Samsung and Oculus Teaming Up to Create VR Headset
Samsung already has your wrist covered when it comes to wearables with a watch and an activity tracker in the market but it looks like they want to get on your face too. An exclusive report from SamMobile confirmed rumors that Samsung is indeed getting into the virtual reality headset space with a collaborative product with Oculus Rift called Gear VR.
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The VR headset will not be a standalone device like the Oculus Rift but instead will allow users to dock their Samsung smartphone into the headset using USB 3.0. VR effects are done through head tracking and the headset uses the smartphones onboard sensors like accelerometer and gyroscope to follow the head movements.
This design may sound very familiar. Google recently gave out cardboard virtual reality kits to all of its I/O event attendees which accomplished similar functionality. According to SamMobile, the concept behind the Gear VR headset is the same but they indicate that “Gear VR is much more comfortable to wear, thanks to the elastic head band and soft padded cushions on each side of the device, and Samsung’s implementation is also much better than that of Google’s Cardboard.”
Samsung is expected to announce Gear VR at IFA 2014, the world leading tradeshow in consumer electronics and home appliances in September. But for now SamMobile has released a pic of the device to wet your appetite.   

Gear VR image source SamMobile

Samsung and Oculus Teaming Up to Create VR Headset

Samsung already has your wrist covered when it comes to wearables with a watch and an activity tracker in the market but it looks like they want to get on your face too. An exclusive report from SamMobile confirmed rumors that Samsung is indeed getting into the virtual reality headset space with a collaborative product with Oculus Rift called Gear VR.

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Amazon UK Launches Wearable Tech Store
Wearables are getting a new home for those in the UK as e-retailer giant Amazon launched an official wearables store yesterday. The wearable section of the ecommece site offers more than 150 wearable devices including activity trackers, smartwatches and wearable cameras.
[[MORE]]The UK store opened just two months after the North American Amazon site opened its own wearable tech section. Like the American store, the UK wearable section offers not just devices for sale but an educational section complete with videos and articles about the wearable tech space. Users can find information about smartwatches and activity trackers in this area to help them with their purchase decisions.
The UK version does seem less robust than its American counterpart. Missing from the UK version is a coming soon section which on the American page is currently featuring devices like Bionym’s Nymi and the Razer Nabu. As well, Amazon UK has also yet to update its Electronics menu to add Wearable Tech to the mix.   
Amazon’s focus on wearables bodes well for this nascent space which is just starting to get its footing. It will be interesting to see if more complex devices like Google Glass, which also just recently launched in the UK, will be added to this catalogue.

Amazon UK Launches Wearable Tech Store

Wearables are getting a new home for those in the UK as e-retailer giant Amazon launched an official wearables store yesterday. The wearable section of the ecommece site offers more than 150 wearable devices including activity trackers, smartwatches and wearable cameras.

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Power Your Life with Solar Powered Clothing (Video)

You wear clothing every day. It keeps you warm, keeps you from being naked and expresses your style. But what if your dress, shirt or shoes could also keep your devices powered. Solar powered clothing is the latest wearable technology explored in the most recent video from the “Make It Wearable” series by the Creators Project.

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Your Flowerbed Gets Smarter with the Edyn Smart Garden System
The Internet of Things is trickling into all facets of our life including the garden. Edyn is a smart garden system which is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter. The system monitors and tracks environmental conditions of your garden bed giving you advice to keep your plants staying greener and living longer. If you aren’t a green thumb - this sensor is for you!
[[MORE]]When inserted into your garden bed, the Edyn sensor gathers information about your soils condition as well as the changing weather condition. This data is then sent to the Edyn smartphone app where users can keep track of your garden’s performance including soil nutrition, moisture, light and temperature.  
One of the really unique features of Edyn is that the Garden Sensor cross-references the information it gathers with plant, soil science and weather databases specific to your region. The app uses your current garden condition and information specific to your area to provide insights and recommendations to keep your garden green.
Edyn has already well surpassed its crowdfunding goal on Kickstarter, nearly tripling its original $100K goal with over $280,000 funded.  Backers can grab one garden sensor for $99 with a shipping date of Spring of next year.

