Is Silicon Valley deluding itself into thinking that smartwatches are going to be the next game-changing gadget? That certainly seems to be the case for the early generation of smartwathces, as New York Magazine’s Kevvin Roose tried wearing two different smartwatches at all times for a week and found them to be virtually useless. More →
As smartwatches struggle to find their place in a saturated device market, vendors are looking for new ways to attract potential customers. Even executives are willing to admit that the current lineup hasn’t done much to impress consumers. The latest patent from Samsung imagines a new method of gesture controls for future smartwatches, using a built-in camera to track a user’s hand motions. These touchless gesture controls would allow users to point at and capture an image of an object, unlock the device or even to power it down. More →
Motorola executive Mark Randall is saying what a lot of other gadget watchers are thinking: The smartwatches we’ve seen released so far are nothing to get excited about. In fact, in an interview with Trusted Reviews, Randall goes so far as to say that every smartwatch that’s been released to date has been “pretty crappy.” More →
Tech companies are always looking to create the “next big thing” that will completely upend the industry as we know it and make them insanely profitable as early adopters rush to snap up their new, exciting and never-before-seen products. This soft of disruption happened with smartphones just after Apple launched the iPhone back in 2007 and to a lesser extent with tablets when the iPad came out three years later. However, there are also times when the tech industry can significantly overestimate how much consumers are actually interested in their innovative new products — as anyone who remembers the 3D TV craze that never materialized can tell you, being innovative doesn’t being successful. More →
Although the tech industry appears to be doing everything in its power to make wearable devices the next big thing, the concept of the smartwatch is actually quite old. Looking back, we’ve come across ZDNet’s pictorial history of the smartwatch, from IBM’s bulky, blocky WatchPad to the crowdfunding phenomenon that is Pebble. Sony, Microsoft and even Fossil make appearances on the list, each in an attempt to start a trend that still hasn’t caught on years later. More →
Although Samsung is making strides in the wearable market, the new Gear models are still sitting uncomfortably on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to form and function. The Gear 2 and Gear Neo watches are sleeker than the Galaxy Gear, but they haven’t completely shed their bulky, boxy exteriors quite yet. The Gear Fit is much more practical and discreet, but lacks the functionality of its larger counterparts. What we need is a middle ground, and that’s exactly what Gábor Balogh’s concept design is hoping to bring to the table. More →
Wearable tech failed to make a huge impact last year, but 2014 could be the year that smartwatches and fitness bands finally take off. Canalys forecasts that over 17 million smart bands will ship in 2014, following massive growth in the second half of last year. Based on the analyst’s findings, 1.6 million smart bands shipped in the second half of 2013 alone. Leading the way were Fitbit’s Flex and Force bands in the “basic” category and Samsung’s Galaxy Gear in the “smart” category. We might not have found much to like in the Galaxy Gear, but it apparently managed to knock out the smartwatch competition. With a more capable sequel, Samsung could get a huge head start as the market begins to expand. More →
You know how tech companies have been saying that one of the biggest challenges when it comes to building smartwatches is how to make it small enough so that it’s not overtly noticeable when you’re wearing it? Well the crew at Neptune don’t much care for that line of thinking and their new Pine smartwatch gives people the same thing that Samsung’s Galaxy Note gives to smartphone users: A really big screen.