Earlier this year we reviewed a pair of smart earbuds that give you control over your ears' experience of the world, letting you do things like cancel out an airplane engine or make your boring trip to the store sound like an acid-laced interlude from The Dark Side of the Moon. Neat technology and wacky novelties aside, though, one thing Here Active Listening earbuds lacked was an obvious and immediate purpose for people who aren't regular concert-goers or hardcore techies. Doppler Labs is hoping to change that with its more consumer-friendly Here One.Read More
Sensoria has announced a crowdfunding campaign to launch a new line of its heart-rate monitoring t-shirts and sports bras. A new app will also be launched which uses information from the smart clothing to identify if you might be about to suffer a cardiac arrest, and can even alert your nearest and dearest urging them to seek help.Read More
The Pip-Boy wrist-mounted personal computer device exemplifies the Fallout franchise's retro-futuristic charm. At E3 last year, the centerpiece of the preorder bonuses for Fallout 4 was a replica Pip-Boy, which could hold iOS and Android smartphones and be used to interface with the game. Now, Bethesda is one-upping itself with a functional Pip-Boy smartwatch.Read More
Smart gloves aren't a new idea, but most of the models we've seen, like the GoGlove or Beartek Gloves, are designed to work as accessories to smartphones. Now a London-based start-up wants its smart glove concept, called Glovdi, to act as a sort-of super-smartwatch that completely replaces your phone with a huge, circular screen.Read More
When a company launches a major consumer tech product that goes without a successor for more than two years, it's usually a fair bet that it's gone to the great gadget graveyard in the sky. But Samsung brought the Gear Fit line back from the dead with a similar-looking Gear Fit 2, along with a pair of workout-focused wireless earbuds.Read More
If fitness wearables were personal trainers, many would sit at the end of your running route and tell you what you've just done, or give advice along the way that wasn't designed for you. One new wearable, however, monitors you throughout and provides tailored coaching in real-time. Her name is Vi.
People with serious asthma already know to avoid certain activities or situations, but even then, attacks can still occur. That's why scientists at North Carolina State University are developing a wearable early warning system known as the Health and Environmental Tracker (HET). Consisting mainly of a wristband and chest patch, the technology monitors patients' bodies and their environment, sending an alert when an attack may be imminent.Read More
In February, Qualcomm ushered in its SnapDragon Wear line with the 2100 system-on-chip (SoC) designed as the brain for multi-purpose wearable devices such as smartwatches. At Computex 2016 the company has extended the line with the SnapDragon Wear 1100 intended for smaller, targeted-purpose wearables.Read More
Development of piezoelectric and triboelectric generators that harvest the kinetic energy generated by movement has been gaining momentum over the past few years, and now the US Army and Marine Corps are taking the technology into the field. Vancouver-based Bionic Power will soon supply troops with its PowerWalk Kinetic Energy Harvester, a lightweight device worn around the knee that recharges batteries while soldiers walk.
We all know that smartphones can be an addicting distraction, oftentimes drawing our attention away longer than may be considered safe. Team O6 by Fingertips Lab has created a wearable gizmo that offers a way to operate your phone without the need to look at or reach for the screen. The O6 controller is designed to use touch, voice, and gesture input to control apps and listen/respond to messages completely eyes-free.Read More
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