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Wearables & Gadgets

Fitbit, Google Assistant, News, sense, Versa 3, Wearables & Gadgets

Fitbit OS 5.1 update brings Google Assistant and more to Sense, Versa 3

Fitbit has announced that a new update is rolling out for its newest Sense and Versa 3 smartwatches with some exciting new features, including the long-awaited Google Assistant support. When Fitbit launched Sense and Versa 3 earlier this year, it said that both devices would work with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. However, it was promised that the Assistant's support would come later. With the release of Fitbit OS 5.1, Assistant will be available to users in the US Unfortunately for Canadians, Assistant support will arrive in the coming months. Once the Assistant is activated, users can switch from Alexa to Assistant by going to the 'Account' section of the Fitbit smartphone app, selecting their smartwatch, and then tapping ...
News, smart glasses, Wearables & Gadgets

Electrical Engineer Creates GPS Smart Sunglasses

Last year electrical engineer Samson "smarchbme" March built a homemade smartwatch and has now followed it up with a pair of smart sunglasses. Interestingly, he says he got the idea from Ferris bueller quote about taking the time to look around so you don't miss out on life. It was soon thought that sunglasses would help with that. However, he needed to make sure they had accurate GPS functionality, so he designed his own iPhone app in Swift that could offer directions. With that, you could enable GPS. In practice, the glasses emit a blue light into the left or right eyepiece to tell you when to turn. Once you reach your destination, the glasses will glow green to signal which way to turn to enter. March says the frames are CNC machined from bamboo, while he made his own ...
Apple, Apple Watch, fda, News, nightware, Wearables & Gadgets

FDA Approves Apple Watch App Treating PTSD-Related Nightmares

The FDA has approved an Apple Watch app called 'NightWare', which could help treat users' PTSD-related nightmares. NightWare essentially detects body movement and heart rate during sleep. This data is sent to the NightWare server and creates a unique sleep pattern for users. When the app detects that a user is experiencing a nightmare based on its analysis of heart rate and body movement, the system will vibrate the device in response to interrupt bad dreams, but will not actually wake them up. It is important to note that NightWare is only available by prescription, is not a stand-alone treatment, and must be used in conjunction with medications. Users known to "misbehave" during sleep are not advised to use Apple Watch therapy....
News, OnePlus, oneplus watch, Wearables & Gadgets

Rumored OnePlus Smartwatch Won’t Use Google’s Wear OS

The OnePlus smartwatch will reportedly not use Google's Wear OS platform, reportedly often reliable leaks Max J. The company is rumored to be working on a smartwatch for quite some time, but new evidence suggests it could be launched soon. It's a bit surprising that the OnePlus watch doesn't use Wear OS, given the company's ties to Google and the Android platform. Wear OS is essentially the platform used by manufacturers who cannot create their own from scratch. It is used by companies like Fossil, Mobvoi, and Oppo. With this latest leak, it is unknown what to expect with the OnePlus watch. It will still be paired with OnePlus' Android smartphones, but we don't know anything about the operating system it will include. Some manuf...
Galaxy Buds Beyond, News, Samsung, Wearables & Gadgets

Samsung ‘Galaxy Buds Beyond’ trademarks in the US

Samsung has registered a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) so they appear to be new wireless headphones. The app is branded "Galaxy Buds Beyond", but the presentation does not provide further details. This year, Samsung launched Galaxy Buds + and Galaxy Buds Live. The first earbuds were launched alongside the Galaxy S20 and the latest with the Note 20 series. Since Samsung is already applying for a patent for these earbuds, it seems possible that the South Korean tech giant is preparing for the successor to the Galaxy Buds + to be released. launch alongside its next series of Galaxy S21 devices. Source: 9to5Google, United States Patent and Trademark Office
earbuds, LG, News, Tone Free FN7, Wearables & Gadgets

LG announces Tone Free FN7 self-cleaning noise-canceling headphones

Earlier this year, LG announced the Tone Free FN6, a pair of self-cleaning buttons, but now the South Korean company is launching the successor to the headphones, the Free tone FN7. However, this time around, the self-cleaning headphones also feature Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). Like its predecessor, the FN7's housing uses UV-C light to kill bacteria. Beyond the addition of ANC, the FN7s have a battery life of five hours with the function on and seven hours with it off. Furthermore, the case also has USB-C and wireless charging. The FN7 uses three microphones in each earpiece to neutralize external sounds. Each microphone also monitors sound waves from all directions.LG says the FN7's ear gels offer rotary-fit Vortex Ribs...
airpods, airpods pro, Apple, earbuds, News, Wearables & Gadgets

