Sony Mobile have announced the addition of two new products to its SmartWear Experience range, Sony SmartBand Talk and SmartWatch 3. Both sync to Lifelog, Sony’s tracking and lifestyle app and are yet more proof that Sony regards the wearable space as one of its most important sectors for growth. The Smartband Talk comes equipped with a short call function so you can talk into it and hear your caller, and allows the user to assign their own sounds to life bookmarks and features a built-in accelerometer and altimeter sensor technology....

If you’ve been paying attention to the world of wearable technology over the past couple of years, and since you are on this blog you probably have, you can’t help but notice the propensity of smart watches and smart bands. They usually offer similar functionality, tracking your vitals and workout routines. However, what if you don’t want to strap on something new in order to get...

Posted on Sep 19 2014 - 7:44am by contributor
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Metaio is working with full force to present the world’s leading AR conference – #InsideAR Munich – on 29th/30th of October. Around 1.000 attendees from all over the world will join the event in the Kleine Olympiahalle to hear exciting keynotes, participate in AR workshops and try amazing AR demos. The main topic of InsideAR 2014 will be 3-D Sensors and Wearable Technologies. We are happy to join Metaio and would like to meet you there as well. For your ticket you can register here: http://bit.ly/1liwxK8. ...

First there was a man named Michael Jordan. He did pretty well for himself throwing big orange balls into mesh hoops and going into space with popular cartoon characters. Then, of course, came a whole bunch of shoes endorsed by Mr. Jordan. The uber-popular Air Jordans were the defacto leader of basketball shoes throughout the 1990s and, well, up until today. Speaking of today, Nike and Sony just teamed...

Misfit Wearables has announced its second wearable product, called Flash. Like the Shine, it is a disk-shaped activity tracker, with the differential being that Flash has a plastic coating. The price point is half that of the Shine, retailing for under $50 when it is released in October. Like the Shine, the Flash will be able to track steps, sleep and other forms of activity and sync it with the Misfit app on both IOS and Android. The Flash of course will not be waterproof. Misfit has always been focused on tracking – whether sleep...

There are several immutable rules about fitness armbands that have been operating since time immemorial, or 2010. First of all, they must wrap around your arm. as stated in the name of the device. Also, they must track a variety of factors, including heart rate, distance traveled, and in some extreme cases, your sleeping patterns. One more thing. They have to be above a certain price. You are not...

When you think about exoskeletons, you no doubt think of large, bulky robotic suits that people step into, like Iron Man’s suit. However, exoskeletons don’t have to be quite so bulky and annoyingly heavy. As a matter of fact, as technology gives us the ability to shrink a bunch of heretofore unshrinkable stuff down, we will start to see exoskeletons that...

Do you feel that gentle crispness in the air, especially at night? Do you get the sense that summer is fading away, giving the go-ahead for fall to take over and wrap us in sweater weather? That’s all fine and good. Fall is a great time to be alive, after all. But, and there is a but, fall is short and winter is long. In other words, to quote this random fantasy...

Posted on Sep 12 2014 - 8:50am by editor
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Augmented reality specialist Optinvent has launched a funding campaign to develop its ORA eyewear. Crunchwear got the lowdown from Optinvent CEO Kayvan Mirza. Why did you decide to use Kickstarter to fund the ORA glasses ? We feel that Kickstarter will be an excellent way to reach our target audience (application developers and early adopters). Our goal is to get the developer version of the ORA out in order to seed the eco system. It also allows us to engage with early adopters and get their precious feedback. Are you pleased so far...

Posted on Sep 9 2014 - 2:30pm by John Weir
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Apple have finally revealed their long – rumoured smart watch product. The Apple Watch comes in two sizes and three distinct collections – including sport, standard and ‘edition’ (made from 18 carat gold) It also has a wide choice of watch interfaces and straps. Unsurprisingly it has health and fitness features and is claimed to be accurate to within +/- 50 milliseconds. Smart replies and dictation will let you respond quickly to messages. You can also share images, or something as subtle as your own heartbeat The...

If a future time traveler were to travel back in time to our age, it would be easy for he or she to tell what time period they were in. All they would have to do would go to any restaurant and gauge how much attention people were paying to one another. Yeah. Having a super computer in our pocket at all times has sure been helpful. It has also been somewhat annoying. Nobody talks anymore as they nosh....

A wise collective of man once said “heaven let your light shine down.” Now, some people may interpret those award-winning lyrics as being about overt spirituality, but I like to think of them describing one’s inner light. We all have one, as Captain Picard so illustriously proved to us. However, how do we let it shine down? Do we, uh, have to meditate...