Who Needs Smart Tech When We’ve Got Caffeine Wearables!

We’ve seen a lot of wearable tech over the years, most of which now comes in the form of a wristband or a smartwatch device that tracks your fitness and general wellbeing, but the Joule is a little bit different. The new wristband aims to combat the issues with wearing adhesive transdermal patches, the types often used for nicotine and caffeine based treatments. The patches can be uncomfortable due to the adhesive used and can certainly cause various skin irritations for the wearer, but what if you could simply wear it on your wrist?

Joule, a simple caffeine wearable, is designed to be more comfortable and puts the patch in a part of the body that has minimal fat resistance and high blood flow, allowing for a more effective treatment. It’s like the anti-hero to the current crop of connected wearables, in fact, it’s a laughably simple idea when you think about it, but one that could help a lot of people none the less.

“Let’s face it, the main reason most of us wait in long lines, put up with stained teeth and bad breath, keep adding to the old spare tire and take in obscene amounts of sugar is to get that wonderful caffeine boost.

Whether it’s a coffee first thing in the morning, or an energy drink before an all-night study session, caffeine is what we want and damn the consequences! When you think about it…how many issues in your life can be traced to having low energy, no energy, mood swings or general lack of alertness? We all want to cram a lot into a narrow window of time, but when energy levels suffer, so does your performance.

Now….imagine if you could get all the positives of your coffee or energy drink with none of the negatives, and actually pay “less” than you do now. Would you be interested?

Well, No Sh*t Sherlock!

It’s time to modify the way you deliver caffeine into your bloodstream and discover the Joule Caffeine Bracelet!”

The company recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $15,000  and given that they’re already at $8,000 (correct at time of writing) with a month left, I doubt they’ll be having many issues getting the cash together.

Would this be enough to help you kick your coffee and energy drink habit? Or do you prefer your fix to come in a cup?

Apple Watch Hermès Collection Launches Today

The Apple Watch is a polarizing device due to the high cost, daily charging requirement and potential to become outdated very quickly. Despite these reservations, various models across an assortment of price brackets sold surprisingly well even though many users mocked the concept online. On the other hand, strong evidence suggests many Apple Watch owners are dissatisfied and not using the device after a few months of purchasing. Perhaps, the initial appeal has subsided and it’s no longer a fashionable piece of technology in their social circle. During the past couple of months, there’s been a number of rumors circulating about the Apple Watch 2. As a result, it seems strange to unveil a new line-up based on the existing Apple Watch 1 specification. While this is certainly true, Apple doesn’t seem to think so, and decided to launch the Hermès Collection today!

Here is a brief synopsis of what the range entails:

“Uncompromising craftsmanship. Pioneering innovation. Groundbreaking functionality. Apple Watch Hermès is the culmination of a partnership based on parallel thinking, singular vision and mutual regard. It is a unique timepiece designed with both utility and beauty in mind. With leather straps handmade by Hermès artisans in France and an Hermès watch face reinterpreted by Apple designers in California, Apple Watch Hermès is a product of elegant, artful simplicity — the ultimate tool for modern life.”

The budget model in the Hermès Collection, and I use that term loosely, features a conventional leather strap, and comes in either a 38mm or 42mm case. Dubbed the Single Tour, prices start at £1000 and can be purchased in Fauve, Noir, and Capucine colour straps. Next up is the Double Tour which surrounds the wrist twice. I’m not entirely sure the reason behind this design. Nevertheless, you can only acquire this model with a 38mm case but strap colours include Fauve, Etain, Capucine and Blue Jean. Pricing here start from £1150. Finally, the Cuff incorporates a much wider strap and only has one a Fauve strap and 42mm case option. According to Apple’s online store, the price for this watch will be £1350.

Razer Nabu Smartband Review

Introduction


Smart wearables are nothing new, but it’s certainly still a growing market. With that in mind, it makes sense that gaming brands such as Razer would want to get in on the action, they already make a wide range of peripherals, and while I’m sure they would love us all to sit at our desks using Razer hardware, gamers need to get exercise too. Being able to track your fitness is no bad thing, especially if you’re trying to get in shape, but the Razer Nabu offers a little more than your average connected sportswear.

“Stay on top of everything when the Nabu notifies you of incoming calls, texts, emails, and other app alerts discreetly via the private message screen and a gentle vibration.” – Said Razer.

All the basics of a fitness band are available here, as the Nabu will use its accelerometer and built-in algorithms to give you real-time feedback on the band, as well as in the dedicated mobile app. You can track your steps walked, distance travelled, calories burnt, hours slept, active minutes and personal goals. The sleep tracker is a cool feature, as it’ll measure the actual duration you slept once you’ve finally stopped fidgeting, the sleep quality, again no doubt tracking the amount of times you turn in your sleep, as well as offering you a silent alarm via its vibration function; handy if you want to get up for your morning coffee without waking the kids.

