ASUS ZenWatch 2 and ZenWatch 3 smartwatches have just received a software update that brings several improvements. The update includes Android security fixes from December for both smartwatches, while the ZenWatch 3 also received some other improvements.
Osterhout Design Group (ODG) has launched two pairs of mixed-reality glasses at CES 2017 that use Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor. The models are known as the R-8 and R-9, and they're the first wearables to use that processor. They'll launch later this year.
Dish has introduced a new set-top box known as the AirTV that offers 4K support, access to Sling TV, and over-the-air TV. You can receive all of those features if you spend $129, while a $99 model is available without an antenna. Both are already up for sale on the AirTV site.
Motiv has introduced a sensor-filled ring that can track your steps, calories burned, average heart rate, activity type, and distance traveled. Known as the Motiv Ring, the wearable comes with a built-in goal of encouraging users to be active for at least 150 minutes each week.
While most companies are creating smart speakers aimed at the same adult market, Mattel has created a device that's partly intended for younger people. The Mattel Aristotle is a $300 speaker that includes a female-voiced assistant. It can answer child-friendly questions.
Lenovo has jumped into the "smart" speaker game with its own device, the Smart Assistant. Like the Amazon Echo and Google Home, Smart Assistant is a speaker with a built-in voice-based digital assistant. You can spend extra for a Harmon Kardon audio version.
To minimize the occurrence of dead spots, Linksys has entered the WiFi mesh network market. With Velop, the company's new product, consumers will get 2-3 routers to place around their home. By setting up the system, it's unlikely coverage will be spotty.
Apple will reportedly launch a new wearable in the third quarter, but it lacks any major design changes, instead offering improved battery life. Economic Daily News (China) says Quanta will manufacture the next Apple Watch. Quanta also made Apple's first and second-gen wearables.
Current VR headset solutions are very expensive, but Lenovo hopes to change that with the announcement of inexpensive VR headset that is built for the Windows Holographic platform. The headset will start shipping "later this year" and is expected to cost less than $400.
An Amazon Echo-like product has been revealed by LG and is going to be present at CES this month. Known as the Hub Robot, the device is a "smart home gateway" as well as a "personal assistant." It's very reminiscent of the Echo and Google Home in every respect.
To handle the high demand for Apple's AirPods, the company's supply chain is adjusting. Economic Daily News (China) reports Inventec, which is manufacturing the AirPods, is increasing production capacity at some locations in Shanghai. Plants are "working overtime."
Researchers with the Israel Institute of Technology have created a simple breath analysis system that can detect 17 diseases, including cancer. It's not accurate enough for clinical use, but it has the potential to be a worthwhile noninvasive diagnostic tool.
Amazon has patented a futuristic setup for Prime Air that includes the use of "airborne fulfillment centers." As the patent describes, those centers would be located 45,000 feet above the ground and they'd be utilized by drones. The drones would fly through unobstructed space.
Only hours after HTC was rumoured to be working on Vive 2 headset, the company quickly dismissed the rumours, saying "there is no truth to the rumour of launching Vive 2 at CES." The good thing is that HTC never said they are not working on it, just it won't be released at CES
Oculus has picked up a startup working in the field of eye-tracking called The Eye Tribe. It's known for developing a $99 eye-tracking device for computers as well as gaze-tracking software intended for smartphones and other products. It has also worked on foveated rendering.
Without providing any specific sales numbers, Apple CEO Tim Cook referred to the AirPods as "a runaway success." The wireless earbuds were revealed months ago, but they only became available for purchase this month. Cook suggested they're in high demand.
The last thing you want your medical device to do is malfunction due to malware and that's why the FDA has put together guidelines for protecting them from cyberattacks. Its final guidance on the matter recommends a few things that should keep consumers safe.
The battery case included with Apple's AirPods might be losing its charge faster than intended for some users. Customers report the case drops significantly in a matter of hours even when it's not actively charging the AirPods. It's supposed to hold a charge for 24 hours.
According to a reporty from DigiTimes, HTC has a successor to the Vive VR headset in the works and might unveil it very soon. The second-generation VR headset could be showcased at upcoming CES 2017, which is scheduled to be held in Las Vegas from January 1-5.
LG has issued a press releasing, saying that it will unveil two new wireless, wearable audio products at the CES 2017 next month. The new products include LG TONE Studio, a wearable speaker, and TONE Free earphones with wireless earbuds. The company will also showcase already