It’s Fido’s Turn for Wearable Tech
Verizon has put together a great video on the opportunities for pet lovers to use wearable tech with their furry best friend. The video highlights the Tagg Pet Tracker & GoPro. If you can get past the heavy marketing push for Verizon services, the spot is a great intro into this growing sector of wearable technology.
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The Tagg Pet Tracker letsowners keep track of their pets using advanced GPS technology. The collar-device also serves as an activity tracker and syncs your pets activities and whereabouts to a smartphone app.
With a GoPro mounted on Fido, you’ll be able to see what your doggie’s been up to all day with the footage he captures. This dog’s eye-view is a unique way to experience a day in the life of your pet or can be used to make sure he is not getting into any trouble.
Of course there are a lot more devices out there for pets. The wearable tech database from Vandrico is starting to compile these devices and have currently listed Fitbark, Voyce and Trax which is another GPS tracker.
As dog lovers will do anything for their canine, we are sure to see this segment of wearables boom as more and more of these devices hit the market. 

It’s Fido’s Turn for Wearable Tech

Verizon has put together a great video on the opportunities for pet lovers to use wearable tech with their furry best friend. The video highlights the Tagg Pet Tracker & GoPro. If you can get past the heavy marketing push for Verizon services, the spot is a great intro into this growing sector of wearable technology.

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Google Glass Getting Ready for Kit Kat Update, Goes on Sale To Public Today for One Day Only
If you are in the US and have been waiting for the chance to become a Google Glass Explorer then today is your lucky day. For the first time since its announcement two years ago, Google is selling its first wearable tech to the general public on a first come, first serve basis. 
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Sales will begin at 9AM EST today. Glass can be purchased at a price of $1500 plus tax and shipping and it now comes with your favorite frame or shades which is a bonus. Google says that the number of spots is limited, so head on over to this link if you are interested to grab a pair: http://google.com/glass/start/how-to-get-one. 
Google isn’t just busy adding new Explorers to its infamous Glass Project. Glass is expected to get its biggest software update yet this week as the heads-up display moves to Android’s Kit Kat. In a post on its Google Plus page which went live yesterday, Google confirms that Kit Kat will be a huge behind the scenes update which will improve battery life and make Glass more reliable and easier to update.
In addition to Kit Kat, Glass will also be receiving new feature updates including bundling of photos by day; the ability to photo reply in Hangouts and a more organized and intuitive way to use the growing amount of voice commands.
Explorers who were fond of video calling, of which Google says is few, will be losing this feature when the upgrade hits. Google is removing this feature for the time being although its post suggests that it will return when the experience is better.
Did you grab a Glass in the one-day flash sale? Tell us in the comments below.
 

Google Glass Getting Ready for Kit Kat Update, Goes on Sale To Public Today for One Day Only

If you are in the US and have been waiting for the chance to become a Google Glass Explorer then today is your lucky day. For the first time since its announcement two years ago, Google is selling its first wearable tech to the general public on a first come, first serve basis. 

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Google Provides Insight Into Developing for Android Wear

Last month, Google announced that they will be extending the Android platform to wearables through Android Wear. This much anticipated operating system for wearables will be require a different development mindset than Android devices. Android Engineer Sagar Seth gave some insight and tips for developing using Android Wear in the “Ask A Dev” series from Mashable answering the question “What does a developer need to know about Android Wear?”

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People Don’t Want to Buy Tech at Tiffanys Just Yet
The line between technology and jewellery may be blurring with smartwatches, smart rings and other wearable technology but consumers aren’t yet ready to buy their tech at jewellery stores. This is one of the findings the Jewelry Consumer Opinion Council (JCOC) found in a recent survey on wearable tech.
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The organization reached out to over 600 participants to better understand what consumer preferences were with this new wave of computing. They found that durability, convenience and ease-of-use were the most important components for any wearable technology. And that, given the choice, they preferred something that looked more like a traditional piece of jewellery rather than something high tech.
Although a high tech look of the device may not be preferred, shopping for a wearable at a tech store was. Almost 50 percent of respondents said they would prefer to buy wearable technology from a store such as Radio Shack or Sharper Image or 47% from an internet only retailer and 46% from a big box store like Target or Walmart. The least preferred retailer were local independent jewellers.
Watches, wristbands and bracelets were the most coveted of wearable tech jewellery according to the study.

People Don’t Want to Buy Tech at Tiffanys Just Yet

The line between technology and jewellery may be blurring with smartwatches, smart rings and other wearable technology but consumers aren’t yet ready to buy their tech at jewellery stores. This is one of the findings the Jewelry Consumer Opinion Council (JCOC) found in a recent survey on wearable tech.