Check out this cool product video from Razer, although amazingly it’s NSFW and features quite a lot of graphic violence… cool! Zombie dismembering aside, it does a great job of demonstrating many of the features of the Nabu.

Display and Sensor

  • OLED 128×16 single color
  • 3-axis accelerometer
  • Cylindrical vibration motor

Hardware

  • Single button for OLED screen access and other specific functions
  • Lithium-polymer battery with up to 6 days battery life
  • Rain, sweat, and splash proof. Not suitable for showering and submerging.
  • Charging via proprietary USB cable.
  • Wireless syncing with mobile devices via Bluetooth LE.

Tested devices

  • iPhone 5/5S/6/6 Plus with iOS 8 (or higher)
  • Android 4.3 (or higher) device with Bluetooth Lower Energy (BT 4.0 or higher).
  • Click here for a list of tested Android devices.

There are even more cool features too, such as shaking hands with another Nabu owner and you can exchange social media information and more! With support from a wide range of popular applications, you can ensure you get all the information you need, right when you need it, all right on the built-in OLED display on the top of the wristband.

As with any other Razer product, the NABU is very nicely packaged, with a clear image of the product on the front and, of course, those more than familiar Razer colours.

Around the back of the box, a quick technical rundown, as well as a plastic panel that acts as a size guide for the wristband; very handy!

Open the box and you’ll find, ta da! Another box.

This one is more like a presentation box, and you’ll find a nicely secured NABU wristband on the interior, as well as a small pull-out drawer at the base for the accessories.

There’s a small USB charging cable, which naturally comes with the Razer Green header, a small link attachment for the wristband to adjust the size, and the usual documentation.

FitBit Has A Surprising And High Profile New Fan

FItBit’s range of smart fitness products has catapulted the company onto bigger and better avenues over the last year or so, the new breed of small, light yet powerful wearable pieces of tech has captured the imagination. It now looks as if the company has another fan that is rather more powerful than your average consumer.

That consumer in question is 44th US president and a fan of tech Mr Barrack Obama who was seen sporting what looks to be a FitBit Surge while being interviewed by comic legend Jerry Seinfeld. Below is a snap that was taken of Mr Obama wearing the device, it seems the president has been looking forward to test driving the watch since last year. There has also been a humorous take concerning Mr Obama’s preference for FitBit considering both Apple and Samsung smart watches have a recording function built-in which might be slightly dodgy for the president.

According to research that was conducted by IDC, FitBit is the world’s highest selling wearable device and leads Apple. It conveys the paradox that many government officials find themselves in, on one hand they attempt to clamp down and pursue tech companies over surveillance and various laws, yet they also use the gadgets that have been created by that industry.

Image courtesy of kaiserkiwi

Apple Watch 2 Reportedly Coming in Q2 2016

The first iteration of the Apple Watch has sold remarkably well despite being publicly ridiculed. Clearly, the top-end pricing reaches eye-watering levels but the basic models are still relatively affordable. However, for a similar price, you can purchase a Japanese or Swiss timepiece with years of engineering prowess behind it. Despite this, it seems the Apple Watch is a success story, and according to Apple’s supplier, Quanta Computer, a new model is planned for release in Q2 2016.

During this initial release window, supplies will be limited, but stock should improve by the third quarter. This raises questions about the longevity of the original Apple Watch and its second-hand value. These concerns were raised prior to the Apple Watch announcement,and still hold validity. As with any Apple product, I doubt the value will plummet, but I’m fascinated to see how the second model differs from its predecessor.

Sadly, there’s no information regarding design changes, or the retail pricing. Although, this should be revealed in the coming months. It’s important to remember that the Apple Watch has a life-cycle of 2 years compared to other devices with a yearly product revision. The price though makes it compete with traditional luxury, mechanical watches and I cannot see people making the switch any time (if you’ll excuse the pun) soon.

The Best Budget-Friendly Everyday Wearable Technology

We all love our technology. From the mobile phone which you have in your pocket to the computer you have hidden away in your house ready to reward you with some much-needed “Netflix and chill” time after a busy day. Have you noticed all those people who seem to sit there staring at their phone screens, almost as if they are trying to will a text message or phone call? Or maybe they’re just worried about it being another two inches from their hands, they might end up missing an important call. That same fear has led to a new generation of technology, wearable technology. The name kinda says it all, technology that you can wear and use. Featured below are a few pieces of technology you could start wearing now and some which won’t break the bank when you start getting interested.


