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Is iWatch gesture and voice control what Steve Jobs was talking about when he says he 'cra...

In Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs, the late Apple CEO is quoted as saying that he finally “cracked the code” of an Apple TV set. “It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine,” Isaacson quoted Jobs. “I finally cracked it.” What if Jobs’ secret was Apple’s rumored smartwatch? And what if that secret involved hands-free 3D gesture control?  Read More

Thalmic Labs' MYO lets you control computers via one-armed gestures

Over the last five years, the touchscreen has supplanted the mouse and keyboard as the primary way that many of us interact with computers. But will multitouch enjoy a 30-year reign like its predecessor? Or will a newcomer swoop in and steal its crown? One up-and-comer, Thalmic Labs, hopes that the answer lies in 3D gesture control.  Read More

A life-size projection of Burberry’s 2011 holographic runway show

The often symbiotic relationship between fashion and technology is being celebrated by the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT) in New York with an exhibit called, appropriately, "Fashion and Technology." The show uses more than 100 outfits from the museum’s collections to trace 250 years of technological fashion innovations, from early machine-knit knickers to today's wearable electronics.  Read More

A new USPTO filing provides some details on the design of Google Glass

The latest in a series of patents for Google Glass provides a little more insight into the design of the hotly-tipped product. Though Project Glass isn't exactly a secret, from frame shape to camera placement, this is the first time we've been given a concrete idea of what to expect from the final product.  Read More

Google gives us a glimpse of what it looks like to use Google Glass

With smartphones and tablets firmly embedded in mainstream culture, where will the fast-moving world of technology focus its attention next? According to two of its biggest players – Apple and Google – the future is in wearable computing. Apple is reportedly developing a smartwatch, while Google has been upfront about its smart-glasses, Google Glass. But what’s it like to actually wear a pair of smart-glasses?  Read More

Vuzix's Wrap 1200AR see-through Augmented Reality glasses, featuring two independent stere...

Adding to its previously released set of video eye-wear glasses, the Wrap 1200, Vuzix is now shipping the Wrap 1200AR. The AR (Augmented Reality) part of the tag is thanks to the addition of a stereoscopic camera pair mounted on the frames, which support VGA video capture at 30 frames per second and enable the display of 3D or 2D AR content.  Read More

Our quick render shows what an iWatch might look like (wrist image: Shutterstock)

What will Apple’s next big product be? Two months ago, if you’d polled a room full of analysts, most would have likely answered a TV set. Recently, though, a picture has been forming of a smaller and more portable innovation: the smartwatch. Three major media outlets have now separately reported that Apple is indeed working on an iWatch.  Read More

The Golden-i 3.8 headset is a wearable, hands free computer interfacing device for profess...

Back in 2009, the Kopin Corporation’s Golden-i headset promised a hands-free, natural-speech-recognition interface for wireless remote control over a range of devices including mobile phones, PCs, company networks and wireless systems, but it was also little more than a concept. Four years on, the company is marketing the wearable, hands free computer interfacing devices for heavy and light industries, professionals and first responders. The Golden-i headsets allow the user to send and receive audiovisual information from multiple platforms by means of both voice and motion control while leaving the hands free to get on with the job.  Read More

meta's 3D gesture-controlled augmented reality glasses

It’s been a staple of science fiction for decades, but now the idea of augmented reality (AR) enhancing our lives by way of hi-tech wearable glasses is finally becoming a reality for consumers. Google's Project Glass may be getting the lion's share of attention, but prototypes and new ventures abound with any number of goggle-like devices offering immersive 3D gaming through to simply capturing your everyday life for sharing online. Now a start-up called meta has joined the fray, partnering with Epson to create AR glasses that allow virtual objects to be controlled in 3D space using hand gestures.  Read More

Bone conduction audio may be included in Google Glass

A USPTO patent application suggests that Mountain View is planning to use bone conduction audio with its Project Glass headset. The patent describes how the tech might work with the headset and includes a number of images seen in previous Glass filings.  Read More

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