Category Archives: Wearable Tech


Apple Watch Saves Man’s Life By Alerting Him To A Heart Attack

Tyler Lee December 16, 2017

Over the years ever since the first Apple Watch was released, we’ve been hearing stories about how the device has saved the lives of quite a few of its users, such as alerting them to impending heart attacks. In fact just a new report from 9to5Mac will see the Apple Watch chalk up another life saved.

The report tells the story of Scott Killian, who before turning 50 underwent a barrage of health tests to make sure that he is healthy and to rule out any health concerns that might be associated with his age. The tests all came back with good news which basically cleared him, but then one night when he was sleeping, his Apple Watch, which he wears to sleep to track his sleeping patterns, alerted him via a third-party app called HeartWatch that his resting heart rate was elevated during his sleep.

Killian also experienced some mild indigestion which are signs of a potential heart attack, which prompted him to visit the emergency room as a precaution. The hospital then tested him using an EKG but the reports came back normal, despite the fact that his Apple Watch still reported that his heart rate was elevated. It was only after they took a blood test that it was discovered an elevated enzyme that signals that a heart attack has occurred or is occurring.

Speaking to 9to5Mac, Killian said what his surgeon told him was remarkable, “He said had I kept sleeping, I probably wouldn’t have woken up. I would have died in my sleep.”

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Bragi To Unveil ‘Contextually Aware’ Earphones At CES 2018

Tyler Lee December 13, 2017

If you think about it, headphones are basically speakers that you put in your ears, and for the most part that’s what they’ve been all this while, with different models offering different sound quality. However these days headphones are starting to evolve to do more than just playback audio, and some headphone makers such as Bragi are starting to put AI inside of them.

In fact it seems that Bragi’s enhanced headphone efforts don’t just stop there, because according to the company’s partner Audio Analytic (via Engadget), Bragi is expected to unveil a pair of contextually aware headphones at CES 2018, where these headphones can recognize sounds around them and react accordingly.

So what does this mean? For starters it can recognize when someone is speaking, which means that the headphones can then automatically adjust the volume so that the wearer can listen to what’s being said to them without having to remove their headphones. They also cite examples of how the headphones can pick up and recognize sounds, like those of an emergency vehicle, or cars, and can notify the wearer to them, which can come in handy if you love running outdoors.

Bragi is expected to demonstrate this new feature with the Dash Pro which was announced earlier this year. Whether or not the feature will be rolled out to the headphones or launched on a pair of newer headphones remains to be seen.

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Apple Has Reportedly Shipped 34.4 Million Apple Watches To Date

Tyler Lee December 13, 2017

While the wearable market might be packed with all kinds of devices and brands (the Fossil Group is responsible for quite a few themselves), it seems that at the end of the day, it looks like Apple could have walked away the winner of it all, or that’s according Canalys analyst Vincent Thielke.

In an email sent to Mashable, Thielke claims that based on the company’s findings, Apple has apparently shipped 34.4 million Apple Watches to date since its release in 2015. He claims that this means that Apple accounts for a little over half of all smartwatches ever shipped. “Apple has shipped 34.4 million smartwatches worldwide since it entered the category in 2015. In other words, Apple accounts for 51.6 percent of all smartwatches ever shipped.”

That being said, we should advise you to take those numbers with a grain of salt. This is because ever since the Apple Watch has been released, Apple has yet to offer up an official figure in terms of shipments, units sold, and how much money they’ve made from it. At the same time, this isn’t the first time that we are hearing about the Apple Watch’s dominance in the wearable industry.

Apple recently launched the Apple Watch Series 3, which is the 3rd-gen Apple Watch released so far. One of the key changes, which appears to have sat well with many based on reviews, is the addition of LTE support, where Apple Watch users no longer need to be tethered to their iPhone.

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You Can Now Purchase Atari’s Speakerhat

Tyler Lee December 12, 2017

Are headphones too troublesome of you? Are they took bulky? Easily falling out? Afraid you might misplace them? Well the good news is that Atari has a solution for you in the form of the Atari Speakerhat, which in case you didn’t already figure out, is a hat that comes with built-in speakers.

