Wearables

Qualcomm this week introduced its new platform designed for smartwatches based on Google’s Wear OS. The long anticipated Snapdragon Wear 3100 packs four general-purpose processing cores as well a special co-processor for low-power operations designed to prolong battery life of upcoming wearables. Communication capabilities of the platform include GPS, Wi-Fi+Bluetooth, as well as 4G/LTE, which is in line with features supported by direct predecessor. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 3100 (MSM8909w) is the company’s most powerful SoC for wearables that the company has released to date. Just like the Snapdragon Wear 2100 introduced in 2016, the new chip packs four ARM Cortex-A7 cores clocked at 1.2 GHz. Meanwhile, the latest SoC also integrates the company’s QCC1110 co-processor designed specifically for tasks that do not require serious compute...

Apple Announces The Apple Watch 4: Fully Custom SiP

Today alongside the new iPhone XS, XS Max and the XR, Apple first introduced the new Apple Watch Series 4. The fourth generation of the watch sees a major...

88 by Andrei Frumusanu on 9/12/2018

Corning Unveils Gorilla Glass DX and Gorilla Glass DX+ for Wearables

Corning has introduced its new Gorilla Glass DX and DX+ protective glass substrates designed specifically for wearables and featuring not only scratch resistance and durability, but also antireflective and...

10 by Anton Shilov on 7/20/2018

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 2500 Wearable Platform For Kids Watches

Today among the announcements of then new mid- and low-end SoC lineup Qualcomm also announced a new wearable platform dubbed the Snapdragon Wear 2500. We don’t have many details on...

12 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/27/2018

Intel Shuts Down New Devices Group: No More Intel-Made Wearables

Intel this week confirmed that it had decided to close down its New Devices Group, which developed various wearable electronics, such as smartwatches, health/fitness monitors, smart/AR glasses and so...

56 by Anton Shilov on 4/20/2018

Apple 2017: Announcing a new Apple Watch Series 3, with Intel LTE/Cellular

Today at Apple’s new Steve Jobs Theatre, Apple announced its new Apple Watch, called the Series 3. This is a new model above the Series 2 announced last year...

44 by Ian Cutress on 9/12/2017

IFA 2017: Samsung Press Event Live Blog

We're here for Samsung!

16 by Ian Cutress on 8/30/2017

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon Wear 1200 SoC: LTE Categories M1 & NB1 for Wearables & Smart Trackers

Back around this time last year, Qualcomm introduced their Snapdragon Wear 1100, the company’s first SoC specifically designed for budget, low-power wearable devices. The humble SoC featured just a...

16 by Ryan Smith on 6/28/2017

The Apple Watch Series 2 Review: Building Towards Maturity

Back in the first half of 2015 Apple released the first version of the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch was a long-rumored product, often referred to as the iWatch...

126 by Brandon Chester on 12/20/2016

One Month With: The Huawei TalkBand B3

I think I'm getting the reason why smartwatches exist now - or at least watches in general. When I was younger, before smartphones, I wore a simple cheap watch...

10 by Ian Cutress on 10/4/2016

IFA 2016: Examining the Malaise of Bargain Basement Virtual Reality

For the show this year, I left one day free just to roam freely around the show, looking for some insights or random bonus stories. One of the things...

58 by Ian Cutress on 9/9/2016

Hands On With the Apple Watch Series 2

For better or worse, Apple is pushing on with their smartwatch endeavors in the form of the Apple Watch Series 2. For the most part I would say that...

31 by Joshua Ho on 9/8/2016

Hands On With the Samsung Gear S3

For a while now the smartwatch market has been developing in fits and starts. One of the more interesting developments in this space isn’t Android Wear and watchOS, but...

35 by Joshua Ho on 8/31/2016

Intel Announces Project Alloy: Untethered Augmented Reality in a VR Headset with RealSense

During the Keynote today at IDF, Intel showed off the next play into the Virtual Reality design space. In an interesting twist, their new Project Alloy headset was demonstrated...

20 by Ian Cutress on 8/16/2016

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon Wear 1100 SoC For 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...

12 by Matt Humrick on 6/1/2016

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...

27 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

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