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

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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Tom PritchardWhich smartwatch should you buy? Pebble Steel, Nike+ and Cogito
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Eight futuristic running and fitness gadgets to look forward to #RunningWeek

Running brings all kinds of rewards – from providing time to listen to your favourite songs to preventing disease. But like everything else, it's even more worthwhile if you can add some fun tech to the mix. There are some great gadgets and wearables on the market already, but here are some we'll see over the…

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Diane ShipleyEight futuristic running and fitness gadgets to look forward to #RunningWeek
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Brazilian juice company launches a wearable: meet the do bem maquina

A juice company called do bem is the first brand in Brazil to launch its own wearable, the do bem maquina. Yep, even non-tech companies are making wearables now. And you know what? It looks pretty damn good. According to PSFK, the natural juice brand teamed up with a New York-based agency called Huge to create the…

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Becca CaddyBrazilian juice company launches a wearable: meet the do bem maquina
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This chip could turn any item of clothing into an activity tracker

Motion sensing chips could soon be monitoring everything we do. (Well, everything we do with our clothes on, anyway.) A company called mCube has designed a new type of accelerometer that for the first time combines a motion detector with the chip’s circuitry. That makes it much more efficient and cheaper to produce than existing…

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Diane ShipleyThis chip could turn any item of clothing into an activity tracker
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Google working on a more subtle, less ridiculous version of Glass

After years of ridicule and 'glasshole' comments, it looks like Google is making an effort to ensure its Glass wearable looks a little more subtle and a little less ridiculous in the future by packing its all important tech within the device itself. According to Gizmodo, Google has filed a new patent that includes the photo above.…

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Becca CaddyGoogle working on a more subtle, less ridiculous version of Glass
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Fitbit Flex Review: A light-weight, well-rounded & oh-so comfy fitness tracker

So what's a Fitbit Flex? My first ever wearable fitness tracking device was the Fitbit Ultra way back in 2012 (I reviewed it on one of shinyshiny's past projects, Connected Health), so you could say I have a soft spot for the brand and its range of subtle, colourful fitness gadgets. Needless to say, Fitbit's…

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Becca CaddyFitbit Flex Review: A light-weight, well-rounded & oh-so comfy fitness tracker
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New wearable Elemoon matches your clothes, and finds your phone

With so many wearables constantly coming on to the market, and most of them not looking very attractive, we do get very excited when one pops up that we’d actually be happy to be seen wearing out, and the Elemoon smart bracelet is definitely one of the best-looking ones we’ve come across. The splash-proof wearable,…

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Hayley MinnNew wearable Elemoon matches your clothes, and finds your phone
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Could future wearables be driven by blinks and blood?

If you don’t fancy powering your gadgets by sweating, how about by blinking? Or, er, bleeding? Naomi Kizhner is an industrial designer, and for her final project at Hadassah Academic College in Israel, she focused on the potential of wearable technology and the ways it could combine with our bodily functions. It’s designed to get…

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Diane ShipleyCould future wearables be driven by blinks and blood?
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Wearables could monitor Parkinson’s patients in real time

The Michael J Fox Foundation has teamed up with Intel to test using wearable technology to keep track of the symptoms of Parkinson's. Earlier in the year, the charity ran a small trial monitoring the symptoms of 16 people with the disease using Intel’s Basis smartwatch. This collected a gigabyte of data per patient every…

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Diane ShipleyWearables could monitor Parkinson’s patients in real time
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INSIGHT – Wearables and mindfulness: Should we really be outsourcing our sense of wellbeing and awareness to a gadget?

The latest wave of fitness trackers claim to be able to help you achieve magical things, like lose weight, get motivated and exercise more. However, the fundamental idea behind most of these gadgets and services is that the more you know about how you’re living your life, the more you can identify the changes you…

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Becca CaddyINSIGHT – Wearables and mindfulness: Should we really be outsourcing our sense of wellbeing and awareness to a gadget?
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Moto 360: New photos show smartwatch’s heart rate sensor and charging dock

Motorola has been releasing images and even a swoon-worthy video of its new Moto 360 smart watch over the past few months, but today tech blog Mister Gadget has published a bunch of new hands-on photos that are much more realistic and show-off some features we've been dying to take a closer look at. First…

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Becca CaddyMoto 360: New photos show smartwatch’s heart rate sensor and charging dock
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This Microsoft smartwatch concept is packed with a circular face, Cortana & plenty of style

Ever since we first clapped our eyes on the beautiful Moto 360 smartwatch from Motorola no other wearable has compared in terms of looks and, vitally, wearability (OK, admittedly this HP collaboration came rather close), which is why we were excited to see this Microsoft concept that hints at a circular-faced, streamlined design for the…

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Becca CaddyThis Microsoft smartwatch concept is packed with a circular face, Cortana & plenty of style
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Google Impact Challenge winners include vision-restoring glasses

Late yesterday afternoon, Google awarded £3.2m to charitable projects around the UK in the finals of its Google Impact Challenge. The competition was designed to find charitable projects that could potentially change the world using technology. The submissions process began in May and entries were then whittled down to 10 finalists, with three winners chosen…

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Diane ShipleyGoogle Impact Challenge winners include vision-restoring glasses
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New wearable diagnoses diabetes complications

Taiwanese scientists have invented a wearable that looks like Google Glass, but can diagnose a common and devastating side-effect of diabetes. Autonomic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can occur in either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, and which can affect some of the body’s most essential functions, including the digestive system,…

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Diane ShipleyNew wearable diagnoses diabetes complications
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Star.21: The £19 fitness tracker that aims to make you healthier in just 21 days

Even though we've all got arms full of fitness trackers, the Star.21 is a wearable with a difference. Not only does this basic band help you form healthy habits really slowly over 21 days (rather than throwing you in at the deep end like other wearables), it also costs just £19. Launched on crowd-funding website…

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Becca CaddyStar.21: The £19 fitness tracker that aims to make you healthier in just 21 days
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NHS tests patient-monitoring Wi-Fi patches

First we told you about smart bandages, now plasters get their turn to show off. The NHS is about to trial a small, wireless patch designed to monitor patients’ health. Made by Oxford-based firm Sensium Healthcare, the plaster-sized patch is battery-powered and stuck on just above the heart, where it collects information on pulse, breathing…

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Diane ShipleyNHS tests patient-monitoring Wi-Fi patches
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Online conversation analysis reveals wearables are more popular with women

Women are much more positive about wearable technology than their male counterparts, a social media monitoring platform has found. Brandwatch partnered with Brilliant Noise to gather and analyse more than eight million online conversations about wearable technology between the months of January 2013 and July 2014. While it found that men dominated the conversation (65%), female authors were 42%…

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Sadie HaleOnline conversation analysis reveals wearables are more popular with women
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New bandages could monitor your recovery

We love wearables here at shinyshiny, but they’re not all about tracking your fitness or giving you supersonic hearing. In future, they could help hospital patients to receive personalised care. The National Taiwan University in Taipei is now working on a project called Bioscope, developing bandages that can monitor patients’ temperature, heart rate, movement, and…

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Diane ShipleyNew bandages could monitor your recovery
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Wearable robotic fingers are now a reality

You know how people joke about needing an extra set of hands to get everything done? Well, that’s not on the horizon quite yet, but researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have just invented a pair of wearable robotic fingers. Graduate student Faye Wu unveiled details of the device this week at the…

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Diane ShipleyWearable robotic fingers are now a reality