At disaster sites such as building collapses, it's not uncommon to see trained dogs being used to sniff out trapped survivors, often squeezing into areas that are inaccessible by human rescue workers. Now, thanks to a new "smart" harness, such dogs may be able to play an even bigger role, by gathering and relaying vital information on their surroundings.
For today's smartphone-wielding urbanite, wandering aimlessly around the city streets is something of a rarity. There's Google Maps for when we don't know where to turn, ATM locators for when we need cash and then countless apps to tell us where to spend it. Looking to draw our eyes away from our smartphone screen and onto the world around us is Dhairya Dand, whose SuperShoes insoles use tickling patterns to communicate these typical smartphone functions to your feet.
It's important for firefighters or members of disaster response crews to stay in touch with one another during operations, which is of course why they carry two-way radios. Researchers from Norway's SINTEF group, however, are developing a system that could help even more. It allows users to receive and read text messages hands-free, via their jackets.
There are plenty of atomic watches available that can keep time accurately by receiving a radio signal from an atomic clock, but there hasn't ever been a true atomic wristwatch which boasts its own atomic clock. Until now. Enter the Cesium 133 from Bathys Hawaii, an early steel-bodied prototype of which we first spotted in October 2013
Samsung's new fitness tracker, the Gear Fit
, is easily the most eye-catching wearable the company has released. But it isn't the only one. Samsung also just launched a new pair of updates to the Galaxy Gear
, dubbed the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo
. Join Gizmag, as we review Samsung's second stab at making a full-fledged smartwatch.
Most of the fitness-based wearables we've seen so far have been very different from smartwatches. And one of the few attempts to blend the two, the Fitbit Force
, ended up getting recalled (damn those skin rashes). Enter Samsung, which never met a mobile product category it didn't like. Read on, as Gizmag reviews the Samsung Gear Fit, a fitness tracker that also has some smartwatch blood flowing through its veins.
Of the three wrist devices
that Samsung announced earlier this year, the one that really jumped out at us was the Gear Fit
. It's part fitness tracker, part smartwatch, and sports a wicked design with a curved display. The Gear Fit has touched down in Gizmagville, and, before we give you our full review, we have some initial thoughts.
Researchers at Newcastle University in the UK have conducted a study into how Google Glass
can be used to assist sufferers of Parkinson’s disease. The team is working directly with patients to develop straightforward and useful technology that will help sufferers cope with the disease, while aiding them in becoming more independent.
In October 2012, a device called Memoto
raised its Kickstarter goal of US$50,000 in under 5 hours and went on to raise over $550,000. Memoto went into production and began shipping in November 2013. Now called Narrative Clip, the device is a wearable lifelogging camera and a smash Kickstarter success. But is it any good? Gizmag got the opportunity to find out.