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The Montblanc Metamorphosis II changes styles and functions on command

Digital watches may have progressed to the point where you can get one as accurate as a marine chronometer for a dollar, but mechanical timepieces still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Case in point is the Montblanc Metamorphosis II. At the press of a slider, it undergoes a complex mechanical ballet that converts it in look and function from a conventional luxury watch to a precision chronograph, by opening itself up to display a new set of dials.  Read More

Captioning on Glass lets wearers see transcriptions of a conversation on their screens

Google Glass hasn't exactly set the world on fire – or, for that matter, even left beta status. But that doesn't mean there aren't still some cool potential uses for the headset. Today Glass has two big new apps: one that can turn it into a life-changing tool for the hearing-impaired, and another that, erm, helps movie theaters sell tickets.  Read More

Pavlok is a wearable that shocks the user bad habits are detected

While some wearables such as fitness trackers are designed to help the user in bettering themselves, Pavlok takes things a little further. The device, which can be worn as a bracelet or placed elsewhere on the body, aims to break bad habits by shocking the wearer when they stray from the right path.  Read More

TinyScreen can be used as a smart watch right out of the box

Not impressed with the Apple Watch? Serial tinkerer Ken Burns has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a device that could offer you the opportunity to try and make a wearable of your own. TinyScreen is a thumb-sized color display that plugs into the TinyDuino platform, and can be configured to serve as a smartwatch, smart glasses, a tiny console, and much more.  Read More

The Basis Peak - a comprehensive fitness tracker that borrows features from smartwatches

Basis has announced a new wearable that aims to provide accurate, convenient and comprehensive fitness tracking. The new device pays more attention to fashion than we’re used to from the category and promises smartwatch-like notifications.  Read More

Patrick Priebe's rocket-launching Iron Man gauntlet

By now, many regular Gizmag readers will be familiar with German cyberpunk weapons-hobbyist Patrick Priebe. We've featured a number of his one-off DIY creations before, including an Iron Man-inspired laser gauntlet. Well, now he's created another Iron Man gauntlet, although instead of just a burning laser, this one launches real rockets – and Priebe has already managed to hurt himself with the thing.  Read More

Nixie is a wearable drone designed for autonomous seflies

Nixie is a camera-equipped quadcopter designed to follow the user around taking pictures and videos on command, while conveniently wrapping around the wrist to form a bracelet when not in use.  Read More

The Portal is an ambitious wearable that acts as a wearable and a smartphone

Currently the subject of a crowdfunding campaign, Portal is a flexible wrist-mounted smartphone that takes wearable technology to new extremes. Rather than taking the under-the-radar approach we’ve seen with recent smartwatch releases, the new device simply slaps a full-sized smartphone on the wrist.  Read More

The SDK, known as Connect IQ, will allows developers to get their apps and widgets on Garm...

Though Garmin has been in the wearables game for a lot longer than most companies, its offerings are a bit lacking when it comes to non-fitness related functionality. To combat this, the company is enlisting the help of third-party developers, with the goal of drawing its functionality closer to fully-blown smartwatches.  Read More

Gizmag compares the features and specs of the Apple Watch (left) and Samsung Gear S smartw...

When it comes to smartphones (and, to a lesser degree, tablets), Samsung and Apple are fierce rivals. But will that rivalry carry over to the budding smartwatch space? If it does, then we couldn't see two more dramatically different approaches. Let's compare the recently-announced Apple Watch to the upcoming Gear S.  Read More

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