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Wearables sales expected to hit 64 million by 2017

Wearables sales expected to hit 64 million by 2017

The wearables market is slowly growing, with the likes of the Galaxy Gear and other smartwatches and Google Glass kicking off an industry anticipated to grow in the coming years. Analyst firm Berg Insight has gone elbows-deep into this market, shaping up numbers on where it sees the industry heading in the coming years. According to the firm, wearable computing devices will hit 64 million unit shipments by 2017.

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OmniGlass wearable reference design aims to take Glass rivals mass-market

OmniGlass wearable reference design aims to take Glass rivals mass-market

With wearables like Google Glass approaching the consumer market, and predictions that the segment as a whole could be a $50bn business in just a few years time, OmniVision is wading in with a shortcut for companies wanting to launch their own head-mounted computer. Consisting of a tiny head-worn display, camera, and image processor, the OmniGlass reference design is intended to be a one-stop way of putting digital content and augmented reality onto users' faces.

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Google using $10m quantum computer to understand Glass future

Google using $10m quantum computer to understand Glass future

Google has used some of the most advanced computing technology, quantum chips in the D-Wave computer it has bought with NASA, to address one of the most basic issues in its Glass wearable: figuring out if users are blinking on purpose or involuntarily. The perhaps humdrum implementation, revealed for the first time this week in a film about the technology, has seen the quantum computer - which is based at Google's Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab - bring its ability to examine complex multiples of possibilities effectively simultaneously to bear on refining the algorithms involved in Glass and its non-traditional control systems.

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Meta 1 wearable: We talk “The Apple of AR” with founder Meron Gribetz

Meta 1 wearable: We talk “The Apple of AR” with founder Meron Gribetz

Meta may not be the first name you think of in wearables, but the $200k Kickstarter startup that wants to be the Apple of augmented reality isn't letting that hold it back. The project prompted dropped-jaws and skepticism in almost equal measure back in January, with its full-digital-overlay concept, and less than a year later the first hardware is almost ready to ship. We caught up with founder and CEO Meron Gribetz ahead of the second phase of the Meta reveal - and the debut of a new version of the meta 1 headset - to find out what's next in hardware for the company, discuss the premium you'll pay for true AR, and why he'd say no to Samsung.

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3D UI wearable promises Kinect-style discrete Glass alternative

3D UI wearable promises Kinect-style discrete Glass alternative

A new wearable computer with a control system that uses Kinect-style hand tracking could avoid "OK, Glass" style embarrassment, a team from ITRI in Taiwan suggests, aiming to have the headset on the market within the next two years. The 3D floating interface, handiwork of the Industrial Technology Research Institute, puts a depth-sensor array on top of a pair of digital glasses, and can track fingers and other objects as they navigate through a virtual interface.

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Dell smartwatch hinted as company invests in wearable R&D

Dell smartwatch hinted as company invests in wearable R&D

Dell is "exploring" wearables designs, with hints that a Dell smartwatch could be in the pipeline as the company again tries to tackle the competitive mobile market. "Looking ahead five years, we expect devices and form factors to continue to change" Dell global VP of personal computing, Sam Burd, told The Guardian, echoing recent research which suggested desktop sales would continue to pale while ultrabooks, tablets, smartphones, and other form-factors rose in prominence. "There's a lot of discussion about how that fits into wearable devices like we've seen with Google Glass and watches."

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GlassTesla brings Model S remote control to Google wearable

GlassTesla brings Model S remote control to Google wearable

An unofficial Tesla Google Glass mashup brings remote control of the coveted electric car to Google's wearable computer, with GlassTesla bringing unlocking, location, and auto-climate control to the head-mounted display. The app, handiwork of Sahas Katta, can show current charge status of the Model S as well as offer control over starting and stopping recharging, and it's even possible to pop the charging port itself from the headset.

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Contact lens display research tips super-discrete Glass wearable future

Contact lens display research tips super-discrete Glass wearable future

Digital contact lenses that could eventually overlay Google Glass style data on top of the real world, while being as comfortable and discrete as traditional corrective lenses, have been developed by researchers at Samsung Display and elsewhere. The project - to develop a transparent, flexible display using graphene-metal nanowire hybrid structures to construct stretchable electrodes - published in Nano Letters uses a custom material to mount an LED onto a standard soft contact lens, while still retaining 94-percent transparency to light.

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Memoto hands-on: Life-logging with Kickstarter’s wearable camera

Memoto hands-on: Life-logging with Kickstarter’s wearable camera

Your every moment, documented. That's the Memoto concept, a tiny wearable camera that snaps a shot every thirty seconds to digitally augment your memory. Early doubts as to whether enough people would want to record each waking moment were quickly squashed when the Memoto Kickstarter saw 11x the expected pledges, though the challenge of bringing such an ambitious product to market has ended up taking the Swedish team longer than expected. We caught up with Martin Källström, CEO and co-founder of Memoto to check out the latest prototype, talk product development in the public eye, and find out what comes next for the clip-on camera.

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Cracked Glass: Why wearables are the next security maelstrom

Cracked Glass: Why wearables are the next security maelstrom

Google Glass has plenty of issues. There's a fair chance you'll get laughed at for wearing it, or at the very least stared at. Battery life won't last you a day, and the list of things you can actually do with the wearable is limited. For all the Saturday Night Live skits and "Glasshole" jokes, though, wearables aren't going away, and that means a new set of security problems for those whose job it is to keep data safe. We sat down with Marc Rogers, long-time threat intelligence expert and current Principal Security Researcher at Lookout Mobile Security to talk wearable risks, what happens when your Nest turns against you, and the big Glass elephant in the room.

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