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Google shows how far Glass has come from goofy prototype

Google shows how far Glass has come from goofy prototype

Google may be turning to the fashion behemoth behind Oakley and Ray-Bans to make Glass more aesthetically appealing, but three years back a set of cable-ties would've been more appropriate, a new image of a prototype version shows. Revealed at ThinkLA by Google's Janine Gianfredi of the Glass marketing team, the photo dates back to the days when the wearable headset was physically tethered to a computer in a backpack.

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iWatch team tried poaching Swiss watchmakers claims boss

iWatch team tried poaching Swiss watchmakers claims boss

Apple has reportedly tried to bolster its "iWatch" wearable team with Swiss watchmakers, with the chief of at least one well-known brand accusing the Cupertino firm of trying to poach its talent. The drive for engineers and other experts in wearable tech has already seen Apple add sleep researchers to its iWatch project, but supposedly saw its efforts to recruit staff from Hublot rebuffed.

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Google Glass inks Ray-Ban and Oakley frame deal

Google Glass inks Ray-Ban and Oakley frame deal

Google has inked a deal with Ray-Ban and Oakley parent company Luxottica to develop a Google Glass collection, potentially pushing the wearable computing platform directly into the gaze of the mass market. The collaboration will see a joint team of Google and Luxottica eyewear and wearable tech experts collaborate on "the design, development, tooling and engineering of Glass products" to make sporting a computer on your face more fashion-friendly.

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LG G Watch gets clearer for Android Wear launch

LG G Watch gets clearer for Android Wear launch

LG has revealed a second image of the LG G Watch, the company's first Android Wear smartwatch, and giving a clearer view of the upcoming wearable. The Korean company is one of several - also including Samsung, HTC, ASUS, and Motorola - to pledge support for Android Wear, Google's attempt to fettle Android for the wrist, and one of only two companies to show off their upcoming hardware, though the first glimpse LG gave was relatively clandestine.

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The Secret to Smartwatch Success is Non-tech Firms

The Secret to Smartwatch Success is Non-tech Firms

Smartwatches will be everywhere this year. With Google announcing Android Wear and companies already showing off devices at CES and Mobile World Congress, it won’t be long before a slew of smartwatches are sitting on store shelves.

Of course, smartwatches are already available. In fact, several companies, from Samsung to Pebble, have offered their interpretation of wrist-worn wearables. The trouble for those firms, however, is that so far, those products haven’t taken off. And it’s unclear whether even Android Wear could go a long way in pushing smartwatches onto more wrists.

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SmartMio fitness wearable jolts the body with electricity

SmartMio fitness wearable jolts the body with electricity

This week the folks behind SmartMio are aiming to bring some extra in-depth fitness tracking to the public. They’ll be doing this with EMS, or Electrical Muscle Stimulation, also known as Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation or NEMS. In practice, this means that the SmartMio device won’t just be on your person, it’ll be attached to your body, sending nerve impulses "to engage your muscles during a workout."

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