Smartwatch sales

Analysts have no idea if smartwatches are dying or not

November 6th at 9:00 AM

Analysts have no idea if smartwatches are dying or not

Gather round children, for I have a tale of two analytics companies. One says that smartwatch shipments plummeted by over 50 percent last year, while the other claims that sales are up by 60 percent in the same time period. All is not well in the land of spreadsheets.

Last week, an IDC report claimed that smartwatch shipments had gone down by 50 percent over the last year. A lot of the drop in shipments was due to a 70 percent decrease in Apple Watch sales, likely due to the impending Apple Watch 2 announcement.

But in a report issued this week, rival firm Canalys has Apple’s market share up, Samsung in a firm second place (much better than IDC), and Fitbit rounding out the top three.

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Cheating Students

The crazy tech Thai students used to cheat

May 11th at 9:57 AM

The crazy tech Thai students used to cheat

With consumer electronics products becoming smaller and increasingly more powerful over the years, students have started to come up with any number of clever ways to discreetly cheat on exams. You might recall, for instance, that a group of 50 students at an elite High School in New York were caught up in a massive cheating ring that centered on slyly taking photos of exams ahead of time.

In the most recent instance of technology creatively being used for cheating purposes, a group of students taking an entrance exam for medical school in Thailand were caught using an elaborate system that relied upon smartwatches and hidden cameras embedded in eyeglasses. More →

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Kairos T-Band Smartwatch

Turn any watch into a smartwatch with the Kairos T-band

December 31st at 5:00 PM

Turn any watch into a smartwatch with the Kairos T-band

So you’re not impressed with the current slate of Android Wear smartwatches and you don’t think the Apple Watch is going to do anything to change your mind. You might be willing to put something intelligent on your wrist, but you don’t want to replace your watch with some dorky gadget.

You need to check out the Kairos T-band. More →

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Microsoft Smartwatch Specs and Features

Microsoft reportedly has a worthy iWatch rival in the works

July 16th at 8:30 AM

Microsoft reportedly has a worthy iWatch rival in the works

Apple is widely expected to redefine the smartwatch business with its iWatch, a companion device said to include various sensors capable of measuring many health parameters and record fitness data. But Apple is not the only one working on exciting new wearable gadgets. The International Business Times has learned from a Microsoft source that the unnamed smartwatch the Windows maker is working on will also offer some advanced sensors, and it will come with cross-platform support. More →

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Microsoft Surface Watch Specs and Features

Leak reveals the first details on Microsoft’s ‘Surface’ smartwatch

June 9th at 7:30 PM

Leak reveals the first details on Microsoft’s ‘Surface’ smartwatch

Just like everyone else, Microsoft is also interested in smartwatches, recent patent discoveries have revealed, with a Forbes report saying that the company’s first such device will be iOS- and Android-friendly. While it’s not clear when the device would be launched, it appears that GearLive got its hands on a smartwatch prototype from a Microsoft tester. More →

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Android SmartWatch Specs, Price

Irony: Android SmartWatch doesn’t even run Android

March 6th at 6:00 PM

Irony: Android SmartWatch doesn’t even run Android

“Android SmartWatch” would be a very apropos name for Google’s own smartwatch, but that’s not going to happen, as such a product already exists. Sadly for Android fans, the Android SmartWatch doesn’t have anything to do with recent Nexus smart wristwatch rumors. Instead, it’s produced by Android Watches USA, and while it can be paired with Android devices, it doesn’t even run Google’s operating system, CNET reports. Instead it runs Android USA’s own software.
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Smartwatch concept design from Creoir

Video: Even smartwatches designed with beauty in mind are still ugly

February 26th at 12:45 PM

Video: Even smartwatches designed with beauty in mind are still ugly

Pretty much every smartwatch that has been released so far has been ridiculously ugly. Most of them feature a rectangular screen that many consider to be too large for a wrist. Both the Pebble smartwatch and the Samsung Galaxy Gear suffer from this problem. To fix this, Engadget noted that the design firm Creoir, which has worked with both Nike and Jolla, created its own concept smartwatch to prove that they don’t have to be ugly.

