wearables

XOO Belt hides flexible batteries, charges your phone

XOO Belt hides flexible batteries, charges your phone

Carrying around a portable battery is convenient in the sense that it gives you an opportunity to charge your phone whenever you need to. On the flip side, however, unless you're already carrying a bag with you, toting around a battery can be an extra burden of its own, making wearable charging units more attractive. We've seen some variations of these, such as Microsoft's wireless charging pants, but the XOO Belt takes it a step further, incorating a battery into something you like already wear daily.

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Pebble smartwatch scores PayPal app

Pebble smartwatch scores PayPal app

Mobile payments are all the rage, and not to be left behind is PayPal, which has announced the arrival of its app for Pebble smartwatches. The app is available now, and brings with it the ability to pay for goods and services at certain shops that accept it from the comfort of one's wrist. Both check-ins and payment codes are supported, and payment notifications are also dished to the wearable, meaning users will no longer have to pop out their smartphone to complete a transaction.

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Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses go up for pre-order on Amazon

Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses go up for pre-order on Amazon

The Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses are now available for pre-order on Amazon, and they'll be shipping out to buyers on November 27. This is the "prosumer" model, and the availability is exclusive to Amazon for the time being. With the smartglasses will come an eyeglasses frame designed by Rochester Optical, which will be offering prescription upgrades for buyers who need them through its 13,000+ optical partner locations. Vuzix made the announcement today, calling this a "major milestone" for the company.

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Apple Watch resolution, font detailed for Developers

Apple Watch resolution, font detailed for Developers

We’ve known for a while the Apple Watch was going to be a bit different, if not only for its weird “send your heartbeat” function. Now that Apple is letting Developers toy with WatchKit a bit, we’re starting to see some details leak out. Though only active notifications and glances are available for development right now, there’s still plenty to learn about Apple Watch. With two different size displays, we’re hearing about screen resolution, and even what Apple is calling their latest font.

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The “Nutshell” Wearable Focus Pod: peak nonsense

The “Nutshell” Wearable Focus Pod: peak nonsense

The term "wearable" should summon several thoughts in your mind, right off the bat. "Apple Watch" or "iWatch" is probably one of them, followed by "smartwatch" and on to "another one of those devices I want, but don't know why." This week a device setup designed by a student from the School of Visual Arts has come to light, one called "Nutshell." This device consists of a a light material "shell," a headphone-enabled helmet, and an app. Together they create a relaxing experience for you in any environment.

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Fitbit data being used in court as evidence of injury

Fitbit data being used in court as evidence of injury

If you sit idle long enough, your fitness tracker may nudge you to get up and move around. It’s a means to keep you active, and one person is now claiming she can’t respond to those vibrations on her wrist. In a Canadian court, one woman is trying to use data from her Fitbit to prove injuries suffered from an accident leave her a shell of her former, active self. Whether or not that will work is another story altogether.

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BitBite smart earbud monitors your eating habits

BitBite smart earbud monitors your eating habits

If you've gotten your fill of health-tracking wristbands and jewelry and are wondering what else you can monitor, there's the BitBite, a smart earbud of sorts that keeps track of your eating habits and lets you know when you need to lay off the midnight snacks or boost the size of your lunch. It does this by tracking chewing, and tosses in things like voice recognition, which allows the user to say what they're eating for it to be properly logged in the related app.

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Ear-O-Smart fitness tracker is a stylish pair of earrings

Ear-O-Smart fitness tracker is a stylish pair of earrings

Now that wearable devices are solidly in the public eye, more makers are coming out with stylish options that can be worn without the device drawing attention to itself, unlike many wearables on the market. We've seen wearable jewelry in the past, and latest in that category is the oddly named "Ear-o-Smart", a fitness tracker that comes in the form of unassuming studded earrings. Ear-o-Smart is the brainchild of BioSensive Technologies, a Canadian company, and is decidedly targeted at women with three different styles.

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Burg 12 standalone smartwatch launches at Walmart

Burg 12 standalone smartwatch launches at Walmart

A new standalone smartwatch called the Burg 12 has quietly launched at Walmart, bringing those interested in the technology a relatively low-priced option with an interface that, in one iteration at least, looks like a miniature Simon Says toy. The smartwatch, though standalone in nature, can be connected to an Android or iOS smartphone, and it appears to run its own proprietary software, which isn't detailed. Hermen van den Burg, a Dutch designer, is behind the design, hence its name.

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Playstation 1 games arrive on Android Wear

Playstation 1 games arrive on Android Wear

In the event you have the tiniest thumbs ever or you're especially keen to play PlayStation 1 games on your wrist, one industrious individual has shown it's possible to run PS1 games on Android Wear. He does so using an LG G Watch on which he plays Croc: Legend of the Gobbos. The game runs without a hitch, save for the troubles that come with touchscreen controls on a tiny wearable display, showing an impressive quality using the ePSXe PlayStation emulator.

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