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Samsung is already here with its Galaxy Gear smartwatch, and preparations for its successor, with Apple still waiting in the wings with its own iWatch. But, we have a new research note from Brian White, an analyst for Cantor Fitzgerald, who says:
As an Apple supplier, our contact offered insight into the "iWatch" and described this potential new device as much more than an extension of your iPhone but as a multi-purpose gateway in allowing consumers to control their home (i.e., heating/cooling, lights, audio, video, etc.).
Now, if this happens, it would be quite a different product to what most expect it to be. This would allow iWatch users, with the compatible technology and appliances in their houses, to control lighting and temperature, all from their iWatch. There are two rumored iWatch products to arrive, with a 1.3- and 1.6-inch model, both with 320x320 AMOLED screens.
Sony's third-generation personal 3D viewing headset, the HMZ-T3W, is now available for pre-order. If you want to grab the Sony HMZ-T3W, you'll need to pre-order it directly from Sony's website, or in retail Sony stores.
The HMZ-T3W features wireless connectivity this time around, instead of wrapping yourself in cords, and some nifty dual OLED monitors that Sony state simulate the feeling of sitting 65 feet away from a gigantic 750-inch display. The HMZ-T3W is capable of streaming content from up to 7 meters away from the source.
The third-generation model no longer requires an AC power socket, as you can take a portable battery pack around with you which will share power with connected smartphones and tablets. The portable battery should be good for around three hours of wireless use, or up to 7 hours if you use it over HDMI. If you are looking at picking one of these up, you'll be hit up for $999.
Samsung has begun its marketing for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, starting with some ads during the Sunday NFL in the United States. Both TV spots are focused on the futuristic part of the Galaxy Gear, showing that technology has been a fantasy for quite sometime now.
The ads show off wrist-mounted devices in many of our favorite shows, ranging from Star Trek to Power Rangers. Yes, Power Rangers. You can view both the TV spots, above, and below.
Samsung has been really pushing the fitness side of its devices as of late, with the Galaxy S4 and its S Health apps making a big difference for those who want an it-can-do-everything device, including fitness.
There's been an unannounced Samsung device that has hit the Bluetooth certification page, which hints at the name S-Circle and a product number of EI-AN900A. There was an appearance of the S-Circle on Samsung Updates over the weekend, with others thinking that it could be a fitness-orientated device by the South Korean company.
2013 is turning out to be the year of the smartwatch, with heavy hitters like Samsung and Sony both releasing wearables of their own. If a new report is true, then both Google and Nokia will be tossing their hats into the smartwatch arena later this month. Newly leaked images of a Nokia branded smartwatch have surfaced, and Google is expected to unveil it's GEM smartwatch later this month as well.
The Nokia device that is seen in the images above can be nothing other than a smartwatch, and we fully expect it to be running some form of Windows Phone OS. Not much else is known though, but if rumors are true then we will fee the smartwatch unveiled at an October 22nd event along with five other devices. Google's GEM smartwatch is still a bit of an enigma, and the company is keeping any and all information under tight wraps. Some reports suggest that it will have dual screens, while other suggest it will look similar to Samsung's Galaxy Gear. Google is expected to launch the GEM at the Android 4.4 KitKat event where the Nexus 5 will be unveiled.
Apple seems far behind the wearable devices game, with a bunch of its competitors unveiling wearable devices, mainly Samsung's Galaxy Gear and heck, even the Galaxy Gear 2 is being teased already. This isn't even considering the awesome Omate TrueSmart, either and all before Apple has its first-gen device on our wrists.
Now we have a report that states Apple has scooped up one of Nike's top design directors, who will work on wearable devices for the company. Ben Shaffer was Nike's Studio Director of Innovation Kitchen, which might sound weird, but it's actually Nike's R&D arm that is responsible for products like the Nike FuelBand, which is a favorite of Apple's executives.
Shaffer will most likely begin working on the rumored iWatch, but the latest rumors peg it to be released late next year after some engineering problems.
Google is about to roll out Glass demos across the United States, starting in Durham, North Carolina on October 5. The Google Glass demonstration events will show off the wearable device, with the general public invited to try it out.
The Mountain View-based giant will take questions to the Glass team, so get in and ask whatever you want when it comes to a town near you! Google is moving from Durham to other cities, but there is currently no schedule or what the second city will even be. Google should take to Google+ to announce the news, but if you want to get in on the Glass Durham event, you'll have to RSVP for it now to ensure you can go and try it out.
One technology that has me excited along with the Oculus Rift is Sixense Entertainment's STEM System, which is currently on Kickstarter. Sixense had an original goal of $250,000 but they are now at $531,448 at the time of writing.
The developer has added a new stretch goal to its Kickstarter campaign, which would see them add STEM support for both Android and iOS devices if they reach $700,000. There's another 17 days for this to happen, so we should see them hit this goal quite easily. The Kickstarter campaign reads: "An updated Sixense software development kit will support Android 3.2 or higher and iOS 6 and higher, allowing STEM System developers to bring Sixense motion tracking to a huge installed base of mobile devices."
It also adds: "Our video above shows a virtual camera application for which we've heard a lot of requests. The STEM System running on Android and iOS will enable applications like the virtual camera, or even the ability to turn a mobile device into a VR head-mounted display."
I think that 2014 is going to be the breakout year for virtual reality, with kick-ass products like the Oculus Rift which isn't even close to a consumer launch yet. But, now we have Vision Sensor hitting IndieGogo, which the team give a description of "creates new seeing capabilities for the Oculus Rift."
Vision Sensor is basically augmented reality for the Oculus Rift, which sees two sensors and a sensor attachment cover strapped to the front of an Oculus Rift Developer Kit. It features a resolution of 1280x480 at 60FPS, and weighs just 75g so that it doesn't feel too heavy with the Rift, and Vision Sensor on your head.
The team at Vision Sensor say that there are 3 new possibilities to add to the user experience, with the first being an Immersive AR Experience. The second is Intuitive Operation (Mixed Reality) and the final possibility is Regaining Lost Vision. The first, lets you be in the world of Oculus Rift, but still stay in the real-world through augmented reality.
Intuitive Operation allows your fingers and hands to become an interface, replacing the traditional mouse and keyboard (or controller/Razer Hydra). The final part is regaining your loss of vision when the Rift is on your head and in front of your eyes.
For those of you who were looking at buying the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, you might want to just hold off on that as there's rumors that the South Korean company is working on the Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch for a release early next year.
Korean language news site, Daum, reports from unnamed industry sources that Samsung is already working on a second-generation Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Daum is reporting that the second-generation Galaxy Gear smartwatch would work on a larger range of Samsung smartphones, compared to the first-generation Galaxy Gear which will only work with the Galaxy Note III smartphone at launch.
It's a bit worrying that Samsung would launch a second Galaxy Gear so close to the first-generation unit, but this just makes Omate's TrueSmart "Smartwatch 2.0" device stand out much more.