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Wearable Electronics

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

The Totem VR headset is looking to raise $350,000 via Kickstarter

Canadian company Vrvana is looking to Kickstarter for a hefty influx of cash to bring its ambitious virtual reality headset, known as the Totem, to the general public. The product offers a number of unique features, including built-in cameras and high levels of compatibility that the company hopes will set it apart from key VR competitors, most notably the Oculus Rift.  Read More

The Urwerk EMC uses mechanical and electronic systems to regulate its accuracy

Last year, Swiss watchmaker Urwerk announced that it was working on a wristwatch containing the world's first mechanical movement with an electronic monitoring system. The fruits of its of labor are now on display in the Urwerk Electro Mechanical Control (EMC) watch, which uses advanced electronics to monitor the precision movement’s performance within 10 microseconds.  Read More

The Moto 360 is available now, starting at US$249 (Photo credit: Eric Mack/Gizmag.com)

After many months of waiting, the Moto 360, Motorola's stylish round-face Android Wear smartwatch, is finally available and Gizmag has spent over a week now with a review unit. So let's get right to the bottom line, which is that this is the best smartwatch the world has seen so far. But that may not be saying much, as smartwatches still have some growing up to do.  Read More

The Fonderie 47 Inversion Principle showing the side power reserve indicator

The Bible talks about beating swords into plowshares, but what about Kalashnikovs into timepieces? Swiss watchmaker Fonderie 47’s Inversion Principle has done just that with a luxury watch made in part from the steel of a deactivated AK-47 assault rifle and subtle design cues from the firearm. According to the company, part of the watch’s price goes toward helping to disarm and aid Africa.  Read More

Gizmag compares the features and specs of the LG G Watch R (left) and Asus ZenWatch

Both Asus' and LG’s new smartwatches are designed to appeal to analog watch lovers, but they go about it in different ways. While the ZenWatch focuses on a luxury build and premium feel, the G Watch R makes a more obvious attempt to emulate a traditional time piece, with a circular display and classic looks. Read on, as Gizmag delves into the key differences between the two new smartwatches.  Read More

Intel has teamed up with Opening Ceremony to create a gem-encrusted smart bracelet

The expanding possibilities of wearable tech won't be enough for some to shed their Rolex in favor of the latest smartwatch, but the involvement of an esteemed fashion retailer might be enough for the more image-conscious among us to ponder life as one of the ever-connected. Aimed at bringing a new level of sophistication to an increasingly crowded market, the fashionistas at Opening Ceremony have teamed up with Intel to produce a gem-encrusted smart bracelet.  Read More

Gizmag compares the features and specs of the Apple Watch (left) and Moto 360 smartwatches

After nearly two years of rumors, Apple's smartwatch is here. And though the Apple Watch has plenty of company in the smartwatch space, the device does look like it carries some of those thoughtful little details that Apple is famous for. Let's compare (what we know about) the Apple Watch with one of its prime rivals, the round-faced Moto 360.  Read More

Garmin's vivosmart blends fitness tracking with smartphone functionality (Photo: Chris Woo...

Garmin's sports monitoring efforts have typically resembled bulky wristwatches more than the inconspicuous, new age fitness trackers of the Fitbit mold. It did flag its intentions to trim some fat earlier this year with the release of its vivofit bracelet and the company's new vivosmart, which we came across at IFA last week, retains the form and function of the slender fitness bracelet, while packing real-time notifications and functionality of a smartwatch.  Read More

The DAQRI Smart Helmet aims to bring Google Glass-like functions to the work site

Los Angeles-based augmented reality developer DAQRI is looking to bring the humble protective hard hat into the modern era with the Smart Helmet – a Google Glass-like system geared specifically towards industrial applications.  Read More

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