that the removal was due to only a 'small number' of smart thermostat users taking advantage of the support, saying that its team will instead focus their time on voice interactions and the mobile apps.

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Next Snapdragon Wear chip to give Wear OS a helping hand

Next Snapdragon Wear chip to give Wear OS a helping hand

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Amazon may be developing a wearable that detects human emotions

Amazon may be developing a wearable that detects human emotions

Amazon is developing a wearable that can detect human emotions, a new leak claims. The alleged wristband would be positioned as a health and wellness device, at least based on documents about the device that have surfaced. The wearable is reportedly being developed by Amazon's Alexa voice software team and Lab126.

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IBM smartwatch patent is a tech origami of unfolding screens

IBM smartwatch patent is a tech origami of unfolding screens

If you're the type of person who finds smartwatches to be generally boring devices, then boy does IBM have the patent to you. The company filed a patent for a smartwatch with an unfolding display way back in 2016, and thanks to that patent's recent publication by the USPTO, we're just now getting an idea of what it entails. If you thought folding phones were a bit on the ridiculous side, then this watch will surely elicit a similar reaction.

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