Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Wearable

Pavlok is a wearable that shocks the user bad habits are detected

While some wearables such as fitness trackers are designed to help the user in bettering themselves, Pavlok takes things a little further. The device, which can be worn as a bracelet or placed elsewhere on the body, aims to break bad habits by shocking the wearer when they stray from the right path.  Read More

The Basis Peak - a comprehensive fitness tracker that borrows features from smartwatches

Basis has announced a new wearable that aims to provide accurate, convenient and comprehensive fitness tracking. The new device pays more attention to fashion than we’re used to from the category and promises smartwatch-like notifications.  Read More

Nixie is a wearable drone designed for autonomous seflies

Nixie is a camera-equipped quadcopter designed to follow the user around taking pictures and videos on command, while conveniently wrapping around the wrist to form a bracelet when not in use.  Read More

The Portal is an ambitious wearable that acts as a wearable and a smartphone

Currently the subject of a crowdfunding campaign, Portal is a flexible wrist-mounted smartphone that takes wearable technology to new extremes. Rather than taking the under-the-radar approach we’ve seen with recent smartwatch releases, the new device simply slaps a full-sized smartphone on the wrist.  Read More

The SDK, known as Connect IQ, will allows developers to get their apps and widgets on Garm...

Though Garmin has been in the wearables game for a lot longer than most companies, its offerings are a bit lacking when it comes to non-fitness related functionality. To combat this, the company is enlisting the help of third-party developers, with the goal of drawing its functionality closer to fully-blown smartwatches.  Read More

Gizmag compares the features and specs of the Apple Watch (left) and Samsung Gear S smartw...

When it comes to smartphones (and, to a lesser degree, tablets), Samsung and Apple are fierce rivals. But will that rivalry carry over to the budding smartwatch space? If it does, then we couldn't see two more dramatically different approaches. Let's compare the recently-announced Apple Watch to the upcoming Gear S.  Read More

John Kundzins of the Kidney Research Institute in Seattle models the Wearable Artificial K...

In 2009, we had a look at the Wearable Artificial Kidney (WAK) concept that promised patients suffering from kidney failure an alternative to conventional dialysis. Now the tool-belt sized prototype has been granted approval for human testing in the United States by the FDA with clinical trials scheduled to take place in Seattle later this year.  Read More

Sony's SmartEyeglass is somewhat clunky-looking Google Glass competitor

While Sony’s smartphone division hasn't exactly been on the up-and-up, the company still isn't afraid to try its luck down new roads. Sony today announced its own heads-up-display-packing wearable, known as SmartEyeglass. The headset, which is designed to pair with Android smartphones, offers a built-in camera and several sensors.  Read More

Canadian researchers have developed a chin strap made from piezoelectric fibre composites ...

In a development that could bring new meaning to the term "motor mouth," Canadian researchers have developed a chin strap capable of generating electricity from jaw movements. The team is hopeful that the strap will be able to harvest energy from common actions like eating, chewing and talking to power medical implants and wearable devices.  Read More

Android Wear's stock functionality is a good starting point, but dig a little deeper and i...

The Android Wear platform is built firmly around Google’s Now notification-centric personal assistant service, but there’s a lot more that it can do if you dig a little deeper. Read on as we highlight some of the best apps for Android Wear.  Read More

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