Your brain is a loose cannon, but you can tame it. At least, that's the message from wearables startup InteraXon, pitching its Muse brain-sensing headband as the perfect way to coax your cortex into a healthier way of thinking. Another crowdfunding success story, the first Muse units are winging their way to backers, but I jumped the queue to try out one of the production headsets.
Google and Samsung have an interesting history. Often working together, the two eventually end up splitting apart at the seams. Be it Nexus devices or Chromebooks, there has almost always been a very Google-centric Samsung device floating around. The latest Samsung-for-Google device, the Gear Live, may have drawn a line in the sand.
First steps, then sleep, and now Jawbone is taking on food tracking in the wearables's company's latest bid to quantify life. UP 3.2, the latest version of the Jawbone iOS companion app for the UP and UP24 bands, aims to do what no food logging platform has quite managed: make logging as close to automatic as possible, and then deliver personalized recommendations around things like health and weight loss.
Perhaps you thought that Google's "smart" contact lenses was simply one of the dozens of wild ideas and research projects that it's adventurous Google X arm usually undertakes, but apparently it's serious business. In fact, healthcare company Novartis licensed this technology in the hopes turning these ocular instruments into a real commercial product.
Smartwatches and fitness wearables serve a purpose, but as devices capable of answering calls or responding to notifications they fall well short. The small screen is limiting, and even the upstart Android Wear program is seeing its share of detractors for that very reason. An IndieGoGo campaign for a new wearable takes the screen out of the equation, though — instead using a projector.
With the rise of Android Wear comes its integration into the wider Android experience. The latest Google Camera update has tossed a remote functionality into the mix for wearables running Google's newest platform, allowing the smartwatches to function as a remote shutter for your smartphone camera, among other things.
The task of learning a language has never been simple, despite efforts to make it so. Hundreds of programs, methods, and pseudoscience applications have cropped up over the course of spoken existence aiming to simplify the acquisition of the skill, but few have succeeded. MIT Media Lab's founder Nicholas Negroponte is confident that will change in the future, however, and how he anticipates we'll acquire new languages is very unique.