CES 2016 - Razer's latest venture in the wearable computing sector has produced the Nabu Watch, a durable smartwatch that's aimed at fitness buffs.
While Razer's new Nabu Watch certainly counts as a smartwatch, the wearable doesn't exactly sport the functionality of an LG Watch Urbane or an Apple Watch. The device is more of a watch-faced fitness tracker, and you won't be able to view a colorful apps as its display is limited to a single color--you guessed it, lime green. As a result, however, the Nabu Watch has stellar battery life that can last up to a week with regular use.
Razer's latest wearable sports an OLED 128 x 16 single color display with a single button for screen interaction. Spec-wise, the usual suspects are in attendance, including a 3-axis accelerometer, vibration capabilities, wireless syncing via low-energy Bluetooth (BLE) connectivity, and charging via a magnetic USB cable. Since its tailored for sport and fitness, the Nabu Watch is quite durable and is shock resistant up to 5m, and is perfect for swimmers with a waterproof rating of up to 50 meters (165 feet) of submergence.
CES 2016 - HTC has been getting all of the headlines lately for its VR headset, including the announcement of the new Vive Pre which features front-facing cameras, but the Taiwanese giant just teamed up with Under Amour for a slew of fitness-focused devices.
Under Armour teamed with HTC to help design its hardware, with Under Armour launching an entire ecosystem of apps and gadgets - and releasing them at once - go hard or go home, right?
First up, we have the UA Band which is a "simple activity tracker" reports Engadget. HTC's design can be seen here, with an outward facing part of the band featuring a "lightly textured soft black plastic". The UA Band counts your steps, tracks your sleep, has a heart rate monitor, and tracks multiple kinds of exercise.
Samsung has a new "bio-processor" that's able to track up to five different biometrics at any one time to help keep tighter tabs on your state of health.
The little processor that they've developed is designed to be able to give more metrics and more data to the user. It'll support biometric impedance analysis, ECG readings, skin temperature, galvanic response and a whole lot of other metrics so that you can actually have real measurements of important health data. This should be far more efficient and accurate than any previous non-specific processors for the job. Theoretically at least.
Could you imagine being able to predict a heart attack before it gets to a critical point, letting you get to a doctor well before any permanent damage. That would be a very useful feature. Samsung envisions being able to put this type of technology in their future wearables like the Gear Watch S2.
I was a big fan of the original Google Glass, but the new Enterprise Edition version of the headset is looking much more appealing - with a new image shown off thanks to a filing with the FCC.
The work-focused eyepiece looks muhc better, with an improved design - including a larger prism to look through, and a nifty hinge that can be folded up. It looks like there's a spot for a magnetic battery attachment, and inside we should see an Atom processor from Intel.
We don't know when Google will unveil the new Glass headset, but 9to5Google reports that the Mountain View-based search giant will only distribute its new Glass headset to Glass for Work companies, which sucks - because I wanted one.
If you're interested in a brand new Omate Smartwatch design, you're too late - for the early bird entries at least. Raising over $100,000 in the first day of trading and currently sitting at $231,618 raised in total on IndieGoGo, Omate's new water resistant and carbon fiber bezel watch was blitzed by the public in no time at all.
Toting Android 5.1 and quoted as "the world's first standalone water resistant smartwatch," this product has already become 766% funded, reaching its original goal on December 9, 2015. There are still Omate Rise Standard Edition packs available for those looking to buy at $299 plus shipping, with the $209 and $199 early bird and early bird developer packs already clearing 500 units each.
This is yet another successful smartwatch crowdfunding campaign by this company and it's likely not the last. Here at TweakTown we will be receiving the TrueSmart+ when it hits the public around CES 2016, stay tuned for our thoughts.
Two-factor authentication is the security term on everyone's lips these days, with major global players all moving to this more secure method of self-identification, ranging from manufacturers to retailers and Government agencies alike.
In the latest news, Google has published its offline-enabled authentication app, suitable for smartwatches. Available to download for free off Google Play, this app is thankfully available without being always-online, allowing users to identify themselves efficiently and easily through a wrist-worn device.
There is also word on NFC authentication with this update, meaning that we could see authentication tags and wristbands in the future, meaning users are able to simply tap a product to their phone, computer, tablet or even television to confirm it is actually them.
With smartwatches still being seen as a 'thing of the future' for mainstream consumers, Apple is trying to further push its target audience towards teched-out wearables.
According to 9To5Mac there will be an Apple Watch 2 launch in March 2016, however this information is not yet confirmed by Apple themselves.
Rumored to contain advanced health sensors, a camera for video conferencing, sleep tracking and features to be used without smartphone integration, this release timing is sure to annoy users who purchase the original Apple Watch as a Christmas present - but this might be Apple's idea in the first place, clearing some out stock at full pricing before flooding the market with a superior device.
In a surprising move, LG has stopped the sales of its just-launched Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE smartwatch, with the South Korean electronics giant citing "a hardware issue which affects the day-to-day functionality of the device".
LG launched the smartwatch with LTE capabilities last week with AT&T, with Verizon planning to launch it today, but now both carriers will not be selling the device. The Verge heard from LG, which said there is no date planned for its return to market. There were no details released on the specific hardware issue, which is unfortunate.
With no other smartwatch manufacturers having LTE-capable smartwatches on the market, LG is in an interesting position with the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE. Samsung isn't far away from releasing an LTE-capable smartwatch, with their Gear S2 with LTE coming to AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon very soon.
Following the announcement of the Apple Watch 2 which is set for sale in 2016, there has also been the unveiling of Apple's circular wireless charging dock, destined to be released with a $79 price tag.
Designed to help combat the third-party charging products already released, this product will enable charging of the Apple Watch when it is either sitting laid flat or propped up on its side atop this new unit. To fully make use of the charging when sitting on its side, Apple has introduced a 'nightstand mode', aiming to replace your alarm clock.
Said to be 3-inches in diameter, this dock will be powered through a Lighting port connection, however, no wall power plug will be included.
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.