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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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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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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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The Google Glass of Helmets Wins at SXSW 
SXSW’s sixth annual accelerator pitch event wrapped up on Sunday with over 500 companies applied, 18 finalists and 6 winners. Taking home the big win in the Wearables category this year was the Google Glass for motorcyclists, the Skully Helmet.
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Skully Helmet is a motorcycle helmet with an integrated heads-up display (HUD) that provides navigational information as well as blind spot data. The helmet has a 180-degree rear view camera so the driver can see what is coming up behind them while keeping their eyes on the road.
The device uses Bluetooth to pair with the driver’s smartphone. This integration enables hands-free access to the smartphone’s music, phone and text messaging features leveraging voice control. 
It’s interesting to see a heads-up display specific for driving in light of the backlash Google Glass has received when used in the car, but this isn’t the first wearable HUD for people on the move. Vancouver’s Recon Instruments has already seen success with its HUD for snowboarders and skiers, the Recon Snow. And Recon’s upcoming wearable for bicyclists, the Recon Jet, is a much anticipated device for later this year.Skully Helmets will be on sale later this year. Pricing has not yet been announced. Beta Skully AR-1 helmets will be made available sooner to select beta testers for Summer 2014. 

The Google Glass of Helmets Wins at SXSW 

SXSW’s sixth annual accelerator pitch event wrapped up on Sunday with over 500 companies applied, 18 finalists and 6 winners. Taking home the big win in the Wearables category this year was the Google Glass for motorcyclists, the Skully Helmet.

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Wearables As A Form of Human Expression [VIDEO]
The Creator’s Project is back with the third episode in its “Make It Wearable” YouTube series which explores the impact of wearable technology from various angles. This video focuses on the intersection of wearable tech and fashion in creating new opportunities for human expression.
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Most of the wearable gadgets on the market today have been criticized for being too disconnected from fashion, making them less wearable. “Wearable technology is going to have to be fashionable and cool to move from being wearable to being worn,” Steve Brown, Futurist at Intel explains.
But it isn’t just the tech startups and giants who are trying to tackle this new space. The fashion industry is also learning how to use technology to unfetter its creativity to make new wares. 
As one designer explains, fashion and technology is going through an “oil and water” moment when it comes to wearables but the separation will need to dissolve and finally disappear in order for wearables to succeed.
The Creator’s Project showcases artists, fashion designers and leading wearable DIY resource, Ada Fruit, on the use of technology in enabling a new form of expression in garments, accessories and even cosmetics. The focus on function as much as comfortability and design makes us excited for the future of tech on the body. 
The full video is below. We dare you to watch it and not want to immediately attach an LED to something you wear. 

Wearables As A Form of Human Expression [VIDEO]

The Creator’s Project is back with the third episode in its “Make It Wearable” YouTube series which explores the impact of wearable technology from various angles. This video focuses on the intersection of wearable tech and fashion in creating new opportunities for human expression.

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Wearable Tech TV: 2 Hours of Back-to-Back Wearables

Happy Friday Future Geeks!

Got some time on your hands this weekend? Sit back and enjoy a YouTube playlist made up of videos highlighting wearables available or are just about to hit the market. With over 64 videos in total, this playlist covers smart glasses, fitness trackers, smartwatches and more.

Ever Dream of Your Name in Lights? Speak at the Hottest New Event in Future Tech!
Well, we can’t help you out with the whole name in lights thing, but we can get your name up on some flashy, larger-than-life signs. 
We are now accepting technical session speaking proposals for the inaugural Designers of Things event, to be held September 23-24, 2014 at Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco, CA.  
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The technical program will consist of two main tracks covering aspects of the design, development and business of wearable tech, 3D printing and application of IoT. Submissions in the following subject areas will receive special consideration: 
Wearable Tech: 
Developing for Wearable Devices
Wearable Tech Design Principles
Wearable Tech Verticals
Wearable Connectivity
The Business of Wearable Tech
3D Printing: 

Beyond Prototyping
Designing in 3D
Networked Objects
The Business of 3D Printing
Deadline to Submit: Thursday, April 17, 2014

More Info & Submit Here: http://www.designersofthings.com/sanfrancisco/cfa/

Ever Dream of Your Name in Lights? Speak at the Hottest New Event in Future Tech!

Well, we can’t help you out with the whole name in lights thing, but we can get your name up on some flashy, larger-than-life signs. 

We are now accepting technical session speaking proposals for the inaugural Designers of Things event, to be held September 23-24, 2014 at Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco, CA.  

