If a just-published patent application from Google-owned Motorola Mobility is any indication, the company is actually more interested in devices that you're always touching, like permanently. The patent, filed in 2012, details a wireless microphone that can be tattooed onto the throat.… Read more
Startup Basis Science shook up the nascent fitness-tracking world with its advanced Basis B1 Band. Now the company says a fresh software update enables the device to automatically comprehend when you're biking, on a run, or simply taking a stroll.
Called Body IQ, essentially a cocktail of software and product firmware, this improved code is designed to squeeze more functionality out of the Basis Band's impressive array of onboard biometric sensors. These include an optical blood flow monitor that extrapolates heart rate, sensors for skin temperature and perspiration, along with a more traditional accelerometer that records movement.
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Despite all the promises, smartwatches remain an acquired taste. Yes, there's a market but one that largely caters to the likes of health junkies and early adopters.
Fitness bands are cheap and light but too minimalist. Samsung's Galaxy Gear is all brawn but lacks device compatibility and email support. And the Pebble, one of the first true-blue smartwatches, is still trying to build an app ecosystem the way that Google and Apple did for their smartphones. It's an uphill battle for Pebble, the smartwatch darling, and it won't get any easier when those tech titans join … Read more
Google Glass wearers may want to think twice before wearing their high-tech specs behind the wheel, at least in California.
Cecilia Abadie said she was ticketed by a police officer for wearing Google Glass while driving through the sunny West Coast state. The exact line as written on the ticket said: "Driving with Monitor visible to Driver (Google Glass)."
Abadie said the actual law tells drivers not to "drive a vehicle equipped with a video monitor, if the monitor is visible to the driver and displays anything other than vehicle information global mapping displays, external media player (MP3), or satellite radio information."… Read more
This announcement dovetails with an earlier statement that Samsung would push out the update on a global scale.
The Premium Suite software package will give the Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, and Galaxy Note 2 smartphones the enhancements they need to work with the new smartwatch, a $300 accessory that previously only paired with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
Samsung has its sights set on new wearable technology, according to a recent patent filing in Korea.
Samsung has registered a design patent for eyewear that connects to a smartphone, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The eyewear includes earphones that allow people to listen to phone calls or music. According to the Journal, the eyewear shows information on the lenses from the phone. The lenses can be transparent or not, depending on the usage needs.
Samsung's proposed eyewear is somewhat similar to Google Glass, though it appears to be an accessory for a smartphone, rather than a standalone … Read more
Courtesy of the new Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update, the Galaxy S4, S3, and Note 2 will be compatible with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, Samsung said Tuesday.
Samsung already has started rolling out Android 4.3 for the international version of the Galaxy S4, with more models to follow. The latest Jelly Bean update is also being prepped for the S3 and Note 2.
A spokesperson for Samsung UK told CNET that Android 4.3 Jelly Bean "will be available across a range of Galaxy devices from mid-November, subject to software testing and approvals by individual networks."… Read more
Microsoft could have its eye on a rival to Google Glass.
The company is testing prototypes for Internet-connected glasses similar to Google's high-tech specs, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. Citing the usual "people familiar with the matter," the journal revealed no details about the prototypes, but it did note that the project is part of Microsoft's strategy to compete with Google, Samsung, and Apple in the device market.
A spokesman for Microsoft told CNET that the company had no comment on the rumors.
As interest in wearable computing increases, HTC is said to be working on a smartwatch that will snap photos.
The struggling handset maker is expected to release an Android-based smartwatch with a camera by the end of next year, Bloomberg reported Monday, citing an unidentified person described as familiar with the matter. The report emerges a day after HTC CEO Peter Chou was quoted by the Financial Times as saying that the wearable technology market is "a critical segment for us" but that wasn't sure the time is right to jump into the space.
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Nike is only shooting itself in the foot with its stubborn reluctance to work with Android.
The athletic apparel company on Tuesday introduced its second-generation fitness tracker, the FuelBand SE, which worked beautifully on Apple's iOS devices and computers. Missing from the presentation, however, was any mention of Android.
It's a glaring omission that Nike still doesn't offer support for Android, which is the undisputed mobile platform champ with 80 percent of the global market. At a time when more developers are looking to expand the number of platforms they are on, Nike has stubbornly clung to … Read more