Quiet week on the front as I am prepping for London and Luke is prepping for the cold in Texas… (insert eye roll here). I talk about the RFID wearable from Vegas and how it helped improve the show I was at – DJ and a Drummer. This week we focused on the announcement Android Wear will now support Cellular devices. The LG Watch Urbane 2 is available at Verizon and AT&T.
Wearable Today Episode #89 Show Notes
- The big news comes from two news stories we talked about last week. Fossil talked about getting into the weartech market, but no one expected it this way, as they acquired Misfit for $260 Million. This included the app platform, engineering team and technology brand. No word on how this is going to integrate with their Q lineup.
- Apple Watch 2 is on it’s way… In 2016. At least that is what was leaked today by an Apple supplier. The new watch won’t make it’s way to purchase until Summer of 2016. The Watch might not show up until Q3! While these are all unconfirmed reports, let’s hope Apple doesn’t make it so late to the game. It might just fall further behind on the weartech market.
- When the smartwatches launched, people wanted them to be able to make calls or get without a phone at all, completely fulfulling their Dick Tracy fantasies. Wait no further! Google has added it to the Android Wear standard, so we’ll start to see more devices appear that have this ability. The first such device is the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, with a 480×480 screen on a 1.38 full circle display, and will retail for $499, or $449 with a contract from Verizon.
- Can you imagine a virtual arcade, using VR? How amazing would that be? Maybe not as amazing as you think. Kyle Orland at Ars Technica reviewed the current beta of the Oculus Arcade, and it wasn’t as great as he was hoping. Between the silence of the room and the locked perspective, it still has some room for improvement.
- Just in time for you Fallout 4 fans! 3D print your own Pip-Boy 3000 Mark IV! a wrist cuff that holds many standard sized smartphones to give you the touchscreen option. You can either create your own or head over to 3D Hubs to get one pre-printed. They come in 3 sizes.
- A new tracker for kids has launched, the Nabi Compete band works a lot like regular fitness bands. The kids get challenges to go do things. Goals like to “make it to the Brooklyn Bridge” instead of 10,000 steps. The Go Points give them rewards such as virtual pets. They can also share their progress with other kids.
- The MyZone MZ-3 is now available for purchase. The heart rate chest monitor also comes with bpm – a point system that you can use to challenge yourself or others. What we will be calling “WearGaming”.