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‘Digital prophet’ predicts the internet of emotions (not things) Special

Brooklyn - Forget the Internet of Things, the idea that soon everyday objects will be connected to the Internet. ‘Digital prophet’ David Shing believes that the future belongs to the Internet of Emotions.

Google Glass updated for the first time in three years

Google has published the first software update for its Google Glass wearable computer since 2014. The minor release adds one feature to the device. It isn't known why Google has launched the update now as the consumer version of Glass has been abandoned.

See why nanowires are the future of electronics

Barcelona - The current consumer demand for small-sized electronic devices requires new approaches for their design. One answer is nanowires, according to scientists from the University of the Basque Country.

Apple unveils watchOS 4 for Apple Watch with new fitness features

Apple has launched the fourth major version of its watchOS platform for the Apple Watch. It features more of an emphasis on fitness capabilities than previous iterations, including the option of smart activity coaching. There's also a new Siri watch face.

ASUS to abandon Android Wear because nobody wants smartwatches

Another major smartwatch manufacturer could leave Google's struggling Android Wear platform. ASUS has been one of only a handful of brands to see relative success in the market. It is now pulling out after facing sales of just a few thousand each month.

Apple purchase hints at sleep tracking mode for next Apple Watch

Apple has purchased Beddit, a Finnish manufacturer of connected sleep-tracking devices designed to work with iOS products. The acquisition strongly hints that the next Apple Watch will include a built-in sleep monitoring mode, a top user request.

New generation of electronics to be ‘flexible like skin’

The future direction of electronic devices is centered on flexibility. This is a key design requirement for wearables as well as for portable devices. To achieve this flexibility needs to extend to every aspect of the device.

Spotify building its own 'category defining' music hardware

Spotify is planning to launch a hardware device that will change the way in which "the world" experiences music. The company's ambitious aims are said to be early in development. It's an unexpected expansion of Spotify's business, moving beyond apps.

Huawei's chief hasn't 'figured out' why we need smartwatches

Huawei's chief executive has stated he sees no value in the concept of a smartwatch, admitting most people – himself included – struggle to find any value in the devices. Huawei has been one of the most successful makers of Android Wear smartwatches.

New Apple Watch tipped to arrive this year as interest falls

Apple will unveil its third generation Apple Watch later this year, according to a report this week. The company will launch the Apple Watch Series 3 with new hardware for better performance. However, there are questions over whether it will appeal.

Intel developing 'genderless' AI

Intel is developing a new artificially intelligent assistant that will be genderless, moving the tech industry away from the perceived "feminine" nature of most current AIs. The system will debut on a new smartwatch Intel is building with TAG Heuer.

Advancing flexible electronics through accurate measurements

Coventry - By accurately measuring a range of so-called 'wonder materials', British scientists have taken a step-towards the development of a new generation of flexible electronics.

Google's machine intelligence can now run offline on smartwatches

Google has explained how it managed to get advanced artificial intelligence running offline on smartwatch processors. The system, formerly confined to high-performance datacentres, now powers Android Wear 2.0's suggested message replies.

Google's new Android Wear smartwatches are now official

Google has officially announced the first Android Wear smartwatches in which it played a role in the development. The LG Watch Style and LG Watch Sport are meant to reignite momentum around Android Wear, offering thin designs and robust functionality.

Stress relief technology called NuCalm tested

The latest in stress relief techno – NuCalm – was released at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in the U.S. last month. The aim is to assist users in de-stressing from the pressures of modern life.

New device and app with personal safety at the heart

The latest idea in health and safety related wearable and apps is called Ripple. The app works so that when the app is activated local emergency services are despatched to help the user.

Connected wearable garment fashioned from graphene

Manchester - Graphene is the basis of a new generation of flexible and efficient electronic devices. It has now been used to fabricate a garment, and the garment is suitable for the latest wearable technology.

Apple set to dominate smartwatch market

Technology giant Apple is ahead in smartwatch sales and analysts predict that the computer form will go onto dominate the market. However, some predict that this part of the wearables market will shrink without innovation.

Google building its own Android Wear smartwatches with LG

Google is planning to launch its own smartwatches to coincide with the release of Android Wear 2.0. The company has partnered with LG to manufacture the devices, according to a report this week. They'll be launched in early February.

Wearable sensor aims to flag when you’re getting sick

Smart watches and other wearable technologies are effective at monitoring vital signs and reporting on overall health, but can the technology be developed to actually signal when you might be getting sick? One research group thinks so.

