Wearables

Heartline study offers some participants a $45 Apple Watch

Heartline study offers some participants a $45 Apple Watch

A health study revealed earlier this week was subsequently revealed to include a heavily subsidized offer for an Apple Watch to study participants. This subsidized Apple Watch would represent a discount of hundreds of dollars - nothing to scoff at if you're an iPhone user over the age of 65 that already planned on attaining an Apple Watch at some point. Of course, not all potential participants will be eligible for the study or the discount.

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OPPO Watch curved screen mystery unraveling: Who made this?

OPPO Watch curved screen mystery unraveling: Who made this?

Today new imagery leaked of the unreleased (and still largely unrevealed) OPPO Watch. This watch was first leaked with imagery that looked a whole lot like an Apple Watch. Then we saw a slightly different angle - courtesy of Brian Shen, Vice President and President of Global Marketing for OPPO - and the term "game changer." He referred then to the "curved screen and 3D glass" that was, with the watch, forthcoming. Today we get another view.

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Apple Watch study sees Johnson & Johnson put stroke risk reduction to the test

Apple Watch study sees Johnson & Johnson put stroke risk reduction to the test

The irregular heart rate alert and ECG feature on the latest Apple Watch is being put to the test, with Johnson & Johnson and Apple collaborating on a new study to see whether the smartwatch can help cut down on strokes. The pharma company has released a new app, Heartline Study, and is inviting Apple Watch wearers to take part in its AFib tracking.

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Wyze Band fitness tracker with smart home features revealed in video

Wyze Band fitness tracker with smart home features revealed in video

Earlier this month, budget smart home company Wyze published a roadmap revealing the products it plans to release this year, as well as how far along it is toward the launch of each product. Among the offerings is Wyze Band, an activity-tracking wearable that will also provide users with access to their smart home devices (the ones sold by Wyze, that is). Now a new leak offers the first look at this device.

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Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 2020 gets a RAM upgrade

Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 2020 gets a RAM upgrade

Smartwatches started out with only 512MB of RAM at most which, considering the software available back then, was enough to support the limited functions of the first wave of wearables. These days, however, that may no longer be enough and the Mobvoi TicWatch Pro, whose 4G model launch barely a year ago, has fallen way behind. Fortunately for fans of the smartwatch line, that's changing today and a new TicWatch Pro 2020 model is finally available with twice the RAM inside.

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New Pandora Apple Watch app released with iPhone-free experience

New Pandora Apple Watch app released with iPhone-free experience

A new version of the Pandora app for Apple Watch was launched that requires no assistance from an iPhone or iPad or smartphone of any sort. This app is what's called a "standalone" app for Apple Watch, meaning Pandora's claim for "on the go" functionality is about as true as it's ever going to get. This app allows music and podcasts to be played on Apple Watch devices right out the gate.

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OPPO Watch curved screen claimed to be a game-changer

OPPO Watch curved screen claimed to be a game-changer

Smartwatches have suddenly become hot items in no small part thanks to the Apple Watch's life-saving health features. As far as smartwatches themselves are concerned, however, there has actually been very little innovation or substantial changes in that space. That is a prime opportunity for anyone and everyone to claim a smartwatch revolution, which is the picture that OPPO's vice-president of global marketing is trying to paint in drumming up hype for the OPPO Watch.

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Strava finally syncs with the Apple Health on the Apple Watch

Strava finally syncs with the Apple Health on the Apple Watch

One of the benefits of having a smartwatch these days is being able to track your activities, sometimes even without a paired smartphones in your pocket. Part of that is made possible because of how fitness-related apps sync between phone and wearable or even with the phone's default health app. Fitness app Strava, however, was an outlier in that regard until today. Now it finally allows users to get data from the Apple Health app on the Apple Watch or even send its own data to Apple's Health center.

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MIT researchers make a disposable smart diaper that notifies when wet

MIT researchers make a disposable smart diaper that notifies when wet

The idea of literal wearables, that is smart clothes, hasn't exactly appealed even to tech-savvy consumers. There are cases, however, when embedding almost undetectable sensors and chips in clothing can have a significant advantage over traditional forms of monitoring. It turns out, diapers are a prime example of that and researchers at MIT are developing a sensor that not only can be put in a diaper to alert caretakers if it's wet, it can also be disposed along with the dirty diaper.

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Apple Watch outsold all Swiss watch brands combined last year

Apple Watch outsold all Swiss watch brands combined last year

There are many who doubt the sticking power of smartwatches or who knock the practicality of a timepiece that needs to be recharged sometimes every night. But if shipments are the only metric, then smartwatches may have already won. Based on 2019 numbers, the Apple Watch alone already surpassed the entire Swiss watch industry's sales, not counting smartwatches made by other companies, including some of those Swiss brands. That said, the competition isn't as straightforward as the report seems to suggest.

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Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 now available for direct purchase

Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 now available for direct purchase

Google's first attempt at a "pseudo AR" eyewear may have been too far ahead of its time. Google Glass as a consumer and even an educational product flopped because of limited practical value, price, and privacy concerns. Thanks to a resurgence of interest in AR, Google Glass found a new purpose and a new lease on life in an Enterprise Edition. Now that gear can be purchased from select retailers but you'd really need to have a use for it bite into that offer.

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Gear S2 update breathes new life into an old smartwatch

Gear S2 update breathes new life into an old smartwatch

Unlike smartphones, which usually have a two-year lifespan, at least as far as support and warranties go, smartwatches don't exactly come with guarantees of when they will cease getting any updates. More often than not, manufacturers abandon these smart wearables a few months after they've made headlines. Fortunately for owners of the five-year-old Gear S2, it seems that Samsung hasn't completely forgotten about them and has released an update that may be small in size but big in features.

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