Items tagged with wearables

If anyone cares enough to make a meme about Apple's "Made for Apple Watch" program, it would read, "Brace yourself, third party Apple Watch bands are coming." You can bank on it now that Apple's given third-party developers the green light to forge ahead with compatible bands for its line of smartwatches, they just... Read more...
Apple's market capitalization currently sits at nearly $750 billion, and it didn't get there by charging pedestrian prices for its gadgets. Just the opposite, Apple often attaches premium price tags to its products, and the same goes for its recently launched Apple Watch line. Speaking of which, preliminary data from... Read more...
Apple has been having a tough time meeting demand for its recently launched Apple Watch wearables, as it was reported earlier this week that only 20 percent of the nearly 2 million smartwatches ordered during launch weekend have been delivered. Now we may know why -- there's a defect in one of the key... Read more...
There's nothing quite like sinking $17,000 into a fancy Apple Watch with 18-karat gold only to find out that your sweet as hell sleeve tattoo is preventing it from functioning the way it's supposed to. Same goes for the $349 Apple Watch Sport models for the somewhat wiser among us who aren't willing to pay nearly the... Read more...
The Apple Watch and Pebble Smartwatch are on opposite ends of the wrist wearable spectrum in just about every way, but lest you think Apple isn't at least a little bit threatened by its lower cost competition, think again. That much was evident when Apple cited a technicality in its rules that allowed it to block apps... Read more...
There's still some doubt that the smartwatch category will stand the test of time, though whether it does or not, Apple's likely going to cash in on the craze while it can. In a note to investors, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo estimated that Apple Watch pre-orders around the world have topped 2.3 million units... Read more...
As much as we'd like to believe that companies care about consumers in a way that would prompt them to issue price cuts for no other reason than to say, 'Hey, you rock, Joe Consumer!', that isn't how the business world works. If there's a price cut, it's usually because (A) a product isn't selling, or (B) a vendor is... Read more...
So picture this -- there's two dudes in a public restroom standing side-by-side at the urinals relieving themselves. The taller gentlemen on the left peeks over the barrier that separates the urinals and stares downward at the fellow on the right, giving him an approving nod. He's not checking out his neighbor's... Read more...
Credit the late Steve Jobs for creating a consumer culture in which Apple product launches have become big time spectacles highlighted by long lines. If you're hoping to be one of the first to get your mitts on an iGadget, you better pitch a tent in front of your local Best Buy or Apple Store, otherwise it could be... Read more...
Wondering if Apple Watch is going to be worth the money? Well, that depends on several factors, including price, features, and how eager you are to jump into the smartwatch category. To help tackle the latter two, Apple has posted a handful of videos on YouTube that demonstrate what an Apple Watch can do. They play... Read more...
As wearable tech concepts go, the idea of a "smart helmet' — a motorcycle helmet equipped to deliver usable information to its wearer via heads-up visuals projected onto the visor, such as GPS data — really is quite smart, allowing riders to keep their eyes on the road. And even smarter? Configuring said helmet to respond to voice commands, Read more...
The world doesn't always make sense. Take for example smartphones; these wonderful little devices reduced wristwatches to a niche market. And now those same smartphone makers, the ones who beat wristwatch makers over the head, are now trying to revive the category by implementing smart features. We call... Read more...
The most successfully funded campaign in the history of Kickstarter (in terms of amount raised) belongs to a smartwatch. That was true a few weeks ago when the Pebble Time smartwatch raised over $17 million from more than 67,000 backers with 18 days remaining, and now that the crowdfunding period is over, the new... Read more...
Best Buy last month gave Samsung's Gear VR Innovator Edition headset a test run by demonstrating the wearable in 100 of its locations scattered throughout the United States, giving customers an opportunity to experience what most have only read about. Apparently pleased with the response, Best Buy is getting ready to... Read more...
Google put an abrupt end to its Glass Explorer program back in January of this year, leading some to speculate if Google was giving up on the wearable. That doesn't appear to be the case. When the Explorer program ended, Google moved Glass out of its Google X research lab and into a dedicated unit, and though the... Read more...
There's no shame in misplacing your smartphone. We've all done it, and though it seems incredibly careless given the (ridiculous) retail value of these devices, life happens. One way to track it down is to use Google's Android Device Manager, which has helped find 30 million misplaced phones and tablets to date. And... Read more...
NASA is teaming up with a San Francisco company called Osterhout Design Group (ODG) to test the feasibility of using smart glasses on space missions. By taking advantage of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology, astronauts will don computerized glasses built by ODG to making working on space... Read more...
It seems that these days everything Apple touches turns to gold, hence why the company was able to post an $18 billion profit for its fiscal first quarter of 2015. Be that as it may, can Apple popularize the smartwatch market as others have been unable to do so far? Not only is that the expectation, but according to... Read more...
It's often said that records are meant to be broken, and every once in a while, they're downright shattered. Case in point, the Pebble Time smartwatch is now the most funded Kickstarter campaign in the history of the crowdfunding site, having raised over $17 million from more than 67,000 backers with 18 days still... Read more...
Apple is preparing to reveal additional details on its Apple Watch wearable next week, but until then, more information continues to trickle out. One of the newest bits is that Apple is urging developers to design their applications to be used for no longer than 10 seconds at a time. The reason for that is Apple wants... Read more...
The wearables market is still relatively new and we haven't really seen many real-world applications, especially for devices like smart glasses that have been stuck in various prototype and beta stages. That's about to change as Virgin Atlantic begins trialing Sony's SmartWear devices as part of a new partnership... Read more...
While the future of Google Glass is in question (and in limbo), the market is ripe for rivals to jump in and pick up where the search giant left off. Count Sony in -- the Japanese electronics firm is off to the races with its new SmartEyeglass wearable that's already available to pre-order in Germany and the U.K... Read more...
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