smartwatches

  • Martian’s New Smartwatch Hides The Power Inside An Unassuming Package

    Martian’s New Smartwatch Hides The Power Inside An Unassuming Package

    The Martian Voice Command Envoy tries hard make you think it’s not a smartwatch. The model I tested, a black faux diver with a non-working bezel and quartz movement, looks more like a drugstore Timex than a piece of precision electronics. However, hidden inside the normal-sized case is one of the better notification systems I’ve used. The company has been making smartwatches since… Read More

  • Olio Raises $10 Million To Build More Fancy Smartwatches

    Olio Raises $10 Million To Build More Fancy Smartwatches

    Smartwatch underdog Olio has raised a $10 million Series A led by New Enterprise Associates. The cash will go to expand Olio’s manufacturing prowess and bring on new hires for the budding company. In addition to the raise, the company has announced a number of new models including a 24-carat gold model for $1,195 on a leather strap. Read More

  • The Smartwatches That Paved The Way

    Smartwatches aren’t new. Dick Tracy had a two-way wrist radio way back in 1946, but it wasn’t until the 1990s that the electronics and software became compact enough to stuff into a tiny watch case. But the road to the Apple Watch is littered with also-rans and has-beens and we’ve decided to pay homage to these fallen soldiers. Read More

  • Fitness Wearables Will Bounce Back From Smartwatch Threat, Says Gartner

    Fitness Wearables Will Bounce Back From Smartwatch Threat, Says Gartner

    What’s the short term trajectory for fitness wearables? Down. Analyst Gartner is projecting a dip in overall shipments next year, owing to overlapping functionality between different types of fitness wearables and because smartwatches are eating into their functionality (while also offering more in the way of communications features). Read More

  • The Meta Watch M1 Is A Next-Gen Smartwatch That Isn’t Ugly

    The Meta Watch M1 Is A Next-Gen Smartwatch That Isn’t Ugly

    While I could go on and on about the features, the battery life, and the fancy software, the Meta Watch M1, the latest from former Fossil engineer Bill Geiser and designer Frank Nuovo, stands out because it’s not ugly. Designed to look more like a regular watch than any smartwatch I’ve seen so far, all of the functionality including call pick-up and control, music management, and… Read More

  • In Defense Of Square Smartwatches

    All the smartphone hype is currently around round watches. When LG and Samsung announced their first Android Wear smartwatches earlier this year, most pundits had a heard time getting excited about them — in part because everybody was still waiting for the round Moto 360. Since then, we haven’t heard all that much about the square watches from those two manufacturers… Read More

  • Hands On With The Samsung Gear Live, Its $199 Smartwatch Shipping July 7

    Hands On With The Samsung Gear Live, Its $199 Smartwatch Shipping July 7

    Samsung has a new Android Wear device that it didn’t really make too much of a fuss about before: The Gear Live smartwatch. It unsurprisingly resembles its brethren the Gear, Gear 2 and Gear Neo, but it doesn’t use Tizen or Android (like the first gen Gear) and it doesn’t use the same interface Samsung has been pushing on its other wearable devices. It does however bring… Read More

  • Evernote CEO Details His Company’s Plans For A Wearable Future

    Evernote CEO Details His Company’s Plans For A Wearable Future

    There’s a conundrum facing software developers these days: Wearable tech is clearly an area of keen interest among consumers and industry watchers, but how to prepare for mass market adoption in this nascent space? There are still so many variables, so much left up in the air, that it’s hard to pick any areas of investment with guaranteed return on investment. But Evernote CEO… Read More

  • Shortcut Debuts A Siri-Like App For The “Internet Of Things”

    Shortcut Debuts A Siri-Like App For The “Internet Of Things”

    Addicted to home automation and other web-connected gadgetry, such as Lockitron or Unikey door locks, Nest or EcoBee smart thermostats, Belkin wemo switches, Dropcam, Fitbit, Jawbone, Sonos and more? Then you’re going to like this: A recently launched mobile app called Shortcut is offering you a way to control your devices using voice. As co-founder Duy Huynh puts it, it’s like… Read More