Haier jammed a tiny projector into a smartwatch for some reason

 Sure wearables have been having a tough go of it lately, but maybe the problem is just a general lack of tiny projectors jammed into the products. It’s an idea a few folks have flirted with in the past, and it’s one the folks at Haier are ready to deliver in the future. The Asu is a gigantic new smartwatch from the company that regularly brings you things like transparent and… Read More

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Apple Watch apps now track ski performance

 Skiers, rejoice! It just got a lot easier to track your mountain treks. Due to an Apple Watch update that combines GPS and altimeter (altitude) measuring, ski apps are now able to quantify performance. If you’re wondering how many calories you’ve burned or how fast you were going, all that data is available and more. The new features are rolling out today, with Ski… Read More

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Fitbit’s next smartwatch will probably look like this

 It sure seemed like Fitbit was all in on the Ionic. The company’s first true smartwatch was the result of multiple acquisitions and CEO James Park was talking up the device as a sort of lifeline for the struggle company. But the product stumbled for both hardware and software reasons, and the company acknowledged during its earnings call that sales weren’t near what it had hoped.… Read More

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Waverly Labs offers real-time translation with its Pilot earbuds

 Sometimes you travel all the way to Barcelona, only to meet up with a startup that’s been operating right around the block. Waverly Labs is a 20 person Brooklyn-based company that specializes in real-time translation through a pair of Bluetooth earbuds. The startup is on-hand at Mobile World Congress this week, showing off Pilot, its first piece of hardware, which launched at the end of… Read More

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Nokia is re-evaluating its wearables division

 Nokia’s been facing an uphill battle for relevance in the consumer space ever since the company threw in the towel on smartphones. Wearables seemed like a reasonable road, so the company snapped up French electronics company Withings back in 2016, phasing out the name a year later and rebranding itself Nokia Health. Of course, the past year has seen much of the air escape from wearables,… Read More

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Fitbit buys Twine Health in bid to become a more serious health care tool

 Fitbit’s been on a bit of a acquisition spree over the last couple of years, as the company’s looked to grow its business inside the stagnating wearables category. This morning, the hardware maker announced plans to pick up Twine Health, a HIPAA-compliant, cloud-based health management platform. The company hasn’t disclosed specific numbers for the acquisition, but expects… Read More

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Xiaomi’s wearable device partner Huami raises $110M in NYSE IPO

 China’s top wearable firm Huami has raised $110 million after it listed on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday.
Fresh from launching iits Apple Watch-like Amazfit Blip this week, Huami sold 10 million shares at $11 a pop, the mid-point of its price range. The company joined the NYSE under the ‘HMI’ ticker symbol. It potentially raised up to $16.5 million more if… Read More

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Apple Watch shipments jumped in 2017, according to analysts

 The Apple Watch continues to be a bright spot in amongst the middling world of wearables, according to new numbers from Canalys. The analyst group’s figures put the smartwatch at 18 million shipments for 2017, representing a 54-percent jump over the device’s 2016 numbers. Apple’s wearable popped for a couple of reasons, LTE functionality being chief among them. For one… Read More

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Intel wants smart glasses to be a thing

 Over the years, we’ve seen folks try and fail at the smart glasses game. Google Glasses never had a chance, and even the Snap Spectacles heyday has come to an end. But that’s not stopping Intel from getting in on the fun. The glasses are called Vaunt, first seen by the Verge, and they are nearly indistinguishable from regular glasses. Instead of some cumbersome headset with a… Read More

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Photos purportedly showcase the Xbox Watch that never was

 It probably goes without saying that Microsoft, along with the rest of the tech world, was working on a smartwatch. And while, by some accounts, the category is finally having its moment, the software giant’s efforts didn’t appear to make it to far beyond the prototype stage. New photos posted by a Twitter user and spotted by Windows Central purport to show the company’s… Read More

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