After launching its first smartwatch
back in September, Samsung's line of wearables is about to get a lot bigger. Starting next month, two new smartwatches and one new fitness tracker are about to join the Samsung Gear family. Let's try to cut through the confusion and compare the features and specs of Samsung's original Galaxy Gear
to the new Gear 2
, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit
Lucid dreaming is believed by many to aid in practicing skills, improving creativity, or just exploring adventurous new worlds, but requires practice and awareness to master. Aurora is an EEG-based headband aiming to enhance dreams and lower the barrier to lucid dreaming. With apps for multiple platforms, a host of features, and an open API for third party applications, iWinks' aim is to help the uninitiated take control of their dreams.
Remember back before computers were sexy, and you only bought a new PC once every three or four years? Have you ever stopped and wondered whether buying the latest iPad
, or Surface every single year
is just a little bit ridiculous? Google is certainly questioning that line of thinking with its modular Project Ara smartphone
, and now someone has a similar aim with wearables. Meet Blocks: the first modular smartwatch.
According to the World Health Organization, 35 percent of women worldwide have fallen victim to either violence from their intimate partner, or sexual violence from a non-partner. While self-defense classes and pepper sprays form part of a solution, their value becomes questionable if the perpetrator is already known to the victim or attacks by surprise. The First Sign Hair Clip, a hair clip fitted with security sensors, is designed to not only send out a cry for help, but gather up evidence to ensure justice is served.
We've already seen rings that unlock doors and mobile devices
, show the time
, act as a mouse
or display notifications
from a connected mobile device, but, like the Fin
, the Ring from California-based Logbar aims to take finger wagging to the next level. Featuring Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity, the Ring is designed to allow control of mobile devices and home appliances, make electronic payments and even type text in mid air with a wave of a finger.
The increasingly crowded fitness tracker market has another new entrant. This one, however, appears to offer not only impressive functionality, but a unique approach, too. As well as tracking fitness, Moov uses artificial intelligence to study the user and provide real-time coaching during their workouts.
The Glowfaster Jacket is a new take on fitness tracking wearables developed by ex-marine Simon Weatherall that provides runners with feedback on speed, heart rate and location by way of lights down its front and along the sleeves.
We've seen plenty of watches that have tried to do something different from the norm. The watch with one hand
, the watch with one hand and no numbers
, and every single watch from Tokyo Flash
, to cite just three examples. And now we have another, this one being a watch that has the hands pointing inwards rather than outwards.
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.
While the big players in the smartwatch
market continue to tweak their designs, searching for a device with the right mix of functionality and style, others are banking on the latter being the force to drive mass-market appeal. Finnish company Creoir Ltd certainly fits this description. Its concept Ibis Dual Face Smart Watch on show at this week's Mobile World Congress bears a closer resemblance to a piece of jewelry than other smartwatch designs on offer.