Smartwatches

Wearables Know More About You Than You Think
June 16, 2017 at 10:48 am

Over the past five years or so, we’ve seen the spectacular rise of wearables - and if you follow CES, you know that wearables became a significant category on the show floor.  Anecdotally, humans have been wearing bracelets and necklaces for over 100,000 years, imbuing them with meaning and significance. When Wearables 1.0 first hit…

Apple Watch 3 might be able to measure your respiration rate
June 16, 2017 at 9:00 am

The Apple Watch and Apple Watch 2 are in part health and fitness tracking devices, but each is somewhat limited in those areas. Improvements to the next generation are sure to change that though and Apple may soon give the watch the ability to measure your respiration rate. In a patent spotted by Patently Apple,…

Your Android Wear watch could soon control your Chromecast
May 15, 2017 at 9:53 am

Android Wear 2.0 may soon gain the ability to Cast content to your television and audio system, according to a teasing tweet from a Google employee. Although the new software update has done a lot for making smartwatches more independent, lacking the ability to connect to other Cast-enabled devices, like Google Chromecast, Google Chromecast Audio…

AI-equipped Apple Watch can detect the signs of a stroke
May 12, 2017 at 7:43 am

The Apple Watch may become a useful tool in detecting an abnormal heartbeat, according to a study by heart rate app-maker Cardiogram and the UCSF Health lab. They determined that the wearable, when paired with neural network algorithms, is 97 percent accurate in detecting paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common type of heart rhythm…

The ZTE Quartz delivers Android Wear 2.0 and LTE for less than $200
April 13, 2017 at 12:26 pm

ZTE is trying its hand at making smartwatches for a second time with the ZTE Quartz. Quartz is the company’s first smartwatch to run on Android Wear and offer Google Assistant compatibility. The company’s first smartwatch, Axon Watch, launched back in 2015 but only in Chinese markets.

Apple takes Swatch to court over 'Tick Different' ads
April 12, 2017 at 10:49 am

Apple has filed a complaint against Swatch in a Swiss court over the use of the phrase Tick Different in a marketing campaign. Swatch is using the slogan to market a wristwatch containing a contactless payment chip. Apple says the phrase unfairly references its Think Different campaign, which ran in the 1990s. According to Swiss…