wearables

This is without doubt the best Apple Watch accessory

This is without doubt the best Apple Watch accessory

This little Apple Watch stand turns the device into a vintage Apple Macintosh Classic. It doesn't really make the watch into a functional Macintosh Classic computer fully - it doesn't give the watch an 8 MHz Motorola 68000 processor or anything. But it does make the watch look like it's a display for the Mac Classic while it charges. That's what's most important in this case, anyway.

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Riddell Precision-Fit tech uses 3D scanning for custom football helmets

Riddell Precision-Fit tech uses 3D scanning for custom football helmets

The folks at Riddell have introduced Precision-Fit, a new technology that uses 3D scanning to create a custom-fit helmet liner tailored to an individual’s head shape and size. The personalized fit, obviously, results in personalized safety, helping maximize head protection while also enabling the wearer to choose a fit that maximizes visibility around the athlete.

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Polar H10 heart rate monitor unveiled with GoPro connectivity

Polar H10 heart rate monitor unveiled with GoPro connectivity

Polar has introduced a new Polar heart rate monitor strap called the Polar H10, a sensor that wraps around your chest to keep track of your heart rate as you move about or exercise. This strap, as with a couple of other Polar models, is compatible with your GoPro devices to overlay heart rate data onto your action camera videos, providing yourself and viewers with an extra layer of data.

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Vuzix Blade 3000 smart glasses hands-on: Spectacles’ less-dorky cousin

Vuzix Blade 3000 smart glasses hands-on: Spectacles’ less-dorky cousin

Snapchat's Spectacles may have given wearable cameras the consumer-acceptance Google Glass never had, but a far more capable set of specs could steal their thunder. Vuzix - which has been pushing head-mounted displays for several years now, though primarily to enterprise users and developers - brought its latest glasses to CES this week, the Blade 3000. While at first glance they might look like regular glasses, they're actually outfitted with a transparent display.

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Misfit Vapor Smartwatch has a fully round 1.39-inch display

Misfit Vapor Smartwatch has a fully round 1.39-inch display

Misfit has announced a new smartwatch called Vapor, a wearable with a fully round 1.39-inch AMOLED display with a 326ppi resolution and a ‘vibrant color palette,’ according to the company. This smartwatch packs a bunch of features into its tiny body, including sensors like an altimeter, heart rate sensor, accelerometer, GPS, and gyroscope. There are also the expected features including a microphone and health tracking.

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ODG AR smart glasses hands-on: Snapdragon 835 gets real

ODG AR smart glasses hands-on: Snapdragon 835 gets real

The first Snapdragon 835 device isn't a phone, and it isn't a tablet: it's a set of augmented reality glasses. Two sets of glasses, to be precise, the handiwork of ODG - or Osterhout Design Group - flush with a recent $58m cash injection from 21st Century Fox who have been pushing augmented reality and smart glasses for a decade now. While you might associate Snapdragon with phones, there are plenty of good reasons you might want the new 835 in a computer for your face.

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Zhor-Tech self-lacing smart shoes hands-on: one-upping Marty McFly

Zhor-Tech self-lacing smart shoes hands-on: one-upping Marty McFly

This week we're having a look at a pair of smart shoes that take the Nike MAG (Back to the Future self-lacing shoes) to a new level. These have nothing to do with Nike, nor are they to be mistaken for any other official Back to the Future technology. According to the folks representing this shoe, Zhor-Tech, the real challenge in creating a shoe like this is mixing electronic knowhow with footwear - dust, shocks, humidity - and of course wireless electronic lacing.

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ODG R-8 and R-9 AR glasses are powered by Snapdragon 835

ODG R-8 and R-9 AR glasses are powered by Snapdragon 835

Osterhout Design Group, more commonly referred to as just ODG, has introduced the R-8 and R-9 smart glasses, wearable augmented reality devices that are the first to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor. Developer units of these glasses will be shipping out later this year, but as with other wearable headset dev kits, you’ll have to pay a pretty penny to get them: the R-8 will be “less than $1,000” and the R-9 will be “around” $1,799 USD.

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Pokemon GO Christmas Event update (plus Apple Watch bonus)

Pokemon GO Christmas Event update (plus Apple Watch bonus)

The latest Pokemon GO update includes code which indicates the Christmas Event we've been waiting for isn't lost just yet. Details for the next event appeared in the same update for the game that showed Apple Watch integration just before final release this week. These details indicate that an entirely new element will be added to the game in the Store - and that this element won't just be limited to this Christmas weekend.

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Two Nexus-like smartwatches set to lead Android Wear in 2017

Two Nexus-like smartwatches set to lead Android Wear in 2017

Next year Google will be releasing two new Android Wear smartwatches in the style of their Nexus smartphone line. There's very little to get in Google's way in the market for these devices as the only massive competition out today is the Apple Watch. According to a recent study, nobody wants a smartwatch at the moment - except some Apple fans, apparently, who all want the Apple Watch. So why would Google want to continue rolling in this market?

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Pokemon GO Apple Watch update live (vs Pokemon GO Plus)

Pokemon GO Apple Watch update live (vs Pokemon GO Plus)

This morning the Pokemon GO update Apple Watch users have been waiting for has gone entirely live. This version of the Pokemon GO app will only be coming to the iPhone for use in collaboration with the Apple Watch. This version of the app will enable features sort-of similar to those offered on the original Niantic wearable device, the Pokemon GO Plus.

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Meta 2 augmented reality developer kit headsets start shipping

Meta 2 augmented reality developer kit headsets start shipping

The Meta 2 augmented reality developer kit headsets have begun shipping, the company behind them has announced. Though they're shipping out to buyers a bit later than we'd originally heard, those who quickly pre-ordered should have their AR dev kit unit by the turn of the year. According to a recent statement by the company, more shipments will be heading out early in 2017, and customers will get a shipping notification in their inbox when their own order goes out.

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