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· 1,028,800 million wearable devices predicted to be sold in the UK this Christmas across core wearable technology areas · People in the UK are forecast to spend £104.7 million on wearable...

· 1,028,800 million wearable devices predicted to be sold in the UK this Christmas across core wearable technology areas · People in the UK are forecast to spend £104.7 million on wearable technology this Christmas, more than Germany, Spain and The Netherlands who were also polled · The wearables market as a whole is forecast be worth £313.6 million in 2014 for UK retailers, the second highest in Europe after Germany According to research released today by Samsung Electronics, 2014 is set to be the year that...

Posted on Oct 1 2014 - 5:37pm by John Weir
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Having taken just 90 minutes to reach its funding target on Kickstarter, fitness startup Moov is promising to reinvent the crowded tracker sector. Moov is a personal coach that lives on your iPhone or iPad – Android version being not yet available – and uses a physical motion tracker to monitor your workouts in real-time.Its inventors (including a one-time Apple engineer), see it as much more of a coaching tool than a simple tracker. It has a virtual trainer so that the user is motivated to reach and where possible over achieve...

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....

ASUS has announced a smartwatch that it says will retail for under £200 at the IFA conference in Germany. The ZenWatch will operate on Google’s Android Wear operating system, and will boast a 320-pixel-square touchscreen housed in a stainless steel case. The launch comes as a number of companies, including Samsung, Sony, Motorola and others announce new offerings in the space. The watch will also come with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, and a microphone and heart rate sensor. The monitor claims to let the watch measure “relaxation...

An Indian based company claims to be able to help wearables enjoy longer battery life. Battery life has long been one of the biggest problems for wearables, with most needing regular charging in order to operate effectively. Ineda Systems says it has created the first chip created just for wearable devices. The low-power processor is designed to extend battery life whilst also enabling devices to listen to voice commands— one of the primary ways people interact with devices like Google Glass. Ineda’s chip would work as a secondary...

Apple is rumoured to be launching a wearable device alongside the iPhone 6, according to reports. Tech site Recode is reporting that the planned launch event, on September 9th, will also include the introduction of a new wearable device alongside two new iPhones. It’s unclear whether this device will be a smartwatch, already dubbed the “iWatch” by Apple observers. Apple’s new gadget will “make good use” of the new HomeKit and HealthKit platforms, Recode says. Both are designed to make it easier for...

Electronics giant Toshiba have unveiled a smart band, tracking physical activity, sleep analysis and nutritional monitoring. The WERAM1100 will run for two weeks without charging – “removing the need for users to carry a charger when traveling”, Toshiba says. It uses an accelerometer to “estimate” physical activities, such as steps taken, distance travelled and calories burned. Users can upload photos to the accompanying app and monitor diet and nutrition. Initially available in Japan, the tracker will come in four colours –...

Canadian wearables company GestureLogic has pulled in over $130,000 on IndieGoGo for its new fitness technology LEO. The company claims that LEO’s capabilities surpass current fitness wearables by tracking users complex biosignals, such as muscle activity or lactic acid levels, with biomedical monitoring technology. LEO then translates this data into simple and actionable recommendations and notifies users of potential injury, all in real-time via a smartphone application. “Popular fitness wearables estimate performance metrics based...

Wearable technology, as it stands, is hampered by several technologies that haven’t quite caught up to their promise just yet. One of the most significant of these is power consumption. These devices use a lot of energy and, more than that, are hampered aesthetically by the breadth and width of today’s battery technology. This is a problem because the stuff we wear, particularly actual...

Video games and wearable technology go together like, uh, peanut butter and jelly or big dogs and little dogs. In short, they are bros forever. As such, some of the very first wearable technology concepts(that are still growing)emerged from gaming. The Power Glove and the Virtual Boy were both 1980s and early 1990s products that predicted Oculus Rift and gesture controlled devices. No matter how many...