A crowdfunding project Rufus Cuff has some utopian features that people may find intriguing, however the reality of it could be different from the perception. The main focus is on the 3-inch screen and how crammed everything could look on it. The reality is that the wearable market is getting crowded with products that are late to the party. Look at the Nike FuelBand as an example, a major chunk of Nike Digital Sport hardware team has been laid off because the company realised it needed to refocus on other avenues.
The first DREDD movie with Karl Urban was a disaster in theaters - it was marketed in a way that pushed the 3D element in the film and ticket sales were dumped. Now in the aftermath of its DVD and Blu-ray release, the film has captured hordes of rabid fans - a cult following, if you will - with so much interest that there’s a call for a second film. The creators of the first film are struggling to prove to the powers that be that cash invested in a second film would be worth the time and effort - but there’s a petition, and Karl Urban himself is onboard.
Crowdfunding success and smart home startup Piper is likely headed to more homes after being acquired by security and home automation firm iControl, which aims to target the tech at renters and other installation-shy users. Piper, launched on Indiegogo last year, is a combination security webcam and home automation hub, allowing remote access of streaming video as well as the ability to control appliances and lights through plug-in wireless modules.
Mobile technology and mobile devices are so prevalent today that it totally make sense to employ those not just to make our lives easier but keep our families safer as well. hereO offers just that, injecting GPS technology into a watch that, at the same time, looks cool enough that kids will want to keep them on.
This week the folks behind SmartMio are aiming to bring some extra in-depth fitness tracking to the public. They’ll be doing this with EMS, or Electrical Muscle Stimulation, also known as Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation or NEMS. In practice, this means that the SmartMio device won’t just be on your person, it’ll be attached to your body, sending nerve impulses "to engage your muscles during a workout."
We've seen all sorts of wearable devices in recent time, the span of which includes things like stylish safety alerts and hoards of fitness-specific wristbands. GoodLux Technology has surfaced with a wearable focus we've not seen before, however: a sun exposure meter that tracks how much sunlight a person gets.
Wearables have largely revolved around smartglasses and smartwatches, but slowly other wearable items are cropping up, among them being the Bluetooth safety alert jewelry we saw yesterday and, as of late, the crowdfunded FIN ring. This ring functions as a sort of hands-free control for various devices and activities, and has surpassed its funding goal on Indiegogo.
Google Glass Explorers come in all varieties and Glassware of many sorts is in development, all of it aiming to augment our existence in a new and functional way. One of the more altruistic developments-in-progress are the apps being created by developer and firefighter Patrick Jackson, who sees a future in the technology for his fellow firefighters.
The meme-based Dogecoin, which against odds has risen in popularity despite being worth less than Bitcoin, has been used to provide the Jamaican bobsleigh team with the funds it needs to go to the 2014 Winter Olympics. The digital funds were raised via a charity setup called Dogesled.