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The LEDs on the sleeves of the Navigate jacket provide directional cues

We've seen GPS integrated into garments before, but this type of technology has never really caught on, undoubtedly because most folks already have car navigation systems, smartphones and standalone GPS units that do a better job. Maybe the key is in designing a GPS-based garment that offers some advantage over existing options, like pulling your face out of your LCD display so that you no longer have to stumble around the city half blind. The NAVIGATE jacket does just that, using LED guide lights and haptic feedback to spoon-feed you the directions.  Read More

Sony's SmartWig in its guise as an aid to navigation (Image: USPTO Patent Application Publ...

Sony may be looking to take the relatively new field of wearable electronics in a slightly unexpected direction if a patent filed by the company is any indication. The patent isn't for a competing version of Google Glasses, nor on a watch so smart that it could join Mensa, but on the SmartWig. Scratching your head yet? Before you pull the rug out from under this concept, some of the possible applications are more useful than one might expect from a hi-tech hairpiece.  Read More

Gizmag compares the biggest smartwatches of 2013

Is it worth buying a smartwatch this holiday season? Or are you better off waiting for Apple and Google to enter the race? Well, though the product category is still evolving, we've enjoyed our time with most of the early smartwatches we've reviewed. Let's line some of them up, compare their features and specs, and see if it's worth pulling the trigger.  Read More

Gizmag reviews the Martian Watch, a smartwatch that puts the power of Siri and Google Now ...

If you're going to spend hundreds of dollars on a smartwatch, what's the most important feature you'd want it to have? Notifications? Fitness tracking? Or maybe you just want some rock-solid voice control? If you want to talk to your watch like Dick Tracy, then you'll want to read on, as Gizmag reviews the Martian Watch: a device that puts Siri and Google Now on your wrist.  Read More

Esthete claims the LEDs can be seen from 100 m away

LED jackets built for cycling and running are nothing new. We've covered the Sporty Supaheroe jacket and other examples of this type of wearable technology. Where the new Eclaireur jacket steps it up is in integrating LEDs into a jacket you'll wear in public when you're not on your bike. On purpose.  Read More

A display shows sign language interpreted into written words

Two Portuguese designers based in Sydney have come up with a practical idea for facilitating communication between people when sign language is involved. Catarina Araujo and Sofia Santos’ project, still at the development stage and looking for financial backers, taps Leap Motion technology to create a wearable sign language translator to be worn as a necklace.  Read More

The Asus EB50N NFC-enabled, Bluetooth 4.0 (with EDR) earphones

Asus has announced what is claimed to be the world's first Bluetooth 4.0 headset to feature NFC technology. The ergonomically-designed EB50N earphones support one-touch pairing with smartphones and tablets, feature full-range stereo drivers, and boast a long battery life.  Read More

BearTek Motorcycle glove with reinforced carbon fiber knuckles and fingers

Since the explosion of touchscreen-based smartphones, glove manufacturers have developed touchscreen-optimized gloves and treatments that allow wearers to maintain touchscreen capabilties while keeping their gloves on. The new BearTek Gloves play even nicer with portable electronics, syncing wirelessly and taking control of functions like call answering and music play.  Read More

Pebble just announced the biggest set of updates to its smartwatch (and its developer tool...

If you own a Pebble smartwatch along with an Android phone, then you can enjoy system-wide notifications. But until today, iPhone users could only get Pebble alerts from a very narrow set of apps. Thanks to a huge update announced today, Pebble owners will soon see every notification from their iPhones on their watches.  Read More

Cyclops fits a snapback hat with an LCD screen for customizable fashion

If you’ve ever wanted more ways to show the world your logo, your dance skills, your business’s lunch special, or your funny cat videos, the Cyclops could be for you. It’s a snapback hat kitted out with an LCD display that syncs with a mobile app.  Read More

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