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Misfit Shine 2 released with better motion sensing, thinner profile

10/21, 10:17am

New model thinner, same battery life, more motion trackers

Yesterday Misfit announced the Shine 2, the next generation of the Shine Fitness and Sleep Monitor. The update of the device originally brought to market by co-founder John Sculley brings more accurate activity and sleep tracking, better progress management, and text and call notifications with a silent vibration to the new iteration of the wearable.


Polar adds heart monitoring to fitness tracker range with A360

10/20, 1:45pm

Waterproof Polar A360 reports heart rate to mobile app, online workout diary

Polar is adding another item to its wearable device range, with a fitness tracker capable of monitoring the wearer's heart. The Polar A360 is able to measure the heart rate while the user is working out or doing activities, helping users keep it up during intensive training, as well as other important items such as the amount of activity, step counts, calorific burn rate, workouts, and the wearer's sleep patterns when resting.


Jawbone updates UP fitness tracker firmware; new colors for UP2 and 3

09/08, 12:40pm

Update brings passive heart rate tracking, other features

Jawbone today launched a new design for the UP2, and 10 new colors for the UP2 and UP3, further expanding the company's portfolio of activity trackers. In addition, Jawbone released a range of new features for UP2, UP3 and UP4 that improve product functionality and reliability through a free over-the-air firmware update.


Sony reveals new SmartBand 2 fitness wearable

08/20, 1:13pm

New device pairs with smartphone, offers health, fitness, and sleep monitoring

Sony Mobile Communications today announced the SmartBand 2, the latest wearable from the manufacturer. Sony calls the new iteration that now includes heart rate monitoring "a multi-sensor lifelogger that provides full-scale insights about your fitness, well-being and stress levels."


Polar updates Polar Loop to version 2, Mobile Flow app enhanced

07/15, 11:50am

New version of activity tracker adds more tracking data, better accuracy

Wearable company Polar has introduced the latest version of the Polar Loop activity tracker, the Polar Loop 2. Designed to be worn constantly, the Loop 2 tracks users' daily activity, workouts and sleep, and gently vibrates reminding the user to move if they have been sitting for too long. The latest activity tracker from Polar also displays and vibrates for incoming calls, messages, and calendar alerts.


Reports of contact dermatitis spreading with Watch sales

07/09, 12:43pm

'Handful' of customers take to Twitter to report rashes from bands

As the Apple Watch finally becomes more available, so too do reports of users who may suffer from skin reactions to the materials used in the bands. A small number of buyers have posted to Twitter and other services to show skin rashes they say are caused by the bands, a not-uncommon complaint among users of any sort of watch. Thus far, the reports focus on sensitivities to the bands more than the Watch itself, which does contain a warning about the use of nickel in the device.


Hands On: Asus ZenWatch 2

06/02, 1:29am

Asus launches Zenwatch sequel at Computex Taipei 2015

Electronista has had a chance to get hands-on with the Asus ZenWatch 2 at Computex Taipei 2015. The new device follows hot on the heals of the original ZenWatch, which was launched as recently as November, which gives you a little bit of an idea of just how critical OEMs view the wearables market. Although we weren't able to get a taste of a running unit (as it won't go into mass production until around September for a Q3 launch) we were able to try some sample units on, and came away reasonably impressed with its build quality and general design.


WSJ: American Express, Jawbone planning mobile payments announcement

04/15, 9:46pm

Report claims Jawbone wearable will perform American Express payments in future

Yet another wearable device will be offering alternative payments in the future, according to a report. According to the Wall Street Journal, American Express and Jawbone are planning to announce a new system that will allow AmEx card owners to use the manufacturer's fitness bands to make payments at a number of retailers in the United States.


MPAA, national theater association take stand against wearables

10/30, 4:45pm

Joint statement announces update in 'zero-tolerance policy' to include wearables

Wearing Google Glass in any movie theater in the United States could soon mean a visit from law enforcement, thanks to the efforts of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and National Association of Theatre Owners. The organizations released a joint statement this week, announcing that wearable devices are now added to official anti-piracy polices.

more unveils Puls wearable, blurs line between smartphone, watch

10/15, 11:00pm

The Puls makes phones calls, surfs the Internet with built-in 3G radio, AT&T SIM

Singer and entrepreneur has launched the Puls wearable device at Dreamforce in San Francisco today, giving consumers a new wrist-worn device that blends the worlds of fashion and technology to make a modern, functional accessory. Repeatedly reminding the crowd that the Puls was not a watch, showed off a bevy of features the "smart cuff" carries, including the ability to make phone calls or browse the Internet.


Briefly: Cash iOS app updated, ResMed's S+ non-contact sleep system

10/07, 9:26pm

Square updates its Cash app, introduces Nearby Payments feature

Square has released an update for its Cash iOS app, including a new Nearby Payments feature. Cash allows users with a US bank account to send or request money via text message or email, free of charge. Payments are deposited to one's bank account in minutes, using an existing Visa or MasterCard debit card, and payments that are not claimed within 14 days are automatically refunded to the user.


