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Sony isn't letting it's competitors have all the glory in pre-IFA announcements, with the Japanese giant announcing its latest refreshed head-mounted display, the HMZ-T3.
Sony's HMZ-T3 is its third iteration of the wearable device, with some very nice improvements to be had. The company has improved the clarity of the dual OLED displays through both lens and software adjustments, but the same 1280x720 resolution stays the same unfortunately. There's a bigger viewing sweet spot and multiple new specialized screen options for both gaming and movie watching.
One of the better features introduced with the HMZ-T3 is the ability to plug in an Android device through micro-HDMI/MHL. The HMZ-T3 has ports for both full-sized and micro-HDMI cables, which is an great new feature going into the future.
We're just days away from Samsung unleashing its Galaxy Gear smartwatch to the world at IFA, but Venture Beat has had a quick look at the upcoming Galaxy Gear smartwatch ahead of the ev ent.
One of VB's sources showed them a prototype of the Galaxy Gear, a prototype which was sent to developers and a few close partners of Samsung. Keep in mind that because this is a prototype, and Samsung of course has high levels of security around its smartwatch, that this won't be the final design of the Galaxy Gear, but it'll be awfully close.
Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch is part smart device, part fashion accessory, part camera and a health monitor. It features Bluetooth that will connect with all of Samsung's Galaxy S family of devices, but we might see it capable of connecting with all Android-based devices too. The Galaxy Gear also features Wi-Fi, allowing it to connect to the Internet and check your e-mail.
An Ohio-based surgeon has used Google Glass to live stream a knee surgery to his colleagues, a great demonstration on how the wearable device would change the medical world as we know it.
Dr. Christopher Kaeding, a surgeon at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, was performing knee surgery on a 47-year-old patient's injured knee ligament using Glass. Kaeding wore Google Glass during his procedure in order to show his live point-of-view to people at a remote location. His colleagues and several medical students watched the surgery, live, and from Kaeding's point-of-view from different locations within Columbus, Ohio.
Kaeding said in a news release: "To be honest, once we got into the surgery, I often forgot the device was there. It just seemed very intuitive and fit seamlessly." Glass' potential for the medical world goes far beyond the operating theater, as it can be used for remote observation and collaboration with colleagues anywhere in the world.
Google acquired smartwatch maker WIMM Labs back in 2011, who is working with the company on a new smartwatch. WIMM Labs released the WIMM One smartwatch a few years ago that ran a modified version of Android, so this could be the future for Google's smartwatch.
The WIMM One featured its own micro app store, that included apps such as a calculator, compass, photo gallery and an app that treated the smartwatch like a remote control for your Android device. Twelve months ago, WIMM Labs stopped sales of its WIMM One smartwatch, deleted its Twitter account and posted the following note on its website:|
During the summer of 2012, WIMM Labs entered into an exclusive, confidential relationship for our technology and ceased sales of the Developer Preview Kit.
We of course know that this is because Google scooped the company up, now we just have to wait for the Mountain View-based giant to show its hand, pun intended.
PAX PRIME 2013 - Oculus Rift has been garnering much attention and widespread support from the media and general public alike. At PAX Prime, the Oculus VR booth was being mobbed by attendees, much like what happened at Game Developers Conference back in March and at E3 back in June.
As you can see, the booth is completely wrapped by attendees waiting to try out the new HD version of the Oculus Rift. Our very own Anthony Garreffa tried out the HD Rift at PAX AU and fell in love. He went home and ordered the dev kit. A little later, we'll have an article about the next piece of virtual reality technology.
Earlier this morning I covered a new leak that showed off the Android app that is said to control Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Now, additional details of leaked surrounding the device's hardware, and what kind of battery life users can expect to see. This morning GigaOm is reporting that the galaxy gear will have up to 10 hours of battery life.
Additionally the smartwatch is said to feature a 320 x 320 pixel, 2.5-inch OLED display alongside 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. Rumors are also circling that the Galaxy Gear will feature a 4-megapixel camera that is capable of shooting 720p video. Finally the Gear will run a version of Android 4.2 and as we saw earlier will pair with other Galaxy devices using near field communication (NFC). The gear will launch next week on September 4th at the IFA trade show in Berlin Germany.
The rumors surrounding Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Gear smartwatch have been numerous and frequent over the last couple weeks, and today, Samsung's vice president of mobile business, Lee Young-hee, sat down with the Korea Times to debunk one of those rumors.
Young-hee confirmed that Samsung would be launching the Galaxy Gear at the IFA trade show in Berlin, Germany, on September 4 at Samsung's UnPacked event. "We will be introducing a new wearable concept device called Galaxy Gear at our own event in Berlin on September 4," she said. Unfortunately, she also confirmed that the Galaxy Gear smartwatch would not feature a flexible LCD like earlier patent applications have shown.
"The Gear won't have a flexible display," she said, but added that Samsung has "intellectual properties for patents related to the next wearable devices. Those are concepts for future products." She finished off the interview by saying that the Galaxy Gear will be a paired device, and "The new device will enhance and enrich the current smart mobile experience in many ways," she said. "It will lead a new trend in smart mobile communications."
Someone has used Oculus VR's Rift headset in quite an amazing way, hoisting themselves on a device, slapping on Oculus Rift and then skydiving using the SkyDIEving Tech Demo, as you can see below.
It looks like some awesome fun, and you can see he actually moves his hands around his head as he's 'falling' through the 'rock.' The next time I see this, I want to see something similar, but with a $50 million budget and in the world of Superman. Give me a real-world, Oculus Rift-capable Man of Steel game and I'll pay anything you want.
My wallet is already hitting the screen and nothing, absolutely nothing is happening.
Omate has just popped up onto the tech industry radar with TrueSmart, which is a "truly standalone water-resistant smartwatch." Omate has taken to Kickstarter to fund the wearable device, which is capable of working independently from your smartphone, as it features 3G capabilities, as well as voice and gesture controls.
The biggest ticket is that the TrueSmart smartwatch is water-resistant, which is perfect for those who would be in the rain, or would wear the watch in the shower for example. It has more functions than most smartwatches, such as a watch, phone, camera, GPS, notifications, Android apps, LBS tracker, SOS device, monitoring and much more.
The Omate SmartWatch will cost around $179 by the looks of its Kickstarter page, and required a goal of $100,000 worth of funding. They've smashed through this with 1,123 backers at the time of writing, and $218,477 in funding so far with a huge 28 days to go.
In a little over two weeks from now, Samsung will unveil its Galaxy Gear smartwatch at its Unpacked event being held at the IFA 2013 conference in Berlin, Germany. Today, thanks to website GigaOm, we now have an idea of what hardware the Galaxy Gear will feature.
The report states that Samsung has managed to cram a 2.5-inch flexible OLED screen, a dual-core processor, and an unknown amount of RAM into the small wrist package. The report says that "decent" battery life can be expected from a lithium-based battery and that a camera alongside speakers will be embedded into the device's wrist strap. Other sensors rumored to be on board include an accelerometer, a gyroscope, Bluetooth 4.0, and some form of gesture support.
The report went on to say that Samsung will offer incentives to developers to offer apps for the smart watch through its proprietary app store rather than posting them on Google Play. Over the last few weeks, I've done a lot of thinking about smart watches, and while I feel that there definitely cool, I honestly see them as a passing fad. By this time next year or the year after, I suspect we will look back and wonder why we all spent so much money on smart watches.