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Google working on its own smartwatch

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

Oculus Rift continues to be one of the most popular attractions

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.

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Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch leaks again, new specs and battery

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.

 

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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.

Samsung confirms Galaxy Gear smartwatch, says no flexible display

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.

 

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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."

Oculus Rift used to skydive, we're one step closer to VR Superman

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.

 

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My wallet is already hitting the screen and nothing, absolutely nothing is happening.

Omate's TrueSmart is a water-proof, standalone 'Smartwatch 2.0'

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.

 

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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.

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Hardware specs leak for Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Gear smartwatch

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.

 

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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.

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Hyetis unveils new smartwatch with 41MP camera, retails for $1,200

Swiss watchmaker Hyetis has unveiled a new smartwatch with a built-in camera that is said to rival Nokia's Lumia 1020 smartphone in imaging resolution. The Hyetis Crossbow is a titanium encased, sapphire crystal watch that features everything you would expect from a Swiss watchmaker, and so much more. The front crystal features a digitized touchscreen, while a 41-megapixel camera is placed at high noon.

 

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The watch has the ability to connect to Android, iOS and even Windows Phone 8 devices and includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC connectivity. A built-in GPS allows for the device to track its location, ambient temperature, altitude and depth while biometric sensors collect data about the wearer. The company is releasing the Crossbow in limited quantities with a retail price of $1200.

Samsung may unveil Galaxy Gear smartwatch next month at IFA 2013

Today, website VR-Zone is confirming the existence of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Gear smartwatch. A newly released report says that Samsung will launch the Galaxy Gear on September 4 at the 2013 IFA show in Germany.

 

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VR-Zone says that the Galaxy Gear, model number SM-V700, will function as an accessory to Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets and will feature a flexible display. A recently filed patent says that the device will feature a power button, menu buttons, a USB port for data transfer and charging, and a capacitive back which will sense heart rate and other biometric data.

 

The patent went on to describe the Galaxy Gear as a "wearable digital electronic devices in the form of a wristwatch, wrist band, or bangle capable of providing access to the Internet and for sending and receiving phone calls , electronic mails, and messages." While no official confirmation has been released, VR-Zone is usually spot on with their predictions and as such, I to fully expect to see the Galaxy Gear unveiled at IFA 2013.

Google Glass update includes new Google Now cards and voice commands

Google Glass users receive monthly updates to their wearable device, with the latest "XE8" update including new Google Now cards, new voice commands, and a better video player application.

 

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The new voice actions on Glass include "post an update" and "take a note" which work well with applications like Path and Evernote, letting Glass users use these services much easier, and more on-the-go thanks to wearing the device, and using your voice to add notes. The new Google Now cards include Reservations and Events, Movies and Public Alerts, as well as more commonly-used Now cards like Weather, Sports and Traffic.

 

These cards will now be shown to the left of your timeline, and will become available as needed after the update has pushed to your Glass unit. There's a new Volume card in the settings, hashtag in captions and a new "send a birthday message" card available in the XE8 update.

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