Smartglasses, or augmented reality glasses, may have found niches in military and industrial circles, but haven't really caught on with consumers for a number of reasons – a major one being that they're extremely conspicuous. To help rectify this, the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (IOF) in Jena, Germany, has developed technology that allows for a more unobtrusive design, while also providing improved functionality.
Soundhawk is an ear-worn "smart listening system," which the company is very careful to describe as ... well, anything but a hearing aid. So we took those claims at face value, to see how it stacks up as an audio enhancer for people with "normal" (or close to it) hearing. Read on for Gizmag's review.
We've already heard about electronic earplugs that only block sound when loud noises occur, or that amplify human voices.
Doppler Labs' Here Active Listening system, however, takes things a
step further. Consisting of an app-controlled pair of wireless earbuds,
it lets users filter out or enhance audio frequencies in real-world
ambient sound before it reaches their ears.
Back at CES 2015, one of the coolest new gizmos we tried was Thync. The wearable zaps your brain to make you feel either calm or energized (or both) – and, despite some healthy skepticism at first, we found that it worked exactly as advertised. We got a second hands-on last week in advance of Thync pre-orders starting today.
Hong Kong-based Zorloo headed to Indiegogo earlier this year to crowdfund some next generation earphones that integrated a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and headphone amp into the inline controller. By the time the campaign closed on February 22, the campaign had attracted over US$85,000, nearly four times the funding goal. Now, after a slight production delay, backers are starting to receive their Z:ero in-ear headphones and the company's Andy Ho sent Gizmag some to try out.
If you are trying to be more active throughout the day, you really need an activity tracker that you never have to take off. That description applies to the Striiv Fusion, which is incredibly durable, and made to track both your movements and your sleep quality. Right now, you can grab one at 39% off the standard price.
Google I/O was light on new consumer products this year (and by "light," we mean there were none at all), but the company made up for the lack of marquee sizzle with some important under-the-radar innovations. While Google Cardboard is still, well, made of cardboard, the company's VR strategy is anything but paper-thin.
Google has unveiled some big virtual reality plans at I/O 2015. Not only did the company announce an updated version of its low-cost Cardboard headset, but it also unveiled a new feature designed to allow teachers to take their students on virtual field trips, and a new project that allows users to create their own 360-degree virtual reality experiences.
Google has announced a new operating system for the Internet of Things,
known as Project Brillo. It's built on a stripped-down version of
Android, provides a common language for connected home devices, as well
as a user-friendly interface that makes it easier to set up hardware.