Wearables
Wearables

Garmin contactless payments go live on the Vivoactive 3 smartwatch, just about

You can now use your Vivoactive 3 smartwatch to pay for stuff using Garmin Pay, though with only a few banks involved at the start, the launch is somewhat limited. Garmin is promising more support "soon."
Mobile

Germany bans sales of children’s smartwatches due to eavesdropping fears

The Federal Network Agency, Germany's national telecommunications regulator, has banned children's smartwatches and recommended that parents destroy any devices their children may currently be using.
Emerging Tech

Spire’s tiny health tracker tags can smarten up your dumb clothes

Spire Health Tag is a tiny device which adheres to your clothes, and then offers you real time data relating to your heart rate, sleep, stress, and other assorted daily activities.
Outdoors

An Apple Watch helps a kitesurfer escape great white-infested waters

After a kitesurfing mishap left a man stranded in shark-infested water one mile off the California shore, it was the Apple Watch that allowed him to the Coast Guard for the help he needed.
Product Review

From laps to cups of coffee, Samsung's Fit2 Pro tracks your every move

Our Gear Fit2 Pro review found that Samsung managed to upgrade its already-impressive Gear line of wearables by adding water-resistance and app access to the sleek, stylish tracker.
Wearables

The $180 Nokia Steel HR hybrid smartwatch is back, but numbers are limited

The Nokia Steel HR hybrid smartwatch was held back from launch earlier this year, but is now up for sale on Nokia's website for $180. Nokia rebranded Withings fitness technology products after it acquired the company last year.
Emerging Tech

Arduino-powered Time Machine Glove can stop moving objects in their tracks

This nifty DIY Time Machine Glove can pull off amazing feats like stopping a fan in mid-spin or halting drops of water as they fall -- all with the wave of a hand. Here's how it works.
Emerging Tech

8 virtual reality milestones that took it from sci-fi to your living room

Until fairly recently, the dream of virtual reality was the stuff of science fiction. Today, VR is, well, real -- and we've singled out the eight milestones that helped make it so.
Mobile

Weekly Rewind: Crowdfunding astronauts, flying cars, self-cleaning toilets

In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on that it's almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of it. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top tech stories from this week.
Emerging Tech

This remote-control sex toy app is secretly recording your intimate adventures

A sharp-eyed Redditor discovered that the Lovense remote-control vibrator app was making secret audio file recordings while using the sex toy. The company responded, saying it was just 'a minor bug.'
Wearables

Opter Pose wearable tracks your overall wellness in a stylish, organic package

A new startup called Opter Life is making a smart bamboo pendant called Pose to improve users' overall wellness by tracking sleep, posture, light exposure, exercise, calories, and more.
Mobile

Visa wants you to keep your gloves on (and pay with them) at the Winter Olympics

Visa is just itching for you to exercise your credit card, even if that doesn't entail swiping plastic. Visa debuted payment-enabled gloves, stickers, and commemorative Olympic pins.
Wearables

DKNY Minute hybrid smartwatch merges tech and fashion for a neglected audience

The DKNY Minute hybrid smartwatch is the fashion brand's first wearable device, and it has been designed for women. The small 38mm case comes in several colors, and has interchangeable straps, plus all the usual smartwatch features.
Wearables

Fitbit trackers may help to improve your health — even if you don’t own one

Even if you don't have a Fitbit fitness tracker, it may still have a positive impact on your health. A major research project is using 10,000 Fitbits to collect data that could lead to better health care and treatment.
Emerging Tech

New augmented reality ‘coach’ aims to help autistic people build life skills

Now available for preorder on Indiegogo, Brain Power’s Empower Me system is hailed as the world’s first wearable smart glasses platform that's designed explicitly to help autistic people.
Emerging Tech

Augmented reality glasses could soon help return sight to legally blind people

Researchers from the United Kingdom's University of Oxford have developed a pair of smart augmented reality glasses that will soon help thousands of people who are legally blind to see again.
Wearables

Businesses can design their own software for these Olympus smart glasses

The Olympus smart glasses El-10 are designed to allow businesses to produce their own applications. The system weighs less than three ounces and can be worn with existing prescription or safety glasses.
Outdoors

8K Flexwarm heated jackets are completely controlled with your smartphone

A company called 8K has released a heated jacket for both men and women that connects to a smartphone, which can then be used to dial in the exact temperature settings to stay warm in any conditions.