Wearables

  • MIT researchers develop wearable toxic gas sensor

    MIT researchers develop wearable toxic gas sensor

    A team of four MIT researchers has developed a new wearable sensor that can detect toxic gases and talk to smartphones or other wireless devices to warn users when they are in danger. Using these sensors, the researchers hope to design badges that weigh less than a credit card and can be easily worn by military personnel on the battlefield. “Soldiers carry a lot of equipment already, and… Read More

  • Oops! Wearables can leak your PINs and passwords

    Oops! Wearables can leak your PINs and passwords

    The security nightmare posed by the Internet of Things isn’t just related to the lack of expertise in the types of companies adding connectivity to gizmos and gadgets. It’s the sensitivity of the connected sensors, strewn hither and thither, opening up potential attack vectors for determined hackers. Hence the need for really robust security thinking to lock down the risks. Read More

  • Penn students’ start-up XEED puts wearables to work against Parkinson’s disease

    Penn students’ start-up XEED puts wearables to work against Parkinson’s disease

    The internet of things, and wearables in particular, may not be quite living up to the hype, but it turns out they may be just the thing for people suffering from Parkinson’s disease. A pair of engineering students from the University of Pennsylvania have started their own company to pursue the possibility. Read More

  • Swatch’s Bellamy NFC payment watch is hitting Rio in time for the Olympics

    Swatch’s Bellamy NFC payment watch is hitting Rio in time for the Olympics

    Sure, there are still plenty of hurdles left when it comes to pulling off the Olympics in Rio this summer, but paying for stuff apparently won’t be among them. Visa is announcing its third wearable payment option set to coincide with the games, joining the aforementioned ring and a band co-branded with Brazilian bank, Bradesco. The Swatch Bellamy, a partnership between the credit… Read More

  • The Atlas Wristband 2 offers an interesting but limited spin on fitness trackers

    The Atlas Wristband 2 offers an interesting but limited spin on fitness trackers

    It’s tough standing out in the increasingly overcrowded world of fitness trackers. Though, to be fair, standing out from the pack has never really been one of Atlas Wearables‘ issues. It’s a strange-looking thing. The sort of thing that, even in this enlightened age of ubiquitous wearables, people look at the Wristband 2 with slight disbelief. It’s an odd-looking thing. Read More

  • Jabra is all talk with its Halo Smart Bluetooth earbuds

    Jabra is all talk with its Halo Smart Bluetooth earbuds

    At $80, the Jabra Halo Smart is in a bit of a gray area. It’s hardly what the majority of users would call “cheap,” but it still comes in well below other wireless offerings from companies like Jaybird. They’re not fitness buds, nor are they focused on sound or comfort. Jabra, much to its credit, went a different route entirely, eschewing the focuses of most… Read More

  • This is how anti-paparazzi clothing works

    This is how anti-paparazzi clothing works

    If paparazzi have a right to take photos (they do) and newspapers are allowed to print photos taken by paparazzi (they do), it stands to reason that those in the brief spotlight of an eager photographer’s flash have a right to fight back, too (they do). Anti-paparazzi clothing has been around for a while, and if you’ve ever wondered how it works, oh boy have you come to the… Read More

  • Misfit introduces a new Speedo-branded swim tracker

    Misfit introduces a new Speedo-branded swim tracker

    Misfit is back with another swim-focused fitness device, the Speedo Shine 2, which combines all of the hardware capabilities of the Shine 2, which the Speedo-branding and swim tracking of its predecessor. The Cullen Jones endorsed wearable counts laps, tracks activities and sleep, does text and call notifications and features a vibrating swim timer. It also has multicolor LEDs, a battery… Read More

  • The Basslet wearable subwoofer delivers beats and basslines directly to your body

    The Basslet wearable subwoofer delivers beats and basslines directly to your body

    I first tried on a prototype of the Basslet wearable subwoofer at SXSW 2016. Built by a Berlin startup called Lofelt and headed by CEO/cofounder Daniel Büttner and CTO/cofounder Gwydion ap Dafydd (ex-Ableton and Native Instruments leaders respectively) the Basslet has a strange appeal that I didn’t expect I would like and that I recognized as missing the minute I took it off. Read More

  • Zeiss made a really premium Google Cardboard headset

    Zeiss made a really premium Google Cardboard headset

    Google Cardboard’s biggest appeal has always been its accessibility. Heck, they send the headsets out with the newspaper. Zeiss is taking things in a different direction with the One Plus (not to be confused with the less spacey OnePlus), a $129 VR headset for smartphones that features a premium build and, naturally, the company’s high-end optics. The wearable features a tray… Read More

  • Alienware is also working on one of those VR backpacks

    Alienware is also working on one of those VR backpacks

    It’ll probably come as no surprise to anyone who’s been following gaming of late, but Alienware’s looking to join the likes of HP and MSI with the release of a VR backpack of its very own. The Dell-owned gaming PC maker wasn’t exactly trumpeting the device at E3, but it did show off a prototype of the proton pack, hung snugly from a mannequin in the company’s… Read More

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