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Wearable Electronics

Omate TrueSmart – a 'truly standalone' smartwatch

New York gadget company Omate is looking to join the rapidly swelling smartwatch ranks with a "truly standalone" device that boasts full smartphone capabilities in addition to the ability to act as a wirelessly-linked companion accessory.  Read More

Samsung Galaxy Gear or Sony Smartwatch 2? Gizmag compares their features and specs

Wearable computing has been standing in the wings for a while now, waiting for its moment in the spotlight. And this holiday season looks like it's finally time for smartwatches' first big entrance. Watches like Pebble and Sony's original Smartwatch have been around for a while now, but Samsung's Galaxy Gear and the Sony Smartwatch 2 are about to heat things up. Let's compare the specs and features of the two big touchscreen watches, and see how they stack up.  Read More

The Intelligent Headset combines 3D audio, GPS, and head tracking for immersive augmented ...

Running down an alley you make out the low growls of a zombie approaching distinctly above you and to the right. Touring a famous city you get lost, happen upon a fascinating art exhibit, and touch your headphones to find out where you are and what you see. Intelligent Headset hopes to create these augmented reality scenarios with its GPS-enabled 3D audio headset and a complementary suite of smart phone apps that entertain, educate, and always know where you're at.  Read More

Nissan says the watch will be the first in an ongoing line of wearable devices for drivers

The smartwatch trend has certainly taken off recently with new wrist-worn tech announced by the likes of Samsung, Sony, and ... Nissan? Yes, the automobile company is getting in on the action with a concept for a watch designed exclusively for its Nismo brand of high-performance cars. Unlike most other smartwatches that just sync to a person's mobile phone, the planned Nismo Watch will also connect to a sports car to provide data on its performance in real-time.  Read More

Gizmag reviews the Pebble watch, which helped to kickstart the impending Smartwatch Mania

Smartwatch Mania is coming. Whether or not Apple releases its rumored iWatch this year, Samsung's Galaxy Gear and Sony's Smartwatch 2 are in the pipeline, and many more are on their way. Some big companies have bet some big bucks that the wrist will be the next big battleground in computing. So what better time to take a closer look at Pebble, the crowdfunded watch that helped create all the fuss? Read on, as Gizmag reviews the retail version of the Pebble smartwatch.  Read More

Both the vrAse and the 360specs can be fitted with a smartphone or tablet to view 3D movie...

A consumer-ready version of the Oculus Rift may still be a ways off, but already its promise of truly immersive virtual reality has spawned quite a few innovative projects based around it. Maybe it comes as no surprise then that not one, but two devices that may offer a similar VR experience through a smartphone have popped up on Kickstarter – on the same exact date no less. Both the vrAse and the 360specs are a pair of goggles that can be fitted with a smartphone or tablet to view 3D movies and games with no additional hardware required.  Read More

Kapture is designed to be worn at all times

Have you ever delivered a great line, been involved in a memorable conversation, or heard something you'd like to preserve for posterity? If so, then Kapture may be the device you've been waiting for. The wrist-worn device records the last 60-seconds of your life on a loop and allows you to save, edit, and share the recorded file via an accompanying app.  Read More

Sony SmartWatch 2

Sony has shown off a new entry into the evergrowing connected watch segment in the form for the Sony SmartWatch 2. Unveiled at IFA 2013, the SmartWatch 2 is billed as the first NFC watch that is resistant to water, which could be big for buyers who lead an active lifestyle.  Read More

Today Samsung unveiled its Galaxy Gear smartwatch, which brings notifications, tight Galax...

We've known for a while now that just about every company under the sun is making a smartwatch. Apple, Microsoft, Google, LG ... you name the manufacturer, and it probably a wrist-based computer in the works. Sometimes there's something to be said for being first, though, and Samsung just beat out the other major mobile manufacturers. Say hello to the well-leaked, but no less intriguing, Samsung Galaxy Gear.  Read More

The Nymi bracelet uses the wearers EKG for identification

If someone says that they want to steal your heart, be careful. They may be trying to get into your computer files. The Toronto-based biometrics company Bionym wants to replace old-fashioned passwords with Nymi; a bracelet that uses the wearer’s heartbeat in place of passwords. According to the developers, the system delivers a secure and convenient means of identification that also provides the potential to control devices using gestures.  Read More

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