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Can you read the time? (Photo: TokyoFlash)

TokyoFlash is a supplier of limited-edition LCD and LED watches that have joyfully substituted the conventional clock hands and dull numerals for exotic displays featuring counter-intuitive ideograms, that transform telling the time into an exercise in decryption. Its new Kisai Spider Acetate watch has arguably set a new standard for inscrutability.  Read More

Users can monitor performance statistics such as distance traveled, heart rate and pace

While wearable fitness tracking devices have been with us for some time, the new technologies driving the rise of the smartwatch are changing the shape of things in this space. Magellan's latest offering – the Echo Smart Running Watch – is an example of this shift with it's ability to stream performance statistics from your smartphone fitness application to your wrist in real-time.  Read More

With DrumPants, you can give your band some rhythm without lugging around a full drum kit

These days, turning yourself into a one-man band is as easy as slipping on a piece of clothing with a built-in sound board, like Machina's MIDI Controller jacket or the Electronic Drum Machine shirt. DrumPants on the other hand uses sensor strips and electronics that attach to the inside of clothing, so you can walk down the street in your own clothes and play a beat just by rhythmically tapping your own body.  Read More

The ring connects to your iOS or Android device - provided it is Bluetooth 4.0 enabled

Like the idea of technology that wraps around a body part, displays the time and connects to your smartphone? No, we aren't talking about a smartwatch, but the "Smarty Ring" which may offer an even more subtle way to stay connected.  Read More

The Smart Bra concept is aimed at helping people ward off emotional eating (Image: Microso...

Microsoft is throwing its hat (or rather, bra) into the ring, combining with engineers from the University of Rochester and the University of Southampton to develop a mobile platform which can infer your current emotional state and provide just-in-time feedback on when eating is a bad idea. Where do they hide the apparatus? In a bra.  Read More

The Neptune Pine lets users flip their wrist and check a lot more than just the time

When we covered the Neptune Pine watch earlier this year, our first thought was that it looked like the smartwatch that tech lovers have been waiting for. That was immediately followed by a second thought – is this set of rough renderings ever going to lead to an actual watch we can buy? It hasn't happened quite yet, but things are moving in the right direction. Neptune has developed a working prototype and launched a Kickstarter campaign that has attracted a half-million dollars in pledges in just over two weeks.  Read More

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

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