Review: Narrative Clip

09/10, 12:15am

Unobtrusive camera documents daily life, but photo quality, return rate needs improvement

With the advent of social media technology, people have been searching for new ways to share the events of their daily lives -- be it an exciting event or a normal day, there is a need to share words or pictures with friends. When it comes to pictures, people don't always take the opportunity to snap a picture as things happen with a camera or smartphone. A possible solution is to always wear a camera to catch events as they happen, even those moment one didn't plan on happening. Once such device is called the Narrative Clip, a small camera that takes a photo every 30 seconds. Does it fit the need for sharing, or does it get in the way? Find out in our review.


Adidas focuses on training with official unveiling of Fit Smart band

07/09, 3:34pm

Wearable wants to help users establish a routine rather than count steps

Adidas keyed the public in on the official release of the Fit Smart wearable today during the Wearable Technologies Conference 2014 in San Francisco. The band was initially reported on in June, after FCC and retailer listings revealed that the athletics company planned to release an entry into the growing wearable market.


Lenovo patent reveals wearable with sound recording capabilities

06/25, 6:30pm

Application outlines features of the device, doesn't dip into components used

In a filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, information on a head-mounted wearable display similar to Google Glass has been discovered from Lenovo. The application filing, which dates back to last December, covers "an electronic device and a sound-capturing method." It just happens that the device looks like a pair of glasses with embedded electronics.


Microsoft watch design information discovered in patent filings

05/12, 1:58pm

Patents filings outline design, features of Microsoft's smart watch entry

Recent patent information has given those awaiting a Microsoft entry into the smart watch race something to look at. A patent award for an "electronic band," and an application for a "wearable personal information system" filed by the company, give information on what is to come from the software giant.


Briefly: Google Drive presents to Chromecast, Amazon wearables store

04/30, 8:45am

Google Drive adds option to broadcast presentations to Chromecast

Presentations stored on Google Drive can now be viewed on the Google Chromecast, it has been discovered. Android Police notes the Present option in the presentation creation tool within Google Drive now lists Chromecast devices on the same network under the "Present on another device" option. While the desktop browser version adds the Chromecast support, the Google Drive Android app does not, but could receive it in a future update.


Google will release wearable device SDK within two weeks

03/09, 9:14pm

Android, Chrome head Pichai reveals SDK for wearable device plans

Google will be helping developers create software for wearable devices, by releasing a software development kit specifically for the gadgets, the head of Android and Chrome has revealed to an audience in Austin, Texas. Sundar Pichai advised during a SXSW interview that the company would provide an Android-based SDK for wearables within the next two weeks, as well as discussing in-car technology, the Chromecast, and other topics.


Rumor: Intel acquires Basis Science for $100-$150M

03/04, 7:58am

Health tracker manufacturer reportedly bought by Intel

Intel has picked up health tracker producer Basis Science, beating off competition from Apple and Google, according to a report. The acquisition, yet to be confirmed by either company, is said by multiple sources to be worth $100 million or $150 million, and extends Intel's wearables portfolio from the SD card-sized Edison computer and the combined headset and smartphone combination known as Jarvis.


Hands on: Sony SmartBand

02/27, 7:54pm

Sony enters fitness tracker market with discrete wearable device

Sony initially unveiled its SmartBand wearable tracker at CES in January as the company's first foray into the fitness tracker market. Consisting of a rubberized band and a central and small Core sensor acting as the brain of the device, the tracker in theory performs all of the usual tracking functions of a fitness band, as well as handling other aspects of the wearer's life, such as music, when used with the accompanying Lifelog app. Electronista spent time at Sony's Mobile World Congress booth to try out the SmartBand.


Hands on: Huawei TalkBand B1

02/25, 9:57am

Fitness tracker combines wrist-worn device with Bluetooth earpiece

Huawei has entered the wearable devices market with an accessory that provides users more options beyond just fitness tracking. The TalkBand B1 is a wearable fitness tracker that incorporates a detachable Bluetooth earpiece as part of the design, allowing the wearer to make and receive phone calls when not monitoring fitness. Electronista took a closer look at the device at the company's Mobile World Congress display.


Briefly: Combo headset and fitness band, Bing adds Timeline to searche

02/24, 2:11am

Huawei announces TalkBand B1, unlikely to be released in US

Huawei has announced its upcoming wearable tech device, the TalkBand B1. Described as both a fitness band and Bluetooth headset combined, the band has a removable earpiece that accepts calls, and when used in the band tracks physical activities including sleep. Its 90mAh battery can last up to six days powering the flexible OLED display. The TalkBand B1 is not anticipating release in the US, though will be available in Chinese markets next month, and Japan, the Middle East, Russia and Western Europe in the second quarter of 2014.


HTC chair reveals plans for smart watch by holiday shopping season

02/06, 6:41am

Battery, display issues hampering HTC smart watch development

HTC is still planning to compete with Samsung and others in the smart watch market, by shipping a wearable device later this year, the company chairwoman has revealed in an interview. Work on a smart watch has been stalled by battery issues and other problems, according to Cher Wang, though the company hoping to launch some form of wearable item sometime before the holiday shopping season.


