Archive for the ‘Wearables’ Category

Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 have been announced alongside Pebble Core, a new clip-on wearable. Here are the details.

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History has shown us time and time again over the years that all industries go through periods where all of the emphasis is placed on one trend that’s currently capturing the imagination of consumers. Where mobile is concerned, that current trend is most definitely virtual reality, with large and small companies around the world looking to release something in the VR space in the hope of getting in on the boom. One such company looking to capitalize on that particular area of interest is Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus who is looking to tackle virtual reality in a big way with the upcoming OnePlus 3 smartphone, and a OnePlus Loop VR headset.

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Google’s annual I/O conference may be extremely useful for developers from all over the world to sit down with Google engineers and get advice on how to better structure code and build more efficient apps, but it’s also an excellent opportunity for the average technology fan to get an insight into the future of smart products. At last year’s I/O, Google took the opportunity to announce a partnership with Levi’s that would ultimately result in the production of a wearable item manufactured from a ‘smart fabric’. Twelve months later, Google has used this year’s gathering in Mountain View to announce that its ‘Project Jacquard’ team in collaboration with Levi’s, will be releasing a smart version of the Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket for sale by next year.

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Google has announced Android Wear 2.0 for smartwatches and wearables. Here are all the new features in one single place, along with a video demo showing them all in action.

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Like a plethora of other companies and newly founded startups, Google is using its vast resources to dive two feet first into the world of virtual reality. The Alphabet-owned company has used the opening keynote of its I/O 2016 conference in Mountain View to introduce Daydream, a virtual reality platform that leverages the power and versatility of Android N as the underlying operating system. In its purest form, Daydream is a much more advanced successor to Cardboard, Google’s budget virtual reality technology that has allowed many more people to get involved in the world of virtual reality.

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Back in January, at CES 2016, mobile device case maker Speck announced Pocket VR and case accessory for iPhones and Samsung Galaxy devices. Given the virtual reality element, which is all the rage right now, it naturally garnered quite a bit of attention. If you too get giddy at the sight of all things VR and were eyeing the accessory’s release date, it’s time to draw out your credit card, because the Pocket VR with CandyShell Grip case is available to purchase right now for iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 and Galaxy S7.

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Virtual reality fans who also happen to carry iPhones are in for a treat, after Google released an updated version of its YouTube app that supports the company’s virtual reality viewer, Cardboard.

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Final versions of tvOS 9.2.1 for Apple TV 4 and watchOS 2.2.1 for Apple Watch are available to download right now. Here are the details.

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Samsung has applied for a patent that would see its smartwatches project an interface onto the wearer’s hand or nearby objects, allowing input or manipulation of the watch without actually touching it.

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Here’s how you can get and use Apple Pay in an unsupported country or with an unsupported bank anywhere in the world.

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Google is rumored to have an Android VR headset ready to be announced at its upcoming developer conference known as Google I/O, with the device claimed to be a better choice than the current Samsung Gear VR.

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Apple Watch users, you can now simply shake your wrist to take a selfie from a connected iPhone using a free app called RemoteCam.

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Apple’s development of the Apple Watch stemmed from the healthcare that its co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs received during his battle with Cancer, according to a report on the matter.

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How much money would you pay to relieve aches and pains in your back at just the touch of a button? How much money would you pay for a new hoodie that may come with a little additional bulk, but can help improve your posture and target muscles and pain points to release tension? And finally, how much would you pay for a connected wearable that offers all of the above through an integration with a mobile app that lives on your smartphone? After first being teased at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, the AiraWear Massage Hoodie now exists as a Kickstarter campaign, and offers all of the above for those with back discomfort, and willing to embrace technology as part of the solution.

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VRidge app for Android is a cost-effective solution for playing VR games designed for Oculus Rift or Steam in virtual reality using Google Cardboard headset.

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Available to download now, Littlebook app brings Facebook to the Apple Watch for the first time, and despite its obvious limitations, it’s not a bad effort either.

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Just when you think you’ve seen it all, and you start to wonder about the direction of future technology and where the innovation is going to come from, the Future Interfaces Group out of Carnegie Mellon University pops up to blow your mind. As part of research into trying to solve the problem of how to efficiently interact with the very small screen of a smartwatch, the group has unveiled a rather impressive interaction solution that demonstrates a method of using the skin on arm as a touchscreen to interact with a smartwatch.

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Did you know you can install Windows 95 on your Apple Watch? Check out this video of a developer demonstrating the full port of the old operating system onto Apple’s first smartwatch.

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Known best for making satchels, luxury fashion brand Coach is apparently set to release an array of $150 Apple Watch bands that will look great without being quite so over the top style-wise as some of Hermes’ creations.

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Taking the so-called Apple Watch 2 and kitting it out with a built-in cellular data functionality that could allow it to operate independently of a connected iPhone would certainly be an appealing prospect for consumers.

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