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Researchers ask: do wearable activity monitors really work?

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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Diane ShipleyResearchers ask: do wearable activity monitors really work?
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The Flame Base Layer is a wearable that’ll control your temperature

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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Diane ShipleyThe Flame Base Layer is a wearable that’ll control your temperature
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BlackBerry is ‘researching wearables’, but not in the way you might think

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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Tom PritchardBlackBerry is ‘researching wearables’, but not in the way you might think
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Emergency fashion: Seven products that could literally save your life

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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Diane ShipleyEmergency fashion: Seven products that could literally save your life
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Apple Watch: Apple launches its first wearable (and it looks awesome)

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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Becca CaddyApple Watch: Apple launches its first wearable (and it looks awesome)
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Clothes woven with circuit board thread could turn them into wearable gadgets

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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Tom PritchardClothes woven with circuit board thread could turn them into wearable gadgets
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Which smartwatch should you buy? Pebble Steel, Nike+ and Apple Watch

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 Apple Watch
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Eight futuristic running and fitness gadgets to look forward to

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
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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