Nottingham Evening Post
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New wearable technology could 'open up the world' to the visually impaired. That is according to one partially sighted woman who tested out the state of the art OrCam technology today at the intu Victoria Centre.The device fits onto any pair of glasses and responds to simple gestures - such as a point of a finger - to discretely dictate text to the user. By allowing blind or partially sighted people to read, it is hoped the technology will allow them to take back some of their independence.Today...
TechCrunch
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With people more likely to be locking eyes with their smartphones screens these days when theyre hanging around in public, the London-based designers behind this feathery wearable are worried that the chances for exchanging flirtatious glances with passing strangers is being engineered out of daily life. Or, lets be honest, translated into a monetizable swipes on Tinder et al. Read More
Men's Fitness
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Techradar
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As big fashion names like Movado step into smartwatches and mainstays like Swatch are planning their own wearable OS , this past month has put the spotlight on wrist-mounted machines, and Samsung has ensured it won't leave without an announcement of its own. The tech giant's revealed that the Classic version of its recently launched Android Wear smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S3 , will soon be available with 4G LTE functionality . This means both variants of Samsung's smartwatch have the option to function without being tethered to another smart device. Certain LTE-capable smartphone owners, based on their provider, can even share calls to their S3 without springing for a new phone number, according to Samsung. Until now, only the more rugged-looking Frontier Edition of the S3 had standalone LTE capability, but now customers can opt for a more casual bezel for their smartwatch while still getting that sweet, sweet cellular capability.
Techradar
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Using mobile devices while driving tends to be a dangerous-at-best, deadly-at-worst combination, one that's compounded even further when said mobile device is strapped to your wrist. To potentially help with reducing distracted driving, Apple has patented a new feature seemingly intended for its Apple Watch wearable that cuts down on notifications as soon as its wearer hits the road. Originally filed back in September of last year, the patent describes using the Watch's motion-tracking features to detect when the user is going at high speeds, similar to how app sensation Pokemon Go activates its own 'please don't hunt Psyducks going 60mph, please' feature. From there, the patent describes a system of prioritizing which messages light up on the Watch's screen, as well as curbs the wearable's raise-to-wake display feature. This would ensure that more urgent matters "such as emergency calls" to come through, but holds off on that spam email or Facebook notification.
Digital Trends
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Today’s wearables may be useful for tracking the number of steps you’ve taken or calories burned, but soon, they may be able to help you keep tabs on another kind of activity -- your bank account. The post Your wearable could soon be your wallet, too, if Samsung gets its way appeared first on Digital Trends .
Android Police
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The Misfit Vapor was announced in January at CES 2017 as the wearable company's first touchscreen smartwatch. But the specs left many of us scratching our heads: Snapdragon Wear 2100, 4GB of memory, heart rate sensor, GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, microphone, 2-day battery life... those looked an awful lot like other Android Wear watches. But Misfit was mum. It didn't demo the watch a lot and the few hands-on we saw depicted an OS that didn't look like Wear. Read More Misfit Vapor will run Android Wear 2.0, is one of the platform's best smartwatches yet at $199 was written by the awesome team at Android Police .
Mashable
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Android Wear 2.0 is really starting to make its mark on the fashion world. Fossil, which has carved out a space in the wearable market with its fashion-first Q line of smart and connected watches, is unveiling two new devices for Android Wear 2.0 at the Baselworld Watch and Jewelry show in Switzerland on Thursday. The new smartwatches, the Q Venture and Q Explorist, look to give fashion-conscious buyers more options in the increasingly crowded smartwatch field. Fossil rolled out an Android Wear 2.0 system update for its older Q smartwatches earlier this month , so technically these won't be the first Fossil watches running the OS but the new models will take full advantage of the wearable platform's features. Read more... More about Android Wear 2.0 , Fossil , Wearable Tech , Smartwatch , and Tech
Digital Trends
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Thync, the company that uses neurostimulation to change your mood, has announced the Thync Relax Pro, which unlike its first product, solely concentrates on relaxation, stress reduction, and better sleep. The post Strap this wearable to your head for better rest, less stress, and fast relaxation appeared first on Digital Trends .
