Corning unveils Gorilla Glass SR+ for wearables

Corning Gorilla Glass SR+

Corning may not be a household name in the world of smartphones but its Gorilla Glass technology can be found on billions of smartphones across the globe. First introduced in 2011 and now in its fifth generation, it has protected more than than 1,800 different devices from 40 major brands. Corning announced today that wearables will now also be able to benefit from […]

Vandrico partners with Deloittle on Wearable Technology Database

Vandrico Wearables Database

Canada’s Vandrico Solutions first launched its  Wearable Technology Database back in 2014. The interactive tool now tracks a growing number of devices from more than 300 companies across the world. The company this week announced that, under a new partnership, Deloitte will assume the data management functions for the database. “Industries all over the world are now adopting wearables as a way […]

IDC: Smart eyewear and clothing to account for 15% of wearables shipments by 2020

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IDC‘s latest Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker reconfirms the market research firm’s prediction that global wearables shipments will continue to grow at a strong clip over the next few years. It predicts that they will hit 213.6 million units in 2020. Smartwatches and smarter watches (traditional watches offering some connected capabilities) will dominate the market but smart eyewear and clothing are expected to […]

Samsung done with Android Wear in favour of Tizen?

Samsung Gear S2 classic ceramic bracelet

Samsung, one of the largest wearables manufacturers in the world, was named as one of Google’s partners when the latter unveiled Android Wear back in March 2014. Since then, Samsung has only offered one Android Wear device, the Samsung Gear Live smartwatch. It now appears that it will remain the sole such device in Samsung’s wearable portfolio as unnamed company executives have told […]

Fitbit acquires Coin wearables payment platform

Fitbit Blaze

Future Fitbit wearables may not only track your health and fitness but also allow you to easily make mobile payments. The company today announced that it has acquired Coin’s wearable payment assets. These include key personnel and intellectual property specific to the wearables payment platform. “We are focused on making wearable devices that motivate people to reach their health and fitness goals, and that also make their lives easier with […]

Fitbit continues to dominate wearables market in Q1 2016

Fitbit Alta

Fitbit kicked off 2016 much as it finished 2015: At the top of the wearables market. It remained the top manufacturer in the wearables market in Q1 2016 as overall shipment volumes reached 19.7 million units, a 67.2% jumped from the 11.8 million units shipped in same quarter a year ago. While volumes grew as expected, the top five manufacturers list […]

Concept Sunday: Aika smartwatch for Alzeimer’s sufferers

Aika Alzheimer's smartwatch concept

Alzheimer’s disease is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that slowly but inexorably robs a person of their short-term memory and other mental functions. Alzheimer’s patients have also been known to wander away and later find themselves unable to return home. The longer and further they are away, the higher the chance that they will suffer a serious injury or even death. The Aika smartwatch concept […]

Fitbit and Garmin dominate wearables shelves of brick-and-mortar stores in Q1 2016

Smart wrist wearables retail brand share

Fitbit was the undisputed leader in the wearables market in the last quarter of 2015. Garmin took home fifth place that same quarter according to IDC. It should come as no surprise then that the two get the most shelf space from U.S. national retailers when it comes to smart wrist wearables. Gap Intelligence found that Fitbit accounted for 19 percent of retail placements […]