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Wearable Electronics

A Google Glass (pictured) competitor, tentatively called 'Galaxy Glass,' could be unveiled...

A report in The Korea Times has added further weight to the prospect of a direct Google Glass competitor, with an unnamed source claiming that development of a Samsung smart eyewear device is underway.  Read More

The Génie 02 Terre is available in metric or imperial measurements

Altimeter watches are nothing new. They've been around for years and a quick glance at the internet will uncover some for as little as US$50. However, these altitude-measuring timepieces have one thing in common: they're all electronic. Now, for those who want to get away from the digital and have the money to do so, Breva Genève launched its Génie 02 Terre all-mechanical altimeter watch this week at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues in Geneva, Switzerland.  Read More

Fin wraps around your thumb and by using its built-in sensors, is able to track its moveme...

From smart watches to smart rings, the endless wave of wearable gadgets continues to wash ashore some pretty intriguing ideas. Fin, a thumb ring designed to enable hand gesture control of smart devices, aims to not only offer improved connectivity, but to alter the way we interact with our favorite gadgets.  Read More

The Sex with Glass app is designed to record, stream and playback the act of making love

When an app designed to stream porn between Google Glass users appeared in mid-2013, we saw Google move quickly to quash the presence of such content, adjusting its developer policy to read, "We don't allow Glassware content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts, or sexually explicit material." This hasn't been enough to deter a team of London-based developers however, which aims to give wearers a view of their lovemaking from all angles through a Sex with Glass app.  Read More

VTech has unveiled a smartwatch for 6-12 year-old kids

If you needed any further evidence that wearable technology is becoming mainstream, electronic learning toys manufacturer VTech has unveiled a smartwatch for kids at the London Toy Fair. The watch will be part of VTech's Kidizoom range and will be aimed at 6-12 year-olds.  Read More

Joy Jackets were built as part of Cadbury's 'Joyville' campaign (Photo: Akio-Style)

One of the less practical examples of wearable technology we've seen of late is the "Joy Jacket" – a garment designed to convey a visual statement of happiness when the wearer consumes a certain chocolatier's product.  Read More

SeeThru is a new augmented reality smart glass from Laster

Laster Technologies, a French company that specializes in "mobile informative eyewear," is raising money via a Kickstarter campaign to roll-out its new SeeThru smart glasses. SeeThru differs from many other smart glasses by shunning a camera in a bid to protect the privacy of those around the user.  Read More

Firefighters testing the shoe-based digital positioning system 25 m below ground (Photo: E...

Disorientation inside smoke-filled and unfamiliar buildings can be a major obstacle for firefighters – and it's not as if they don't have enough to worry about already. Researchers at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm have addressed this problem by developing fancy footwear that allows firefighters to be tracked in places where GPS fails, including up to 25 m below ground.  Read More

DriveSafe uses the eyewear's built-in sensors to detect when the driver is falling asleep,...

A pertinent question regarding Google Glass that is so far unanswered is whether it will be legal to use while driving. The prospect of having the distraction of email, messaging and social media apps in your line of vision when behind the wheel has raised concerns over the safety of the eyewear for drivers. Poised to play some sort of role in this debate is DriveSafe, an app for Google Glass that alerts drivers to when they are getting sleepy.  Read More

The Haloband uses NFC technology and a companion app to allow users can control their smar...

From lifestyle monitors to UV detectors, recently we have seen an array of connected wristbands emerge to serve a variety of purposes. In a similar vein, the Haloband is designed to put the convenience of technology within arms reach, but does so by extending the functionality of a smartphone to your wrist.  Read More

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