Japan is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world and home to some of the most innovative companies that have ever existed. But today was not its finest day.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently seized a shipment of fake Fitbits coming from Hong Kong. The total haul was just 350 counterfeit wearables, but they’re estimated to be worth about $35,000.
Just days after its shares dropped a whopping 18%, Fitbit just took another big hit. The wearables company has been slapped with a class-action lawsuit alleging that its heart rate monitoring technology is inaccurate, and that the company is knowingly misleading users.
You probably grew up with a cheap Casio on your wrist, but the company’s first Android Wear offering is a very different product. It’s engineered to be tough enough for outdoor enthusiasts who need more than just notifications of Facebook likes.
Misfit’s been owned by Fossil for less than two months, but are we already seeing the accessory maker’s stylish influence on the brand’s fitness trackers? Misfit’s new Ray is a far cry from the sports watch form factor more common with wearables, and you can dress it up with standard eight-millimeter watch bands.
If swimming, surfing, biking, snowboarding, running, and hiking sound like the average weekend for you, Garmin’s fēnix 3 is the multisport GPS watch that just might sell you on the merits of wearing a smartwatch—especially now that there’s a version with a heart rate monitor built-in.
Google wasn’t able to make Glass the runaway success it thought it could be, but maybe Sergey and Larry were just targeting the wrong demographic. Garmin is hoping its new Varia Vision, which can attach to any pair of sunglasses, will appeal to gadget-loving cyclists.
So how do you make the coolest Star Wars toy ever even cooler? Having finally given everyone an interactive droid they can call their own, later this year Sphero will also be giving Star Wars fans the ability to control BB-8 using the Force—or at least motion-tracked gestures that will make you feel like a Jedi.
You can now add smartwatches to the list of potential ways your private data could be leaked. Tony Beltramelli, a Master’s students at the IT University of Copenhagen, has shown that even your wearable could be used to compromise your privacy by tracking your every keystroke.
Samsung just revealed the first class of gadgets to emerge from its Creative Lab projects. They’re creative alright!
“Who’s the greatest catstronaut in the United States? It’s you Champer-damper. It’s you!”
Fitness trackers can help you ward off holiday weight gain, but if you don’t want to commit to wearing a bracelet every day, the clip-on Fitbit One is is a great alternative.
Sometimes a unique design isn’t enough to make a product a hit, but then it makes an appearance in a major motion picture and suddenly everyone wants one. Let’s call it the DeLorean BTTF effect, and that’s exactly what happened with the Seiko Giugiaro 7A28-7000 once Ripley wore it in Aliens.
The team behind Google Glass is reported to be working on a successor to the occasionally controversial device, though it may not include the screen that made the original so distinctive.