Jawbone releases the new Up24 and it looks promising. The Up24 is Jawbone's first sleep and fitness tracker that works wirelessly, as opposed to the older models of the UP. Jawbone didn't add wireless Bluetooth capabilities in the previous models because they said it would make the product's hardware chunkier and reduce battery life. The new Up24 however uses a Bluetooth Low Energy radio that doesn't affect the battery really, and gives the device seven days of use. The Up24 is still water-resistant and approximately the same size as the previous model.
Along with the Up24, Jawbone has also released the 3.0 version of their iOS app. It'll now contain some features only usable by the Up24 but is still mostly compatible by the current UP model. You can now wirelessly use the app to activate a vibrating smart alarm, instead of having to plug it in to your smartphone. If you forget to put it into sleep mode it will also now estimate how much sleep you got using its new sleep recovery tool. The device also includes an activity log that will show you your sleep, food, and fitness.
The Jawbone Up24 is now on sale for $150
Google will be hosting a hackathon in San Francisco later this month, with the event being the 'next phase of the Glass Developer Platform.' There's a limited number of applicants, but it should be a good chance for developers to get their hands, or eyes on with the Glass unit itself.
Developers can get knee-deep in some Glass SDK, which will be like striking gold for developers. Once the Glass SDK arrives, developers will be able to build applications that both work offline, and have direct access to Glass hardware. We should be able to see much more in the coming weeks, with the Glass hackathon taking place in San Francisco on October 19.
Google Glass is nearly here, with Rochester Optical announcing that it has hired Tim Moore, who will bring custom prescriptions, fashion and sport lenses that will work with Google's wearable device in early 2014.
If you're looking for some prescription-friendly Google Glass support, this is what Rochester Optical will be delivering. Google will only be providing a simple pair of sunglasses, or clear protective lenses (non-prescription). It's good to see third-party support this early in the game (pre-launch!) and I'm incredible excited about getting some Glass on my head in the near future.
It's not often that find a watch that I would consider wearing on my wrist every day, but the Oscilloscope Watch project on Kickstarter is something I would wear every day! The Oscilloscope Watch has all the features of a modern watch combined with all the features of the popular Xprotolab (Oscilloscope, Waveform Generator, Logic Analyzer, Protocol Sniffer, Frequency Counter).
The Oscilloscope Watch is powered by an 8-bit XMEGA microcontroller that is programmed in C or Assembly and can be hacked by anyone with basic embedded electronics programming knowledge. The device is said to have a battery life of 12 hours when in Oscilloscope mode, but could last more than 30 days when in watch mode.
The current prototype features a high-contrast OLED screen, but depending on battery life in the production model, this could change to a 1.28-inch e-paper display that features a very high refresh rate. The projects founder, Gabriel Anzziani has set the funding goal to $60,000 and with 11 days left, he needs to raise another $9,000 to meet that goal. I feel that this is an awesome project and a pledge of just $99 will land you an Oscilloscope Watch, so what are you waiting for?
We reported that Oculus Rift was headed to Android, but it has been confirmed that there will only be one Oculus Rift unit that will be capable of pushing virtual reality goodness out to your Android-based device, or PC.
There were people that believed that there would be two consumer units, one that was capable of delivering VR to mobile, and another for PC. But Oculus VR has come out and confirmed that the single consumer Rift device will be capable of doing VR on both platforms. Oculus VR CEO, Brendan Iribe told Engadget: "I don't think it's going to require that full Kepler capability. I think we'll be able to deliver on an even earlier chip set than that. I think people will be pretty surprised with what set of devices we're able to make this work on. We are focused on just a few right now, basically just to stay focused so that we can deliver a great experience on a couple devices first. Then over time we'll have that span out."
If there's one piece of tech that I want, but simply can't get my hands on, it's Google Glass. There's a few friends on my Facebook list who own them, and while I've considered mugging them for the wearable unit, it wouldn't work anyway.
Well, Explorer Edition owners can now buy Glass accessories. One of which is a clear visor for the Glass redesign and is in stock ready to ship. Other accessories that aren't quite ready yet are the earbud, charger and a carrying pouch, which will be available soon. There's not a lot of accessories, but it's good to see Google already selling these, all before the consumer editions go on sale.
When Samsung launched the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, it only supported a very small handful of smartphones, but now the South Korean giant has expanded its reach, supporting more devices.
Samsung has extended support for its Galaxy Gear to the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II. The electronics giant says that the Premium Suite software update, which will include Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, will begin its rollout in the coming weeks. The Galaxy S4 mini and Galaxy Mega will also support the Galaxy Gear in the coming months.
