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.
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
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.
Much smartwatch discussion has so far focused on devices like the Samsung Gear, Pebble Steel and Apple's rumored iWatch. Rather than create a smartwatch from scratch like these examples, Glance simply slips under the user's strap to turn their existing watch into a smartwatch.
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.
Though headphones that use bone conduction technology to transmit sounds through the cheek bones to the inner ear are not exactly new
, a trip to the personal audio section of your local electronics store will confirm that they haven't really jumped into the mainstream. Having taken Maxell's Vibrabone
earphones and the Cynaps hat
for test drives, we can see why the technology might not appeal to folks who love the full fat sonic experience which cans that throw sounds down your ear canal can deliver. The UK's Damson Audio is looking to change that with the development of the stylish Bluetooth-enabled Headbones, which the company says are going to shake up the headphone market.
Sexual violence is sadly still a problem facing (mostly) women in countries around the world. The statistics regarding the number of cases is shocking, but the effect that it has on all women, whether victims or otherwise, is likewise depressing. Safelet aims to make the world a safer place, and foster a feeling of security for people wearing this "alarming" (in both the figurative and literal senses) bracelet.
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.
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.
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.