The “device” was announced earlier this year and it seemed like it might have been an April Fool’s joke/prank, but it is indeed very well. In fact if you’re so inclined, it seems that Atari has finally put the Speakerhat up for sale where if you’re so inclined, you’ll be able to get your hands (and head) on one.

The Speakerhat is priced at $130, but until the 2nd of January, 2018, Atari is knocking off $30 the price tag, meaning that you’ll be able to get it for $100. There are a couple of designs to choose from, such as hats emblazoned with the Atari word or logo, and there’s even a limited edition Pong version and a Blade Runner 2049 version, all of which are also priced at $130 RRP.

Now we can’t speak to the audio quality of the speakers, but given their size, you probably shouldn’t expect too much. However if you love collecting quirky things or have a feeling that this could skyrocket in value some day, go ahead to Atari’s website to place your order.

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Google Lists Android Wear Devices That Will Get Oreo Update

Tyler Lee December 11, 2017

According to a recent report, it has been suggested that these days, consumers appear to prefer keeping their smartphones updated to the latest OS versus buying a brand new device. This makes sense when you consider that some smartphones are starting to see a rather huge hike in price.

So the question is, does this apply to smartwatches too? While we’re not sure on the smartwatch front, we do know that updates are welcome especially if they bring about new functionality, and for Android Wear users, Google has upload a list of devices that are expected to receive the Android Wear update that is based on Android Oreo.

The list posted on Google’s Android Wear Help page is rather extensive, but for the most part we are noticing that the devices on the list are those that fall under Fossil’s brand, or at least the Fossil umbrella, which also plays home to brands like Diesel and Michael Kors. According to Google, the devices that should already receive the update include the Fossil Q Venture, LG Watch Sport, Louis Vuitton Tambour, Michael Kors Sofie, and the Montblanc Summit.

There are a bunch of devices that are supposed to get the update, but a release date has yet to be confirmed, but you can check out the list below to see if your device is part of it. It has been pointed out by 9to5Google that quite a few older Android Wear devices aren’t part of the list, like the LG Watch R, the original Huawei Watch, and the 2nd gen Moto 360/Sport from 2015.

Casio PRO TREK Smart WSD-F20
Casio WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch
Diesel Full Guard
Emporio Armani Connected
Fossil Q Control
Fossil Q Explorist
Fossil Q Founder 2.0
Fossil Q Marshal
Fossil Q Wander
Gc Connect
Guess Connect
Huawei Watch 2
Hugo BOSS BOSS Touch
LG Watch Style
Michael Kors Access Bradshaw
Michael Kors Access Dylan
Michael Kors Access Grayson
Misfit Vapor
Mobvoi Ticwatch S & E
Movado Connect
Nixon Mission
Polar M600
TAG Heuer Tag Connected Modular 45
Tommy Hilfiger 24/7 You
ZTE Quartz

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Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch Receives Major OS Update

Tyler Lee December 6, 2017

Earlier this year, Fitbit launched their first smartwatch in the form of the Fitbit Ionic. Given that the Ionic is not powered by Android Wear, it means that it won’t have access to the variety of apps that Android Wear devices have access to. This was one of the criticisms of the Ionic at launch, which was the relative lack of available apps.

However the good news is that Fitbit has worked to changed that, and in the latest update that they have issued to the smartwatch’s operating system, not only have they improved upon the features of the device, but it has also included a bunch of new apps. “Starting today Fitbit Ionic users will be treated to more than 100 data-rich (and interactive!) clock faces and more than 60 apps from Fitbit, Fitbit Labs, popular brands, and developers (more on all that below), as well as helpful enhancements to existing features.”

To be more specific, Fitbit has launched 14 new apps for the Ionic from “popular brands”, such as Walgreens, Nest, The New York Times, and Yelp, just to name a few. Some of these apps aren’t available yet and are expected to be released by the end of the year, but know that they will be arriving for the Ionic.

Other improvements to the watch include support for multi-card payment and a faster user interface, so if you do own the Ionic, you’ll want to check out the update ASAP.

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Apple Giving Gifts Cards For Apple Watch Trade-Ins

Tyler Lee December 5, 2017

Do you have an older Apple Watch that you no longer need? Or maybe you’re just done with the Apple Watch completely? We suppose selling it off on eBay or Craigslist is one of the ways you’ll be able to sell it off, but if you’d rather not deal with the hassle of negotiating, you can trade it in with Apple.

