Highlights from the 2015 Geneva Motor Show

Wearable

The ActiveProtective airbag (pictured undeployed) reportedly reduces impact to the hip bon...

For anyone who uses a car, collisions are an ever-present danger – that's why vehicles are equipped with safety features such as airbags. For senior citizens, however, simply falling down can also result in life-changing injuries. With that in mind, Pennsylvania-based company ActiveProtective is developing a wearable airbag that deploys in the event of a fall, to protect seniors' hip bones.  Read More

Gizmag goes hands-on (for a second time) with the Avegant Glyph, which is like a head-worn...

Though some have described the Avegant Glyph as a virtual reality headset, we think that's way off the mark. And having demoed the Oculus Rift just a few hours before test-driving the Glyph, we can attest that the two are completely different products. Read on, for Gizmag's second pre-release look at Avegant's portable movie theater.  Read More

BlackBox revealed its Linx IAS at CES 2015

Concussions – or at least concussion discussions – are all the rage lately, particularly in relation to professional sports leagues like the NFL. BlackBox Biometrics is adding to the discussion with a small, lightweight sensor designed to track concussive forces. Derived from the company's military blast force sensor, the consumer-grade Linx IAS straps to the head via a beanie or headband and measures impacts, providing an easy-read analysis that can help athletes identify concussions.  Read More

Thync is a product that promises to change your mood – and it actually works (Photo: Will ...

After spending a week walking the showroom floors of CES, a wearable claiming to change your mood is probably going to activate your BS sensors. But today our demo of the Thync wearable was the rare CES meeting that's everything it's pretending to be – possibly more. Your neighborhood drug dealer might want to start looking for a new line of work.  Read More

Gizmag met with Oculus VR at CES 2015, and saw a company on the up-and-up (Photo: Will Sha...

When you visit with enough companies at CES, you start to develop a sixth sense. All of them are ambitious, and some have promising – or even very good – products. But when something is really special, you can just tell. Oculus VR is one of those companies. We're hardly the first to say this, but the Oculus Rift is the future – and, with all due respect, none of the other companies trying to hop aboard the VR gravy train are anywhere close.  Read More

The US$250 Spur Atomic smartwatch puts a smartphone on your wrist (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizma...

Epitomical's Spur Atomic smartwatch takes a play out of the Neptune Pine's (or Dick Tracy's) book by squeezing a smartphone into something that'll fit comfortably on your wrist. Its sporty, curved look contrasts from the bulkier and rectangular Pine, yet the Atomic still manages to provide Android 4.2 alongside a solid set of specs that put it on par with low- to mid-range smartphones.  Read More

The square-shaped XsensrAir is designed to track extreme athlete's performance as the flip...

Extreme sports sprang from small groups of rebellious, adrenaline-fueled athletes exploring uncharted territory, much like the Z-Boys taking their skateboards to the drought-stricken pools of California in the 1970s. These days there is a whole lot more on the line, with career-making endorsements hinging on perfect 720 degree spins and butter-smooth landings. On show at CES this week, the XsensrAIR sensor is aimed at extreme sports enthusiasts looking to take their craft to the next level, offering feedback on their performance in real time.  Read More

The e-Strap moves the smartwatch functions to the watchband

If you want the functionality of a smartwatch, but don't want to give up your old wrist timepiece, you can always settle for an add-on module or a smartband, but they don't offer much for the haute horlogerie market – until now. The TimeWalker Urban Speed e-Strap series by Montblanc bills itself as the "first luxury brand to combine wearable technology with fine watchmaking."  Read More

The Lenovo P90 was one of two 64-bit smartphones from Lenovo at CES 2015 (Photo: Lenovo)

Lenovo joins LG in kicking off the year of the 64-bit smartphone at CES 2015, unveiling one powered by a 64-bit Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset and another packing the latest 64-bit Intel Atom processor. These were announced alongside a new wearable and selfie flash that is basically a modern iteration of the old-school flash cube.  Read More

The Withings Activité Pop is a more affordable version of the company's undercover fitness...

Announced mid-2014, the Withings Activité set itself apart by offering a stylish, traditional analog watch design alongside discreet fitness tracking tech. The company is back with a new model that offers a more wallet-friendly take on the attractive wearable.  Read More

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