Google Opens Google Glass Basecamps
Google has setup three basecamps to help long term Explorers, those new to the program and those just interested in learning more about its first wearable tech. 
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The basecamps have been set up in LA, New York and San Francisco. The locations are places where Glass users can go for fittings or support. And where newcomers can go to get a demo and try Glass on for the first time.
Those interested in visiting a basecamp can head on over to the Google Basecamp page to schedule an appointment which is necessary. Google does state that you are able to bring one guest to your visit but they need to be over 13 years of age.

Google Opens Google Glass Basecamps

Google has setup three basecamps to help long term Explorers, those new to the program and those just interested in learning more about its first wearable tech. 

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Metaio Brings Augmented Reality to the Smartwatch
Leading augmented reality software developer, Metaio, is bringing its visual search capabilities to the smartwatch. It’s object recognition software transforms the smartwatch camera from a nice-to-have feature to a must-have tool. 
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Metaio’s solution uses photos taken by a user to match up results in its object library. When a match exists the app takes action like providing the user with glanceable information about the object. In a recent video posted on its YouTube channel, Metaio shows the app in action on a Galaxy Gear smartwatch where pictures of advertisements in a paper come to life on the watch and snapshots of items eaten at breakfast are added to a food journal.
For Metaio, the smartwatch offers a way for users to quickly and conveniently discover more about the world around them. They state in the video description:

“There exist millions of objects in our environment that can be scanned by a smart device, but it is not always convenient for users to be constantly removing their smart phones from pockets or purses. Placing object recognition capabilities on the wrist allows for convenient access to visual search and augmented reality applications that already exist today”. 

Metaio Brings Augmented Reality to the Smartwatch

Leading augmented reality software developer, Metaio, is bringing its visual search capabilities to the smartwatch. It’s object recognition software transforms the smartwatch camera from a nice-to-have feature to a must-have tool. 

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Making Wearables Personal: Featured Speaker Adam Adelman
What you wear when you walk out of the house says a lot about who you are, and how you feel that day. We don’t wear the same shirt and pants everyday but yet when it comes to putting on our wearables we don’t have that choice. Empowering users to express themselves with wearable tech is at the core of the NEX Band, a wrist-worn device from Montreal-based Mighty Cast. 
[[MORE]]The NEX Band is a modular wearable device which changes its look and functionality based on the charms selected by the user. On the outside, the charms, or “Mods” as Mighty Cast calls them, will let users customize how the NEX band looks so that its unique to them rather than the same band for everyone. On the inside, the Mods offer different functionality which means that the NEX band isn’t just an activity tracker or notification device, it is many things depending on the Mod connected to the device at the time.
Mighty Cast intends to release mods that will light up when your friends are close by, will act as gaming pieces that will unlock levels or score power-ups and can be swapped and tracked so that a Mod can start to tell a story of where its travelled. Users can use up to five Mods at one time and the Mods themselves will be customized using the NEX Band smartphone app.  
Mighty Cast President, Adam Adelman, told us that it was always the companies mission to make the NEX Band modular. “It was really only a year ago that we added sensors directly into the Mods themselves”, he told us. “The concept started as a modular solution aesthetically on the outside and evolved to a modular approach on the inside”. 
For Adelman, personalization is a key challenge that wearables are facing today. “One of the big disappointments has been the lack of customization on the outside which means that, on the outside, people are locked into the same style”, he said. “On the inside, there has been a lot of progress on the miniaturization of sensors but its impossible to pack all sensors into one device so I think that we are going to see a lot more demand for customization on the side of the consumer. For the most part, a lot of wearables today lock you into one application or a small handful of sensors”.
The NEX band Mods use Mighty Cast’s proprietary and patent pending base and token technology. This technology connects physical, low-cost collectibles to Bluetooth bases to bring them alive. The company is currently working on using this technology in more than just the NEX Band including the toy space with some big brands.
Pre-orders for the NEX Band just recently closed after seeing some great success according to Adelman. The team is currently working with focus groups to help shape the style and functionality of the mods that they will go out to market with. A beta launch is expected later this year.
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Making Wearables Personal: Featured Speaker Adam Adelman

What you wear when you walk out of the house says a lot about who you are, and how you feel that day. We don’t wear the same shirt and pants everyday but yet when it comes to putting on our wearables we don’t have that choice. Empowering users to express themselves with wearable tech is at the core of the NEX Band, a wrist-worn device from Montreal-based Mighty Cast

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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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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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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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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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Samsung Dominates the Smartwatch Space Report Says
Samsung may have received a lot of flack for its Galaxy Gear smartwatch it launched in 2013 but according to a recent report from NPD Group, the Korean tech company is dominating this nascent market. 
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NPD estimates that over half a million smartwatches were sold since October of 2013 according to its weekly tracking service. They go on to report that this space has generated $96 million since this time and that Samsung and Pebble are the obvious leaders with Samsung eating up 78% of the pie and Kickstarter darling Pebble with 18%. And NPD says this is just the beginning.  
“The smartwatch market is poised to continue to grow in 2014” said Ben Arnold, executive director of industry analysis at NPD. “With nearly $100 million in US sales in less than a year, the category is off to a promising start with just two major brands.”
NPD suggests that lower price points are helping adoption of smartwatches. The current average price point for smartwatches according to their tracker is $189. 
Another interesting finding NPD reports is that one third of all smartwatch revenues were gained during the 2013 holiday season, so Santa definitely is a smartwatch fan!
Image Source: Flickr

Samsung Dominates the Smartwatch Space Report Says

Samsung may have received a lot of flack for its Galaxy Gear smartwatch it launched in 2013 but according to a recent report from NPD Group, the Korean tech company is dominating this nascent market. 