Google Glass Explorers have been enjoying their wearable device for a few months now, but we all knew there'd be another unit ready before it hits consumers and that unit is now here.
The Mountain View-based giant has announced a new version of Glass is coming, which will support a new line of sunglasses, feature compatibility with prescription eyewear, and also feature a mono earbud. The current Glass Explorer Edition is based on a 45nm OMAP4430 clocked at up to 1GHz and 1GB of R AM. We don't know if Google has baked in some upgraded hardware into the new Glass units, but I would say so.
We should hope that the new SoC is better on battery life, allowing for full-day use which is something that isn't quite there for current Glass units. Current Explorers will receive a one-time swap with the new hardware which will begin next month.
We've already got the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch and the Omate TrueSmart, which both look delicious, but the wearable computing market is set to soar over the next 4-5 years or so according to Berg Insight.
The projections regarding the wearable computing space is exciting, where the firm estimates that we should expect an 8-fold increase in shipments from 2012's 8.3 million units, to over 64 million units in 2017. Berg Insight analyst Johan Svanberg says that the wearable devices market will explode thanks to "a perfect storm of innovation within low power wireless connectivity, sensor technology, big data, cloud services, voice user interfaces and mobile computing power is coming together."
Now, I'm no analyst but I think we'll see the market explode thanks to a few good products, just like the iPhone helped surge smartphones and the iPad did the same for tablets. I think once Google Glass hits, the wearable computing space will be a super hot market. I can't see smartwatches taking off that much, unless we use our smartphones less and less, which I don't see happening. Wearable devices like Glass on the other hand, oh yes.
Rumors of Samsung developing Google Glass-like headwear have been running rampant for months now, and it finally appears that we have some confirmation on the device. A recent patent filing has been spotted by The Wall Street Journal that depicts a very Google Glass-like pair of glasses which are being called "Sports Glasses."
Samsung filed the patent earlier this year in Korea and was recently granted full registered status on the device. The accompanying description states that the glasses will be compatible with smartphones and will feature a pair of built-in earphones. Interestingly enough, while Google's project Glass is completely wireless, the Samsung version appears to feature a wired connection that would run down the users back and connect to the smartphone via USB.
When Samsung launched the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, everyone was surprised that it was only compatible with the Galaxy Note 3 that launched the same day. Everyone expected it to be fully compatible with the company's flagship smartphone the Galaxy S4. Today Samsung announced that it is released an update to the Galaxy Gear that brings in the next wave of Galaxy Devices.
According to Samsung, the Galaxy S4 and its variants along with the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.4 will now be compatible with the Galaxy Gear once Samsung pushes out an Android 4.3 to those devices. Samsung said that the 4.3 update will begin rolling out to US devices at the end of this month and will take a few days to fully populate to all devices.
Over the last few months we have been hearing rumors of a new smartwatch being developed by Google that would set the standard for what an Android-based smartwatch should be. While many have been calling the device the Google Gem, it appears that the company will release the device under its Motorola Mobility subsidiary.
Today a new trademark filing from Motorola has popped up that includes the name "Moto G," which many analyst are suspecting is the production name for Google's smartwatch. While I too feel that this new name has a high possibility of being tied to the Google smartwatch, it could just as well be a variation of Motorola's Moto X smartphone, or be an entirely new smartphone model all together. Only time will tell, and if past filings are any indication, we should find out what the Moto G really is very soon!
NVIDIA Editors' Day 2013 - We're here live at the NVIDIA press event in the beautiful Montreal, Canada, where John Carmack was a special guest of NVIDIA's. Carmack was up near the 4K displays and food talking with various media, and we captured a conversation about Oculus Rift.
Before I could jump in an interview him myself, he was whisked away, most likely to some underground lair where he'll be tapping away on that keyboard doing what he does best. The interview is an interesting look at one of the most knowledgable people in the industry, and I just stood there in awe of his knowledge base. I wish I could download the Carmack.iso and dual boot myself. Sigh.
I truly think Oculus Rift is going to be the future of gaming, with Rift being the first viable, consumer-priced virtual reality device we've seen, ever. The creator of Rift, Palmer Luckey, has made it to position 7 in Popular Mechanics' "10 Innovators Who Changed the World in 2013" list.
This is quite the stage for Luckey to stand on, especially as he's just 21 years old and standing on the throne of the virtual reality segment right now. Remember that the great John Carmack has stepped into the role of Oculus VR's Chief Technology Officer, and this is all happening before the Rift is even sold as a consumer product.
