wearables

  • Neurence’s Cloud Platform Gives Wearables Eyes That Can See And Ears That Can Hear

    Neurence’s Cloud Platform Gives Wearables Eyes That Can See And Ears That Can Hear

    U.K. startup Neurence, which has previously released two proof-of-concept apps showcasing its augmented reality tech, called Taggar and Tag Me, has now launched its long term platform play: a machine learning cloud platform for object recognition which it’s hoping will underpin the next wave of search queries as computing becomes increasingly immersed in the physical world — thanks… Read More

  • Sony Outs Clip-On Smart Glass Module For Sports

    Sony Outs Clip-On Smart Glass Module For Sports

    More Sony news. In a pre-CES announcement that’s perhaps hoping to draw eyeballs away from the toxic fallout of the Sony Pictures email hack — or, more likely, hoping to suck up a little oxygenated publicity ahead of the consumer electronic scrum in January — Sony has today announced its own take on Google Glass. Read More

  • Intel Teams With Luxottica To Build The Future Of Smart Eyewear

    Intel Teams With Luxottica To Build The Future Of Smart Eyewear

    It’s pretty clear at this point that Intel wants to own face computing: The company has been pegged as providing the chip powering the next version of Google Glass, and now it’s officially announcing a partnership with (Glass partner) Luxottica Group, maker of most of the world’s most recognized eyesore, including Oakley, Persol, Armani, Coach and more. The team-up will see… Read More

  • Asus To Begin Selling Android Wear-Powered ZenWatch In The U.S. Nov. 9

    Asus To Begin Selling Android Wear-Powered ZenWatch In The U.S. Nov. 9

    The Android Wear smartwatch collection is expanding, with a host of new devices hitting pre-holiday season after their initial debut this summer. The Asus ZenWatch will be the next to go on sale, with a street date of November 9 for Best Buy initially, with a later launch date on Google Play in the U.S., at a price of $199. We first got wind of the Asus Android Wear device at Google’s I/O… Read More

  • Apple Watch Will Need Juicing Daily, Says Tim Cook

    Apple Watch Will Need Juicing Daily, Says Tim Cook

    Apple fans hoping Cupertino’s reality distortion field was going to do magical things to the battery life of its forthcoming Apple Watch had better reset their expectations to something far more average: the wrist computer will likely need charging daily according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. Read More

  • Blocks’ Modular Smartwatch Designs Teased In New Video

    Blocks’ Modular Smartwatch Designs Teased In New Video

    One of the more interesting wearables lining up to challenge the Apple Watch next year is Blocks, a modular smartwatch conceived by a couple of students from Imperial College in the U.K. — in turn inspired by the Phonebloks/Google Project Ara modular smartphone. Read More

  • Oceanleap Launches A Cloud Platform For Building Apps For Wearables

    Oceanleap Launches A Cloud Platform For Building Apps For Wearables

    The swirl of attention around products like the Apple Watch, the Moto 360 and the Fitbit is only the latest sign that wearables and health-tracking apps could be making a push into mainstream use. A new startup called Oceanleap is hoping to capitalise on that, with the launch of a cloud-based platform for developers to build and host health and fitness apps for the rush of smart watches… Read More

  • You Can Play Tetris On This Steampunk Bracelet

    You Can Play Tetris On This Steampunk Bracelet

    Keven Bates, the creator of the Arduboy programmable business card, has taken his upcoming project and stuffed it into the coolest bracelet you’ll see all week. The wearable, made of copper and exposed circuitry (do not get it wet, naturally) can play Tetris on a tiny LCD screen. You move the blocks by tapping the sides of the bracelet and it scrolls the falling parts across multiple… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Too Soon

    Gillmor Gang: Too Soon

    The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, Robert Scoble, John Taschek, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. This show is dedicated to the memory of Eric Lundquist. @stevegillmor, @scobleizer, @jtaschek, @dbfarber, @kteare Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor Live chat stream The Gillmor Gang on Facebook Read More

  • Heated, Connected Insoles? Whatever Next…

    Heated, Connected Insoles? Whatever Next…

    Are there any limits to the everyday objects that will get connectivity and become controllable via an app? Sanity and smartphone battery life might suggest so, but this soon to launch Kickstarter project which is seeking to crowdfund a pair of connected, heated insoles to warm your tootsies and track your running steps sort of suggests otherwise. Read More