Smart Watches

Smartwatches are designed to be connected to your phone, with Companies like Apple hoping theirs will take over a whopping 40% of the market, you can see why some people might be interested in them. So why not go out and grab an Apple Watch? With the ability to monitor your heart rate, how many steps you take and even be used for Apple pay means that you don’t really need to your phone out of your pocket for anything other than actually texting and making a call. Sadly though the Apple watch is only compatible with iPhones and comes in at a whopping £289, so why not look at something a little cheaper? Sony’s universal smart watch is available for Android devices and features some impressive figures. With 2-4 days battery at “normal usage”, and with a selection of apps from the play store and a price tag of £60.75, it may be an alternative if you like using your android phone without it being out in front of you.


Smart Ring

Wearable technology is designed to make your life easier while meaning you don’t carry a computer on your hand. So why not make something smart that most people wear without a second thought?

The NFC ring is designed as yet another companion to your smart phone. By communicating with NFC (near field communication) technology, you can unlock your phone just by swiping your ring over the top, meaning no more trying to remember your password. What about your wireless password or a link to your favourite website? The NFC can store that information and transmit it just as easily, meaning sharing your details could be as easy as waving your hand over someone’s phone.

With the ability to interact and transmit data to anything with NFC capabilities, the ring has almost unlimited potential. Do you have any wearable technology we didn’t mention? What kind of technology are you looking for? Share your ideas below in the comments.

Fitness Trackers


With all this technology, why not use it for something regarding your health? Smart watches can track your heartbeat and steps, though they cost a little bit more. Fitness trackers are simple little bands that blend seemingly with your everyday wear. I personally have one and the little band tells me everything from my steps and the approximate calories burnt for those steps, it can also track my sleeping patterns, detecting when you move a lot in your sleep and often more. Pivotal Living offer a subscription based band, for $12 per year they will give you access to everything you need to track your life. Fail to pay though and the app locks up making it a beautiful piece of plastic on your wrist, not much else.

Misfit Introduces the New Shine 2 Fitness and Sleep Monitor

Misfit is a hardware company that makes wearables that utilize sensors to monitor activity and sleep. Today they announced the Shine 2, the next generation of the award-winning Shine Fitness and Sleep Monitor. Inside the Shine 2’s thinner aircraft grade aluminum body is more advanced hardware than before. This will allow it to more accurately track a user’s activity and sleep with its 3-axis accelerometer and new 3-axis magnetometer. Also improved in the Shine 2 is touch responsiveness, faster syncing, larger Bluetooth range, and more advanced firmware.

Adam Mack, Misfit’s Director of Mechanical Design said,“We’ve packed a lot into Shine 2, adding more functionality into an even thinner form factor with the same battery life. We didn’t compromise on craftsmanship or the user experience.”

The Shine 2 will retain the signature 6-month battery life meaning that this is one wearable that you are not going to be constantly charging every night. It is also water-resistant to 50 meters so you can keep it on when you go swimming, shower, or do the dishes. The Shine 2 will come in Rose Gold and Carbon Black colors that you can purchase from misfit’s website now or locally worldwide in November.

Do you wear a wearable fitness or fitness and sleep tracker? What is it?

What We Hope to See at CES 2016

CES 2016 is rapidly approaching and there’s no doubt that many of the leading technology manufacturers from all around the world will be there, showing off their latest wares. CES is no stranger to huge product launches and reveals, but without many hints at what we will actually see at the event, which is due to kick off in the first week of January next year, here’s a quick run down of what I’m hoping to see. Of course, these aren’t so much predictions, as wishful thinking, but I like to think I’ve been going to CES for long enough to make an educated guess of how things will go down.


Cheaper 4K Displays

This one is obvious, some of the first 4K displays in the world were first seen at CES, then the year after, we saw them finally dropping down below $1000 both in the home cinema and desktop display markets. Panel production is quickly ramping up and the hardware is becoming more consumer friendly by the day, with increasing levels of content and more so, 4K gaming capable PC hardware.


Ultra HD Blu-Ray Players

Ultra HD is coming, with the first prototype player being shown at CES 2015 and Computex 2015. The format officially launches in January and discs will be available at retail, so that means we need consumer ready players and CES is the perfect launch pad for them. Expect all the big names, Sony, Samsung, Panasonic and many others to have something ready to show off and bundle with their 4KTV ranges throughout 2016.


VR

Oculus, Vive, PlayStation VR and about a dozen others are set to fully launch throughout 2016, so you can bet they’ll all have something to show. We’re nearing the end of the first wave of development for consumer VR and that means they’ve got one big show to say “we’re better at this than the other guy!” Personally, I’m thinking Oculus will be the front-runner, but Vive is certainly the strongest contender to take them down a few pegs.


