Wearables

Fitbit Luxe puts stress and fitness tracking in a more stylish band

Fitbit Luxe puts stress and fitness tracking in a more stylish band

Fitbit has a new health-tracking wearable aiming for your wrist, with Fitbit Luxe promising a little more style than most activity trackers. Described as the company's "most elevated tracker," Luxe takes its inspiration from jewelry more than the tech world, with a smooth stainless steel case and interchangeable bands and straps.

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Embr Wave 2: Smart wrist temperature control takes new form

Embr Wave 2: Smart wrist temperature control takes new form

Back in April of 2019, we reviewed Embr Wave, AKA "your own personal thermostat." This was a wearable that was able to transmit warmth and coolness to the wrist of the wearer, allowing the wearer to feel some sense of temperature control with a tap of the device. Now, having found some measure of success with the first unique piece of hardware, a new version of the device is ready to roll: Embr Wave 2.

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Fitbit Luxe leaks: Finally, made with metal

Fitbit Luxe leaks: Finally, made with metal

A new sort of fitness tracker appeared in a leak this week, one that you might recognize. Fitbit became one of the biggest names in fitness tracking wearables due to its sustained presence in the market and relatively reasonably priced gadgets matched with usable software. Now, with a device called Fitbix Luxe, they might well have created a wearable that's able to compete directly with the traditional wristwatch.

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Best fitness bands to buy right now: If watch is not your thing

Best fitness bands to buy right now: If watch is not your thing

We’ve been through a stressful last year wherein staying in shape – being active – took a serious back seat for many of us. Things don’t look very promising even today, but little strides back to normalcy have begun. It’s then time to consider health and fitness a little more seriously. When you get into some sort of routine – or if you’re already at some level in your fitness journey - you’d require a wearable to track the fitness and health parameters.

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Google Pixel Watch release date and look leaked

Google Pixel Watch release date and look leaked

The Google Pixel Watch appears to have leaked at last. The look of the watch, along with some basic details about the device's release date and abilities, have appeared in a report today before official launch. The device will likely launch with a circular touchscreen display, several casing options, and a bunch of different watch bands with different colors.

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Wear OS UV Index info wants to save you from the sun

Wear OS UV Index info wants to save you from the sun

The weather is starting to heat up and summer will be coming up soon. In addition to being cooped up inside most of the time due to the pandemic, that will most likely be an invitation and temptation for some people to go out and about, sometimes going to beaches even. During those times, another enemy of health rears its ugly head but Google is pushing out a new Wear OS update that will at least warn you about those harmful ultraviolet rays even before you step out the door.

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Fitbit study looks into non-cuff blood pressure monitoring

Fitbit study looks into non-cuff blood pressure monitoring

Smartwatches have become portable mini diagnostic centers, in no small part thanks to Apple's push for sensors that keep track of various aspects of the wearer's health. Those sensors have come a long way and are now able to track not just heart rate but also blood oxygen levels, sleep quality, and even ECG. There are, however, still a few biometrics that can't be easily measured using just a fitness tracker or smartwatch, like glucose levels or blood pressure, and Fitbit's research Labs is trying to find a way to make at least the latter easier.

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Honeywell and will.i.am announce the Xupermask smart mask with a hefty price tag

Honeywell and will.i.am announce the Xupermask smart mask with a hefty price tag

Even with people around the world receiving COVID-19 vaccinations, we'll probably be wearing masks for some time yet. Enter Honeywell and will.i.am, which today announced the Xupermask, a new smart mask that's at the center of a partnership between the two. The Xupermask offers a lot more functionality beyond a standard cloth or medical mask, but it has a much higher price tag to boot.

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Huawei Band 6 almost looks like a smartwatch

Huawei Band 6 almost looks like a smartwatch

Even with the advent of smartwatches, smart fitness bands, which have been around before those smart timepieces, have continued to thrive. Beyond software differences, smart bands have always been distinguished by smaller or at least narrow displays compared to the circular or square screens of smartwatches. There have been a few outliers, of course, and Huawei's latest fitness tracker is one of them. The Huawei Band 6 has a tall but large display that, unless you're looking closely, could easily be mistaken for a smartwatch.

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Best rugged smartwatches worth your wrist time in 2021

Best rugged smartwatches worth your wrist time in 2021

Over the years smartwatches have evolved into intelligent gadgets capable of taking control of our lifestyle for better health, thanks to their accurate fitness tracking features. Another dimension that’s been added in today’s smartwatches is the ability to track progress for hardcore outdoor activities and intense sports regimes - along with the ability to train, coach or plan adventure-centric activities - via smart app modes.

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Casio G-Shock GSW-H1000 smartwatch rocks Wear OS [Update: Price]

Casio G-Shock GSW-H1000 smartwatch rocks Wear OS [Update: Price]

Casio has been making the iconic G-Shock ruggedized watches for a long time. As popular as wearables are, until now, Casio never offered a smartwatch. That has changed with the unveiling of the G-Shock GSW-H1000 powered by Wear OS by Google. Casio is aiming the wearables at users wanting to stay fit with activity goals and fitness tracking.

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Tech to power wearable devices from radio waves developed by researchers

Tech to power wearable devices from radio waves developed by researchers

One of the biggest challenges for small wearable devices is how to power them. The smaller the devices are, the less space there is for batteries making runtime an issue in some instances. A group of researchers led by Huanyu "Larry" Cheng from Penn State University has developed a new method of powering wearable devices using energy harvested from radio waves.

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