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Digital pin puts animated gifs on your lapel

If you're the type of person who wears graphic pins, you probably want them to get noticed. Well, nothing attracts peoples' attention like movement. That's where Pins Collective comes in – the Swedish startup has designed a pin that displays animated gifs of the user's choice.Read More

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Review: Plugging in with the MOS Pack charging backpack

There's a growing number of bags that are designed to provide energy to devices while on the go. Many backpacks, such as the Poros Tetra, AMPL Labs backpack, and TYLT Energi+, embed a USB battery to tap into. Successfully funded on Kickstarter, the MOS Pack charging backpack takes a slightly different approach by incorporating the company's power extension solution instead. We recently had the opportunity to check out what it's like to load up and plug in MOS's modern backpack.Read More

New wearable uses sound to maintain deep sleep

Multiple studies have shown the benefits of a good night's sleep relative to improved memory and cellular regeneration, yet good sleep seems to be eluding more and more people. The recent launch of Rythm and the introduction of its Dreem device adds a new approach to combat that problem, by detecting when a sleeper is in a deep sleep state and maintaining that state through the use of sound.Read More

Garmin's vivoactive HR gets heart rate monitoring and a makeover

When we reviewed the Garmin vivoactive last year, our biggest complaints were the lack of heart rate monitoring and dubious styling. It looks like Garmin was listening, as the firm has now announced the vivoactive HR, an updated model which adds heart rate monitoring, and gives the device a much-needed makeover. Garmin also announced the vivofit 3 tracker which pairs year-long battery life and a backlit display.Read More

Skiing wearable tracks your feet, coaches you into better times on the slopes

Wearable technology is taking to the slopes with the introduction of Carv, a two-part monitoring system that provides lessons and real-time feedback for skiers based on motion analysis and pressure data. Skiers place one monitor on the outside of their ski boot and the second on the inside, and the data gathered from the monitors is then analyzed via an iPhone or Android app with feedback available either through earphones or an on-screen display.Read More

BearTek II gloves bring even more wireless device control

If you're trying to use your smartphone when it's cold outside, there are already gloves with touchscreen-friendly fingertips. The problem is, you still have to pull your phone out to use it. That's why Blue Infusion Technologies first introduced its BearTek gloves, the left one of which features Bluetooth and Wi-Fi modules for wireless control of a paired phone and/or GoPro camera. Now, the new-and-improved BearTek II is on its way, offering additional features.Read More

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