According to a report from iDownloadblog, it seems that Apple is now accepting trade-ins for the Apple Watch, and customers who trade in the wearable will be given Apple Gift Cards in exchange. We’re sure that some of you guys would have preferred cash, but if you were planning on buying something else at Apple, then the gift card is just as good and can be used towards something else.

Of course the amount you get for the Apple Watch will depend on the model in question, but it seems that it ranges from as low as $50 and up to $175, which like we said depends on the model and also the condition that it is in.  There is a chance you could walk away with more if you were to sell it yourself, so that’s one possibility if you feel that the amount offered is a bit too low for your liking.

For more details about trading in your older Apple products, head on over to Apple’s website.

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Apple Manufacturer Quanta Lands Deal To Make AR Displays

Tyler Lee December 4, 2017

There have been multiple rumors to suggest that Apple could be working on an augmented reality (AR) headset, and now according to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple could be one step closer to making it a reality. This is thanks to one of Apple’s manufacturers Quanta landing a deal to help build AR displays for a company called Lumus.

So where does Apple fit in this? For starters, we should mention that Quanta manufacturers for other companies besides Apple. However the deal that Quanta struck with Lumus does hint that the company could be getting ready to help make AR components for Apple. According to Lumus, the deal with Quanta will see the latter make lenses for smart glasses, but at the same time it will also give Quanta the option to manufacture the component for other tech companies.

Given Quanta’s close and long relationship with Apple, plus the rumors of an Apple AR headset, this indeed does hint that Apple’s AR glasses might not be too far off, although last we heard it was rumored to only arrive in 2020.

Like we said this isn’t the first time that we’ve heard about Apple’s AR headset plans. It is clear that the company is interested in AR tech, and just last month it was reported that Apple acquired an AR company. Whether or not this is to further their AR efforts on their mobile devices or to bolster their AR headset project remains to be seen.

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FDA Clears Medical Grade EKG Analyzer For The Apple Watch

Tyler Lee November 30, 2017

Even before the Apple Watch was officially announced, the rumors surrounding the device have suggested that Apple was planning on positioning it as a health device. While it did launch with several health features, it looks like the Apple Watch is getting a boost in the health department, thanks to the FDA clearing AliveCor’s “Kardia Band”.

For those learning about this for the first time, the Kardia Band is an EKG analyzer designed for the Apple Watch. It’s not exactly new as over in Europe, it has already been available for a while. However it was not available in the US as it was pending the FDA’s approval, which it has since gotten, which means that it can now be sold in the US.

The Kardia Band is sort of like an improvement over the company’s KardiaMobile device. The former is a strap worn around the wrist and can detect abnormal heart rhythm and atrial fibrillation, while the latter is a device attached to the back of your phone that you have to hold with both hands for 30 seconds, which is clearly not as convenient.

It is no secret that the Apple Watch is proving to be a more useful health tracking device than what Apple had led us to believe at the start. There have been multiple instances in which users have noticed heart problems before they happened, thanks to the built-in heart rate sensor, so much so that Apple is investigating to what extent the Apple Watch can detect abnormal heart rhythms.

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1 Million VR Headsets Shipped For The First Time In A Single Quarter

Tyler Lee November 28, 2017

While there is definitely excitement surrounding virtual reality (VR) technology, the only problem that was saw at the start was the pricing on these devices, coupled with the fact that you would need a pretty powerful PC to run it (or own the PS4, in the case of the PlayStation VR). This meant that adoption of the technology would not be as quick as some of these companies had hoped.

However that appears to be changing because according to the latest numbers from Canalys (via VentureBeat), the number of VR headsets shipped in a single quarter has managed to hit 1 million units. This marks the first time that those numbers are seen, and hopefully will be maintained in the subsequent quarters.

According to Canalys research analyst Vincent Thielke, this is thanks to price cuts which have made the headsets more affordable, like with the Oculus Rift which was reduced from $599 down to $399. “VR adoption in the consumer segment is highly dependent on price, and Oculus’ strategy of lowering prices has definitely helped drive adoption.”

The report also shows that in terms of dedicated VR headsets, Sony’s PlayStation VR is the market leader with a 49% market share, followed by Oculus at 21%, and HTC at 16%.

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