Wearable Tech

Smart watches, clothes, shoes, glasses, the list goes on and on. There’s no doubt that the market is crammed with wearable tech right now, but for me, even the most recent wearable tech such as the Apple Watch and well, any smartwatch actually, has done little to excite me or make me feel compelled to reach for my credit card. This year, I’m hoping to see something really worthwhile in this part of the market. Lighter, faster, more features and longer battery life, that’s where this market needs to go.


Everything Else

Faster processors, more powerful graphics cards, new feature packed motherboards, innovative CPU coolers, kick-ass PC cases and so much more, this much is pretty much a given for any big technology event. What we will see will no doubt features dozens of amazing products and you can rest assured that we’ll be there in Las Vegas bringing you the latest.

What are you hoping to see revealed or launched at CES 2016?

Android Wear For iPhones Coming Soon

In recent years, we’ve developed quite an affection for technology. Be it your everyday computer, to the pocket computers called Smart Phones that people use for gaming, messaging and doing everything except actually phoning people. One of the bigger trends in recent years has been the introduction of wearable technology, ranging from trainers tracking your steps to a wristband that monitors your heart and running speed. Of these wearable techs, the most common would be the smartwatch, a device that seems like any other watch but acts as a digital screen for your smartphone. Google’s very own Android wear being amongst the most popular, supporting their Android mobile operating system from the start, now however if you are interested and own an iPhone the Android wear could be decorating your wrist soon enough.

For a while, it was rumoured that Android wear may soon support iPhones and it now seems that google is confirming this information themselves. Sadly as with all good news this one comes with a catch. You will require an iOS 8.2 or higher iPhone (iPhone 5 and more recent models) and the app will only work with the latest in Android wear watches. This means that currently only the LG Watch Urbane will support iPhones, with newer models further supporting the system.

Are you an iPhone user? Would you be interested in an Android Wear? Do you own a smartwatch and if so how do you use it?

Thank you Engadget for the information and the image.

Swatch Boss Describes Apple Watch as “Interesting Toy”

Luxury Swiss watchmaker, Swatch has derisively referred to the Apple Watch as an “interesting toy” and not a “revolution” in timekeeping. The company’s chief executive, Nick Hayek discussed Apple’s wearable product line in a Swiss newspaper. According to Hayek, Swatch considered making their own smartwatch but cancelled the project after hearing the battery limitations on the Apple Watch. Apple’s premium device requires daily charging which makes it a fairly inconvenient proposition.

It’s not surprising to see this public outcry from Swatch, as their CEO has been critical of Apple for sometime. Obviously, they now see Apple as a new competitor in the wearables market and perhaps concerned about the future of hand-made, mechanical timepieces. However, I agree with Hayek’s argument, and the Apple Watch feels like a toy compared to traditional, Swiss watches. Of course, any Apple product will always have a market and interest from certain consumers but the Apple Watch has become a device to ridicule Apple’s pricing strategy.

Wearable technology is becoming a lucrative market and Apple believes their can offer a legitimate alternative to Swiss watch companies with years of history behind their name. Frankly, this comes across are fairly arrogant and I think the Apple Watch in the long-term will be a difficult device to sell to the mass-market.

Thank you Sky News for providing us with this information.

Microsoft Could Send Notifications Through Electric Impulses in Clothes

Microsoft has publicly revealed an intriguing patent originally filled in 2014, entitled, Wearable Computer Having A Skin-Stimulating Interface. In a rather space-age fashion, the patent allows Microsoft to relay notifications through small sensory shocks. In theory, this could be also be used to stimulate a person’s senses after a prolonged period of inactivity. Therefore, it’s possible the technology is rooted in the fitness market. According to the patent:

“The electrical stimuli may inform the user of an event, a condition, etc. Examples of an event include but are not limited to receipt of a message (e.g. an email, an instant message (IM), a short message service (SMS) message, or a transcribed voicemail), receipt of an alarm (e.g. an alarm clock alarm or a warning), receipt of a phone call, occurrence of a time of day, etc.”

“The electrical stimuli may inform the user of a condition of clothing that is worn by the user. The electrical stimuli may inform the user that a physical positioning of the user is to be changed.”

It seems there is the possibility for tactile notifications using sensors embedded into specialized clothing. Although, I’m quite dubious how long it would take for such a catastrophic change to become widely accepted. Nevertheless, in 20-30 years time, it’s unthinkable how advanced technology will become and the degree to which our lives will change forever.

