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The Apple Watch is expected to help propel smartwatches and the wearables to the next level, but it still seems to be nothing more than a want over an actual need, according to a recent survey.
Although 39 percent of Apple Watch owners report being "very satisfied," 36 percent are neutral on the device, and 25 percent of users reported being disappointed. However, the Wristly survey only asked 59 Apple Watch owners, so future studies will likely use significantly larger sample sizes.
One owner's comment stood out: "I think the watch is good, but I feel that it is not a technological need but a technological want. I feel like your life will be fine either way. It's fun to have, it's a conversation starter, it does make a few things a little bit easier, but it's not a necessary thing to own."
The WellBe wearable bracelet will help wearers understand the stressful periods of their day - and how to better deal with the stress. If the wearable detects someone is stressed, it is able to recommend a short break - or meditation exercises to help quickly reduce stress.
WellBe tracks a wearer's heart rate, monitoring resting heart rates and heart rate variability. The collected data connects to your smartphone's calendar via Bluetooth inputs data based on a stress-calculating algorithm.
After quickly reaching $100,000 on Indiegogo, it looks like interested consumers can expect WellBe bracelets to begin shipping before the end of the year.
Google's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group will work with Levi's on a new smart fabric that can track touch gestures. As part of the Project Jacquard program, both companies think this is a "dazzling opportunity" to help push the wearables market to a new level.
Ideally, a wearer would be able to swipe their finger over a jacket sleeve or somewhere on their pants to silence a phone, skip song tracks, and other innovative features. Levi's is the first partner for Google, and neither company announced any specific timeline for product releases.
"We cannot expect global fashion industry to change just for us even though we're Google," said Ivan Poupyrev, Director of the Technical Program Lead at Google, in a statement published by CNN Money. "We have to adapt to the textile industry."
A Montreal man claims he was pulled over for using his Apple Watch smartwatch while driving, receiving a $100 fine and four demerit points.
Jeffrey Macesin recounted his story while speaking with the CTV Montreal Canadian TV news station, after being cited by a Quebec Highway Safety Code that prohibits using a "handheld device that includes a telephone function."
Here is what Macesin said in a recent interview: "Going towards Vaudreuil, there was a cop car behind me and he didn't have his lights on yet, but then he turned them on and I thought maybe he just wanted me to get out of the way. I was just confused."
Lenovo is the No. 1 PC manufacturer in the world, and has aspirations to take over the server market, but isn't satisfied calling it a day in those markets alone. The Chinese hardware manufacturer used its Lenovo Tech World event to publicly show off concepts of a unique dual-screen smartwatch.
The Magic View smartwatch concept would feature two screens, a typical display and a virtual display that can be up to 20 times larger. Users can view photos, read a map, watch a video, or interact with the smartwatch in a safer, more comfortable manner.
Lenovo's Magic View is still in early-stage development, but looks like it could have huge potential.
A custom headset has been designed to help give air travelers the ability to enjoy a sense of balance, hopefully preventing motion sickness. Only one percent of passengers are believed to suffer from motion sickness while flying, but this is a rather unique way to help make them a bit more comfortable.
The headset is able to trick the wearer's eyes and brain by presenting a virtual horizon - and if the aircraft shifts, the headset also adjusts. It's an overly simple technique that airliners may want to invest in, as a way to help make travel a bit more comfortable.
"By having the aircraft control the movement of the virtual world in the headset, what the body feels and what your eyes tell your brain become the same thing," said Leon Codrington, product development manager at Flow IFE, in a statement published by Sky News. "It's when you get a difference in those two that motion sickness is induced."
The Oculus Rift is expected to bring virtual reality to the mainstream, but consumers must be ready to open their wallets and spend. The headset will be available for around $300, but gamers - and anyone looking to test the VR world - needs to spend an estimated $1,500 to be ready.
"We are looking at an all-in price, if you have to go out and actually need to buy a new computer and you're going to buy the Rift... at most you should be in that $,1500 range," said Brendan Iribe, CEO of Oculus, while speaking during the recent Code tech conference.
It would seem unlikely that gamers interested in VR would be scared away of investing in the headset, but the overall consumer market may be willing to sit back and wait. To help promote the Oculus Rift, the company hopes to see the estimated $1,500 price tag eventually drop to $1,000, but understands that it will take some time.
It wasn't long ago when smart glasses were reportedly poised to dominate the wearables market, but eventually lost out to fitness trackers and smartwatches. However, it looks like smart glasses could help propel the wearables market, especially in the workplace, analysts predict.
Manufacturers want to see wearables, including smart glasses, find their way into the office in multiple sectors - with third-party developers stepping up to create enterprise apps to increase worker productivity.
"Just as mobile phones proliferated across enterprises and ultimately spurred the mobile revolution, I believe wearables will follow a similar trajectory," said Michael Morgenstern, analyst at OpenView Venture Partners, in a post on Venture Beat. "The difference is the revolution will start from the bottom up."
There could be more than 10 million smartwatches sold in the United States, and there is growing concern from the National Safety Council that drivers will have yet another distraction while behind the wheel. Mobile phones are involved in 27 percent of current US traffic accidents, and smartwatches could only make the problem worse.
Even though smartwatches, which allow owners to access emails, text messages, social media, calendar information, and other data directly on their watch, could prove especially problematic for drivers.
"Smartwatches will be just as distracting, if not more so, than cell phones," said Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council, in a public statement.
If you're not a celebrity or part of the 1%, you probably haven't received your Apple Watch Edition yet. Sure, you might have slapped down over $10,000 for Apple's first wearable, but consumers are only beginning to receive their expensive new Watch in the last few days.
Now that it's here, we have an unboxing video that you can check out above, which shows off the external packaging Apple has used. For $10,000+, the packaging is virtually identical to that of the stainless steel Apple Watch, except for the 18-karat gold casing and unique band on the side of the Watch.
Inside of the Apple Watch Edition box, we have the colored leather-covered box that features the MagSafe connector, with a color-matched cleaning cloth with the word 'Edition' embossed into the material. The very first time you boot up the Watch Edition, a description onf the Watch's hardware materials will appear, as you can see in the image above.