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 Saturday 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

Report: Apple Will Announce Its Watch at the Sept. 9th iPhone Event

The ever-reliable John Paczkowski is reporting that Apple will announce a wearable at the previously reported event on September 9. That wearable is almost surely that "iWatch" thing everyone has been talking about, though an announcement wasn't expected until later this year. But why wait when you have billion of… » 8/27/14 1:42pm 8/27/14 1:42pm

Exclusive: 50 Cent's SMS Audio Making Headphones That Keep Track of…

50 Cent's SMS Audio is about to announce a major deal that could help keep it from getting left behind by the newly forged Apple-Beats powerhouse. Sources close to the deal told us that the company will announce a new set of headphones based on Intel's health monitoring technology this very evening. SMS is no Beats By… » 8/14/14 1:23pm 8/14/14 1:23pm