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  • Google Actually Sells Out Of A Google Glass Model

    Google Actually Sells Out Of A Google Glass Model

    Apparently some people still want Google Glass. The white model sold out several hours after Google allowed anyone to purchase the product. Models of the other colors are still available -- at least until Google stops selling the product tonight. For today only, Google made Glass available to anyone. This is the first time since the product's announcement that Google has allowed the general… Read More

  • Google Glass Gets KitKat Support And Improved Photo Browsing, Loses Video Calls

    Google Glass Gets KitKat Support And Improved Photo Browsing, Loses Video Calls

    Anybody will be able to buy Google Glass tomorrow, but ahead of this, Google is giving the Glass software an update. There are a couple of new features in this update, including new tools for making working with photos easier, but Google has also decided to remove the option to do video calls from Glass for the time being. Read More

  • Survios Virtual Reality Gaming Demo

    The Next Oculus? Survios’ Epic Zombie-Killing Game Mixes Motion Capture With VR

    Now that the entire virtual reality space has gotten a big boost from Facebook’s $2 billion deal to buy Oculus, who’s next? Maybe it’s Survios, a company that was came out of the very same University of Southern California Mixed Reality Lab that Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey came from. Right now, virtual reality is pretty stationary: you sit there, put on a headset and… Read More

  • Omate TrueSmart | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Omate TrueSmart

    In a year, we've gone to having one or two startup smartwatch companies to a sea of offerings before us, from companies as big as Google all the way down to Omate, a startup looking to make your wrist as brilliant as possible. At its core, the TrueSmart is likely one of the most powerful smartwatches on the market. Powered by Android 4.2, the TrueSmart has its own SD card and SIM card, complete… Read More

  • Oculus Rift Shares Developer Hardware Sales Data

    Oculus Rift Shares Developer Hardware Sales Data

    Were you to judge success by the response of “The Internet” when Facebook acquired nascent virtual reality hardware company Oculus Rift, developers didn’t like the deal. But were you to judge success by its actual sales, it may be a different story. Oculus Rift tells TechCrunch that it’s sold about 25,000 second-generation “DK2” development kits to developers… Read More

  • A Wearables Startup Playbook

    A Wearables Startup Playbook

    The rise of mobile broadband, commodity sensors, smartphone-based companion apps, virtualized manufacturing and supply chain, crowdfunding, and nimble design have converged to make wearables mainstream. With the category now validated as a strategic hotspot for all major corporations and platforms, investors are clamoring to fund wearable tech startups. Read More

  • Shortcut Debuts A Siri-Like App For The “Internet Of Things”

    Shortcut Debuts A Siri-Like App For The “Internet Of Things”

    Addicted to home automation and other web-connected gadgetry, such as Lockitron or Unikey door locks, Nest or EcoBee smart thermostats, Belkin wemo switches, Dropcam, Fitbit, Jawbone, Sonos and more? Then you're going to like this: A recently launched mobile app called Shortcut is offering you a way to control your devices using voice. As co-founder Duy Huynh puts it, it's like "a Siri for the… Read More

  • The Risk And Rush Of Supporting A Crowdfunding Project

    The Risk And Rush Of Supporting A Crowdfunding Project

    Last week, a small crowdfunded project called the Healbe GoBe made news, as backers and journalists questioned the company's claims that it could measure caloric intake using a wearable device. While the claims do sound wild at best, the company is sticking to its story -- and Indiegogo is sticking by the project. Read More

  • TomTom Cardio Sport Watches Offer GPS And Heart Rate Tracking In One Light Package

    TomTom Cardio Sport Watches Offer GPS And Heart Rate Tracking In One Light Package

    TomTom only introduced its lineup of GPS fitness watches about six months ago, but it’s already iterating on the design with a big new feature addition. The new TomTom Cardio watches, which include a multi-sport and a running-specific version, offer built-in heart rate monitoring, via an optical sensor located on the underside of the watch’s face. The sensor is actually built by Mio… Read More

  • Microsoft Paid Up To $150M To Buy Wearable Computing IP From The Osterhout Design Group

    Microsoft Paid Up To $150M To Buy Wearable Computing IP From The Osterhout Design Group

    Earlier this week, Facebook announced that it had acquired Oculus VR for $2 billion, and it turns out that this isn't the only recent piece of M&A in the category of head-mounted wearable computing. Microsoft, we have discovered, has paid up to $150 million to buy IP assets related to augmented reality, head-borne computers, and related items from the Osterhout Design Group, a low-profile… Read More