It’s become clear that in our speedily expanding "wearables" world there’s cash for the best ideas. Or the simplest to explain, at least. Today we’re to understand that the device known as "OnBeep", what’s essentially a Communicator from Star Trek, has nabbed $6.25 million in funding.
Recon's Jet HUD is stretching its usefulness, linking up with the motion-sensing Myo armband for a more natural method of control that doesn't rely on voice. The integration uses Myo's gesture and motion tracking to quickly navigate the Jet's UI, with a range of speedy movements that can be done without falling off your bike.
The arrival of Android Wear and its devices might have turned the world's attention towards the new generation of smartwatches, but pioneers in that field still have a thing or two to say about the matter. In time for its first anniversary, Omate, creator of the TrueSmart watch, is launching the Omate X, a smartwatch that is designed to be worn all the time.
For the next smartwatch in our ever-expanding universe of wearables with Android, we’ve got ASUS on deck. They’ve been none to shy about letting it be known that "time" will be at the center of their presentation at IFA 2014 in Berlin with a quote and the outline of a distinctly watch-like display bezel. "In Search Of Incredible" will also continue to play host to ASUS often outlandish presentations.
This week the folks at Pebble have made official their hiring of two new professionals to their design team. Both Itai Vonshak and Liron Damir will join Pebble as Head of Product/UX team and Head of Design respectively. This moves comes after the reveal of Pebble Steel earlier this year and Pebble Fresh, Hot, and Fly earlier this month.
LG's G Watch may only have been on the market since July, but the company is already readying a new LG G Watch 2 for IFA 2014 next month, sources suggest. The new model is said to use an OLED touchscreen rather than the LCD of the first-gen smartwatch, addressing criticisms that the display was less vivid than that of its Samsung Gear Live rival.
AT&T has cooked up a way to better handle the smartphone, tablet, wearable, and other gadgets users are increasingly carrying, with AT&T Cascade promising to intelligently route calls and messages sent to a single number. Cascade, the handiwork of AT&T's Foundry innovation lab, works a little like Google Voice though for more than just phones, pulling together each device under a single identity. While Google seems to have tired of Voice, however, AT&T has big ambitions for Cascade.
It's fair to say that the Moto 360 is the smartwatch most would-be Android Wear wearers are waiting for, but so far Motorola has been reluctant to confirm exactly how much the circular wearable will cost. Official details will almost certainly come at Motorola's September 4th event, but a premature product listing at Best Buy may have let the cat out of the bag early.