Your Flowerbed Gets Smarter with the Edyn Smart Garden System

The Internet of Things is trickling into all facets of our life including the garden. Edyn is a smart garden system which is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter. The system monitors and tracks environmental conditions of your garden bed giving you advice to keep your plants staying greener and living longer. If you aren’t a green thumb - this sensor is for you!

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FDA Approves First Wearable Exoskeleton for Personal Use in the USA
A decision from the FDA has the potential to change the lives of an estimated 200,000 people in the USA living with a spinal cord injury, many of whom have complete or partial paraplegia. Last week, the FDA approved the ReWalk Exoskeleton system as the first wearable motorized device to be used for personal use in the USA.
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ReWalk is a device worn over the legs and part of the upper body. The device is an integration of a wearable brace, a computer-based control and motion sensors which help individuals sit, stand and walk.  The ReWalk system passed numerous FDA clinical studies and extensive performance testing before receiving clearance from the regulatory body.
“This revolutionary product will have an immediate, life-changing impact on individuals with spinal cord injuries,” said Larry Jasinski, CEO of ReWalk Robotics. “For the first time individuals with paraplegia will be able to take home this exoskeleton technology, use it every day and maximize on the physiological and psychological benefits we have observed in clinical trials,” he added. “This is truly the beginning of ‘ReWalking’ as a daily reality in the U.S.”
ReWalk was developed by Dr. Amit Goffer, an Israeli inventor who became quadriplegic after an ATV accident in 1997. It was through his own personal experience in utilizing mobility devices for people with spinal cord injury that Dr. Goffer developed the ReWalk.

FDA Approves First Wearable Exoskeleton for Personal Use in the USA

A decision from the FDA has the potential to change the lives of an estimated 200,000 people in the USA living with a spinal cord injury, many of whom have complete or partial paraplegia. Last week, the FDA approved the ReWalk Exoskeleton system as the first wearable motorized device to be used for personal use in the USA.

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The EKOCYCLE is a Revolutionary Tool for Re-Making
What happens when leading 3D printing company, 3D Systems, superstar will.i.am and the world’s most popular soft drinks company, Coca Cola, team up? A 3D printer that’s not only made from but uses recycled material for printing. 
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The EKOCYCLE Cube 3D printer is a plug and play consumer 3D printer that is made in part from recycled materials. The printer uses a groundbreaking new filament that is made in part from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Each EKOCYCLE cartridge is made in part from post-consumer recycled 20oz PET plastic bottles which is the equivalent of three used bottles.
The EKOCYCLE prints in dual color recycled plastic in red, black, white or natural. Prints are 70-micron high resolution and up to 6” cubed in size. Like other Cube printers, the EKOCYCLE features a color touchscreen and can be used with the iOS and Android Cubify app. 
As explained by 3DS’ Chief Creative Officer will.i.am, the goal of EKOCYCLE is to “partner with the most influential brands around the world and use technology, art, style and inspiration to change an entire culture. We will make it cool to recycle, and we will make it cool to make products using recycled materials. This is the beginning of a more sustainable 3D-printed lifestyle. Waste is only waste if we waste it.”
Priced at $1,199 USD, this printer is expected to ship during the second half of this year and will be available for purchase on the 3D Systems’ Cubify portal. Those who purchase the device will also get 25 fashion, music, and tech minded accessories curated by will.i.am to print immediately.

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The EKOCYCLE is a Revolutionary Tool for Re-Making

What happens when leading 3D printing company, 3D Systems, superstar will.i.am and the world’s most popular soft drinks company, Coca Cola, team up? A 3D printer that’s not only made from but uses recycled material for printing. 

