wearable

Flappy Bird arrives on Android Wear

Flappy Bird arrives on Android Wear

Last summer we saw a game akin to Flappy Bird call "Flopsy Droid" arrive on Android Wear, and while it offered the same sort of tapping gameplay, it did so without the stoic flapping bird (you played as a flopping droid instead, obviously). If you're a purist at heart and see no issue with having a maddening endless game on your wrist, there is now a better version available: Flappy Bird itself in wearable form, courtesy of developer Corbin Davenport.

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Apple Watch coming to Europe sooner than we thought

Apple Watch coming to Europe sooner than we thought

Europe may end up getting the Apple Watch a bit sooner than they bargained for. Via the Apple Watch page, we see that Apple has slightly tweaked their language about when the wearable would arrive in Europe. Previously, it was noted as “available in 2015”. Now, the Apple Watch is coming in early 2015 to several countries in Europe. While the change doesn’t nail down a finite time for arrival, it does bring the European timetable for Apple’s wearable in line with the US.

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ODG Smart Glasses squeeze AR into pseudo-Wayfarers

ODG Smart Glasses squeeze AR into pseudo-Wayfarers

The tech world won't be content until we're wearing our computers and phones on our face, and Osterhout Design Group thinks it has the answer with its vaguely-Wayfarer-styled Smart Glasses headset. The consumer version of the ODG R-6 family of wearables, the 125g sunglasses support Qualcomm's Vuforia augmented reality system, overlaying 3D graphics on top of a view of the real-world, and offering a mixture of video playback, 3D gaming, navigation directly in your line-of-sight, and even a virtual workspace. None of that comes especially cheap, however, with ODG aiming high for when the Smart Glasses launch sometime this year.

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Alcatel Watch aims to low-end their smartwatch competition

Alcatel Watch aims to low-end their smartwatch competition

Wearable smart devices have not yet been known for extreme ease in ownership here in their early days on the market. Alcatel hopes to change the equation for cash exchanged for smart devices worn on your body with the Alcatel OneTouch Watch series. This series of devices works with very, very few details from the start - besides fancy hardware and the promise that you'll be able to connect to your Android device to make all the necessary readings and take photos, of course.

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Geek builds Bluetooth Smart Ring with OLED display

Geek builds Bluetooth Smart Ring with OLED display

An enterprising geek has set about building a custom smart wearable device in the form of a fat ring that has Bluetooth tech inside. The Bluetooth Smart Ring also features a 64x32 monochrome OLED display and a touch button that allows the wearer to receive and reply to notifications from a smartphone using the ring.

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Montblanc’s e-Strap will make luxury watches smarter

Montblanc’s e-Strap will make luxury watches smarter

To smartwatch or not to smartwatch, that is the question. Especially when it comes to watch lovers who aren't too keen on switching away from their exquisitely designed timepieces just for the sake of receiving notifications or controlling their smartphones from their wrists. Luxury goods maker Montblanc has one compromise up its sleeves, almost literally. Part of its new Timewalker Urban Speed collection is the e-Strap, an optional watch strap that almost inconspicuously hides an electronic module at the bottom, giving you the best of both worlds, almost.

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SlashGear’s Best Tech of 2014

SlashGear’s Best Tech of 2014

Twelve months, thousands upon thousands of gadgets, and we're about to start it all over again. 2014 draws to a close with a bumper crop of technology under our belts, so before we head through into the new year and the very latest and greatest that the consumer electronics industry thinks we should hemorrhage our wallets to acquire, it only seems right to take a look back through the products that have most impressed us. Tablets, smartphones, odd camera accessories, and more, all wrapped up in the SlashGear team's pick of the best tech of 2014.

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Samsung pours Milk VR 360 video on its virtual reality headset

Samsung pours Milk VR 360 video on its virtual reality headset

This week Samsung is bringing VR video to its Virtual Reality headset Gear VR. With Milk VR, users are able to tap into 360-degree video files. This means that while you watch and move in space, you're able to turn your head left, right, up, and down, and see what's around you as you do so. For those of you without a VR headset, you'll be able to view Milk VR at Milk VR dot com - hold your mouse button down and drag to turn your head.

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AMPL Labs SmartBackpack taps into “smart” charging

AMPL Labs SmartBackpack taps into “smart” charging

There've been backpacks in the past that had batteries inside them. Batteries that charge your devices while you're walking about, talking with your best pals, waiting for your smartphone to come back to full energy. What the folks at AMPL hope to do is make that process smarter. This backpack lets you know how far your charging has gone, which devices need more time, and what you're going to want to do in the way of prioritizing each device as they ramp up.

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Google Glass is still around, so says Google

Google Glass is still around, so says Google

From now until the 16th of February, the de Young Museum in San Francisco will be hosting Keith Haring: The Political Line, fully Google Glass-friendly. It's not a direct effort on the part of Google to represent Glass for new users - they're not exactly aiming for the consumer market at the moment - but it is set to be a treat for Google Glass Explorers. The "Explorer" group of Google Glass owners are the first wave - early adopters - and possibly the last wave of users outside the enterprise market.

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