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Despite financial challenges, Fossil Group's CEO Kosta Kartsotis was bullish on a shareholder's call this week—announcing that the company will release 300 wearable SKUs in 2017. The watch and accessories company, which is arguably the most prolific manufacturer of wearable...

Emili Vesilind | February 16, 2017
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Swatch, the Swiss maker of casual, colorful watches, announced this week that it's developing its own smartwatch operating system—called Swiss OS. The brand is building the OS in collaboration with research and technology company CSEM, reports Wareable. Swatch will debut its first...

Emili Vesilind | February 10, 2017
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For a lot of us, artificial intelligence (A.I.) still feels decidedly sci-fi.  But many of the world’s most tech-savvy brands have been experimenting with A.I. for years and are heavily investing in the development of artificial intelligence–enabled devices and technologies that...

Emili Vesilind | February 8, 2017 | Retail Details
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The Richline Group has announced it will launch its own smart jewelry line, Ela, in April.  The jewelry conglomerate, which is a fully owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., has been in the wearables game for years, having acquired and/or distributed several smart-tech brands and...

Emili Vesilind | February 8, 2017
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Consumer technology brand TomTom—which is known for its GPS-enabled devices—unveiled its second-ever fitness tracker, the Touch Cardio, last week. And the sport-focused device is essentially a cheaper, less feature-filled version of its predecessor, the Touch Fitness Tracker. The brand's...

Emili Vesilind | February 6, 2017
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Fitbit, the global leader in fitness trackers, is creating a proper smartwatch. In the company's fourth quarter financial statement to investors (released Jan. 30), Fitbit CEO James Park said, “We believe the evolving wearables market continues to present growth opportunities for us...

Emili Vesilind | February 2, 2017
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The popularity of immersive technology like virtual reality headsets and augmented reality mobile games is a clear indication that the next wave of high-tech experiences is no longer in some far-off, sci-fi future—it’s here and now. For jewelers, the constant pace of technological change can be...

Martha C. White | January 18, 2017
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Here's a wearable for the client who almost certainly doesn't run marathons. The sleek Skyn tracker, which was developed by Breathalyzer brand Bactrack, is worn on the wrist and lets barflies know how tipsy they are in real time. The measurements aren't as accurate as those...

Emili Vesilind | January 12, 2017
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In the never-ending race amongst social media networks to wield the most consumer influence, Instagram is currently an undisputed front-runner. As of September, the 7-year-old platform boasted more than 500 million active monthly users, according to market research firm Statista. That may pale...

Emili Vesilind | January 11, 2017
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WHO, WHAT, WEARABLE Garmin Fenix Chronos Serious athletes have always loved Garmin, and for good reason. The smart tech developer makes some of the best fitness trackers on the market. Garmin’s newest GPS sports watch, the Fenix Chronos, is as high-tech as its predecessors, but looks more...

Emili Vesilind | January 11, 2017
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