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...

Fitness trackers are great. They give us a window into, if not our soul, then at least our general health. They keep an eye on how much we run, how much we sleep and, uh, how much we sit in front of Netflix with a bottle of ranch dressing in our hand. There is one thing they don’t tend to do, however. Fitness trackers seem to focus exclusively on horizontal motion, without any idea just how vertical you can get. This tracker, however, can truly tell how high you can go. It’s sort of like an anti-limbo. The appropriately named VERT...

A new device – The StrikeTec Sensor is set to revolutionize both the boxing scene and fitness training industry, say its makers. The unique sensor’s capability to show training progress in real time is unprecedented. The sensor allows instant access to such data as the speed, force, and number of punches thrown as the user is working out. This enables fighters to review punch statistics and make adjustments with their trainer without any downtime. The StrikeTec Sensor displays: Punch Calculations, Punch Type Recognition, Speed...

According to a new report from the research firm Berg Insight, shipments of connected wearables reached 19.0 million in 2014, up from 5.9 million devices in the previous year. Growing at a compound annual growth rate of 54.7 percent, total shipments of smartwatches, smart glasses, fitness & activity trackers, people monitoring & safety devices and medical devices as well as other wearable devices are forecasted to reach 168.2 million units in 2019. Bluetooth will remain the primary connectivity option in the coming years, but...

Students from Queen Mary University London will be demonstrating their latest prototypes at the show in March 2015. Long renowned for creating innovative technology products, the team will include demonstrations of - - A piece of wearable technology that aims to communicate through vibrations the emotions conveyed by the music in a movie, with the aim of offering the wearer a new music experience, and potentially also enhancing the experience of watching a movie for the hearing-impaired. - Message Bag is a bag with an integrated RFID reader...

As someone who has been lucky enough to strap an Oculus Rift to his face every once in a while, virtual reality is certainly not a fad. It’s something you certainly have to experience in order to understand, as writing about how ‘real’ it seems doesn’t do the experience any justice. Of course, being as how the Rift isn’t out yet for...

The problem with most wearable technology? They don’t make clear designations as to which sex they are intended to be worn by. Anyone can wear Google Glass. Ditto for Oculus Rift and just about every smartwatch and fitness monitor out there on store shelves. How are we to know which ones our chromosomal compliment urges us to buy?! This is a confusing time...

Oculus and their forthcoming Rift virtual reality device isn’t the only kid on the block, even though Facebook does own this particular block thanks to a two billion dollar cash injection. However, Samsung has long been known to be working on their own device, which will fall under the Gear moniker and be known as the Gear VR. These will work differently from the Rift, in that it won’t...

Ah, the myth and majesty of the e-ink watch. When Pebble first tore up Kickstarter something fierce a couple of years ago, tech-heads knew that a sea change was coming. Soon. the watches of yesteryear would be a sad, unconnected relic. A chorus cried out, ‘if it doesn’t connect to my smartphone, I want nothing to do with it.” Now, of course, there are smartwatches everywhere. There...

It’s no secret that Google Glass and other forthcoming smart eyeglasses aren’t exactly the most visually appealing bunch. They make what you see visually appealing, sure, who doesn’t like to stare at a cool hologram? However, they make what everyone else sees, namely you, look like the squarest of the square. It’s gotten so bad that many pundits...

Ah, the humble fitting room. There are mirrors everywhere. They are usually too small to comfortably remove your shoes. They also usually trick you into thinking you good in that pair of jeans when in actuality you look like a bloated loon(sigh.) In any event, there can’t be wearable tech without a place to tr that wearable tech on. Unfortunately, however,...