Wearables

Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon Wear 1100 SoC today at Computex 2016. Intended for wearable devices, such as fitness trackers, smart headsets, and connected watches for children, it features a single ARM Cortex-A7 CPU running at up to 1.2GHz and a fixed-function GPU for rendering simple 2D user interfaces. It's interesting that Qualcomm chose to stick with the A7 rather than use its replacement: the Cortex-A35. According to ARM, the A35 uses 10% less power while boosting performance between 6-40% at the same frequency and on the same process. This could simply be a matter of timing or just Qualcomm's familiarity with the A7. The Snapdragon Wear 1100 is a compliment to the Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC that Qualcomm announced back in February 2016, and is...

ASUS Unveils Zenbo Smart Companion Robot

At today's ASUS Zenvolution press event in advance of Computex, ASUS unveiled a new personal assistant robot for home use: Zenbo. The core functionality of Zenbo will be voice...

7 by Billy Tallis on 5/30/2016

Two Months With: The Huawei TalkBand B2

As part of the test with the Huawei Mate S, I also decided to use Huawei’s TalkBand B2 wearable which I got at the end of a press event...

26 by Ian Cutress on 5/11/2016

Huawei Launches the TalkBand B3

I’ve been using the TalkBand B2 for a couple of months (a write-up will come soon), and Huawei is announcing the release of their TalkBand B3. This is a...

4 by Ian Cutress on 4/6/2016

Hololens Round Two: Augmented Reality At Build 2016

Last year at BUILD I got my first chance to try Hololens. That experience was very interesting, not only because of the potential of Augmented Reality, but because of...

23 by Brett Howse on 3/31/2016

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon Wear 2100 IoT SoC

Along with today's announcements of the Snapdragon 425, 435 and 625, we also see the reveal of a new wearables-oriented SoC: the Snapdragon Wear 2100. In the past we've...

23 by Andrei Frumusanu on 2/11/2016

Zeiss Smart Optics: Discreet Smart Glasses

With Google Glass, one of the major barriers to adoption was just how glaringly obvious it was that you were wearing Google Glass. The display was a field sequential...

18 by Joshua Ho on 1/8/2016

Honor Launches The Honor Band Z1

Today during their pre-CES launch event honor announced a new smartphone as well as a new fitness tracker called the honor band Z1. I found interest in the honor...

3 by Brandon Chester on 1/6/2016

Samsung Announces New Gear S2 Models And iOS Support

Among the announcements made during Samsung’s CES 2016 press conference, two related to Samsung’s Gear S2 smartwatch. The first is the introduction of two new finishes for the Gear...

0 by Brandon Chester on 1/5/2016

Huawei Launches Huawei Watch Elegant and Huawei Watch Jewel

Huawei has announced two new versions of the Huawei Watch that target users looking for something more flashy than the standard steel model. The new versions of the Huawei...

6 by Brandon Chester on 1/5/2016

Microsoft Adds New Features To The Microsoft Band

I only just got done the review on the Microsoft Band 2, and there were a couple of shortcomings that I was hoping the new Band model would address...

21 by Brett Howse on 12/10/2015

The Microsoft Band 2 Review

At the end of October in 2014, Microsoft surprisingly released a late night press release about a new device they were launching. It was the Microsoft Band, which is...

56 by Brett Howse on 11/30/2015

Volvo Partners With Microsoft To Bring HoloLens To Automotive Design And Showcasing

When I first got a chance to use Hololens earlier this year, the immediate and obvious use case that came to mind was going to be in the world...

10 by Brett Howse on 11/20/2015

ARM Announces Mali-470 GPU: Low Power For Wearables & More

One of the more surprising facts we learned from ARM when we sat down with them last year to discuss their Mali GPU architecture was just how successful the...

11 by Ryan Smith on 10/20/2015

Apple Releases watchOS 2

Five days ago Apple released iOS 9, the latest major release of their operating system for smartphones and tablets. They also planned to release the first major upgrade to...

5 by Brandon Chester on 9/21/2015

Apple Delays Release Of watchOS 2 Due To Unspecified Bug

Today Apple will release iOS 9, and Apple Watch users were also supposed to receive an update to watchOS 2 which comes with a number of significant improvements to...

11 by Brandon Chester on 9/16/2015

Samsung Gear S2 Launch Event & Hands-On

After quite a long day yesterday here in Berlin I finally managed to catch a breath to sit down and go over what was likely the biggest reveal over...

31 by Andrei Frumusanu on 9/4/2015

Motorola Launches The New Moto 360 Collection

Today Motorola has officially announced the long rumored second generation of the Moto 360. While details are still unknown about the display resolution or some aspects of the internal...

6 by Brandon Chester on 9/2/2015

ASUS Details The ZenWatch 2: Coming In October

At this year's Computex Taipei ASUS released some teaser information about the upcoming ZenWatch 2. At the time we knew what the ZenWatch 2 would look like, but there...

12 by Brandon Chester on 9/2/2015

Samsung Announces The Gear S2 Smartwatch

Today Samsung announced the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic, the newest products in their line of smartwatches. The Gear S2 has what Samsung describes as a more minimal...

16 by Brandon Chester on 8/31/2015

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