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Unlocking Your Potential Through Dreams with Aurora Headband
Like Space and the Ocean, dreams are one of those final frontiers we have always tried to explore and better understand. Wearable technology may just be the key in helping us better understand our dreams and start to use them to our advantage. 
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iWinks is a California-based company using brain-sensing technology in order to help better understand, catalog and even shape our dreams. They have invented the Aurora, an EEG headband which tracks sleep cycles and trigger lights and sounds to help induce lucid dreams.
Lucid dreams are ones where you realize that you are dreaming. People who lucid dream live happier, more healthier lifestyles and research has shown that practicing some skill in a dream will increase our effectiveness in that skill in waking life. The Aurora monitors your brainwave activity when you sleep and then identifies when you are in REM and produces lights and sounds to help you realize your dream state.
The company successfully funded its Kickstarter campaign for Aurora back in January of this year raising over $230,000. The Creators Project recently featured iWinks Aurora as part of its Innovator Series of the Make It Wearable program where CEO Daniel Schoonover speaks candidly about his own dreams and his journey in creating a brain-sensing device. 

Unlocking Your Potential Through Dreams with Aurora Headband

Like Space and the Ocean, dreams are one of those final frontiers we have always tried to explore and better understand. Wearable technology may just be the key in helping us better understand our dreams and start to use them to our advantage. 

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GE’s Connected Bulb, Link, Available for Pre-Order Today
GE is getting into the connected lighting game with Link, a cost-effective way to light up your smart home. Starting below $15, Link connected LED bulbs are available today for pre-order on HomeDepot.com and will be in-store this Fall. 
[[MORE]]GE is offering Link as three popular lighting applications including a 60-watt general purpose LED bulb, a flood light and a spotlight. All of the bulbs can be managed remotely using the Wink app. The Wink app is the hub of many connected home items built in partnership with GE through the Quirky community including a connected alarm clock and multi-purpose sensor. 
"Our very own Thomas Edison built the first commercially viable bulb, and today we’re proud to announce the first commercially viable connected bulb designed for Wink users," says John Strainic, General Manager, North America Consumer Lighting for GE. "We know the quality of light consumers love and want in their homes, and we’re a brand they trust."
Like most other smart lighting systems, Link requires a hub in order for your Android or iOS smartphone to be able to communicate to the bulbs. The Link hub plugs directly into a wall socket and costs $30. According to CNET, GE will be offering a starter kit which includes a hub and two 60-watt bulbs for $50. 

GE’s Connected Bulb, Link, Available for Pre-Order Today

GE is getting into the connected lighting game with Link, a cost-effective way to light up your smart home. Starting below $15, Link connected LED bulbs are available today for pre-order on HomeDepot.com and will be in-store this Fall. 

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Make Music With Your Body Wearing the MIDI Controller Jacket (Video)
When a great song comes on at the club, it often seems as though you can feel the music straight through your body. But what if an artist could use their body to create that track in the first place. Machina, a wearable technology brand geared towards geeks, designers and artists, have created at jacket that connects to a MIDI controller to do just that.
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The MIDI controller jacket has six sensors that use your body to create commands interpreted by the computer. The left sleeve includes an altimeter, a sensor that measures the distance between your body and the ground and a magnetometer, which is like a compass. The jacket is also equipped with a gyroscope and an accelerometer which are used to detect the motions and the speed of these motions to be used as inputs. 

The jacket comes with preset and initial configurations but are all highly configurable by the user. The designers at Machina have created the jacket in such a way that the sensors remain visible so that the jacket looks like a jacket rather than a device. 
The Creators Project featured Machina’s MIDI Controller jacket in a five-minute documentary. In it, one artist explained, “As a dancer, you always wonder what sound do your moves create?” Not only does Machina’s jacket answer that, but it allows you to turn your motions into music. It offers every inch you budge a bit more texture, and a lot more sensory input”.
You can check out the documentary on Machina’s MIDI controller below or via the link. AND they are giving you a chance to win one! For a chance to win, follow the three easy steps on their contest page here. 

