Now, watch faces will display notifications and information from any Android Wear app, much like Apple Watch s own watchface complications.That certainly helps if you want a watch that s basically an at-a-glance notifications ticker on your arm.That s why it s developing three new ways for messaging on Android Wear: smart replies, handwriting, and a swipe keyboard.A 1.5-inch display is still far from any kind of display I d want to try to communicate on for than five seconds, but at least Google is experimenting.On the fitness front, Android Wear 2.0 takes the personal coach approach.Google-powered smartwatches will soon come armed with automatic activity recognition—a feature long present on Fitbit wearables—and will funnel health information with the Google Fit API.
Researchers have developed a new solar powered battery, capable of changing its shape to fit various flexible forms.The team says the battery could transform the wearables market by lowering the space required for a battery, a big benefit for e-skin and e-clothes products.See Also: America trumps Europe in fitness wearables The components are electronically connected via flexible copper-polymer interconnects, mounted on a highly elastic silicone core, and enclosed within a silicone shell, the team said.The authors demonstrated the use of these systems for continual logging and wireless transmission of body temperature data in a variety of realistic scenarios, such as monitoring skin temperature during physical exercise and bathing, and measuring temperature changes during breathing.The battery may also be a welcome addition to the e-skin market, with researchers recently creating a much longer lasting tattoo that changes color and can even track things like UV rays and heart-rate.Wearables are still a young market, but with 67 percent growth from 2015 to 2016, more companies are starting to see the potential of devices able to gather more data on the customer.
There s one big obstacle holding back flexible electronics and conformable wearables, and that s stiff li-ion batteries.Now, a team of scientists has developed a stretchable mesh of power cells that sticks to surface like a Band-Aid, and it can even charge itself.The result is a medical sensing device that the team claims will provide a never-ending stream of bio-sensor data.In tests published in PNAS, the team showed that the device could be stretched by 30 percent of its original length while still working perfectly.The advance overcomes part of the difficulty with flexible power sources.Adding solar cells means that the cells are constantly topped up—though the flexible device will only be useful for devices that require only modest amounts of power.
Android has been leading the way in smartwatches ever since the market was born back in 2013.Google has since taken the route of open collaboration – partnering with other tech manufacturers and even watch makers to come up with a range of designs.With each of the speakers wearing a smartwatch, it was only right that Google address wearables during the I/O keynote.As part of the update, two new features stand out that will make both those already with or without a smartwatch sit up and take notice.The actual interface is being broadened too, with handwriting tool for replying to messages, and a keyboard to enable users to reply on their watch face has also introduced.The Apple Watch s arrival has caused some disruption and more attention to fall upon the wearables market, so Google has opted to go for increasing functionality and untethering the device from the phone as a way to hit back.
Fitbit s Blaze device has several features in common with the Apple Watch: Users can see text notifications and calendar alerts, and the device can be used to control music.Revenue more than doubled in 2015 compared with 2014, but the company has spent heavily to drive sales growth and future product launches.1 seller of wearables in the first quarter of 2016, with about 25% of market share, according to data from International Data Corp. Apple held the third-largest chunk of the market, behind Chinese electronics company Xiaomi Corp. Fitbit shipped 4.8 million units in the quarter compared with Apple s 1.5 million.We are focused on making wearable devices that motivate people to reach their health and fitness goals and that also make their lives easier with the smart features they need most, said James Park, Fitbit s chief executive and co-founder.Mr. Park added that Coin s technology will further our strategy of making Fitbit products an indispensable part of people s lives.Fitbit said this month that first-quarter sales climbed 50%, showing that less-expensive fitness trackers still have legs as they compete with the Apple Watch.
Now, watch faces will display notifications and information from any Android Wear app, much like Apple Watch s own watchface complications.That certainly helps if you want a watch that s basically an at-a-glance notifications ticker on your arm.That s why it s developing three new ways for messaging on Android Wear: smart replies, handwriting, and a swipe keyboard.A 1.5-inch display is still far from any kind of display I d want to try to communicate on for than five seconds, but at least Google is experimenting.On the fitness front, Android Wear 2.0 takes the personal coach approach.Google-powered smartwatches will soon come armed with automatic activity recognition—a feature long present on Fitbit wearables—and will funnel health information with the Google Fit API.
