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GTA IV with Oculus Rift and the Cyberith Virtualizer is next-gen

Here I am thinking my Oculus Rift is all I need, but then I see this new Cyberith Virtualizer playing Grand Theft Auto IV in virtual reality, mixed with the Nintendo Wii remote, and I'm getting excited about the true, next generation of gaming.

 

 

You need to see the video to understand what is being done, but in a written nutshell, Cybertith's Virtualizer is similar to that of the Virtuix Omni, where it's a treadmill you stand on, and then you walk 'in' the game. Oculus Rift is used for the visual side of things, and the Wii remote from Nintendo is used for the motion controls.

 

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It's not super slick yet, but if this is just what a team of programmers and gamers can do - imagine what we'll have in a few years time. Next-gen consoles with the same controllers we've used - but an evolution of them - is not exciting. Virtual reality, and this type of tech from Cyberith, is incredibly exciting for both the technology and gaming worlds.

Google begin inviting more Google Glass Explorers

Google is sending out more invites, which will see more users walking around with Google Glass Explorer Edition devices, making me more and more jealous as the days go by. Google has invited many more people, with the following message being sent around:

 

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Hi there

 

When you asked us how to get Glass on this site, we told you there would be more chances to join the Explorer Program...someday. Well, today's the day.

 

The sneak peek of the Glass Developer Kit (GDK) is available now, making it possible to build new and innovative kinds of Glassware. We're now inviting you, as a developer, to purchase Glass, become an Explorer, and join us in taking the next step in developing for Glass.

 

Click on the purchase code below to begin your adventures with Glass.

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ZTE to unleash a cheap smartwatch mid next year

ZTE's marketing boss has confirmed the Chinese company will release its own smartphone mid next year, but the details on this wearable device are non-existent, unfortunately.

 

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One big point we do know is: that it will be much cheaper than the smartwatches on the market now, like Samsung's Galaxy Gear. The device will be aimed at the mainstream market, and will begin by only working with ZTE handsets, a nail in its unreleased coffin. But, to keep it fair, Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch is limited to just a few of Samsung's handsets, but for a smaller company to come in and try to make waves in the smartwatch market, I would make it work with all devices.

 

ZTE is also working on other wearable devices, such as a augmented reality device, like Google Glass. It should be an interesting year for wearable devices next year.

LG set to take on Google Glass with new "Glasstic" trademark filing

When Google Glass was first announced, everyone knew that in some form or another it would change the mobile world. We also knew that Google would not stand alone for long in the intelligent glasses world, and today it appears that LG will be joining the search giant on the Glass frontier.

 

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Today a recent trademark filing by LG came to light, and it appears that the Korean company has filed to protect the "Glasstic" product name. This trademark plays well into a recently discovered patent filing from LG that depicts a glasses style wearable computer. While little is known about the device, we can assume that it will be very similar to Google Glass and could arrive much sooner than Samsung and Microsoft's rumored smartglasses projects.

Samsung claims 800,000 Galaxy Gear smartwatches sold in past 2 months

This morning Samsung released sales numbers on its Galaxy Gear smartwatch and the numbers are a bit impressive for a device that has seen a not so favorable welcome. Samsung says that it is managed to sell more than 800,000 Galaxy Gear units in the short two months that the device has been for sale.

 

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In a statement, Samsung said "It's the most sold wearable watch available in the marketplace...and we plan to expand its availability by expanding mobile devices that work with the Gear." Several industry analyst including former New York Times tech reviewer David Pogue said the figures released today are "inconsistent and frustrating," and that sales figures should actually be in the 50,000 range. These claims are based on earlier media reports that suggest as much as 30-percent of the devices were returned to Best Buy due to unsatisfied customers.

Qualcomm will release its Toq smartwatch for sale on December 2nd

2013 has undoubtedly been the year for wearable technology as many of the major players in the industry have released smart devices including fitness tracking bands and smartwatches. While many of these products feature a Qualcomm processor or other technology, it appears that the mobile processing giant will be releasing its own smartwatch in just a few weeks.

 

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Dubbed the Toq, the new device from Qualcomm features an ultra-low power Mirasol display that is designed to give the device a exceptionally long battery life despite the fact that its display is always-on. Qualcomm says that the inclusion of this display will enable the device to have "multiple days of battery life" and will be brightly visible in even the brightest of sunlight.

 

The Qualcomm Toq will connect to smartphones via Bluetooth 4.0 and will display call information as well as text messages and calendar alerts. Additional apps for weather, stock tickers, and music playback will be featured for download as well. Qualcomm will bundle a pair of wireless earphones with the device as well that will showcase the companys WiPower LE wireless charging technology. The watch will also be charged using this technology as well. The Toq will release on December 2nd and will retail for $350.

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Analyst: Apple's iWatch to arrive in two different sizes

It looks like Apple's iWatch could arrive in two separate sizes, at 1.3 and 1.7 inches. The former will be aimed at women, with the latter being aimed at men. The news is coming from NPD DisplaySearch analyst, David Hsieh.

 

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The Korea Herald reports: "Apple's wearable iWatch is expected to come with a 1.7-inch OLED display for men's watches and a 1.3-inch OLED screen for women, David Hsieh, DisplaySearch's Vice President of the Greater China Market, said at a conference today in Taiwan, citing Apple sources. It is yet to be confirmed whether the displays will be flexible but sources said it was a possibility, since Apple will want to upstage Samsung's Galaxy Gear."

 

Will you be waiting in line for the iWatch? I think Apple needs to really pull a rabbit out of its hat with its wearable computing, as it will be competing with Google Glass next year.

Zepp 3D sports motion sensor will be available on Nov 19 for $150

Zepp's 3D motion sensor helps you get better at golf, baseball, or tennis. The Zepp sensor will probably be pretty useful for people that take their training seriously. The device can attach to a racket, bat or a glove and will collect data from the swings you take and show you on your smartphone through Bluetooth.

 

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Zepp can tell you stuff like the speed and power, angles, hip rotation from your swings, and even your shot type for tennis. Zepp's 3D motion sensors are now available from zepp for $150 or from Apple and Verizon on the 19th. The device comes with the sensor, app, and the mount.

The Jawbone Up24 wireless fitness tracker is now available for $150

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.

 

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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 to host two-day hackathon based around Glass

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.

 

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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.

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