BARCELONA, Spain -- Huawei has joined the wearable fray.
The Chinese company capped its presentation at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, with the unveiling of its TalkBand B1, a combination fitness tracker and Bluetooth headset priced at 99 euros, or about $136.
Chief Executive Richard Yu called it an integrated Bluetooth headset and "smartband," with NFC pairing and Bluetooth 4.1. Looking less like a watch than the band it's named after, the TalkBand can pop out of the wristband, be used to make a call, and then be popped back in. Tracking both your sleep … Read more
The Fitbit Force health tracker -- a slim rubber wristband that counts steps and monitors one's sleep -- is meant to be worn at all hours of the day, unless you're one of the select users that have begun reporting mild to semi-severe skin irritation including rashes, itchy and dry patches, and even blisters.
Now, after weeks of building momentum, Fitbit is issuing a recall for its $129 Force product, refunding in full any affected owners while it reportedly works on releasing a replacement device.
"We have stopped selling Force and have decided to conduct a voluntary … Read more
Basis Science, the maker of the Basis Band fitness gadget, could soon get snapped up by a major mobile player for less than $100 million, according to TechCrunch.
Basis has been shopping itself around for the past couple of weeks, talking with Apple and Google about a potential acquisition, according to the report. Microsoft and Samsung are also reported to be possible buyers of the company, which the report said could be purchased for "sub-hundred million."
Basis and Microsoft declined to comment on the report. CNET has also contacted the other companies for comment and will update this … Read more
Wearables: Everybody in the tech world is talking about them, but no one has quite nailed it -- yet.
The category, which includes everything from smart glasses that record video to watches that answer phone calls, is generating some of the biggest buzz in the tech industry, and for good reason. Wearables are a long way from overtaking smartphones, but the market is expected to grow at a fast pace over the next few years.
Perhaps no one has a better view of what's ahead in the wearables market than the companies supplying the critical components. CNET talked with … Read more
The world is going wild for wearables (at least that's what we were told ad nauseam at CES this year). But as companies like Google, Samsung, Nike, and Pebble hone their pitches for ways we can strap their latest offerings to ourselves, Apple has remained deafeningly silent on the question of an iWatch or some other iWearable.
Wearable tech has a single large challenge: it's wearable. Many people don't want to wear their gadgets, and if they do, they want that thing to be perfect, stylish, useful, and non-annoying. Most wearable tech right now fails at being any of that.
And so, welcome to 2014. Can any gadget emerge that hopes to be that thing, that perfect little easy-to-understand and highly-desirable thing? Plenty of companies (AppleGoogle, coughcough) stand the best chance of offering one. Based on what I've seen so far, across dozens of devices, I can cobble together a dream gadget. This is … Read more
At this year's CES, I didn't just wander through halls of half-baked Bluetooth-pinging little wearable things and write about them: I also wore them. Which ones? I kept it simple. Because, really, there aren't that many useful pieces of wearable tech in the world right now. And even the ones I wore weren't all that necessary. I was just curious what they would do for me. And once a fellow editor asked if I'd track my activity throughout CES, I grabbed what I had on my desk and charged up.
Fitness trackers: Fitbit Force, Nike+ … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- While most tech companies at the Consumer Electronics Show here are introducing new and fanciful smartwatches, Bem Wireless clearly believes in putting a Bluetooth speaker on the wrist instead. Its latest product, the Speaker Band, is a small Bluetooth speaker that's worn on the wrist like a watch.
From a function point of view, the Speaker Band works pretty much the same way a standard Bluetooth headset does. It has a speaker that can be used to play music from the phone, and comes with a built-in microphone for answering calls. There is no display on the device, but it does offer an audio-based caller ID function. It also features music playback controls onboard. It has a six-hour battery life and can be recharged via the micro-USB port. … Read more
Sony introduced a health-tracking device Monday, bringing yet another competitor into the popular fitness band category.
The Japanese electronics giant unveiled its new wearable device, Core, at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, all while running through a long list of gadgets. Core is a tiny, waterproof device that works with an app to track your daily activity, according to Sony's President of Mobile Kuni Suzuki. He said it will be available this Spring.
The Core can be slipped into a SmartBand, available in a range of colors and worn around the wrist, but it it … Read more