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Here’s One Way to Keep Wearables on Wrists: Subscriptions

The wearable tech market may have grown last year, thanks in no small part to the success of the Apple Watch, but you wouldn't think that was the case if you've been reading anything other than analyst reports. Fitbit's device sales have been declining, Nokia is dumping its digital health business, and Wear OS (formerly Android Wear) hasn't appeared on a new piece of hardware in over a year. Wearable makers, right now, are leaning heavily on specialized devices—stuff beyond your basic step-counters—while they try to convince people to wear…

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This device will automatically enter how much you chew

Eating too much? A Dartmouth researcher thinks he may have a solution for all those who hate manually writing into an app all the foods they eat throughout the day a wearable system that detects how much you chew and enters it for you. The device, created by graduate student Shengjie Bi, uses two off-the-shelf sensors todetect in real time the type of eating you do, and claims an accuracy exceeding 90.9 percent. While thats not exactly what you chew, it can help you recognize how much you chew. Americans…

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Smartwatches need to distinguish themselves with software as well as hardware

If I had to give companies looking to enter the smartwatch space in 2017 one piece of advice, it would be, simply: dont. Failing point one, due to investor pressure or the spirit of a long dead financial partners ghost visiting you in the night, seriously consider building your own operating system for the thing. It sounds like a few extra steps and a whole lot of trouble, but with Leap Ware announced by Acer today. The company made no mention of the underlying operating system, but after some pressing,…

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