Image source: Creators Project

Make Music With Your Body Wearing the MIDI Controller Jacket (Video)

When a great song comes on at the club, it often seems as though you can feel the music straight through your body. But what if an artist could use their body to create that track in the first place. Machina, a wearable technology brand geared towards geeks, designers and artists, have created at jacket that connects to a MIDI controller to do just that.

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DoT 2014’s Early Bird Rates End on Friday
The Early Bird rates for Designers of Things 2014 – taking place September 23 & 24 in San Francisco – are expiring this Friday, June 27.  If you register now, you can save up to $250 on your VIP Pass and get access to all the sessions.
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Sessions include: 
3D IP: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ISSUES FOR INNOVATORS, Patience Jones (Graphicmachine)
CREATIVITY MEETS TECH: REDEFINING FASHION IN THE DIGITAL AGE, Mary Huang (Continuum Fashion)
BE KIND TO YOUR USERS: SECURITY AND ETHICS IN WEARABLES DESIGN, Jen Costillo (Rebelbot)
CHALLENGES OF A 3D PRINTING STARTUP, Marcus Foley (Electroloom), Aaron Rowley (Electroloom), Joseph White (Electroloom)
GETTING STARTED WITH iBEACONS, Daniel Luxemburg (Bandwagon)
View the conference agenda.

DoT 2014’s Early Bird Rates End on Friday

The Early Bird rates for Designers of Things 2014 – taking place September 23 & 24 in San Francisco – are expiring this Friday, June 27.  If you register now, you can save up to $250 on your VIP Pass and get access to all the sessions.

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Android Wear Unveiled at Google’s 2014 Developer Conference
Yesterday was a big day for wearable tech as Google focused a large part of its developer conference on a new wearable SDK and the launch of three new smartwatches which will run its Android Wear operating system. 
[[MORE]]Google first announced Android Wear back in March, but at its developer conference yesterday, the company gave us our first full look at what it has to offer. As part of Google’s “any screen” strategy, the Android Wear SDK equips developers with the ability to create custom user experiences, control sensors and voice actions and send data to devices that are running it. For users, the OS offers a much cleaner, intuitive and simpler way to interact with a device like a smartwatch. 
Android Wear boasts a minimalistic UI with a focus on “glanceable” information. The operating system could really help give the smartwatch space a boost in a time when this space is struggling to gain its footing. Google demoed notifications and voice activated commands on stage noting how notifications are able to stack and easily be dismissed with a horizontal swipe. The “OK Google” voice activation lets users ask their smartwatch anything freeing them up from having to find an app icon to tap to perform an action.  
Other features of Android Wear include real-time sync with your smartphone so that if you interact with a notification on your watch you don’t need to repeat it on your phone as well as using your smartwatch to authenticate you on your phone in lieu of a pin or passcode on a lock screen. 
Along with the operating system, Google announced that two of the three first smartwatches to run this software are now ready to order on Google Play. The LG G watch and the rumored Samsung Gear Live were confirmed at the event and are starting to ship as early as July 7th in the USA. The much anticipated Moto 360 was confirmed at I/O yesterday but the launch date for this device was not announced to the groans of the audience and the internet. 
Outside of wearables, Google also make some big announcements on the connected TV, connected car and even the health space with the launch of an aggregate for activity tracking data called Google Fit. 

Android Wear Unveiled at Google’s 2014 Developer Conference

Yesterday was a big day for wearable tech as Google focused a large part of its developer conference on a new wearable SDK and the launch of three new smartwatches which will run its Android Wear operating system. 

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London Calling! Google Glass Now Available in the UK

Google has opened the flood gates and is now allowing early adopters in the UK to purchase its first wearable Google Glass. This is the first country Glass has branched out to since its launch in the USA nearly two years ago.

