Category Archives: Wearables

Touchy turns you into a over-friendly, clingy human camera

"Hold my hand for ten seconds and I'll take a picture of you." That's what you get to say to people when you're wearing Touchy. The idea's simple: You put on this camera-shaped helmet, and the shutters will keep you blind until you get help from s…

ASUS’ ZenWatch 2 launches in the Google Store

Want a brand new Android Wear smartwatch while sticking to a tight budget? It's your lucky day. The Google Store has started carrying ASUS' ZenWatch 2, which offers the latest Android experience while starting at a very frugal $149 US. You don't ha…

Google wants Glass-like headsets with holographic displays

Google Glass (aka Project Aura), as cool as it is, isn't very immersive: you're still looking at flat pictures superimposed on a 3D world. You may see some added depth in the future, though. Google has filed for a patent on a "head wearable display…

What I learned from spending a week with the first big Apple Watch update

By Jared Newman This article originally appeared on Fast Company and is reprinted with permission. As the first Apple Watch update big enough to merit its own official web page, WatchOS 2 is supposed to be a big deal.

Huawei’s first Android Wear watch is a beautiful yet basic timepiece

Huawei’s first Android Wear watch.

Huawei isn’t exactly the first company that comes to mind when you think of stylish connected devices. The Chinese manufacturer has delved into wearables with its TalkBand series, but those were slow to come to the US and their fitness tracker-meets-Bluetooth-headset capabilities were peculiar. Now Huawei wants to test the waters of Google’s wearable OS with its new smartwatch, simply dubbed the Huawei Watch, and it’s a solid first attempt at Android Wear.

Design

All Android Wear watches must work under the limitations of Google’s wearable operating system, and because of this, style has become one of the ways watches can stand out. I consider the Huawei Watch a happy medium between the LG Watch Urbane and the Moto 360: it has the old-school connected case and lug design of the Watch Urbane with the lithe feel of the Moto 360.

Huawei came out the gate strong with one of the most comprehensive collections of smartwatches, and it happens be one of the most thoughtful collections as well. All six Huawei Watch models measure 42mm and feature a 1.4-inch AMOLED display covered in sapphire glass to prevent scratches. Rather than designating men’s or women’s versions, there’s something for everyone’s personal tastes: while I prefer the ultra-luxe rose gold model with chain-link band, my boyfriend would want the blacked-out model with its “diamond-like carbon” coating that resists scratches all over the body. You can mix and match bodies with bands, opting for silver, black, or rose gold faces with either leather, chain, or mesh bands.

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Tattoo-like electronic health patches are now easy to make

However much you like the idea of a wearable electronic patch monitoring (or improving) your health, it's not all that practical. Making just one patch using current tech can take days, and you'd better believe that the result will be expensive. Un…

Samsung’s Gear S2 smartwatch arrives in the US October 2nd

After a number of teases, Samsung finally revealed its Tizen-driven Gear S2 smartwatch earlier this month at IFA. If you've been champing at the bit to purchase one, you'll soon have the chance to do so. The wearable goes on sale this Friday, Octob…

Skype dons Android Wear support

If you've been waiting for the day you can use Skype on your Android Wear watch, then update your app ASAP. The messenger now supports the wearable platform and gives you a way to read and reply to new messages on your wrist using pre-written respo…

Fossil teases features and fashion of new “Q” wearables range

(credit: Fossil)

Smartwatches like the Apple Watch and the Moto 360 will soon have competition from fashion brand Fossil, and we now have a glimpse into what Fossil has planned. On Fossil Australia’s blog, the company showed off a few photos of its new line of wearables, dubbed Fossil Q.

Fossil previously teased its upcoming Android Wear smartwatch at the Intel Developer Forum in August, but we are now learning that the wearables range won’t be bound to one operating system. The post details that Fossil Q will consist of devices that will have their own companion apps for Android, iOS, and Windows Phones. This will undoubtedly be enticing for users who are thinking about investing in a stylish smartwatch but don’t want to be limited by their choice of smartphone.

We know that the range will have the non-display Android Wear watch that was teased at IDF, as well as a smart band that comes in his and her styles. As far as compatibly goes, it’s unlikely that the Android Wear watch will work with Windows devices since Google has been notoriously closed-off to Microsoft programs and services. Also, Android Wear on iOS is severely limited, so Fossil will likely be just as constrained as other Android Wear OEMs in terms of software functionality.

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Trippy art project has you exploring fractals in virtual reality

Fractal art can already be mesmerizing when you're staring at a 2D picture, but artist Matteo Zamagni has found a way to kick things up a notch. His Nature Abstraction art project has you diving into 3D fractals thanks to both an Oculus Rift virtu…