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Wearable Electronics

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

The Epic Signature Edition aims to provide full cellphone functionality on your wrist

Epic’s new products reject the trend of smartwatches acting as an extension of your smartphone, instead providing fully-functional cellphone replacements on your wrist or around your neck. The Epic Signature Edition and Epic Mini are currently seeking funding through Indiegogo.  Read More

Oculus' new Crescent Bay headset intros a new form factor and built-in audio

Oculus has provided details on the latest version of its Rift virtual reality headset. The new product features built-in 3D audio support alongside improved ergonomics. Unveiled at the Oculus Connect conference, the company also took the opportunity to detail its enhanced relationship with Unity.  Read More

Sony's SmartEyeglass is somewhat clunky-looking Google Glass competitor

While Sony’s smartphone division hasn't exactly been on the up-and-up, the company still isn't afraid to try its luck down new roads. Sony today announced its own heads-up-display-packing wearable, known as SmartEyeglass. The headset, which is designed to pair with Android smartphones, offers a built-in camera and several sensors.  Read More

Android Wear's stock functionality is a good starting point, but dig a little deeper and i...

The Android Wear platform is built firmly around Google’s Now notification-centric personal assistant service, but there’s a lot more that it can do if you dig a little deeper. Read on as we highlight some of the best apps for Android Wear.  Read More

The Totem VR headset is looking to raise $350,000 via Kickstarter

Canadian company Vrvana is looking to Kickstarter for a hefty influx of cash to bring its ambitious virtual reality headset, known as the Totem, to the general public. The product offers a number of unique features, including built-in cameras and high levels of compatibility that the company hopes will set it apart from key VR competitors, most notably the Oculus Rift.  Read More

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