Wearables

Apple Watch Series 7 screen and size changes leak but with bad news too

Apple Watch Series 7 screen and size changes leak but with bad news too

Fresh leaks about the Apple Watch Series 7, the Cupertino firm's next-generation smartwatch expected to be announced later this year, suggest improvements both inside and out, though some of the earlier rumors of hardware improvements could have been pushed back on the roadmap. Since its original announcement as an accompaniment to the iPhone, the Apple Watch has progressively doubled-down on its fitness and health tracking features, but tech delays may have derailed plans to continue that with the 2021 Apple Watch.

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Researchers use the human body as a transmission medium to power wearable devices

Researchers use the human body as a transmission medium to power wearable devices

Wearable devices, such as smartwatches, are extremely popular today. One of the most significant downsides to a smartwatch or other wearables is the need to recharge them frequently. The small size and low volume for battery power typically means they need to be charged daily, and charging multiple devices is inconvenient.

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Mobvoi TicWatch E3 hands-on reveals next Snapdragon Wear 4100 smartwatch

Mobvoi TicWatch E3 hands-on reveals next Snapdragon Wear 4100 smartwatch

Wear OS smartwatches are a dime a dozen but, unfortunately, most of them are running on rather old hardware. Majority of those, including ones launched just last year, are still using Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset that debuted way back in 2018. The chipmaker does have one updated wearable platform but so far only Mobvoi has been using it in the TicWatch Pro 3. Now it seems that it will have a companion and Mobvoi is once again taking the lead with the TicWatch E3.

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How likable will the Facebook smartwatch experience be?

How likable will the Facebook smartwatch experience be?

Facebook is reportedly working on a smartwatch of its own, which is slated to debut in the summer of next year. The wearable is expected to arrive with dual cameras onboard – almost a first for a wrist-wearable – feature health and messaging functions, and also act as a controller for the unannounced augmented reality device from the social media giant.

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Engineers create battery-free wearables from cloth that can be washed

Engineers create battery-free wearables from cloth that can be washed

The popularity of wearable electronics has increased dramatically in recent years, particularly in the form of smartwatches. While these devices are typically water-resistant, they're certainly not washable as you would wash clothing. Engineers at Purdue University have developed a new method that transforms existing cloth items into battery-free wearables resistant to laundry.

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Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 major Wear OS upgrade might happen

Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 major Wear OS upgrade might happen

The excitement over the upcoming version of Wear OS, a collaborative effort between Google, Fitbit, and Samsung, was partially dampened by the uncertainty of which smartwatches will actually receive the update. Unlike with smartphones, updates for smartwatches resemble the early days of Android where OEMs dictate which models get updates and which stay put. It seems that very few smartwatch makers are willing to commit to pushing the update for existing smartwatches, at least except for Mobvoi who might update its latest TicWatch Pro 3 later this year when the Wear OS update does come out.

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Facebook Watch tipped as the big Apple/Google side-step

Facebook Watch tipped as the big Apple/Google side-step

The Facebook Watch is approaching, according to two rounds of leaks this year. The device - or at least one iteration of the device - is supposed to act primarily as a communications device, complete with cameras, microphones, and a video calling display. This device will not likely work without a wirelessly connected smartphone*, and won't likely have much function outside its uses with Facebook apps.

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Galaxy Watch 4 charger might not be included in the box

Galaxy Watch 4 charger might not be included in the box

Although Samsung's smartwatches have always been popular in their own right, the Galaxy Watch 4 has become even more anticipated since Google I/O 2021 last month. It was there that the collaboration between the two companies was officially announced which would lead to the two's wearable platforms eventually becoming one. That the Galaxy Watch 4 will run Wear OS could already be enough reason to get excited but some bits of news might leave some a bit disappointed in what Samsung might be cutting out in return.

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Jaybird Vista 2 true wireless ANC earbuds offer athletes ‘Earthproof’ design

Jaybird Vista 2 true wireless ANC earbuds offer athletes ‘Earthproof’ design

Jaybird is back with another pair of sports earbuds designed for athletes and others who enjoy listening to tunes while exercising. The Vista 2 true wireless sports earbuds build upon the previous Vista model, offering advanced features alongside the durability one would expect from a product targeted at an active consumer base.

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Smartwatch-activated gene switch could help treat diabetes

Smartwatch-activated gene switch could help treat diabetes

Researchers from ETH Zürich have developed a gene switch that is operated using the green LED light emitted by commercial smartwatches. Typically, that green LED light is used for the pulse rate detection feature. However, the new approach created by the researchers could be used to treat diabetes in the future.

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Apple’s watchOS 8 packs meditation, tai chi, portraits, and GIF support

Apple’s watchOS 8 packs meditation, tai chi, portraits, and GIF support

During its WWDC 2021 keynote today, Apple has introduced the changes coming to its Apple Watch wearable with watchOS 8. The next version of the wearable software will bring a number of refinements and new features, including more robust messaging capabilities, the option to set dynamic portraits as a watch face, new fitness options like tai chi and mindfulness-based activities, and more.

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Fossil’s existing smartwatches won’t get new Wear OS

Fossil’s existing smartwatches won’t get new Wear OS

Given how it has seemingly stagnated over the years, it is understandable that there was a great deal of excitement over the new version of Wear OS coming later this year. That said, the announcement still left a lot of questions open, particularly about which smartwatches will get the update. Laying those questions to rest, Fossil gives its own answer but it isn't one that its customers might want to hear.

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