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Jawbone announces new initiative to keep company's employees healthy

Jawbone wants to see the workplace become a health competition with its latest Up for Groups initiative, which is their latest ecosystem for its range of wearables.




Up for Groups will give employers a bunch of tools that can keep their staff motivated and reaching different fitness achievements, while using Up24 and Up Move trackers. Up for Groups has a slew of features like leaderboards, activity logs, and detailed performance ratings from group members.


Jawbone's ultimate goal is to have corporate health stretching outside of the normal 9-5, but it'll be up to the individual if they can pull through for their group.

Virtuix Omni final design shown off at CES 2015 after $2.7m investment

Virtuix is ready to show off the Virtuix Omni's final design at CES 2015 in January, with the company securing itself $2.7 million in investment funds.




The $2.7 million cash injection has perfect timing, as the company is ready to push its product into the commercial space. Virtuix is currently preparing the shipment of Omni units to its Kickstarter backers, as well as the full commercial launch. But first, they'll be showing off the final design of the Virtuix Omni at CES 2015 in Las Vegas, in the first week of January, just weeks away.


In February 2013, the company took in over $1.1 million from Kickstarter for the Virtuix Omni, and since then the company has been right on the edge of VR development. Virtuix CEO Jan Goetgeluk said: "Virtuix's mission is to take virtual reality beyond the chair. The Omni transforms VR into an active experience. These funds ensure that we can accelerate development of that mission beyond our upcoming commercial launch".

Intel learning from past mistakes, heavily promoting wearables

Hardware maker Intel hesitated as smartphones and tablets became popular, making it extremely difficult for the company to compete with competitors. However, the company appears to be learning from its mistakes and is working diligently to create new opportunities in the growing wearables market.




In addition to internal hardware development, Intel also has purchased smaller companies and created new partnerships as the industry advances. The Silicon Valley company will continue to manufacture new chips and sensors, and wants to help the Internet of Things (IoT) market develop - further accelerating the growth of wearable devices.


"It hasn't come to fruition as much as the hype would suggest, but we really think something's there," said Mike Bell, Intel's New Devices group leader. "Most people don't want to have a square screen that uses this technology."

US consumers embracing wearable tech, while Europeans shrug

It appears 2015 could be a breakout year for wearable technology in the United States, as consumers are increasingly interested in purchasing - and wearing - different devices, according to the Forrester Research analyst group. The Apple Watch is expected to have at least 10 million users in 2015, and the overall wearable market should triple.




During the survey, 45 percent of Americans have shown interest in wearables, while only 32 percent of Europeans believe they will purchase a wearable device.


"The wearable market will take off as brands, retailers, sports stadiums, healthcare companies, and others develop new business models to take advantage of wearables," said JP Gownder, Forrester Research analyst and the report's author, noted.

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The Sundance Film Festival features nine VR movies

VR movies are coming, whether you like it or not, but they might be making a splash much sooner than most thought. The Sundance Film Festival has teased that nine of the 13 'New Frontier' art installations at its upcoming event next year will be using VR technology.



One of which is Perspective; Chapter 1: The Party, which gives you a very personal look at the trauma of a social encounter from both perspectives, while another one dubbed 'Kaiju Fury' throws you right into the heat of a battle between monsters who try to destroy an entire city. There are other projects will want to immerse you even further, pulling your emotional strings, such as Project Syria.


Project Syria recreates the scenes from the country, currently in turmoil, where you can explore them all on your own terms.

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New Google Glass patents reveal four new slim designs

The initial Google Glass model was loved by all for its functionality and refreshing new take on mobile computing, but many also complained about the clunky design and poor battery life. The original version was more of a proof-of-concept design than anything, and technological advances are already in the works. The slim new design eliminates most of the sidebar and the box that hangs behind the ear.




Recent Google Glass patent applications reveal some of the new changes. News that Intel is going to power the next revisions of Google Glass came about last week, and this will provide Google the flexibility to address the bulky hardware. There is no word if there will be more storage capacity, but new 3D NAND designs could provide amazing density as well. A new processor and chipset will enable better battery life and much smaller designs. The original hardware was based off of a 2011 mobile processor that wasn't the best fit for slim applications. Other new designs (pictured below) break the mold entirely and utilize very tiny components.

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Oculus Rift + STEM + StrikerVR = gaming nirvana

There's just some things you need to use in order to understand, and I think the Oculus Rift is one of them. More so, the STEM system from Sixense is another, and so is the StrikerVR gun. OK, I'm done - just watch the video below.



Yeah, that's some next-gen gaming right there. A physical gun you hold in the real-world which has actual recoil, while the STEM is tracking all of its movements in real-time, while you're receiving everything visual through the VR world of the Oculus Rift. Sign. Me. Up. Also, give me Half-Life 3.

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Pres. Obama wants millions for police body cameras, training efforts

President Obama hopes for Congressional approval on funding for police body cameras and training how to use the devices, offering $75 million over three years while matching state funding. If approved, this would provide upwards of 50,000 body cameras on police officers across the country, with local and state lawmakers also showing increased interest in this wearable technology.




The overall initiative is worth $263 million after training is included, White House officials told reporters. The White House is holding a number of meetings between the government, law enforcement representatives and civil rights leaders - with officer body cameras expected to be discussed.


Despite increased interest in officer body cameras, there are still certain concerns from all sides regarding the technology. Privacy experts are worried that officers won't disclose they are recording, with added certain that officers could simply forget to turn on the devices while on patrol.

Intel to power next revision of Google Glass

Google Glass has revolutionized interaction with wearable computing devices, and many expect it to be the model for the future of wearable computing devices. The Google Glass concept is extraordinary, but the underlying technology has been a bit of a disappointment. The current models are based on the Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 processor, which is outdated to say the least. The processor first made its debut in the Motorola DROID RAZR back in 2011, and Texas Instruments has since vacated the mobile processor market. The old technology provided Google with a solid base of proven hardware, but falls short in computing power and battery life.




Industry insiders are reporting that Intel processors will power the next revision of Google Glass. Utilizing Intel's mobile processors will provide more computing power and better battery life, along with bringing in x86 functionality. More computing power will speed the interface and allow developers to create powerful apps that are in line with expectations for mobile devices. Current Google Glass models are also a bit bulky, and an updated processor and chipset will enable Google to significantly reduce the size and weight of the device.

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Cicret Smart Bracelet brings a tablet to your skin

The mobile market is not immune to trends and fads, and sometimes they can run counter to established norms. At first users wanted the smallest phone on the market. In the prehistoric pre-smartphone era some phones were so small they were almost impossible to dial. Smartphones changed that trend, and initial small versions have given way to phablets. Once again, bigger has become better. Cicret looks to solve the problem for us all with the largest useable screen packed into the smallest device possible. It seems a bit counter-intuitive, but the design is genius.




The Cicret Smart Bracelet debuted on Indiegogo and just finished its round of funding. The Smart Bracelet looks like a simple bracelet but has an embedded memory card, processor, accelerometer, vibrator, USB port, Bluetooth functionality, and Wi-Fi. The most important components consist of a pico-projector and an array of 8 proximity sensors. The projector beams the screen down onto the users forearm, and the proximity sensors track fingers to allow device interaction. The video below is simply amazing.

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