Bonobos Launches TechStyle: The First Fashionable Shirt That Knows You
New York based men’s eRetailer, Bonobos, may have finally cracked the code when it comes to fashionable wearable tech. The company announced the launch of TechStyle, the first fashionable wearable shirt that fits your life. And we are super impressed with all its features!
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Wearables have been criticized for not being fashionable enough so we are thrilled to see a clothing company jump into this space and hit it out of the ballpark. 
“These days fashion isn’t just about how your favourite shirt fits and looks but what it does,” said Lars Soderquist, Head of Wearables. “That’s why we are excited to annouce Bonobos TechStyle - wearable technology that fits your life”.
TechStyles features Wi-Fiber which keeps you constantly connected to the outside world; smart fabrics which keeps tab on your wellbeing and is integrated with your social networks.
But hands-down our favorite features are the body gestures, especially the one-shake payment method, and the slient alarm.

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Bonobos Launches TechStyle: The First Fashionable Shirt That Knows You

New York based men’s eRetailer, Bonobos, may have finally cracked the code when it comes to fashionable wearable tech. The company announced the launch of TechStyle, the first fashionable wearable shirt that fits your life. And we are super impressed with all its features!

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Hot Cake Sorting Robot Is Mesmerizing
Happy Monday Future Geeks! What better way to start the day than with coffee and pancakes or make that robots and pancakes. We’ve got a video of a hot cake sorting robot for you that will leave you dreaming of maple syrup for the rest of the day.
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The ABB IRB 360 Flexpicker robot is used to efficiently and quickly stack pancakes three high at Honeytop Specialty Foods Inc. It can stack a whopping 450 pancakes a minute and has helped the company achieve a 20% increase in cycle times. The robot has also helped with turnaround times, improved health and safety in the workplace and reduced waste.  

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Hot Cake Sorting Robot Is Mesmerizing

Happy Monday Future Geeks! What better way to start the day than with coffee and pancakes or make that robots and pancakes. We’ve got a video of a hot cake sorting robot for you that will leave you dreaming of maple syrup for the rest of the day.

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3D Printed Measuring Tape: No Assembly Required  (Video)

We have seen a lot of things being created using a 3D Printer lately. Some huge projects like the Kayak and the House. But this project from a Californian Engineer is possibly the most elaborate. He has successfully printed a tape measure already assembled. 

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World’s First 3D Printed Kayak Stays Afloat!
Last week we covered the world’s first 3D printed house. This week we have another 3D first, a 3D printed Kayak. These large scale prints are proving the vast potential 3D printing has in democratizing manufacturing of just about anything we can imagine. 
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This 3D printed water vehicle is the brain child of Jim Smith of Grass Roots Engineering which he started to show developments and continual improvements using his large scale 3D printers.
The 16ft Kayak is made of 28 sections of ABS plastic and put together with machine screws, brass threaded inserts and a little bit of silicone caulk. At just $500, this boat took a whopping 42 days to print but it was well worth it since the creator has confirmed it floats! 

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World’s First 3D Printed Kayak Stays Afloat!

Last week we covered the world’s first 3D printed house. This week we have another 3D first, a 3D printed Kayak. These large scale prints are proving the vast potential 3D printing has in democratizing manufacturing of just about anything we can imagine. 

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Becoming Superhuman Through Wearable Tech (VIDEO)
It is part of the human condition to always want to improve ourselves. With wearable technology we are able to combine biology with technology to augment ourselves in an almost superhuman fashion. This is the theme of the fourth instalment of the Creator’s Project Make it Wearable video.
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Using wearables to provide capabilities and senses for people who have lost these or were born without is just one of the ways this new technology can really benefit us. 
Craig Hutto suffered a shark attack in Florida when he was a child had to have his leg amputated, He now wears a Vanderbilt powered prosthesis which uses motors in the knee and the ankle. These motors act as the muscles in this replacement limb which give him the power to climb stairs and use his leg in a more natural manner. 
Neil Harbisson began an experiment with wearable cameras back in 2004 when he wanted to augment his inability to see color. Using cameras which then translate each color into sound, Harbisson is able to hear each color as it is presented in front of him. He explains on the video that his hope was to be able to perceive color just as good as everyone around him but it ended up that this machine-enabled color detection now allows him to understand color far better than the average person.
"We are going to have to some serious conversations about when will people elect to include computing inside our bodies,. We should always be looking at wearables in concert as they work together with our bodies and overall are they helping us to be better human beings," Intel Futurist Steve Brown says in this latest video.
This is another great spot on the impact wearables can have on our everyday lives. Check out the full video below.