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Love Your Timex? Turn It Into a Smartwatch with Glance
One of the challenges of smartwatches is that many existing watch wearers don’t want to part with their favorite timepiece. If you are someone who wishes your Tag, Michael Kors or Rolex would let you get notifications on your wrist, a new wearable called Glance can make that happen.
[[MORE]]Glance is a small device that fits nicely under the strap of any watch turning your watch into a smartwatch. Like a smartwatch, Glance connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth to make things happen. When you get a call or incoming message, Glance vibrates and displays details on the small OLED display and users can reply using canned responses with the press of a button.
Glance also offers some neat extras on top of the communication features you would expect from a smartwatch. It can track your activity including sitting, sleeping and step levels. And can serve as an air mouse to let you use motion to control your connected TV or other connected devices.
Your canned responses, activity levels and air mouse configurations are controlled in the Glance smartphone app which will be available for Android and iOS. Kiwi is currently crowdfunding Glance on Kickstarter. If they receive enough funds they will also make Glance compatible with Blackberry and Windows devices.
As smartwatches range around the $250-$350 mark, Glance is a pretty affordable alternative. Kiwi Wearables is giving backers the change to get this smart accessory for as little as $70 with a ship date of October of this year. 
If you aren’t a watch wearer either because you don’t have one or just don’t like them, Glance can also be used with bracelets and other wrist jewellery. In fact, Kiwi is also offering Glance with a leather strap as an alternative. If you love this idea, you better act quick as the Glance campaign only has 8 days on the clock.

Love Your Timex? Turn It Into a Smartwatch with Glance

One of the challenges of smartwatches is that many existing watch wearers don’t want to part with their favorite timepiece. If you are someone who wishes your Tag, Michael Kors or Rolex would let you get notifications on your wrist, a new wearable called Glance can make that happen.

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DVF Sits Down With Glass Lead Designer To Talk Fashion
Diane Von Furstenberg has had a long history with Google Glass. She debuted Google’s first wearable device on the runway of 2012’s Fashion Week followed by some exclusive videos shot of the event using the device. DVF is back with Glass now as a designer, joining forces with Glass’ lead designer, Isabelle Olsson, to create some fashionable frames for female Explorers. 
[[MORE]]DVF and Olsson sit down in the latest YouTube video from Glass to talk about how far the device has come since launch. Olsson describes the earlier prototypes of Glass as a “scuba mask with a phone attached to it and a cable running down to a back pack” and says that Glass really transformed over the course of the last year and a half beginning with the unisex frames Google launched at the start of 2013. 
The Google + DVF partnership is an important step for Glass as they try to make Glass more fashionable and wearable especially for women. You can catch the entire conversation including DVF showing off a couple of her designs in the video below. 

DVF Sits Down With Glass Lead Designer To Talk Fashion

Diane Von Furstenberg has had a long history with Google Glass. She debuted Google’s first wearable device on the runway of 2012’s Fashion Week followed by some exclusive videos shot of the event using the device. DVF is back with Glass now as a designer, joining forces with Glass’ lead designer, Isabelle Olsson, to create some fashionable frames for female Explorers. 

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Apple iWatch Coming in October Packed with Health Sensors
It looks like the long rumored and much anticipated iWatch is coming! The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is getting ready to launch a smartwatch in October with production expected to start relatively soon using Apple’s long time supplier Quanta Computer Inc., a Taiwanese manufacturer.
[[MORE]]Sources close to the company have indicated that Apple intends to solve the smartwatch problem by providing functions that differ from the smartphone. And, as previously rumored, the device will have a heavy health focus with it expecting to be equipped with ten health-related sensors. The smartwatch will also come in multiple screen sizes. 
Another WSJ source indicates that shipments of the iWatch could be between 10-15 million this year.
Image: Ciccaresedesign iWatch Concept

Apple iWatch Coming in October Packed with Health Sensors

It looks like the long rumored and much anticipated iWatch is coming! The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is getting ready to launch a smartwatch in October with production expected to start relatively soon using Apple’s long time supplier Quanta Computer Inc., a Taiwanese manufacturer.

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