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Impecca Alert Band: a brainwave fatigue monitor for drivers

Impecca Alert Band: a brainwave fatigue monitor for drivers

Tired drivers pose a risk to both themselves and those around them, and we've seen different types of technology that aim to keep groggy drivers alert. The Impecca Alert Band is counted among them, but comes in the form of a brainwave headset that stretches across one's forehead. As with other brainwave-monitoring headsets, the Impecca Alert Band keeps tabs on whether the driver is tired -- as indicated by their brain's data -- and then fires off an alert if it finds that you are. This will, in theory at least, allow drivers to get off the road before they become a safety hazard.

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Breitling enters the smartwatch market with its B55 Connected

Breitling enters the smartwatch market with its B55 Connected

Breitling is keeping it simple with its first smartwatch, the B55 Connected. This smartwatch does without a tangled cluster of apps, like the Apple Watch. In fact, the B55 Connected doesn't even offer touch screen controls. The B55 Connected is more of an enhanced timepiece than a new wearable mobile device. It aims to be classy and sleek, although it still has the rubberized sports band that is so ubiquitous in wearables. Breitling has managed to keep it simple by relegating most of the controls its smartphone app. Using Bluetooth wireless connectivity, the watch can sync with its proprietary app for easy controlling.

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Apple’s Activity app appears in iOS 8.2 when Apple Watch is paired

Apple’s Activity app appears in iOS 8.2 when Apple Watch is paired

Earlier this week on Monday, Apple dropped iOS 8.2 for the iPhone and iPad, and now as the business week comes to a close one developer has discovered a bit about the Activity app in particular, which he says shows up on the mobile's homescreen after the user has paired an Apple Watch. From there, one must use the Apple Watch to set the app's features, after which point it unlocks on the phone. He revealed the info in a tweet.

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Swatch will battle smartwatches with NFC in dumb watches

Swatch will battle smartwatches with NFC in dumb watches

Rather than combat smartwatches head-on, Swatch is aiming at a niche service offered with many platforms. Speaking to media at Swatch’s annual ‘Media Day’, CEO Nick Hayek confirmed the watchmaker had signed deals with three bank card associations to bring NFC to Swatch’s incoming lineup of watches for the purpose of mobile payments. NFC will also make its way to wearables across Swatch’s lineup, from the low-cost plastic variants to their top-end Omega brand. Swatch confirmed China UnionPay as a partner, but refused to name the Swiss bank and credit card company they’d also partnered with.

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Atlas Wristband can track dynamic exercise moves

Atlas Wristband can track dynamic exercise moves

There's no shortage of fitness trackers out there, but the Atlas Wristband stands out among them for a couple reasons, the first of which is its somewhat unusual design. The display juts outward from the wrist strap, extending beyond the rectangular watch face. Also notable are the features it offers, the most notable of which is its ability to track dynamic exercise moves, such as bench presses and squats, as well as the number of repetitions that take place with each exercise.

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Melomind headset uses brainwaves to choose relaxation music

Melomind headset uses brainwaves to choose relaxation music

The latest brainwave headset to surface is called Melomind, and unlike the alternatives that promise to make you smarter or faster, this one aims to relax users by delivering customized music playlists that change to cater to one's current brainwave data. It works in conjunction with a mobile app (both Android and iOS) through which the data is parsed and the music is delivered; it essentially peeks inside of your brain when you're stressed and determines how best to calm you down.

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The Apple key: Leverage

The Apple key: Leverage

When the iPhone was released, the smartphone environment kicked into gear. When Apple released the iPad, tablets began to be produced in earnest. An entire industry is built around accessories made specifically for Apple products. Companies are built creating products that work on Apple products alone. Apple is one of the most successful companies in history - not just because they create products that sell well, but because those products can move the industry. Case in point at the time this article is set to be published: the Apple Watch.

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Jawbone UP, Nike Fuelband stripped from Apple Store

Jawbone UP, Nike Fuelband stripped from Apple Store

With Apple Watch looming on the horizon, it seems Apple is clearing room from retail stores to make room for their own wearable. In your local Apple Store, you will no longer find most Jawbone products or the Nike Fuelband. Though both are fitness bands that don’t necessarily compete directly with Apple Watch, they’ve nonetheless been removed from circulation via Apple. Neither device can be found via Apple’s online store, either. Other wearables are still available, at least online, but if you were planning to pick up a Jawbone UP24 with your new iPhone, think again.

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Google enters watch face market with Street Art

Google enters watch face market with Street Art

The first Google-made downloadable set of Android Wear watch faces has been released this week. Aside from the faces that come with every Android Wear device, Google has been mum on creating their own watch faces for the Android Wear line thus far. This piece of software called "Street Art watch face" breaks that silence with a wide variety of super talented artists. Included in this crew are members of the Google Art Project: Aitch, Andre Fernandes Trindade, Cheko, DRAW, and of course Drawing Jesus.

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Huawei Watch pricing confirmed by UK retailer

Huawei Watch pricing confirmed by UK retailer

Back at MWC, we saw some posters cleverly placed around town that depicted a new wearable from Huawei. A handsome device, the Huawei Watch lived up to its billing as being a luxury wearable for the Android Wear platform. Luxury typically means expensive, though — something we were all witness to on Monday with the release of Apple Watch. Some early reports pegged the Huawei Watch as high as $1,200, but w’eve now come back down to Earth a bit, with one retailer confirming it will cost much less.

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