Broadcom aims to solve the problem of low battery life in Android Wear devices


Semiconductor solutions provider Broadcom has introduced a new smartwatch platform that reduces power consumption for Android Wear devices.

Broadcom claims the platform reduces power usage by up to 40% by offering a smaller form factor, shrinking the circuit board size by a similar figure and reconfiguring certain features, such as offloading some tasks from the applications processor to less power-intensive parts of the system. With this, OEMs can also add features, or include a larger...

By James Bourne, 27 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Connectivity, Devices.

Juniper argues “invisible wearables” provide key to mainstream market success


Analyst house Juniper Research has released a new paper asserting ‘invisible’ wearables – hardware which is indistinguishable from non-smart technology – will provide a key market opportunity by 2020.

In a report entitled ‘The World in 2020: A Technology Vision’, made available for free download here, the analysts argue many wearables companies are...

By James Bourne, 24 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Ecosystems, Research, UI, Virtual Reality.

Colour-display Pebble with new UI leaks ahead of event

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Earlier this month, we reported Kickstarter-success Pebble is due a new software platform which its founder describes as "unlike anything before" it. A look at this new platform is expected at an event hosted by the company tomorrow, but an early leak has given us a peek at some new hardware on which to show it off...

Found on Pebble's servers, 

By Ryan Daws, 23 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Smartwatches, UI.

Why the Apple Watch is set to make or break the smartwatch market in 2015


Analyst house CCS Insight has put out its latest global wearables forecast, and predicted that wearable shipments will jump to 75 million in 2015 – a 158% increase on last year.

Not surprisingly, a large amount of this number will be provided by the Apple Watch, due for release in April. CCS Insight expects Apple will account for 20 million of these, representing over a quarter of the market.

Yet the analyst firm sees this point as key – if the Apple Watch succeeds, then it...

By James Bourne, 17 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Research, Smartwatches.

Mattel's iconic View-Master is now a Google Cardboard

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Remember the Mattel View-Master? Well after Google and Mattel started teasing an announcement for today, a whole bunch of folks guessed an updated version with support for Cardboard would make its way to faces everywhere (much like previous versions have thanks to Santa Claus' vast distribution network.)

The View-Master was first introduced in 1939, four years after the advent of Kodachrome color film made the use of small high-quality photographic color images...

By Ryan Daws, 13 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Google, Virtual Reality.

Apps are just as good as wearables at tracking physical activity, study claims


If you’ve got a smartphone and are looking to get fit, looking at the wearable devices on offer, then you might want to hold back on that purchase for now. A new research letter from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) argues smartphones apps are just as effective as wearable devices in tracking step counts.

JAMA’s paper, entitled ‘Accuracy of Smartphone Applications and Wearable...

By James Bourne, 11 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Devices, Fitness, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.

HIRIS claims to be the "first wearable computer for everyone"

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Meet HIRIS. HIRIS stands for Human Interactive Reliable Integrated System, and boldly claims to be the “first wearable computer for everyone.” It’s a big claim – but does it stack up?

The main reasoning behind this claim is because HIRIS can withstand any environment and be placed anywhere, from different body parts to on tennis rackets. This isn’t an entirely new idea; Misfit Wearables,

By James Bourne, 09 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Fitness, Health & Wellness.

Leatherman offers multi-tool bracelet which turns the smartwatch on its head

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Here’s a novel approach to building a smartwatch. Leatherman is offering its well known multi-tool set as a bracelet which houses screwdrivers, cutting hooks and box wrenches with the Leatherman Tread.

The idea came to Leatherman president Ben Rivera on a family holiday trip, when he was unable to get past airport security. “I knew there had to be another way to carry my tools with me that would be accepted by security,” he explained. Rivera wore a...

By James Bourne, 26 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Smartwatches, Workplace.

FDA sets down rules on which wearables they want to monitor


The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said it will only monitor wearable devices that claim to help diagnose and treat major illnesses.

The majority of devices on the market, however, will be classified in the ‘general wellness’ category, which as the name suggests relates more to general wellbeing and can be associated with weight management, physical fitness, improving self-esteem, sleep management or sexual function.

The FDA notes it’s more the classification...

By James Bourne, 21 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Fitness, Health & Wellness.

Roll up, roll up, for the latest smartwatch wars: HTC, Samsung, Sony all throw hats into the ring


With the expected launch – and subsequent hype – of the Apple Watch, due out in the first quarter of this year, it’s not a huge surprise to see other tech giants chancing their arm in the space.

While wearable tech was a major factor at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) earlier this month, there seemed to be a communal lethargy towards another generation of fitness trackers and...

By James Bourne, 19 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Smartwatches.