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FIN wearable turns palm into keypad

FIN wearable turns palm into keypad

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.

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Kopin Pupil hands-on: Glass tech without geek looks

Kopin Pupil hands-on: Glass tech without geek looks

Kopin has revealed its latest wearable system, Pupil, a combination of a micro-display and voice control noise-cancellation system the company hopes will eventually be used in head-worn tech like Google's Glass. A reference design intending to show how wearable computing could be integrated into a design that's more palatable to the consumer market, Pupil isn't intended for the market in its current form, but is instead intended to showcase the fruits of Kopin's new partnership with Olympus in display technology. We caught up with Kopin to find out more.

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Cuff merges fashion and tech with Bluetooth jewelry

Cuff merges fashion and tech with Bluetooth jewelry

Wearable technology has quickly gained traction over the past couple years, and consumers now have access to a variety of wristband-based items: smartwatches and fitness trackers being the most notable. These items, while handy, aren't the most classy devices you can wear, and tend to stick out among regular jewelry, something that doesn't appeal to some potential users. That's where Cuff comes in.

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Samsung Tizen-powered Galaxy Gear range for MWC tipped

Samsung Tizen-powered Galaxy Gear range for MWC tipped

Samsung may bring more than one new smartwatch to Mobile World Congress next week as part of its Galaxy Gear wearable refresh, reports suggest, with the wrist-worn companion devices said to run Tizen rather than Android. Star of the company's Unpacked 5 show on February 24th is still expected to be the Galaxy S5 flagship Android smartphone, but industry chatter indicates upstart-OS - and, some within Samsung are hoping, savior of the company from its current position intertwined with Google - Tizen will also play a considerable role.

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K-Glass AR chip promises all-day wearables using human eye tricks

K-Glass AR chip promises all-day wearables using human eye tricks

A dedicated augmented reality chip that works just like human vision could open the door to wearables like Google's Glass running all day on a single charge, by only analyzing the most important details in view. The K-Glass AR processor, developed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), takes a different approach to the do-it-in-software strategy Glass and other recent wearables projects have adopted, relying on customized hardware to trim power consumption by up to 76-percent, according to researchers.

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Glass hits operating theater as wearable tech boosts cancer surgery

Glass hits operating theater as wearable tech boosts cancer surgery

"OK Glass, show me an X-ray." Surgeons at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital are turning to Glass to summon patient records and more, with the hospital the first to use Google's wearable during abdominal surgery. Two physicians, Dr. Szotek and Dr. Jeff Browne, each sported Glass during the four-hour procedure, relying on Google's voice control to access medical information as they sliced out a tumor.

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Basis wearable firm said seeking sale along Apple, Google and others

Basis wearable firm said seeking sale along Apple, Google and others

Fitness watch manufacturer Basis Science is reportedly looking to sell itself, with insiders claiming it has been courting Apple, Google, and others in the process of seeking a sub-$100m deal. Basis launched its eponymous watch back in 2012, though despite receiving praise for the accuracy of its tracking, has struggled to gain consumer attention among high-profile alternatives like Nike's Fuelband, Jawbone's UP24, and Fitbit's Flex.

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Apple iWatch may predict heart attacks insiders claim

Apple iWatch may predict heart attacks insiders claim

Apple's "iWatch" wearable could predict heart attacks by tracking blood-flow from the noise it makes in arteries, new sources claim, along with further chatter of talks between Apple and Tesla, suggesting the Cupertino firm could be looking to significantly expand its footprint. The health wearable would use pioneering audio technology to track blood turbulence, it's said, differentiating between healthy flow and the sound of blood struggling to get past the plaque build-up that can lead to coronary failure.

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Smartwatches to drive wearables as Canalys predicts boom

Smartwatches to drive wearables as Canalys predicts boom

Wearable tech will break the consumer market in 2014 after the segment was buoyed in 2013 by fitness-tracking bands, one research firm has predicted, though smartwatches are expected to cannibalize more basic models from Fitbit and Jawbone. The "smart band" segment made up of smartwatches from manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, and Pebble will reach around 8m shipments in 2014, Canalys suggests, estimating that figure will rise to more than 23m units by 2015, and in excess of 45m units by 2017.

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