Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Wearable Electronics

Loading... is a concept design from Tokyo Flash which mimics the look of a progress bar

Loading screens are never a welcome sight, whether they're interrupting a video game or informing you just how long you have to wait for a new program to download and install. Imagine having one permanently displayed on your wrist; one that never actually reached 100 percent. You could do, if this particular Tokyo Flash concept design gets turned into a real wristwatch.  Read More

Fitbit's Flex debuted at CES 2013

Fitbit has added to its catalog of activity and well-being trackers with the Flex – a wireless wristband monitor which made its debut at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this month.  Read More

Chicago-based Central Standard Timing has designed a wristwatch featuring an e-ink display...

Though e-ink watches have been around for a few years now, most, like the Touch Time, tend to follow the same form factor as their LCD-screened cousins, which are themselves based on analog ancestors. The patent-pending CST-01 from Chicago-based Central Standard Timing is a different proposition altogether. Claimed to be the world's thinnest watch at just 0.8 mm thin, yet still managing to squeeze in a rechargeable battery, it makes use of segmented (rather than pixel-based) e-ink technology, has no buttons or knobs and has only one function ... to let its wearer know what time it is.  Read More

A diagonal view of the Vuzix M100

With Google's Project Glass gaining plenty of attention in recent times, it's safe to say that the era of augmented reality eyewear is almost upon us. At CES 2013 we had a chance to strap on the M100 Smart Glasses from video eyewear specialist Vuzix to get at least a partial taste of what this AR future will feel like.  Read More

SCOTTeVEST CEO Scott Jordan was on hand at CES to show-off the new prototype jacket

Gadget-friendly clothing firm SCOTTeVEST showed off a new concept smart-coat at this year’s CES. Looking like a standard windbreaker from the outside, the SCOTTeVEST TEC Jacket 2.0 actually contains serious technology in the form of adapters, accessories, and enough pockets to safely house the majority of mobile devices.  Read More

At CES 2013, Sony revealed the Walkman Sports MP3 Player, a waterproof music player built ...

Sony has plenty to show at this year's CES, from cameras to cell phones and more, but one item that stands out is the Walkman Sports MP3 Player. The new waterproof music player combines a pair of earbuds with an MP3 player in a single unit, with no external device required to play tunes.  Read More

Will Apple spark a smart watch revolution? (Wrist image via Shutterstock)

Ten years from now, what will mobile devices look like? Will they be lighter, thinner, and more powerful smartphones and tablets? Or will their interfaces move beyond the touchscreen? One possibility is the invisible assistant: a wearable accessory that you interact with by talking and listening. Today one (far-fetched) rumor suggests that Apple could spearhead that future early next year, in the form of the iWatch.  Read More

Gravity of Light is a 3D-printed hat with embedded LEDs that respond to the tilt of your h...

Fashion designers are increasingly experimenting with new possibilities afforded by 3D printers (take a look at some 3D printed shoes) and ubiquitous electronics like LEDs. Now a group from South Korea has created an illuminated hat that combines these technologies with a tilt sensor, that is sure to turn heads.  Read More

The FlyViz displays 360-degree vision captured in a helmet-mounted camera on a Sony HMZ-TD...

Those just as concerned about where they’ve been as where they’re going might be keen to give the “FlyViz” a go. Created by a team of French researchers to expand the scope of human vision, the prototype system captures vision on a 360-degree camera attached to the top of a helmet that is processed in real time and displayed on Sony’s HMZ-TD Personal 3D Viewer, giving the wearer a 360-view of their surroundings.  Read More

CommBadge will operate at a distance of up to 30 meters (roughly 100 feet) from the user's...

When one considers how long mobile telephone communication has been available, it’s perhaps surprising that we’re still largely relying on finger input to answer calls and write emails. CommBadge aims to fix this with a wearable Bluetooth speaker that pairs with Android and iOS, and isn’t too far removed from something Star Trek’s Captain Jean-Luc Picard might wear.  Read More

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