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Looks Like the Apple Watch Series 6 Could Sport a Blood Oxygen Sensor

While we know many of the new features that are coming to the Apple Watch Series 6 via WatchOS 7, it’s been relatively quiet on what hardware changes Apple might make. However, it now looks like the Series 6 might be the first Apple Watch to include a blood oxygen sensor. Read more...
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Smartwatches, Apple Watch, Apple rumors, Consumer Tech, Apple Watch Series 6


The EU Is Chucking Yet Another Hurdle at That Google-Fitbit Deal

At the end of last year, Google decided to plop down $2.1 billion and buy Fitbit. Almost immediately after, there were questions whether the deal counted as a data monopoly, and now Reuters is reporting that the European Union is ready to launch a full-scale antitrust investigation into the deal next week. Read more...
Tags: Google, Wearables, Science, Eu, European Union, Smartwatches, Antitrust, Fitbit, Fitness Trackers, Reuters


So, Should You Buy the Apple Watch Series 3 Right Now?

The Series 3 is a good smartwatch. Some would even say the Apple Watch Series 3 was the first real smartwatch that was worth the expensive price tag. That said, it’s been three years since the Series 3 launched. Apple’s lowered the price of the watch to $200, and these days, you can find deals that bring that price…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Smartwatches, Apple Watch, Consumer Tech, Apple Watch Series 3


This Is the Best Smartwatch for Under $200

It used to be that smartwatches were a sort of “luxury” gadget. They couldn’t do as much as your phone, and frankly, didn’t offer much more than a much cheaper fitness band. Shelling out several hundred for one seemed like a waste of money.Read more...
Tags: Wearables, Science, Smartwatches, Fitbit, Polar, Timex, Battlemodo, Fitbit Versa Lite Edition, Timex Metropolitan R, Polar Unite, Budget Smartwatches


Researchers Made This Medical Wearable Out of Pencil and Paper

While smartwatches and fitness trackers are probably the most well-known consumer tech for health monitoring, researchers from the University of Missouri published a study showing they can do the same thing... with a paper and pencil. Read more...
Tags: Wearables, Science, Paper, Pencil, University of Missouri, Health Monitoring


The Polar Unite Makes a Good Case for Simpler, Cheaper Fitness Watches

Fitness doesn’t have to be complicated, but that’s never stopped some wearables companies from turning exercise into an advanced course in data analysis. Most people who ask me which smartwatch they should buy aren’t looking for a metrics dump. They want the basics: a decent price, an easy way to track progress, and…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Smartwatches, Commerce, Fitness Trackers, Consumer Tech, Sometimes Simpler Is Better, Polar Unite, Polar Unite Review


Garmin Hit by Major Outage in Potential Ransomware Attack

Few things are more devastating to self-quantifying fitness nerds than not getting credit for that run, bike, or walk—but that’s exactly what’s happening to owners of Garmin wearables. Since yesterday, Garmin’s website, app, and call centers have been offline due to a major outage that may have been caused by…Read more...
Tags: Wearables, Science, Smartwatches, Garmin, Fitness Tech, Garmin Connect, Your Run Still Counts Friends, Major Outage


Apple Glasses Rumors Have Me Stressed About AR's Biggest Unsolved Problems

The hype behind Apple’s rumored augmented reality just won’t die. Every few weeks, almost like clockwork, some sort of Apple AR rumor or news makes its way through the tech blogosphere, even as other smart glasses and AR companies are capsizing left and right. This has always irked me, but it…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Wearables, Science, Ar, Augmented Reality, Smart Glasses, Apple Glasses


Using Thermal Cameras to Track Hand Motions Could Be the Key to Interacting with Smart Glasses

If this whole smart glasses thing is going to effectively free us from having our heads constantly down and staring at our phones, we’re going to need a reliable way to interact with a virtual screen. Thanks to new research from Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, we could still rely on our…Read more...
Tags: Wearables, Science, Research, Cornell University, University of Wisconsin Madison, Thermal Cameras


Sony’s Wearable Air Conditioner Is Finally Available to Help Make the Summer Less Sweltering

