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Today, Garmin announced the launch of two new items to its Forerunner line of GPS smartwatches. The new Forerunner GPS 220 and GPS 610 running watches take Garmin's involvement in wearable technology to an entirely new level.
Both of these wearable GPS's act as a personal coach by alerting you of your distance traveled, lap times, and even recovery times needed before attempting another strenuous run. Both models feature color screens, with the 620 being touch-enabled. The 620 also predicts your race time and gives you personalized oxygen consumption estimates. When combined with Garmin's HRM-Run technology, the 620 is able to measure how long your foot is on the ground rather than in-flight, which lets you compare your time per step to previous events.
"Whether running indoors or out, Forerunner 620 and 220 will change the way runners look at training," said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. "Advanced features in the 620 such as recovery advisor, VO2 max estimate, race predictor and stats on running economy, combined with connected features and training plan options found in both the 620 and 220, make these watches must haves for runners of all levels. To keep runners motivated the watches also notice if runners hit any personal records on that run, like their fastest mile, 5k, 10k, half or full marathon or their longest run to date."
The finalists of VR Jam 2013 have been announced, which was a joint venture between Oculus VR and IndieCade. If you're lucky like me and own an Oculus Rift headset, you can download 14 of the 20 finalists' submissions, with two dragon simulators to try out.
On September 19 the winning team will be announced, where they will receive a $10,000 grand prize as well as a trip to the Oculus HQ. The winning team will also win a trip to the IndieCade Festival which takes place between October 3-6, where they will have a showcase exhibition of their game. For the full list of finalists, we have:
- Alone - Bryan Cohen
- Chick Walk - Kevin Tsang
- Ciess - Edward McNeill
- Don't Let Go - Yorick van Vliet
- Dragon - Morgan Jaffit
- Dreadhalls - Sergio Hidalgo
- Dumpy - Brian Schrank
- Elevator Music - Julian Kantor
- Epic Dragon - Aurelien Kerbeci
- Komorebi - Fernando Ramallo
- Lost Route - Sergey Brezhnev
- Nostrum - Robert Yang
- Private Eye - Jake Slack
- Roleplayer - Joerg Pressel
- Shiny - Janina Woods
- Sight Line - Tomas Mariancik
- Specter Seekers - Ryan Anderson
- Stargazer - David Kalina
- TimeRifters - Doug Wolanick
- Virtual Internet Hacker - Lau Korsgaard
Omate seems to be doing quite well on Kickstarter for its TrueSmart smartwatch, requiring $100,000 of funding. But, Omate has hit a home run with its 'Smartwatch 2.0' pulling in (at the time of writing) $744,499 of funding with 7 days left to go.
We thought we'd get in contact with them and ask them a few questions about its upcoming 3G-capable TrueSmart device.
Q: Who is Omate?
A: Omate stands for
- Outdoor mate: Purposely designed to accompany you on outdoor activities - especially in wet environments like swimming, surfing or mountain biking - keeps you connected and gives access to calls, notifications and your favorite sporting apps.
- Office mate: No need to pull your phone out during that office meeting to check if you got that email or call you were waiting for.
Samsung may have already announced its Galaxy Gear smartwatch and Omate has impressed the world with its TrueSmart 'smartwatch 2.0' device, but it looks like the previous market leader, Apple, may be behind considerably with its own smartwatch, the iWatch.
DigiTimes has released a new article stating that the Cupertino-giant, who just launched its new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C smartphones, is experiencing low yield-rate problems, with upstream supply chain sources of DigiTimes stating that Apple is only receiving 30-40% of its original order volumes: "The iWatch is built using powder metallurgy technology and then processed by CNC equipment. Since Apple requires the iWatch be thin and light and still features an elegant design, it has been known that this will pose a great challenge to the device's chassis suppliers as well as related component makers and back-end process service providers."
Apple is expected to launch its iWatch device sometime in mid-2014, with manufacturers Inventec and Quanta Computer the companies behind the manufacturing muscle for the iWatch.
Have you ever wondered what a pair of Google Glass looks like under an X-ray machine? I know I have, and some recently posted photos are showing just that! Website STEMbites has just posted a full set of photos of a pair of Google Glass being X-rayed.
