wearables

  • This sensory wearable is designed for flirting

    This sensory wearable is designed for flirting

    With people more likely to be locking eyes with their smartphone screens these days when they’re hanging around in public, the London-based designers behind this feathery wearable are worried that the chances for exchanging flirtatious glances with passing strangers is being engineered out of daily life. Or, let’s be honest, translated into monetizable swipes on Tinder et al. Read More

  • Tilt gesture keyboard could hold promise for typing in VR

    Tilt gesture keyboard could hold promise for typing in VR

    A group of researchers are demonstrating a tilt-based typing technique they’ve designed that could be an alternative option for users of larger smartphones or for inputting text when in VR. Read More

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    Bolt Threads debuts its first product, a $314 tie made from spiderwebs

    Bolt Threads debuts its first product, a $314 tie made from spiderwebs

    It may not look like a bunch of cobwebs, but the tie you see above was spun from the same material spiders spin out from their behinds. The difference is this thread was mass produced from fermented microbial poop instead, and it’s the first product out from materials science startup Bolt Threads. Read More

  • Smartwatches need to get better

    Smartwatches need to get better

    Android Wear 2.0 was bound to be a disappointment. There was just too much hanging on the second generation of the wearable operating system. After all, a significant chunk of declining smartwatch shipments was laid at the feet of the OS’s ongoing delay and, as last year drew to a close, studies like this report from IDC pointed to a dismal end to the year for a space so many were once… Read More

  • Apple Watch will soon let you talk to Siri to use your apps

    Apple Watch will soon let you talk to Siri to use your apps

    The next version of Apple Watch’s software will let you talk to Siri via your smartwatch in order to interact with third-party applications, according to new developer documentation from Apple released on Tuesday. This will let you do things like order an Uber, send a message through a chat application, make a payment, and more. The feature is one of a handful of enhancements expected… Read More

  • Unboxing six gadgets from CES 2017

    I had a great time out here at CES 2017 in Las Vegas — every once in a while I got to sneak away and walk around a little bit and check out the goodies. A little walking here, a little checking stuff out there. Sometimes I fell asleep under tables… it’s just the nature of the beast. Sometimes people wanted me to check out their product, but I couldn’t do it right away… Read More

  • Smartwatches could soon tell you when you’re getting sick

    Smartwatches could soon tell you when you’re getting sick

    Plenty of people try to stay vigilant about their health and watch for signs that they might be coming down with something — but who has the dedication to watch their heart rate, skin temperature and other signs all day, every day? Probably no one — unless their smartwatch does it for them. Read More

  • Gartner spies growing opportunity for voice-driven devices

    Gartner spies growing opportunity for voice-driven devices

    Analyst Gartner is projecting flat growth for worldwide device shipments; it says the combined shipments of PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones will total just 2.3 billion in 2017, the same as 2016 estimates — with no growth in these so-called “traditional” computing devices expected until 2018. Read More

  • Pebble says its smartwatches should continue to work in 2017

    Pebble says its smartwatches should continue to work in 2017

    Following its acquisition by Fitbit last week, Pebble has reassured owners of its smartwatches that they aren’t about to suddenly stop working. Read More

  • Oura Ring raises €5 million to take its smart jewelry mainstream

    Oura Ring raises €5 million to take its smart jewelry mainstream

    A Finnish startup called Ōura Ring has closed a series A round of €5 million to ramp up production of its smart, health-monitoring jewelry. Oura Ring’s Series A backers included MIT Media Lab Director Joi Ito, Jaan Tallinn who was Skype’s founding engineer and a cofounder of Kazaa and the Future of Life Institute, along with other finance professionals and tech entrepreneurs… Read More

  • Siren Care makes a “smart” sock to track diabetic health

    Siren Care makes a “smart” sock to track diabetic health

    Diabetic health tracking startup Siren Care has created smart socks that use temperature sensors to detect inflammation — and therefore injury — in realtime for diabetics. Co-founder Ran Ma was working on growing biomass to grow back skin that had been damaged while at Northwestern University when she started learning how to treat diabetic feet and thought of making a… Read More

  • Ava, the fertility wearable, raises $9.7M to help families conceive

    Ava, the fertility wearable, raises $9.7M to help families conceive

    Ava, a medical technology company focused on women’s reproductive health, announced today that it has raised a $9.7 million Series A. The investment was led by European VC firm Polytech Ventures with Blue Ocean Ventures, Global Sources and the company’s existing seed investors Swisscom and ZKB participating. Ava originally launched as part of TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield… Read More

  • Smartwatch sales are tanking

    Smartwatch sales are tanking

    Maybe not everyone is convinced they need a smartwatch? According to a new industry report from IDC out this morning, smartwatch shipments experienced “significant” declines in the third quarter, as total shipments were down 51.6 percent from the same time last year. Just 2.7 million units were shipped in Q3 2016 versus 5.6 million in Q3 2015. While IDC offers several explanations… Read More

  • This smart sock adds sensations to prosthetic limbs

    This smart sock adds sensations to prosthetic limbs

    The future of prosthetics is fast arriving, with 3D-printed construction, advanced materials and embedded sensors replacing the unadorned wood and plastic of yore. But like the rest of the future, it’s not equally distributed. In order to bridge the gap for users who can’t afford or get at these fancy new prostheses, researchers propose smartening up dumb prosthetics with… Read More

  • Better ingredients, better companies Crunch Network

    Better ingredients, better companies

    Papa John’s has a catchy motto: “Better Ingredients. Better Pizza.” This analogy works in technology, as well. As better ingredient technologies arrive on the scene, they open the door for new, iconic companies to be formed that meet our needs in fundamentally better ways. Read More

  • Picture This Clothing turns your kid’s crayon art into a sweet dress

    Picture This Clothing turns your kid’s crayon art into a sweet dress

    It’s a magical world we live in, people. Where once our brilliant crayon drawings were condemned to live forever two-dimensionally on a piece of dog-eared construction paper, now they can be given the life they deserve — either as an endearingly grotesque plush doll or, with this new service, an awesome dress. Read More

  • The IoT threat to privacy Crunch Network

    The IoT threat to privacy

    As the Internet of Things becomes more widespread, consumers must demand better security and privacy protections that don’t leave them vulnerable to corporate surveillance and data breaches. But before consumers can demand change, they must be informed — which requires companies to be more transparent. Read More

  • iBeat raises $1.5 million to build a heart monitor that people will actually want to wear

    iBeat raises $1.5 million to build a heart monitor that people will actually want to wear

    A San Francisco startup called iBeat has raised $1.5 million in seed funding to make a smartwatch that constantly monitors a wearer’s heart and, in the event of cardiac arrest, checks in on them, and notifies loved ones and emergency responders. Ryan Howard, who previously founded and was CEO of the electronic health records venture Practice Fusion, said he started iBeat after losing… Read More

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