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Gaming peripheral company Razer has unveiled a redesigned version of the Nubu wearable during the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) convention in Seattle. The new device is able to monitor steps taken, distance, calories burned, activity minutes, and sleep duration each evening.
The wearable has an OLED 128x16 single color display, and features a 3-axis accelerometer and cylindrical vibration motor.
Pre-orders begin on September, and the updated Razer Nabu will begin shipping in October 2015. It has a $99.99 MSRP.
Apple has made its first appearance in the wearables market, and is already within striking distance of No. 1 company Fitbit, according to IDC. Apple shipped 3.6 million units during the second quarter of 2015, trailing Fitbit by just 0.8 million units - with the wearables market getting a whopping 223 percent year-over-year growth, increasing from 5.6 million units up to 18.1 million units.
Fitbit leads with 24.3 percent market share, with Apple (19.9 percent), Xiaomi (17.1 percent), Garmin (3.9 percent), and Samsung (3.3 percent) in the top five. It looks like Fitbit needs a drastic boost to keep its overall market lead, as Apple clearly took wearables by storm.
"Anytime Apple enters a new market, not only does it draw attention to itself, but to the market as a whole," said Ramon Llamas, research manager for wearables at IDC. "Its participation benefits multiple players and platforms within the wearables ecosystem, and ultimately drives total volumes higher.
Swatch is taking a relatively cautious approach to the smartwatch market, in an effort to avoid directly competing against the Apple Watch, Motorola Moto 360, and other smartwatches. However, the Swiss watch company has plenty of growth for its smartwatch product portfolio - while providing individual smartwatch features in its devices.
"Our product is called Touch Zero One and that gives enough room for Zero Five, Zero Nine," said Nick Hayek, CEO of the Swatch Group, according to the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper in Switzerland. "The Touch Zero One is not the end of the progression."
The Swatch Touch Zero Two will launch during the Rio Olympic Games 2016 next summer in Brazil.
In late 2014, Intel and watchmaker Fossil Group announced they were going to develop fashionable smartwatches, and we've finally received glimpse of the wearables.
During IDF, Fossil showed off three Intel smartwatches, powered by Google Android Wear, with all three expected during Q4 this year. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and Fossil SVP Gregory McKelvey announced the watches during the opening keynote of the 2015 Intel Developer Forum (IDF).
Designed for consumers seeking fashionable, yet tech-centric smartwatches, it looks like Fossil wants to take aim at the Apple Watch. One watch looks quite similar to the Motorola Moto 360, and features a silver finish, leather straps and a black bar type look that many of you may already be familiar with.
The 2015 "future" of 'Back to the Future Part II' is now, and whilst we don't have flying cars, 'Jaws 19' or those auto-lacing Nikes (at least yet), we're seemingly working closer towards those awesome hoverboards.. even if they don't work quite like in the film.
Lexus have finally revealed their prototype Hoverboard tech in action, and whilst it does rely on some unreadily available tech such as liquid nitrogen and magnet flooring, clearly it works, even if it requires pro skateboarders such as Ross McGouran to re-learn their craft.
Whilst its unclear what practical application Lexus are hoping to obtain from their science fair project, it's still cool to see.
Kinematix has been heavily promoting its TUNE, a wearable designed for runners, able to collect all sorts of information - well beyond pace and speed - including each foot's ground-contact time, heel-contact time, and more.
TUNE includes insoles with electronic sensors, able to to sync with small electronic devices that connect to the outside of the shoe. After each run, athletes are able to take a closer look at their technique throughout the workout - and the TUNE app even shows how to properly do exercises.
The insole is extremely thin and should be able to fit into most shoes, and since the insole isn't in direct contact with a person's foot, there should be no need to try and wash it.
If you've been waiting to purchase the Apple Watch but didn't want to visit an Apple store, you'll be happy to hear Best Buy will begin selling the watch on August 7.
Best Buy will roll out the watch to 100 retail stores next month, and will make sure more than 300 locations have the watch in time for Christmas.
"The Apple Watch is an important addition to an emerging product category, and we know our customers want it," said Jason Bonfig, senior category officer at Best Buy, in a statement published by VentureBeat.
We don't know what numbers Apple are pulling with Watch, but whatever the company is doing is making some big waves in the smartwatch market. Apple has secured itself 75% of the smartwatch market, in the last three months since Watch was released.
The news is coming from Strategy Analytics, which also points out that the global smartwatch shipments increased 457% year-over-year. Samsung lost the most during the last quarter, dropping to second position shipping only 400,000 smartwatches. While Apple won't release sales numbers on Watch, CFO Luca Maestri said that Watch is responsible for a cool billion dollars in sales so far.
Apple faces extremely high expectations during its investment calls, and despite 35 percent more iPhone sold during Q3 2015 over one year before, the company was aware revenue could drop below financial forecasts.
Shortly after its latest Q3 financial forecast, the company's stock value dropped up to seven percent during after-hours trading - and dropped more than 5 percent on Wednesday morning. Not surprisingly, the iPhone is the most valuable product for Apple, accounting for almost two-thirds of the company's revenue.
The launch of the Apple Watch smartwatch, which has reportedly sold millions of units, still hasn't been able to live up to such high expectations. Of course, the Apple Watch has quickly outsold rival models from Samsung, LG, Motorola, ASUS, and others - and that trend will likely continue in the future.
Swatch CEO Nick Hayek said his company will release the Swatch NFC smartwatch this summer, and there are already 20,000 units ready for launch. The connected watch isn't designed to be a smartphone on your wrist, but will be able to support wireless payments and other mobile functions.
"We will launch it in the US, China and Switzerland," Hayek said in a statement to the Wall Street Journal. "We have 20,000 already in stock and we are very optimistic about the watch."
Hayek didn't disclose what impact the Apple Watch has had on the company, but Swatch's effort to join the smartwatch market should be a telling sign. I think it's a good move by Swatch - as the Apple Watch and other smartwatches won't take the high-end market - but will pressure the lower-end Swatch target market.