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While the Apple Watch might not have been the biggest thing ever, we all knew that Apple wouldn't stop with just one Watch. The latest rumor on the successor to Watch has it coming out in summer 2016.
First, Apple will have limited quantities when it unveils Watch 2 in Q2 2016, with the supplier of Apple's new wearable, Quanta Computer, having more shipping quantities starting in Q3 2016. There's not much known about the new Watch, but we should expect Apple to do its usual hardware refresh, as well as a few new software tricks up its sleeve.
Legendary watch company TAG Heuer has just released the TAG Heuer Connected, its first smart watch, and the first luxury watch powered by Google's Android Wear.
Connected lets you see weather, step count, or calories, as well check messages, utilize fitness coaching via Google Fit, and ask Google questions, on top of traditional watch features such as the alarm and stopwatch. Google notes all of this works even if you're an iPhone user.
Researcher Canalys says seven million Apple Watches have been shipped by Apple since its launch in April.
The figure falls a bit short of some Wall Street analysts' expectations. However, given Apple sold more smartwatches from April through September than everyone else combined sold in the past five quarters, and the initial component supply issue, this seems to say much more about the market and the supply chain rather than the Apple Watch itself.
Canalys also says Apple Watch shipments have been increasing, as has global availability. Their prediction: Apple will be able to continue with their momentum through the holidays.
Everyone who's ever played Fallout has always wanted their very own Pip-Boy, as evidenced by the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy special editions selling out in mere minutes. Now you can make that desire a reality with the Rufus Cuff, a stylized and futuristic-looking device that essentially straps a smartphone to your wrist.
Marketed as "more than just a smartwatch", the Rufus Cuff offers functionalities befit of a fully-fledged Pip-Boy-like "wrist communicator". It sports a 3.2-inch touchscreen and can run Google Play apps, send and receive voice and video calls, play music, and has a full suite of fitness hardware like an accelerometer and gyroscope. Essentially the wearable is a union between smartwatches and smartphones.
As wearable tech continues to expand into our everyday lives, OEMs are charged with finding innovative new ways to optimize and streamline wearables--especially in the battery life department. With this spirit in mind, Samsung has just revolutionized the world of wearables with its new line flexible strip batteries.
Samsung unveiled its new bendable battery duo, the Stripe and the Band, at this year's InterBattery 2015 showcase in Seoul, displaying a new generation of power solutions for two key wearable types. The South Korean tech giant called the new tech the "embodiment of the age of wearable batteries that is applicable to any curves of a human body."
Since the Stripe sports an ultra-slim 0.3mm battery strip with "innovative energy density", it could pave the way for nonexisting wearables like smart shirts, necklaces or hairbands. Thanks to its shape and size, the Stripe is extremely versatile and can mold and fit a huge assortment of form factors.
We already know that the Oculus Rift requires a GeForce GTX 970 or AMD R290 graphics solution to simulate VR, but it looks like GTX 970 owners will be able to run every single bit of software that Oculus will offer in the official Rift storefront.
In a recent Reddit thread, a curious gamer posed a specific question about future-proofing his rig for further generations of Oculus Rifts. Is it better to buy a GTX 970 to support the first generation, or should you pick up a GTX 980Ti so your setup is ready for Oculus Rift gen 2?
According to a verified Oculus VR employee, the GTX 970 will be enough to support the Oculus Rift for quite some time: "A consumer owning a 970 will be able to play everything on our store," said Oculus expert Philanthropi.
Being released in TrueSmart-i and TrueSmart+ models, Omate's successful Kickstarter campaign now means that users have the ability to get their hands on a completely open Android 4.4 or 5.1 smartwatch, featuring the ability to side-load any Android compatible apps or install them by browsing the Omate store supplied.
With pre-orders set to finish on October 31st, the TrueSmart-i will set users back $149 and provides an Android 4.4 operating system and a 240x240 display, whereas the TrueSmart+ comes with Android 5.1, a 320x320 display and is priced at $169.
With shipments set to kick off in November, further features on these models include a low-power always-on sensor hub thanks to Bosch, rubber straps which incorporate Wi-Fi, 2G, 3G and GPS antennas, a magnetic charging cradle and a built in camera on the TSi model.
LG Electronics has partnered with REEDS Jewelers to create an expensive luxury watch that isn't like most other smartwatches currently available.
The watch features a 1.3" full circle P-OLED display, runs Google Android Wear, and features a 410mAh battery. Owners can receive smart notifications, alerts, navigational prompts, fitness integration, and use the "OK Google" feature. The watch itself has a handmade alligator strap and features 23-karat gold.
If you have deep pockets, you can visit the REEDS' website and pre-order a unit for $1,195. The limited edition watch will have an initial run of just 500 units - with each model receiving its own serial number to authenticate it.
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.