Baselworld 2017: New Fossil Q Smartwatches

Our exclusive look at the inexpensive Android Wear 2.0 and hybrid classic models

Forever on the quest to contextualize releases in the worlds of smartwatches and wearable tech we got all the advanced details on Fossil‘s forthcoming Q smartwatches. Revealed during the Baselworld watch and jewelry fair, the new Q pieces can be divided into two distinct groups: hybrid classic and Android. The former are more akin to traditional timepieces from the brand, but with connectivity and tracking; …

Sence Wearable Emotion Tracker

A device that charts your emotional spectrum using EKG technology

The world is awash in wearable technology but nothing translates scientific fact into the emotional understanding quite like Sence. Yes, with all the heart rate data that it accrues through scientifically-proven EKG technology on your wrist, the end result is overlaying a user’s emotional shifts and peaks onto their calendar—coinciding the information with events, meetings, workouts and more. With such information, users can pinpoint stress …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Tech that reads your mood, hangover-free booze, clever advertising and more in this week's look at the web

1. Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture Though the museum was originally proposed a century ago, Washington DC’s Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture finally opened its doors this past weekend. Telling important stories about black people, issues and culture, the museum has some 36,000 artifacts on display. We’re most excited about items that represent some of the first …

Wearable Tech Gets Emotional

London-based studio Vinaya's minimalist Zenta bracelet goes beyond tracking activity

London-based tech design studio and lab Vinaya wants wearables to make us feel more human and less hamster. For its debut line Altruis, they developed luxe—albeit still bulky—jewelry in iPhone-evoking colors that vibrates different patterns under specific conditions you set: a call from mom, emails from your team, texts from a potential date, a personal alarm, etc. All with the goal to focus on the …

Jawbone UP Gets Back on Track

The activity monitor gets slimmer bands, new colorways, but most importantly: a much-needed firmware update

Released earlier this spring, the new generation of Jawbone UP products (2, 3 and 4, the latter which includes contactless AmEx payments on top of heart rate and temperature tracking) offered a favorable initial impression, but after a few weeks, we retired the UP3 from our arm line-up due to some unacceptable usability issues. A double-tap gesture was required to switch between activity and sleep …