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Samsung's wearable headset would blast a keyboard onto your hand

One thing I don't like with my Google Glass is that I can't type using it without pulling my smartphone, but it looks like Samsung is working on a way around this for its own wearable device.

 

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According to Galaxy Club, which has unearthed a new patent filing from Samsung, the company has been experimenting with the idea of using its wearable device to blast out an augmented reality keyboard onto users' hands in order to type out messages. You can see from the image above that the patent sees the device blasting out the QWERTY keyboard onto users' hands, leaving thumbs free to type on the augmented reality keyboard.

 

While this looks good on paper - or, on screen - I personally don't think this would be practical in any form. It might be nice for other functions of Samsung's Glass-like device, but for typing? Keep on keeping on, Samsung.

A woman was assaulted and robbbed at a bar for wearing Google Glass

A woman in San Francisco made a complaint that she was assaulted by some Google Glass haters at Molotov bar. The situation escalated to a point where she was verbally and physically assaulted, then robbed.

 

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Sarah Slocum was flaunting her Google Glass to her friends while she was around the bar, when a few people didn't like seeing the wearable tech in their face. Slocum, who is a tech blogger said, "OMG so you'll never believe this but... I got verbally and physically assaulted and robbed last night in the city, had things thrown at me because some *** Google Glass haters."

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Japanese researchers testing 'Earclip-type wearable PC' prototype

Researchers in Japan have made an 'Earclip-type Wearable PC' which can be controlled by blinking or the 'click' of a tongue. Currently the prototype is being tested.

 

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The wireless device weighs 17 grams and is equipped with Bluetooth, GPS, Compass, Gyro-sensor, barometer, speaker and a microphone. What's being said by many commentators is that this device could be the 'next big thing' in wearable technology. The device uses a microchip and has data storage. The design of the Earclip PC was inspired from a traditional 'ikebana' flower setup. Kazuhiro Taniguchi of Hiroshima City University said,"We have made this with the basic idea that people will wear it in the same way they wear earrings."

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Freescale introduces MCU that is smaller than a golfball dimple

Freescale Semiconductor introduces the smallest ever ARM based microcontroller (MCU) they made for embedded devices for Internet of Things Market: Kinetsis KL03. The MCU is as smaller than a golf ball dimple.

 

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Rajeev Kumar, director of worldwide marketing and business development for Freescale's Microcontrollers business said,"When size is no longer a barrier to incorporating microcontrollers into edge node devices, we can start to redefine what's possible for the Internet of Things. We see the miniaturization of MCUs as a key driver of IoT evolution. With the groundbreaking form factors of the new Kinetis KL03, systems designers for edge node products now have the technology they need to develop entirely new product categories capable, quite literally, of changing the world."

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Was this the ill-fated Nexus Gem smartwatch from Google

Last year we heard lots of rumors and saw several leaks surrounding a Google Nexus-branded smartwatch, but nothing ever came to fruition and the Nexus smartwatch never appeared. Today website, Android Police, has posted leaked photos which are said to be of the ill-fated Nexus wearable, but I remain skeptical. If true this had to have been a very early prototype or proof-of-concept type thing and nothing near a finished Nexus product.

 

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The images depict a smartwatch that appears to be very bulky in design with a band that better fits a $10 Timex watch from the 90's rather than a ultra-modern intelligent wearable that one would expect from Google's Nexus division. The band does have one cool feature though in the form of a built-in USB data and charging port. Little clues are available to say for certain that these leaked images are the Nexus GEM though, and even the single image of the device powered on shows little useful information. Even the menu item "3 Bit Mode Apps" is useless as a deep Google search turns up nothing.

 

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We do know that Google and LG are working together to bring a Nexus smartwatch to the market, but this device is most certainly not it. It does somewhat resemble Motorola's ACTV sports watch though, and could be an early prototype of that device, or even a fresh prototype of the smartwatch it has confirmed its working on right now. Whatever the case, lets hope that the end result of both Google and Motorola's upcoming wearables are more refined this this as they have some stiff competition from LG and Samsung to contend with.

It's official, Motorola is planning to launch a smartwatch this year

MWC 2014 - During a panel discussion in Barcelona this week, Motorola senior vice president, Rick Osterloh, says that the company is planning on launching a new smartwatch later this year. The wearable device is said to address issues consumers have with current smartwatch models on the market and will improve on style and battery life. It is unknown what the smartwatch may look like, but we are willing to bet that Motorola will steer clear of its MotoACTV design that saw less than stellar sales since its launch.