Techradar
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The MisFit Vapor was unveiled back in January at CES 2017 , but rather than follow the smartwatch trend and pack Googles Android Wear platform it instead runs MisFits own software. Or at least, it did MisFit has now confirmed its smartwatch will launch with Android Wear 2.0 on board after all, bringing a wider range of features and apps to the wearable. The demo software seen on the Vapor at CES was to show of MisFit's interface, which will make it to the final product, as it will overlay the Android Wear 2.0 operating system. The Vapor does boast a solid looking spec sheet, with a 1.39-inch round AMOLED display, Snapdragon 2100 chipset, 4GB of internal storage, GPS and a heart rate sensor. There isnt NFC though, so you wont be able to use it for contactless payments. The MisFit Vapor release date is currently pegged for late Summer 2017 and will carrying a price tag of $199 (around 160, AU$260) which would make it the cheapest new Android Wear 2.
Digital Trends
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Thync, the company that uses neurostimulation to change your mood, has announced the Thync Relax Pro, which unlike its first product, solely concentrates on relaxation, stress reduction, and better sleep. The post Want better rest and less stress? Thync's latest wearable will help you relax appeared first on Digital Trends .
South China Morning Post
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TAG Heuer has made a name for itself as a brand unafraid of change. It was one of the first few watch brands that jumped on the smartwatch wagon, and its newest model is its latest endeavour at merging haute horlogerie with wearable technology. The new TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 is powered by Intel and operated on Android Wear 2.0. It comes loaded with all the features that we now consider to be the norm of smart wearable technology: it counts the number of steps youve...
Android Authority
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Techradar
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You've decided on a Fitbit, but that's not the end of it. There are a selection of accessories and bands you can buy to pimp up your new fitness tracker. We all want something that feels a bit more personal, especially after dropping the sort of money most wearables cost. Or perhaps you want something that gives you new ways to wear your Fitbit or that fixes common problems; whichever way you slice it we've had a good scout and dug up the best Fitbit accessories and bands we can find for each product. Select your Fitbit from the list below and you'll find some of the best bands and accessories for each. Note: we've ranked these from cheapest to most expensive according to prices at time of writing. We have not used every band or accessory on this list, but instead found a selection of options we think may suit your Fitbit wearable. Fitbit Alta bands and accessories Fitbit Flex 2 bands and accessories Fitbit Charge 2 bands and accessories Fitbit Blaze bands and accessories Fitbit Surge accessories Fitbit Flex bands So you've chosen a Fitbit Alta - here are our favorite accessories for your tracker, including a selection of bands and extra add-ons you might want to buy.
PC Pro Reviews
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Techradar
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Casio has announced a new limited edition version of its new WSD-F20 Android Wear smartwatch. The wearable is running Android Wear 2.0 and is designed for those with a taste for adventure packing in low-power GPS as well as a color map that can be used offline when you're without signal. This new version is called the WSD-F20S and comes in a special case which uses sapphire crystal and ion plating, but is largely the same as the original WSD-F20 announced at CES 2017 . There are only 500 of these new WSD-F20S devices being sold. This new watch also features a 1.32-inch screen with a resolution of 320 x 300. The original WSD-F20 is also set to launch in April, but there's no word on when this new version will come to the market or how much it'll cost. Having the latest Android Wear 2.0 on both these new Casio watches is a big benefit though considering at the moment the software is only currently limited to a few devices including the LG Watch Style , LG Watch Sport and Huawei Watch .
ABC News - Queensland
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To artist Marg Enkelmann, corn husks, cockatoo feathers, cattle tail hair are anything but farm rubbish — they can be the next piece of wearable art.
