The concept of wearable technology has been more than intriguing for a few years now. We already rely on different accessories to boost our productivity or comfort, like using glasses to protect/correct vision or watches to tell time or compass to tell your direction. But the idea of wearables was based on enhancing the capabilities of common devices, such that a watch, piece of jewelry, or some other accessory could offer a lot more, sort of like the multiple capabilities offered by a smartphone. Market research indicates massive growth in the wearable market segment, from around $750 mi..
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The Fossil Group has launched a huge initiative to get smartwatches in front of their customers, by creating 40 new hybrid smartwatches spanning across their brands, including Armani, Diesel, Kate Spade and Michael Kors. The watches, which are all analogue timepieces with smart features, such as fitness tracking and notification alerts, have been individually designed by each brand so that they are all unique from one another. For example, the Armani smartwatch has a unique sub dial that lets you access a second time-zone, while the Kate Spade smartwatch has a unique sub dial that lets ..
Fitness trackers are out, and smartwatches are in. That’s the story of the wearables market right now. The Apple Watch Series 2 is fitness-focused; Garmin launched their Vivoactive not long ago; and Fitbit launched their Blaze this year. It makes complete sense then that Misfit, a brand best-known for their Ray and Shine fitness trackers, have this week brought to market a smartwatch of their very own, called the Misfit Phase. The Misfit Phase is an analogue timepiece with fitness tracking sensors built in. It follows the same basic premise as the Withings Activité, ditching a touchscre..
If you play with a few Android Wear smartwatches side-by-side, you’ll notice that they all offer a very similar user experience. More than that, actually - the user experience is exactly the same across Android Wear devices. Why is this? Because Android Wear OEM’s are given no freedom by Google to customise or ‘skin’ the software. It’s gotta’ be Vanilla. This has pros and cons; the key pro being that all devices offer a consistent experience, the key con being that there’s nothing to really differentiate the user experience. Which brings me onto Android Wear and the next big feature. Firs..
If there’s one thing all children love, it’s Disney. Every child has a favourite Disney character or film, and it’s every child’s dream to visit Disneyland at least once. So when a birthday around, at the top of most little one’s ‘gift lists’ is usually a Disney toy, such as a Frozen doll or a Marvel action figure; or at least, that was the case ten years ago, because now children want something a little more tech-savvy, such as a game or a smartwatch. It makes sense then that Huawei, makers of the Huawei Watch, have brought to market a range of smartwatches designed just for children i..
Garmin has today launched a new fitness tracker for kids, called the Vivofit Jr. The Vivofit Jr is aimed at children aged 4 to 9. It has a swim friendly design and is available in a range of fun colourways. It boasts a 1-year battery life, which is way beyond what any other kid’s fitness tracker on the market can currently muster, and the Vivofit Jr app - which comes with the device for free – allows parents to keep track of their child’s activity, sleep and more from the comfort of their smartphone or tablet computer. Activity Motivation One of the neatest features of the..
Thankfully you can get a great deal of smartwatch for your money right now. As new generation smartwatches release the older models drop in price. This leads us to a time in the life cycle where you can pick up big brand names like Sony and Samsung, at budget prices. Below, we have provided recommendations for what we believe to be the best cheap smartwatches in 2016; many are last-generation products, but remember - you get 80% of the speed and features of a latest-gen product, for sometimes 50 per cent less, when you opt for something released a year or so ago. It’s a win-win. So with..
If you have been looking on temptingly at the smartwatch market these last few years, it’s fair to say that you have done well not to pull the trigger and buy one so far. The likes of Motorola, Samsung and Apple have all launched excellent smartwatches, and even Swiss watchmakers Breitling and TAG Heuer have gotten in on the action with smartwatches that are, for all intents and purposes, aimed solely at men. In fact, most smartwatches are aimed at men, which is understandable given the stereotype that men are more interested in tech than women. But the main reason the smartwatch market h..
Korean software developer KIWI Plus has launched a children’s smartwatch in collaboration with Swiss company U-blox. The smartwatch, which is called the ‘LINE Kid’s Watch’, is one of the most capable kid’s smartwatches on the market as far as communication is concerned. Communication, communication, communication It boasts U-blox’ high performance UBX-G7020 multi-GNSS chip, which supports GPS, and U-blox’ SARA-U270 UMTS/HSPA module which offers high-speed mobile connectivity. In the real world (and forgetting all those letters and numbers and chipsets), what this means is ..
KD Group, the makers of the Kurio line of Android and Windows kid’s tablets, has unveiled a new smartwatch designed for kids at the 2016 American International Toy Fair. Dubbed the ‘Kurio Watch’, the wearable device takes a different tact to the Octopus smartwatch we recently wrote about. Whereas the Octopus smartwatch is an educational wearable device, the Kurio Watch is more of an entertainment-based wearable. For example, the Kurio Watch has a customisable interface and a video recorder and a camera, in addition to 20 preinstalled mini-games and apps for kids to sink their teeth into..