The best headphones for running, swimming, noise cancelling, and more
Aug27

The best headphones for running, swimming, noise cancelling, and more

To find a pair of earbuds or headphones that are comfortable yet don’t compromise on design or sound quality can be quite a feat, and the right device can make a world of difference. Because we know how important (and difficult) finding the right sound-accessory is, we’ve done the research to determine which headphones top the charts. Whether you are a runner, swimmer, or varsity couch potato, breeze through our roundup below to find the best headphones for whatever you’re into — working out or not. Best wireless headphones Bose Soundlink Bose headphones have long since been known known for their comfortable designs and dynamic sound, so it was a natural step for the company to develop a top-notch set of on-ear wireless headphones operable via Bluetooth. Whether you’re an Android or iOS user, the Soundlink headphones feature two microphones to reduce background noise during phone calls, as well as a 15 hour battery life for continuous playback. Sennheiser Urbanite XL If you’re looking for headphones that boasts as many impressive functions as your smartwatch, the Urbanite XL Wireless headphones could be the right wireless choice for you. The wireless Sennheiser headphones feature a “state-of-the-art intuitive touch control panel” on the right ear cup where you can adjust volume and playback. These Bluetooth headphones are capable of connecting to your smartphone, smartwatch, and up to 6 other devices. A simultaneous connection can be maintained with two devices at a time. Finally, Urbanite XL boasts a 25 hour battery life and a convenient collapsible design for a quick stow-and-go.   Best swimming headphones Finis Neptune V2 In-ear headphones, begone! Earbuds aren’t even a part of this waterproof MP3 player’s design. Instead, the Neptune V2 uses bone conduction technology to transmit audio through the cheekbone and right into the inner ear. The device fastens to goggle straps and rests on the side of the face. Quite possibly the most literal pair of headphones we’ve included in this roundup, the Neptune V2 is undoubtedly one of the best swimming devices on the market. The Finish Neptune V2 stores around 1,000 songs or 60 hours of playback and lasts 8 hours on a single charge. You might also like: The best golf wearables to improve your game Best noise cancelling headphones Beats Studio Wireless The Studio Wireless headphones by Beats Electronics continue to revolutionize the way we experience music. Users can listen to music up to 30 feet away thanks to these Bluetooth equipped headphones. By combining the Beats Acoustic Engine and Adaptive Noise Cancelling technology, the Studio Wireless headphones give a completely immersive experience unlike anything other edition Beats has developed thus far. Best headphones for...

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This week in wearables: Google Glass, the Moto Hint 2, and a microchip to save life
Aug24

This week in wearables: Google Glass, the Moto Hint 2, and a microchip to save life

In the ever-evolving world of wearables, companies are making some serious power moves in order to keep up. Check out the biggest headlines from the week, as well as some announcements you might have missed. 1. Google Glass is being resurrected from the dead. After a brief stint in the public eye, the tech titan pulled the device in January, leaving many wondering what would happen to such an innovative idea. But most won’t be getting their hands on this new model. Google is planning to redesign the gadget to meet the needs of the workplace, not those of the average consumer. 2. If you weren’t early to the Pebble party, the long-awaited Pebble Time is now available to the public for purchase. The company hit a few snags in production, but it continues to work rapidly to fulfill the 78,000 pre-orders they received from their Kickstarter campaign. If you weren’t a Kickstarter backer, you can find them on big box stores like Amazon — or you can register for the Wearables.com Pebble Time giveaway, and win one for free! 3. Earlier this week, Motorola released the 2nd-gen Moto Hint. The first edition of this bluetooth headset fell flat right out of the gate, so it was no wonder that Motorola brought about some serious upgrades. With better audio, voice controls, and a 70 percent increase in battery life, the Moto Hint 2 has become a serious bluetooth contender in the hearables market. 4. Your dream of becoming Ironman is much closer to reality than you think. Panasonic recently announced the anticipated sales of exoskeletons that will essentially be robotic suits intended to help factory works lift and carry heavy objects. Panasonic spokesperson Mio Yamanaka believes that these “power-assist suits, will be widely used in people’s lives in 15 years.” 5. The Finnish tech powerhouse, Nokia, just might be unveiling a new VR project soon. A company event set for July 28 has many believing that the announcement of a virtual reality device will be the main attraction. Although details remain under wraps, we’ll just have to wait until next week to see how the VR world will fare. 6. NASA’s Adrian Tang and M.C. Frank Chang at the University of California, Los Angeles, have created a new microchip that aims to save the battery life of your wearables. To make a long story short, the chips will reflect wireless signals instead of using regular transmitters and receivers, essentially processing information three times faster than Wifi. This small change could mean faster, stronger devices for everyone in the near...

