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Wearables

One Llama app alerts users to important sounds while wearing headphones

Let's be honest, walking around in a busy city with loud music blasting through a pair of headphones is not a safe thing to do. Still, that doesn't stop people from doing it every day. A startup called One Llama has just announced a new application that's designed to make that activity a little less dangerous. It constantly listens to background noise, and when it hears something that the user needs to know about, such as a car horn, it automatically mutes the music and alerts them. At least, that's the promise. Read More

Moticon sensor insoles track your feet for injury and performance

Athletic and medical tracking is slowly sliding off our wrists and chests and into our clothing. This year's Wearable Technologies Conference Europe showed a strong shift toward clothing items powered by textile sensors, including Mbody smart shorts. Feet are getting in on the act too, with the "world's first fully integrated sensor insole" from Moticon, which turns your shoes into a wireless performance-tracking system.Read More

Flyfit ankle band tracks your fitness

Fitness trackers are all the rage at the moment and there are plenty of options from which to choose. The vast majority of trackers strap to your wrist, but would there be any benefit to strapping a one to your ankle instead? That's the question Flyfit asked – and the answer, it says, is yes.Read More

Fujitsu develops NFC-enabled gesture-control glove

There is an increasing amount of wearable technology being used in the workplace due to the benefits it can provide and the ease with which it can be integrated into existing working practices. With this in mind, Fujitsu has announced a glove-style device for workplace use that provides touch and gesture-based functionality for site operations.Read More

Lechal haptic footwear guides you by buzzing your feet

Three years ago, we heard about a prototype shoe that could be used to guide the wearer via haptic feedback. Designed by Anirudh Sharma, who was then a researcher at Hewlett-Packard Labs in Bangalore, India, the Lechal shoe was intended for use mainly by the blind. This week, however, Sharma and business partner Krispian Lawrence announced that the production version of the Lechal will soon be available for preorder, and it's aimed at helping all people navigate the city streets. Read More

Cuff fashion wearables send notifications to your loved ones

Although the functionality of wearable technology may be beginning to measure up to expectations, its aesthetic form has largely been derided, and designers face the task of bridging the tech and fashion worlds. Cuff is one of a number of fledgling companies that is looking to reconcile technological prowess with head-turning looks. Its newly-launched range of fashion accessories incorporate a discrete wireless device that, when pressed, sends a notification to your chosen contacts to let them know you're trying to make contact. Read More

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