This is something I would love to see more of. While teardowns like those posted by iFixit are cool, these are much cooler. They show you how intricate and precise everything fits together inside these micro-devices and it really makes one appreciate the engineering and skill that goes into creating something this powerful in such a tiny package.
Earlier this week, Samsung released their long awaited and highly anticipated Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The new companion device is designed to augment Samsung Galaxy devices and provide the end-user with a much more rich and immersive "smart technology" experience. TweakTown's Johannes Knapp is at IFA 2013 and got to go hands on with the new device.
At the moment, the Galaxy Gear only works with the newly launched Galaxy Note 3, but Samsung is promising functionality with many of their Galaxy-branded products in the future. The Galaxy Gear features a 1.63-inch 320x320-pixel Super AMOLED display that is surrounded by a brushed aluminum frame. A 1.9-megapixel camera is embedded into the rubberized wrist strap, and the device is powered by an 800MHz processor and 512MB of RAM to keep things running nice and smooth.
The Galaxy Gear runs a highly modified version of Android 4.3 and is said to more closely resemble Windows Phone rather than any of Samsung's Android-based skins. Samsung says that the device will feature 70 optimized apps on release day. If you're interested in getting your hands on a Galaxy Gear before anyone else, head over to Verizon and pre-order yours today.
Qualcomm has just stepped into the smartwatch game, announcing its Toq smartwatch at its Qualcomm Uplinq 2013 conference. Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs announced the smarwatch, which featured a Mirasol color screen that can be viewed outdoors in bright sunlight.
Toq features wireless charging capabilities through WiPower LE, which is a nice touch. Qualcomm's Toq will display notifications, and it should feature applications of its own. The Toq can also control music playback and play locally to wireless headsets, but it's also capable of screening calls and showing a bunch of different watchfaces.
Qualcomm does it a bit different with Toq and its Mirasol display, which never turns off. Even with it never turning off, Toq can last multiple days between charge. Qualcomm will release a limited amount of Toq smartwatches in the next couple of weeks, with stock building up in the coming weeks.
Today, Samsung announced its highly anticipated Android-based smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear. The smartwatch features a 1.63-inch 320x320 AMOLED display that is framed in brushed aluminum. Unlike the many leaks we saw leading up to the launch, the device does not feature a curved screen and uses Bluetooth to connect to a Galaxy smartphone rather than the reported NFC that was previously rumored.
The device runs Android 4.3 and utilizes Bluetooth 4.0 to conserve energy. Samsung says that there are over 70 apps to choose from. They can be installed using the smartwatch's Galaxy Gear Manager app. 4GB of built-in storage is available alongside a 315mAh battery. Samsung says that the Galaxy Gear will be available in early October and will retail at an MSRP of $299.
Google hasn't launched its wearable computing device, Glass, just yet, but the Mountain View-based giant is reportedly set to launch a dedicated Glass App Store for the wearable device.
Google has confirmed to Marketing Land that it will indeed support Glass by providing the Glass App Store, after it was reported over the weekend through a first-person Glass user essay in the New York Times. The Times' author, Clive Thompson, wrote: "The company says an app store is coming next year, when Glass is available to the general public."
We don't know much more than this, but it's good to see that Google won't just be dumping Glass apps in the usual Google Play Store, but will instead open up an entire shop for Glass.
It looks like Oculus VR could have some competition in the VR space, with Sony rumored to unveil a virtual reality headset at the Tokyo Game Show later this month that would work with the PlayStation 4.
CVG and Eurogamer are both reporting the news, and according to reports Sony had plans to reveal the headset at GamesCom, but decided to hold off at the last minute. The reports also state that the Japanese electronics giant is torn between offering its VR headset as an optical add-on, or as a key part of the PS4 that will set it apart from its main competitor: the Xbox One.
CVG and Eurogamer's sources have said that at least one developer, Evolution Studios, is working on providing support for the VR headset with its DriveClub game. DriveClub is Sony's latest first-party racing sim, and a PS4 launch title. Evolution Studios is reportedly incorporating support for the VR headset that would simulate the vehicle's cockpit.