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Gizmag takes an early look at the Samsung Gear Fit, a fitness tracker with a few smartwatc...
Of the three wrist devices that Samsung announced earlier this year, the one that really jumped out at us was the Gear Fit. It's part fitness tracker, part smartwatch, and sports a wicked design with a curved display. The Gear Fit has touched down in Gizmagville, and, before we give you our full review, we have some initial thoughts.  Read More
Researchers at Newcastle University have utilized Google Glass to help people with Parkins...
Researchers at Newcastle University in the UK have conducted a study into how Google Glass can be used to assist sufferers of Parkinson’s disease. The team is working directly with patients to develop straightforward and useful technology that will help sufferers cope with the disease, while aiding them in becoming more independent.  Read More
The Narrative Clip wearable lifelogging camera
In October 2012, a device called Memoto raised its Kickstarter goal of US$50,000 in under 5 hours and went on to raise over $550,000. Memoto went into production and began shipping in November 2013. Now called Narrative Clip, the device is a wearable lifelogging camera and a smash Kickstarter success. But is it any good? Gizmag got the opportunity to find out.  Read More
Intel has announced the first finalists of its Make It Wearable competition
Wearable technology was one of the big themes as this year's CES in Las Vegas. One of the companies pushing the technology was Intel, with the launch of its Make It Wearable contest. Now, the company has announced the competition's first finalists.  Read More

In pictures: Baselworld 2014, The Watch and Jewelry Show

April 3, 2014
Gizmag managed to get up close and personal with the very latest in wrist bling at Baselwo...
For over 40 years after first opening its doors in 1917, the Schweizer Mustermesse Basel was dedicated to showing off Swiss-made products only. The importance of watches and jewelry to the show steadily increased from a special section to headline billing, and in the early 1970s the first European companies were invited to exhibit. Now it's very much a global affair, and Gizmag was amongst the thousands upon thousands of press, trade and public to zero in on the picturesque Swiss town for Baselworld 2014, eager to get up close and personal with the very latest in wrist bling and sparkling fashion accessories.  Read More
The Dive Master 500 Titanium anniversary edition chronograph is limited to a production ru...
Twenty five years ago this year, Victorinox branched out from the manufacture of Swiss Army knives into watchmaking, and to celebrate the occasion the iconic company is launching a limited Titanium edition of its Dive Master 500 divers watch. The new watch brings a mechanical chronograph movement to the collection, and features a generous helping of luminous markers in two different colors.  Read More
The $55 million Hallucination ladies watch from Graff Diamonds
If your bank balance barely blips at purchases like Juan Manuel Fangio's 1954 Mercedes W196 F1 Silver Arrow or an original Leica 0-series camera, then you're definitely the kind of customer who'd be interested in The Hallucination. This ladies wristwatch is bursting with colorful diamonds, and has been valued at a cool US$55 million.  Read More
The V6-44-MK on show at Baselworld 2014
French watch maker Bernard Richards Manufacture already has three "world's lightest watch" trophies in its cabinet, and has now added a fourth. The V6-44-MK joined its featherweight siblings at Baselworld 2014, and Gizmag managed to get a closer look at the sporty quartet.  Read More
The Christophe Claret Maestoso
Some upmarket wristwatches are all bells and whistles, while for others their attraction isn’t in what they do, but how they’re made. One case in point is the Christophe Claret Maestoso showcased at Baselworld 2014, which uses a detent escapement – a movement of remarkable accuracy that’s almost impossible to install in a watch.  Read More
The Cogito Classic from ConnecteDevice
As so-called smartwatches become more smart and less watch, they run the risk of losing some of the latter's charm and style. Building on the success of its Cookoo "connected complication" that combined analog movement with a connected digital display, Hong Kong's ConnecteDevice has released two versions of a new Cogito model – a Classic dress watch and a fun-loving design named Pop. Gizmag stopped by the company's booth at Baselworld in Switzerland for a closer look.  Read More
The Margot watch is a limited edition
“He loves me… He loves me not,” or the Daisy Oracle is a game of pulling petals off a flower, usually a daisy, while intoning the formula that dates back to at least the 15th century as a way of finding out if someone’s love is true. In a fusing of the 21st and the 18th centuries, Christophe Claret takes a page out of the golden age of automata and turns the game into a miniature automaton version that fits into a lady’s wristwatch. Called the Margot, we had a look at it at Baselworld 2014 and its mechanism that “predicts” true love based on the old game of plucking daisies.  Read More
