gadgets
IBM Patents a Smartwatch That Transforms Into a Giant Awkward Tablet Screen on Your Wrist

Instead of maximising pixel density to fit more info on a smartwatch’s tiny screen, IBM has patented a radically different approach that promises to change how we think about wrist wearables completely. But given the trouble companies have had with rolling out expanding screen smartphones, it’s hard to imagine this wearable ever being technically feasible. Read More >>

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Stanford’s Eye-Tracking Glasses Automatically Focus On Whatever You’re Looking At

If you don’t already deal with a condition called presbyopia, you probably will by your mid-40s. It’s when the lenses in your eyes lose elasticity making it hard to focus on objects up close, like the words in a book. The solution is to occasionally wear reading glasses or glasses with progressive lenses that can limit your focal range. But researchers at Stanford University have come up with another solution; glasses that detect and automatically focus on whatever someone’s eyes are looking at. Read More >>

smartwatches
Polar’s Latest Fitness Smartwatch is For Data Dummies

Fitness tracking can get old fast, especially if you’re a beginner staring at a bunch of numbers that don’t make sense. Polar in particular, is known for tracking in-depth metrics and that’s given it the reputation for creating wearables meant for serious athletes only. But its latest smartwatch – the Ignite – seems aimed at the more casual enthusiast – the weekend warrior who’s a data dummy. Read More >>

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Check Out Apple’s Ridiculous Patent for Adding a Camera to the Apple Watch

Since its launch back in 2015, Apple has been steadily adding new sensors and features to the Apple Watch. The first model had a built-in heart rate sensor, the Apple Watch Series 2 tacked on GPS, while the Series 3 was the first version to feature true cellular connectivity. Most recently, Apple added an ECG monitor to the Apple Watch Series 4, and based on a new patent granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple ain’t done yet. Read More >>

reviews
Am I Wrong For Wanting a Better Screen on a £1,400 Smartwatch?

You can get a very capable smartwatch for a few hundred bucks now, as long as you’re not overly concerned with aesthetics. Following luxury watchmakers like TAG Heuer, Garmin’s new MARQ line strives to finally bridge the gap between stylish analogue timepieces and less stylish smartwatches. But with a price tag starting at £1,400, a disappointing display lets down the nicest smartwatch I’ve ever strapped to my wrist. Read More >>

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Modern Manufacturing Has Made It Nearly Impossible to Spot a Fake Rolex

At one point in time, it was easy to spot a fake Rolex, as most knock-offs used a non-mechanical Quartz movement inside that resulted in a stuttered ticking movement of the watch’s second hand. But as the experts at Watchfinder & Co. discovered, that’s far from the case today. The best Rolex fakes can be almost impossible to spot, even for expert collectors. Read More >>

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Amazon Is Getting Closer to Building a Wearable That Knows When You’re Depressed

It looks like Amazon is working on a new Alexa-powered gadget that can listen to you and decide how you feel, and make recommendations based on your human emotions. Citing internal documents and an unnamed source, Bloomberg reports that the company has designed a device that you wear like a wristwatch and beta testing is apparently underway. “Eventually the technology could be able to advise the wearer how to interact more effectively with others,” reads the report. Read More >>

health
Why This Fertility App’s First Scientific Study Is So Exciting

Unless you’re a tech-savvy woman looking to get pregnant, you’ve probably never heard of Ava. Slim and discreet, it’s a £300 wearable tracker that in tandem with its companion app monitors your heart rate, body temperature, and breathing while you sleep to predict when you’re ovulating. None of that is particularly exciting on its own – after all, there are plenty of wearables or period and fertility tracking apps out there. (Ava launched its first device in 2016.) What is exciting is that today, Ava released a clinical study detailing how wearables can offer women a more accurate, noninvasive way to predict fertile days during their menstrual cycle. Read More >>

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Google Glass Gets a Fresh Update With More Powerful Guts – Still Look Dorky as Hell

Almost two years ago, Google parent Alphabet reminded the world that Google Glass wasn’t dead – it just wasn’t for regular consumers. Rebranding Google Glass as an enterprise tool for blue-collar factory workers and doctors was a savvy move that breathed new life into the smart glasses. Today, Alphabet is building on the progress it made in its switch to enterprise with some refreshed hardware for Google Glass. It’s also transitioning Glass from its experimental X division to main Google. Read More >>

smartwatches
This Is the Fitness Smartwatch You Should Buy

If you’re serious about starting or maintaining an exercise routine, fitness trackers and smartwatches are a great way for both beginners and veteran athletes to track progress and stay motivated. Still, there are a tonne of options out there with different features and advantages, so which one should you choose? Read More >>

wearables
Foldy Phone Maker Royole May Also Be Making Weird-Looking Foldy Wearables

Chinese manufacturer Royole, creator of the world's first commercial foldable phone, could be dipping its toe into foldable wearbles according to patents discovered by LetsGoDigital. Read More >>

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How a £60 Smartwatch Can Still Be a Waste of Money

With smartwatches, as with other technologies, you expect them to get more advanced with each iteration. The Apple Watch Series 4 introduced ECG measurements right onto the wrist. Since its Ionic smartwatch, Fitbit added red LED Sp02 sensors to each of its devices for some future sleep apnoea-related feature that it hasn’t revealed. Samsung brought longer lasting battery to its Galaxy Watch, and then quietly added beta testing for blood pressure measurements to the Galaxy Watch Active. Read More >>

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I Was Ready to Dunk on the Bose Frames… But I Actually Like Them?

Smartglasses have a bad rep—you can thank the glassholes for that. To this day, most people still can’t help but think of the first iteration of Google Glass when anyone brings up the topic of smart eyewear. That also means people start thinking about being recorded against their will, dorky design, and absurd prices for unconvincing tech. Read More >>

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The First Smartwatch to Read Your Blood Pressure Is an Ugly Marvel

There’s a reason they call high blood pressure the silent killer. The British Heart Foundation says as many as 5 million adults in the UK have high blood pressure, which increases the chances of heart attack and stroke—and it's often undiagnosed, meaning you could have it and not even know it. Yeesh. Read More >>

business
Swatch Wins Rights to Trademark That Definitely Doesn’t Resemble One of Apple’s Most Famous Slogans

The Apple Watch might have taken a big bite out of The Swatch Group’s market share, which owns luxury timepiece brands like Tissot and Omega. But the Switzerland-based company recently countered with a small victory over Apple when a Swiss court ruled in Swatch’s favour over the use of its “Tick different” slogan; which is similar to Apple’s memorable “Think Different” advertising campaign. Read More >>