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Waterfi sells waterproofed iPod Shuffles, for use by swimmers

A lot of people like listening to music as they exercise, and swimmers are no exception. For them, there are waterproof MP3 players such as the UWaterG2 and the Speedo Aquabeat. For some people, though, nothing says “MP3 player” quite like “iPod.” Those are the people who Waterfi is targeting, with its waterproofed iPod Shuffles.  Read More

The Motorola HC1 is aimed at industrial and military users

Motorola Solutions has released its own head-mounted wearable computer based on Kopin Corporation’s Golden-i headset. Aimed at industrial and military users who need to keep their hands free on the job while viewing documents and schematics or getting help from far afield specialists, the Motorola HC1 Headset Computer places an 800 x 600 (SVGA) full color TFT micro-display at a viewing distance that provides a virtual image size of 15 inches. In keeping with the hands-free theme, the headset can be controlled via voice recognition and gesture controls.  Read More

Memoto automatically captures a photo every 30 seconds

As illustrated by the recent unveiling of the Autographer, manufacturers are waking up to the idea of a consumer-friendly wearable digital camera that takes photos automatically. The latest device of this type to appear on our radar is Memoto, an intelligent wearable camera that can take up to two day's worth of snaps before requiring a recharge.  Read More

The Muse headband

Want to know what your brain is up to? Soon, it may be as simple as slipping on a wireless headband, then accessing an app. That’s the idea behind Muse, a wearable device developed by Toronto-based tech company InteraXon. Essentially a lightweight portable EEG (electroencephalography) machine, it lets users monitor their neural activity in real time via their mobile device.  Read More

The 1:Face Watch looks stylish and helps support a good cause

There was a time not long ago when almost everyone was wearing one of those Livestrong bands to support a cause. Each color represented a different cause, and to be honest, they are a great thing. The money from them helped people, and people received an item that they could be proud of. The 1:Face Watch from Mirza Minds is bringing back supporting a cause on your wrist, but it's doing it in the form of a stylish watch instead of a bracelet.  Read More

A Wankel engine for your wrist

A simple set of rotating hands or LCD digits may be the most recognizable, but horologists always like to find new ways of displaying the hours, minutes and seconds of the day. Inspired by the Wankel engine, the Experiment ZR012 watch uses a pair of rotating Reuleaux triangles to indicate the time. The larger rotor points to the hour on the outer border, while the smaller rotor points to the minute.  Read More

Mega Stomp Panic is an audio accessory for Halloween costumes

Halloween is right around the corner, and that means it's time to start getting those costumes together. There are plenty of ways to enhance the visuals of your costume, but one part of Halloween that we tend to forget is sound. A costume can be made a whole lot more authentic with some quality noise. Mega Stomp Panic from ThinkGeek is designed to be your ultimate Halloween sound machine, by detecting movement and making appropriate sounds at just the right times.  Read More

It looks nothing like the NES Power Glove, but we can dream, right? (shelf: Shutterstock)

These days, we do our hunting and gathering in supermarkets and department stores. While this is much easier than the challenge faced by our ancestors, it is not without its difficulties. Tracking down that one specific item on our list can prove frustrating when faced with aisle after aisle filled with shelf upon shelf of products. Researchers are eying the use of gloves to make the task a lot simpler but, unlike high tech wearable computing devices like Google's Project Glass, these conceptual gloves use a simpler formula: they emit vibrations to tell you where to go.  Read More

The Digits system can detect hand movements without external infrastructure

As evidenced by the Kinect system, Microsoft has a serious dedication to making user interfaces that track the movement of its users. The company has shown a new technology, which it is calling Digits, that tracks hand movements through a device worn on a user's wrist. This means there are no gloves needed.  Read More

Like-A-Hug was created by Melissa Kit Chow, in collaboration with Andy Payne and Phil Seat...

The internet allows us to communicate more easily than ever, but however many Facebook friends you have, there’s no substitute for a real hug – or at least there wasn’t until recently. Like-A-Hug is a concept social media vest which reacts to Facebook "likes" and posts on your wall, inflating to give you a “hug” on every such interaction. Wearers of the vest can embrace themselves in order to cause another person sporting a Like-A-Hug vest to get a hug, too.  Read More

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