Becoming Superhuman Through Wearable Tech (VIDEO)

It is part of the human condition to always want to improve ourselves. With wearable technology we are able to combine biology with technology to augment ourselves in an almost superhuman fashion. This is the theme of the fourth instalment of the Creator’s Project Make it Wearable video.

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1 in 3 American Homes Ready for 3D Printer
Move over dot matrix and laser printers, American’s are making room in their home office for 3D Printers. A new report published by Forbes has found that one in three Americans would consider a 3D printer for their home this year, most of these Millennials are those aged between18 and 24. 
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The report is from CEL Robox, a 3D printer company who successfully funded its printer back in December 2013 on Kickstarter. The company worked with research agency OnePoll to survey 1,000 U.S. consumers.
The report also detailed what consumers are most interested in doing with their 3D printer. Of those that would buy a printer this year, 65% said they were interested in creating and printing customized items for their home.
The most common reasons for wanting a 3D printer were to print items rather than purchasing them in a store (36%) and to print out items to help fix things around the house (35%). 
But many also wanted to get quite crafty, with one in three people to use 3D printers to create personalized gifts for people including wedding favours.
With the likes of Amazon and Staples selling 3D printers and lower cost options (under $1K) becoming available for sale, its only a matter of time before 3D printers become a common appliance in the everyday home. So starting making room on your desk.  

1 in 3 American Homes Ready for 3D Printer

Move over dot matrix and laser printers, American’s are making room in their home office for 3D Printers. A new report published by Forbes has found that one in three Americans would consider a 3D printer for their home this year, most of these Millennials are those aged between18 and 24. 

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It’s Time To Feed Your Pebble Pet
Kids of the 90s may fondly reminder caring for their virtual pets called Tamagotchi. Well virtual pets are back but instead of living in little keychain charms they have found a home in your Pebble smartwatch. A new Pebble app called Hatchi from Portable Pixels, launched a virtual pet game for the wearable watch at last week’s Game Developers Conference (GDC).
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Hatchi delivers the full Tamagotchi experience including the complete retro look and feel. Just like you remembered, your little guy will need you to clean, play, feed and generally look after it in order for it to grow up healthy and happy.
The game is a perfect fit for Pebble which is great for micro-games which let you kill a minute or two while waiting in line or for the elevator. And as Pebble is always on you, your Hatchi is sure to get a lot of attention (or just get really annoying very quick).
Pebble is putting a huge focus on games now that its App Store is up and running. “We believe Pebble is a great new platform for studios around the world to create awesome  games — specifically mini games and casual games,” the company stated on its blog. 
Hatchi was just one of three games they are featuring at the Game Developers Conference.

It’s Time To Feed Your Pebble Pet

Kids of the 90s may fondly reminder caring for their virtual pets called Tamagotchi. Well virtual pets are back but instead of living in little keychain charms they have found a home in your Pebble smartwatch. A new Pebble app called Hatchi from Portable Pixels, launched a virtual pet game for the wearable watch at last week’s Game Developers Conference (GDC).

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Augmented and Virtual Reality Market Worth $1.06 Billion by 2018
A new report on augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) shows that this space is expected to grow over 15% from 2013 to 2018 reaching over $1 billion dollars by 2018. And this is just for dedicated AR/VR systems.
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The report, by leading global market research and consulting company MarketsandMarkets, describes augmented reality as a thriving technology which has shown growth so far using mobile phone technology, cameras and GPS. It estimates that by 2015, AR will widely be used in the education field for advanced learning and teaching. 
Among the major drivers the report cites for growth are the advancements in technology, such as wearables, internet connectivity and an increased demand for AR/VR applications in the medical field.
North America and Europe are marked as geographic market leaders in the AR/VR space with some of the major companies to watch include Total Immersion (France), Qualcomm (US), Metaio (Germany), Vuzix (US), Layar (The Netherlands) and Wikitude (Germany).

Augmented and Virtual Reality Market Worth $1.06 Billion by 2018

A new report on augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) shows that this space is expected to grow over 15% from 2013 to 2018 reaching over $1 billion dollars by 2018. And this is just for dedicated AR/VR systems.

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Print Your Cup and Fill It With Coffee at Berlin’s First 3D Printer Cafe
3D printers are fantastic new tools for creators, but you have to have loads of patience. A 3D printed object can take hours to build one the job is kicked off. So what better way to kill time while waiting for your creation to take shape then to grab a coffee and a meal. This is the idea behind Berlin’s first 3D printing cafe, DimensionAlley.
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DimensionAlley is a cafe meets 3D printing maker space. The family-owned business is on a mission to make 3D printers more accessible to the public by connecting them with this technology in a warm and friendly environment.
The cafe uses a MakerBot Replicator, a Makerbot Replicator 2, an Ultimake 2, and a 3D scanner to 3D print. And the menu is filled with java, pies, cornish pastries and english teas. 