TechCrunch
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Hardware that responds to voice commands is already out there and probably in your hand or house right now. Whether its a smartphone, smart speaker or wearable, it has to connect to the cloud to deliver answers to your questions. Now, a startup called Mythic (formerly known as Isocline) is launching a chip and software that will change all that, putting voice control, computer vision Read More
Techradar
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One final Android O goodie of note is that Sony worked with Google to bring the company's LDAC codec to Android O devices, which will deliver improved audio quality over Bluetooth for your listening pleasure. As Android looks to stay competitive with the iOS operating system, look for Google to talk up any and all ways Android O bests Apple's platform. What's the word on Android Wear 2.0? Android Wear 2.0 launched in February, so while it's unlikely for Google to announce a major update to its revamped wearable operating system at IO, we expect there to be some talk related to the wrist. For starters, if Android Wear 2.0 hasn't arrived on all old smartwatches by then, we could be in for an announcement regarding that very thing. We wouldn't be surprised if Android Wear 2.0 apps are announced either, and we could even see a brand-new smartwatch.
Techradar
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One final Android O goodie of note is that Sony worked with Google to bring the company's LDAC codec to Android O devices, which will deliver improved audio quality over Bluetooth for your listening pleasure. As Android looks to stay competitive with the iOS operating system, look for Google to talk up any and all ways Android O bests Apple's platform. What's the word on Android Wear 2.0? Android Wear 2.0 launched in February, so while it's unlikely for Google to announce a major update to its revamped wearable operating system at IO, we expect there to be some talk related to the wrist. For starters, if Android Wear 2.0 hasn't arrived on all old smartwatches by then, we could be in for an announcement regarding that very thing. We wouldn't be surprised if Android Wear 2.0 apps are announced either, and we could even see a brand-new smartwatch.
Techradar
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Techradar
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The final party piece from the Jaguar F-Pace is the Activity Key an optional-extra, wearable key for those who are into outdoor pursuits and extreme sports. This allows you to keep the clunky keyfob in the car as you grab your surfboard, wrap the Activity Key round your wrist and jog down the beach. At 300 it's pricey, but it'll have genuine use for a select few. Quick verdict The Jaguar F-Pace gives you the excellent ride and supreme comfort you'd expect from the brand's cars, with a more commanding view of the road and a heap of extra space in the cabin. No wonder it's the fast-selling Jaguar of all time, as it appeals to a wider demographic which takes in families and celebs alike. The interior may not be the most premium, and the price tag may be a little steep for some, but once you're a few hundred miles in and the engine purrs as you squeeze the throttle you'll know it's worth it. TR Drives : Ford Mustang | Citroen C3 | Ford Edge | Hyundai ix35
Techradar
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Sony clearly hasnt worked out a way to magically extend the battery life in a smartwatch although I was hoping that it would use the e-ink Watch U tech it invested in last year, which can last for up to three weeks on a single charge. I posited that if Sony could find a way to integrate that with Android Wear 2.0 it would have a winning combination of smart functionality and long battery life but looking into it, the technology required to fuse Android Wear into such a screen simply doesn't seem to be there yet, at least not at a commercially viable level. Can't make / won't make While Im sure a company of Sonys size could do it, it would take a lot of time and investment at a point in the companys journey where it needs to find the next useful innovation and fast. Ultimately, Sony should hold off making the SmartWatch 4 until its got something that will genuinely raise the bar in the wearable world and for me, that something should involve still fitness tracking in a big way.
Mashable
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The last time Guess tried to make a smartwatch, it was pretty lame . Now, the company is taking another swing, this time with a full-blown smartwatch that could rival other fashion brands worming into wearable tech. The company dipped its toes into smartwatches in 2015 with a hybrid smartwatch called the Guess Connect . It wasn't that techy, and it was confusing to use. On Monday, Guess announced its new Connect smartwatches would have way more tech, although what it's offering is on par with that you'll already get from the market, tech-wise. SEE ALSO: TAG Heuer's newest luxury smartwatch lets you customize your $1,600 wrist candy Read more... More about Watches , Guess , Smartwatches , Android Wear , and Android