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smartwatches

  • Android Wear 2.0, SA-bound watches revealed

    We've already known that Android Wear 2.0 was due for a release, but Google has finally made it official. The latest version of Google's smartwatch platform offers a variety of features, starting with the watchfaces. Android Wear 2.0 now lets you personalise the always-on aspect of the watchface with desired actions/information. "Simply glance at your wrist to check your next appointment, stock performance, progress on fitness goals, or whatever is important to you. A quick tap on your watch face lets you instantly order an Uber ride, start a workout, or get in touch with your significant other," Google wrote on...

  • LG smartwatches, Android Wear 2.0 date leaked

    LG is teaming up with Google to reveal two new smartwatches next month, it has been reported. According to VentureBeat's Evan Blass, LG and Google plan to reveal the Watch Sport and the smaller Watch Style. The watches are purportedly set to launch alongside Android Wear 2.0 on 9 February. VentureBeat adds that the smartwatches will go on sale in the USA a day after launch. But one of the more notable nuggets of information is that the watches will apparently copy Apple and include a Digital Crown wheel for navigation. Android Wear is due for an upgrade, and it appears that LG...

  • WristWhirl hands-free smartwatch turns your wrist into a joystick

    A team from Dartmouth College has developed a novel way to use a smartwatch. Dubbed the WristWhirl, the smartwatch is currently in prototype but allows users to perform touch-screen gestures using only one hand in a continuous motion. To develop the WristWhirl prototype, researchers observed the intricate movements of the wrist. By using a small group of participants making eight joystick-like movements while standing and walking, researchers were able to record specific gestures. "While other studies have explored the use of one-handed continuous gestures using smartwatches, WristWhirl is the first to explore gestural input," explains co-developer Xing-Dong Yang in a blog...

  • Apple Watch Series 2 debuts with swimmers in mind

    Catch all of our iPhone 7 launch coverage as well as additional Apple news here and here. Amid the James Corden tomfoolery and Nintendo news, Apple also unveiled the new edition of the Apple Watch. The smartwatch, which has pushed the Cupertino company to second in the world smartphone sales stakes, is now swim-proof -- waterproof for up to 50 metres. Additionally, the company's wearable now boasts a nifty little speaker water ejection system, which keeps fluid out of the Apple Watch Series 2's system. Apple Watch Series 2 now boasts a swanky ceramic edition Speaking of the system, the Apple Watch now...

  • Samsung Gear S3 coming to South Africa in November

    Keeping track of the Samsung Gear S3 and other launches at IFA 2016? Have a look at our IFA portal right here. The IFA 2016 announcements continue this week as the Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch was revealed today. Available in outdoor-focused Frontier and more refined Classic variants, the Samsung Gear S3 specs are largely in line with other smartwatches. There's a dual-core 1.0Ghz Exynos processor, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and 1.3-inch 360x360 AMOLED screen (with Gorilla Glass). Additionally, the watch packs IP68 water-resistance, the Tizen-based operating system of prior models and LTE connectivity (in the Frontier version only). Introducing the Samsung #GearS3. https://t.co/WmsJHA2g4P pic.twitter.com/7qNVvfaoZo — Samsung Mobile...

  • 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 2 to launch in June, boast thinner body

    Apple's next smartwatch is going on a diet, according to an industry analyst. In a report obtained by MacRumors, Drexel Hamilton's Brian White suggests that the presumptively named Apple Watch 2 will be as much as 40% thinner than the original. Related: Apple Watch Sport review: the definitive timepiece for Apple fans White also foresees a WWDC 2016 launch. "Finally, we walked away with the sense that the Apple Watch refresh will not occur in September with the iPhone 7, but is more likely to occur within the next 2-3 months, and thus we believe an unveiling at WWDC in June makes sense," he...