DimensionAlley has posted a portfolio of the 3D printed objects created at the cafe. Among them are figurines, iPhone cases and vases. You can check them all out here.
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Print Your Cup and Fill It With Coffee at Berlin’s First 3D Printer Cafe

3D printers are fantastic new tools for creators, but you have to have loads of patience. A 3D printed object can take hours to build one the job is kicked off. So what better way to kill time while waiting for your creation to take shape then to grab a coffee and a meal. This is the idea behind Berlin’s first 3D printing cafe, DimensionAlley.

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Table Zombies Is One AR Game We Wish Was On Google Glass
A new game by SRG United Solutions called Table Zombies places you inside a helicopter and turns your table into a zombie battlefield. This augmented realty game uses a PDF marker and a mobile device to create the perfect zombie apocalypse gaming experience. 
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The objective of Table Zombies is to shoot the zombies below before they reach your survivor base. You do this by aiming your crossfire at the zombies and hover to shoot.
Augmented reality games using a mobile or tablet can be incredibly immersive but holding an iPad for a prolonged period of time can get incredibly tiring. So we couldn’t help but think how amazing this game would be on Google Glass. 
Glass and other smart glasses like them (like Vuzix’s M100) removes a major barrier for AR. By moving the screen from something we need to hold in our hand to something that is readily available in our field of view hands-free, an AR experience becomes more natural and enjoyable. Or in the case of Table Zombies, we expect can also extend game play. 
Right now a demo of the game is on the Google Play store but the team are raising funds on Kickstarter to complete game development to bring the full version to the masses. The developers have not mentioned a Glass version but we hope they see this so that they can consider putting in on their roadmap.

Table Zombies Is One AR Game We Wish Was On Google Glass

A new game by SRG United Solutions called Table Zombies places you inside a helicopter and turns your table into a zombie battlefield. This augmented realty game uses a PDF marker and a mobile device to create the perfect zombie apocalypse gaming experience. 

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Turn Anything Into a Toy With A New Wearable for Kids Called “Moff”
Moff is a new wearable wristband that turns everyday objects into toys. The creators developed Moff to cure toy-fatigue and to encourage physical activity through play. This new Kickstarter project from Tokyo is set to prove that anything is possible with a wearable and a little imagination. 
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Moff works by using the device’s accelerometer to detect motion and then creates sound effects for these movements using a companion smartphone app. The device itself is fairly straightforward. Where Moff differentiates itself is in the application for the device which lets children choose different situations through sounds to create a fun and engaging play experience .
Moff has a variety of play scenarios including musical instruments, sword fighting, magical wands and more which can turn a wooden spoon, stick, ruler or any other item into the object they’ve selected in the app. The wristband doesn’t seem to have a speaker itself so an iPhone or iPad will need to be close by to provide the sound.
With only a couple of days in to its Kickstarter campaign, Moff has nearly doubled the $20,000 goal. Backers are able to grab a Moff wristband for $49 with shipping expected to occur this summer. 

Turn Anything Into a Toy With A New Wearable for Kids Called “Moff”

Moff is a new wearable wristband that turns everyday objects into toys. The creators developed Moff to cure toy-fatigue and to encourage physical activity through play. This new Kickstarter project from Tokyo is set to prove that anything is possible with a wearable and a little imagination. 

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The World’s First 3D Printed House (Video)
Dutch architects are using a 3D printer to build a house using the world’s largest portable 3D printer. The 20-foot tall printer is suspended in a large metal tower they call the “Kamermaker” (translation room maker) where all the magic happens.  
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The 3D printer will print pieces of the Canal House which will then need to be put together like a larger than life Lego set. It takes the Kamermaker about one week to print each piece.

According to the Time Magazine article the first block which was one corner of the building a a part of the stairway weighed around 400 pounds. 
The house is expected to take three years to print.
Watch the Canal House build in action. 

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The World’s First 3D Printed House (Video)

Dutch architects are using a 3D printer to build a house using the world’s largest portable 3D printer. The 20-foot tall printer is suspended in a large metal tower they call the “Kamermaker” (translation room maker) where all the magic happens.  

