wearable

  • Smartwatches need to get better

    Smartwatches need to get better

    Android Wear 2.0 was bound to be a disappointment. There was just too much hanging on the second generation of the wearable operating system. After all, a significant chunk of declining smartwatch shipments was laid at the feet of the OS’s ongoing delay and, as last year drew to a close, studies like this report from IDC pointed to a dismal end to the year for a space so many were once… Read More

  • Referees will wear hats with built-in GoPros during the Big Ten Championship Game

    Referees will wear hats with built-in GoPros during the Big Ten Championship Game

    Are you upset your team isn’t playing in a championship game this weekend and need a reason to watch? Well here’s a reason to watch at least one game on Saturday: Referees will wear hats with built-in GoPros during this weekend’s NCAA Football Big Ten Championship Game between Penn State and Wisconsin. The project is part of a deal between FOX Sports Lab and GoPro to offer… Read More

  • Misfit introduces a new Speedo-branded swim tracker

    Misfit introduces a new Speedo-branded swim tracker

    Misfit is back with another swim-focused fitness device, the Speedo Shine 2, which combines all of the hardware capabilities of the Shine 2, which the Speedo-branding and swim tracking of its predecessor. The Cullen Jones endorsed wearable counts laps, tracks activities and sleep, does text and call notifications and features a vibrating swim timer. It also has multicolor LEDs, a battery… Read More

  • Fitbit buys wearable tech from Coin, looks toward NFC payment integration in future devices

    Fitbit buys wearable tech from Coin, looks toward NFC payment integration in future devices

    Fitbit’s future plans clearly extend well beyond simple fitness tracking, as evidenced by products like the Blaze, which leans much more heavily into smartwatch territory than before. And then there’s this. The company announced this morning that it’s picked up assets from mobile payment solution Coin. Fitbit was quick to point out that the acquisition was just a piece of… Read More

  • Lumo Raises $10 Million Series B, Starts Building Wearables Partnerships

    Lumo Raises $10 Million Series B, Starts Building Wearables Partnerships

    Right off the launch of Lumo Run, Lumo Bodytech, a smart sensors and software platform, has raised $10 million in Series B financing. Lumo came onto the scene a few years back with Lumo Lift, a wearable device that buzzed users when they slouched to help them improve posture. It since branched out with Lumo Back, for lower back posture improvement. Read More

  • Humon Is A Wearable That Helps Endurance Athletes Train Smarter

    Humon Is A Wearable That Helps Endurance Athletes Train Smarter

    Make way for another wearable. Launching sign-ups for its alpha program on stage today, here at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, is a startup called Humon — which is building a real-time lactic acid threshold monitor designed for endurance athletes to help them tailor training to their personal limits. Read More

  • Apple Watch Lands In Seven New Countries, Coming To Three More July 17

    Apple Watch Lands In Seven New Countries, Coming To Three More July 17

    The Apple Watch is expanding beyond the launch group of countries today, shortly after the device first became available for in-store purchase at Apple Retail with a reservation. The international sales expansion includes Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan as of today, and the next group includes the Netherlands, Sweden and Thailand starting July… Read More

  • Doppel Is A Wearable That Puts A Pulse On Your Pulse

    Doppel Is A Wearable That Puts A Pulse On Your Pulse

    The wacky world of wearables has a new would-be entrant: meet doppel, a wrist-worn device that’s not a smartwatch, not a fitness tracker, and not (just) a heart-rate monitor. It’s a psychophysiology wearable for people who want to be able to influence how they’re feeling via a tactile rhythm. Read More

  • Tim Cook Says Apple Watch Ships In April

    Tim Cook Says Apple Watch Ships In April

    The Apple Watch will start shipping in April to consumers, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, who revealed that month as the expected target launch date for the company on Apple’s Q1 2015 earnings call. The timeframe for launch was described as “early 2015” when the Apple Watch was originally announced in September of last year. The Apple Watch release date has been the subject… Read More