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All posts tagged "Smartwatches"

  • Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2 and all-new wearable hit Kickstarter

    Pebble's all-conquering smartwatches hold jaw-dropping records on Kickstarter. The original Pebble sits at number three on the website's all-time "most funded" list, at US$10.2-million. The Pebble Time campaign, launched last year, is the most-funded Kickstarter project of all time, sitting at a massive $20.3-million. Now, the Pebble team is back, revealing the Kickstarter for the all-new Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 smartwatches. It's already blown past its US$1-million goal, hitting US$5.8-million as of publication. So what's new this time? What should you expect? Much like the original Pebble, the Pebble 2 features a black and white always-on "e-paper" display, water-resistance (to 30 metres) and...

  • Samsung aims to bring virtual touchscreens to wearables using projectors

    Samsung has been a pioneering force in the smartwatch world, so it's not really a surprise that the company's working towards the device's betterment. It's latest pending patent suggests that the company's really looking for novel ways to solve the smartwatch's issues, including projecting an extended screen onto the user's wrist, arm, or any nearby wall. According to the patent's abstract, the wearable "includes an image projector configured to project a virtual user interface screen" along with a camera to capture any user inputs or provide visual information for the projector's scaling requirements, and a co-processor that makes sense of it...

  • Garmin Forerunner 735XT is the company’s new fitness flagship

    Garmin has been revealing some really great wearables recently, and that run is set to continue judging by its latest wrist companion. The Garmin Forerunner 735XT -- based on features and price -- is now atop of the company's fitness watch range. And speaking of the latter, you'll need to fork out a good US$450 to own one. It's available in black and while, or "blue and frost blue" and boasts a large circular face, with silicon straps. It's a retro aesthetic but polished for the current decade. I think Garmin nailed the styling. But beyond that, is it worth its steep...

  • Garmin Vivomove: an analog fitness watch with swag

    It's not often that old world charm meets with new world savvy, but that's exactly what Garmin has done with its new analog smartwatch, the Vivomove. Yes, that's a big of a stupid name, but the watch is undoubtedly oozing character without sacrificing practicality. The Garmin Vivomove, for starters, can't be called a smartwatch in the traditional sense. Yes, it's a watch with a host of sensors -- sensors that has defined Garmin's business thus far -- but it doesn't use a digital face. Moreover, it looks like a classic timepiece, a pretty impressive feat considering that this is Garmin's first...

  • Apple Watch Sport review: the definitive timepiece for Apple fans

    Let's get this out of the way: smartwatches are still fairly stupid. They're supposed to stop users constantly checking the nagging smartphones in their pockets, but I find I check my phone more often with a smartwatch on my arm. That's not to say I absolutely hate all smartwatches. Sure (and rather incredibly, in fact), I've used some that I've liked before: the Sony SmartWatch 3, the LG G Watch R and the more recent Samsung Gear S2 spring to mind, but they aren't desirable, or beckon me on bended knee to buy them.  If anything, I'm better off with...

  • Samsung Gear S2 review: intuitive but imperfect

    Android Wear currently rules the smartwatch roost, running on more devices than we could possibly list off the top of our heads. While that's a great thing for Google, it's not for consumers. Although Google recently updated its OS, it remains immature in a relative young market segment, and as a result, smartwatches haven't seen the rise and rise that we've expected from them in their early days. This isn't to say that some smartwatches are completely hopeless though. What I will say however is that few Android Wear smartwatches really impress enough to leave a lasting impression. But what if...

  • Fitbit, Casio and Fossil: it’s raining smartwatches at CES 2016

    Smartwatches haven't quite shown us the money just yet. Sure, they're walking around with big ideas, but up until 2015's end, there hasn't been one real "I have to have this" example made yet. That may very well chance in 2016, if this year's CES is a yard stick. While LG and Samsung fought over how many Ks their televisions have, while Nvidia and Qualcomm tried to avoid crashing smartcars into poles, and while Intel was playing with drones and robots, the lesser known smartwatch makers came to the fore. As a result, here are four of the most interesting smartwatches...

  • Fitbit announces Fitbit Blaze smartwatch at CES 2016

    Fitbit is looking beyond simple health tracking for 2016, at least that's what it seems from its first device of the new year. Hosting a press conference at CES 2015, the company outed its latest wearable, and it looks like more of a smartwatch than a fitness tracker. Dubbed the Fitbit Blaze, the wearable marks a few firsts for the American company, most notably, it's first genuine colour screen smartwatch. It's also a recognition that style plays a more integral role in smartwatch purchasing decisions than features alone, and is a stark departure from its usual functionality-first fare. Taking its heart...

  • Samsung Gear S2 hands-on preview: touch me, tease me

    There are many gimmicky devices floating around in the consumer cloud. Smartwatches are arguably the lousiest of the lot, with manufacturers promising you all and more this world has to offer on the small wearable screen. They rarely deliver on this promise. While there are some great examples of smartwatches, don't get me wrong, including the likes of the Sony SmartWatch 3 and the Apple Watch, I still don't see a reason to buy one. There's no intrinsic need for them. Bread. Water. Air. Sure. But smartwatches? The hardware isn't really the limiting factor either. Some feature internals that could power...

  • Huawei to TomTom: 6 stand-out smartwatches from IFA 2015

    For more IFA 2015 happenings, live updates and deeper analysis, keep locked onto our IFA 2015 portal. No amount of PR fairy dust will make me think otherwise: smartwatches are idiotic. For the moment at least, they serve no measurable practical purpose. Even with Android Wear, they aren't functional to the point where I absolutely have to have one and that is the genre's chief problem. Still, that doesn't stop manufacturers from jumping on the new smartwatch pony and riding it to Berlin. Huawei, ASUS, LG and even TomTom have all gone big this week, launching new products at Europe's biggest consumer...