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New to Wearables.com: Avegant Glyph
Aug14

New to Wearables.com: Avegant Glyph

Each Friday, we will alert our readers as to what devices and companies we’ve added to the authoritative Wearables.com Database over the course of the week. This week, we added the Avegant Glyph. Avegant Glyph   The Avegant Glyph connected headset easily allows you to immerse yourself in another world while remaining part of the real world. The headset doubles as wireless headphones for when audio-only experiences are desired, like listening to your favorite music, and the headband can be moved down to cover your eyes allowing full visual access to the headset’s optics. Avegant Glyph takes advantage of a virtual retinal display to transmit vivid, life-like images directly to the eye (retina). The headset features passive and active noise cancellation to keep you immersed in the sounds of the virtual world you wish to explore. The band of the headset covering your eyes is positioned in such a way that you can peer over the band to see the real world around you, or keep your eyes focused on the virtual world from the headset. Avegant entered the wearable space with their debut product the Aveegant Glyph. The Avegant Glyph is a virtual reality headset that features vivid life-like clarity and exceptional sound. The headset can be used in pure audio mode similar to traditional wireless headphones. Check back new week for...

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This week in wearables: Experimental apps, new Android Wear, and Samsung’s teaser
Aug14

This week in wearables: Experimental apps, new Android Wear, and Samsung’s teaser

This week was a busy one, but we’ve pinpointed the important stories that you need to know. Take a look at what you might have missed. 1. Google announced a new website that will showcase experimental applications designed for Android and Android Wear devices. There are already 20 apps running including Inkspace by Zach Lieberman and Landmark by Anthony Tripoldi, with more to be added. Hopefully these experiments will help perfect the user experience while perfecting some useful applications. 2. Self-described futurist and media-appointed influencer, Tim Moore, dropped in to discuss his thoughts on the “tipping point” of wearable tech. From smartglasses to mobile payment, he talks about everything that the future of wearables has in store. 3. Cloud software giant, Salesforce.com, has announced 20 brand-new partner apps to be released for the Apple Watch. They are teaming up with companies like Bracket Labs, Financial Force, New Voice Media, and more to help the workplace become a little more hands-free. Lindsey Irvine, head of Salesforce Wear, said the company’s strategy is to “make those devices more than just gadgets and can make them into real business tools.” 4. Remember when Fossil got really excited to create their own line of wearables? Well, the initial hype is over after a less-than-satisfactory second quarter performance by the clothing company. Although they never named the Apple Watch specifically, it’s pretty easy to guess which devices are being blamed for the slump in traditional watch sales. Despite this, Fossil CEO, Kosta Kartsotis, still supports “smarter watches” and says that the company is still on track to release tech products in the near future. 5. Android Wear V1.3 started rolling out this week, introducing a new Device to Debug program and a couple new apps, but has yet to release the much anticipated “interactive watch faces” to the market. Android has promised the “Together” feature of these new faces will allows users to interact when their watch face matches another’s watch. This update sounds pretty cool, so we’re hoping it comes sooner rather than later. 6. Samsung just released a teaser for its new Gear S2 smartwatch. This new, round watch will come complete with a heart rate monitor, messaging, calendar, a running app, and more. The interactive watch faces and sleek design just might put the Gear S2 on top of the Apple Watch. Come back next week for more...

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This week in wearables: A braille smartwatch, stretchable batteries, and more
Aug08

This week in wearables: A braille smartwatch, stretchable batteries, and more

It can be tough to keep up with all that’s going on in wearables, so we’ve got the top stories from the week compiled below. You’re welcome! 1. One South Korean company, Dot, has developed a smartwatch for the visually impaired. The Dot Smartwatch will allows users to receive notifications from texts, emails, and social media — all in braille. Although only about 10 percent of legally blind Americans can read braille, Dot hopes to inspire learning and start a conversation about the lack of technology for the visually impaired. 2. Adidas fell behind Under Armour last year as the second largest sportswear maker and has made careful, impactful decisions ever since. This time, Adidas has purchased popular app developer Runtastic for a reported $230 million. Fingers crossed that Runtastic’s 70 million user database will give Adidas the boost that it needs to get back on top of the wearables game. 3. Fitbit finally released the first numbers on their earnings and completely blew Wall Street’s original assessments out of the water. Estimated at $0.08 a share with a revenue of $319.5 million, Fitbit posted earnings of $0.21 per share for a revenue of $400.4 million. Wow. 4. For those of you that had complaints about the Garmin Forerunner 15’s lack of Bluetooth connectivity, your pleas have been heard and answered with the recent release of the Garmin Forerunner 25. This basic to midrange watch can now connect to iOS and Android smartphones, as well as receive smart notifications like incoming texts, calls, and emails. With all of its snazzy new features, this smartwatch is taking your average piece of tech to the next level. 5. A research team at Arizona State University is coming up with a “stretchable” battery that can fit flexible wearable designs. Associate professor Hanqing Jiang and his team have drawn inspiration from a form of origami called “kirigami” as a way of adding extra flexibility to batteries. They’ve been testing prototypes on devices like the Samsung Gear 2 and could ultimately be the smartwatch’s solution to bulkiness. 6. Gamers, rejoice! Microsoft is working to make their augmented reality headset, the Hololens, compatible with Xbox Live. No one is really sure what the integration of this technology will look like, and Microsoft’s chief executive, Satya Nadella, has been vague on the details, only letting the public know that the headset will be released “sometime this year.” Hopefully that actually means “really soon,” and we can all stop sitting on pins and...

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