Now, watch faces will display notifications and information from any Android Wear app, much like Apple Watch s own watchface complications.That certainly helps if you want a watch that s basically an at-a-glance notifications ticker on your arm.That s why it s developing three new ways for messaging on Android Wear: smart replies, handwriting, and a swipe keyboard.A 1.5-inch display is still far from any kind of display I d want to try to communicate on for than five seconds, but at least Google is experimenting.On the fitness front, Android Wear 2.0 takes the personal coach approach.Google-powered smartwatches will soon come armed with automatic activity recognition—a feature long present on Fitbit wearables—and will funnel health information with the Google Fit API.
Valentina PalladinoFitbit devices are known for being easy-to-use, fitness-first products, but now the company that makes them may be planning to tack on extra features.Fitbit released a statement today announcing that it has acquired "wearable payment assets" from the Silicon Valley company Coin.Existing Coin users will be able to use their devices for the duration of their "lifetime"; the card itself can last two years without any recharging.One of the biggest differences between standalone fitness trackers and all-purpose smartwatches is mobile payment support: the Apple Watch has Apple Pay, and Google has Android Pay for its smartphones while Android Wear users eagerly await its inclusion on their wearable devices.Jawbone was the first big fitness tracker company to integrate mobile payments into its Up4 wristband, but that feature is in partnership with American Express, so only AmEx cardmembers can use it.Earlier this year, MasterCard and Coin announced a partnership to bring mobile payments to a bunch of fitness-related wearables, including the Atlas wristband, but there's no word on whether that plan will continue now that Fitbit essentially owns that technology.
Google announced Android Wear, a version of its popular mobile operating system specifically for wearables, a little over two years ago.At I/O 2016 earlier today, the Alphabet-owned company showcases a preview of what it calls the biggest platform update yet.They re also redesigning key experiences to be more intuitive and adding things like smart replies, improved handwriting recognition and a new keyboard - all of which are powered by Google s machine learning.In the fitness category, Google is adding automatic activity recognition and the ability for apps to exchange data with each other using the Google Fit API.Android Wear 2.0 also expands the ways you can listen to music during a workout, even if you forget to bring along your smartphone.Google has also published a Material Design guide for Android Wear 2.0 that ll assist developers in creating apps with a uniform design.
Fitbit announced that it has acquired Coin's wearable payment technology, a move that will see NFC mobile payments coming to the company's lineup of fitness trackers in the near future.Next came its wearable prototype, which it developed in partnership with MasterCard.Apparently, this proof of concept was enough to convince Fitbit to shed a little coin on the technology.The announcement details that the Coin payment technology will not be making its way to 2016's Fitbit products, like the Fitbit Blaze and Fitbit Alta, that have already released this year, as well as unannounced products that may still be coming.But that leaves the wearables of 2017 totally open to mobile payment integration.Just try to come up with something a little more imaginative than Fitbit Pay, yeah?
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View photosMoreFitbit Blaze watches are displayed during the 2016 CES trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada January 6, 2016.REUTERS/Steve Marcus Reuters - Fitbit users could soon make payments with a flick of the wrist, as the maker of the simple yet hugely popular fitness bands races to pack in more features in its products.NFC has featured prominently in some mobile devices and is used in the Apple Watch as well as payment services such as Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Google Wallet.For Fitbit, which dominates the wearable devices market, the deal could help it catch up on a technology that is becoming increasingly popular with users and retailers.Fitbit retained its strong grasp on the wearables market in the first quarter, accounting for nearly a quarter of it, according to an IDC report released on Monday.Reporting by Narottam Medhora in Bengaluru; Editing by Sayantani Ghosh and Saumyadeb Chakrabarty
Google HomeAt its I/O developer conference today, Google unveiled Google Home, a hardware device shipping later this year, and Google Assistant, a conversational digital personal assistant.The Home is a small round gadget with microphones and speakers that's always listening for your questions and commands.It will plumb into home automation, including Google's own Nest, and it will broadcast video and audio to Chromecast sticks; this is all driven by an always-listening voice interface.Google Assistant will be on phones and wearables, too, and Google says that it will be better at picking out the context of what you're doing than any of its competitors.Based on your location alone, Assistant will understand that you're probably referring to the large shiny sculpture in front of you and answer "Anish Kapoor."The Home will be available later this year, though no pricing or availability have been announced yet.
With the proliferation of connected devices, comes the fear that our home and work environments will eventually become hopelessly entangled with endless power and data cables.The San Jose-based company announced that it is partnering with an unnamed market-leading specialty battery company in the hearing devices and wearables market.Energous President Stephen Rizzone said that the joint development and licensing agreement represents our first foray into the rechargeable battery market which we believe holds great potential for Energous, He said that the deal with the medical devices company was made possible by Energous efforts to miniaturize its technology and to keep its price point low.Energous solution can power up multiple devicesEnergous says that its technology s advantage is that it delivers contained, useable power at a distance to multiple electronic devices.More importantly Energous joins the ranks of connected devices that seek to capture a share of the huge global implantable medical devices market.Transparency Market Research found that the U.S. implantable medical devices market alone would grow from $25.2 billion in 2012 to $33.6 billion by 2019.
