Many signs are pointing to Apple incubating a wearable wristband, perhaps an "iWatch," given all the trademark applications the company has filed for the name. Apple is reportedly moving around some of its top engineers, and is hiring experts in sensors and in digital fitness and medical technologies, to build up a special task force to create a product that can follow in the grand footsteps of the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. The company has also filed 79 patents containing the word "wrist."… Read more
Congrats to Kathleen M. of Savannah, Ga., for winning a Swann Bolt HD wearable action camera in last week's giveaway. This week, we have something you wear on your wrist. Something mighty sleek.
We're giving away a limited-edition green Kisai Seven wristwatch from Tokyo Flash, purveyor of wacky timepieces. The inner ring on the futuristic-looking LED watch functions as the hour hand, and the outer ring as the minute hand. A dark void section in each ring points to the time (dark voids for the win!).
If the Kisai Seven reminds you of "Tron," that's intentional. A few years back, Tokyo Flash solicited watch ideas from fans, and Scott Galloway submitted this design inspired by one of his favorite films (watch this video to see how the watch works). … Read more
While Samsung, HTC, Google, Nokia, Amazon, and many others are cranking out new smartphones, tablets and even wearables several times a year, Apple is hanging back. The company last introduced an iPhone in September and an iPad in October.
Updated versions of Apple's existing mobile flagship mobile devices and iOS are expected in the fall, but latest rumors indicate that there will be no iPhone with a bigger screen, smartwatch, or Retina iPad mini until 2014, if ever. Of course, these are merely rumors and the notoriously opaque Apple could bring out a "one more thing" surprise … Read more
It's been quite a week for news that starts with the word "smart."
Eric Schmidt was caught last week holding the rumored Moto X smartphone, which opened the flood gates of speculation: When will it come out? Who will carry it? What're the specs?
A leaked alleged release schedule, though, claims to have an answer to at least one of those questions. The Moto X, along with the HTC One, will arrive at Verizon next month.
The smartwatch train is a fast-moving one, and everyone's trying to jump aboard. A new rumor claims that Microsoft is hard at work on a smartwatch of its own, and has put the Surface team on the case. And Apple, not to be outdone, is supposedly "aggressively" hiring people for its iWatch team. … Read more
From Microsoft to Sony, it seems like everyone's starting to make smartwatches these days. It's an increasingly crowded field, but if you're into sports, here's one that might suit you.
WearIt, from Montana fitness electronics firm Heart Rate Watch Company, packs in GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 .b/g/n, ANT+, and Bluetooth Smart 4.0 LE connectivity, as well as USB 2.0.
It can connect to external sensors, such as heart rate monitors and bike speed sensors, displaying data on its 240x240-pixel resolution touchscreen. … Read more
Here's something tremendously useful that you'd imagine would have been invented a long time ago: a robust, intuitive watch for blind people that can easily be read by touch.
The Bradley timepiece concept indicates the time with moving ball bearings -- one on the side of the case for the hour and one on the face for the minutes.
The simplicity of the idea also appeals to sighted people. After only a single day on Kickstarter, it has more than doubled its $40,000 fundraising goal and is fast approaching $100,000. … Read more
It hasn't even been unveiled yet, but Apple's hotly rumored smartwatch is already running into trouble. Other companies reportedly own the iWatch trademark in the U.S., U.K., parts of Europe, and China.
Having registered the iWatch trademark in Japan, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan, and Turkey, Apple could be set for trademark trouble elsewhere. In the U.S., a California-based company called OMG Electronics claims to hold the trademark. OMG is trying to crowdfund an iWatch smartwatch, but raised only a fraction of its $100,000 goal when it took to Indiegogo.
In the U.K. and European … Read more
It appears that Apple will soon be taking tips from a fashion insider.
The tech giant officially announced that it hired Paul Deneve -- the former CEO of luxury fashion goods company Yves Saint Laurent -- to work on "special projects," according to Bloomberg.
"We're thrilled to welcome Paul Deneve to Apple," Apple told Bloomberg. "He'll be working on special projects as a vice president reporting directly to Tim Cook."
Earlier Tuesday, AppleInsider reported on a tip it received that Deneve had been hired. The news source speculated that Deneve may be … Read more
Apple's iWatch is already making a name for itself, at least when it comes to trademark filings.
Applications to trademark the iWatch moniker have popped up in Mexico, Taiwan, and Turkey, according to the folks at 9to5Mac and MacRumors. The filings in Mexico and Taiwan directly list Apple as the applicant, while the one in Turkey came from an attorney who has worked with Apple in the past. All three were filed on June 3.