Wearables

  • Fitbit reveals it paid $23 million to acquire Pebble’s assets

    Fitbit reveals it paid $23 million to acquire Pebble’s assets

    Among the tidbits found in Fitbit’s disappointing new financial filing is the fact that it apparently picked up Pebble’s assets for a relative song. Although the company didn’t reveal the actual numbers when the acquisition was announced, reports pegged it at upwards of $40 million. According to today’s filing, the amount Fitbit paid is actually $23 million. Read More

  • 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

  • The Nimb aims to be a smart personal security platform, not just a cool ring

    If you ever find yourself in danger, trying to whip out your phone, switch it on and open the Phone or Message app is just far too slow, especially when time is of the essence. So the makers of a new device had an idea: place an emergency panic button on the inside of a ring, which is connected to an app on your phone: press the button and help comes running. Read More

  • Beats X bring Apple’s wireless headphone tech to a tethered form factor

    Beats X bring Apple’s wireless headphone tech to a tethered form factor

    It’s hard to say precisely what took Beats X so long to arrive. Unlike Apple’s own house-branded AirPods, the company didn’t really start from scratch. Sure, it’s a somewhat new form factor, but the wireless earbuds don’t stray all that far from the company’s existing lines. But nearly six months after being announced, the headphones arrive this week. As… Read More

  • A Nike HyperAdapt teardown might hint at what’s to come for the self-lacing shoes

    A Nike HyperAdapt teardown might hint at what’s to come for the self-lacing shoes

    Surely everyone who picked up a pair of Nike’s limited-edition HyperAdapt self-lacing shoes had at least some small desire to rip them open to find out how they worked. But at $700 a pop, it’s an easy enough urge to suppress. The nice thing about the internet, however, is that we often can count on someone else to do our dirty work for us. Bay Area-based engineering company… Read More

  • Warren Buffett still believes in wearables

    Warren Buffett still believes in wearables

    Things have been rough for wearables of late. Companies like Fitbit are struggling, while Jawbone is apparently looking for the next big move away from the consumer category. And then there’s Pebble, which simply couldn’t survive on its own in the end. But Warren Buffett is apparently still convinced that there’s a future in the space. Berkshire Hathaway’s fittingly… Read More

  • LG’s Watch Style and Sport are the first two Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches

    LG’s Watch Style and Sport are the first two Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches

    After months of waiting, Android Wear 2.0 is finally upon us. And it’s arrived with two ambassadors  in tow – both designed by LG. The Watch Style and Sport are two sides of the same coin, separated my $100, a handful of key features and a significant chunk of wrist real estate. The Style is the more subtle of the two options, a slim and (as the name implies) nice looking… Read More

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