The Vicenterra Luna volume 1 has a 45-jewel movement
The Earth and Moon are, we’re reliably informed, three-dimensional, so why should the Moon-phase dial on your upmarket wristwatch be flat? At Baselworld 2014, Swiss watchmaker Vicenterra took up the challenge to rectify this with its Luna volume 1, which shows the Earth and Moon as rotating three-dimensional spheres as part of its set of complications.  Read More
The Inox rugged watch from Victorinox
Victorinox Swiss Army has launched a new watch collection at this year's Baselworld in Switzerland. Pitched as a rugged companion for life, the Inox comes with the knowledge that it has survived over a hundred toughness tests, including being run over by a tank, dropped onto concrete, exposed to temperature extremes and thrown into the middle of a sandstorm for a couple of hours.  Read More
The Tourbillon Astronomique was displayed at Baselworld
It’s easy to get dismissive of upmarket astronomical watches in this age of cheap digital apps, but it’s still impressive to see what can achieved with mechanical movements – and how that can still sometimes put the apps to shame. For example, we got a look at Swiss watch maker Antoine Martin’s Tourbillon Astronomique watch at Baselworld this week, which can not only tell what time the Sun will rise and set at, but even has a few tricks that you won’t find at the app store.  Read More

LaserEyes in 'burning mode'
Last year, German laser weapons hobbyist Patrick Priebe built a working replica of Ironman's laser gauntlet. Now, he's paid another visit to the world of superheroes, creating his own take on the "energy beam"-emitting eyewear worn by the X-Men's Cyclops.  Read More
The Bifrost Isblå prototype on display at Baselworld 2014
The Baselworld 2014 watch show officially starts tomorrow in Basel, Switzerland, but Gizmag has already spotted a pretty special-looking watch on the trade show floor. Made by Sweden's GoS Watches, the Bifrost Isblå features a dial and crown made from what the company describes as "high-contrast" pattern-welded stainless Damascus steel.  Read More
Google has followed up its Titanium collection of Glass frames (pictured) by partnering wi...
Google has announced a strategic partnership with premium eyewear manufacturer Luxottica Group for a range of Glass frames. The Luxottica Group owns a number of well-known brands including Ray-Ban, Oakley and Vogue Eyewear. The deal is aimed encouraging uptake of Google Glass.  Read More
The SmartMio is an EMS device that connects to a smartphone for ease of use
Electronic Muscle Stimulation (EMS) is nothing new. In fact, we've covered it before with products like Osim's USB-powered uPixie. SmartMio is the latest product to use it, but it's doing so with some twists. Most notable of these is the inclusion of Bluetooth to connect with smartphones for better control, and use while on the go.  Read More
Monbaby can be attached to any item of clothing to monitor and provide analysis on your ba...
Wearable baby monitors certainly appear an emerging trend, with recent efforts including a bodysuit packed with sensors and a smart sock to track your baby's vital signs. Taking yet another approach is US-based inventor Arturas Vaitaitis, whose Monbaby smart button can be attached to any item of clothing to monitor and provide analysis of your baby's sleeping patterns.  Read More
The HeadWatch seeks to create a bridge between the smartwatch and the Bluetooth headset
We knew wearable technology was going to get weird eventually, but we didn't expect it to get this weird, this fast. The HeadWatch is smartwatch design with a twist – a touchscreen body that pops off and doubles as a headset. Wearers get the usual smartwatch notifications, but they can also stick the watch in their ears to take calls.  Read More
The Rufus Cuff is enormous, but runs full smartphone apps
Most of the early smartwatches we've seen run scaled-down software designed for tiny screens. But then you also have devices like Neptune Pine and Omate TrueSmart that are basically smartphones for your wrist. Today another device is ready to join that latter group. Meet the Rufus Cuff, a "wrist communicator" that can pair with both iPhone and Android handsets.  Read More
The Moto 360 will be available in summer 2014 (Northern Hemisphere)
Motorola announced its first smart watch, the Moto 360, in conjunction with Google's announcement of Android Wear, the company's new port of a modified form of Android and Google Now, which it hopes will serve as a platform for all sorts of wearable devices in the near future.  Read More
LG has announced the launch its LG G Watch, which will use Google's new Android Wear platf...
