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CES 2015 - GUESS Watches announced the launch of the GUESS Connect, a smartwatch that supports hands-free and eyes-free notifications directly from a mobile device to the device.
Based on Martian technology, the smartwatch has a microphone and audio speaker, and supports a voice command app so wearers can issue voice commands, talk, listen, and respond to text messages from the watch. Google Android and Apple iOS mobile users will be able to modify which alerts are sent to the smartwatch, with vibration patterns alerting them to received messages, emails, text messages, and other data.
"The GUESS Connect Smartwatch, powered by Martian, represents one of the first true marriages of a fashion watch powerhouse and a wireless technology innovator," said Cindy Livingston, president and CEO of Sequel/GUESS Watches, in a press statement. "We are thrilled to move in this direction with a proven technology innovator to create smart, GUESS designs."
CES 2015 - GPS product company Gartner has unveiled the vivofit 2 activity tracker, a smart device that has one year of battery life and can be worn 24/7. The wearable also includes interchangeable stylish bands that gives owners extra fashion flexibility.
The device tracks progress all day and includes audible alerts that remind users when they need to get up and moving.
The Garmin vivofit 2 has a $129.99 MSRP and $169.99 with a heart hate monitor strap.
CES 2015 - At the Samsung CES 2015 press conference, teh South Korean giant reiterated the important of the latest emerging technology VR. Samsung of course has its Galaxy Note 4-powered Gear VR headset that it worked with Oculus VR on, but there's also Milk VR.
Milk VR is Samsung's VR content delivery service, where there will be new apps, games and content every week. The company announced today at CES 2015 in Las Vegas that it was partnering up with many different companies, such as Boiler Room, Matador, Mountain Dew, NBA and Red Bull Media House.
CES 2015 - Tracking device company Trackimo officially launched in North America during the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), with the company promoting its small, affordable and feature-rich tracking devices in Las Vegas.
The company is showing off the Trackimo Universal, a compact, lightweight device that measures just 45mm x 18mm x 40mm. The device can be quickly attached to backpacks, bikes, luggage, and similar products - and can be hardwired directly into a vehicle.
"We're very excited to be part of the Trackimo Worldwide team and to be launching Trackimo into the North American market," said Jim Prandine, VP of sales of Trackimo North America. "Trackimo Universal covers dozens of applications in various channels, and our new upcoming products will broaden consumer demand even further."
Smartwatch manufacturer nevo has announced the nevo solar, the world's first solar powered analog smartwatch for the consumer market. Even with frequent use, nevo partnered with Sunpartner Technologies, utilizing the Wysips solution to help generate electricity through exposure to light.
The nevo solar will be released in August 2015, but no pricing details were made available.
"When we developed nevo we made battery life a top priority," said Sebastien Druven, co-founder and CEO of nevo. "Our standard dual battery system and low-consumption technology freed users from the inconvenience of nightly charging and now we're taking that concept to its ultimate conclusion - solar power. With nevo solar we capture the unlimited power of light. Our users will never have to worry about charging."
Fitness wearables grabbed the most attention in 2014, as prices dropped and consumers became more familiar with the technology. As the transition to medical wearables becomes more common, tracking healthcare on a more frequent basis will give healthcare providers better ability to diagnose potential medical problems.
About one-fourth of the total US population, roughly 80 million people, are Baby Boomers and the first wave will begin turning 70 years old in 2016. Life expectancy continues to climb, so additional collected health data collected by wearables should prove valuable to doctors.
"The wearables market is starting to see technology that produces richer and more precise user data than ever before," said Sonia Sousa, CEO of Kenzen, in a statement to InformationWeek. "The problem we're seeing is that most fitness trackers are offering a flat world of data, without much insight beyond what an accelerometer can capture."
The wearable market is showing signs of maturation as companies look to pack additional hardware into devices that can be paired to smartphones and tablets. Expect a higher demand for high fashion wearable devices, with increased focus on dropping prices in the interest of creating new interest in fashionable products.
The looming release of the Apple Watch later this year is expected to create new interest in wearables, and remains one of the most highly anticipated devices of 2015.
"There will be a greater pull for highly functioning - yet aesthetically beautiful - wearables that enable a deeper connection to ourselves, our environment, and each other," said Ariel Garten, co-founder and CEO of brain sensing headband company InteraXon, in a press statement. "Well-designed brain sensors will markedly disrupt the field of wearable technology by democratizing access to inner workings of the brain and behavior, allowing people to do more with their mind than they ever thought possible."
Ralph Osterhout was responsible for creating underwater vehicles featured in two James Bond films, he's developed smaller and cheaper night vision goggles for the military, he has invented many children's toys throughout the 90's (Yak Bak, TalkBoy and Power Penz) and is now working with his company, Osterhout Design Group. on a Google Glass competitor - the ODC Smart Glasses.
Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chip, these glasses are described as "basically a full Android Tablet you can wear on your head", giving users a transparent heads-up display instead of a touchable surface. The screen is quoted to feel like a 55-inch 3D floating screen floating eight feet in front of your eyes, provided by two 720p micro displays.
Intel has given Vuzix a $24.8 million investment, as the hardware manufacturer wants to help Vuzix possibly create fashion-based wearable glasses. Vuzix will use the Intel cash investment to accelerate fashion-based wearable display products directly to the consumer market, as Google Glass seemingly fell flat.
Intel missed the boat on smartphones and tablets, but is interested in making sure it has a major presence in the wearables market. The Silicon Valley company has already created a partnership with Opening Ceremony to create a wearable smart bracelet, catering to a higher-end market.
Meanwhile, Vuzix has had success in wearable development - and the enterprise market seems most appealing to manufacturers - but with Google Glass unable to appeal to most consumers, Vuzix has a unique opportunity to use Intel's investment to invade the market.
CES 2015 - FitLinxx has taken its AMpStrip fitness wearable for athletes to Indiegogo, trying to raise funds for the wearable device. Financial support on Indiegogo ranges from $25 up to $10,000, with different level of support based on monetary contributions.
The waterproof, sensor-filled device is able to monitor heart rate, respiration, skin temperature and posture around the clock, able to stick to the wearer's torso.
"This is our first foray into direct-to-consumer products and we want to do it right," said Dave Monahan, president and CEO of FitLinxx. "We're excited to share our product on Indiegogo and get feedback from athletes. We know having them as part of our AmpStrip team will make our product that much better."