First revealed last Summer with an intended release to coincide with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Sony’s wearable personal air conditioner is finally available for sale to help you battle the Summer heat when you occasionally step outside to brave the sun’s rage and the ongoing pandemic.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Air Conditioning, Tech, Sony, Tokyo, Consumer Tech, Reon Pocket


This Timex Smartwatch Isn't Original, But It Sure Is Affordable

Cheap smartwatches have come a long way in the last few years. If you wanted a good-looking watch with a color AMOLED touchscreen and built-in GPS-tracking, it would’ve once set you back at least $300. Now, there’s a whole slew of devices that offer a range of basic smartwatch features for under $200. Timex’s new…Read more...
Tags: Reviews, Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Smartwatches, Fitness Trackers, Consumer Tech, Timex, Timex Metropolitan R, Timex Metropolitan R Review


Polar Just Made Its First Affordable, Stylish Smartwatch

Polar smartwatches aren’t exactly chic. Like many fitness-first wearable companies, Polar’s strength has always been its in-depth metrics and platform. When it comes to style, Polar usually relies on that plain, sporty aesthetic, as it did with the M400, M600, A300, and the A360 fitness tracker. But today it’s…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Smartwatch, Fitness Trackers, Polar, Consumer Tech


Qualcomm's New Wearables Chip Could Finally Improve Wear OS Watches, I Hope

Google may have been one of the first companies to the smartwatch scene, but its Wear OS platform has so far been a journey of unfulfilled potential. For a long time, that was partly because most Wear OS watches were running on outdated hardware: the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip. That was supposed to change in…Read more...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Smartwatches, Qualcomm, Consumer Tech, Wear OS, Snapdragon Wear 4100


Oura Rings May Be Part of the NBA's Restart Plan, But That Doesn't Mean It Will Save You From Covid-19

Sports came to a screeching halt with the onset of covid-19, but as the NBA looks to resume the 2019-2020 season at Disney World on July 30, it looks like the Oura Ring may be a part of plans to keep players safe.Read more...
Tags: Wearables, Science, Nba, Disney World, Oura Ring, Coronavirus, Covid 19


RIP, Bose AR, We Hardly Knew Ye

Bose seemed like a company that had a slightly different, incredibly interesting vision for augmented reality. It was different from other tech companies’ approaches—Bose put AR in its Bose Frames sunglasses, but it wasn’t like the AR glasses or headsets that are already on the market. In lieu of holographic images…Read more...
Tags: Wearables, Science, Rip, Augmented Reality, Bose, Ye, Bose Ar, Bose Frames


Singapore Plans to Roll Out Its Own Contact-Tracing Wearable

As several countries mull how best to utilize contact-tracing technology, Singapore is planning to issue virus-tracking wearables to each of its 5.7 million residents. Read more...
Tags: Wearables, Science, Privacy, Singapore, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Contact Tracing


11 Apple Watch Apps You Need to Install ASAP

If you’ve finally splurged on a brand new Apple Watch (or been the lucky recipient of a very nice gift), you’re probably wondering: Now what? The Apple Watch comes with plenty of great built-in features, but you should hit the watch’s App Store to find third-party options that can make the device even more useful.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Apps, Wearables, Science, Apple Watch, App Store


Fitness Trackers Still Can't Diagnose Coronavirus, but a New Study Shows Potential

No wearable device, whether it’s a smartwatch, fitness tracker, or smart ring, is currently capable of diagnosing covid-19. That’s it, full stop. Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Smart Rings, Oura Ring, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Dont Buy A Fitness Tracker To Detect Covid 19


Enough With the Ugly Apple Watch Bands

If there’s one thing Apple prides itself on, it’s design. (The company even published a $300 coffee table book about how iconic its products look.) But while they certainly are distinctive, whether you like these designs is another matter. Generally speaking, Apple knows how to make pretty products, but there’s one…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Wearables, Science, Smartwatches, Apple Watch, Apple rumors, I Just Want Something Sleek That Wont Bankrupt Me


I Miss Microsoft's Smartwatches That Were Too Smart for Their Time

Apple was the first company to make smartwatches a product consumers actually wanted, but there was a time, not too long ago, when Microsoft could have defined the future of wearables. The company’s SPOT platform took a deceptively simple but clever approach to wireless connectivity years before technologies like…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Wearables, Science, Microsoft, Watches, Smartwatches, Fossil, Swatch, Suunto, I Miss, Msn Direct


Who Is Still Investing in Magic Leap in 2020?