But the result, called Ibis, isn’t much better. More →

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Swatch Smartwatch

Swiss watchmaker Swatch isn’t afraid of the rise of smartwatches

January 10th at 9:45 PM

Swiss watchmaker Swatch isn’t afraid of the rise of smartwatches

Popular Swiss watch maker Swatch says it’s not afraid of competing against smartwatches only with regular watches, even though more companies are creating their own such devices and other wearables that will offer smart features when connected to handsets and tablets. “The smartwatch is an opportunity for us, whatever happens,” Swatch Chief Executive Nick Hayek told Reuters in an interview. “If people who never used to wear anything on their wrist start wearing a so-called smartwatch, then we certainly can convince them quickly to try wearing a beautiful watch instead.” More →

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Wearable Computers CES 2014 Analysis

Wearable computers: The new 3D TVs?

January 7th at 1:58 PM

Wearable computers: The new 3D TVs?

It’s amazing to think that it was only four years ago that the most hyped product to come out of the Consumer Electronics Show was a new batch of 3D televisions that the consumer electronics industry had convinced itself were a potential goldmine. Fast forward to 2012 and the notion that 3D TVs would gain mass acceptance in the consumer market seemed like a cruel joke as TV manufacturers quickly shifted their efforts to developing 4K television sets while leaving 3D TV technology in the scrap heap of tech history. I bring this up because in 2014 I’m seeing a similar level of self-assured tech industry hype about another emerging brand of consumer technology that everyone is 100% certain is going to be the next big thing: Wearable computers.  More →

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Future Wearable Computers

When will wearable computers actually look cool enough to wear?

December 18th at 2:10 PM

When will wearable computers actually look cool enough to wear?

We’re in a fascinating period when it comes to wearable computers — many in the tech industry think that they will be the next big thing, if only they can convince people to actually buy them. This means that we’re seeing a period of furious experimentation where both small startups and big-name firms are throwing everything at the wall to see what will work and what won’t. So far, the results have mostly come in the “won’t” category: Samsung’s Galaxy Gear has been panned by critics and it seems highly unlikely that Google Glass in its current form will catch on with the masses. More →

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Pebble Smartwatch App Store

Pebble joins the smartwatch ecosystem war with its own app store

December 18th at 1:00 PM

Pebble joins the smartwatch ecosystem war with its own app store

You knew it was bound to happen, and happen it has. While it apparently still has a ways to go to catch up to Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, a Kickstarter-backed company moving some 200,000 or so units in a matter of months is nothing to scoff at. To wit, Pebble‘s seeing a massive spike in developer action now that SDK 2.0 is in the wild and the watch has added full iOS 7 Notification Center support. In a bid to funnel all of that activity into a central location, the outfit on Wednesday announced that the Pebble appstore will launch “in early 2014,” and interested developers can begin submitting their SDK 2.0 Pebble apps immediately. More →

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“I started by strapping yet another notifier onto my wrist, but I came away a far less stressed individual.”
— Darren Murph
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Pebble Smartwatch Review

More is less: How a Pebble smartwatch brought sanity to a hyperconnected iPhone user

December 11th at 11:45 AM

More is less: How a Pebble smartwatch brought sanity to a hyperconnected iPhone user

It’s the Kickstarter project that has largely defined what’s possible on the service, and if you’re reading this, you’re well aware of how many millions the Pebble team raised in order to concoct a wrist-worn notification device. A device that just so happened to emerge as the term “smartwatch” was taking hold. It was something of a perfect storm, really; years ago, Fossil and Sony Ericsson tried to bring the Dick Tracy motif to the masses, but the world wasn’t yet ready. Today, we’re all ready. More →

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Metawatch High-end Smartwatch

Vertu founder now working on high-end Metawatch smartwatch

December 3rd at 8:45 PM

Vertu founder now working on high-end Metawatch smartwatch

Metawatch has hired famed Nokia and Vertu designer Frank Nuovo to work on future devices for the company. Metawatch currently sells two smartwatch designs including the Strata (pictured above) and the Frame, which retail for $179.99 and $229.99, respectively, and can be purchased directly from the manufacturer’s online store or in Best Buy stores. Nuovo is already working on a new high-end device for the company, which will be unveiled in the first quarter of 2014, Quartz has learned. Details about the smartwatch aren’t available at this time, but Metawatch CEO Bill Geiser said the device will have a new operating system version and a new display. While the Strata and Frame smartwatches have their own operating system, they work with both iOS and Android devices. More →

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