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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.

This new ad for the Galaxy Gear will stop you from wanting one

I'm not much of a fan of smartwatches just yet, sure they look cool, but outside of that, I don't see them changing my day-to-day life. Well, Samsung has just released a new ad for its Galaxy Gear, which you can watch below - but be warned - it's bad.

 

 

I don't know what Samsung was thinking when it approved that ad, it's just so very bad. I wanted it to end within seconds. I don't see how this is going to sell any Galaxy Gear smartwatches, if anything, it'll make people stop and think twice about beginning to even consider purchasing one. What do you think?

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Gartner: Wearable electronics to be huge at CES 2014

Wearable technology continues to advance at a rapid pace, and will be a major draw card during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014 next month in Las Vegas, according to research firm Gartner.

 

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The wearable technology market grew from 3% in 2012, to 13% this year, and should increase even further as consumers and businesses become more familiar with the technology. Devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Gear, Sony Smartwatch 2, and other smart watches will gain a bigger following - but the fitness sector should boost the market in the coming years.

 

In fact, the fitness and personal health wearable technologies should reach $1.6 billion in 2014, but will rise to $5 billion in 2016. Specifically, CES will show off enhanced athletic shirts with sensors to better track the person's heart rate, respiration, and other vital sighs. Building consumer engagement and educating potential customers about the benefits of these types of devices moving forward.

Latest Oculus Rift prototype has a latency of just 10-20ms

We know that there's a new Rift prototype to be unveiled at CES 2014 in just a few weeks, with the new VR headset having a reduced latency of between 10-20ms, down from the original developer kit, which has a latency of 60-70ms.

 

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Better yet, is that Oculus CEO, Brendan Iribe, spoke with VentureBeat, where he talked about the latency: "When you put it on - the latest internal prototype, which is what Marc Andreessen and his team saw - it's a completely different experience from the previous versions. The latest one finally ties it all together. There's this switch in your head. Your brain, instead of feeling like you're looking through a VR headset, suddenly feels like you're just looking through a pair of glasses into another reality. It's much more comfortable."

 

He added: "We got our developer kits - the prototype that you saw way back when, at the last CES - running at about 60 to 70 milliseconds. Our most recent internal prototype is now between 10 and 20 milliseconds. Less than 20 [milliseconds] flips the switch and you cross that threshold where the brain feels comfortable with it. You're not reminded you're looking at a computer device."

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Google Glass updated, includes proper Hangouts support and more

Just before the holidays, Google has pushed out a new upgrade to its Glass platform, the December update, or XE12. The new update is available for Glass Explorers, just in time to take pictures from their point of view, of their Christmas dinners. The best updates seem to be the improved iOS support, Hangouts support, and the winking, which is going to have ladies across the world swooning. The full list of updates is below:

 

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iOS app - as we noted earlier, XE12 brings along better support for iOS. Expect an update in iTunes later in the week.

Google Play Music support has been enhanced, and the new Listen menu will let you browse playlists and open radio stations if your an All Access subscriber.

Screen lock - set a screen lock from the settings menu and anytime you deactivate Glass or take them off (if you've set-up on-head detection) the screen lock will activate.

Hangouts Glassware - now you can send and receive chats, photos and make video calls with any Hangouts contact.

YouTube Glassware - share your videos to YouTube, with support for private and public uploads.

Wink - Explorers with a new model Glass (purchased or swapped after October 28th) can now take pictures via blinking. This works with the display off, and seeing the privacy outrage over this feature should make for loads of fun.

New Google Search features - searching for how far you are from a place or how many calories are in a food is now supported.

Removed Signature from Messages - no longer will your SMS messages say Sent Through Glass. Email will, though.

Removal of Guest Mode - maintaining Guest Mode was too much strain on the programmers, says Google. It is no more. Google recommends using a "demo Google Account."

 

So, now Glass users can take pictures just by blinking? Imagine being at a bar, and taking a picture of something near a woman... you're constantly blinking (or winking), this is going to end up with some incredible stories, and a few smashed Glass devices.

Pebble feels festive, donates 4,000 Pebble smartwatches

Pebble has just announced its new project, the Pebble Education Project, where it donated some 4,000 Pebble smartwatches to CS and engineering students at CMU, Stanford, MIT, Virginia Tech and other tech schools across the United States.

 

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The estimated cost to Pebble is around $600,000, but giving out its smartwatches to tech-based schools is only going to result in returned business for the smartwatch maker. Thousands of applications for the Pebble have been received, with the new SDK being unleashed, it should be good times ahead for the Pebble smartwatch.

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