Category Archives: Wearables

Talk to me

Brooklyn, New York — Scooby, my friend Gram's dog, isn't exactly inscrutable. As a rambunctious five-year-old pit bull, he usually makes whatever he wants you to know fairly apparent. When Scooby first sees you, he tells you he's happy by wagging hi…

Oculus brings Boggle to VR because… why not?

Hasbro isn't wasting much time bringing its board games to Oculus Rooms. As promised, you can now play Boggle in Facebook's social VR space, letting you play the classic word-finding game with up to four pals using Oculus Go or Gear VR headsets. It…

Oculus’ mobile VR now supports paid add-ons for apps

Downloadable extras are a staple of the gaming world on PCs, phones and consoles, but not in VR. With Oculus' devices, you've either had to buy another app or hope the creator would be kind enough to throw in thew new content for free. Not anymore:…

AsteroidOS is an open alternative to Wear OS you can install today

When AsteroidOS first started working on a Linux-based smartwatch platform back in 2015, the device category was still fairly new. Now, the first stable version of the OS is finally available for download, providing an Android-compatible alternative…

“Smart diaper” by Alphabet’s Verily would skip sniff test to answer: #1 or #2?

Enlarge / What’s that kid packin’? (credit: Getty | ullstein bild)

Tech companies are always hoping to clear out the competition with their latest wearable. But Alphabet’s life sciences division, Verily, is likely expecting a blow-out with this one.

The company, formerly known as Google Life Sciences, has a patent-pending plan for a wirelessly connected “smart diaper” that would not only alert a caregiver when there’s a new “event” but also analyze and identify the fresh download—i.e., is it a number one or number two? The connected, absorbent gadget will sound the alarm via a connected device and potentially an app, which can catalogue and keep a record of events.

Verily is not the first to try to plumb the potential of derrière devices for babies. Many companies have come before with simple to high-tech moisture sensors—from color-changing strips to wireless alarms. But, Verily argues in its patent application, the market is lacking a convenient, affordable, all-in-one design that can differentiate between a wee squirt and a code brown. While both require attention and a change, a festering or explosive diaper bomb often requires more urgency, particularly if a baby is dealing with diaper rash.

Read 8 remaining paragraphs | Comments

Snap Spectacles 2 review: Boring, but better

I'll admit it. I was one of those assholes who went out and bought a pair of Snap's Spectacles when they came out. I wore them most places, even at night or when they didn't go with my outfit, on the off chance that I might witness something Snap-wor…

Google and Levi’s smart jacket gets a small but useful update

Three years ago, when Google and Levi's first announced their smart jacket, the tech industry's obsession with wearables was at its peak. Fitness trackers and smartwatches were proliferating, while every other day a new item of clothing was get…

Google’s Clips camera can be shared with your whole family

Until now, Google's Clips camera has only been usable by one person. That's something of a problem for families — what if your partner wants the AI-guided cam to capture a special moment when you're away? Google is about to fix that. It's rolling…

Google is rumored to be working on a Pixel smartwatch

Google could launch up to three Pixel smartwatches this fall, according to leak-meister Evan Blass and German tech site, Winfuture. The devices would likely use Qualcomm's upcoming wearable-dedicated chip, which it designed in close collaboration wit…

Qualcomm is finally releasing a new smartwatch chip

It's been two years since Qualcomm released its latest smartwatch chip, so the company can't blame people for thinking that it already abandoned the market. Apparently, though, that's not the case: Qualcomm's senior director of wearables, Pankaj Kedi…