smartwatch battery life

Finally, a smartwatch that never needs to be charged

November 14th at 10:34 PM

Finally, a smartwatch that never needs to be charged

If there’s one thing that’s keeping the smartwatch movement from gaining mass market traction, it’s the fact that they need to be charged more often than almost any other device. A startup on Indiegogo thinks it’s solved that problem, and it’s launching a smartwatch that is powered by body heat.

The Matrix PowerWatch is a far cry from the colorful Apple, Samsung, and Motorola smartwatches, featuring a monochrome display and fairly basic app notifications. But what its creators believe it lacks in power, it more than makes up for in ease of use.

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Samsung Gear S3

Samsung’s new Gear S3 has one feature that will kill the Apple Watch 2

August 31st at 5:20 PM

Samsung’s new Gear S3 has one feature that will kill the Apple Watch 2

When it comes to smartwatches, I normally maintain that simpler is better. By that logic, I should hate Samsung’s new Gear S3. It’s huge, bloated, and crammed with far more tech and radios than anyone should reasonably have attached to their wrists.

But thanks to the LTE radio inside and a partnership with AT&T, the Gear S3 has one killer feature that would make me choose it over a Pebble, or whatever Apple releases next.

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McDonalds Step-It Fitness Tracker Review

A review of the Happy Meal fitness tracker McDonalds has already recalled

August 18th at 4:35 PM

A review of the Happy Meal fitness tracker McDonalds has already recalled

Did you hear? McDonalds started offering a wearable fitness tracker in Happy Meals this week, and promptly pulled said tracker this morning when it started giving people rashes. But not before we could get our hands on one. Here’s the review McDonalds would probably prefer that you didn’t read.

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Flexible Battery Solar Panel

Researchers have created flexible batteries that never need to be recharged

May 19th at 8:49 AM

Researchers have created flexible batteries that never need to be recharged

One of my biggest gripes with today’s smartwatches is charging — specifically, that I have to plug in my wristputer every night, or it becomes a useless and expensive hunk of metal. But if this flexible solar-powered battery becomes a reality, we could finally have wearables that live up to the hype.

A team from the University of Illinois, Northwest University, South Korea and China developed the battery, which they say is capable of changing its shape to fit in various devices. The various components of the battery and solar cells are integrated into a silicone shell and connected by flexible copper-polymer joints. The result is a charging and storage solution that can stretch and bend by 30 percent without losing its ability to generate solar charge.

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Lechal Bluetooth Smart Shoes

Forget the iWatch: This red-hot ‘smart shoe’ is the only wearable computer you need

August 8th at 3:10 PM

Forget the iWatch: This red-hot ‘smart shoe’ is the only wearable computer you need

It’s fair to say that wearable tech hasn’t quite caught on yet. Google Glass ignited the conversation, Android Wear has shown a great deal of potential and everyone wants to know if Apple is going to unveil its iWatch this year, but there’s still one untapped resource that still hasn’t been considered: shoes. The Wall Street Journal reports that Indian startup Ducere Technologies Pvt. is going to bring Bluetooth-enabled smart shoes to market this September for less than $100 a pair. More →

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Nod smart ring: gestures used to control smart TV

Meet the gadget that could take TV gesture controls to the next level

June 10th at 5:17 PM

Meet the gadget that could take TV gesture controls to the next level

Last year, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple was going to enter new product categories in 2014. No one knows exactly what these categories will be, but the two most widely rumored ones are wearables and TV. So it caught our attention when we saw a new device called Nod that creatively combines both categories by using a wearable computer to interact with TVs in new ways. More →

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