LG has announced the G Watch, one of the first smartwatches to be powered by Google's new Android Wear operating system. The news was released as part of a coordinated launch by Google and its partners on Tuesday. The G Watch continues LG's foray into the wearables market following the Lifeband Touch.  Read More
Android Wear takes Google Now's contextual info and voice commands, and puts them on your ...
We knew that Google was cooking up a version of Android designed specifically for wearables, and today the company followed through. Android Wear is a Google Now-centric platform for smartwatches – and, eventually, other wearables as well.  Read More

Gizmag compares the features and specs of the Samsung Gear 2 and Pebble Steel smartwatches
We're only a few months into 2014, but we've already seen quite a few new smartwatch releases. Two of the highest-profile are the Samsung Gear 2 and Pebble Steel. How do you decide between these two very different watches? Read on, as Gizmag compares their features and specs.  Read More
Combined with Google Glass, the Ubic system could be used to thwart PIN thieves
While many of us worry about the ways in which Google Glass could be used to infringe on peoples' privacy, scientists at Saarland University in Germany have instead developed a process in which the high-tech eyewear could ensure privacy. More specifically, it would keep shady characters from obtaining your PIN while you used an automated teller.  Read More
Gizmag lines up Samsung's four Gear devices to compare their features and specs
After launching its first smartwatch back in September, Samsung's line of wearables is about to get a lot bigger. Starting next month, two new smartwatches and one new fitness tracker are about to join the Samsung Gear family. Let's try to cut through the confusion and compare the features and specs of Samsung's original Galaxy Gear to the new Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit (whew!).  Read More
The Aurora headset is a tool for enhancing dreams, signaling the beginning of REM sleep, a...
Lucid dreaming is believed by many to aid in practicing skills, improving creativity, or just exploring adventurous new worlds, but requires practice and awareness to master. Aurora is an EEG-based headband aiming to enhance dreams and lower the barrier to lucid dreaming. With apps for multiple platforms, a host of features, and an open API for third party applications, iWinks' aim is to help the uninitiated take control of their dreams.  Read More
The Blocks smartwatch takes the modular concept from Google's Project Ara, and transfers i...
Remember back before computers were sexy, and you only bought a new PC once every three or four years? Have you ever stopped and wondered whether buying the latest iPad, Galaxy, or Surface every single year is just a little bit ridiculous? Google is certainly questioning that line of thinking with its modular Project Ara smartphone, and now someone has a similar aim with wearables. Meet Blocks: the first modular smartwatch.  Read More
The First Sign Hair Clip features built-in sensors to detect impact to the head
According to the World Health Organization, 35 percent of women worldwide have fallen victim to either violence from their intimate partner, or sexual violence from a non-partner. While self-defense classes and pepper sprays form part of a solution, their value becomes questionable if the perpetrator is already known to the victim or attacks by surprise. The First Sign Hair Clip, a hair clip fitted with security sensors, is designed to not only send out a cry for help, but gather up evidence to ensure justice is served.  Read More
Ring's gesture recognition is precise enough to identify letters written in mid air
We've already seen rings that unlock doors and mobile devices, show the time, act as a mouse or display notifications from a connected mobile device, but, like the Fin, the Ring from California-based Logbar aims to take finger wagging to the next level. Featuring Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity, the Ring is designed to allow control of mobile devices and home appliances, make electronic payments and even type text in mid air with a wave of a finger.  Read More
Moov is a new fitness tracker that also provides real-time coaching during workouts
The increasingly crowded fitness tracker market has another new entrant. This one, however, appears to offer not only impressive functionality, but a unique approach, too. As well as tracking fitness, Moov uses artificial intelligence to study the user and provide real-time coaching during their workouts.  Read More
Weatherall's focus lies in using standard data to provide a responsive and intuitive train...
