Forbes Says Microsoft Will Ship a Wristband This Year

Data LinkMicrosoft, by some measures, was the first company to sell a piece of wearable technology: the Data Link watch, developed with Timex, and first put on sale in 1994. Twenty years later, Forbes reports, the company is ready to ship another.

The report is strikingly short on details, but does say that the device will be a smartwatch with a heart-rate monitor, will work with multiple ecosystems,  will require charging every two days, and will be available this holiday season. Nothing about pricing, distribution channels, design, or anything else.

 

Details Leak on Fitbit Surge, a $250 Sports Tracker

We wrote last week about the Fitbit Charge line, a pair of fitness trackers that more or less fill the space left by the recall of the Force earlier this year. The Verge is now reporting about the Fitbit Surge, a (comparatively) high-ticket sports watch that includes GPS and goes more directly against products from […]

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Apple Announces Watch SDK for November

If you want people to develop for your hardware, you’d better have an SDK. Buried inside today’s announcements from Apple was word that the company will publish its WatchKit SDK for developers next month. There’s still no definite word about a ship date for the Watch, other than “Early 2015.” But by inviting the masses […]

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A Flexible Battery, But You Can’t Buy It

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We’ve written about curved batteries, which are pretty cool. But Samsung is now showing flexible batteries, which not only bend, but can be bent repeatedly. The claim is that you can bend it around a cup and it will work just fine. The implications for wearables should be clear: batteries that can conform to whatever shape […]

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Wearables Hit the Zeitgeist with Morris the Cat

Readers of a certain age will remember Morris the Cat, the world’s most finicky cat who would only eat 9Lives cat food. Well, Morris (or rather, some other orange tabby who kind of looks like the original long-departed Morris) is back, and the agency EVB has strapped a visor on him in a new line […]

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Lumo Updates Its Body App

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The Lumo Lift, a posture monitor and coach, has updated its companion iOS app so you can now see how your posture has improved over time (or not). The Lift, a small device with a magnetic clasp, attaches to your clothes and keeps track of the wearer’s stance and posture, and will vibrate to remind […]

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More on will.i.am Puls Cuff Announcement

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The Puls, introduced at Dreamforce, looks like a nice chunk of tech. The Puls is not a tethered device. Unlike nearly any other wristware, it has its own SIM card, with service provided by AT&T in the US and O2 in the United Kingdom. The thing itself looks to be about 1 2/3 inches wide […]

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will.i.am Intros the Puls Wearable

For an enterprise-oriented show, there sure has been a ton of buzz over what kind of wearable the singer will.i.am will introduce — and why it’s coming out at Dreamforce. The product is called the Puls. It’s a cuff-style wristband with a very cool curved screen. Pictures from the initial handout are a little hard […]

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Apple to Fitbit: “… And The Horse You Rode In On”

If Fitbit wanted to keep the Apple Store as a distribution channel, maybe it shouldn’t have dissed HealthKit quite so hard. ReCode is reporting that the public anti-HealthKit stance will cost Fitbit its place in Apple Stores. We don’t know how many units Fitbit sells through Apple, but we doubt it’s a big number; BestBuy […]

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Fitbit Preps Charge and Charge HR Wristware

Fitbit, by most measures the leader in the fitness band category, is getting ready to ship two new bands: the Charge and the Charge HR. Gizmodo has a lot of the details; the short version is that bands fill the gap at the top of the product line left when the company had to recall the […]

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