It seems that Fitbit is on a buying streak, having previously announced the takeover of Pebble, the company has today announced the acquisition of smartwatch startup Vector Watch, which will further bolster Fitbit's future smartwatch credentials.
Vector Founder and CTO Andrei Pitis told Techcrunch that "the company was acquired for its software platform and design team" and would incorporate their "unique technology and knowhow with Fitbit's experience and global community". However, the purchase won't necessarily mean that its new owners will movie to develop the same high-end luxury watch that Vector is known for.
Vector's customer support will continue to operate and warranties will be honored, but no new software will be developed.
While market leading fitness wearable producer Fitbit has resisted calls to produce a smartwatch for a number of years, CEO James Park has revealed that functionality is indeed coming - and sooner rather than later.
Speaking to Engadget from CES, Park confirmed that the company will pursue an active app store "as soon as possible". Despite launching the Fitbit Blaze in 2016 with a colour touchscreen, the company hasn't yet launched a model which allows for the loading of third party applications. Instead, users have become accustomed to incremental updates via Fitbit.
Late last year, Fitbit purchased the start-up company Pebble, which launched with a bang on Kickstarter in 2012 but which struggled against competition in recent times. No doubt this acquisition will prove very important to Fitbit as it moves from a stationary fitness wearable to a fully fledged smartwatch.
Google will be unveiling not one, but two new flagship smartwatches in Q1 2017, according to The Verge - who heard it exclusively from product manager of Android Wear at Google, Jeff Chang.
Chang said that the two new smartwatches will be the first flagship Android Wear 2.0 devices that will launch on the new platform. Strangely, the two new wearables won't have Google or Pixel branding, and will be branded by the manufacturers who make them. Chang said that Google is collaborating with the manufacturer, who wouldn't be named, but he did tease that the company has made Android Wear devices in the past.
After the initial launch of the new smartwatches, Google will push out Android Wear 2.0 to existing Android Wear devices, which will include:
- Moto 360 Gen 2
- Moto 360 Sport
- LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE
- LG Watch Urbane
- LG G Watch R
- Polar M600
- Casio Smart Outdoor Watch
- Nixon Mission
- Tag Heuer Connected
- Fossil Q Wander
- Fossil Q Marshal
- Fossil Q Founder
- Michael Kors Access Bradshaw Smartwatch
- Michael Kors Access Dylan Smartwatch
- Huawei Watch
- Huawei Watch Ladies
- ASUS ZenWatch 2
- ASUS ZenWatch 3
We live in a world of smart fridges, smartwatches, and smart other things - but now we're slowly shifting into a world where 'smart' socks are a reality.
Siren Care, a diabetic health tracking startup as developed what I guess we could call 'smart socks' that detect inflammation and injury to your feet, in real-time. The socks use temperature sensors, with type 1 and type 2 diabetic patients being prone to foot injuries, swelling, and other problems that are associated with nerve damage.
This can lead to infections, and amputation if not treated in time - and this is where Siren Care's smart socks come into play. Siren Care founders Ma and Veronica Tran have said that there are sensors woven into the fabric of the smart socks which detect inflammation of any sort, once it's detected inflammation, it will send an alert to your smartphone (you'll need to install the app, obviously) - warning you that you need to check your feet.
In September, Snapchat or Snap Inc. how they are called now announced Spectacles - a pair of sunglasses with an integrated video camera. Snap said that the Spectacles would go on sale for $130.
The first vending machine with Spectacles showed up near the company's headquarters in Venice Beach, California. People waited in line for hours to buy a pair of glasses with a built-in camera. The second vending machine popped up at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park in California.
For now, vending machines are the only way to buy Spectacles and Snap Inc. has a map on their website where you can locate the vending machines.
Back in September, Snapchat announced that after five years they are changing the company's name to Snap Inc. because they won't have just one product anymore.
Their second product comes in the form of sunglasses with an integrated camera that can record 10-second clips. Named Spectacles, they will connect directly to Snapchat via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and transfer data directly into the app in Snapchat's new circular video format.
The Spectacles will go on sale later this year for $130, and the device will be available in three different colors - black, turquoise and orange.
The fun sunglasses are clearly targeted towards a younger audience, so Snap Inc. had to figure out a way to charge them without making it too complicated.
Although it looks more like a smartwatch than a fitness band, the Huawei Fit is here to monitor your heart rate, count steps and track sleep. The fitness band will automatically sense when you are walking, running or sleep, it can monitor the distance, and it will tell you how many calories you burned.
The Fit comes with a 1.04-inch monochrome touchscreen and a 80 mAh battery. According to Huawei, the Fit can last up to 6 days on 2 hours charge. The band is rated IP68, and 5 ATMs for water resistance meaning it can stand submersion up to 50 meters.
A year ago, Tag Heuer introduced its first smartwatch - Tag Heuer Connected. The watch was pretty similar to other Android smartwatches on the market, but the price was set at $1500, which shouldn't be surprising considering it is Tag Heuer.
If you think that's expensive, you are right, but Tag Heuer can do better. And by better, I mean more expensive.
They recently launched a rose gold version of the smartwatch, and it looks like the color is the only difference compared to last year's model. However, the rose gold touch on your smartwatch comes with an insane price of almost $10,000, $9,900 to be precise.
The watch isn't available on their website, and it seems that once it comes to the market, which should be this fall, you will have to find a Tag Heuer retailer to buy it.
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.
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.