In late 2014, Intel and watchmaker Fossil Group announced they were going to develop fashionable smartwatches, and we've finally received glimpse of the wearables.
During IDF, Fossil showed off three Intel smartwatches, powered by Google Android Wear, with all three expected during Q4 this year. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and Fossil SVP Gregory McKelvey announced the watches during the opening keynote of the 2015 Intel Developer Forum (IDF).
Designed for consumers seeking fashionable, yet tech-centric smartwatches, it looks like Fossil wants to take aim at the Apple Watch. One watch looks quite similar to the Motorola Moto 360, and features a silver finish, leather straps and a black bar type look that many of you may already be familiar with.
The 2015 "future" of 'Back to the Future Part II' is now, and whilst we don't have flying cars, 'Jaws 19' or those auto-lacing Nikes (at least yet), we're seemingly working closer towards those awesome hoverboards.. even if they don't work quite like in the film.
Lexus have finally revealed their prototype Hoverboard tech in action, and whilst it does rely on some unreadily available tech such as liquid nitrogen and magnet flooring, clearly it works, even if it requires pro skateboarders such as Ross McGouran to re-learn their craft.
Whilst its unclear what practical application Lexus are hoping to obtain from their science fair project, it's still cool to see.
Kinematix has been heavily promoting its TUNE, a wearable designed for runners, able to collect all sorts of information - well beyond pace and speed - including each foot's ground-contact time, heel-contact time, and more.
TUNE includes insoles with electronic sensors, able to to sync with small electronic devices that connect to the outside of the shoe. After each run, athletes are able to take a closer look at their technique throughout the workout - and the TUNE app even shows how to properly do exercises.
The insole is extremely thin and should be able to fit into most shoes, and since the insole isn't in direct contact with a person's foot, there should be no need to try and wash it.
If you've been waiting to purchase the Apple Watch but didn't want to visit an Apple store, you'll be happy to hear Best Buy will begin selling the watch on August 7.
Best Buy will roll out the watch to 100 retail stores next month, and will make sure more than 300 locations have the watch in time for Christmas.
"The Apple Watch is an important addition to an emerging product category, and we know our customers want it," said Jason Bonfig, senior category officer at Best Buy, in a statement published by VentureBeat.
We don't know what numbers Apple are pulling with Watch, but whatever the company is doing is making some big waves in the smartwatch market. Apple has secured itself 75% of the smartwatch market, in the last three months since Watch was released.
The news is coming from Strategy Analytics, which also points out that the global smartwatch shipments increased 457% year-over-year. Samsung lost the most during the last quarter, dropping to second position shipping only 400,000 smartwatches. While Apple won't release sales numbers on Watch, CFO Luca Maestri said that Watch is responsible for a cool billion dollars in sales so far.
Apple faces extremely high expectations during its investment calls, and despite 35 percent more iPhone sold during Q3 2015 over one year before, the company was aware revenue could drop below financial forecasts.
Shortly after its latest Q3 financial forecast, the company's stock value dropped up to seven percent during after-hours trading - and dropped more than 5 percent on Wednesday morning. Not surprisingly, the iPhone is the most valuable product for Apple, accounting for almost two-thirds of the company's revenue.
The launch of the Apple Watch smartwatch, which has reportedly sold millions of units, still hasn't been able to live up to such high expectations. Of course, the Apple Watch has quickly outsold rival models from Samsung, LG, Motorola, ASUS, and others - and that trend will likely continue in the future.
Swatch CEO Nick Hayek said his company will release the Swatch NFC smartwatch this summer, and there are already 20,000 units ready for launch. The connected watch isn't designed to be a smartphone on your wrist, but will be able to support wireless payments and other mobile functions.
"We will launch it in the US, China and Switzerland," Hayek said in a statement to the Wall Street Journal. "We have 20,000 already in stock and we are very optimistic about the watch."
Hayek didn't disclose what impact the Apple Watch has had on the company, but Swatch's effort to join the smartwatch market should be a telling sign. I think it's a good move by Swatch - as the Apple Watch and other smartwatches won't take the high-end market - but will pressure the lower-end Swatch target market.
One thing that unites all wearables would have to be their lackluster battery life, but it looks like researchers over at Microsoft's WearDrive project might have solved this.
The researchers are using a RAM-based system that doesn't rely on a battery, something that would save battery life in wearables. The way this works is by pairing the wearable with a smartphone through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, with the more energy consuming apps processed on the smartphone, instead of on the wearable where it consumes the important battery life.
Microsoft's WearDrive energy saving system was tested on an Android-powered smartphone, with the researchers noting that there was a "negligible" impact on smartphone battery life, while there was a 300% improvement on battery conversation on the werable. The we arable was also 800% faster than normal application runtimes, which is a huge achievement. The WearDrive also deactivates when it's out of range of a paired smartphone.
The new version of Google Glass will be powered by an Intel Atom processor, thanks to the detectives over at 9to5Google. They've reported that the new version of Google Glass will be called 'Enterprise Edition', or just 'EE'.
The updated Glass will feature a bigger prism, which is the little part of the wearable device that you look into, while Intel will provide an Atom processor. The larger prism is very welcomed, as it will help reduce eye strain and allow larger Now cards to be placed in front of your vision, while the Intel Atom processor will provide improved performance and better battery life.
Additionally, heat management has been improved, and thanks to the Intel Atom processor and its increased battery life, you should get through more of the day with the new Glass. Google has also reportedly developed an external battery pack for Glass, which I can't see many people using. Where are you going to install an external battery pack? On your ear? The new Enterprise Edition will also feature 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band Wi-Fi.
When Apple launched its Watch back in April, the world stood still waiting to see just how huge the sales of Apple's first wearable would be. Well, while they might have started off with around 1.5 million Watch units sold, at an average of around 200,000 per day, those numbers have dropped, considerably.
According to Slice, Apple Watch sales have completely bottomed out to less than 10,000 per day, reports MarketWatch. More than two-thirds of the Apple Watch units have been the cheaper "Sport" version of Apple Watch, which has a starting price of $349. The more advanced models start at $549, but the sales numbers on those are much lower. In the United States, just 2,000 of the $10,000+ "Gold Edition" Watch have been sold.
What does this mean for the Watch? Well, it means that Apple didn't quite revolutionize the smartwatch market like it thought it would, and that Apple fans have swooped in, either purchased or looked at the Watch and decided against it. Either way, it doesn't bode well for the future of Apple Watch.