CES 2018 - In 2016, Matrix Industries announced a smartwatch that they claimed could be powered from just the heat radiating from your body. The watch used a thermoelectric energy converter that powered the clock-piece, but due to technology limitations the PowerWatch X didn't live up to the full claims the company made, but this year the watch has been upgraded.
The first generation of the watch was basically limited to only fitness tracking but to be fair was still quite the achievement to have it powered merely from just body heat. An updated version of the watch has been showcased by Matrix at CES 2018, and this second generation of watch can has had support added for smartphone notifications over Bluetooth, as well as the standard fitness tracking.
From the below image we can see that the PowerWatch X is quite chunky but according to The Verge the watch was actually quite light and comfortable once attached to the wrist.
A French startup called Cosmo Connected has launched a smart light product that attaches magnetically to the back of the riders helmet.
The 'smart light' that has eight LED lights installed is designed to ensure the riders safety with a suite of safety features that include: automatic turn signals, a deceleration light which indicates drivers that the rider is slowing down and also a "fall detector" which alerts family of possible injuries.
The automatic turn signals will be activated by using the riders route on the SatNav app or through a optional remote control that can be secured to the handlebar of the bike. The app also has an array of sensors that will automatically alert family or friends in any cases of injuries that happen while traveling. Accompanied with this software is also the option of subscribing to a service that will automatically alert emergency services in times of injury as well.
Last week we reported on Oreo coming to Android Wear watches but what we didn't know was which devices are set to be updated. So far we know that the LG Watch Sport is being updated to 8.0 but now thanks to a post by Google we can all see a full list.
Google seems to have put their main focus on the expensive fashion brands such as Fossil and Loui Vuitton leaving out older Android devices such as the LG Watch R and the original Huawei Watch. Oreo will give users the option of choosing vibration strength, touch lock and battery-saving upgrades. From the updates listed we can assume that the older model watches weren't compatible with this update which is why they have either been postponed for release or left out entirely.
The full list of which watches are set to receive Oreo has been provided below, while also Google answers the question of if your watch is not listed "For the exact timing of the update or if your device isn't on the above lists, please contact the device manufacturer."
Today Android devices will be getting a slight upgrade, as Android Oreo rolls out to all Wear devices. The beta for Oreo originally only featured on the LG Watch Sport can be presumed over, as the Oreo updates for Android Wear include adjustments to vibration strength settings, touch lock and more.
Hoi Lam, the Wearables Developer Advocate at Google is the source for this news as he posted in the Android Wear Developers Community, giving a short run down on the features that wearable devices will be updated with. The update will feature improvements that include a notification vibration strength setting, touch lock option, notification channels, battery saving limits and support for 7 new languages.
I was a huge fan of the original Google Glass headset, but the company went quiet with its wearable headset for a few years, but they're now back with an enterprised-focus wearable: Google Glass Enterprise Edition.
The first Google Glass Enterprise Edition has shipped, with an unboxing video promptly done, revealing that the new headset uses USB-A instead of USB-C, which sucks.
Inside, Google has made quite a number of improvements including an Intel Atom processor, 32GB of internal storage, and a 780mAh battery. There's an audible speaker, as well as dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity.
The new wearable comes in two parts, with the first being the new "Pod" which is the Google Glass hardware itself, while the "TI Band" is the titanium band.
Huawei has launched a Porsche Design variant of the Huawei Watch 2. The Watch 2 was launched back in February during MWC 2017 in Barcelona.
The Huawei Watch 2 Porsche Design has the same specs as the Watch 2, it only differs from the standard variant in terms of looks. This means we are looking at a watch powered by Snapdragon Wear 2100. There's 768MB of RAM on board and 4GB of storage.
Another difference is the price. While the standard version of the Watch 2 comes at a price of $275, the Porsche Design has an insane 795 euros (around $925) price tag.
Remember when Snap's Spectacles came out and the only way to buy them was to wait in lines for hours in front of one of the randomly placed vending machines? Well, those days are over.
After making them available for purchase on its website, Snap has now made Spectacles available on Amazon as well.
If you want a pair of sunglasses with a built-in camera, you can get it a price of $129.99. There are three color options available which are Black, Coral, and Teal.
At MWC Shanghai, Qualcomm made a series of announcements including their new Snapdragon Wear 1200 platform. This platform is an addition to their current Snapdragon Wear 1100 and 2100 platforms which currently are in the majority of smart bands and Android Wear 2.0 watches.
The Snapdragon Wear 1200 is designed to offer less expensive IoT LTE M1 and NB1 connectivity to devices like kids watches and pet trackers. That way the devices can always be connected to the network but don't cost more than $150 and have very inexpensive service plans. Previously pet trackers cost upwards of $30 a month and the devices used to cost hundreds of dollars. Now the devices can cost less and the services much less.
Not even a month after Huawei unveiled the Honor Band A2, the company is preparing to launch another smart band - the Honor Band 3.
Huawei sent out press invitations for the event on the June 12th when they will also unveil the Honor 9.
The invite reveals that this smart band isn't the successor to the Band A3 since it doesn't contain the letter 'A' in the name. The Honor Band 3 should be a more premium product, meaning it will come at a higher price than the Honor Band A2, priced at $29.
Huawei has unveiled its latest smart band - the Honor Band A2, the successor to the Band A1, announced last year.
The biggest changes, compared to the last year's model, are an OLED screen and a heart rate sensor.
Fitness tracking functions include a pedometer, exercise tracker, sedentary reminder, and sleep tracker. The Honor Band A2 has an IP67 rating, meaning it's water resistant.