LG Announces the Kizon, a Smartwatch for Kids

The practicality of wearables is still being debated, but you have to hand it to LG for coming up with a pretty good use case. The Kizon, announced yesterday, is a smartwatch for kids that allows parents to track their location and communicate with them.

Parents can use the built-in GPS to locate a child, or talk to them through the device’s microphone. Kids can call easily by pressing the “One Step Direct Call” button on the Kizon.  (more…)

Report: Microsoft Smartwatch Incoming, Will Work With Android Phones

According to sources of Forbes, Microsoft is working on a smartwatch that will work with not only Windows Phone devices, but Android phones and iPhones too. The report speculates that the watch could be here as soon as this summer to compete in a wearable market that Samsung has tried to get a jump start on.

Forbes’ sources claim that the watch will “draw on optical engineering expertise from Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect division” and be sensor-rich with features like constant-heart rate monitoring. Battery life could weigh-in somewhere around two days, which is similar to Samsung’s Gear devices.  (more…)

LG Announces Lifeband Touch and Heart Rate Earphones Availability, Pricing

If you have not yet noticed, wearables are the “next big thing.” That is why companies like Motorola, Sony, and Samsung will be vying for your wrist this summer with a virtual onslaught of new athletic bands and smartwatches. One of the first companies out of the gate this year is LG, which announced that its Lifeband Touch fitness device will go on sale May 18 in the US. (more…)

Designer Gábor Balogh Asks, “Why do Smartwatches Have to Look Futuristic?”

There is no denying that Android and the mobile world are in the midst of a wearable technology craze, with every OEM trying to figure out what makes a smartwatch look and function well. Samsung’s Gear watches or Razer’s Nabu project are taking it into the futuristic realm, but why not try and keep it closer to the timepieces that we already wear on our wrists? Gábor Balogh thinks it is possible.  (more…)

Rumor: Google Picks LG to Create Nexus 6 and Nexus Smartwatch

According to business sources of Gizmodo Germany, who spoke at MWC last week, Google has selected LG for the third year in a row to create the next Nexus smartphone. Previous rumors indicated that the Nexus program was actually coming to a close in 2015, and that Lenovo, the new owners of Motorola, would be the last company to create a Nexus phone for Google.  (more…)