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Sports Fans Feel the Action with Alert Shirt (Video)

Wearable tech is changing the way we experience professional sports. We’ve seen Google Glass being used on the court and on the ice to give fans a unique point-of-view of a game in action. But a connected shirt is making the sports viewing experience physical by letting the fans feel what the players feel.

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Google Announces First Glass at Work Certified Partners
Back in April, Google kicked off its search for developers to interested in developing Glassware for use in business as part of its Glass at Work program. This week, Google unveiled its first round of Certified Partners who have been authorized to develop enterprise solutions for Google’s heads-up display.
[[MORE]]Five partners have been selected including APX Labs, Augmedix, Crowdoptic, GuidiGO and Wearable Intelligence.All five of these companies are heavily invested in the wearable software space.
Crowdoptic is the company powering Glass on the ice and on the court as the HUD gives fans a unique POV at NBA and NHL games. Augmedix has recently partnered with Dignity Health to pilot the use of Glass in a clinic to test out alternative ways to access and input patient data to realize time savings. 
The Glass at Work partnership marks another big win for APX Labs who recently raised $10 million dollars in a Series A round of investment. APX’s software platform, Skylight, equips large enterprise clients with the ability to create custom apps for wearable devices. Skylight works with Google Glass and Epson Moverio at this time but the company has noted that smartwatches will soon be added to the mix.  

Google Announces First Glass at Work Certified Partners

Back in April, Google kicked off its search for developers to interested in developing Glassware for use in business as part of its Glass at Work program. This week, Google unveiled its first round of Certified Partners who have been authorized to develop enterprise solutions for Google’s heads-up display.

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Mind Controlled Exoskeleton Kicked Off The 2014 World Cup
It may not have been the longest kick of the first game of the World Cup yesterday but it certainly was the most monumental. A paralyzed adult, identified by the BBC as 29-year-old Juliano Pinto, took to the field wearing an exoskeleton which was controlled using his mind to help him make the first kick of FIFA 2014 which went 6-feet before a ball boy picked it up off the field. 
[[MORE]]This moment was made possible thanks to the Walk Again Project, an international collaboration of over 100 scientists around the world who are working to create light, smart and modular exoskeletons which are controlled using the mind. The project is led by Prof. Miguel Nicolelis of Duke University and the International Institute for Neurosciences of Natal, Brazil
In a statement, the consortium said the World Cup demonstration would be “just the beginning” of a future “in which people with paralysis may abandon the wheelchair and literally walk again”.
The device works by reading brain activity from the wearers mind using a head worn device which is filled with non-evasive EEG electrodes The device interprets the wearers intentions and then uses these commands to move the exoskeleton.
The exoskeleton itself is equipped with sensors which both give feedback to the user and monitor their state to ensure that they are not in distress. The sensors are embedded in what the researchers call CellulARSkin, a surface consisting of flat, hexagonal cells in a honeycomb structure. Each sensor contains a micro-processor, accelerometer, and sensors that can detect proximity pressure, vibration and temperature. The proximity detector, for example, detects when the foot is about to hit the ground to send signals to the users arms to help understand when the foot is about to hit the ground.
Pinto was one of eight paralyzed men and women from Brasil who were selected to train with the Walk Again Project for the FIFA event. But the kick that successfully happened yesterday is just the start for the consortium. 
"I think some people see the World Cup opening as the end," said Prof. Gordon Cheng, TUM Institute for Cognitive Systems, "but it’s really just the beginning. This may be a major milestone, but we have a lot more work to do." He views the event as a public demonstration of what science can do for people. "Also, I see it as a great tribute to all the patients’ hard work and their bravery!"

National Science Foundation Video of the Walk Again Exoskeleton 
Image from Walk Again Project Twitter

Mind Controlled Exoskeleton Kicked Off The 2014 World Cup

It may not have been the longest kick of the first game of the World Cup yesterday but it certainly was the most monumental. A paralyzed adult, identified by the BBC as 29-year-old Juliano Pinto, took to the field wearing an exoskeleton which was controlled using his mind to help him make the first kick of FIFA 2014 which went 6-feet before a ball boy picked it up off the field. 

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The Future of Bionic Limbs: Making It Wearable (Video)

The Creators Project is back with another fantastic example of how wearables will change our everyday lives. The latest in its “Making It Wearable” concept series features Chef Eduardo Garica, an amputee who uses various mechanical and myoelectric prosthetics to continue pursuing his passion.

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