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Wearable

The Moto 360 will be available in summer 2014 (Northern Hemisphere)

Motorola announced its first smart watch, the Moto 360, in conjunction with Google's announcement of Android Wear, the company's new port of a modified form of Android and Google Now, which it hopes will serve as a platform for all sorts of wearable devices in the near future.  Read More

Android Wear takes Google Now's contextual info and voice commands, and puts them on your ...

We knew that Google was cooking up a version of Android designed specifically for wearables, and today the company followed through. Android Wear is a Google Now-centric platform for smartwatches – and, eventually, other wearables as well.  Read More

Epson's Moverio BT-200 smart glasses can connect to an Android device and a Myo armband fo...

At CES 2014, Epson showed off its Moverio BT-200 smart glasses – just one of myriad Google Glass competitors seen at the show. But this month the company upped the ante by pairing its Moverio glasses with a wearable Thalmic Labs Myo armband that allows for gesture control of applications that Epson says move beyond "Minority Report."  Read More

Gizmag compares the features and specs of the Samsung Gear 2 and Pebble Steel smartwatches

We're only a few months into 2014, but we've already seen quite a few new smartwatch releases. Two of the highest-profile are the Samsung Gear 2 and Pebble Steel. How do you decide between these two very different watches? Read on, as Gizmag compares their features and specs.  Read More

Gizmag lines up Samsung's four Gear devices to compare their features and specs

After launching its first smartwatch back in September, Samsung's line of wearables is about to get a lot bigger. Starting next month, two new smartwatches and one new fitness tracker are about to join the Samsung Gear family. Let's try to cut through the confusion and compare the features and specs of Samsung's original Galaxy Gear to the new Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit (whew!).  Read More

The Blocks smartwatch takes the modular concept from Google's Project Ara, and transfers i...

Remember back before computers were sexy, and you only bought a new PC once every three or four years? Have you ever stopped and wondered whether buying the latest iPad, Galaxy, or Surface every single year is just a little bit ridiculous? Google is certainly questioning that line of thinking with its modular Project Ara smartphone, and now someone has a similar aim with wearables. Meet Blocks: the first modular smartwatch.  Read More

Moov is a new fitness tracker that also provides real-time coaching during workouts

The increasingly crowded fitness tracker market has another new entrant. This one, however, appears to offer not only impressive functionality, but a unique approach, too. As well as tracking fitness, Moov uses artificial intelligence to study the user and provide real-time coaching during their workouts.  Read More

Weatherall's focus lies in using standard data to provide a responsive and intuitive train...

The Glowfaster Jacket is a new take on fitness tracking wearables developed by ex-marine Simon Weatherall that provides runners with feedback on speed, heart rate and location by way of lights down its front and along the sleeves.  Read More

The Ibis smartwatch by Creoir Ltd

While the big players in the smartwatch market continue to tweak their designs, searching for a device with the right mix of functionality and style, others are banking on the latter being the force to drive mass-market appeal. Finnish company Creoir Ltd certainly fits this description. Its concept Ibis Dual Face Smart Watch on show at this week's Mobile World Congress bears a closer resemblance to a piece of jewelry than other smartwatch designs on offer.  Read More

Electrical contacts located in the fingertips deliver short electrical pulses, stimulating...

While we can counter the deterioration of sight and hearing with glasses and hearing aids, few tools exist for combating a degenerating sense of touch. A common ailment among stroke patients and the aging, treating diminishing tactile perception has proven a complicated task. Looking to provide a wearable solution unimposing enough for everyday use, a research team from Germany's Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) is developing a stimulation glove designed to be worn passively to alleviate such impairments.  Read More

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