 

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This news comes as a surprise, especially since the company is in the midst of a transition of ownership phase between Google and its new owners, Lenovo. From a business standpoint, the announcement does make some sense though as smartwatches and other wearable technology are at the forefront of consumer spending, a market which is dominated by LG, Pebble, and Samsung at the moment. Let's just hope that Motorola can pull it off this time under the leadership of Lenovo.

Snoop Dogg checks out Avegant Glyph Beta head-mounted display

When I started at TweakTown over three years ago, I never thought I'd type the words "Snoop Dogg" into a title, or body of any article I was writing... well, that day has come. It has come courtesy of Avegant, who took to Kickstarter to crowdfund its Glyph Beta.

 

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Glyph, is a new head-mounted display that is expected to be released in Q1 2015. Snoop Dogg, the uber famous rapper, has tried out Glyph, giving it his seal of approval. The display itself flips down from a headphone-like position, which is something Avegant calls a "virtual retinal display" which allows users to connect a bunch of different devices to it for instant video access.

 

The company were after $250,000 in funding, but ended up with over $1.5 million. Snoop Dogg saw the Avegant Glyph on CNN, and reached out to the company to test it out. He gave a shout out to Avegant, and the company's COO, Yobie Benjamin, on Twitter: "Shout out to my homie @yobie for showing me what everyone's going to jump on @Avegant - Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) February 20, 2014".

RumorTT: Google's smartwatch to be made by LG, will arrive this June

A new report from CNET is suggesting that LG has been chosen as the OEM to manufacturer the company's Nexus-branded smartwatch, and that the device will be unveiled at the Mountain View company's I/O conference in June. Furthermore, the report went on to state that Google will be unveiling more details on the device well before the conference kicks off to give developers time to create apps for the device.

 

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The decision to chose LG is no surprise at all as Google is quite pleased with the company's partnership with LG to manufacturer the Nexus 5 smartphone as well as its predecessor, the Nexus 4. The report says that just like it did with other Nexus devices, Google will head up all sales, marketing, and media on the device, leaving LG the task of making the hardware the best it can possibly be. The Nexus smartwatch will arrive just in time to rival Samsung's new Gear 2, Apples iWatch, and even HTC's upcoming wearable. Unfortunately, unless Google and LG make something amazing, I still do not see the smartwatch making it past the novelty stage in the market.

Sony will launch its new SmartBand fitness tracker next month

MWC 2014 - Sony unveiled two great looking devices today at MWC 2014, the Xperia Z2 smartphone and Xperia Z2 Tablet, but the fitness tracking market just saw an entry from the Japanese giant. Introducing the Sony SmartBand.

 

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Sony's SmartBand is powered by the company's new Core fitness tracker, which will come with a Lifelog app. Sony's new wearable will track your physical activity and movements throughout the day, but the Lifelog app is where things change. Sony's Lifelog app will save the places you visit, songs you've listened to, games you've played, books you've read, and much more.

 

This is referred to by Sony as the SmartWear Experience, with the SmartBand being the start of this new wearable journey for the company. The SmartBand is waterproof, is capable of measuring your sleep cycle, waking you up at the ideal time each morning, and will notify you of incoming calls, and activity coming in from social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

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Huawei enters the smartband market with the TalkBand B1

MWC 2014 - Huawei has taken the wraps off of its new smartband, the TalkBand B1. The Huawei TalkBand B1 features a 1.4-inch flexible OLED display that supports wireless calling.

 

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There's a removable earpiece inside of the TalkBan B1, which is why it is 14.6mm thick. It also has plenty of fitness tracking abilities, where it will record how many steps you've taken, how far you've traveled, and just how many calories you've burned. There's also a sleeping pattern monitor which will keep track of you snoozing away at night, as well as a smart alarm function which will wake you up at the right time.

 

NFC is featured for pairing, with the internal 90mAh battery good for around six days of use. There's no word on pricing, but the B1 will launch in China next month, with Japan, the Middle East, Russia and Western Europe having to wait until Q2 2014 to get their hands, or wrists, on the TalkBand B1.

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