Wearables

North Focals 2.0 announced with ambitious 2020 release date

North Focals 2.0 announced with ambitious 2020 release date

Last year, North launched its first pair Focals, minimalist smart glasses that looked a lot like a traditional pair of eyeglasses. Since that time, the company has been selling Focals in showrooms located in Toronto and Brooklyn, through pop-up stores, and online. At the time of launch, there was some question as to whether or not people would pay $1,000 for smart glasses, but apparently enough people bought them to warrant a follow-up, with North today announced Focals 2.0.

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Google Glass Explorer Edition final update: What you need to know

Google Glass Explorer Edition final update: What you need to know

Google has announced the final software update for its Google Glass Explorer Edition wearable. Early next year, this update will be released and remove support for the devices; they will no longer have access to Google's backend services nor will users be able to use them with a Google account. Obviously, this update won't impact the Enterprise Edition version of Glass.

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Snap’s limited Spectacles x Gucci glasses won’t be available to buy

Snap’s limited Spectacles x Gucci glasses won’t be available to buy

Snap, the company behind Snapchat, has teamed with Gucci to create a limited pair of its Spectacles 3 augmented reality glasses. The Spectacles x Gucci model's unique design comes from Harmony Korine, director of an odd short film called 'Duck Duck' that shows off the Spectacles 3's 3D capabilities. Though Snap is showing off the limited-edition glasses, it won't make them available for purchase.

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Can you trust Amazon? Take knockoff Apple Watches for example

Can you trust Amazon? Take knockoff Apple Watches for example

A collection of cheap imitations of the original Apple Watch are currently posing on Amazon as a perfect alternative to the far more expensive alternative. Brands like YAMAY, Willful, Letsfit, SKYGRAND, and ANBES make little effort to hide the fact that they're not only using lookalike UI - in some cases, they're literally selling the same devices under different brand names. Scratch that - in quite a few cases... in a CONCERNING number of cases, companies appear to be selling the same product with different brand names for different prices.

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Xiaomi Mi Watch Apple Watch clone now works with Apple iPhone

Xiaomi Mi Watch Apple Watch clone now works with Apple iPhone

Chinese brands have had the reputation of being copycats. Chinese phone makers have indeed been guilty of that for a time but, for the past years, they have been working hard to change their public image but, last October, Xiaomi single-handedly undid much of that. It's hard not to see the Mi Watch as a ripoff of the Apple Watch except for the fact that it didn't work with iPhones, ironic as that may sound. As of December 3 in China, however, that sweet irony no longer stands as the Mi Watch will now behave a bit like the original, at least as far as iPhone pairing goes.

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Honor View30, MagicWatch 2, MagicBook follow closely in Huawei’s footsteps

Honor View30, MagicWatch 2, MagicBook follow closely in Huawei’s footsteps

Huawei recently announced a Google-less MatePad Pro tablet and two new MateBook D laptops against a backdrop of uncertainty and doubt about its future. Not even 24 hours later, its subsidiary Honor is doing the same, launching admittedly impressive new products that may already be unfairly judged because of their association with the Chinese giant. In the past, Honor seemed to be trying to push an image of an independent yet related brand from Huawei, proving that it could actually carry its parent company on its back. This time, the ties that bind that two are clearer than ever, perhaps unintentionally showing Honor's solidarity with Huawei.

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Galaxy Watch Active 2 features come to older models in new update

Galaxy Watch Active 2 features come to older models in new update

With the Galaxy Watch Active 2 now out on shelves, Samsung has decided to bring some of its functionality to older models. Samsung announced today that it's bringing a number of UX features from the Galaxy Watch Active 2 over to the original Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Watch Active. These UX features will be packed into a software update that's launching today on a region-by-region basis.

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Fitbit OS 4.1 update brings improved health features – and uncertainty of its future

Fitbit OS 4.1 update brings improved health features – and uncertainty of its future

Fitbit was one of the remaining bastions of the independent wearable market. Emphasis on "was" after it was acquired by Google (pending regulatory approval) which puts its future in question. There have been very few concrete statements, let alone actions, that would assure Fitbit users that things will go either way, which is what makes this rather unexpected update to Fitbit OS feel a bit ominous.

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Snap’s Spectacles 3 are here, but it sounds like you shouldn’t bother

Snap’s Spectacles 3 are here, but it sounds like you shouldn’t bother

Snap's Spectacles 3 have finally gone on sale, but if you were hoping for wearable genius from the $380 camera sunglasses you'll probably be disappointed. Announced back in August, the third-generation of Snapchat's eyewear now pack two cameras rather than just one, so that wearers can generate augmented reality content.

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A new Apple 3D camera could give iOS AR an edge

A new Apple 3D camera could give iOS AR an edge

Apple has been developing a new 3D sensor system for the past several years, according to a new report, which claims we'll see this system arrive in a new iPad Pro as well as multiple augmented reality and virtual reality wearables. The 3D sensor system is described as being more advanced than the existing Face ID sensor used in the most recent Apple gadgets.

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Apple smart glasses roadmap leaks and there’s good news and bad

Apple smart glasses roadmap leaks and there’s good news and bad

You may have to wait longer than rumored for Apple's augmented reality headset, according to the latest leaks, with the AR wearable said to be unlikely to debut until 2022 at the earliest. Even then, sources familiar with the Cupertino company's plans suggest, you may want to wait until version two the following year before you open your wallet.

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Fossil Hybrid HR smartwatches hide impressive tech inside analog design

Fossil Hybrid HR smartwatches hide impressive tech inside analog design

Throughout the years, Fossil has attempted to stand out in a sea of other watches through its hybrid lines - devices that look like conventional watches but have the feature sets of smartwatches. Today, the company announced its new Hybrid HR smartwatches, which are comprised of two lines: Hybrid HR Collider, which is aimed at men, and Hybrid HR Charter, which is aimed at women.

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