Wearable Tech

Samsung Pay On The Gear S3 Compatible With Almost Every Android Phone Except Google Pixel

Samsung Pay now works on Android devices that are paired with the Galaxy Gear S3 and S3 Frontier through an update to the Gear Manager app. Google Pixel owners have discovered that they cannot install the update.

Wearable Tech November 29, 2016

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Gets Software Update: Auto Pause Feature, New Workout Tracking Options

The Samsung Gear Fit 2's new firmware update will significantly improve the wearable's precision and tracking smarts. These are complemented by new features that require less input from users, allowing uninterrupted workouts.

Wearable Tech November 25, 2016

No, You Don't Need A PC Powerhouse To Use Microsoft's $300 Windows 10 VR Headsets: Minimum System Requirements Revealed

Microsoft's Windows 10 VR headsets and platform won't need a high-end PC to work, and according to the minimum system requirements, you only need a midrange computer.

Wearable Tech November 22, 2016

Google's Smart Autofocusing Contact Lens Delayed: Tests Pushed Back Beyond 2016

Novartis and Alphabet's smart contact lenses aren't set for human clinical trials in 2016, as previously promised. A spokesperson has explained that both companies are learning as the development progresses, promising to provide updates in the future.

Wearable Tech November 21, 2016

[UPDATED] Intel To Discontinue Wearable Efforts As Report Of Layoffs In New Devices Group Surfaces

Intel's wearable ambition sustained a major setback with the phaseout of its Basis product line. The company has already notified affected employees that they will have to go by the end of the year.

Wearable Tech November 20, 2016

Sony Xperia Ear To Be Released On Dec. 13 For $200 In The US

The Sony Xperia Ear, Sony's own hands-free virtual assistant entry will hit U.S. shelves Dec. 13 for $199. It's a tiny voice-enabled device that can perform tasks such as sending messages, helping with directions, looking for information and more.

Wearable Tech November 19, 2016

You Can Use Samsung Pay On The Gear S3 With Any Other Android Phone

Samsung confirmed that Samsung Pay, its proprietary mobile payment service, will work on the Gear S3 even when paired with non-Samsung smartphones. For this, you need to have an Android phone running Android 4.4. Kitkat or higher.

Wearable Tech November 19, 2016

Snapchat Spectacles: How To Buy And Where You'll Find Them

As the frenzy for Snapchat Spectacles grows, we give you some tips on where and how to snag the video-recording sunglasses which are limited in supply. The $129.99 sunglasses are being sold officially only through the Snapbot and not online or in physical stores.

Wearable Tech November 16, 2016

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier To Be Available Via AT&T And T-Mobile: Which Carrier Should You Buy The Smartwatch From?

The Samsung Gear S3 frontier is going to be available at AT&T and T-Mobile, but the question is, which carrier should you get the smartwatch from?

Wearable Tech November 16, 2016

Samsung Gear S3 Gets Official Teardown Treatment: Here's What The Innards Of The Upcoming Wearable Look Like

Samsung has uploaded an exhaustive teardown of its upcoming Tizen-based smartwatch. The Samsung Gear S3 hits shelves Nov. 18 with a retail price of $349 for the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth model.

Wearable Tech November 15, 2016

MIT's MoVR Lets HTC Vive, Oculus Rift VR Headsets Go Wireless Via Millimeter Waves

MIT has developed a system that enables wireless connection for virtual reality headsets. Named the MoVR system, it uses high-frequency radio signals called millimeter waves, pushing out data to the VR headset at speeds in the Gbps range.

Wearable Tech November 15, 2016

'The Martian VR Experience' Rolling Out For HTC Vive, PSVR: See The Red Planet Up Close For $20

The 'Martian VR Experience' is heading to the PlayStation VR and to the HTC Vive via SteamVR. There is no word yet on the rollout schedule for other VR systems such as the Oculus Rift.

Wearable Tech November 15, 2016

Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 Self-Lacing Sneakers To Cost $720, Not $1,000: Dec. 1 Expected Release Date, Not Nov. 28

Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 is the self-lacing sneakers that will make you feel like Marty McFly, and it's about to be released next month with a pretty hefty price tag.

Wearable Tech November 14, 2016

Matrix PowerWatch Uses Your Body Heat To Run: No Charging Required

Matrix Industries is currently in the process of crowdfunding the first smartwatch you can charge with your body heat. Employing thermoelectric technologies, the Matrix PowerWatch can convert your body heat to power.

Wearable Tech November 15, 2016

Snapchat Spectacles Is Popular Because It's Nothing Like Google Glass

When Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel unveiled the Spectacles, the device was likened to the Google Glass. The Spectacles are nothing like the Google Glass though, and that is why it has skyrocketed in popularity.