The Glowfaster Jacket is a new take on fitness tracking wearables developed by ex-marine Simon Weatherall that provides runners with feedback on speed, heart rate and location by way of lights down its front and along the sleeves.  Read More
Nadir is a watch that defies convention by pointing the hands inwards rather than outwards
We've seen plenty of watches that have tried to do something different from the norm. The watch with one hand, the watch with one hand and no numbers, and every single watch from Tokyo Flash, to cite just three examples. And now we have another, this one being a watch that has the hands pointing inwards rather than outwards.  Read More

One Llama's new app aims to make walking down the street with headphones safer Photo: Kuma...
Let's be honest, walking around in a busy city with loud music blasting through a pair of headphones is not a safe thing to do. Still, that doesn't stop people from doing it every day. A startup called One Llama has just announced a new application that's designed to make that activity a little less dangerous. It constantly listens to background noise, and when it hears something that the user needs to know about, such as a car horn, it automatically mutes the music and alerts them. At least, that's the promise.  Read More
The Ibis smartwatch by Creoir Ltd
While the big players in the smartwatch market continue to tweak their designs, searching for a device with the right mix of functionality and style, others are banking on the latter being the force to drive mass-market appeal. Finnish company Creoir Ltd certainly fits this description. Its concept Ibis Dual Face Smart Watch on show at this week's Mobile World Congress bears a closer resemblance to a piece of jewelry than other smartwatch designs on offer.  Read More
The ReSound LiNX iPhone-connected hearing aid
The ReSound LiNX hearing aid connects with a user's iPhone to allow music and phone calls to be heard directly through the device, thus allowing more comfortable smartphone use for the hearing impaired.  Read More
Moticon took home two awards at the WT Conference
Athletic and medical tracking is slowly sliding off our wrists and chests and into our clothing. This year's Wearable Technologies Conference Europe showed a strong shift toward clothing items powered by textile sensors, including Mbody smart shorts. Feet are getting in on the act too, with the "world's first fully integrated sensor insole" from Moticon, which turns your shoes into a wireless performance-tracking system.  Read More
Flyfit is an ankle-band fitness tracker
Fitness trackers are all the rage at the moment and there are plenty of options from which to choose. The vast majority of trackers strap to your wrist, but would there be any benefit to strapping a one to your ankle instead? That's the question Flyfit asked – and the answer, it says, is yes.  Read More
Samsung added to its growing list of wearables, with its first dedicated fitness tracker, ...
Apparently those two new Galaxy Gears that Samsung announced the other day weren't the entire story. Today the company announced its first fitness tracker, a wrist-based device called the Gear Fit.  Read More
The glove can be used to control a head-mounted display (Photo: Fujitsu)
There is an increasing amount of wearable technology being used in the workplace due to the benefits it can provide and the ease with which it can be integrated into existing working practices. With this in mind, Fujitsu has announced a glove-style device for workplace use that provides touch and gesture-based functionality for site operations.  Read More
Samsung jumped the gun on Mobile World Congress by announcing the Galaxy Gear 2 and Galaxy...
Getting out ahead of Monday's expected Galaxy S5 announcement, Samsung came out of the gates at Mobile World Congress with the reveal of the company's latest smartwatches, the Galaxy Gear 2 and Galaxy Gear 2 Neo.  Read More
The Lechal haptic shoe, in fiery red
Three years ago, we heard about a prototype shoe that could be used to guide the wearer via haptic feedback. Designed by Anirudh Sharma, who was then a researcher at Hewlett-Packard Labs in Bangalore, India, the Lechal shoe was intended for use mainly by the blind. This week, however, Sharma and business partner Krispian Lawrence announced that the production version of the Lechal will soon be available for preorder, and it's aimed at helping all people navigate the city streets.  Read More
In basing the artificial neural network on the brain's central nervous system, the team sa...
