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Two things Android Wear needs to be successful

The buzz generated by the dawning age of wearable technology has been growing steadily louder. CES and MWC kicked off the year with a flurry of fitness trackers, smartwatches, and other wearables. You’ll be hard pressed to find a major OEM that isn’t planning to release some form of wearable …

A new way to see: Why Oculus Rift and Google Glass are on a collision course

As a technology executive since the early ’90s, I’ve enjoyed a front-row seat to the digital revolution. I’ve observed the meteoric rise of the Internet, broadband, social media, and mobile and watched their consumer adoption soar from 9 percent to 90 percent. Today, we’re on the cusp of a similar …

LeapFrog's latest gadget for kids is a Tamagotchi-Fitbit mashup

Look, we get it: wearable tech is big business these days. We also get that childhood obesity is a serious problem. That's why it's literally no surprise that the folks at LeapFrog are jumping on the nascent child wearables bandwagon with the LeapBand: an unholy combination of a Fitbit and a …

Futuristic VEIN Watch Displays Time in Beautiful Capillaries Like LED Lights

Based on previous watch design of Samuel Jerichow, you can tell that he’s a fan of lines, that’s why most of his watch designs involve lines to tell …

5 Trends That Will Drive The Future Of Technology

Trends get a bad rap, mostly because they are often equated with fashions. Talk about trends and people immediately start imagining wafer thin models strutting down catwalks in outrageous outfits, or maybe a new shade of purple that will be long forgotten by next season.<p>Yet trends can be important, …

Android lead says wearable developer tools coming in two weeks (updated)

We've got very few details at the moment, but Sundar Pichai is preparing to lead the Android charge into the wearable space. He announced that the company will launch a new wearable SDK for Android at SXSW Interactive. The tools will be available to download in roughly two weeks time and will …

Google Glass team forgoes monthly updates for bigger changes, like Kit Kat

Whether you're a Google Glass wearer or merely observing the new devices, you may have noticed a lack of major updates in January and February. <i>Android Police</i> and <i>Glass Almanac</i> reveal a post from the Explorers-only community forum explaining that after version XE12 closed out last year, those monthly …

The Gear Fit is what wearables should look like

Samsung steals its own limelight with a smartly designed fitness band<p>The original Galaxy Gear was always a beta device. Samsung’s first smartwatch was testing waters the company had never waded in before, and it took a lot of well-earned criticism for its shortcomings. Less than six months later, …

Nymi Unveils Heartwave-Sensing Wristband To Keep Your Bitcoin Safe

Bioynym, the company behind device-unlocking wristband Nymi, has announced they’re releasing a Bitcoin wallet. Nymi’s backers are betting it’ll be the first step in people using the wristband in place of keys and passwords.<p>Embedded within the Nymi wristband is an electrocardiogram sensor which …

This bionic arm could help amputees regain a true sense of touch

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: EPFL<p>Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute in Lausanne and Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Italy report …

Huawei's first smartband has a pop-out earpiece for voice calls (video)

Huawei hasn't exactly been keeping quiet about its very own wearable device, so today's announcement of its TalkBand B1 should be no surprise to anyone. As shown in the earlier leaks, it has a 1.4-inch flexible OLED display on the band, but what hasn't been obvious until now is that it also …

PrioVR mo-cap gaming suit successfully hits Kickstarter goal

After an impressive showing at CES, the motion-based PrioVR game controller suit has blown past its Kickstarter funding goal of $75,000. With 41 days of funding left to go, the project has already pulled in over $132,700. The suit is available in three configurations: a half-body suit that tracks …

Nike Designer Says Marty McFly's Power Laces Are Coming Next Year

If there was <i>one</i> disappointment about Nike's awesome <i>Back to the Future II</i> Air Mag, it's that the shoes didn't have Marty's power laces (and that they …

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Crowdsource update: SunSprite, the solar-powered wearable aimed at geeks

With all the focus on skin cancer caused by too much exposure to sunlight, you might expect a UV-measurement gadget to be designed to warn you when you’ve spent too long in the sun. But no, the SunSprite has the opposite goal: it’s aimed at those who spend all their time indoors, and don’t get …

Google reportedly trying to block distracted driving laws for Glass

Google's lobbyists are trying to stop states from limiting how drivers can use its Glass headsets. According to Reuters, the company is speaking to legislators in Illinois, Delaware, and Missouri in an attempt to derail distracted driving bills that would include wearable computing devices like …

Cool Or Creepy? A Clip-On Camera Can Capture Every Moment

With digital cameras and camera phones everywhere, there are few moments we <i>don't</i> document. But some designers still think we're missing the opportunity to capture some important, simple moments. The solution: the Narrative Clip, a wearable camera that automatically and silently snaps an image every …

Lumus and eyeSight deal brings gesture control to DK-40 smart glasses hand-on

Imagine a pair of Smart Glasses that you didn't need to fondle just to dismiss notifications, or worse, speak out loud to like a crazy. It's that exact thought that brought Lumus and eyeSight together. If you know each company's respective products, you don't have to imagine too hard what's going …

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BlackBerry currently has no plans for a wearable device

Wearable devices seem to be a hot trend in the wireless industry right now, but BlackBerry isn't taking the bait... at least, not yet. When asked about his company's plans at Mobile World Congress, CEO John Chen was very straightforward in confessing that he has no current plans for bringing a …

Jealous of S5 heart rate monitor? Your iPhone can already measure your heart rate with these apps

When Samsung unveiled its new flagship Galaxy S5 yesterday, the big news was the inclusion of a fingerprint scanner and heart rate sensor. The fingerprint scanning of course brings it up to par with Apple’s TouchID functionality, the standout feature and big selling point for the iPhone 5s. The …