Wearable Tech November 15, 2016

Nokia's Scrapped Smartwatch Moonraker Revealed: Hands-On Video Shows What Could Have Been On Our Wrists

A new video showcasing the different capabilities of the now-canceled Nokia Moonraker has surfaced online. The Moonraker was supposed to be the company's first smartwatch until Microsoft killed it in favor of its Band watches.

Wearable Tech November 14, 2016

This Anti-Snore Wearable Has Taken Kickstarter By Storm: How Does It Work?

Kickstarter is on fire because of the rise of the Anti-Snore wearable. The gadget is designed to stop snorers from causing a raucous in the middle of the night.

Wearable Tech November 14, 2016

Forget Snapchat Spectacles, Meet Vuzix Blade 3000: AR Smart Sunglasses That Work Like A Smartwatch

Vuzix is trying to make an inroad in the small growth of smart glasses technology. Its Blade 3000 series of AR-powered smart glasses will make an appearance at CES next year, poised to work as easily as a smartwatch.

Wearable Tech November 14, 2016

HTC Vive Virtual Reality Headset Goes Wireless: $220 Upgrade Kit Now Open For Preorders

HTC recently announced its upgrade kit for the HTC Vive VR headset at Alibaba's 11/11 Global Shopping Festival in China. This add-on will render the Vive VR wireless and is available for preorders in China for $220.

Wearable Tech November 12, 2016

Snapchat Spectacles Are Official, And Here's Why Everyone's Having Fun With It

Early owners of the Snapchat Spectacles are now getting to know their devices after its unusual rollout this week. Unboxings and early hands-on experience revealed a number of surprising things.

Wearable Tech November 12, 2016

Snapchat Spectacles Sold Out Quick: You Can Still Buy It On eBay, But It Costs A Lot More Than $130

The first batch of Snapchat's Spectacles are getting sold out hours after release only to resurface at eBay with outrageous prices. Its limited supply will likely drive the high resale prices for some time due to high demand.

Wearable Tech November 11, 2016

Snap Inc Spectacles Hitting Snapbot Vending Machines: Ready For Bot Landing? [Video]

Snap Inc. has started selling its video-recording Spectacles via special vending machines called Snapbots, which look like huge yellow minions. Snapbots won't stay for long in the same location, but a map will tell you where they are and where they're going.

Wearable Tech November 10, 2016

Google Daydream View Review Roundup: Good Mobile VR, Game-Changing Controller And More Early Impressions

Google's new Daydream View smartphone-powered mobile VR headset is ready to go on sale, promising an exciting experience on a budget. Early reviews are in, so here's what the experts are saying.

Wearable Tech November 10, 2016

New HTC Vive Headset Under Development: Is This The HTC Vive 2, Code-Named 'Oasis?'

HTC confirmed that it is indeed working on an HTC Vive successor. It will come with still-unspecified hardware improvements but a number of these were designed to support the company's new initiative, the Viveport Arcade.

Wearable Tech November 4, 2016

Huawei Fit Review Roundup: What Experts Are Saying About The New Fitness Tracker In Town

As the Huawei Fit begins to roll out in the United States, early reviews are trickling in. There are standout features that impressed a few watchers but are these enough to make up for several weaknesses?

Wearable Tech November 3, 2016

Samsung Gear S3 Preorder Begins Nov. 6, Release Date On Nov. 18 In The US: Prices Start At $350

The Samsung Gear S3 is about to roll out this November, with preorders kicking off in the same month. Here's what you need to know before then, from the price to the Frontier and Classic variants.

Wearable Tech November 3, 2016

Samsung Gear S3 Nears Launch: Best Buy Listings Go Up, Gear Manager Update Brings Compatibility Support

Preorders for Samsung's new Gear S3 range of Android smartwatches started going live across U.S. retailers this week. Best Buy is leading the fray with a dedicated store page, listing the wearables as Coming Soon.

Wearable Tech November 3, 2016

Samsung Gear S2 Owners Report Email Notification Issues Following Gear Manager Update

Samsung has found itself in another rut after the Gear Manager update caused a few glitches for Gear S2 owners. Owners of the popular smartwatch are unable to perform certain tasks that were possible prior to the new update.

Wearable Tech November 4, 2016

Third Oculus Sensor Gives You Room-Scale VR, And It's Available For Preorder Now At $79

Oculus has launched a third standalone sensor for the Oculus Rift that will allow the setup of a room-scale VR. It is now available for preorder and will start shipping on Dec. 13.

Wearable Tech November 1, 2016

Asus ZenWatch 3 Goes Up For Preorder: Available Via Asus Store, B&H For $229

The Asus Zenwatch 3 has already been made available for preorder, although it appears to be selling out fast. The wearable device not only looks and feels premium, but it is also quite sturdy, as it is made from jewel-grade stainless steel.

