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A new motion controlled app could make it even easier to use our phones

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A team of computer scientists from ETH Zurich has created a motion controlled app that finally makes it possible to operate a smartphone using gestures. (Just not the kind of gestures you might make when it's run out of charge for the third time today...) The controls include pointing, spreading the fingers, pinching, and everyone’s…

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This new wearable harvests electricity while you walk

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Mexican scientists have developed a new wearable that fits inside a shoe and can convert energy from walking (or running, I guess, if you’re into that kind of thing) and turn it into electricity. The device, which is around three millimetres thick, is similar to an insole and designed to store mechanical-vibrational energy created by…

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Unlike the iPhone 6 Plus, the Portal smartphone is supposed to bend

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As anyone who's ever dropped a phone will attest to, smartphones are incredible fragile creatures. Gone are the days where you could throw a Nokia phone around like a rag-doll to find that it doesn't have a scratch on it. It's not quite the same, but the Portal smartphone isn't going to shatter when you…

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A new wearable senses skin temperature to monitor heart health

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We just shared ten ways medical wearables are changing medicine for the better, and now here's another innovative example. It’s a small (around 5cm square) ultra-thin patch that sits on the skin and is usually worn on the wrist. It was developed by scientists at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Each…

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Ten of the most exciting, innovative, and purr-fect wearables for pets #WearablesWeek

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When we talk about wearables, we're usually talking about tech for humans, from VR headsets to fitness trackers to Google Glass. So it might have slipped your notice that the demand for pet wearables is big. Huge. In fact, it's estimated that the market will be worth $2.5 billion by 2025. Pet wearables can do…

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Ten wonderful ways wearables are changing medicine for the better #WearablesWeek

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When you think about wearables and health, you might think of devices that measure how well you sleep or how fast you run. And they can be great: there's no doubt many people find them motivating and enjoy having more insight into their habits. But the health benefits of wearables go further than you might…

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Could making payments be the next big thing for wearables? #WearablesWeek

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With all the hype around how we are going to be using our mobile phones for making payments thanks to NFC (Near Field Communications) technology, it seems the obvious may have been slightly overlooked. Sure it may be marginally more convenient using our phones to make payments on the tube or in a shop than…

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Five reasons why wearables are still missing a trick #WearablesWeek

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Wearables have spiked in popularity recently, with what seems like every single company intending on entering the market with a smartwatch, a fitness tracker, or something similar. But are wearables the future? Not in my opinion just yet. It seems the tech giants and smaller start-ups all vying for the top wearables spot…

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5 Budget wearables and activity trackers for under £70 #WearablesWeek

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There are many wearable gadgets on the market that track your activity levels and encourage you not to be a lazy couch potato. That being said, a lot of wearables can cost you an awful lot of money if you're not careful, which needn't be the case. If you're on a budget but…

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Safety wearables for women are great, but we need humanity switched on too #WearablesWeek

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Like many women, I walk home at night with my keys through my knuckles. I routinely end goodbyes to friends with the words, ‘text me to let me know you got home safe’. I constantly weigh up what’s better – keeping my phone in my hand so I can quickly call for help, or keeping…

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Welcome to #WearablesWeek – tech to enhance sport, safety gadgets & the most stylish wearables

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This week the shinyshiny team will be exploring the exciting and fast-moving world of wearable tech. We'll be counting down the must-have activity trackers that won't cost you a fortune, give you an insight into the way wearables are enhancing our sporting abilities, medical procedures and mental wellbeing and exploring whether these always-on devices can even…

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Researchers ask: do wearable activity monitors really work?

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Wearables are increasingly advanced and increasingly popular (the market is expected to be worth $8.36 billion by 2018), but are they as helpful consumers hope? A group of scientists from the University of Texas Medical Branch wanted to find out whether wearable activity monitors live up to their promises – and if they could be…

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The Flame Base Layer is a wearable that’ll control your temperature

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Just in time for winter, here’s a new wearable that can heat you up when it’s cold outside (or inside, for that matter) and then cool you down again once your body’s adjusted. Unsurprisingly, it comes to us from Canada. (And from Engadget, where we first spotted it.) Alex Huang and Jason Yakimovich, engineers from…

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BlackBerry is ‘researching wearables’, but not in the way you might think

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John Sims, the president of BlackBerry's enterprise solutions, has said that the company has been doing some research into wearable computers. Don't go expecting a BlackBerry smartwatch anytime soon, though, because it just sounds as though the company is only looking for ways to bring BBM to existing smarwatches and smartglasses. His exact words were, "We’re…

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Emergency fashion: Seven products that could literally save your life

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Part of the fun of fashion is the way different collections show off their designers' creativity and inventiveness. But clothes and accessories aren't only about looking good, sometimes they're more about function. Not to worry, though: there's still plenty of creativity and inventiveness on display in these seven pieces of potentially life-saving kit. Some are…

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Apple Watch: Apple launches its first wearable (and it looks awesome)

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Well, we all had our fingers, toes and everything else crossed that Apple wouldn't just be launching the iPhone 6 tonight and we weren't disappointed. Tonight at the highly-anticipated Apple event in Cupertino, California, Apple's Tim Cook unveiled the Apple Watch. That's right, it's not the iWatch, but the Apple Watch. The wearable comes in…

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Clothes woven with circuit board thread could turn them into wearable gadgets

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Our current idea of a wearable tends to be things like smartwatches, fitness trackers, maybe AR glasses like Google Glass. The thing is, with the exception of some smart-shoes, they're just things we clip onto ourselves rather than actually wear. Well new clothes developed in Hong Kong could well turn the clothes you wear into…

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Which smartwatch should you buy? Pebble Steel, Nike+ and Apple Watch

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Smartwatches are a fairly new member of the gadgets family, and have yet to really reach the same level of popularity as smartphones or tablets. Considering they have yet to ingrain themselves into mainstream society you might not be aware of what smartwatches are, and chances are you have seen many out in the…

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