Smart watch designed to monitor glucose levels

Wearable technology continues to advance at a rapid rate, especially in the health-related field. A new smart watch, equipped with a standard heart rate monitor and step counter, can also measure glucose levels.

Stretchable wearable putty-based sensor devised

A new, stretchable wearable sensor has been devised inspired by the children’s toy silly putty. The bio-sensor is made from a polymer together with the flexible material graphene.

Google makes Android Wear 2.0 work more like 1.0

Google has announced a new developer preview of Android Wear 2.0, the upcoming release of the company's wearable operating system. The latest update reverses changes to some of the platform's behaviour, making it more like the version it's replacing.

Apple bricks Watch devices with software update

Apple has withdrawn an Apple Watch software update after receiving widespread reports of some devices being bricked by the new firmware. Apple Watch Series 2 models are being left unusable after the update is installed. Not every device is affected.

Fitbit buying Pebble, existing watches could stop working

Pebble has confirmed that it is shutting down and selling its assets to rival wearable manufacturer Fitbit. The announcement comes a week after initial rumours about the deal began to circulate. Pebble will not launch any new hardware products.

Plastic holes can aid wearable electronic devices

A way to improve the efficiency of wearable devices has been developed. This is based on gold wires being embedded onto flexible, thin plastic film. The wearable devices will be used primarily for health monitoring.

Fitbit buying smartwatch brand Pebble in deal worth $40m

Fitness wearable manufacturer Fitbit is purchasing smartwatch maker Pebble for around $40 million. The news has not yet been confirmed by the companies but follows a round of layoffs at Pebble. Fitbit may use the company's technology in its own devices.

Microscale energy storage devices advance wearables

Advances in wearable technology requires improvements with energy storage. Wearable devices are increasing in sophisticated and application, and power capacity needs to meet the demand.

Wearables designed to help couples conceive

Wearable technology continues to develop at a rapid rate. A big growth area has been with health-related apps and wearables. A new product aims to help couples to conceive.

Cancelled Microsoft Band 3 supported blood pressure monitoring

A week after Microsoft killed off its Band fitness wearable, leaked images of what could have been have appeared on the Internet. The Band 3 would have had even more sensors than the current model and been waterproof to enable swim tracking.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiling the Apple Watch on March 9  2015
Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiling the Apple Watch on March 9, 2015
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The dress is complete with a graphene sensor which captures the rate in which the wearer is breathin...
The dress is complete with a graphene sensor which captures the rate in which the wearer is breathing via a contracting graphene band around the models waist.
University of Manchester
Pebble smartwatches
Pebble smartwatches
Pebble
Ear-O-Smart Personal Trainer App with Voice Instructions
Ear-O-Smart Personal Trainer App with Voice Instructions
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Ear-O-Smart Personal Trainer Apps to be Available for iOS and Android Mobile Devices
Ear-O-Smart Personal Trainer Apps to be Available for iOS and Android Mobile Devices
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Fitbit Flex and accompanying wristband.
Fitbit Flex and accompanying wristband.
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How will wearable tech impact the insurance industry?
How will wearable tech impact the insurance industry?
Congreso Wearables
Congreso Wearables
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The dress is complete with a graphene sensor which captures the rate in which the wearer is breathin...
The dress is complete with a graphene sensor which captures the rate in which the wearer is breathing via a contracting graphene band around the models waist,
University of Manchester
Samsung smartwatch projector concept
Samsung smartwatch projector concept
Samsung
An IDC graph showing wearables shipments in the next five years
An IDC graph showing wearables shipments in the next five years
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Dr. Johnny Coleman investigates G-Putty.
Dr. Johnny Coleman investigates G-Putty.
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Pebble smartwatches
Pebble smartwatches
Pebble
Fitbit Charge 2
Fitbit Charge 2
Fitbit
Fitbit Flex 2
Fitbit Flex 2
Fitbit
Fitbit Charge 2
Fitbit Charge 2
Fitbit
BioSensive Introduces Ear-O-Smart -- World s First Smart Earrings
BioSensive Introduces Ear-O-Smart -- World's First Smart Earrings
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Pebble smartwatches
Pebble smartwatches
Pebble
Fitbit Flex 2
Fitbit Flex 2
Fitbit
Samsung smartwatch projector concept
Samsung smartwatch projector concept
Samsung