Wearable Electronics

Apple "iWatch" to Use Curved Glass?

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More rumours on supposed Apple experiments in wearable electronics emerge-- the New York Times reports an "iWatch" might soon emerge in form of a curved glass device.

The Wall Street Journal has a similar report mentioning Foxconn as a potential manufacturing partner.

According to the NYT's sources such a smartwatch will run on iOS and "stand apart from competitors based on the company’s understanding of how such glass can curve around the human body."

The technology allowing one to make such a device already exists-- Corning Willow Glass promises the strength, thinness and flexibility ideal for wristwatch-style devices.

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Wearable Lifelogging via Memoto

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Wearable Lifelogging via Memoto

A Swedish company has plans for a wearable camera-app combination allowing customers to automatically capture "every moment" of their lives-- the Memoto, a lifelogging device the size of a postage stamp.

The little device carries a 5MP camera, a GPS and an accelerometer. It clips onto clothing and automatically takes a photo (complete with timestamp and GPS position log) every 30 seconds.

A micro USB port allows recharging and connection to PC.

Once connected to PC the camera uploads photos to the Memoto Web Service and Android/iOS app. The web service and app organise photos into "moments" based on GPS, time, accelerometer and light levels in order to create an easily searchable "photographic memory."

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Google Glass Steps on the Catwalk

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Google Glass Steps on the Catwalk

The New York Fashion Week is the last place most expect to find the latest in consumer hi-tech-- yet that is where the Google Glass augmented reality (AR) glasses made a showing, with several models sporting the glasses at the Diane Von Furstenberg finale.

The Belgian designer and members of her design and production team also got to wear the glasses at he event as part of "DVF through Glass," a video project Google will showcase on YouTube later this week.  "Beauty, style and comfort are as important to Glass as the latest technology... We are delighted to bring Glass to the runway together with DVF," Google co-founder and Glass "key leader" Sergey Brin says. Perhaps predictably, Brin also showed up at the fashion show wearing a pair of the AR goggles.

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Tipping Point for Wearables?

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Tipping Point for Wearables?

Calling Google's Project Glass "just a  start," Forrester analyst Sarah Rotman Epps argues "like mobile and tablets today, in three years, wearable computing devices will matter to every product strategist."

Wearables have enormous potential for uses in health and fitness, navigation, social networking, commerce, and media. "Imagine," asks Epps, ".. video games that happen in real space. Or glasses that remind you of your colleague’s name that you really should know. Or paying for a coffee at Starbucks with your watch instead of your phone. Wearables will transform our lives in numerous ways, trivial and substantial, that we are just starting to imagine."

Wearables will "enter the mainstream by exploiting the relative strengths of the big five platforms" (Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft) says Epps in her blog post.

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Sony Wants Smarter Watches

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Sony Wants Smarter Watches

It appears more "smart" watches are entering in the market-- Sony unveils the SmartWatch, an Android-powered device bringing (some) smartphone functions to customers' wrists.

It has a 1.3" OLED touchscreen and connects to Android (2.1 and above) smartphones via Bluetooth to shows text messages, emails, Facebook/Twitter updates, weather forecasts and even call previews.

Sony also claims the SmartWatch Continue reading...

Wearable Displays Get SMART

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Wearable Displays Get SMART

Wearable displays have often been referred to as "Head Mounted Displays" because of their bulky size and clunky appearance. Now Vuzix launches SMART Glasses Technology after years of internal development and a recent licensing deal with Nokia.

SMART Glasses Technology starts with a compact display engine capable of high contrast and brightness for outdoor use. The output is then relayed into a 1.4 mm thick polymer waveguide lens with input and output hologram structures on the surface which squeezes the light down the waveguide and then 2-dimensionally expands the image back into the user’s eye.

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The Wearable Computer is Back

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The Wearable Computer is Back

WIMM Labs believes the future will come in small packages -- it unveils the WIMM platform, a miniature computer currently available in a limited number of developer preview kits.

The result of a partnership with Foxconn, the preview kit (known as the WIMM One) is a 1" slab packing a reflective colour touchscreen (160 x 160 resolution), wifi, Bluetooth and GPS radios, vibrate motor, accelerometer Continue reading...

The Sportsman's Wrist-Mounted Gadget(s)

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The Sportsman's Wrist-Mounted Gadget(s)

Your customers of a more athletic nature may finally find their ideal gadget in VEA's take on the sport watch -- one combining mobile phone, camera, GPS, MP3 player and (of course) watch in a wrist-mounted form factor.

Simply named "Sport", its phone has all regular functions, including EDGE connectivity, MMS and bluetooth. It also comes with a variety of performance tracking functions-- including Continue reading...

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