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The Spark watch 'buzzes' you awake when you start to doze

Falling asleep at the wrong time is apparently a bigger problem than many people may realize. Along with the various systems aimed at keeping drivers awake, we've also recently seen a headset and an earpiece designed to let users know when they're inappropriately drifting off. While those devices have to be worn specifically for that purpose, the Spark takes the form of something you'd have on anyway – a watch.  Read More

FingerReader uses a built-in camera to scan pieces of text, providing audio feedback to th...

Our age-old instinct to point at things we'd like to know more about has inspired a device that assists the visually impaired consume written text. FingerReader is a 3D-printed device that is worn as a ring on the index finger and uses a built-in camera and haptic actuators to read aloud as the user traces lines of printed words.  Read More

The TNT Royal Rétro 43 has six second hands instead of one

How can an upmarket analog watch compete in a digital world? Pierre DeRoche’s answer is its TNT Royal Rétro 43, which is based on the idea that if one second hand is good, six is better. Instead of one hand taking the tiresome journey around the entire dial, the TNT Royal Retro 43 has six; each measuring a 10-second interval before passing the job off to the next in a neat bit of mechanical choreography.  Read More

LG's KizOn straps to a child’s wrist so that parents can know their location at all times

Children are wily creatures. They just love to run around with their friends, explore new places, and generally enjoy the freedom of just being a kid. Though this is part of the stress-free life of being a child, it is also often the source of anxiety for some parents who constantly worry about where their child is. In an attempt to relieve this anxiety, LG has created KizON, a wearable device that not only lets concerned parents know where their precious progeny are 24 hours a day, but also provides the ability to call them if necessary.  Read More

Gizmag takes a first look at one of the first Android Wear smartwatches, the LG G Watch

After spending the last week and a half with Android Wear on the Samsung Gear Live, we now have another Android Wear watch, the LG G Watch, in house as well. We'll spend a lot more time with it before publishing our full review, but read on for our early impressions.  Read More

Gizmag reviews Android Wear ... at the very beginning

Every smartwatch we've seen so far has run its own unique software, but we can't say any of it has been anything special. Starting this week, though, Google's new smartwatch platform is about to make its way into the wild. Join Gizmag, for our initial review of Android Wear.  Read More

Gizmag reviews Samsung's best smartwatch to date (by a longshot), the Gear Live

Samsung is fiercely determined to be a leader in the smartwatch space. Back when other big companies were just rumored to be planning smartwatches, Samsung actually launched one. Then, six months later, it launched not just one more, but three more. And today? Join Gizmag, as we review Samsung's third-generation Gear watch (only nine months after the first), the Android Wear-running Gear Live.  Read More

iSwimband runs on a fixed, non-replaceable battery, which the company claims should last h...

Even under some form of supervision, young ones can and do drown in swimming pools and lakes. The iSwimband wearable sensor is designed to minimize these dangers by triggering an alarm on a paired iOS device when submerged for a dangerous length of time.  Read More

It's Android Wear vs. Tizen, as Gizmag compares the features and specs of the Samsung Gear...

As soon as Google teased Android Wear back in March, it looked like smartwatches were about to take a big leap forward. Let's try to see how big of a leap, as we compare the features and specs of two Samsung smartwatches: the Android Wear-running Gear Live and the Tizen-running Gear 2.  Read More

Gizmag takes a first look at the Samsung Gear Live ... along with Google's new smartwatch ...

Android Wear is here. And though the first watches running Google's new wearable platform won't be available to the public for another week or two, Google I/O attendees got their hands on the first Wear watches a little early. Gizmag snagged a Samsung Gear Live, and, though it's too early for a full Gear Live or Android Wear review, we do have a few early thoughts on the new smartwatch and the new OS.  Read More

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