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Microsoft Band has been discontinued

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Oct 4, 2016 6:01 pm

Following its second attempt at a fitness tracker, the Microsoft Band appears to be dead. Both iterations of the product have been removed entirely from the official store, and Best Buy is no longer selling them, although Amazon still has some remaining stock up for grabs. As well, the software development kit has been removed.




Sources indicate the software team intended to bring Windows 10 to Band has been, well, disbanded, and that hardware team members have been moved elsewhere. Additionally, Microsoft is said to be phasing out the devices, with no plans for a Band 3.


The company offered a somewhat vague statement on the matter.

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Snapchat announces sunglasses with a built-in camera

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 25, 2016 11:38 am

Snapchat gained its popularity for its messaging app and fun filters that many users have embraced. Now they announced their first gadget - a pair of sunglasses with an integrated video camera.




The device, which the company is calling Spectacles, will record 10-second clips. They connect directly to Snapchat via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and transfer data directly into the app in Snapchat's new circular video format.


Circular video plays full screen on any device, in any orientation, and capture the human perspective with a 115-degree field of view. Snapchat introduced the circular video format to resolve the landscape vs. portrait video dilemma.

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Smart strap lets you take calls through your fingertip

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 16, 2016 4:04 pm

If you want to add more spy/cyberpunk-esque gadgets to your life, Sgnl has you covered. A "smart strap", it replaces the current strap on your watch and allows you to answer calls by placing your fingertip on your ear and speaking through the microphone on the strap. It's also said to allow for outbound calls. To put it another way, it's a much cooler take on the "traditional" Bluetooth headset.



Sgnl -- created by Samsung spin-off Innomdle Lab -- is discrete in that audio is directed into your ear directly through bodily vibrations, and noise canceling capabilities means you'll be able to hear whoever's on the other end clearly.


It's not hard to imagine a smartwatch company will design a product with this functionality built in before long, especially if Sgnl takes off (and it may very well, with $834,308 raised on Kickstarter in about a week, far above its $50,000 ask). If you don't want to wait, $99 will get you the tech before long.

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Fitbit extends market position in wearables sector

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 12, 2016 6:29 am

While the fitness wearable sector has gotten even more competitive in the last 12 months, market leader Fitbit has actually managed to extend it's lead over high powered rivals such as Apple and Garmin in new data published by the International Data Corporation (IDC) in their updated Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker.




Extending it's lead to over a quarter of the entire fitness wearable market, Fitbit managed to extend it's lead slightly with a slew of new models introduced in the last few months such as Blaze and Alta, and bolstered by strong sales of the now end-of-life Charge HR. In somewhat of a surprise, Apple's market share dropped by almost 70%, mostly due to slowing sales for the first Apple Watch (although its successor is now officially on the way) .


Despite smart watches increasingly muscling in on the competitive sector, with Fitbit's Charge 2 and Flex 2 models about to hit stores across the world, it seems the future is bright for the company who focuses on one thing - and doing it very well. We'll have a review of the Charge 2 in the coming weeks.

Apple's new Watch not available in $10,000 gold version

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 8, 2016 9:10 am

Apple announced their new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus smartphones alongside a new Apple Watch Series 2 wearable, with some notable upgrades over the original Watch from 2015.




The original Apple Watch was available in the 'Apple Watch Edition' which made of solid gold and cost a pretty steep $10,000 - but during the Apple event, the company didn't mention the new Watch Series 2 being made in an Apple Watch Edition. Instead, the company revealed a new ceramic-based Apple Watch Edition, but it will not be coming in gold.


Apple's new "reimagined" ceramic Apple Watch Edition starts at $1249, which is around double the cost of the Watch Series 2 which comes in stainless steel, and triple the cost of the cheapest aluminum-based Watch Series 2.

Apple announces Apple Watch Series 2

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 7, 2016 5:58 pm

At today's event in San Francisco, Apple announced their new products.


As expected, Tim Cook unveiled the new Apple Watch which has new watch faces and should run smoother. Apple Watch now has an SOS feature that will send a message in case of emergency.




Also, Pokemon Go is coming to Apple Watch so you can now play using only your Apple Watch. Apple Watch will be shipping before the end of this year.

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Xiaomi's new smartwatch crammed with features, only $120

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 1, 2016 8:41 pm

Xiaomi isn't known as well as Samsung, Apple, LG or other mobile giants, but the Chinese manufacturing giant has just unveiled something that might catch the eye of people wanting to buy a new smartwatch.




Huami is a brand you would not have heard of, but it is a sub-brand of Xiaomi that has just unveiled a new Android-powered smartwatch, the Huami Amazfit. Amazfit is priced at just $120, which will have instant attraction because of its low price, but it rocks a 1.34-inch display with a 300x300 resolution and a 1.2GHz processor inside. We'll also see 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory, with a 200mAh battery inside.




The new Amazfit smartwatch will have around 5 days of battery life, which is not too bad at all, considering competing smartwatches need daily charging. If you want to keep the GPS enabled, the battery life will dive to 35 hours, which is still not too bad - especially considering its $120 price point.

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Samsung's new Gear S3 comes in two models

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 1, 2016 1:34 pm

IFA 2016 - Today at a special separate press conference at IFA 2016 Samsung announced and launched their new Galaxy Gear S3 smart watch. This smart watch is supposed to be a culmination of all of Samsung's learnings over the last 7 generations of making smart watches and as a result comes in two models.




The classic model is more geared towards fashion, style and looks while the Fronteir is more aimed at active individuals with a more rugged look, style and features. The Frontier is the most capable of the two watches with built-in GPS capability and even LTE connectivity for a truly untethereed wearable experience.

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Two new Fitbit writsbands set to evolve the product line

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Aug 30, 2016 2:26 am

Activity tracking wearable firm Fitbit have today announced the impending availability of two new models, including a replacement for the company's best selling Charge HR wristband.




Both products will feature an evolution, not revolution of what's come before, with Charge 2 set to rollout new software based features like connected GPS, multi-sport tracking, cardio fitness feedback and reminders to move. Enhancements to the band itself include a larger, easier to use display and the option for replaceable bands. The new display-less Flex 2 is also set to get some new attention thanks it's swim-proof design - a first for the company.


Charge 2 is available in Australian stores right now, with a global launch next month, while Flex 2 will be available both here and abroad in the coming weeks.

Acer rumored to unveil a gaming-oriented smartwatch soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Aug 25, 2016 3:27 am

Acer has been expanding its Predator gaming line of products, and now the latest rumor is that the Taiwanese electronics giant will unveil a new gaming-oriented smartwatch at IFA 2016 next month.




The rumor is coming from Chinese site Economic Daily News, with Acer's purported gaming smartwatch being a high-end wearable. What could Acer's gaming smartwatch do for gamers? Well, it could be similar to Razer's Nabu wearable, but we could expect something completely different - which is what I want to see.