View photosMoreAp 747107436006Google's biggest event of the year is about to get under way.The I/O developer conference is set to begin Wednesday with a keynote from Google CEO Sundar Pichai and all signs suggest it will be jam-packed with announcements.One highlight, of course, will be the next version of Android, right now known only as "N." But we're also expecting to hear about wearables and virtual reality, Android Pay and Android Auto.Late-breaking rumors suggest we'll get a look Google's Amazon Echo killer after all.With a new venue — I/O is taking place in Google's backyard in Mountain View — and nearly three full days of sessions and announcements, this year's conference promises to be one of the most eventful yet.Pichai's keynote is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. PT and Mashable's live coverage will kick off at 9 a.m. PT so check back then for the latest news and analysis from Mountain View.
Most 3D printers print layers over and over again until a full object takes shape.The machine uses a high-intensity laser that heats tiny silver nanoparticles to form metallic shapes.The 3D-printing technique was developed by a team of Harvard researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and the Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.The key to unlocking this new approach to printing metal was balancing the intensity of the laser and its proximity to the nozzle.This kind of delicate metal printing is particularly useful because of its freeform capabilities.The filament can be shaped into virtually any type of metal structure, which researchers expect will be useful in developing wearables, sensors, and even circuitry parts.
Fitbit s not investing in Coin s current product offering, Coin 2.0, but instead bringing the company s near-field communication, mobile, and wireless talent on board for as-yet unspecified future projects.The Y Combinator-backed Coin made a lot of buzz back in November of 2013 when it unveiled the eponymous Coin card, a universal card replacement capable of storing and switching between the magnetic strip information of debit, credit, loyalty, and gift cards.After a meteoric start — it blew past its initial funding goal of $50,000 in less than 40 minutes — and several delayed shipments, its first production product, Coin 1.0, debuted in April of last year.Coin is halting production and sales of Coin 2.0 cards, it said in a blog post, and ceasing development on Coin 2.0 s firmware, the Coin mobile companion app, and its Coin Rewards and Coin Developer programs.Current Coin users can expect their cards to work for the duration of their built-in battery s lifetime, Coin said — an estimated two years.Increased competition is likely also at fault — thanks to aggressive pushes by Apple, Garmin, Xiaomi, and others, Fitbit s share of the wearables market dropped from 38 percent in 2014 to 27 percent last year.
When the original Pebble came out, it really kickstarted the smartwatch/wearables market.While their current generation of watches doesn't have all of the bells and whistles that you'll find on the Apple Watch and other competitors, they do have a trick up their sleeve.If you want to take your Pebble Time or Time Steel out on a hike and not worry about connecting your smartphone, the new Pal band can help you out.It can track speed, distance, elevation and route for up to 24 hours without needing a smartphone to help it out.You'll be able to access this information by syncing your phone up with the band and opening the Pal companion app.The Pal is currently a Kickstarter project, and is well on its way to reaching its goal of $80,000.
And the first rabbit out of the hat is.... Google Assistant, a virtual helper that looks like a much more advanced version of Google Now.Described as 'conversational' by CEO Sundar Pichai, it appears to interact with you almost like a friend via text message.google assistant1For instance, you can ask what's on in the cinemas, and then use Google Assistant to find venues near you and more child-friendly titles if you fancy taking the entire family.In short, it looks damn slick."We want users to have an ongoing two-way dialogue, said Pichai, who promised that it'll be available on phones, wearables, cars and in the home.Maybe one day it'll be able to chill out with Siri, Alexa and Cortana.
There s one big obstacle holding back flexible electronics and conformable wearables, and that s stiff li-ion batteries.Now, a team of scientists has developed a stretchable mesh of power cells that adheres itself to a surface like a sticking plaster, and it can even charge itself.The result is a medical sensing device that the team claims will provide a never-ending stream of bio-sensor data .In tests published in PNAS, the team showed that the device could be stretched by 30 per cent of its original length while still working perfectly.The advance overcomes part of the difficulty with flexible power sources.Adding solar cells means that the cells are constantly topped up — though the flexible device will only be useful for devices that require only modest amounts of power.
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