Xiaomi overtakes Apple in latest wearables market figures from IDC

Chinese firm Xiaomi has overtaken Apple to become the largest wearables manufacturer in the world, according to new figures. Industry analyst firm IDC released figures which suggest the whole wearables market grew to 32 million shipments in the last quarter, up more than 21% on the same period last year. Xiaomi’s expansion outside China –…

British start-up McLear offers contactless payments with £129 Smart Ring

A British start-up has launched a new wearable contactless payment ring in a fresh attempt to change the way people pay for goods. McLear’s Smart Ring, which is supported by the likes of Visa, allows users to connect their existing bank account with a dedicated app and pay for purchases of up to £30 per…

Over half of users believe wearable tech improves their mental health

More than half of UK consumers who wear smartwatches or fitness bands believe the devices have improved their mental health, research suggests. Some 55% of consumers who use the devices believe they have gone beyond improving their fitness and also benefited their mental health, with the figure rising to 61% of 16 to 34-year-olds, the…

Google, Apple and Snapchat take gongs at Wearable Awards

Zappar (above) won an award for best AR/VR company at the Wearable Awards Google, Apple and Snapchat were just some of the winners announced at the fourth annual Wearable Awards this morning by organisers of the Wearable Technology Show, which is currently taking place at ExCeL in London. Tech giants Google,…

Bling and Bing? Microsoft about to launch smart ring

The Microsoft smart ring patent features voice activation and gesture control According to a patent unearthed by website Patently Apple, Microsoft could be about to launch its first piece of smart jewellery. Earlier this month the US Patent Office published a new Microsoft patent application covering an invention that relates to using…

Take control of presentations with Neyya smart ring

The Neyya smart ring - a piece of jewellery that can control your devices via Bluetooth Move over fitness trackers and smart watches. There's a new wearable in town - the smart ring. Using Bluetooth technology, the Neyya smart ring can be used to control a number of different applications from the…

#IFA2015: Top 5 trends including women’s smartwatches and health wearables

Europe's biggest annual consumer electronics and home appliances show in Berlin, IFA was packed full of exciting products as usual. Sadie Hale from ShinyShiny highlights the top  five trends from this year's show 1. Women's smartwatches are definitely a thing While there have been some stylish-looking smartwatches released recently – the Apple Watch and the Alcatel OneTouch watch, especially –…