Wearables

This includes fitness bands, smartwatches, and other devices that are worn.

The face on my iWatch came off

Apple Watch

Episode 1635

John from Gastonia, North Carolina

John is having an issue with his first-generation Apple Watch, where during a hot day during the summer, the whole face of the Apple Watch was becoming detached from the device. Leo says that's because of the lithium-ion battery within the watch, due to the heat. The battery can swell up due to age, defect, or heat, and eventually explode. Leo says that John might be able to take it into the Apple Store and get it replaced for free. But since it's a first-generation Apple Watch, Leo is not sure what Apple will do. But if John is friendly about it, Apple may replace it regardless.

Alphabet's Life Sciences Company Verily Gives Up on Glucose Reading Contact Lenses

Eye

Episode 1542

Alphabet's life sciences company Verily has announced that it is discontinuing development on 'Smart Lens,' which promised the ability to read blood glucose levels using contact lenses. The company said that not only is this hard to do, but there's massive and potentially insurmountable technical and scientific problems with it.

Read more at blog.verily.com

Will an Android smartwatch get the EKG feature that Apple just introduced?

Apple Watch Series 4

Episode 1526

Tod from San Diego, CA

Bob wants to know how long will it be before Android adopts the EKG/ECG medical reading technology like on the Apple Watch Series 4. Rich says it's a great technology, but it's not available yet. The high heart rate and low heart rate notifications are available on Android watches, though. If he's willing to make a switch, it could be a life saver. When will it come to Android? Who knows. But probably not for another year.

How can I keep track of my pets?

Whistle 3 GPS Pet Tracker

Episode 1445

Paul from Ohio

Paul wants to know how he can also keep track of his pets. Can he put a Trackr on the collar? Leo says that most trackers use Bluetooth and are designed to help find lost objects. But that would be a great idea that Leo thinks will eventually happen as a GPS device gets smaller and smaller. Then you'll be able to find a runaway dog that has been chipped. In the meantime, The Wirecutter has a great article on the best GPS pet trackers.

(Disclaimer: TrackR is a sponsor)

Should I buy an Apple Watch?

Apple Watch Series 3

Episode 1443

Anthony from Ontario, CA

Anthony is thinking of buying a Series 3 Apple Watch. Is it waterproof? Leo says yes, and he could even wear it swimming. It comes in two different versions: One with cellular and another without. With the LTE version, he could his phone at home if he goes running. Leo also says that the Apple Watch, and other watches like it, promise more than they deliver.

It is great for notifications, and as they mature, they become more useful, especially if he's a fitness fan.

How smart are hearing aids?

Episode 1240

Greg from California

Greg needs a hearing aid and he wants to know how he can use it with his other devices. Leo says that we've come a long way with hearing aid technology, and now the amplification of the hearing aid changes as you move. Additionally, some hearing aids can be paired via Bluetooth with mobile devices to hear them better. And some can even remember the audio settings of your location, so that when you are out at a restaurant, the hearing settings adjust so you can hear better.