They call functions on mechanical watches "complications" for a reason, but sometimes things get so complicated that it's time to start over. That's the reasoning that led MB&F and Irish watchmaker Stephen McDonnell to produce the Legacy Machine Perpetual – a wristwatch that includes a perpetual calendar with a reinvented movement that's more compact and reliable than conventional designs.
There have been numerous attempts over the years to break the decades-long stranglehold the keyboard and mouse have had on the human-to-computer interface by providing some semblance of Minority Report-like gesture control. Apotact Labs recently joined the fray with a four-finger glove-like design called Gest that allows you to control your computer and your mobile devices with your hands.
Battling the likes of the Tec Jacket 2.0 for the title of "world's most high-tech jacket," the all-new PowearIN jacket gives you surplus pocket space for gadgetry, integrated gadget charging, a built-in flashlight and a wireless dial to control external devices. It can even transform into a messenger bag and carry your your electronics on your shoulder when it's too hot for a waterproof-breathable coat.
The Louis Moinet Vertalor tourbillon wristwatch has just won the Tourbillon category of this year's International Chronometry Competition – an event described as "the equivalent of five Formula 1 Grand Prix races – without a single pit stop."
Everyone from automakers to Stanford researchers have piled on the publicity bonanza that is, or was, Back to the Future Day. But true fanatics of the franchise holding out for something more authentic will be rejoicing in the announcement of legitimate, bona fide, self-lacing Nike Mag high-top sneakers, as worn by time-traveling hero Marty McFly. The sportswear giant has sent the very first pair to Michael J. Fox, with more to become available in spring of 2016.
The Misfit Shine is a simple, stylish activity tracker and sleep monitor that began as an ambitious Indiegogo campaign but grew into a full line of workout trackers that manage to compete in a crowded field that includes devices like the Fitbit Charge HR and Jawbone UP3. On Tuesday, Misfit announced the second generation with the Misfit Shine 2, which gets some basic upgrades and also now functions as a remote control of sorts for your life.
Pepper sprays and self-defense know-how are useful tools in protecting against violent attacks. But in the view of startup Roar, women shouldn't be made to change their lifestyles in order to feel safe. It has developed a discreet device that can be worn as a piece of jewelry and alert loved ones to their whereabouts when trouble arises.
Finnish company Polar has been in the health monitoring game for over 30 years and launched the world's first wearable wireless heart monitor in 1982. Since then, the market has been flooded with wearable devices designed to track and motivate the fitness training efforts of professionals and amateurs alike. With the new A360 fitness tracker, Polar has added a splash of color to a device designed to offer convenient wrist-based heart rate monitoring and smartwatch-like notifications.
Suunto has long designed watches for hardcore outdoor athletes, like divers, climbers and runners. It's now making bigger a play for more everyday lifestyle adventurers and explorers. A few weeks ago, we saw the Traverse GPS watch, and next Suunto will launch the Kailash, a watch for world travelers.
Earlier this month, Bang & Olufsen revealed a monstrous 90th anniversary wireless speaker called the BeoLab 90 costing US$40,000 and capable of throwing out 8,200 watts via 18 drivers. The company has now followed this with something a whole lot cheaper, a good deal smaller and a touch more personal. B&O says that the BeoPlay H7 premium over-ear headphones offer users gesture-based touch control of music playback and will deliver its Signature Sound whether the wearer opts to listen over Bluetooth or via the supplied cable.