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Wearable Electronics

The Antikythera SunMoon watch includes both a solar and a lunar calendar, as well as an in...

Last year, Hublot hit Baselworld 2012 with its limited edition Antikythera watch inspired by the Antikythera mechanism – a 2100 year old analog computer found off the shores of Crete that is considered the first "astronomical calculator." The company has kept the ball rolling at this year's Baselworld with another Antikythera device, this time in the form of the MP-08 Antikythera SunMoon watch.  Read More

Designed by Wesley Chau, Drop The Beat is an electronic drum kit fashioned into a vest, wi...

Over the years, we've seen a number of worthy attempts at turning our clothes into electronic instruments, from drum kits built into shirts and pants to a motion-activated MIDI controller concealed in a jacket. The latest addition to the wearable instrument ensemble is "Drop The Beat" from industrial design student Wesley Chau, a vest outfitted with pads for a drum kit that musicians can rearrange and reprogram to their liking.  Read More

A stopwatch design and Tetris-like game (Pebblis) developed using Pebble's recently releas...

The makers of the Pebble smartwatch have released a "proof-of-concept" watchface SDK that allows third party developers to create custom watch faces and very basic apps. Shortly after the release there was already various watchface designs, a stopwatch app and a Tetris game (Pebblis) available for download in the Pebble forums.  Read More

Google shed some light on the tech specs of its smartglasses, Google Glass

New smartphones and tablets always create a stir. But let’s be honest: most of them are relatively minor updates. They don’t compare with the launch of an entirely new product category. That’s why there’s so much buzz around Google Glass. You get the sense that it might be something entirely new that changes the game. Today we have more info about Glass, after Google released the tech specs of its upcoming smartglasses.  Read More

Microsoft is reportedly joining the (quickly growing) party of companies developing a smar...

Come one, come all – step right up! Make your own smartwatch! Apple’s doing it, Samsung’s doing it, and so can you! Okay, maybe it isn’t quite that common, but it’s almost comical how many big companies are reportedly working on smartwatches. The latest company, Microsoft, knows a thing or two about being late to the party ... maybe it wants to make sure that doesn’t happen again.  Read More

The Time Traveler uses famous landmarks to tell the time in 16 different time zones

World-time functions have been available on digital watches at the press of a stud for over 30 years, but for world weary travelers touching down in a new time zone sometimes even that might be too much effort. To fill this admittedly niche market, Mr. Jones Watches has come up with its Time Traveler watch, which allows you to see at a glance what time it is in 16 different time zones – provided you’re good at recognizing landmarks.  Read More

The Ressence Type 3 watch's fluid-filled display gives its mechanical indications a two-di...

On a regular analog watch, there’s a small pocket of air between the face of the watch and the inside surface of the crystal. On his new Ressence Type 3 watch, however, Belgian designer Benoit Mintiens has filled that space with a clear refractive fluid. As a result, its revolving indications appear to be projected right onto its domed crystal. You could almost think of it as the Magic 8 Ball of high-end timepieces.  Read More

Trego is a versatile iPad case and bag

Recently, we covered a rather odd way of wearing your iPad called the iWorm. Now, a new product called Trego is entering the market, and while it's still a little odd looking, it certainly appears to be much more functional. Instead of wrapping around your shoulders like some kind of a boa constrictor, this product has users wearing their iPad in a more traditional-looking bag.  Read More

Though technically smart glasses, Epiphany Eyewear isn't nearly as smart as Google Glass

Are you pulling your hair out waiting for Google Glass to launch? One company has an alternative that you can pre-order right now. There is, however, a big catch. Actually, make that several big catches – as the device’s limitations might be too numerous for you to bother.  Read More

Google's competitor in China, Baidu, is reportedly making its own Google Glass competitor ...

Five years ago, it was easier for a company to sneak a revolutionary tech product onto the market. Today the whole world is nervously watching. Anything that looks like it could be the next big thing attracts a crowd of copycats. Take, for example, Google Glass. Unproven though it is (not to mention months away from release), Google’s search rival in China, Baidu, is reportedly prepping its own Glass competitor.  Read More

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