Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Wearable

The Voyce wearable health band for dogs from i4C Innovations (Photo: Ben Coxworth/Gizmag)

Though we'd all like to believe that we'd know when something's not quite right with our four-legged friends, a helping hand wouldn't go amiss. At CE Week in New York today Gizmag was introduced to the Voyce wearable health band and supporting service that help keep track of a dog's health and habits.  Read More

Wear devices display incoming notifications

Today Google provided more details on how Android Wear will work and made it clear that the company is investing heavily in the notion that wearables are the future, even as early smartwatches have failed to impress most consumers.  Read More

The Notifier could be the best entry-level smartwatch so far

Google is preparing to fully roll out Android Wear and the first smartwatch to run the platform could be going on sale soon, but it remains to be seen if consumers are actually interested in extending their mobile devices to their wrists. Having spent a month with the Android and iOS-compatible Martian Notifier smartwatch, I've come to the conclusion that it may offer the best way for early adopters, the mobile-obsessed or the busy every-man or woman to get his or her feet wet in the new wearable world.  Read More

The Withings Activité aims to be both a functional activity tracker and a fashionable acce...

Many wearable tech devices get the job done, but aren't necessarily very good looking. It's an image that devices like the Netatmo June, the Cuff and the Pebble Steel are trying to change. Well, you can add the new Withings Activité watch to that list, as it squeezes some fitness tracking functionality into what's otherwise a stylish-looking watch.  Read More

What's old is new again, as Gizmag reviews the Pebble Steel smartwatch (Photo: Will Shankl...

When companies release follow-ups to their existing devices, they usually bring some upgrades to the table. Bigger screen here, faster processor there and maybe some fun new features. Pebble's latest watch, though, is all new on the outside, but exactly the same on the inside. Join Gizmag, as we review Pebble Steel, a familiar idea that's wrapped in a stylish new package.  Read More

As it was with the original Rhythm heart-rate monitor, the new Rhythm+ keeps things as sim...

The sports wearables team at Scosche has given its Rhythm armband heart rate monitor a reboot with the Rhythm+, an even simpler device than the original for a lower price.  Read More

The Portable SIM is a prototype device developed by NTT Docomo that forgoes the need to in...

NTT Docomo has announced the development of a wireless Portable SIM prototype that can be waved in front of a compatible smartphone to provide network authentication information. The device could provide an easier way of switching between handsets in the future.  Read More

Ringly is the rare early wearable device aimed at women

Most of the wearable computers we've seen so far have been unabashedly masculine. Okay, to be fair, women can enjoy Google Glass or a Gear 2 smartwatch just as easily a man can (and I know some awesome women who do). But I'd also bet that most buyers of these beefy and utilitarian devices have been geeky, early-adopting men. Ringly, on the other hand, is the rare wearable that's being marketed solely to women.  Read More

MSW 115_B showing call alert

Imagine owning an upmarket, 25-jewel, Swiss-movement mechanical watch. Now imagine one that that can display text messages, notify you of incoming calls and let you remotely control your smartphone or tablet. That may seem a bit farfetched, but Kairos Watches aims to combine a luxury mechanical watch with the functionality of a smartwatch in one seamless device.  Read More

Gizmag reviews the Jawbone Up24, the wireless update to the popular Up fitness band

Though smartwatches and Google Glass have made for some bold and interesting products, you could easily argue that the best wearables so far have been fitness trackers. But are these US$100+ accessories worth the price of admission? Join Gizmag, as we take a look at Jawbone's newest fitness band, the Up24.  Read More

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