wearables

Uno Noteband uses speed reading to zip through notifications

Uno Noteband uses speed reading to zip through notifications

You've likely used or viewed a demonstration of Spritz speed reading technology at some point -- it shows individual words at a fast rate to improve reading time. Uno Noteband is bid as the first wearable to utilize this technology, allowing wearers to read their incoming messages and notifications quickly one word at a time. In addition to the speed-reading functionality, the wearable also functions as a fitness tracker.

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You don’t want a Samsung Gear VR

You don’t want a Samsung Gear VR

You might not want a Samsung Gear VR - not yet, anyway. The first Samsung Gear VR you're going to see on the market - as early as this afternoon - is the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition. This may look like a consumer release, but it's not. AT&T may be suggesting that it is, and Samsung may be suggesting that it is, the team at Oculus VR are making relatively clear that this is not meant to be the end-all, be-all release for the Gear VR. It's got Oculus branding on it, after all - they're not going to let anything out the gate suggesting it's final before they agree 100% that it is, truly, ready for everyone.

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Apple Watch’s premium fashion price ok with consumers, says survey

Apple Watch’s premium fashion price ok with consumers, says survey

In 2007, Apple kicked the smartphone industry into high gear and really got consumers interested in touchscreen devices with the original iPhone. A similar situation could be said for the Apple Watch and how the adoption rate of wearables may start to take off after its release early next year. A new survey from First Insight, a retail research company, seems to indicate that people are very interested in the Apple Watch, but much more as a fashion item than other smartwatches.

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Mira: a fashionable fitness tracker for women

Mira: a fashionable fitness tracker for women

Fashionable wearables are gaining traction, with products like the Ear-O-Smart earrings and the Omate Lutetia smartwatch ushering in what is sure to be a growing industry of smart jewelry. Mira is in the same vein as these products, taking the familiar fitness tracker technology available in a large roster of products and embedding it in a stylish bracelet. In conjunction with its mobile app, Mira provides "Boost" suggestions with a personal, encouraging slant to aid in improving one's fitness.

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Prana wearable is a breath and posture tracker

Prana wearable is a breath and posture tracker

Prana wants you to have better posture and to breathe correctly, and so to help with these two things is its new wearable by the same name. Prana is a disk-shaped wearable that connects to one's waistband using a clip, and from that position it will use a 3-axis accelerometer to keep tabs on posture and breathing patterns. As with other wearables, the information is piped off to a connected smartphone, where the Prana iOS and Android apps present data and aid in training the user to adjust their posture and breathing patterns.

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Pinto Bluetooth storage wearable puts files on your wrist

Pinto Bluetooth storage wearable puts files on your wrist

There's no shortage of options for toting around your data: flash drives, micro SD cards, portable hard drives, and variations of these. Sometimes these options aren't the most convenient, however, and so the folks behind Pinto have tossed another option into the mix. Pinto is a Bluetooth storage wearable that will be offered in two different capacities, allowing users to carry their files on their wrist and wirelessly access them whenever needed. The maker BeanBeam bids Pinto as "having your own personal cloud" on your wrist.

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Hashtag Gloves, the first Tweeting clothing

Hashtag Gloves, the first Tweeting clothing

You might need your iPhone or an Android smartphone to make them work with Bluetooth, but these Hashtag Gloves remain the most mobile, strangest way to Tweet in the world today. Connected to the web direct through a PC for now, and with Bluetooth wirelessly in the future, Hashtag Gloves have been invented Mount Holyoke College - they're real, and they're coming your way soon. All you need to do is make the hashtag hand gesture and speak, and you'll have a Tweet with ease.

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Google Glass v2.0 may fit anywhere, new patent suggests

Google Glass v2.0 may fit anywhere, new patent suggests

Google Glass, for all its success and failures, still isn’t mainstream. The concept of a heads-up wearable is still really interesting, and a new patent suggests Google hasn’t given up hope just yet. In their latest patent filing for Google Glass, Google looks to be slimming the form factor down, and making it a bit more approachable. It also appears to be a bit more modular than before, with all components being housed in the main body rather than throughout the entire band.

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Embrace smartwatch tracks stress, detects seizures

Embrace smartwatch tracks stress, detects seizures

The Embrace smartwatch is a wearable that offers many of the expected features you get with modern wristbands: activity tracking, smartphone connectivity, a watchface for checking the time, and other similar features. Embrace brings with it a couple unique twists, however, one of which that aims to potentially save lives -- namely, the ability to detect seizures when they happen. With this functionality, both the user and a caregiver are given alerts when a seizure is detected, allowing appropriate medical steps to be taken without delay.

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Survey: 10% of iPhone users ‘very likely’ to buy Apple Watch

Survey: 10% of iPhone users ‘very likely’ to buy Apple Watch

The Apple Watch is still just pictures on a website, but the fervent energy around its release is palpable. Non-tech blogs are discussing it, and the newest addition to the wearable space already has Developers working on the features they can take advantage of. A few weeks ago, we told you about a survey where 10% of people said they’d “definitely buy” the Apple Watch. A new survey backs that number up a bit, but dives a bit deeper into the iOS fan-base.

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