Consumer & Gadgets

Flexible display talk: Smartphone might fold around your wrist

A phone that folds? Smartphone vendors think it can capture imaginations as they work to come up with newer gee-whiz designs to sell phones. This month, there is one foldable phone in the wings that is capturing special attention ...

Hardware

Wear OS smartwatches to get new Qualcomm chip boosts

As Android watchers know, the nomenclature Android Wear for a smartwatch platform was changed. Now it is Wear OS. More platform-agnostic. Less static from those who flinch at the very sound of the word "Android."

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Using your arm as a smartwatch touchscreen

Smartwatches as devices for messaging and search are far eclipsed by the desktop, laptop, tablet and phones, for obvious reasons, namely their tiny touchscreens. In tech parlance, the smartwatch "input-output bottleneck" ...

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Researchers bring smartwatch innovations to CHI2018

Researchers from Dartmouth College will unveil developmental smartwatch technology at the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI2018). The watch innovations will be demonstrated during the event in ...

Consumer & Gadgets

When a watch transforms into full-scale phone

When smartwatches first made their debut as wearables, some tech watchers were not sure of the smartwatch as a viable form factor. Witness Alex Dobie's assessment back in 2016 in Android Central:

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Samsung patent application explores watch rim for second display

(Tech Xplore)—The word small in digital gadgetry usually gets a bad reception. Small screen, small fonts, small display, are descriptives that usually draw frowns if not apologies. Samsung is another story.

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Sgnl wrist strap allows you to communicate in calls via fingertip

(Tech Xplore)—How convenient is convenient? For the inventor, the Age of Convenience is ageless. There is no limit to what imagination can deliver for making simple actions easier on body and brain. Add one to the mix—fingertip ...

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New methods make smartwatches easier to use

A new system for making smartwatches and fitness-trackers easier to use, created by computer scientists at the University of St Andrews, could transform the technology for users without the need to buy new hardware.

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Smartwatch display on your arm? Samsung has a vision

(Tech Xplore)—Ouch. The question that some consumers pose when looking at smartwatch ads is, Why? Market research indicates that those who stay back from buying these wearables have various reasons, one of which is that ...

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Huawei puts premium styling in watch entry, thinks Classic

News sites buzzed with preliminary talk about the Huawei Watch ahead of its official unveiling at Mobile World Congress last week in Barcelona. To be sure, while smartwatch reports of coming attractions focus on features ...

Consumer & Gadgets

Pebble turns to crowdfunding (again) for latest smartwatch

Never mind that there are a number of smartwatch brands on the market and that competition is fierce. Never mind that the marketplace is getting crowded with brands in an increasingly competitive smartwatch arena, with eyes ...

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