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Gumstix-based wearable Linux computer packs WiFi, digital compass

Gumstix-based wearable Linux computer packs WiFi, digital compass

Tempt you with a difficult-to-pronounce acronym, sir?  No?  Well how about a wireless head-mounted embedded Linux wearable computer?  The work of Pascal Brisset, the WXHMD takes a pair of Vuzix VR920 video eyewear and straps to them a Gumstix Overo Fire computer-on-module stick, making for - with some wireless networking, a battery and a few other gizmos - a self-contained heads-up display ideal for telepresence work and augmented reality guidance.

Wearable projection computer project: Internet ‘sixth sense’

Wearable projection computer project: Internet ‘sixth sense’

A group of MIT students have developed a wearable computer that projects its display onto any nearby surface, and is controlled by hand gestures and voice-recognition.  A prototype was demonstrated at TED this week, capable of projecting a watch face onto the user's wrist after they trace a circle over it, capturing images framed by their fingers, and pulling up information about an individual and projecting it onto them during conversation.

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Wearables and Fitness – Is it a permanent union?

Wearables and Fitness – Is it a permanent union?

We see wearables on the rise. But when we says "wearables", we mostly mean smartwatches and, more often and more ubiquitous, fitness bands. While the term "wearable" itself seems to cover a whole swathe of products, why is it that most, if not all, wearables in the market are those that we can only wear on our wrists? And why are almost all of them, even those that we don't wear on our wrists, seem to be focused, if not totally dedicated to fitness and health? Are wearables fated to be tethered to this particular use case?

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Thync wearable claims it can change the way you think

Thync wearable claims it can change the way you think

We've seen gadgets and wearable that let us control devices and computers, but what if it was the other way around? What if there was a wearable that could change the way we think or, at the very least, the way we feel? Or maybe change the way we spell words. That is, more or less, the promise behind Thync, a new type of wearable that claims it can send you good vibes, literally, to make you feel better or, if needed, more pumped up to face the work at hand.

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Stryd wearable power meter for runners helps you run faster

Stryd wearable power meter for runners helps you run faster

There are all sorts of wearables today that are designed to help people track their activity. Smartwatches and bracelets that are available track how far you walk or run and show how many calories you burn. A new wearable has launched called the Stryd wearable power meter. The device is designed to give runners details that can help them run better.

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I want a computer on my wrist, not a buzzer

I want a computer on my wrist, not a buzzer

This week it's become clear to me what Android Wear is doing wrong. It's not that the software isn't smooth. It's not that the software doesn't make sense. It's that Android Wear doesn't make good on the promise of a fully functional piece of smart equipment on my wrist. While a device like the LG G Watch R may be one of the finest smartwatches on the market today, it's still just a buzzer. Its main function is still secondary to the smartphone. UPDATE: March 9th, 2015 Apple Watch comments below.

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Study: Wearables worse than phones for measuring steps

Study: Wearables worse than phones for measuring steps

The assumption that you need to strap something onto your wrist in order to accurately gauge your fitness level might not be accurate. Your favorite wearable might not be, either — or at least any more accurate at detecting steps taken than your phone. A new study claims apps are just as good at monitoring your activity level than some of the top wearables on the market. The University of Pennsylvania tested apps and wearables in a controlled environment, and the results are pretty interesting.

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Pulsense and Runsense: Epson’s foray into wearables

Pulsense and Runsense: Epson’s foray into wearables

Yes, you read that right. Epson, famous for its printers more than anything else, is getting into the wearables market. And it isn't holding back on its first venture. Both the Epson Pulsense and the Epson Runsense have multiple variants, giving buyers a rather dizzying selection of six different models and functionality to choose from.

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Looking Glass: The apps for must-wear wearables

Looking Glass: The apps for must-wear wearables

Has Glass gone off the boil? Google's wearable launched in Explorer beta form to great fanfare, but privacy concerns, criticisms of "Glasshole" arrogance, and legitimate doubts about the value of what it actually offers have left the headset on questionable ground. I love the idea of wearables but I don't often put Glass on any more, which got me thinking: what could Glass do to make it a must-wear?

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Dyson made Glass-like wearable in 2001

Dyson made Glass-like wearable in 2001

Google Glass may be the most notable pair of smartglasses currently in existence, but it certainly wasn't the first. While various manufacturers have tried their hand at creating a reality augmenting handset, one of the most unlikely among them was Dyson, best known for its vacuum cleaners.

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Recon Instruments gets Motorola Solutions cash for wearables

Recon Instruments gets Motorola Solutions cash for wearables

Consumers wearables like Google Glass may still be trying to find their feet, but industrial head-mounted displays look to be gaining momentum with word that "the other Motorola" has splashed its cash on Recon Instruments. The deal, for an undisclosed sum, sees Motorola Solutions help fund future head-up displays, durable headsets, and other hands-free tech that could find an obvious niche in the workplace.

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