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Samsung AR keyboard tech has you twiddling your thumbs

Samsung AR keyboard tech has you twiddling your thumbs

Samsung has developed a new virtual keyboard system that uses augmented reality and twiddling your fingers to replace physical keys, mapping the button layout to different points on the finger. The technology, revealed in a Samsung patent filing, places a dynamic key map over different sections of the fingers, and then relies on a camera to spot which is selected by the user's thumbs. The keyboard could have applications for wearable devices, like the rumored "Samsung Galaxy Glass" tipped to arrive sometime this year, or for alternative text-entry on tablets and phones.

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Whispering wearable tracks tonguing for display-free Glass alternative

Whispering wearable tracks tonguing for display-free Glass alternative

A new wearable computer that does away with displays in favor of whispering information into the user's ear, and being controlled by facial expressions or even tongue-movements could hit the market in under two years, Japanese researchers claim. The prototype "Earclip-type wearable PC" would probably need a catchier name to draw attention away from Glass and other wearables, but the premise of a less intrusive, obvious digital assistant could find a market among those who can't or won't peer at head-mounted displays.

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Meta.01 wearable demos 3D printing as dev release nears

Meta.01 wearable demos 3D printing as dev release nears

Wearables start-up Meta has spilled its first demo of the latest Meta.01 developer edition augmented reality headset in action, promising shipping of the wearable computer from as early as the end of April. The wearable, which uses twin transparent displays to overlay digital graphics on top of the real-world, will come preloaded with a gesture-controlled sculpting and 3D printing app, which Meta has demonstrated in its new video: the wearer is able to indicate the shape of the required object in front of them with their fingers, and have that virtual shape automatically rendered for a 3D printer and made real.

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Spritz targets 1,000wpm readers on wearables, Glass and more

Spritz targets 1,000wpm readers on wearables, Glass and more

Could you comfortably read at 1,000 words per minute? That's what startup Spritz claims, revealing a new reading technology aimed at phones, ereaders, and tablets, but also smaller displays like smartwatches and Glass-style wearables, that by showing one word at a time, can allow people to consume text at vastly increased rates, without missing out on comprehension.

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Google smartwatch Motorola proto leaks as OS launch tipped soon

Google smartwatch Motorola proto leaks as OS launch tipped soon

Details of Google's smartwatch development have emerged, along with photos of an old Motorola-made prototype, and whispers that the final version could be unveiled at Google IO 2014 in June. Chatter of the company's ongoing research into wearables other than its Glass head-worn computer has continued for the past twelve months or so, though most recently have suggested the company will make Google Now its focus on the wrist by delivering timely and contextually-relevant information from a connected smartphone.

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Join us at Plug and Play Wearable Health and Fitness Expo

Join us at Plug and Play Wearable Health and Fitness Expo

2014 is the Year of Wearables, and the inaugural Plug and Play Wearable Health and Fitness Expo will be the place to see many of them on March 6th. Taking place at the Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, CA., the event - in partnership with Gizworld and Acommence Advisors - will feature panel discussions on the future of wearable technology with industry experts from Basis, Misfit Wearables, LUMO BodyTech, JayBird, Norwest Venture Partner, Breathometer, and more.

SlashGear is an official Media Partner & Sponsor, and our own Chris Davies will be co-hosting as many international wearable health and fitness startups rapid-fire pitch their products to an audience of VCs, big brands like Google, Samsung, Microsoft, Intel, and more, and press.

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