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Technology You Can Wear: the 2014 Shortlist

by Jeremiah on July 11, 2014

This year has so far brought nothing if not a multitude of mind-blowing technological innovations. In addition to the range of sophisticated technologies evolving for future markets, we’re even seeing the sci-fi daydreams of our youth coming to fruition – and 2014 shows no sign of losing momentum on the tech solutions front.

Here’s a peek inside the technological masterpieces taking this year’s gadget fans by storm, from the everyday to the extraordinary.

Pebble Smartwatch

Pebble Watch

Paired with your iPhone or Android via Bluetooth, the Pebble Smartwatch allows users to receive push notifications like Facebook messages, calls, texts and emails – putting the power of instant, uncomplicated communication right on your wrist. This highly customisable watch uses E-paper technology like you’d find on a Kindle, meaning display brightness will never be a problem – and when you’re out for a run, you can even track your time and distance, toggling your music in the process. All you need to get this up and running is the Pebble app on your smartphone.

LG Lifeband Touch

LG Lifeband

It looks like LG have broken into the fitness market – and their first contribution to the sporting space is pretty nifty indeed. The Lifeband Touch is a wristband with the functionality we’ve come to expect from top-of-the-range fitness trackers, and a few welcome extras. Unlike competing products, this wristband fits on like a bracelet rather than a watch and has an OLED display where you can find incoming call notifications and heart rate tracking, when paired with LG’s Earphone Heart Rate Monitor. Get your playlist sorted and you’re good to go.

Body Worn Cameras

Body Worn Camera

This wearable tech does a whole lot more than streamline your lifestyle. The body worn camera movement is revolutionising the world of law enforcement, offering communities throughout the US and the UK a new level of public safety. The body cameras now worn by officers at police departments across America have the functionality to discreetly record all incidents, providing greater access to evidence than ever before, and even managing to prevent crime through their presence alone.

Rusty: Wired Series

Rusty Wired Series

This nifty little innovation is set to solve one of modern civilisation’s greatest and most excruciating problems – the tangled earphones phenomenon. Rusty’s new kitted-out hoody allows the hood’s elastic drawstrings to double as earphones, offering a simple, elegant and game-changing solution to the unbearable nuisance of manoeuvring and detangling earphone wires. Simply connect your iPhone or iPod via the jack input in the hoody’s inside pockets and you’re sorted. Machine washable and available in various styles for both men and women.

Google Glass

Google Glass

Google Glass is still in the trialling phases, but that doesn’t stop it from being the most hotly anticipated body worn tech in the space. This wearable computer has an optical head-mounted display where the wearer can find information presented in a hands-free smartphone-style format. Language voice commands provide a means of control, with users able to take photos, record 720p HD video and use a host of Google and third party apps. Available in a range of exquisite frame designs, this is the ultimate style and substance combo.

Author

Tori Atkinson is a content creator for Reveal Media USA, supplier of body worn camera technologies to police departments throughout the US.

Beacon & Lively introduces the advent of jewelry designed to keep you connected in a stylish and comfortable way. With ambient colors and gentle vibrations their cuff will politely alert you when someone is calling or texting, so no need to constantly check your bag or leave your phone on the table anymore. You can stay connected to what’s most important to you, in your own convenient way, and with a flick of the wrist it’s off. Made from high quality plated metal you can choose gold, silver or black, and it actually looks good on you.

Beacon & Lively

Find out who is calling without looking at your phone by custom programming the illumination colors and patterns. Red for your lover, green for the gardener, blue for your boss, you can set custom colors and patterns for people and alerts you care about.

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The cuff is planned for release this month, and you can grab one on their Kickstarter page.

OwnPhones Custom-Fitted Earphones

Imagine, earphones custom-fitted to your ears, so comfortable they become a part of you. Such is the magic of OwnPhones. You simply upload a video of your ear, and choose from thousands of designs. They will build a 3D model just for you, custom print it, and there you have your own personalized, state of the art custom earphones. Their technology will also enable you to control environmental sounds, choose what you want to hear, turn notifications on and off, and let others know whether you are busy or available. You will be in the like of Ender, Speaker of the Dead, with your own Jane.

Walk Again with the FDA Approved ReWalk

by Anna on July 4, 2014

Taga Rewalk Exoskeleton

The US Food and Drug Administration has recently approved the most revolutionary robotic device – the ReWalk. It will enable people confined to wheel chairs due to injuries in the spinal cord to walk again. This is the first ever exoskeleton that is completely robotic and approved for home use in the US. The device will aid walking by moving the lower limbs of the person wearing it.

The ReWalk is strapped on the person’s legs and also onto the upper body for support. There is a motor at every joint including the ankles, knees and hips that is entirely controlled by an internal computer. The leg sections are enforced by additional straps near the midsection which also connect with the backpack containing the power batteries and the internal computer.

The wireless remote controller is worn on the wrist. The user stills needs crutches to stabilize him, but this device has great promise for the future as more research will be carried out to make it the best of its kind.

Recon Jet – Ironman Eyewear

by Jeremiah on June 29, 2014

Recon Jet Girl

Dream of becoming Tony Stark? Enter the Recon Jet and you might just get a decent preview of what it’s like to be Ironman. Shipping this fall through Amazon and other channels, this state-of-the-art eye wear will give you the ability to navigate, connect, check weather, and access  relevant information to your activity with its powerful microcomputer and full-color high resolution display. It also comes with built-in sensors, GPS, an HD video camera, microphone, and speakers, all controllable via its optical touch sensor. Weighing only 60 grams this device was built with total comfort in mind, and its polarized optics will ensure perfect vision. They are currently giving away one Recon Jet per month on their website, so you might get lucky if you hurry.

Recon Jet

Recon Jet Biker