Thank you Cnet for providing us with this information.

Has a 14-Year-Old Hacker Enabled iOS 4.2.1 on an Apple Watch?

Billy Ellis is a 14-year-old designer and iOS developer with a keen interest in hacking. His latest project shows an Apple Watch booting into iOS 4.2.1 and displays the signature main menu. At first glance, the video appears to be genuine but I’m pretty sceptical that an entire OS could be hacked onto the Apple Watch. Perhaps, he has created an App which emulates the iOS boot process when loaded. However, if the video is legit, then I cannot imagine how this was achieved.

By default, the Apple Watch operates on a custom version of iOS and almost seen as a supplementary device to existing Apple products. The concept of running the default iOS software is interesting, but I’m guessing the user-interface would scale horribly on such a tiny screen. Whatever the case, I have to commend a developer of such a young age for engaging in coding projects.

The Apple Watch is a very polarizing product and I honestly cannot see the appeal. Although, if the device can be modified to run custom software, it would become a more attractive proposition. Furthermore,  if any documentation arises about this particular hack, I would proceed with caution as it will undoubtedly void your warranty and might be a visual forgery. Wearable technology is becoming increasingly popular and it’s only a matter of time before we see a number of software hacks from developers.

https://twitter.com/bellis1000/status/634125587867660289

Thank you Wired for providing us with this information.

Apple Watch Predicted to Account for 40% of Luxury Market by 2020

BI Intelligence has published a report on the popularity of wearable technology and predicts the Apple Watch will account for 40% of luxury timepieces by 2020. To clarify, the term “luxury” refers to any watch priced $350 or above which includes fairly mass-produced pieces such as the Apple Sport Watch. This could explain why the predicted figures are so high. According to the report:

“Assuming a lower-bound price of $350 for the luxury-watch category, and including Apple Watch in that category, traditional wristwatches would account for ~60% of total shipments in 2020, while Apple Watch would account for ~40%.”

The Apple Watch is an extremely polarizing device with a rather hefty price tag. Honestly, I’m astounded to see consumers opt for an Apple Watch instead of a hand-made Swiss or Japanese timepiece. Mechanical watches are a timeless and dependable piece of machinery and cannot become obsolete due to software. Additionally, the Apple Watch requires daily charging which makes it quite inconvenient. Nevertheless, wearable technology is on the rise, especially in the fashion or fitness sector. I’m still quite skeptical about these claims though as some watches can cost $50,000 which makes the $350 baseline seem quite unrealistic.

I’m intrigued to hear how many people actually use a watch as consumers often rely on their mobile phone to glance at the time.

Thank you 9to5Mac for providing us with this information.

MOOV NOW Wearable Could Prove to Be More Than Just Another Fitness Gadget

The market is currently flooded with wearables, all with different features, sizes and things to try to improve your workout. MOOV is one of them and unlike most wearables, it does more than track your position and steps.

The first MOOV is said to have a feature that tracked your body movement, something that you don’t see in most gadgets nowadays. But although it can be strapped to your ankle, wrist and arm, it is the size of a watch and could prove to be uncomfortable at times.

The latest MOOV NOW is not only significantly smaller, but also has a battery pack that lasts six months. Also, compared to other fitness apps, it packs an accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer, helping in giving you a 3D tracking experience rather than a location and speed-based reading. This means that it can know if you are pushing yourself over your limit or not putting enough effort into it.

However, the wearable can prove to be more than just a fitness gadget. Its 3D tracking capability acts sort of like Microsoft’s Kinect and therefore can have a lot of potential in virtual environment movement tracking. In addition to the latter, the movement tracking capacity that it bears can also be associated with what Leap Motion technology wants to achieve. So, we can be looking at a wearable with multipurpose use and a huge battery life here.

The MOOV NOW is said to be up for grabs at a pre-order deal of $60, but if you want to get it at that price, you’ll have to hurry. The retail price is said to go up to $100 once it gets released this fall.

Thank you Endgadget for providing us with this information

Microsoft Found a Way to Improve the Battery Life of Wearables

A team of researchers over at Microsoft have finally found a way to improve the battery life of wearables. We all know that the latter don’t come with a big battery pack, so finding workarounds to extend their battery life has always been a priority for manufacturers.

The technique is said to involve pairing wearables with smartphones via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi in order to shift all heavy workloads to the smartphone, hence having your smartphone acting as an external processing unit. This means that your wearable will act mostly as a way of displaying data from your smartphone, having it draw just enough battery to sustain the pairing connection.