Wearable Tech November 1, 2016

Microsoft To Share More About Windows 10 Creators Update VR Headsets In December

Microsoft is ready to get in the VR market with the help of its VR partners. The first set of devices should hit the market in March of 2017, but we know little of what these VR headsets can do. Come December, we expect Microsoft to share a lot to ease frustration.

Wearable Tech November 3, 2016

Emporio Armani Connected Hybrid Smartwatch Line Launched: Quartz Batteries, Activity Tracking And More

Armani is selling its own lineup of hybrid smartwatches next week, called the Emporio Armani Connected series. The quartz-powered hybrid smartwatches lack notable smartwatch features but do support Bluetooth for smartphone integration.

Wearable Tech October 27, 2016

Abba Developing New Virtual Reality Experience With Universal Music and ‘American Idol’’s Simon Fuller

The members of iconic pop group Abba are reuniting to create a new virtual reality experience. The group has partnered with Universal Music and American Idol creator Simon Fuller in the venture.

Wearable Tech October 28, 2016

Xiaomi Mi VR vs. Mi VR Play: What's The Difference?

Xiaomi announced the new Mi VR headset during the official unveiling of the Mi Note 2 last Oct. 25 in Beijing. It replaces the Xiaomi VR Play, the company's first VR headset released in August.

Wearable Tech October 27, 2016

Xiaomi's Second Headset Mi VR Breaks Cover, Comes With 9-Axis Motion Controller: Smartphone Compatibility, Price And More

Xiaomi has a second VR headset in store, and it's called the Mi VR. Succeeding the Mi VR Play, the new wearable tech comes packed with a 9-axis motion controller, and it promises to provide ultra-low latency at 16 ms.

Wearable Tech October 26, 2016

Smartwatch Sales Down By More Than Half In The Third Quarter Of 2016

Smartwatches may have caught the public’s attention in previous years after its worldwide release. But it seems the smartwatch industry now is a thing of the past, following a decrease in overall sales in the third quarter of 2016.

Wearable Tech October 25, 2016

Samsung Gear S3 To Launch In Mid-November In The US

Samsung is reportedly shipping its latest smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S3, in mid-November for Korean and U.S. markets. No exact price has been announced, but its expected to closely mirror the Canadian Gear S3 price at CAD $469.99

Wearable Tech October 20, 2016

The Misfit Phase Is The $175 Analog Watch With Some Smart Features Launching Nov. 7

The Misfit Phase, a new analog watch from Misfit, comes with fitness tracking capabilities. It will be released this fall with a starting price of $175.

Wearable Tech October 18, 2016

PlayStation VR Works With The Xbox One, PC And Wii U For 2D Gaming In Cinematic Mode

The PlayStation is reported to support not only PlayStation 4 titles, but also other HDMI sources such as the Xbox One and Wii U. When connected, the third-party devices show up in PSVR's cinematic mode, a large 2D screen inside the virtual reality space.

Wearable Tech October 18, 2016

Smartwatch Prototype WristWhirl Lets You Control Your Wrist Like A Joystick

Researchers from Dartmouth College and the University of Manitoba bring to light the WristWhirl smartwatch prototype. The WristWhirl offers a unique alternative for one-handed smartwatch operations by using the wrist like a joystick.

Wearable Tech October 15, 2016

Apple Watch Nike+ To Be Available On Oct. 28: Price, Built-In Apps And More

Apple is set to release Apple Watch Nike+ editions of its latest smartwatch on Oct. 28. It will feature a more rugged design and exclusive Nike+ software geared for fitness-minded consumers.

Wearable Tech October 14, 2016

Modal VR: Atari Cofounder Nolan Bushnell Enters VR Space With New Startup

Atari cofounder Nolan Bushnell launched a new virtual reality startup with Jason Crawford called Modal VR, with Crawford acting as chief executive. The platform features support for multiple users simultaneously and is aimed at businesses.

Wearable Tech October 13, 2016

Samsung Unwraps 14nm Exynos 7 Dual 7270 With LTE Capability: Wearable Calling And Data In The Horizon?

Samsung announces the Exynos 7 Dual 7270 that is designed for wearable devices built on 14-nanometer (nm) FinFET technology. The new SoC has an LTE modem integration that will turn wearables into standalone devices for calling and data.

Wearable Tech October 13, 2016

HTC Halfbeak Android Wear Smartwatch Alleged Images Leak, Reveal Under Armour Logo: New Fitness-Focused Wearable Coming?

A series of photos showing what appears to be the long-rumored HTC smartwatch has surfaced on Weibo. HTC's yet to give an official release date and a detailed spec sheet for the smartwatch, which has suffered a number of delays.

Wearable Tech October 10, 2016

Pebble 2 Review Roundup: Good Battery And Affordable Price, But Don't Expect Too Much

The first Pebble 2 reviews are in, so let's see what critics think about this affordable gadget that tries to combine smartwatch and fitness tracking functionality without compromising battery life.

Wearable Tech October 5, 2016

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