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Vuzix WRAP 920AR eyewear hands-on

Vuzix WRAP 920AR eyewear hands-on

Do you know what's difficult to demonstrate on video?  Vuzix's WRAP 920AR augmented-reality video headset, that's what - after all, while to the outside observer  you could be merely enjoying some hands-free media playback from your PMP, in actual fact the eyewear is blending together a real-world view with computer-generated imagery on a virtual 67-inch display.  We caught up with Vuzix to try the 920AR headset out, and collared Michael Kwan to pose for some photos and a brief video.

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Opto-electronic contact lenses promise wireless displays

Opto-electronic contact lenses promise wireless displays

The opportunity to jab yourself in the eye with a tiny computer display is one step closer, thanks to the ongoing work with opto-electronic contact lenses taking place at the University of Washington in Seattle.  The lab there has been showing off the latest prototype, the handiwork of Dr. Babak Parviz: a semi-transparent array - including an LED - embedded into a contact lens that receives 330 microwatts of power wirelessly from a nearby RF transmitter.  Parviz has been using the prototypes to display biosensor feedback about the wearer's vital signs, but they'll eventually serve as a heads-up display for displaying other data.

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Apple’s March 9 event — more than just a watch?

Apple’s March 9 event — more than just a watch?

Now that we’ve got our invites for the Apple event on March 9 — which is almost assuredly for the Apple Watch — what else might we find at that time? Though it’s entirely possible Apple will do nothing more than discuss the Apple Watch (and all the behind-the-scenes changes they’ve made to go along with it), the company always seem to have ‘one more thing’ up their sleeve. So what could that be? Anyone’s guess is good enough, but we’re wondering when that MacBook Air refresh might pop up.

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Colleges banning smartwatches ahead of Apple Watch release, fear rampant cheating

Colleges banning smartwatches ahead of Apple Watch release, fear rampant cheating

There have been a handful of smartwatches from a number of manufacturers on the market for some time now, meaning the release of the Apple Watch sometime in the next few months makes it somewhat late to the wearables game. But because it's from Apple, its release is expected to kick the popularity of smartwatches up to a whole new level. In preparation for this forthcoming popularity, universities are already imposing bans on the wrist-worn devices out of fear they will be used for cheating.

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Gold Apple Watches to be stored in safes in Apple Stores

Gold Apple Watches to be stored in safes in Apple Stores

Much has been said already about how the release of the Apple Watch will be the biggest change in Apple products since the company began selling touchscreen devices. However, Apple's new smartwatch will also bring about a small, albeit interesting change to their retail locations: the installation of safes. Not just small, personal safes like you may have in your closet, but large, professional ones like you often see in traditional jewelry stores. Sources say these forthcoming lockboxes are intended for one thing: to store the high-end Apple Watch Edition timepieces that come in luxurious gold.

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Ideum’s Duet brings Windows 8, Android to one table

Ideum’s Duet brings Windows 8, Android to one table

Some people complain that smartphones are too large or that even some tablets are too big. You might wonder if they're going to complain about something that's actually the size of a table as well. Ideum has quite a number of such touch-enabled smart tables, but the new Duet has a very particular feat. It is touted to be the world's first such "smart furniture" that brings both Windows 8 and Android to the table, literally. How long that will be the case is something yet to be seen.

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New report tips Apple Watch release in March, 12in MacBook Air in Q1

New report tips Apple Watch release in March, 12in MacBook Air in Q1

Our 2015 calendars are about to turn over to February and there's still no confirmed launched date for the Apple Watch. As a result, speculation on when the touchscreen wearable will hit shelves is beginning to reach a fervor. Fear not, however, as Ming-Chi Kuo, the analyst with a mostly reliable track record, is here to contribute to the prediction that the Apple Watch will begin shipping in March. Even more, Kuo says the much-discussed 12-inch MacBook Air will launch before the end of 2015's first quarter.

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Stir Kinetic Desk M1 hands-on: Even smarter standing

Stir Kinetic Desk M1 hands-on: Even smarter standing

Sit-stand desks have gone from curiosity to legitimate ergonomic boon, and smart desk startup Stir is back with a new, cleverer and more affordable take on the standing desk. After surprising us with a touchscreen-controlled, high-end desk back in late 2013, the new Stir Kinetic Desk M1 takes the lessons of that $4k behemoth and translates them into something faster and more flexible. I caught up with the Stir team to find out why swifter touch, US-made hardware, and the power of both wearables and the cloud make the new model special - and, most importantly, whether people actually care about changing position once the novelty has worn off.

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It’s time to hit reset – not delete – on Google Glass

It’s time to hit reset – not delete – on Google Glass

Farewell, Explorers. Goodbye, Glass. Google's decision to spin out its controversial wearable into a standalone business was instantly portrayed by many as the often-predicted death of the headset, but the reality is less clear-cut. Glass' struggles saw early enthusiasm sour when questions around privacy and usefulness collided head-on with anti-ostentatious-geek sentiment, and the "face computer" never managed to restore its reputation. While the temptation may be to hit delete on the whole saga, I'd argue a Glass reboot with far greater focus on how head-worn wearables might fit into our daily lives would be a far more rewarding strategy.

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