Listening to music via headphones can isolate the listener from the rest of the world. The new Batband bone conduction headphones, however, allow users to to still hear what is going on around them. Audio is transmitted through the bones of the skull, while the ears remain uncovered.
Bras can be pretty uncomfortable items of apparel – or so I'm reliably informed. And while bras worn for show in the bedroom often have plenty of ventilation, those worn on the sporting field for support often don't. To show off the potential for its Curie module, Intel teamed up with architectural sportswear designer Chromat to produce two "responsive garments" – a bra and a dress – which change shape is response to the wearer's body temperature, adrenaline or stress levels.
From the Fitbit to the Apple Watch, there's no shortage of wearable devices that track your daily activity with an eye on your personal health and wellbeing, but a new device developed at the University of Washington (UW) can track your activity as it pertains to the health of the planet. Called MagnifiSense, the wrist-worn prototype detects what devices and vehicles the wearer interacts with throughout the day to help track their carbon footprint.
What if you could get a massage while you’re walking around running errands? That’s the idea behind Aira (pronounced era), a “mobile massage suite” that helps work your tired back muscles while you’re out and about. Perhaps the best part is that no one will even know you’re wearing it because it looks like an average hoodie. A prototype Aira jacket was shown off this week at IFA in Berlin.
It's been a busy few days at the IFA exhibition in Berlin, and in amongst the plethora of new products announced is this Spark fitness watch from TomTom. Its focus is on combining locally stored music with your workouts, so you can leave your phone at home when you need to.
Runners have plenty of options for lighting, from simple, purpose-built runners' lights, to lighted hydration packs, to LED running shoes, to neon-glow belts and beyond. Typically these lights are powered by replaceable or rechargeable batteries, which can leave you in the dark. The all-new Million Mile Light from startup Positively Human makes you the battery, keeping the light flashing so long as you're running.
Wearables, to be true to their name, should ideally be devices that are comfortable and easy to wear, like a snug scarf or a soft pair of socks. But many devices laying claim to the wearable tag don't quite meet this brief. The Wove Band could be an exception. Billed as the "world's first flexible touch display," the design combines a flexible E Ink display with a proprietary digital fabric developed by Chicago-based Polyera over a ten year period.
When it comes to exercise or physical activity, some people prefer solitude to do their own thing. For many others, these experiences are enhanced by including music and/or friends. Soul Electronics has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new product that caters to such people by combining wireless audio and personal communication. The Combat+ Sync headphones allows users to enjoy music and talk to each other through built-in walkie-talkies.
We didn't hear much about Android Wear at the latest Google I/O, with the platform's biggest update having already arrived earlier in the year (around the time the Apple Watch launched). But today we heard about Wear's next big update, rolling out just in time for holiday gadget-shopping mania.
Microsoft announced its partnership with TaylorMade earlier this year, and instantly brought a number of useful golfing features to its Band wearable. Well, things are about to get even better, with the fitness wearable now working with TaylorMade's myRoundPro service, providing in-depth post-round stats.