Despite recently having to announce the lay off of 1,000 employees, it would now appear that Magic Leap has somehow pulled a $350 million miracle out of its ass. Read more...
Tags: Wearables, Science, Augmented Reality, Magic Leap


Strava's Best Features Will Now Be Subscription-Only

Bad news, Strava fans. According to the company’s website, the popular cycling and running app is moving a few of its previously free features behind a paywall.Read more...
Tags: Wearables, Science, Fitness, Strava, Paywall


Smartwatch Hack Turns the Back of Your Hand Into a Canvas For Making Tiny Paintings

What makes smartwatches so useful—quick access to info through a small device always on your wrist—also makes them challenging for other uses. To overcome the limitations of such a small screen, researchers from Leibniz University Hannover created a special stylus that turns the back of a wearer’s hand into a larger…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Tech, Research, Prototypes, Smartwatches, Stylus, Hannover, Leibniz University, Leibniz University Hannover


Can a Smart Watch Detect Covid-19?

The notification popped up without warning just as I was syncing the Whoop tracker I was testing: The tracker had a new metric, respiratory rate. Truthfully, I almost ignored it. But the notification used the phrase covid-19, and my eyes widened.Read more...
Tags: Wearables, Science, Fitbit, Ava, Whoop, Consumer Tech, Covid 19, Infection Detection


This Weird Wearable Is Keeping Me Fit and Rested During Lockdown

Whoop is not your typical wearable. Read more...
Tags: Reviews, Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Fitness Trackers, Consumer Tech, Sleep Tracker, Whoop Whoop, Whoop Review


Wear OS Smartwatches Will Now Remind You to Wash Your Damn Hands

Washing your hands is a basic front-line defense against not only the novel coronavirus, but you know, a whole host of germs and general nastiness. And apparently, a disturbing number of people don’t do it as often as they should. To help the crustiest among us to wash their damn hands in this dire time, Google has…Read more...
Tags: Google, Wearables, Science, Smartwatches, Hygiene, Handwashing, Wear OS, Coronavirus, Covid 19, My Hands So Dry From Washing Them All The Time


Fitbit's Charge 4 Is a Great Tracker That's Come at a Weird Time

How does one review a fitness tracker—something meant to get you moving and measure your athletic progress—at a time when most of us are forcibly stuck indoors, slowly melting into our couches? That’s the conundrum I’ve been grappling with ever since I unboxed my shiny new Fitbit Charge 4.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Fitbit, Fitness Trackers, Consumer Tech, Fitbit Charge 4, I Want Fitbit To Innovate Again, Fitbit Charge 4 Review


Surprise! Fitbit's First New Product Since Google Deal Is A Fitness Tracker

As we entered a new decade, Fitbit’s fortunes looked uncertain. Last year, the company was acquired by Google for a neat $2.1 billion—a move that left some longtime Fitbit users wary about their data privacy. The acquisition followed reports about disappointing Versa Lite sales, which was a blow to Fitbit considering…Read more...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Fitbit, Fitness Trackers, Consumer Tech, Fitbit Charge 4, In 2020 Im Actually Kinda Jazzed For A Tracker


Surprise! Fitbit's First New Product Under Google Is A Fitness Tracker

As we entered a new decade, Fitbit’s fortunes looked uncertain. Last year, the company was acquired by Google for a neat $2.1 billion—a move that left some longtime Fitbit users wary about their data privacy. The acquisition followed reports about disappointing Versa Lite sales, which was a blow to Fitbit considering…Read more...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Fitbit, Fitness Trackers, Consumer Tech, Fitbit Charge 4, In 2020 Im Actually Kinda Jazzed For A Tracker


Timex's New GPS Smartwatch Ain't Cute, But It's Cheap

When Timex announced earlier this year that it was getting back into the smartwatch game, I was a little perplexed.. That’s mainly because, at a glance, the new Ironman GPS R300 looks much more like the kind of smartwatch-fitness tracker hybrid that was popular back in 2016 than a device you’d relaunch a product line …Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Smartwatches, Timex, Timex Ironman Gps R300 Review



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