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Smartphones

— Wearables

BearTek II gloves bring even more wireless device control

If you're trying to use your smartphone when it's cold outside, there are already gloves with touchscreen-friendly fingertips. The problem is, you still have to pull your phone out to use it. That's why Blue Infusion Technologies first introduced its BearTek gloves, the left one of which features Bluetooth and Wi-Fi modules for wireless control of a paired phone and/or GoPro camera. Now, the new-and-improved BearTek II is on its way, offering additional features.

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— Health & Wellbeing

NutriRay3D uses laser light and your phone to count calories

There are already plenty of apps that let people estimate how many calories are in the foods they're eating. However, most of these programs require users to either guess at their portion sizes, or actually weigh the food. That's where the University of Washington's NutriRay3D comes in. It's a smartphone device/app combo, that uses lasers to ascertain how many calories are sitting on the plate.

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i-Blades smart cases will deliver on-the-go entertainment

i-Blades and IdeaNova Technologies have announced a video distribution and playback system designed to give media companies and movie studios an "on-the-go" entertainment delivery mechanism for mobile device users. The mobile content platform will allow anyone using the i-Blades smartcase's "content blades" to store up to 100 HD-quality, DRM-protected, feature-length movies, then view them on a smartphone using the IdeaNova INPLAY technology.

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— Electronics

myFC readies for launch of world's smallest fuel cell charger

If you need to power up your smartphone but are nowhere near an AC outlet … well, that's why Sweden's SiGNa Chemistry and myFC developed the PowerTrekk fuel cell/battery. While it's a handy device for off-grid device-charging, it's not exactly the type of thing that you'd just slip into a purse or pocket. myFC's new JAQ, however, is exactly that. It's being billed as the world's smallest fuel cell charger.

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— Mobile Technology Review

CAT S40 review: A rugged Android phone for the field

If we were still looking for evidence that smartphones have officially become a commodity, the line of ruggedized devices from iconic heavy equipment maker Caterpillar might just be that proof. We reviewed the Cat S40 Android phone to see if it offers a unique take on a rough and tough device or if it's just another phone with an unlikely brand name slapped on the back.

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