FDA commissioner met with Apple, others over medical apps

01/31, 8:00pm

Comes on heels of Apple hiring spree for medical, wearable experts

Following the news that Apple had hired Michael O'Reilly, a former chief medical officer at a pulse oximeter company to an undisclosed job position last summer -- and has been steadily poaching or hiring other medical and wearable device experts -- federal meeting logs show that an FDA commissioner met with Apple executives and others in December to discuss mobile medical apps. The meeting's contents were not divulged.


Hands on: Razer's Nabu connected wristband

01/09, 6:07pm

Fitness features paired with notifications

As expected, many CES exhibitors chose to focus on wearable technology this year. Razer was among the companies attempting to make a foray into the growing market, introducing the Nabu wristband that provides smartphone notifications and fitness features. We met with one of the product engineers this week to try on a prototype and see how it compares to Nike's FuelBand and more complex devices such as the Galaxy Gear.


Sony launches Core life tracker sensor, SmartBand fitness wearable

01/07, 9:37am

Core sensor to track movement, social activities

After releasing its own SmartWatch, Sony has decided to move into the wearable tracker market. The SmartWear initiative will be made up of a range of devices for tracking a variety of items, with the diminutive Core acting as the central point for all collection activity, as well as a more conventional SmartBand fitness tracker housing to hold the sensor itself.


Samsung teases new wearable device for 2014, possible CES unveil

01/04, 2:37pm

Galaxy Band, other wearable be in the offing

Samsung may be preparing to reveal yet another wearable computing device in the near future, as Samsung UK hinted this week that such a device was in the offing. A post on the Samsung UK Twitter feed teased the unveiling of a new Samsung device, and the presence of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch in that post has observers speculating that Samsung's next big unveil may be another entry in its nascent line of wearable tech. Some speculate that Samsung could show off a new wrist-mounted device as soon as next week's Consumer Electronics Show.


Dell looking into wearable computing, tablet future, claims executive

07/04, 7:38pm

Dell exploring possible smart watch, wearable devices

Dell may be looking towards moving into wearable computing, as the company continues to struggle against receding computer shipment figures. Global vice president of personal computing Sam Burd said that the PC producer is "exploring areas in that space," which could see Dell go against other major manufacturers in an emerging product market.


Vuzix take on Google with M100 Smart Glasses for 2013 launch

11/14, 6:44am

Wearable computer records 720p video, runs Android 4.0

Vuzix has revealed its upcoming wearable computer. Competing with the similar-in-appearance Project Glass from Google, the Smart Glasses M100 seems to offer most of the usability of a smartphone in a wearable format. Connectable to an Android or iOS smartphone over BlueTooth and Wi-Fi, the M100 allows wearers to take calls, read text messages and e-mail, along with other standard tasks.


Motorola Solutions HC1 wearable computer goes on sale

10/22, 11:47am

Wearable tech suitable for engineers, uses hands-free gestures

Motorola Solutions has revealed its new headset-based mobile computer. Appearing at first glance to be a version of Google's Project Glass for engineers, the HC1 Headset Computer uses voice recognition, head gestures and video streaming to navigate applications, and allows the wearer to see various schematics and documents relevant to the task at hand.


GoPro reveals the Wi-Fi-enabled Hero3 sports camera

10/17, 5:59am

GoPro unveils the Hero3, a tiny, 4K-capable sports camera

GoPro has taken the wraps of its Wi-Fi-enabled Hero3sports camera. As the promotional video embedded highlights, depending on model, the new wearable device supports video resolutions up to 4K, or 4 times the resolution of 1080p. The Hero3 is also 30 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than the model it replaces.


Autographer wearable camera set to auto-capture daily life

09/25, 8:09am

Autographer puts a new spin on the wearable camera concept

OMG Life has unveiled a new twist on the concept of a wearable camera. The Autographer aims to automatically capture photos from varying angles and at different rates triggered either by movement, but is also manually adjustable based on user settings. The makers claim that the series of photos that the camera can produce over the course of a day will offer a distinct and unique perspective on wearers activities.


Vuzix Tac-Eye LT video eyewear arrives in Europe

11/29, 11:55pm

Display detachable for other eyewear

Vuzix has announced that its Tac-Eye LT, a rugged monocular display mounted on Oakley's SI Ballistic M-Frame 2.0 protective glasses, is now available for customers in Europe. The system integrates a small AMOLED display with 852x600 resolution, enabling users to view content from a wearable computer or other video sources.


AirStash gives iPhones, iPods external storage

01/04, 4:30pm

Wearable's AirStash uses wireless, microSD

Wearable on Monday teased a rare new storage add-on for the iPhone and iPod touch. The AirStash behaves much like a USB flash drive with a removable SD card for its storage but has a wireless connection that lets it share its data with one of Apple's devices, even when not plugged into a computer. The approach is pitched as a way of storing documents and especially media away from the limited storage of the iPhone or iPod itself without losing access.



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