The new $599-and-up Apple Watch will be able to measure the electrical activity of your heart, its groundbreaking ECG or EKG feature. (Both acronyms stand for "electrocardiogram.") But there are some important caveats.
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The new iPhones may have been the main event of today's Apple product launch, but the Apple Watch Series 4 also made quite the impression. One of the standout features is the new heart-monitoring hardware that allows the device to take an electrocardiogram (ECG) to monitor electrical activity in the heart.
There's just one problem. We won't be getting it in Australia.
There are lots of great benefits to using a smartwatch or fitness band. They can encourage activity, deliver data to you in a convenient and unobtrusive way and they can let you take your music with you without carrying a phone.
But they can also be used to keep spy on people - and that's getting German authorities riled up. An entire class of smartwatches are designed specifically for parents to keep track of their kids. Germany's Federal Network Agency says devices with GPS tracking capability and integrated cellular comms constitute unauthorised transmission systems and have banned the devices.
Wearable tech is still finding its feet in the market. While there are some clear use-cases such as in health and exercise for smartwatches, and in security in the case of cameras, there's still quite a bit of scepticism when it comes to many of the devices on the market. Despite that lack of clear use-cases, Gartner forecasts the number of wearable tech devices in the market to almost double by 2021.
One of the perils of smart devices is that many rely on their respective company's online servers to function, and sometimes those companies shut down. Which leaves you with an expensive paperweight. Luckily Pebble has had the foresight to update their smartwatches after being acquired by Fitbit last year.
If there's one thing I love about the possibility of wearables, it's swapping in new watch faces. While many companies either prevent users from making custom watch faces or require some decent coding skills, Android Wear has a few workarounds -- and they're awesome. If you want to make your very own, custom watch face that nobody else has, read on. Even iOS users can do it!
For the past few years, wearables have been tipped as the "Next Big Thing" to hit the technology market. Unfortunately, the reality has failed to meet expectations due to a glut of overpriced products that lacked style and functionality. In the second half of the year, this could finally be set to change. This week, the biggest names in mobile computing converged on Mobile World Congress 2015 to unveil their latest wearable creations. Here are the highlights.
Dear Lifehacker, Is Android Wear any good? I haven't been sold on other smartwatches, but Android Wear seems pretty cool. Can you actually do anything useful with it, though? I think they look nice, but I'm not sure what the killer new functionality is.