Samsung have announced a new smartwatch this week - the Galaxy Watch Active, which isn’t a replacement or upgrade to the Galaxy Watch released last year. Instead, it joins the Galaxy Watch range as a more fitness-focused option. What you need to know It’s smaller and lighter than the Galaxy Watch with improved ergonomics (fit) to make the heart-rate tracking more consistent. It’s also a bit of a strange one to be honest, lacking the rotating bezel of the original Galaxy Watch (the feature that made it so good). The rotating bezel was ditched to make the Active lighter and mo..
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The smartwatch market is showing no signs of slowing down. On the contrary, it’s actually on the up. Smartwatch sales were up more than 60% in the US last year according to figures from The NPD Group who also said smartwatch sales totalled $5 billion -- triple the amount on 2015 and a 50% increase on 2016. This is a good sign the smartwatch market has plenty of growth in it yet. And with the smartphone market stagnating and even sales of the iPhone not doing too well, it’s expected more manufacturers will get in on the game. Newcomers will have a job on their hands to snatch a portio..
Think all heart rate trackers on smartwatches are created equal? Think again. The performance of heart rate trackers differs considerably across manufacturers and there’s three reasons why this can be the case. The first reason is hardware. All smartwatches use an optical heart rate sensor which detects the blood pulsing through your veins. But different manufacturers use different sensors, and some are better than others. The second reason is software, because while the sensor itself collects data, it’s the software which number crunches the data into information. Software can give an..
With the ability to measure your heart rate, detect if you fall and record an electrocardiogram, the Apple Watch is a surprisingly handy medical device. With a third party accessory called the AURA strap, it can even measure your body composition and hydration levels. How cool is that? Now, Apple is partnering with pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson to see if the Apple Watch can also detect the symptoms of a stroke. The study will see if the Apple Watch can detect Atrial fibrillation (also called AFib or AF) for early diagnosis. So far the study has had positive results alt..
There are two ways you can personalize your smartwatch. With a watch face, or with a watch strap. The latter option requires you to swap out your strap for something new, but an Apple patent could be about to change all that. The new patent filed by Apple uncovered by Pantently Apple shows a fabric watch strap (like perlon) with light fibers embedded in the fabric. These can change to any color with just a few taps on an Apple Watch, so from blue to red or green to yellow. The light fibers change color by way of four LEDs embedded at the lug end of the strap. In the patent, the figure s..
Your Apple Watch can’t do it all. Sure it’ll measure your heart rate, detect if you fall and record an electrocardiogram if you want it to, but that’s hardly breaking the norm. And so a start-up has launched a new smart strap for the Apple Watch that boosts your smartwatch’s capability considerably. It’s called the AURA strap. The AURA smart strap can do a few things your Apple Watch can’t do alone. It uses bioimpedance technology with a 4-point electrode system to measure your body composition and track it with accuracy. What this means very simply is it detects minute changes in..
We’ve something new for you this week. Mercedes-Benz and Garmin have partnered up to create a Mercedes-Benz-branded Vívoactive 3 GPS smartwatch - and it’s more than just a name. It will track your health in real-time and send that information to your Mercedes so you can get a health (or fitness) update on your infotainment system. So if you head out on a hike, you’ll get a synopsis when you return to the car. Mercedes showed off the new device at CES 2019 alongside their all-new CLA Coupe, a sleeker and (slightly) more practical version of the A-Class. It all sounds very neat, and it i..
Fashion designer Kate Spade New York has debuted its new smartwatch running Google’s Wear OS at CES 2019. The Scallop Smartwatch 2 collection starts from $300 and is designed with a feminine look to appeal to women. The range is so-called “Scallop” because the bezels on the smartwatches have a scalloped edge. This is a finish usually found on dive watches to improve grip with gloves on, but the Scallop Smartwatch 2 collection takes a more elegant approach. The scallops are larger and smoother, giving each watch a very unique look. The smartwatches are designed to offer SOME everyday ..
The Apple Watch is the best-selling smartwatch in the world. Key to its success (aside from that Apple logo) is its usefulness to a wide range of people. Athletes use theirs to track fitness, the average joe uses his to read iMessages on his wrist, and commuters use theirs to control and listen to their Spotify playlist - all iPhone free. But by far the toughest challenge the Apple Watch faces is the elderly, and there’s a reason why Apple should be catering to seniors - they are a growing market in the US (as silly as that may sound). People are living longer than ever and that’s a big..
A camera in a smartwatch might sound awkward, but a new patent from LG shows a new design that could make taking a snap from your wrist easy. The patent has recently been filed with the USTPO (United States Trademark and Patent Office) and shows a smartwatch with a camera module built into the strap. There are several variations in design, but they all show a module in the strap, which is sometimes removable and other times not. The camera itself is built into the wrist band and always sits one band section below the lug band, so if on your wrist it would be facing you. However, th..