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Intel unveils Jarvis, a speech-driven virtual assistant

CES 2014 - Intel's freshly appointed CEO, Brian Krzanich, took the stage at the chip maker's keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 in Las Vegas to unveil a slew of new smart devices.

 

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One of which is dubbed Jarvis, which reminds me of Tony Stark's AI in Iron Man - also named Jarvis, which is a Siri-like, voice-controlled virtual assistant. Instead of cramming the virtual assistant into a smartphone or tablet, it has done so within an earpiece. Jarvis can be paired to a smartphone app, where it can then remotely interact with your device.

 

From Jarvis, you can get directions, look up restaurants or stores, or many of the other commands and applications that Google Now is capable of - which is a lot. Intel's Jarvis is only in the reference design stage right now, so we should expect some vast changes between now and when we can install them into our own ears.

Oculus VR founder invited to the White House's "We the Geeks" event

CES 2014 - Last year when I met with Oculus VR here in Australia at PAX AU, I walked away knowing that the future of VR was in good hands. Now, the creator of Oculus Rift, Palmer Luckey, has been invited to the White House's We the Geeks: Future of Computing event.

 

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Luckey isn't the only big name going, as we'll also see Mark Papermaster, who is the Chief Technology Officer at AMD, Alex Hawkinson, the CEO of SmartThings, Alex Kipman from the Microsoft Kinect team, and Wil Wheaton, who starred on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and has a kick ass role on The Big Bang Theory, too. The event takes place on January 8, where a bunch of the in-people of tech will be there to talk about the following points of discussion:

 

  • What new computing advancements might we see in the next few years? What about 10-15 years from now?
  • What are the technological breakthroughs that need to happen to get there?
  • And finally, what might be the impact of the ever growing intelligent connection of people, processes, data and things?

Garmin joins fitness band market with Vivofit, and its curved display

GPS company Garmin entered the fitness band market by announcing the Vivofit fitness band able to easily track and share fitness data. The LCD shows time of day, number of steps, daily fitness goal, goal countdown clock, calories burned, and elapsed distance, which can be accessed with a button located below the display.

 

Garmin plans to release Vivofit sometime by the end of March, with a $129.99 MSRP with no heart rate strap - or $169.99 with a heart rate strap. The Vivofit will learn the owner's activity level and can automatically assign realistic daily exercise goals, making it even easier for users to track health. The wearable band can be worn 24/7 and only needs the battery changed after around one year of continued use.

 

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Garmin has been a longtime leader in exercise and outdoors GPS accessories, but the company didn't want to be left behind in a potentially lucrative casual fitness market.

Pebble intros the new Pebble Steel, an all-steel smartwatch

CES 2014 - Pebble has just unveiled an all-new smartwatch in the Pebble Steel, which is made completely from stainless steel, and a CNC-machined body, and boy does it look slick.

 

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The new Pebble Steel smartwatch is priced at $250, and will be available with its predecessor on January 28th, with pre-orders open today. The new Pebble Steel is a much nicer looking smartwatch, with some marine-grade premium steel helping it look beautiful. We have Corning's Gorilla Glas technology on the face, which should keep most small scratches at bay.

 

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On the side of it, we have tactile metal buttons, a magnetic charging port on the right hand side, and a choice between both leather and metal bands. The Pebble Steel also has a new RGB LED ligiht which will indicate the charge state, but this is open to developers with the SDK.

Notch, a motion tracker that captures all body movement

CES 2014 - Not to be confused with the guy who created Minecraft, but Notch is a new motion tracker that takes motion tracking to an entire new level.

 

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Every single sensor in Notch collects accelerometer data, with 10 sensors pushing back the data to a user's smartphone at all times. The data collected is enough to allow skeletal tracking, as well as a much more detailed analysis on how your body is moving. Walking isn't a problem, but for physical movements like swinging a tennis racket, or a fly-kick, it will offer much more data into how the mechanics of the body are at that particular time.

 

Stepan Boltalin, CEO and co-founder calls it "symbolic muscle memory", which is a way of quantifying the motion of the body in a way that most professional athletes only know by physical feel. Boltalin explains: "Martial artists want to know the height of the kick, the amplitude, all of that."

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Oculus confirms new Rift developer kit being shown off at CES 2014

CES 2014 - Tom Forsyth, ex-Valve software engineer, joined Oculus VR in May last year, where he is now working as a software architect for Oculus VR's virtual reality headset, Rift.

 

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Forsyth has just announced via Twitter that "we're showing the latest Rift kit at CES. Should be pretty interesting. I'm looking forward to the feedback". We should expect the new HD Prototype, which includes a 1920x1080-pixel display inside the Rift. The new Rift prototype should have its latency reduced, down from 60-70ms to just 10-20ms.

RumorTT: Samsung to unveil next-gen Galaxy Gear at CES 2014

CES 2014 - If Samsung Mobile UK's Twitter is anything to go by, we should expect the South Korean giant to unveil the next-gen Galaxy Gear smartwatch any day soon. The tweet gives no exact details, but it does tease the new Galaxy Gear.

 

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With CES 2014 right around the corner, it would be a perfect time to unveil a new smartwatch. We could even see an unveiling, with a full launch across the world with the upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone.

SteelSeries working with Tobii on eye-tracking hardware

It looks like another "future of gaming" is about to be unveiled, with SteelSeries teaming up with Tobii on some impressive eye-tracking technology, which also makes the AI enemies in a game harder.

 

 

With the technology tracking your eye, Tobii describes it as "passive gaze triggers" that would let you pick up an in-game item, or begin talking to a character in the game. These actions normally require a button press. Tobii has the hardware up for pre-order, with EyeX Engine dev kit available for $95.

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LeakedTT: LG's upcoming Lifeband Touch fitness tracker spotted

Last year LG unveiled a wearable fitness tracker dubbed the Smart Activity Tracker, but the exercise band never made it past the CES showroom floor. Today it appears that LG took that design back to the drawing board and is prepping an all new fitness tracker for 2014.

 

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Today everyone's favorite leakster @evleaks has unveiled a new wearable activity tracker called the Lifeband Touch, which is strikingly similar to the device shown off last year at CES. While LG has denied rumors that it is developing heath and wellness wearables, no one can deny that this rendering looks quite legit! With CES 2014 only a week away, we may see the device launched earlier than anyone expected!

Samsung to skip the smartwatch? Move to the Galaxy Band fitness band

After the truly ridiculous train wreck of an ad for the Galaxy Gear, which you can watch below, it looks like Samsung could change its tune and release a fitness tracking band known as the Galaxy Band.

 

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The South Korean-based giant released its Galaxy Gear smartwatch earlier this year to lackluster reviews from critics and consumers, announcing a successor to it very shortly after it hit wrists across the world. It was a preemptive move from the company, something that has hurt its image to consumers in the smartwatch space.

 

Korean language site Digital News Daily has said that Samsung is going to strike the fitness tracking band market next with the Galaxy Band. Samsung's Galaxy Band would be similar to that of the Jawbone UP and Nike's FuelBand, but would be compatible with its S Health application that is available on the Galaxy S4.

 

We should know more once Mobile World Congress 2014 rolls around, which kicks off in February 2014.

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