Samsung brings Galaxy Watch Active features to older smartwatches

You don't have to spring for the Galaxy Watch Active to put Samsung's latest software features on your wrist. The company is rolling out an update that brings the Active's One UI interface, health features and other optimizations to the regular Gala...

Apple Watch may soon get an on-device App Store

It's no secret that Apple has plenty of software updates in store for WWDC, but the biggest improvements may come to one of its smallest devices -- namely, the Apple Watch. Bloomberg sources claim to know many of the software introductions planned f...

It’s not just the Apple Watch powering the smartwatch market’s growth

The smartwatch market is still growing at a breakneck pace several years in. Counterpoint Research estimated that smartwatch shipments jumped by 48 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2019 -- no mean feat in a season that's typically quie...

Not sure how I feel about this Airpods case that’s also a smartwatch.

A concept’s biggest objective is to open the mind to possibilities. To spark the imagination. So while I don’t know what to feel about this AirWatch concept, I can only imagine its immense potential. Here’s what Jiae Jung is proposing.

Rather than storing your Airpods case in your pants, and rather than having a floss-box shaped case that doesn’t do much, Jung’s revisited the entire product altogether. The new Airpods case houses a screen (a pretty small one), and has the ability to snap to a smartwatch. When it does, the Airpods case BECOMES the smartwatch, mirroring contents onto its own screen.

The smartwatch sitting under the Airpods case comes with its own b/w screen that shows the time and date, and becomes a true smartwatch only when you mount the Airpods case onto it. When mounted, you can read messages, track your fitness, and obviously listen to the music. The band around your wrist not only transforms your Airpods case into something slightly more meaningful, but also gives you a proper place to put it, rather than in your pockets. There’s a long way to go before something like this is even considered practical, or feasible, but the idea of providing a product with a secondary purpose seems like quite a good one!

Designer: Jiae Connie Jung

Fitbit Versa Lite review: The basics aren’t enough

I wasn't sure what to expect when Fitbit announced the Versa Lite smartwatch. It's supposed to be a pared-back iteration of last year's Versa, which itself was already a watered-down version of the company's first true smartwatch, the Ionic. Fo...

The Balance Watch bases itself off the duality of Yin and Yang

The Balance Watch bases itself off the duality of Yin and Yang

Visually split into two distinct parts, the Balance watch says all it needs to with its name, and the watch face design. Taking inspiration from the Yin-Yang, the Balance watch is all about showcasing a duality. A duality between colors, themes, and even technology, because aside from being half black and half white, the Balance Watch is also half-analog, half digital.

Looking like a normal mechanical watch, the Balance’s watch face is actually half-parts a dynamic e-ink display. The black surface serves as a display unit, through which the hands appear, and on top of which lies the white half-dial piece, adding contrast and drama to the watch face.

The hands come with their own interpretation of duality, with black and white hands (and dot indicators at the end of them) and tell the time against the watch’s dual-colored surface. The white part of the watch surface comes with a subdial, and to complement it, the e-ink display has a ‘subdial’ too that displays the date and time. The e-ink display even works in tandem with your phone when connected, giving you notifications when you’re getting a call or a message, and if you really want to spice the two-tone layout, you can even get the display to show off black and white patterns, giving you the duality of visual drama vs plain-ness!

Designer: Design Magnet

The Balance Watch bases itself off the duality of Yin and Yang

The Balance Watch bases itself off the duality of Yin and Yang

The Balance Watch bases itself off the duality of Yin and Yang

The Balance Watch bases itself off the duality of Yin and Yang

The Balance Watch bases itself off the duality of Yin and Yang

The Balance Watch bases itself off the duality of Yin and Yang

The Balance Watch bases itself off the duality of Yin and Yang

The Balance Watch bases itself off the duality of Yin and Yang

The Balance Watch bases itself off the duality of Yin and Yang

The Balance Watch bases itself off the duality of Yin and Yang

The Balance Watch bases itself off the duality of Yin and Yang

The Balance Watch bases itself off the duality of Yin and Yang

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active review: Basic doesn’t mean bad

Smartwatches may no longer have to be expensive to be good. Case in point: the Galaxy Watch Active. Pitched as a lower cost version of last year's Galaxy Watch, Samsung has boiled that flagship smartwatch down to its essentials. It ditched the...

Withings’ entry-level Move smartwatch arrives with custom colors

Back in January, smartwatch maker Withings announced the Move, a low-cost fitness tracker watch that could be customized by the user. Now, a month after the company initially promised shipments would begin, you can finally get hold of the first versi...