Apple AirPods lineup update could launch in 2021

Apple is working on updated versions of its AirPods and AirPods Pro wireless earbuds, according to Often Reliable. Bloomberg reporters Mark Gurman and Debby Wu. Gurman and Wu say that these new headphones could be announced next year. Both AirPods and AirPods Pro will feature revamped designs and an improved wireless chip. Apple's first-generation AirPods featured the W1 chip, while second-generation AirPods and AirPods Pro included the H1 processor. Further away, From Bloomberg The report says that Apple's AirPods Studios, which are often rumored, are still in development, but their release date remains unclear. The report also mentions that Apple might have plans to launch a mid-range HomePod speaker, but says it is still in t...
Canada, News, scanwatch, Wearables & Gadgets, Withings

Withings’ new ‘ScanWatch’ fitness tracker arrives in Canada

Fitness technology company Withings announced that its new fitness smartwatch, the 'ScanWatch', is available in Canada, Japan and Europe. In a tweet, Withings shared a photo of the new fitness band along with his smartphone app and the 'Hello Canada' message. According to the tweet, the ScanWatch will be available on the Withings website or through Best Buy Canada or Amazon Canada. At the time of writing, ScanWatch was not on the Amazon website, but it was on Best Buy and in Withings site. That is likely to change in the coming days. Withings fitness watches are quite unique compared to many other options like the Apple Watch or Fitbit. Rather than a full smartwatch, the ScanWatch looks more like a typical analog watch but with...
bluetooth earbuds, hearing assistance, jacoti, News, qualcomm, Wearables & Gadgets

Qualcomm and Jacoti to Bring Hearing Enhancement Technology to Bluetooth Headphones

Qualcomm will collaborate with the audio technology company Jacoti to integrate your hearing enhancement software into Bluetooth chips. In a press release, Qualcomm detailed plans to bring hearing software to its QCC5100 series 'Bluetooth ultra low power' systems on chip (SoC). Qualcomm makes those chips for use in true wireless earbuds and Bluetooth headsets, and says the integration will add more accessible and accurate custom hearing aid and security features. As part of the motivation behind the collaboration, Qualcomm aims for a Report of the World Health Organization (WHO) That says that one-third of the world's population over 65 has a disabling hearing loss. Additionally, more than 1 billion adolescents and adults are at ...
drone, drone delivery canada, News, Wearables & Gadgets

Drone Delivery Canada announces partnership with UofT and Ford

Drone Delivery Canada has announced that it has been invited to participate in a research venture with the Institute for Aerospace Studies at the University of Toronto and Ford Motors. The trio of companies cooperate and work to test an automated drone as it tracks and lands on a moving ground vehicle in a flying arena. “As the undisputed leader in the global drone logistics industry, we are pleased to work with world-class organizations such as UTIAS and Ford to advance our technology and applications for drone delivery. We continue to move the industry forward and these advancements can create more commercial use cases for drone delivery, ”said Michael Zahra, President and CEO of Drone Delivery Canada, in a recent press release....
News, OnePlus, smartwatch, tease, Wearables & Gadgets

OnePlus teases long-rumored smartwatch to arrive in ‘a matter of time’

Rumors have been swirling for a while about the launch of a smartwatch by OnePlus. Many expected the China-based company to unveil that watch alongside its new 8T smartphone, but unfortunately that didn't happen. According to the OnePlus India Twitter accountHowever, the clock is yet to come.More things are coming to the OnePlus ecosystem. It's just a matter of time 🧐#UltraStopsAtN nothing - OnePlus India (@OnePlus_IN) October 14, 2020“More things are coming to the OnePlus ecosystem. It's just a matter of time 🧐 ”, the account tweeted. He also shared an image with a sketch of a round dial smartwatch that appears capable of detaching from the wrist strap. Below the sketch, the image reads “'What could have been but never will be. Sketches around ...
Apple Watch, News, smartwatches, watchOS, Wearables & Gadgets

Apple Releases WatchOS 7.0.2 to Fix Apple Watch Battery Drain Issue

Apple has released watchOS 7.0.2, which addresses an Apple Watch battery drain issue. Additionally, the update addresses an issue that prevented some users from accessing the ECG application. These are the two main changes in the update, but the patch notes indicate that there are also general "improvements and bug fixes". To update your Apple Watch to watchOS 7.0.2, open the Watch app on your iPhone, tap on 'General' and then select 'Software Update'. The Apple Watch family recently got two new members: the lower-cost Apple Watch SE and the more premium Apple Watch Series 6. Via: 9to5Mac