Fitbit Inc., the fitness band maker, has recently acquired software assets and intellectual property from California based Pebble Technology Corp. First launched in 2012 on Kickstarter and gained fame for being a wildly successful crowdfunded project, Pebble produced utilitarian smartwatches, with their “e-paper” displays and relatively long battery life. They say the deal makes obvious that Fitbit is going to totally immerse into the smartwatch market, extend its leadership position in the wearables category and compete with Apple smartwatches.
Among the more interesting tidbits to be found in Fitbit’s disappointing new financial filing is the fact that it apparently picked up Pebble’s assets for a relative song. While the company didn’t reveal the actual numbers when the acquisition was announced late last year, reports pegged it at upwards of $40 million.
Wearable devices such as smartwatches and fitness trackers are expected to be a popular gift this holiday season. But, once you open up the box, it can be hard to know what to look for outside of the basic setup. That's why we're here to help.
For these tips, we're focusing on instructions for the Apple Watch and for Fitbit devices - the two most popular wearables makers in the United States - although the suggestions fit most types of wearables. Here are three things to think about as you set up your shiny new wearable device.
Over the past years, one of the most interesting and discussed topics was definitely the Internet of Things, called by a lot of people “the next big thing”. But since you must be curious about what we’re actually referring to, it’s basically a network of physical objects , or devices, vehicles, building and many other items you can think of, embedded with electronics, software, a lot of sensors and, of course, connected to the internet, being able to collect and exchange data.