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One Llama app alerts users to important sounds while wearing headphones

By - February 26, 2014 1 Picture
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. Read More
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Ibis dual-face smartwatch concept revealed at Mobile World Congress

By - February 25, 2014 4 Pictures
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. Read More
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Moticon sensor insoles track your feet for injury and performance

By - February 24, 2014 5 Pictures
Athletic and medical tracking is slowly sliding off our wrists and chests and into our clothing. This year's Wearable Technologies Conference Europe showed a strong shift toward clothing items powered by textile sensors, including Mbody smart shorts. Feet are getting in on the act too, with the "world's first fully integrated sensor insole" from Moticon, which turns your shoes into a wireless performance-tracking system. Read More
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Lechal haptic footwear guides you by buzzing your feet

By - February 21, 2014 3 Pictures
Three years ago, we heard about a prototype shoe that could be used to guide the wearer via haptic feedback. Designed by Anirudh Sharma, who was then a researcher at Hewlett-Packard Labs in Bangalore, India, the Lechal shoe was intended for use mainly by the blind. This week, however, Sharma and business partner Krispian Lawrence announced that the production version of the Lechal will soon be available for preorder, and it's aimed at helping all people navigate the city streets. Read More
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K-Glass smart glasses mimic the human brain to improve energy efficiency

By - February 19, 2014 3 Pictures
It took a heavyweight like Google to bring the notion of head-mounted devices to the mainstream, but other developers are also testing the waters and pushing the boundaries of what's possible to achieve in the smart glasses space. Exhibit A is K-Glass, a wearable, hands-free display developed by researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). Read More

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