Samsung is already here with its Galaxy Gear smartwatch, and preparations for its successor, with Apple still waiting in the wings with its own iWatch. But, we have a new research note from Brian White, an analyst for Cantor Fitzgerald, who says:
As an Apple supplier, our contact offered insight into the "iWatch" and described this potential new device as much more than an extension of your iPhone but as a multi-purpose gateway in allowing consumers to control their home (i.e., heating/cooling, lights, audio, video, etc.).
Now, if this happens, it would be quite a different product to what most expect it to be. This would allow iWatch users, with the compatible technology and appliances in their houses, to control lighting and temperature, all from their iWatch. There are two rumored iWatch products to arrive, with a 1.3- and 1.6-inch model, both with 320x320 AMOLED screens.
Sony's third-generation personal 3D viewing headset, the HMZ-T3W, is now available for pre-order. If you want to grab the Sony HMZ-T3W, you'll need to pre-order it directly from Sony's website, or in retail Sony stores.
The HMZ-T3W features wireless connectivity this time around, instead of wrapping yourself in cords, and some nifty dual OLED monitors that Sony state simulate the feeling of sitting 65 feet away from a gigantic 750-inch display. The HMZ-T3W is capable of streaming content from up to 7 meters away from the source.
The third-generation model no longer requires an AC power socket, as you can take a portable battery pack around with you which will share power with connected smartphones and tablets. The portable battery should be good for around three hours of wireless use, or up to 7 hours if you use it over HDMI. If you are looking at picking one of these up, you'll be hit up for $999.
Samsung has begun its marketing for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, starting with some ads during the Sunday NFL in the United States. Both TV spots are focused on the futuristic part of the Galaxy Gear, showing that technology has been a fantasy for quite sometime now.
The ads show off wrist-mounted devices in many of our favorite shows, ranging from Star Trek to Power Rangers. Yes, Power Rangers. You can view both the TV spots, above, and below.
Samsung has been really pushing the fitness side of its devices as of late, with the Galaxy S4 and its S Health apps making a big difference for those who want an it-can-do-everything device, including fitness.
There's been an unannounced Samsung device that has hit the Bluetooth certification page, which hints at the name S-Circle and a product number of EI-AN900A. There was an appearance of the S-Circle on Samsung Updates over the weekend, with others thinking that it could be a fitness-orientated device by the South Korean company.
2013 is turning out to be the year of the smartwatch, with heavy hitters like Samsung and Sony both releasing wearables of their own. If a new report is true, then both Google and Nokia will be tossing their hats into the smartwatch arena later this month. Newly leaked images of a Nokia branded smartwatch have surfaced, and Google is expected to unveil it's GEM smartwatch later this month as well.
The Nokia device that is seen in the images above can be nothing other than a smartwatch, and we fully expect it to be running some form of Windows Phone OS. Not much else is known though, but if rumors are true then we will fee the smartwatch unveiled at an October 22nd event along with five other devices. Google's GEM smartwatch is still a bit of an enigma, and the company is keeping any and all information under tight wraps. Some reports suggest that it will have dual screens, while other suggest it will look similar to Samsung's Galaxy Gear. Google is expected to launch the GEM at the Android 4.4 KitKat event where the Nexus 5 will be unveiled.
Apple seems far behind the wearable devices game, with a bunch of its competitors unveiling wearable devices, mainly Samsung's Galaxy Gear and heck, even the Galaxy Gear 2 is being teased already. This isn't even considering the awesome Omate TrueSmart, either and all before Apple has its first-gen device on our wrists.
Now we have a report that states Apple has scooped up one of Nike's top design directors, who will work on wearable devices for the company. Ben Shaffer was Nike's Studio Director of Innovation Kitchen, which might sound weird, but it's actually Nike's R&D arm that is responsible for products like the Nike FuelBand, which is a favorite of Apple's executives.
Shaffer will most likely begin working on the rumored iWatch, but the latest rumors peg it to be released late next year after some engineering problems.
Google is about to roll out Glass demos across the United States, starting in Durham, North Carolina on October 5. The Google Glass demonstration events will show off the wearable device, with the general public invited to try it out.
The Mountain View-based giant will take questions to the Glass team, so get in and ask whatever you want when it comes to a town near you! Google is moving from Durham to other cities, but there is currently no schedule or what the second city will even be. Google should take to Google+ to announce the news, but if you want to get in on the Glass Durham event, you'll have to RSVP for it now to ensure you can go and try it out.