Wearables

Prior to the launch of the Apple Watch, there had been rumors that Apple would make a watch for quite some time. In a broader sense, the wearables industry has become an area of significant interest as the next growth market after devices like tablets and smartphones as the high-end market became saturated and much of the growth that previously existed in the mobile space started to level out. About two years ago, we put out our first wearable review, which examined Samsung’s Galaxy Gear. In the time since then, Android Wear has been launched, with numerous OEMs launching some form of wearable using Google’s wearable OS. However, Apple remained curiously absent from the field despite numerous rumors suggesting that Apple would soon launch a...

Apple Announces watchOS 2

In addition to OS X El Capitan and iOS 9, Apple has announced an upcoming update to the watchOS operating system that powers the Apple Watch. This will be...

7 by Brandon Chester on 6/8/2015

ASUS Shows Off The ZenWatch 2 At Computex

Today ASUS updated their Android Wear smartwatch offering. It wasn't long ago that we saw the original ASUS ZenWatch at IFA, but it's now being superseded by the ZenWatch...

6 by Brandon Chester on 6/1/2015

ARM Announcements: New IoT Subsystem for TSMC 55ULP and ARM Cordio Radio IP

Today at Computex ARM is announcing a new 'IoT Subsystem' for developers: ARM Cortex-M with ARM Cordio radio IP (see below) with full integration with mBed OS. The principle...

1 by Ian Cutress on 5/31/2015

Understanding Project Soli and Jacquard: Wearable Control Breakthroughs

Today at Google IO, Google’s Advanced Technologies and Products (ATAP) group went over some of the things that they’ve worked on in the year since the previous IO. There...

12 by Joshua Ho on 5/30/2015

Microsoft Health and Band Updates Bring New Cycling App Integrations, Insights and Features

Today Microsoft launched a new update to their fitness wearable, Microsoft Band, and also to their health platform and smartphone app, Microsoft Health. These updates broaden the capabilities of...

4 by Stephen Barrett on 4/23/2015

Android Wear Updates: Wi-Fi, Always-On Apps and Usability

This week Google announced the latest update to their smart watch focused operating system, Android Wear. Google did not specify the exact version number, but the previous version was...

10 by Stephen Barrett on 4/23/2015

Imagination Launches New Low Power Wireless IP: Ensigma Whisper

Today Imagination is launching a new set of licensable wireless intellectual property (IP) called 'Ensigma Whisper' to complement its portfolio of other SoC IPs. This announcement gives Imagination a...

9 by Stephen Barrett on 4/15/2015

Motorola Launches Moto Maker for the Moto 360

In August of 2013, Motorola launched an innovative web portal, Moto Maker, enabling personalization of the original Moto X immediately prior to purchase. Almost two years later, Moto Maker...

9 by Stephen Barrett on 3/10/2015

Apple Watch Hands-On

By far the highlight of Apple’s Spring Forward event was the Apple Watch. Though announced back in September, Apple has not allowed any hands-on time with the device until...

66 by Ryan Smith on 3/9/2015

Apple Reveals Apple Watch Details And Availability

Apple's Spring Forward event saw the launch of a new MacBook that greatly departs from the typical image of a notebook, the launch of iOS 8.2, and most importantly...

38 by Brandon Chester on 3/9/2015

Apple Releases iOS 8.2 With Apple Watch Support

Today at their Spring Forward event Apple made a number of announcements. One smaller but still important update to come from the event was the release of iOS 8.2...

4 by Brandon Chester on 3/9/2015

HTC Announces VIVE, a Valve VR Headset, and Grip, a Fitness Band

In addition to the HTC One M9, HTC is also launching the VIVE, a VR headset. While it may seem a bit strange that HTC is doing this, it...

3 by Joshua Ho on 3/1/2015

LG Replaces Android Wear: Adds LTE, GPS and NFC to the Watch Urbane

Today LG pre-announced significant additions to their high-end wearable, the LG Watch Urbane, via a new edition called the LG Watch Urbane LTE. Both devices will officially launch at...

33 by Stephen Barrett on 2/26/2015

Pebble Announces the Pebble Time

The original Pebble watch was arguably the first device in what is now a rapidly growing smartwatch segment of the wearables market. Since its release, the software of the...

19 by Brandon Chester on 2/24/2015

Microsoft Band and Microsoft Health Updated

This week Microsoft announced several updates for their wearable and health products: Microsoft Band and Microsoft Health. Microsoft stated that overall feedback has been positive, but as with any...

10 by Stephen Barrett on 2/24/2015

LG Announces The LG Watch Urbane

LG doesn't seem intent on waiting for large industry events to announce their wearable products. Last year the company announced their LG G3 Stylus and the LG Watch R...

18 by Brandon Chester on 2/15/2015

Imagination Creator CI20 Now Shipping With Spec Bump & Kodi Support

Imagination has sent along word that the Creator CI20 we covered in some detail late last year is now shipping to North America and Europe. For those unfamiliar with...

20 by Stephen Barrett on 2/3/2015

Raspberry Pi 2 Available: ARMv7 and Windows 10

The original Raspberry Pi, launched three year ago this month, has been very successful. Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton noted recently that over 4.5 million Pis have been sold...

52 by Stephen Barrett on 2/2/2015

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