Polar Loop 2 now includes smartphone notifications 

While their first iteration was strictly an activity tracker that aggregates all the daily activities you wanted to monitor, Polar Loop probably realized that in order to compete with the current wearables in the market, they needed to add something else to its features. The newly announced Polar Loop 2 now also includes smartphone notifications and vibration alerts, as well as more features and options for the users to choose from.

HTC Grip launch postponed, deferred to later this year

People were looking forward to taking a look at the first wearable that HTC was launching, the HTC Grip fitness band, a partnership with sports brand Under Armour. First introduced back at the World Mobile Congress last March, the Grip was supposed to be the first in a line of health-related wearable devices, but it seems that the Taiwanese OEM has changed its mind and would like to go back to the drawing board instead of releasing something that may have been half-baked.

Nanowires can be solution to power limitations in wearables

A research team at the famed MIT have developed a new use for flexible nanowires to create a better supercapacitor that should exceed the current graphene-based supercapacitor technology in performance. This new discovery could greatly enhance energy sources for the next generation of fitness trackers and wearable devices. Kinda neat new tech, really.

Next Android Wear update will bring single tap gesture, watch-to-watch communication

More features are coming to Android Wear via the next software update scheduled for release this before July ends or early August. It's a minor update on the wearable platform but it's expected to bring a number of great features like single tap gesture and a new watch-to-watch communication method that can make your Android Wear-powered smartwatch more fun and entertaining to use.

Smart contact lenses and teeth may be coming your way soon

If Google had their own way, all our body parts may eventually turn into "smart" and digitally enabled objects, at least based on some of the patents that they have been trying to get lately. A patent that was leaked showed that they are still hard at work on coming up with smart contact lenses, and a lot of other body-mountable devices will be coming our way, if they do get the patents and they get it to work.

Watch YouTube videos on your Android Wear with new app

Your smartwatch may not be the most ideal device with which to watch videos on, but aren't there moments when you can't bring out your smartphone and you just absolutely have to view something right then and there? Well, if that video is on YouTube and if you have a wearable running on Android Wear, then you will be able to do so. A new app called Video for Android Wear & YouTube is pretty self-explanatory as to what it will do for you.

Casio finally entering the smartwatch market early next year

The smartwatch industry isn't just the domain of OEMs as more and more traditional watchmakers are joining the fray. We've seen Tag Heuer, Montblanc, and others coming up with their own wearables the past few months (although IWC has stated they won't be entering this field anytime soon). With the arrival of the Apple Watch, brands are scrambling to either compete with them head-on, or try to become the next best thing or an alternative to the expected wearable powerhouse. Japanese company Casio will now be joining the growing market as well with their first smartwatch.

LG Chem intros new Hexagon battery for smartwatches

After South Korean giant Samsung announcing that it's working on a new battery technology with double capacity, here comes its rival LG also with a new battery technology. This time though, LG Chem's offering is a smaller battery that is ideal to be used on future smartwatches. This is LG's entry into the relatively new industry of small batteries for wearables.
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