We've been talking a lot about VR recently, and with good reason. There's a lot of exciting things happening all across this emerging tech market, and every company wants in on the action. Google's Cardboard VR initiative makes it simple and inexpensive to get a taste of the VR experience, while the HTC Vive plan to take gaming to an entirely new place later this year with SteamVR.
During the launch event for the recent XPrize collaboration with Disney Junior through the popular Miles from Tomorrowland series, we took a few minutes to chat with Bill Nye about getting kids involved in science through Google Cardboard. As you might expect, he had plenty to say about the history of using interactive experiences to get kids involved in science, which led to an entirely...
In what's not too much a surprise at this point, HTC today dropped word that the HTC Grip — its fitness band created in conjunction with Under Armour announced at Mobile World Congress and that was supposed to ship by now — isn't going to ship just now. Instead, the Grip (which Engadget says might or might not ship in its current form), will get rolled into a larger fitness endeavor later this...
I thought I'd already seen the best of what virtual reality had to offer. But 20 minutes with the HTC Vive changed all that. It changed everything.
I'm surrounded by the sounds of what I'd probably call a busy auto body shop if my eyes were closed. But the room I am standing in doesn't have any large machines that I'd normally associate with these sounds. It's a fairly small room, some kind of...
The popular fitness tracking company Misfit has released its most affordable fitness tracker yet, the Flash Link. Building on top of its already successful Misfit Flash, the company has added a number of new features and functionality to the device, beyond fitness tracking. Priced at $19, the Flash Link adds a smart button that allows you to control features of its new Link app. Unfortunately,...
Posted by Dan Thorp-Lancaster on 10 Jul 2015 3:23 pm
We reported earlier this week that HTC was taking its Vive VR headset on a tour of U.S. cities, and now it looks like that's set to turn into a world tour of sorts. The company has announced that it will be making stops 11 cities in the U.S. and Europe over the next few months, offering interested fans a chance to demo the Vive VR headset.
In their continued efforts to get as many folks excited about the launch of the OnePlus 2 as possible, a VR campaign was announced last week to encourage folks at home to participate in the event. This isn't the first time we've seen a company use Google Cardboard to create a "virtual event" for a device launch, but OnePlus is the first company to directly involve their fans in the process. A...
Posted by Dan Thorp-Lancaster on 8 Jul 2015 7:36 pm
If you're eager to test out the HTC Vive, the company's first foray into the virtual reality space, you might be able to soon. The company announced today that it is taking the HTC Vive on the road, with its first stop set for July 9-12 in San Diego during Comic-Con.
Here's an obscure tip that merges two niche Android products — but a tip that's important to those of us who dwell in these depths. If you have Android Auto in your car and wear an Android Wear watch on your wrist, you might find that the watch battery is being drained pretty significantly when you're driving.
Posted by Dan Thorp-Lancaster on 1 Jul 2015 5:02 pm
If you have $150 to spare, and you've been eyeing a Moto 360, now may be the time to pull the trigger. Multiple online stores, including Amazon, the Google Store, and Motorola, all currently have the Android Wear smartwatch listed at $150 — a full $100 off its usual retail price.
The ASUS ZenWatch is currently on sale at NewEgg for only $149, a 25 percent savings. To make the deal even sweeter, NewEgg is also offering a $10 Promotional Giftcard with the purchase of this Android Wear device.
The online discount site, Woot.com, has some big savings on the Moto 360 today, dropping the price down to as low as $149. This offer, which is good for today — June 26 — only, scores you a champagne Moto 360 with cognac leather band for $149, or the natural and dark metal options for $179.
Android Wear — Google's operating system for wearables — is more than a year old. But in the tech world, a year can seem like an eternity. Or at least time enough to see a healthy leap from one generation to the next, whether we're talking about hardware, or software, or both.
There are currently seven Android Wear watches in the wild, with five of them still available for purchase directly...
Google has unveiled an experimental new health tracker built for medical studies.
Google has revealed a new health-focused, wearable device built to provide accurate patient data to doctors and those running clinical trials. Built by the Google X division, the device is not intended as a consumer product, and will instead be prescribed by medical institutions.
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 22 Jun 2015 12:00 pm
17 new looks that bring elegance and fun to your wrist.
Google has released a new Google Play collection, and for those of us using Android Wear it's a great one. In addition to the over 1,500 watchfaces already in Google Play, this collection promises to bring faces for your Android Wear watch to 'match any outfit, mood, or occasion."
Including pop icons like Angry Birds and Hello Kitty, as...
Google is looking for some people to try out its ambitious Jump virtual reality camera hardware this summer.
Google introduced the world to its Jump virtual reality camera hardware at Google I/O in late May. The company now is looking for a few good video creators to test out Jump later this summer.
Renders have appeared online for what could be the Xiaomi Mi Band 2, and this year it may feature a touchscreen as well.
Xiaomi has had stunning success with its Mi Band fitness tracker, having already shipped more than 6 million of these $15 units. The Mi Band was originally released back in July 2014, nearly a year ago, so it would make sense that the company is already working on, or close...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 17 Jun 2015 6:30 pm
Choices can be hard. Especially when both are great choices.
Smartwatches are uniquely personal pieces of technology. We all want a phone that has a certain look or feel, and most of us think our choice says something about who we are, and how we want people to perceive us. When it comes to our watch — essentially a piece of jewelry — things go a step further. When it's a smartwatch, one with...
Moto 360 owners will be thrilled to hear that the Android 5.1.1 update is now rolling out for the device, but it may be a few days before everyone sees it.
The Android 5.1.1 update has already hit a number of other Android Wear devices, but the Moto 360 was not one of them, until now. Motorola had blamed performance issues for the delay, but the update is finally here.
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 16 Jun 2015 3:02 pm
The new Pebble Time is the best Pebble yet. But is that enough to compete in today's market? And more important — should you buy this thing?
The folks at Pebble are back in the smartwatch game with the Pebble Time, and I've had one of the Kickstarter early bird models here for a little over a week. The smartwatch world has moved rapidly since the introduction of the original Pebble, and when...