Category Archives: Wearables

Thalmic axes Myo gesture armband to make ‘entirely different’ product

Thalmic has enjoyed a fair amount of success with its gesture-controlling Myo armband, which found uses in everything from DJ sets to prosthetics. However, the company is trying something radical: it's getting rid of its star product in favor of som…

Oculus’ giant Core 2.0 update is available to everyone

After spending ages in development, Oculus' Rift Core 2.0 interface is rolling out to everyone. The new front end turns into more of a social space, including more 3D objects (such as custom models and unlockable rewards) and eight-person get-togeth…

Google’s $30 USB-C earbuds offer access to Assistant, translations

Google's first attempt at wireless earbuds, the Pixel Buds, aren't for everyone. Not just because they don't live up to the hype — due to jerky performance, overly sensitive touch controls and a tedious case design — but also because they cost $159…

Apple Watch daylight saving bug leaves Series 4 devices in a loop

Apple is still grappling with daylight saving time issues after all these years. Some Australian Apple Watch Series 4 owners have reported that their devices are stuck in reboot loops after the country switched to DST this weekend. Apparently, the Ac…

Fitbit data used to charge 90-year-old man in gruesome hacking murder case

A close up of the underside of the Fitbit Alta HR, which tracks a users heart rate

Enlarge / Fitbit’s Alta HR, a fitness wristband with continuous heart rate monitoring. (credit: Getty | Dave Kotinsky)

San Jose, California, police charged 90-year-old Anthony (Tony) Vincent Aiello in the gruesome death of his 67-year-old stepdaughter after obtaining dramatic health data recorded by her Fitbit Alta HR device.

The stepdaughter, Karen Navarra, was found dead in her house on Thursday, September 13, from multiple deep and instantly incapacitating skull wounds likely inflicted using a small hatchet or axe, according to a police report and autopsy. Her Fitbit data indicated the exact moments those wounds occurred, with her heart rate dramatically spiking then crashing to nothing. The timing of that plummet led to Aiello’s arrest.

A co-worker made the initial discovery of Navarra’s murder while checking in on her after she didn’t show up for her job as a pharmacy technician at the Regional Medical Center, where she had worked for 45 years. Police arriving on the scene reported that they found Navarra slouched in a chair at her dining room table, covered in blood and surrounded by blood-splattered surfaces and curtains.

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Fitbit’s Charge 3 goes on sale October 7th for $150

It's been over a month since Fitbit first announced the Charge 3, seemingly a major improvement over the two-year-old Charge 2 that it'll replace. If you've been wanting to replace an aging fitness tracker with Fitbit's latest, we now know the Charge…

Apple Watch Series 4 Review: A Giant Leap

No matter how skeptical we were from the very beginning the Apple Watch is everywhere now. You see them on the wrists of all kinds of people—not just tech nerds. It is officially a thing. And as of the Series 3 last year, it was even a pretty good thing that you could buy without feeling annoyed to hell by…

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LG’s first hybrid smartwatch is mix of ambition and compromise

On paper, LG's Watch W7 should provide a first-class Wear OS experience and the longevity of a regular analog watch — in other words, the best of all wearable worlds. After a bit of hands-on time here in Queens, though, I'm not sure the reality live…

LG’s new Watch W7 blends a touch display with mechanical hands

Android Wear recently got a substantial overhaul, and now it needs some fancy new hardware to run on. That's where LG's new Watch W7 comes in. It might not have the most elegant name, but it does pack interesting quirk: in addition to the touch-frien…

LG may unveil a hybrid Wear OS watch October 3rd

For months, reports have suggested LG is working on a smartwatch that combines Wear OS and physical watch hands. It appears that the company will reveal said wearable, called LG Watch G7, at the V40 ThinQ smartphone launch next week, according to Ven…