All the whispers and lighter stories from the past week
It’s here, we’re back, and it’s time for And finally — your one and only place to catch up on the smaller wearable tech stories that didn’t quite make the cut in our dedicated news section.
It’s been a hectic week at Wareable HQ, with our second annual awards bash taking place in London on Thursday evening.
On the news front we’ve seen rumours of an Apple AR headset, Snap admit it lost big bucks on Spectacles and the Samsung Odyssey go on sale. But we’ve got more to talk about. Read on to get an extra fix of wearable tech news.
Apple Watch suffering Siri issues
A bug with the Apple Watch is causing the smartwatch to restart whenever Siri is asked a question about the weather, according to MacRumors. So, for example, if you just want a simple temperature update for the afternoon, or need to clear up if it’s raining before you get out of bed, Siri has been found to crash out of the situation and leave users hanging.
The quirk appears to be affecting both LTE and GPS Series 3 models, as well as older iterations running the latest watchOS software, with MacRumors forum users speculating that the issue could be related to a glitch regarding Daylight Savings Time. Well, it’s either that or Siri has just grown tired of playing personal meteorologist.
Visa launches wearable glove for Olympics
Visa has announced it will debut a pair of NFC-enabled gloves that will allow wearers at the 2018 Winter Olympics to stay warm while they pay.
Naturally, the chilly temperatures of Pyeongchang would see you taking off your gloves (or mittens, if that’s your deal) instead of fiddling around with your wallet or purse, but the integration now means that users are able to weirdly position their hand over a reader and feel like some kind of contactless payment god. Everyone’s a winner.
Alexa now talks to your TV
You thought Alexa could already do it all, didn’t you? She’s already sorting out your shopping lists, waking you up on time and probably dropping your kids off at school when you forget, but now the smart assistant is branching out and making friends with a range of AV equipment in your home, the retail giant has announced.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t quite mean you can run the show with your voice just yet, since developers need to bring software updates to support the new skill, but you’ll soon be able to bring everything from TVs to speakers into the mix.
Researchers claim wearable breakthrough
Researchers at Cambridge are claiming a breakthrough with graphene could bring new capabilities to wearables in both the health and military space, Business Weekly reports.
The newly discovered technique allows graphene to be printed onto fabric to produce integrated electronic circuits, meaning data such as pH and glucose levels, and motion sensors and lighting for the military, could all be captured from the fabric.
The technology is set to be commercialised by Cambridge Enterprise, the university’s commercialisation arm, so stay tuned for more developments in the area.