It took a heavyweight like Google to bring the notion of head-mounted devices to the mainstream, but other developers are also testing the waters and pushing the boundaries of what's possible to achieve in the smart glasses space. Exhibit A is K-Glass, a wearable, hands-free display developed by researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).  Read More

Cuff has launched a new range of wearable technology
Although the functionality of wearable technology may be beginning to measure up to expectations, its aesthetic form has largely been derided, and designers face the task of bridging the tech and fashion worlds. Cuff is one of a number of fledgling companies that is looking to reconcile technological prowess with head-turning looks. Its newly-launched range of fashion accessories incorporate a discrete wireless device that, when pressed, sends a notification to your chosen contacts to let them know you're trying to make contact.  Read More
Apple has received a patent for smart fitness-tracking earbuds
We recently featured a set of fitness tracking earbuds called The Dash. Now, a new patent has surfaced from Apple that locks down similar technology, citing "an audio output device configured to be positioned within a user's ear; a monitoring system located in substantially close proximity to the audio output device."  Read More
The Dash is a pair of earphones that come equipped with all the fitness trackers of dedica...
Today, companies the world over are looking to crack the wearable technology market, especially in terms of fitness tracking. Bragi is another among the lot, but instead of trying to get users to adopt some sort of bracelet or other device to do the tracking, its product, called The Dash, takes the form of something that people already wear – earphones.  Read More
Zeal shows its updated HD2 Camera Goggle at the 2014 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market
Zeal has established itself as the tech-savvy ski goggle manufacturer. It was the first goggle-maker to adopt Recon Instruments' heads-up display and one of the first to integrate an HD action cam into its goggles. This year, it's revealed the updated HD2 Camera Goggle with upgraded hardware and new features.  Read More
The minimalist Durr watch
Time may be constant, but our perception of it is constantly changing. If you're happy and having fun, it tends to pass more quickly than if you're miserable and suffering. Time has also been shown to pass more quickly for older people than younger generations. Wearing a wristwatch doesn't necessarily help us become more aware of the passing of time, but wearing Durr may well do ... By stretching our preconceived ideas of what constitutes a timepiece.  Read More
Gizmag reviews the new Google Glass prescription frames, which just might help to reduce t...
When we reviewed Google Glass, one of our big questions was whether Google can do anything to make the specs less awkward to wear in public. We recently got our hands on something that might help out. Read on, as Gizmag takes a look at the new titanium prescription frames for Google Glass.  Read More
Cityzen Science's smart shirt integrates a sensor web, distributed intelligence, communica...
Rightly or wrongly, the French are known for clothing designs that are often less than practical. Now, however, French company Cityzen Sciences has won the CES 2014 Inclusive Innovation in Everyday Health award for its development of a Smart Sensing fabric woven with integral micro-sensors – these add the practical benefit of monitoring the health and fatigue levels of the wearer.  Read More
Google has released five games for Glass
Following the launch earlier this week of a collection of frames for Glass, Google has launched the first handful of games for the device. In total, five simple mini games have been released that make use of its smartglass features.  Read More
The True Love Tester bra automatically unhooks itself when it senses the woman feeling tru...
In one of the more absurd examples of wearable technology we've seen lately, a Japanese firm has created a high-tech bra called the True Love Tester that literally snaps open only when it senses that the woman is in love.  Read More
Gizmag gets some hands-on time with the Avegant Glyph, a virtual retinal display fused wit...
After a few days of bouncing between booths and events during CES, I was more than happy to retreat from the chaotic show floor to a quiet hotel suite to demo Avegant's innovative new headset. When the company first invited me to try out the Glyph, I expected to see another virtual reality headset like the Oculus Rift, but that did not turn out to be the case at all. Instead of entering a virtual world that appears to surround you, wearing the Glyph is more like sitting in the middle of your own private movie theater, except with a better picture.  Read More

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