wearables

RunKeeper update gives smartwatch users GPS sans phone

RunKeeper update gives smartwatch users GPS sans phone

RunKeeper has pushed out an update that brings some requested features to smartwatch owners (certain smartwatches, at least). The most notable of the changes is support for wearables that have their own GPS, eliminating the need to lug a phone around while out running or doing other activities. Those who have earbuds with heart rate monitoring can now use them with the latest update, as well, eliminating the need to use a less convenient heart monitor like a chest strap.

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Virgin’s KipstR wearable records shows when you fall asleep

Virgin’s KipstR wearable records shows when you fall asleep

Virgin has revealed its own wearable, a wristband called KipstR created with the help of two teenagers: Jonathan Kingsley, age 14, and Ryan Oliver, age 15. Rather than tracking fitness, KipstR keeps tabs on whether the user is awake or asleep. If you fall asleep while wearing the device, it will trigger your TiVo to record whatever show you were watching when you fell asleep. The device and collaboration is said to be part of Virgin's 'Switched on Futures' initiative.

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Xbox VR headset tipped for 2015

Xbox VR headset tipped for 2015

A new head-worn virtual reality gaming device has been tipped for release next year by Microsoft. This headset would bring features that closely resemble those of Sony's Project Morpheus for PlayStation 4, while Microsoft's device would more likely focus on Xbox One-based gaming. Microsoft would also be competing with Oculus VR and their Oculus Rift head-worn virtual reality system which, like Sony's Project Morpheus, is still in a developer beta mode right this minute as it's readied for a final consumer release.

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Vuzix launches app store for its M100 Smart Glasses

Vuzix launches app store for its M100 Smart Glasses

Smartglasses are trying to get back into the limelight after briefly being upstaged by smartwatches and even virtual reality headsets. Sony just revealed its plans to develop a display module that could turn any regular eyewear into a smart one. Now, Vuzix. who has been trying to compete, or in this case out pace, Google Glass since 2013, is announcing that its app store is open for business, ready to serve what it claims to be thousands of users of the M100 Smart Glasses that it put up for pre-order and started shipping last month.

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CrowdedRocket crowdfunding platform takes off with a bang

CrowdedRocket crowdfunding platform takes off with a bang

This week a new crowdfunding platform by the name of CrowdedRocket was launched - and not 24-hours later it's become so popular, the site is down. "We are experiencing heavy traffic," says the site at the time of this article's publication, "we are working on scaling up. Please try back later." The site works with startup companies and sets itself aside by creating a vetting process. Instead of allowing just about any sort of project jump onboard, they have a set of "thought leaders and influencers" work to see whether or not said project is worth the jumpstart in the first place.

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Sony announces their anti-Google Glass wearable

Sony announces their anti-Google Glass wearable

Sony is pretty bullish about putting a display in front of your eyes. Phones and smartwatches are already pretty well-heeled in their lineup, but incoming projects like Morpheus take you into the world of virtual reality. Now, Sony is introducing “an attachable Single-Lens Display Module”, which amounts to Google Glass you can remove. It’s also quite a bit bulkier than Glass, but offers just about the same functionality. Sony’s aim is true, though; rather than a daily wear consumer product, this is (currently) geared toward sports.

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Apple Watch preorders begin with 3rd-party jeweler

Apple Watch preorders begin with 3rd-party jeweler

It's not entirely unlike a 3rd-party retailer to suggest that they've got an Apple product early. What the jeweler Mervis Diamonds has done is to put their unique version of the Apple Watch up for pre-order - even though they're not entirely sure when the watch will be released. The Mervis Diamonds Apple Watch - their first "Watch edition" version of the device - will be released with an 18 karat gold tennis bracelet with 8 rows of diamonds. Can you guess how much this device will cost?

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SpaceLife jacket connects you with our Martian future

SpaceLife jacket connects you with our Martian future

The Mars Line Interplanetary Travel organization - SpaceLife - will be who you're working with when you don the SpaceLife jacket. The first piece of clotting to be created by the SpaceLife line, this jacket was made for "Life for Space", and the team that've made it aren't pulling any punches with bits and pieces that'll make the wearer feel like a real astronaut. Users will not be able to wear this into space on its own - it's not NASA-approved by any means - but it's certainly going to keep you fashionable while you dream of your future days in the heavens.

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Movo Wave fitness tracker taps the lower end

Movo Wave fitness tracker taps the lower end

We've entered the age of the inexpensive smart wearable device, here with the Movo Wave most recently. The Movo Wave displaces the Misfit Flash for the least expensive wearable with the ability to track your fitness on the block. Now we'll just have to see how one compares to the other - especially since the Misfit Flash left such an impression on us earlier this year. This device will be the new lowest-end - not for quality, necessarily, but certainly for pricing off the bat.

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Report: Apple Watch heading into mass production soon

Report: Apple Watch heading into mass production soon

Brace yourselves: the Apple Watch is coming. Sometime next year, we’ll have our hands on the highly anticipated device, Apple’s first true wearable. While we expected to see it launch around April-May, a new report suggests we might get it a whole lot sooner than that. Or, Apple really think they’ve got a hit on their hands and are just stockpiling devices. Either way, their issues with actually making the watch are said to be over, with the wearable entering mass production a full month ahead of “schedule”.

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