News tagged: Wearable
Fitbit is on a roll. After acquiring Pebble a few weeks ago, the company has now acquired a smartwatch startup called Vector. No financial terms were disclosed, but the two companies will soon start working on new devices that won't be launched under the Vector brand.
Milo Sensors has announced a wearable that's capable of monitoring your blood alcohol content by analyzing your perspiration. The "Proof" is a slim band that'll monitor your BAC and send the data to a mobile app for viewing. Users can set alarms for certain BACs.
Misfit has announced its first touchscreen smartwatch, known as the Vapor. It comes with a round design, health tracking features, heart rate tracking, and built-in GPS. The wearable uses a 1.4-inch touchscreen AMOLED display and it's running a Snapdragon 2100 processor.
A wearable intended for those with diabetes was revealed by PKvitality, a biomedical company, at CES. Its K'Track Glucose wearable uses small needles and a SkinTaste sensor to measure your glucose level. The needles are only 0.5 mm and can connect data from interstitial fluid.
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.
Apple's online store has begun selling refurbished Series 1 and Series 2 Apple Watch units. This is the first time any refurbished Watch has been available on the store since the release of the device. These units are selling for 14-16% off depending on the exact configuration.
Sales of the Apple Watch might have been down significantly in the third quarter, as IDC laid out in its report, but Apple CEO Tim Cook says the device is doing just fine. While speaking with Reuters, Cook said sales of the wearable set a record during the first holiday week.
While Apple might still lead the smartwatch sphere, it is Fitbit who is the wearable leader. According to IDC, Fitbit has increased its market share in the third quarter of 2016, compared to last year and widen the gap between them and the competition.
Samsung has confirmed it will release the Gear S3 on November 18. The wearable, which was unveiled in September at IFA 2016, reportedly begins at $350. Preorders will start on November 6, though you can place an order on November 4 if you buy it through AT&T.
Adidas has recently announced that they have no plans on releasing a new running watch, but they are not giving up on fitness trackers. According to new details, the Adidas Chameleon fitness tracker is in final stages of development and should be announced in 2017.
Misfit's line of fitness trackers has grown with the addition of the Phase, another analog-style watch that offers some "smart" features. Even up close, it'd be easy to mistake the Phase for a traditional watch, but it actually comes with basic fitness tracking and notifications.
Google parent company Alphabet is working on a wearable health tracker that'll include a number of sensors and be relatively low-cost. The device comes from Verily Life Sciences, which has created "more than hundreds" of prototypes of the product, according to CTO Brian Otis.
Fitbit's updated Charge fitness wearable is now available and it can be picked up for $150. The Charge 2 has been released to positive reviews and it comes with both functional and design upgrades. It has a larger display and can show more information depending on the watch face.
Withings, a company now owned by Nokia, has introduced a new fitness watch that includes heart rate monitoring and the ability to display notifications. The company is known for creating wearables that resemble regular watches, resulting in more stylish designs.
Gorilla Glass can be found on almost every smartphone and tablets these days, especially higher mid-range and flagship models. The company wants to dominate the wearable market as well, and has now announced a new glass composite designed for wearable devices.
A wearable other than a new Apple Watch is reportedly being developed by the company and it will be focused more on tracking health data points. Economic Daily News reports Apple has been working on the device for years and is looking for suppliers to create it.
Back in May, we have learned that the fitness tracker manufacturer Jawbone has stopped the production of its UP2, UP3, and UP4 models, hinting at the possible problems inside the company. The company has shortly after released a statement, saying it isn't going out of business.
Nintendo's mobile augmented reality Pokemon game, Pokemon Go, will be out in July for Android and iOS. The release window was provided during Nintendo's E3 stream, but we don't know exactly when the game will be released. A $35 wearable was also revealed.
The next Apple smartwatch could be unveiled alongside the iPhone 7 in September. Digitimes reports Apple intends to launch the devices around the same time and "shipments of chips and components for the second-generation Apple Watch are set to begin in the third quarter."
Xiaomi was expected to announce a successor to the Mi Band 1S on May 10, but due to some production issues and not being able to produce enough devices to meet the expected demand for the device, the company had to postpone the fitness tracker for next month.