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Postscapes IoT Award Winners Announced
Internet of Things database and industry resource, Postscapes, have wrapped up their annual IoT awards and have announced the winners. The award program honours the best connected products in multiple categories as selected by the Postscapes Editorial team and voted by the People. This year’s top winners included connected home product, Neurio and connected body product, Angel Sensor. 
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Neurio is a connected home technology system that combines a sensor with the cloud and an app to turn an ordinary home smart. The Neurio sensor is connected to your home’s breaker panel and measures your home’s energy use. The sensor then sends you notifications and reports based on appliance use. 
The system is expected to start to ship later this year. A basic package, which includes a sensor, the app and free subscription to the Neurio cloud, is being offered for $249.00. 

Angel Sensor (title picture) took home the editor’s choice in the Connected Body category. Angel is the first open sensor for health and fitness which monitors activity, vitals, weight & calories, and sleep.
The wristband collects your body’s vital signs 24/7 and then sends this information to a companion app on your smartphone. The device is expected to be equipped with acoustic, optical, acceleration and temperature sensors.
Although Angel is still under development, they say that once they have completed its wearable they will be able to detect certain health conditions and warn you and your physician. Bold claims. 
But Angel Sensor and Neurio were only two winners from this year’s awards. Here are the full list of winners who took home the Editor’s Choice award:
Best Connected Home Product: Neurio
Best Connected Body Product: Angel Sensor
Best Smart City Application: Bitlock
Best Entreprise Application: HyGreen
Best Technical Enabler: Raspberry Pi
Social Impact Potential: BRCK
Best Networked Art Project: MIMMI
Best Design Fiction Project: Counting Sheep
Best IoT DIY Project: FUKUSHIMA Wheel
Best IoT Open Source Project: The Thing System
IoT Breakout Startup of the Year: NinjaBlocks
To see the companies that won People’s Choice and Runner-up head on over to the Postscapes site.

Postscapes IoT Award Winners Announced

Internet of Things database and industry resource, Postscapes, have wrapped up their annual IoT awards and have announced the winners. The award program honours the best connected products in multiple categories as selected by the Postscapes Editorial team and voted by the People. This year’s top winners included connected home product, Neurio and connected body product, Angel Sensor. 

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Turn Any Pair of Glasses Into Google Glass Frames With This 3D Printed Solution
Last month, Google launched four new stylish frames for Google Glass each retailing $225 plus the cost of prescription lenses. As Glass is already $1500 this can get pretty costly. But it doesn’t have to be this way. You can make any pair of regular glasses compatible with Glass for pennies if you have access to a 3D printer.
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A 3D printed plastic adapter is all you need to clamp Glass onto your pair of Glasses. The adapter will cost you under a dollar. To create the adapter you’ll need a 3D printer and the files for the adapter unit which you can find over on the creators, Noe & Pedro, Adafruit Learning System page. The clip should take no more than half an hour to print.  
To attach it to Google Glass you will need to remove the lens-free band that comes with Glass first. Using a T5 screwdriver, all you need to do is loosen the screw found where your right temple would be on Glass and then gently pull the frame from the actual device. 
Once your original frame has been removed from Glass and your new clip has been printed you are ready to assemble. Full details on how to ensure you install your Glass-hack properly are found on Adafruit. 
Obviously this lifehack can save you tons of money. And if you already have a pair of glasses you need to see with, it can only make your Glass experience that much better!

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Turn Any Pair of Glasses Into Google Glass Frames With This 3D Printed Solution

Last month, Google launched four new stylish frames for Google Glass each retailing $225 plus the cost of prescription lenses. As Glass is already $1500 this can get pretty costly. But it doesn’t have to be this way. You can make any pair of regular glasses compatible with Glass for pennies if you have access to a 3D printer.

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Wearables for Sharks Reveals New Findings
Scientists at the University of Hawaii and the University of Tokyo are using wearable devices to better understand how sharks swim and live in their natural environment.
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The team have attached an accelerometer-magnetometer and digital camera to various species of sharks, giving them a “sharks-eye” view of the ocean. This setup allows them to measure and see where the sharks are going, how they are getting there, and what they are doing once they reach their destinations.
Researchers are also piloting a project using ingestable instruments which are used to better understand the feeding habits of sharks and other top ocean predators like tuna. 

“What we are doing is really trying to fill out the detail of what their role is in the ocean,” said Carl Meyer, an assistant researcher at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. “It is all about getting a much deeper understanding of sharks’ ecological role in the ocean, which is important to the health of the ocean and, by extension, to our own well-being.”
The shark-wearable has already captured some first-of-its-kind images of sharks swimming in different schools and with other fish. This video shows clips of a Galpagos shark, a bluntnose shark and a sandbar shark - all from their point of view.
The new research is being presented at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting co-sponsored by the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography,

Wearables for Sharks Reveals New Findings

Scientists at the University of Hawaii and the University of Tokyo are using wearable devices to better understand how sharks swim and live in their natural environment.

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