Casio Taps the 1980s for Its Retro Line of Smart (Looking) Watches

These days only people going for the ironic look would consider a gold digital watch a classy way to spruce up an outfit, but back in the 1980s they were cutting edge technology and high style. So Casio is bringing back a small collection of its swankiest designs in gold and silver for all you hipsters looking to… » 10/16/14 5:00pm Thursday 5:00pm

You Can Customize This E-Ink Watch Down to the Strap

If there's one group that will surely embrace smartwatches, it's those who like to change their background image and the look and feel of their devices every day. But the FES Watch doesn't just let you change the watch face whenever you tire of the current design, using E-Ink technology it actually lets you change the… » 10/15/14 8:52am Wednesday 8:52am

Smartwatches Fulfill Their True Destiny With a Game Boy Emulator

Google and Apple can pitch them as productivity tools all they want, but the real reason anyone would strap a smartwatch to their wrist is as a more covert way to kill time and avoid boredom. So it's good to know that when your Twitter and Facebook feeds run dry, you can always boot up a Game Boy emulator on your… » 10/14/14 8:50am 10/14/14 8:50am

This Stress-Sensing Fitness Tracker Won the Nation's Top Design Award

The National Design Awards were last night in New York, where 20 products were vying to be named the country's best. The winner, chosen by public voting, was a fitness tracker called Spire, which claims to keep tabs on your overall well-being by measuring heart rate and breathing patterns to monitor stress. » 10/10/14 4:24pm 10/10/14 4:24pm

Forget Exercise; This Fitness Tracker Just Wants You To See the Sun

It only took a few decades for us to realize that spending all our time in front of computers wasn't the most healthiest way to live. That's why the market is now flooded with fitness tracking wearables encouraging us to exercise. The Brite R450 sets its sights a little lower, though. It encourages more achievable… » 10/01/14 11:05am 10/01/14 11:05am

Garmin Forerunner 920XT: The Best Triathlon Watch Gets Even Better

Since early 2012, the Garmin Forerunner 910XT has been the best triathlon watch, period. Others have tried to step up, but to this date nothing has equalled its wealth of features. And now it seems Garmin has raised the bar for itself. The new Forerunner 920XT is everything the 910 was, and much more. » 10/01/14 7:00am 10/01/14 7:00am

Flexy, Wrist-Worn Concept Phone: A Real Life Buzz Lightyear Communicator

Indiegogo concepts are always a bit out there, and this one's no exception: Portal, a six-inch Android-powered smartphone that's impressively capable, waterproof, and flexible enough to wear on your wrist like Buzz Lightyear's communicator. Forget smartwatches, this baby's a goddamned gauntlet. » 9/27/14 5:30pm 9/27/14 5:30pm

Misfit's Flash Is a $50 Fitness Tracker That Packs a Punch

We first wrote about Misfit Wearables' first activity tracker, the Misfit Shine, back in 2012. Not only did it look absolutely gorgeous, but it never needed charging, and it was waterproof. It had some flaws, but for 100 bucks, it wasn't bad. Well Misfit's second wearable, the Flash, is here, and it just undercut its… » 9/16/14 11:00am 9/16/14 11:00am

9 Contenders For the Best Design of the Year

Each year the People's Design Award honors a groundbreaking design that improves daily lives. Last year's winner, the Pack H20 Water Backpack, was a more efficient way for people to carry drinking water long distances. This year's nominees were just announced, and they include mushroom bricks, smart lighting, and… » 9/11/14 9:00am 9/11/14 9:00am

iWatch Rumor Roundup: Everything We Think We Know (Updated)

If it feels like the promise of an Apple smartwatch has been looming forever, that's because it has. And its shadow helped birth the army of other smartwatches that we have today. But now, finally, the near mythical iWatch is rumored to arrive very soon. We'll be covering today's announcement live right here, but in… » 9/09/14 10:37am 9/09/14 10:37am

These Washable Fabric Circuit Boards Can Even Survive Being Shot

Sure, fitness trackers or a heart rate monitors are technically "wearables." But a new breakthrough in electronic textiles gives us a glimpse at truly wearable electronics—and they look a lot like the shirt you're wearing right now. Except woven with circuit board thread instead of cotton. » 9/04/14 10:47am 9/04/14 10:47am

Sony SmartBand Is an E-Ink Wristable That Works With a Snap

Sony's SmartBand Talk is what you'd get if you crossed the company's original SmartBand (released earlier this year) with the excellent Pebble smartwatch. More of a fitness and lifelogging accessory than a full-blown smartwatch, it does however share an E-Ink display in common with the Pebble timepiece. » 9/03/14 11:00am 9/03/14 11:00am