Remember Stir's beautiful, high-tech, and very expensive height-adjustable smart desk? The company promised eventual integration with the ergonomic furniture's onboard brain and wearable health platforms, and it's finally delivering, with a partnership with Fitbit that will see desk and wrist-band share and log movement data.
Sony's SmartBand SWR10 fitness wearable has arrived in the US, wrapping American wrists with a combination of movement and activity tracking, and simple notifications to alarms and other updates on your phone. Unlike most wrist-worn wearables, however, Sony's version is designed to co-exist with your favorite watch, optionally clipping onto its strap.
An anti-Google Glass artist is threatening to cut off the wearable's WiFi over privacy concerns, though the connection cutting project seems to be based more on knee-jerk fear than an understanding of how Glass actually works. The jammer, handiwork of Julian Oliver, runs on a Raspberry Pi with a WiFi adapter and can supposedly spot nearby Glass users on the same network, "deauthorizing" their connection if it finds them. However, Oliver's goal - to prevent Glass from recording video - isn't actually served by the device.
As plays for the wearable and fitness space go, iOS 8 HealthKit is ambitiously broad. Apple will initially support logging of over sixty different types of data, from the basics like weight and gender, through step-counts and blood-glucose levels. By leaving the collection to accessory manufacturers - at least initially, anyway - Apple can safely be comprehensive without having to fill each of those gaps itself with dedicated hardware, throwing itself into the center of the argument over privacy versus aggregation.
Life-logging wearable company Narrative had a tricky journey from Kickstarter to shipping success, but now the order books have been thrown open to anybody wanting to clip a whole-day-recording camera to their lapel. For those unfamiliar, the iPod nano-scale Clip takes a photo every thirty seconds, and then uploads them to a cloud server where the best of the images are surfaced in the companion iOS and Android apps; now, there's also a cheaper option for those unsure if life-logging is for them.
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.