Researchers over at Microsoft are said to have tested the system, named WearDrive, on an Android phone. The results showed an improvement of over three times in energy consumption for the wearable and an acceptable energy consumption impact on the handset. In addition, the wearable had its execution performance increase eight times compared to it not being paired to the smartphone.

While wearables don’t have the performance nor battery life of a fully fledged smartphone, the technique seems to help quite a lot in performance as well as battery life. Also, WearDrive is said to automatically deactivate itself when not in range of a paired smartphone, so you don’t have to worry about it running in the background.

Thank you TechSpot for providing us with this information

Court Orders Exam Retakes for Students Caught Cheating with High-Tech Vest

The Indian Supreme Court has demanded 630,000 students retake their All India Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Entrance Test (AIPMT) amid concerns about widespread cheating. One of the most prevalent devices used was a vest which contains a concealed microphone and cellular radio. This can exchange data such as research papers to another person through a traditional SIM card. You can even covertly ask questions into the built-in microphone and hear the response through a minuscule in-ear Bluetooth headset. This makes it quite difficult to detect and relays much more information than writing notes onto your hands. Of course, this isn’t something I am advocating!

An investigation into the scale of cheating produced some shocking results and predict approximately 700 students used the hidden communication tool. In total, 44 candidates were identified and found cheating with the devices being present across Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. The AIPMT administers 15% of the seats in the country’s public medical and dental colleges which creates a lot of fierce competition. Additionally, 99.4% of all candidates fail the AIPMT every year and upholds a very high standard. Parents acted in desperation to propel their children into the school and provide a better quality of life. However, cheaters never prosper nor deserve any credit.

The BBC produced a video showing the how the vest works and remarks on the unbelievable quantity of devices out there to acquire the correct answers. India’s educational system is plagued by this notion and gangs can make a profitable business from selling data and devices in huge numbers. Cheating is illegal in India, but this hasn’t deterred students from trying to get away with it!

https://youtu.be/hLD-07tba1A

Thank you Geek for providing us with this information.

Is a New Google Glass Model Being Tested?

An intriguing FCC filing has been submitted by Google under the codename FCC ID A4R-GG1. Usually, the FCC’s EUT label is quite specific and outlines the product category. In this case, the filing simply states, “BLUETOOTH & DTS/UNII a/b/g/n/ac” with the model title GG1. It’s possible the GG1 stands for Google Glass 1 which could indicate a revised model of Google’s innovative wearable.

The documentation is fairly lengthy and lacking in concrete detail. However, we do know that the device will support 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi in 2.4GHz and 5GHz network protocols. Additionally, the GG1 utilizes soldered, rechargeable batteries but the exact mAh isn’t known at this time. Other features include Bluetooth LE functionality, an AC adapter and USB cable for data transfer.

Another important piece of evidence which may support the Google Glass theory is the FCC e-label. Instead of a physical tag, there is an e-label embedded in the software under regulatory information. Interestingly, the e-label’s resolution is 640×380 and identical to the Google Glass display.

While there are hints suggesting the device is the latest Google Glass SKU, it might be a completely brand new product based on wearable technology. Perhaps it’s a fitness tool which allows you to monitor steps taken like a pedometer and sync results with the cloud. Given the lucrative nature of the fitness market, this would be a sensible strategy.

What do you think this device could be?

Thank you Droid-Life for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Droid-Life.

You Could Have Been Wearing A Nokia Smart Watch

Wearable tech is a big thing at the moment. From Google Glass to the Pebble Watch, companies are looking for more and more ways to bring technology to everyday life without having to make you carry that extra device. A recent image on a Tumblr blog shows that a company which may have thought of bringing you a smartwatch is Nokia.

“Moonraker”, as it was codenamed, was shown on a Tumblr blog which has since been removed. The blog is run by a Microsoft employee Pei-Chi Hsieh, and like much of the internet was quickly grabbed and shared before the images could be removed. The watch itself seems to look very similar to a lot of others on the market, with interchangeable colour bands letting you choose the look based on how you feel on the day. They even had an interesting idea with “live tiles” which would provide a glimpse into the apps on the watch, such as text messaging. If that sounds familiar it’s because it’s the same as Metro that the Windows 8’s start menu uses.

The images, however, were reporting as more than just concept art created to show off what could be made, the images were actual marketing material and a prototype was even reportedly shown off at Mobile World Congress in 2014. This all fell apart in April 2014 with Nokia’s acquisition by Microsoft, who decided to focus on the Microsoft Band Fitness Tracker.

Sadly there doesn’t seem to be any plans to bring the device into the world. Instead, it will remain as a prototype in a warehouse somewhere, waiting for its chance.

Thank you The Verge for the information.

