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.
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.
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 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.