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Wearable Electronics

Using the iWorm with a tablet

Remember that iArm photo that swept around the Internet a while back? It featured an individual essentially wearing their tablet on their arm and looking at it in much the same way one would look at a wristwatch. Turns out, someone took that picture to heart, and is attempting to create a product with a similar function called the iWorm. However, instead of wearing the tablet on the user's arm, this one goes over the user's shoulders.  Read More

The Triggerfish Bronze A2 wristwatch from Kaventsmann Uhren is tough enough to survive pre...

Smart watches may be poised to become the next "must-have" gadget for tech-enthusiasts, but we'll be surprised if rumored offerings from the likes of Samsung and Apple arrive with a build-quality to match the Triggerfish Bronze A2. This latest wristwatch from German designer Kaventsmann Uhren has been successfully tested at pressures up to 300 bar and has even survived a detonation of C-4 explosives with barely a scratch.  Read More

Samsung VP Lee Young Hee confirmed that his company is working on a smart watch (wrist ima...

Now that Apple’s TV set appears to be anything but “imminent,” we expect the company’s next big innovation to be a wearable wrist computer. But Apple’s fierce rival, Samsung, wants the world to know that it too is cooking up some wearable fun, in the form of a Samsung smart watch.  Read More

The Rorschach test watch as seen in black, with the time easy to figure out once you know ...

Part of the appeal of owning a watch by design studio TokyoFlash is being in on the secret of how to actually tell the time on one of its pieces. Some of the methods are particularly cryptic, especially when looking at the user-submitted concept designs. The Rorschach test watch is no exception, with the numbers clearly visible but almost indiscernible unless you know both what you're looking for and where you should be looking.  Read More

The ColdWear demonstration sleeve

Working on arctic oil rigs and similar sites doesn't just mean putting on a jumper and a scarf. It’s arduous, exhausting and dangerous, and requires careful judgment at all times to deal with the hostile frozen environment. To make this a bit less hazardous, the Scandinavian research organization SINTEF is developing clothing equipped with sensors to monitor temperature and activity, with an eye on helping supervisors to determine when it's time for workers to stop work and return inside.  Read More

AiQ's BioMan fabric monitors vital signs such as heart rate, respiration and skin temperat...

Wearable electronics like headphones and watches have long been a common inclusion in many an active person's tech cache. Such devices roll the function of electronics into a comfortable, ergonomic package that can travel far distances at fast speeds. The next generation of wearable electronics will become even more wearable and functional, shedding some of the bulky casing and integrating directly into clothing. From smart socks to hot jackets, the future of technology is molding itself around your body.  Read More

Developed by Neurowear, the Mico headphones use a brainwave sensor to detect the wearer's ...

Finding the perfect song to match what a person is feeling is practically an art form. It's the main reason people spend so much time putting together song playlists for any occasion. But what if you didn't need to hand-pick songs yourself and just let your brain pick them for you? That's the idea behind Neurowear's latest gadget, the Mico headphones, which use a brainwave sensor to detect the wearer's mood and play a song to match.  Read More

The LinkMe bracelet displays SMS, Facebook or Twitter messages

So, here’s the scenario ... you’re in a meeting, and your phone vibrates in your pocket as it receives a text message. You’re really curious as to what the message is, but you know that it just “isn’t done” to pull your phone out in front of everyone to check. If you were wearing a LinkMe bracelet, however, you could just glance at your wrist, where the message would be crawling across an LED screen in big red or blue letters.  Read More

Google reportedly hasn't yet figured out how to incorporate prescription lenses into its s...

If we’re to believe the stereotypes, nerds and glasses go hand in hand. Hollywood teaches us that a pair of specs is all it takes to transform a stunning actor or actress into an awkward wallflower, or a mighty superhero into a clumsy dweeb. If there’s any truth to this cliché, then some of Google’s most tech-savvy customers may have to wait a bit longer than the general population to enjoy Google Glass.  Read More

Using a collection of sensors placed all over the body, the SpiderSense suit detects objec...

In the Spider-Man comics and movies, the famous hero's "Spider Sense" warns him of incoming danger, which proves to be just as important a superpower as slinging webs and climbing walls. Now a group of researchers at the University of Illinois in Chicago may have found a way to replicate such superhuman perception that doesn't involve any radioactive spiders. Using a collection of sensors placed all over the body, the group has designed a "SpiderSense" suit that detects objects in the environment and warns the wearer when anything gets too close.  Read More

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