Here Are the First 24 Apps Available for Apple Watch

With just two  weeks until the Apple Watch is officially released, the excitement is mounting. Feeding that excitement now is the recent appearance of apps for the Watch in the App Store. Here is the list of the 24 apps first available in the App Store courtesy of 9to5Mac, with added descriptions by Fortune.

Now knowing what we get to start out with when the device is available, which app are you looking forward to most?

Apple’s Latest Watch Might Replace Your Car Keys

There have been a lot of talks about Apple’s latest gadget that would bring the company further into the wearable market. In a latest statement to The Telegraph, Apple CEO, Tim Cook, stated a number of things the Watch can do, one of them being the ability to unlock your car.

It seems that Apple is looking to “convert” people in using their smartphones and traditional payment methods less by adding a lot of features to its wearable. However, its latest addition might get people into the habit of using their car keys less as well.

The Watch is set to replace key fobs used by many automobile security systems as well, making it a handy multi-purpose gadget that people can rely upon on a daily basis. Apple is said to release the watch this April.

Thank you NextPowerUp for providing us with this information

Smart Wearables Being Banned in Schools

With the ever-growing popularity of smart wearables, comes ever-growing uses for them. One latest trend is cheating during exams. Something that was once innocent has schools thinking twice about what a watch can do.

As reported by BuzzFeed, universities are simplifying this by banning all watches during exams. One London City University official stated it “wouldn’t be practical” to have professors checking each individual students watch, making sure it was analog and not a smartwatch.

Source: Tweaktown

Wireless and Waterproof Smart Earphones Are Finally Here!

Bragi Dash earbuds are the latest gadget for the audio world, and the smart in-ear headphones are packed full of features that really made them catch my attention. They’re equipped with fitness sensors, much like every other smart wearable these days, you can listen to music on them wirelessly, you can store music on them, answer calls with them, you can even go swimming with them as they’re waterproof up to 1m.

I really like the idea of these, as there are no wires to get tangled and the Kickstarter funded product from Bragi received around $3.5 million on Kickstarter; so I’m clearly not the only one excited about these. The built-in 4GB storage is perfect for when you want to go running, swimming or anywhere that you would rather not have to carry your phone. For all other things, you can enjoy Bluetooth connectivity as well as adjustable noise cancelling capabilities.

Hands-free smart control is also a welcome feature, thanks to the built-in accelerometer. Look up at the sky, they’ll tell you the weather, look down at the ground to mute them, nod your head to answer a call; you get the idea.

The only downside? When they hit the market this April, they’ll set you back $299, although they sound like they’re worth every penny.

Thank you IFLS for providing us with this information.

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Razer Launches Entry-Level Smartband with Notification Features

Razer announced the launch of Razer Nabu X, a wearable that delivers notifications from smartphones, tracks fitness data, and has social band-to-band capabilities. The Nabu X is a cheaper version of the Nabu due to the elimination of the display. Instead, the Nabu X is using three LEDs and a vibration motor to notify you about events on your smartphone.

“The greatest barriers to entry for new technology are price and complexity, and we’ve eliminated both of those with the Razer Nabu X,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “We’ve taken what makes the Nabu such a compelling wearable – discreet notifications, activity tracking and band-to-band communication – and incorporated them into the Nabu X. It’s the basic alternative to the Nabu that’s extremely affordable and simple to use.”

The Nabu X’s sensor module houses a precise accelerometer that is paired with finely tuned algorithms to ensure the most accurate activity data is captured and the three LEDs can be colour-customised to indicate what type of notification is being received. The sensor module is also detachable to allow users to mix and match the three planned strap colors: black, white, and green.

The Nabu X is made with a soft-rubber finish that offers extensive water resistance on the size adjustable strap. Wrist-turn detection and light taps on the sensor module are also supported.

The Nabu X is compatible with iOS or Android smartphones and early adopters through the Razer Insider program can get it for just $19.99. The retail price will be $49.99 once it starts selling during spring 2015.

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Gartner Expects Smartclothes to Become More Prominent as Smart Technology Evolves

Hardware and software manufacturers will continue to create partnerships with companies in other verticals to develop new products for consumers. The smart clothing market is often overlooked for snazzy smartwatches and other wearables, but is a market segment that will see explosive growth in the coming years, according to the Gartner research firm.

The current generation of smart clothing is mainly embraced by professional athletes, as a new tool to help track biometrics. However, these types of technologies should be able to find a new home in the casual market, especially among athletes, trying to further improve their own performance.

Here is what Gartner research director Angela McIntyre told the Guardian:

“Because smartshirts and other smartgarments can hold more sensors closer to the skin, they can collect more information and produce better data, like the full wave of the heart beat rather than just the pulse. First-generation smartshirts have been available from companies like Adidas and Underarmor four a while now marketing them to professional athletes, but we’re starting to see interest from regular manufacturers of garments for a much larger audience.”

