Wearables
Wearables

LG's rumored hybrid smartwatch may have a touchscreen and analog hands

LG may be working on a new smartwatch that combines a touchscreen with a set of analog watch hands. We don't know what it will look like yet, but a set of specs have been leaked. Here's what you need to know about the LG Watch Timepiece.
Emerging Tech

Nerve-stimulating algorithm gives prosthetic limbs a lasting sense of touch

Researchers at he University of IIllinois have found a way to use electric current to provide sensory feedback to the wearers of prosthetic limbs. The results can help restore a sense of touch to amputees.
Health & Fitness

Fitbit to use Google Cloud to share medical data with doctors

Fitbit will partner with Google Cloud in an effort to share users' medical data directly with doctors as part of an ongoing effort to raise the company's profile in the health care field.
Emerging Tech

Disney and MIT made a jacket that mimics feeling of snakes slithering on you

By inflating and deflating various air-filled pockets, this smart haptic jacket designed by Disney Research, MIT and Carnegie Mellon can simulate a wide range of sensations, including that of slime dripping down a person’s back.
Mobile

I purposely sent electricity to my head with the Kortex, and I entered Nirvana

For those who lie awake at night with their minds racing, electrotherapy could help reduce stress and improve sleep. One such product is the Kortex, and we gave it a spin for a month. Despite the high price, it works.
Emerging Tech

Technology makes our lives easier, but is it at the cost of our humanity?

In a new book called Re-Engineer Humanity, Evan Selinger, professor of philosophy at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and Brett Frischmann, professor of law at Villanova University, argue that technology is causing humans to behave…
Emerging Tech

When will your phone charge wirelessly in your pocket? We asked an expert

The prospect of true wireless charging across distance, powering our phones, smartwatches, remote controls, and gamepads without wires or contact is creeping ever closer, but there are still some challenges to overcome.
Health & Fitness

Perfect for the office or the weight room, these are the best Fitbit Versa bands

Fitbit launched the Versa in April and while it's generated some much-deserved attention, one of its best features is its easily interchangeable bands. To spice it up, Fitbit offers straps in leather and stainless steel, among other…
Product Review

Mobvoi’s fashionable Ticwatch E is too affordable for its own good

At just $160, Mobvoi’s Ticwatch E is one of the cheapest full touchscreen smartwatches you can buy, and it hasn’t skimped on the feature list, offering both a heart-rate sensor and GPS.
Emerging Tech

Smartwatch prototype uses laser projection to turn your arm into a touchscreen

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon have developed a prototype for a next-gen smartwatch that vastly increases its capacitive touch surface area by projecting a touchscreen onto a user's arm.
Emerging Tech

Battery-free high-definition video streaming is on the way

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a technique which makes HD video streaming possible using low- or no-power devices such as smart glasses. Here's how it works.
Emerging Tech

Neova MIDI ring lets musicians control their musical creations through gestures

Like a whammy bar for a guitar, Neova is a brand new MIDI controller ring which musicians can wear on their right hand index finger to trigger different effects while they’re playing.
Wearables

The world’s last Apple Watch pop-up will be closing in a few weeks

On May 13, the only remaining Apple store completely dedicated to the sale of Apple's wearable will be closing its doors, as per signage recently spotted at the Isetan department store in Shinjuku, Tokyo.
Computing

Intel to close its New Devices Group, signaling a retreat from wearables

Intel hints that it's getting ready to shut down its New Devices Group, the division responsible for its wearable devices. The company will either move these developers over to other divisions, or end their employment.
Emerging Tech

A new bracelet can detect if you’re being attacked, automatically call help

Researchers from the University of Alabama have developed a wearable device that could keep people safe in the face of possible physical assault, or elderly people experiencing a fall.
Health & Fitness

Fitbit Versa vs. Fitbit Blaze: Is the new watch worth the upgrade?

With the Fitbit Versa hitting shelves in April of 2018, the buzz around the brand's latest smartwatch hit a fever pitch. But, how does it compare to the Fitbit Blaze that came before it? We stack the two side-by-side to see which Fitbit…
Outdoors

The wearable GoGolf GPS always knows the distance to the hole

GoGolf is a hands-free wearable device for golfers that can automatically detect and announce the distance to the hole from your current position. It pairs with a smartphone and works on 30,000 courses around the world.
Wearables

Does your Apple Watch 2 have a swollen battery? Apple will fix it for free

As part of its ongoing mea culpa regarding device batteries, Apple is rolling out a new service policy that should come as great news to a number of Apple Watch Series 2 owners. It'll replace swollen batteries for free.