  • RunScribe Is A Wearable For Granular Gait Analysis

    RunScribe Is A Wearable For Granular Gait Analysis

    Do you heel strike or are you a forefoot runner? If you have no idea what that question means this wearable probably isn’t for you. RunScribe is aiming for serious running geeks who want to nerd out over exactly how, where and when their feet connect with the ground — and use that data to improve their running technique and (hopefully) avoid injury. Read More

  • In Defense Of Square Smartwatches

    All the smartphone hype is currently around round watches. When LG and Samsung announced their first Android Wear smartwatches earlier this year, most pundits had a heard time getting excited about them — in part because everybody was still waiting for the round Moto 360. Since then, we haven’t heard all that much about the square watches from those two manufacturers… Read More

  • Ybrain Raises $3.5M To Fund Trials Of Its Wearable For Alzheimer’s Patients

    Ybrain Raises $3.5M To Fund Trials Of Its Wearable For Alzheimer’s Patients

    Ybrain, a Korean startup that makes wearables for Alzheimer’s patients, announced today that it has raised $3.5 million in Series A funding led by Stonebridge Capital, bringing its total raised so far to $4.2 million. Co-founder Seungyeon Kim told TechCrunch that the money will be used for clinical trials and the manufacturing of its wearable devices. Read More

  • OnBeep To Tackle Group Communication Wearables With $6.25M In New Funding

    OnBeep To Tackle Group Communication Wearables With $6.25M In New Funding

    Stealth startup OnBeep got a little less stealthy today, announcing a new Series A round of $6.25 million in funding including investment from Riche Levandov of Avalon ventures, and including previous seed funding from WordPress-creator Matt Mullenweg and others. The company revealed a bit about their secretive product development back in January, when they talked about their efforts… Read More

  • Thalmic Reveals Its Enterprise Play For the Myo Armband, Including Google Glass Integration

    Thalmic Reveals Its Enterprise Play For the Myo Armband, Including Google Glass Integration

    Waterloo’s Thalmic Labs has begun shipping the production version of its hardware to pre-order customers already, and now the company is gearing up for its full-scale enterprise play with the help of some partner companies and with development efforts aimed at specific devices, including Google Glass. Myo’s potential for the enterprise could be much greater than its initial appeal… Read More

  • Elemoon Wearable Bracelet Wants To Make Alerts More Chic Than Geek

    Elemoon Wearable Bracelet Wants To Make Alerts More Chic Than Geek

    Wearable tech that aims to blend in and look like a fashion accessory is the next obvious step in the trajectory of electronic things designed to cling to the human body. Bottom line: not everyone wants to put something utilitarian looking — or downright ugly — on their person. The Bluetooth-connected elemoon bracelet, whose New York-based makers are currently raising crowdfunds… Read More

  • Pyrus Shows What Productivity Apps Will Look Like On Android Wear

    Pyrus Shows What Productivity Apps Will Look Like On Android Wear

    The simplicity of Google’s Android Wear forces developers to be especially thoughtful about what functions actually need to make the jump, which is easier said than done for some apps. For every category of apps, assumptions about how things work have to be tested and new ways of doing things become standard practices. Read More

  • Sensors And Sensitivity

    Sensors And Sensitivity

    The sensible trajectory of connected sensor technology is that the world around us gains the ability to perceive us, rather than wearables taking continuous measure of us to try to determine what’s going on in our environment. Read More

  • Runtastic’s $120 Orbit Fitness Tracker Prizes Function And Features Over Fashion

    Runtastic’s $120 Orbit Fitness Tracker Prizes Function And Features Over Fashion

    Runtastic is doing the reverse of what many startups are doing these days: it’s going from being a software platform provider to becoming a hardware maker with the Runtastic Orbit fitness tracker. The Orbit is similar in concept and execution to the various trackers from Fitbit, Jawbone and Nike already available, but with a number of features designed to set it apart from the competition. Read More

  • The Sync Smartband Is A Health And Location Tracking Device For Both Kids And Grown-Ups

    The Sync Smartband Is A Health And Location Tracking Device For Both Kids And Grown-Ups

    Wearables for kids are coming. A company called ActvContent is today launching the Sync smartband, which was initially aimed at parents looking to keep track of their wandering children. Today, as the product goes live on Indiegogo, the company is broadening its focus to appeal to families and adults as well, with a variety of health tracking functions, including a fitness tracker and… Read More

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