The industry is developing so fast, in fact, that smart clothing will overtake smart wristbands in 2016, with shipments reaching 26 million – 7 million more than smart wristbands – Gartner predicts.

Overall, consumers will have a wide selection of different smart technologies they will be able to choose from, including smartwatches, smart wristbands, smart clothing, smart eyewear, and other next-generation products.

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Oculus Support – “This is Steve”

Company image done right – Wednesdays ‘South Park’ episode ensured that all Oculus support tickets on the following day were answered quickly and efficiently by “Steve”.

Steve ensured he took “care of all your customer needs in a timely and satisfactory manner” – providing a humorous and different Easter egg for those who wished to email in with a query. If you’re sitting here rather confused as to exactly what we’re talking about, it’s about time you caught up on some South Park re-runs. You may do so through their official website, or maybe ask your nearest fan.

The responses were first seen around social media, seeing many users post up their varying experiences with Steve. Later confirmed by the Uploadvr team personally, it’s obvious that the team at Oculus understands their audience and consumer base.

We’re seeing more companies adopt this kind of ‘new-age marketing’, seeing positions open up in large scale corporations for dedicated social media operators, community managers and various similar positions. Not only does it provide something that’s actually funny to look at, but gives users the impression that the company ‘gets’ it’s audience – something that’s not often enough seen in this day and age. You wouldn’t hire a Football coach to run a baseball team, so why would you hire an out-of-touch sales rep as your marketing manager?

Back to Oculus however, it seems that this Easter egg was only applicable to their ticket support service – choosing not to budge on their social media platform. As for the episode itself, the main South Park characters saw themselves enter a never-ending customer service loop thanks to “Steve” from the Oculus support team – being unable to escape unless they agree they’ve received “satisfactory customer service”.

GG, WP Oculus. We’re interested to see if there’s similar things planned for the future.

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In on the Craze – Microsoft Soon Launching Wearable Tech

Haven’t you heard? Wearable technology devices are the absolute must have of our technology generation – apparently. Not to be caught out of the spotlight, Microsoft are said to be planning a launch of their own wearable tech in the coming weeks as according to a Forbes article.

Boasting a massive two days of regular use without charge, Microsoft’s band is said to track the users heart rate and be functional across multiple mobile platforms. As a whole we see fitness bands generally do very similar things like heart rate monitoring and other general tasks, but Microsoft are looking to ‘set the scene’ with their two-day battery claim – meaning that this device will last twice as long as big name competition like the Moto 360 and the Galaxy Gear.

First hinted in May, this new device is said to be developed in conjunction with the Microsoft Kinect division and will be usable across Windows, Android and Apple mobile systems – something that will entice many users to take the plunge. Unfortunately there’s been no comment as of yet of a release price, but to stay competitive you can expect it to be similar to competitors such as the Motorola Moto 360 at $249.99 and Samsung’s Galaxy Gear at $199. The cross-platform support of Microsoft’s new device is said to be a move away from the ‘windows only’ path as set by ex-CEO Steve Ballmer and into the territory of the new top dog- Satya Nadella.

We may have been a little openly sarcastic with our opening line, but don’t get us wrong – the wearable tech market is set to absolutely boom. Expecting to be worth $7.1 billion in 2015, we’re likely to see more companies take the plunge sooner rather than later.

Are you not-yet decided if you would or wouldn’t like to get a piece of this tech for your own use? If so, let us know why – we want to hear from you.

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Intel Team up with Fossil to Create Wearables

Wearables are the new big thing and everyone wants to be part of it. We’ve seen the watched from all the large technology companies presented, and Intel doesn’t want to be left back in that race. They announced on Friday that they would enter the a partnership with the accessory creator Fossil to further develop wearable technology for the fashion industry.

In the joint statement the two companies said they would team up “to identify, support and develop emerging trends in the wearable technology space” while they “work together on emerging products and technologies that will be developed for the fashion-oriented consumer.”

With Fossils 30 year of experience in wearables like watches, jewellery and wallets and Intel’s advances in small technology, this could bring on some cool new smart products and wearable that would appeal more to the average consumer then the current, not so pretty, smart watches. As it is now, it’s just technology that is wearable, not really integrated.

There aren’t any products planned yet, at least no specifics were mentioned and they also left the exit door open with the Safe Harbour clause. It’s a forward looking statement and should be treated as such, but I doubt Intel would make an announcement like this without being sure of their game plan.

Thank you Reuters for providing us with this information

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