New to the Wearables.com Database: The Zeiss VR One
Aug07

New to the Wearables.com Database: The Zeiss VR One

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 Zeiss VR One. Zeiss VR One The Zeiss VR One is a virtual reality headset for everyone. The headset turns your smartphone into virtual reality world by placing it on a tray in front of Zeiss optics. Leading edge optical design with Zeiss lenses allow for the ultimate immersive visual experience. The headset supports phone screen sizes beween 4.7 and 5.2 inches, and is compatible with the iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S5, and Samsung Galaxy S6. A see-through front shield allows for smartphone cameras to be integrated for augmented reality applications. Founded in 1846 in Jena, Germany by optician Carl Zeiss, Zeiss has for over 150 years led the way in optical systems, industrial measurements, and medical devices. In 2015 Zeiss entered the wearables and virtual reality marketplace with the Zeiss VR One virtual reality headset. The VR One combines Zeiss’ precision optic lenses and your smartphone to create one of the easiest and immersive virtual reality experiences. We’ll see you next week for...

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This week in wearables: a UNICEF challenge, classy new smartwatches, and a Nike lawsuit
Aug01

This week in wearables: a UNICEF challenge, classy new smartwatches, and a Nike lawsuit

Don’t let your busy week keep you out of the loop! Catch up on everything in the wearables world that you might have missed to start your weekend off right. 1. Best Buy is going to be the first major retailer to start selling the Apple Watch besides the Apple Store itself. This big box store will offer 16 variations of the watch in stores from the Sport to the Watch and the 38mm to the 42mm. Although Apple hasn’t released (and probably won’t) any concrete data on their smartwatch sales, the company is continuing to extend their public reach by opening the door for Best Buy to help transition these pricey devices into accessible, everyday products. 2. Swiss watchmaker, Mondaine, has just released their first luxury smartwatch for pre-order. The Helvetica 1 Smart boasts a two year battery, a sophisticated look, and features that can monitor everything from your sleeping patterns to the calories you burn. This big upgrade will set you back about $850 until it increases to $950 in September, but you better grab one quickly as this pre-order will only sell 1,957 units as a way giving a shoutout to the year the Helvetica font was created. 3. Hot off their first batch of Model One watches, Olio Devices is introducing their second round of devices, but this time they have two new editions: a 24 karat gold and 18 karat gold rose gold version of the smartwatch. Only 100 of each gold edition will be available for sale and will cost between $1,200 and $1,400. 4. For those that purchase a Nike Fuelband in the past 3.5 years, you could be eligible to a small refund thanks to a settlement Nike recently made in a lawsuit that claimed the activity trackers don’t accurately tally daily steps and the accurate number of calories burned. The company is offering $15 in cash or $25 Nike gift cards for anyone who bought the device between January 19,2012 and June 17, 2015. 5. UNICEF launched the Wearables for Good Challenge back in May to encourage innovators to create wearable technology that has a lasting solutions for social good. The challenge calls for a device that is low-cost, cost-efficient, eco-friendly, and must be in line with one of UNICEF’s seven strategic pillars. The application phase of the contest is ending on August 4, so you still have a couple days to kick your brain into high gear and starting inventing! 6. Recent reports have suggested that the wearables industry will be worth nearly $74 billion by 2025, nearly tripling from the $25 billion worth it has currently. Because there is so much...

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New to the Wearables.com database: Alcatel Onetouch Watch
Jul31

New to the Wearables.com database: Alcatel Onetouch Watch

Each Friday, we 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’ve added the Alcatel Onetouch Watch.   The Alcatel Onetouch Watch is a slim, affordable smartwatch that includes a built-in USB charging in the watch band so that no additional accessory is needed to charge the watch, and battery life can last up to 5 days. The smartwatch also acts as an activity tracker allowing you to monitor sleep, calories, steps, and heart rate. The smartwatch is water and dust proof, and the 1.22″ touchscreen allows you to receive notifications, control your phone’s music and camera, and switch between apps. The Onetouch Move app accompanies the smartwatch on your phone for customization of smartwatch faces among other items. The Alcatel Onetouch Watch is available in both black and white. Alcatel-Lucent is a provides products in cloud networking and mobile technology. Alcatel sells a series of smartphones, tablets, wearables, and accessories through their Alcatel One Touch brand. The Alcatel One Touch Watch is the company’s first...

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Mondaine smartwatch beats Tag Heuer out of the gate with pre-order
Jul31

Mondaine smartwatch beats Tag Heuer out of the gate with pre-order

For those looking to add some sophistication to their collection, there is no need to wait on Tag Heuer for a luxury smartwatch. Rival Mondaine has just announced the Helvetica 1 Smart watch as now available for pre-order. This watch will monitor everything from sleep to calories, with adaptive features and alerts that will update you as your daily patterns change. Technology by Fullpower Technologies’ MotionX drives the tracking features. The watch itself will not display the information; users will have to use a companion app in order to retrieve their data. The Helvetica 1 is said to boast a two-year battery life, blowing competitors like the Apple Watch (which has a battery life of about 18 hours) clear out of the water. Its sophisticated look features genuine leather straps, a stainless steel brushed case, and sapphire anti-reflective coated glass. Moreover, it’s water resistant up to 100 feet. The watch debuts at hefty $850, which will rise to $950 in September. Though fairly expensive, the first batch of this exclusive watch is already in high demand since Mondaine is only releasing 1,957 units — a nod to the year the Helvetica typeface was invented. Each pre-ordered edition will be engraved with “1 of 1,957,” and so on. This chic device is anticipated to catapult smartwatch concepts to a sophisticated new level and raise consumer expectations. The sales of established activity trackers and smartwatches like the Fitbit and Apple Watch likely won’t be affected by the Helvetica 1, but we certainly hope that Mondaine’s smartwatch will stir up creative competition in...

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From majorly exclusive to major retailer, Apple Watch to be sold at Best Buy
Jul27

From majorly exclusive to major retailer, Apple Watch to be sold at Best Buy

Come August, Best Buy will officially become the first major Apple Watch retailer outside of the Apple Store itself. This is a bold move by Apple and, undoubtedly, an attempt to further extend the reach of the brand’s smartwatches. Apple plans to release the watch to an initial 100 Best Buy stores and continue to make the device available to 200 more by the end of the year. Jason Bonfig, a senior category officer at Best Buy, told Bloomberg, “We are excited to bring the Apple Watch to more consumers, especially with the holidays coming up.” Beginning August 7, Best Buy will offer 16 different models for customers to try on, with different variations of the Sport and Watch editions, 38 millimeter and 42 millimeter sizes, and over 50 different watch accessories according to Best Buy’s statement. It will certainly not be the same experience that early adopters had at the Apple Store, wherein Apple employees brought out the devices in a velvet-lined tray and personally put them on the customers’ wrists. Since the Apple Watch’s release in April, there have been mixed reports and opinions as to the watch’s impact on the wearables market. Just last week, Apple reported “a $10.7 billion profit on $49.6 billion in revenue in its third quarter.” Despite many analysts predicting lower sales numbers than what was expected, research firm Strategy Analytics said Apple shipped 4 million units in Q2 ‘15, giving the company a 75% chunk of the smartwatch market. Apple has yet to release specific data on the the watch’s sales, but has said that the watch has sold more units than the iPad and iPhone did at the same point. As the company continues to develop a wearables strategy, power moves like this partnership with Best Buy can only help when it comes to transitioning the watch from a pricey, privileged device to an accessible, everyday product. It will be particularly interesting to see how the Apple Watch does as a neighbor to the Pebble Time watch, which similarly became available for purchase at Best Buy this...

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