Wearables

Wear OS UV Index info wants to save you from the sun

Wear OS UV Index info wants to save you from the sun

The weather is starting to heat up and summer will be coming up soon. In addition to being cooped up inside most of the time due to the pandemic, that will most likely be an invitation and temptation for some people to go out and about, sometimes going to beaches even. During those times, another enemy of health rears its ugly head but Google is pushing out a new Wear OS update that will at least warn you about those harmful ultraviolet rays even before you step out the door.

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Fitbit study looks into non-cuff blood pressure monitoring

Fitbit study looks into non-cuff blood pressure monitoring

Smartwatches have become portable mini diagnostic centers, in no small part thanks to Apple's push for sensors that keep track of various aspects of the wearer's health. Those sensors have come a long way and are now able to track not just heart rate but also blood oxygen levels, sleep quality, and even ECG. There are, however, still a few biometrics that can't be easily measured using just a fitness tracker or smartwatch, like glucose levels or blood pressure, and Fitbit's research Labs is trying to find a way to make at least the latter easier.

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Honeywell and will.i.am announce the Xupermask smart mask with a hefty price tag

Honeywell and will.i.am announce the Xupermask smart mask with a hefty price tag

Even with people around the world receiving COVID-19 vaccinations, we'll probably be wearing masks for some time yet. Enter Honeywell and will.i.am, which today announced the Xupermask, a new smart mask that's at the center of a partnership between the two. The Xupermask offers a lot more functionality beyond a standard cloth or medical mask, but it has a much higher price tag to boot.

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Huawei Band 6 almost looks like a smartwatch

Huawei Band 6 almost looks like a smartwatch

Even with the advent of smartwatches, smart fitness bands, which have been around before those smart timepieces, have continued to thrive. Beyond software differences, smart bands have always been distinguished by smaller or at least narrow displays compared to the circular or square screens of smartwatches. There have been a few outliers, of course, and Huawei's latest fitness tracker is one of them. The Huawei Band 6 has a tall but large display that, unless you're looking closely, could easily be mistaken for a smartwatch.

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Best rugged smartwatches worth your wrist time in 2021

Best rugged smartwatches worth your wrist time in 2021

Over the years smartwatches have evolved into intelligent gadgets capable of taking control of our lifestyle for better health, thanks to their accurate fitness tracking features. Another dimension that’s been added in today’s smartwatches is the ability to track progress for hardcore outdoor activities and intense sports regimes - along with the ability to train, coach or plan adventure-centric activities - via smart app modes.

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Casio G-Shock GSW-H1000 smartwatch rocks Wear OS [Update: Price]

Casio G-Shock GSW-H1000 smartwatch rocks Wear OS [Update: Price]

Casio has been making the iconic G-Shock ruggedized watches for a long time. As popular as wearables are, until now, Casio never offered a smartwatch. That has changed with the unveiling of the G-Shock GSW-H1000 powered by Wear OS by Google. Casio is aiming the wearables at users wanting to stay fit with activity goals and fitness tracking.

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Tech to power wearable devices from radio waves developed by researchers

Tech to power wearable devices from radio waves developed by researchers

One of the biggest challenges for small wearable devices is how to power them. The smaller the devices are, the less space there is for batteries making runtime an issue in some instances. A group of researchers led by Huanyu "Larry" Cheng from Penn State University has developed a new method of powering wearable devices using energy harvested from radio waves.

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OnePlus Watch always-on display feature might still happen

OnePlus Watch always-on display feature might still happen

OnePlus really isn't a fan of always-on display, a.k.a. AOD, features, it seems. It took a strong community vote to almost force it to implement such a feature on its phones. Even then, it still reserved the right to change its mind if it couldn't find a solution that would satisfy its standards when it comes to battery life. That is, of course, history by now but it seems that history might repeat itself with the OnePlus Watch though, hopefully, that will also end well in the long run.

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Upgraded Suunto 7 and 9 Titanium smartwatches are rugged and minimalist

Upgraded Suunto 7 and 9 Titanium smartwatches are rugged and minimalist

Multiple companies are currently producing wearables such as smartwatches, with some being more popular than others. The Apple Watch is easily the more popular option on the market, but there are several other devices available for Android users. A pair of new upgraded smartwatches from Suunto have debuted called the Suunto 7 Titanium and the Suunto 9 Baro Titanium.

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Pixel Buds A leak hints at more affordable Google wireless earbuds

Pixel Buds A leak hints at more affordable Google wireless earbuds

It seems Google is gearing up to launch a new pair of true wireless earbuds called the 'Pixel Buds A,' at least according to a new leak. The report claims that the Pixel Buds A will arrive with two entirely new color options and that the model will be visually distinguished from the non-A models with some subtle adjustments to the overall color scheme.

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Snap’s leaked AR Spectacles sound great, but they’re not for you

Snap’s leaked AR Spectacles sound great, but they’re not for you

It seems that Snap, the company behind Snapchat, is planning to launch another Spectacles hardware product -- but you probably won't be able to get it. That's a bit disappointing considering the alleged features that have leaked, including the ability to display augmented reality Snapchat filters directly on the headset in a real-life setting.

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OnePlus Watch vs. Samsung Watch 3: The better Android wearable

OnePlus Watch vs. Samsung Watch 3: The better Android wearable

OnePlus has just announced a slew of devices in its 2021 lineup. Alongside the OnePlus 9 series, the debuting OnePlus Watch is the brand’s first foray into wearables. The new smartwatch has some distinguishable features including one of the best battery backups, which positions it against the more expensive alternatives such as the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 or the Fitbit Sense.

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