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Samsung Goes Hands-On with the Gear 2 and Gear Fit
Samsung has released its official hands-on video for the two new wearables they introduced at this year’s Mobile World Congress: the Gear 2 and the Gear Fit. Both devices have been extremely well received since the announcement and it is clear that Samsung has worked quickly to right the wrongs of its first wearable, the Galaxy Gear, which was only released mid-last year. 
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The Gear 2 is one of two new smartwatches that Samsung will be releasing to the market later this year. The Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo are both second generation smartwatches. Both are fairly similar but the Neo is cheaper as it lacks the camera and uses plastic rather than metal in its finishings. 
Outside of the design changes, which we have previously written about, the Gear 2 has some new features which Samsung shows off in this video including more clock options and the ability to select or create wallpapers for the watchface. 
The Gear 2 also has a heart rate monitor which is used to track activity using the Samsung S Health app which comes installed on the watch right out of the box.
Perhaps the most exciting news is that the Gear 2 has standalone features which do not require the device to be paired to a smartphone in order to work. Samsung shows off a music player and a TV remote as examples of this. 

The Gear Fit is the world’s first wearable device with a curved Super AMOLED touchscreen display. Although the Gear Fit is meant to be primarily a fitness device it has similar features to the Gear 2 in that it displays the time and can receive notifications from your smartphone.
Like the Gear 2, the Gear Fit clock and wallpaper can also be customized by the user. Notifications can be received on the Gear Fit but unlike the Gear 2 the ability to respond to messages and calls is limited if not unavailable. 
As the Gear Fit is a fitness device, the Samsung S Health app features are more integrated into the wristband. Like the Gear 2, the device makes use of both the accelerometer and the built-in heart rate monitor to let you track your activity throughout the day.

Samsung’s latest wearables have even more bells and whistles which they feature in the full hands-on video which we have for you below. 

Samsung Goes Hands-On with the Gear 2 and Gear Fit

Samsung has released its official hands-on video for the two new wearables they introduced at this year’s Mobile World Congress: the Gear 2 and the Gear Fit. Both devices have been extremely well received since the announcement and it is clear that Samsung has worked quickly to right the wrongs of its first wearable, the Galaxy Gear, which was only released mid-last year. 

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Ring Wants To Be The One Wearable To Rule Them All
Turning your lights on with the flick of a finger may be something you would expect to read in a Harry Potter novel rather than see on a page in Kickstarter, but a new wearable, Ring, is making it happen. 
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Ring uses ultra-small finger gesture recognition technology to control your smart home, smartphone or any connected thing. Tapping on the ring activates the device to start to identify the gesture you draw with your finger. Gestures are predefined or can be edited or created using the Ring smartphone app. 
Imagine controlling your Phillips Hue lights simply by drawing a lightbulb or changing the song playing on your smartphone by gesturing a music note. Ring’s gesture recognition is so precise that it can even identify letters which means drawing text in mid-air can be used to write a message.
Although the predominant body part for wearables today is still the wrist, we have seen a number of finger-based solutions enter the market. Last week, we saw Fin wrap up its Indiegogo campaign for a wearable ring that turns your palm into a numeric keyboard and gesture interface. And back in August, the NFC ring successfully funded on Kickstarter.
It looks as though Ring has resonated more with users, perhaps due to the simplistic design and its robust feature set it. Ring has already raised over $665,000 on Kickstarter, on course to triple the $250,000 funding goal it has set for the campaign which ends on April 4. 

Ring Wants To Be The One Wearable To Rule Them All

Turning your lights on with the flick of a finger may be something you would expect to read in a Harry Potter novel rather than see on a page in Kickstarter, but a new wearable, Ring, is making it happen. 

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3D Printed Oreo Vending Machine Lets You “Eat a Tweet”
One of the more interesting promotional exhibits at this year’s SXSW was from Oreo and Twitter called the “Trending/Vending Lounge”. The lounge was made up of 3D printers that used trending topics on Twitter to create filling flavours for Oreo’s infamous cookie, making it possible to “eat a tweet”.
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Using an algorithm, the Trending/Vending machines were able to create over 4,000 flavour combinations for Oreo. It customized the filling based on trends users selected to inspire the cookie flavour and then 3D printed the filling on the cookie in real-time.
USA Today took a turn at the machine in this video spot below

3D Printed Oreo Vending Machine Lets You “Eat a Tweet”

One of the more interesting promotional exhibits at this year’s SXSW was from Oreo and Twitter called the “Trending/Vending Lounge”. The lounge was made up of 3D printers that used trending topics on Twitter to create filling flavours for Oreo’s infamous cookie, making it possible to “eat a tweet”.

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