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As wearable tech continues to expand into our everyday lives, OEMs are charged with finding innovative new ways to optimize and streamline wearables--especially in the battery life department. With this spirit in mind, Samsung has just revolutionized the world of wearables with its new line flexible strip batteries.
Samsung unveiled its new bendable battery duo, the Stripe and the Band, at this year's InterBattery 2015 showcase in Seoul, displaying a new generation of power solutions for two key wearable types. The South Korean tech giant called the new tech the "embodiment of the age of wearable batteries that is applicable to any curves of a human body."
Since the Stripe sports an ultra-slim 0.3mm battery strip with "innovative energy density", it could pave the way for nonexisting wearables like smart shirts, necklaces or hairbands. Thanks to its shape and size, the Stripe is extremely versatile and can mold and fit a huge assortment of form factors.
We already know that the Oculus Rift requires a GeForce GTX 970 or AMD R290 graphics solution to simulate VR, but it looks like GTX 970 owners will be able to run every single bit of software that Oculus will offer in the official Rift storefront.
In a recent Reddit thread, a curious gamer posed a specific question about future-proofing his rig for further generations of Oculus Rifts. Is it better to buy a GTX 970 to support the first generation, or should you pick up a GTX 980Ti so your setup is ready for Oculus Rift gen 2?
According to a verified Oculus VR employee, the GTX 970 will be enough to support the Oculus Rift for quite some time: "A consumer owning a 970 will be able to play everything on our store," said Oculus expert Philanthropi.
Being released in TrueSmart-i and TrueSmart+ models, Omate's successful Kickstarter campaign now means that users have the ability to get their hands on a completely open Android 4.4 or 5.1 smartwatch, featuring the ability to side-load any Android compatible apps or install them by browsing the Omate store supplied.
With pre-orders set to finish on October 31st, the TrueSmart-i will set users back $149 and provides an Android 4.4 operating system and a 240x240 display, whereas the TrueSmart+ comes with Android 5.1, a 320x320 display and is priced at $169.
With shipments set to kick off in November, further features on these models include a low-power always-on sensor hub thanks to Bosch, rubber straps which incorporate Wi-Fi, 2G, 3G and GPS antennas, a magnetic charging cradle and a built in camera on the TSi model.
LG Electronics has partnered with REEDS Jewelers to create an expensive luxury watch that isn't like most other smartwatches currently available.
The watch features a 1.3" full circle P-OLED display, runs Google Android Wear, and features a 410mAh battery. Owners can receive smart notifications, alerts, navigational prompts, fitness integration, and use the "OK Google" feature. The watch itself has a handmade alligator strap and features 23-karat gold.
If you have deep pockets, you can visit the REEDS' website and pre-order a unit for $1,195. The limited edition watch will have an initial run of just 500 units - with each model receiving its own serial number to authenticate it.
Gaming peripheral company Razer has unveiled a redesigned version of the Nubu wearable during the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) convention in Seattle. The new device is able to monitor steps taken, distance, calories burned, activity minutes, and sleep duration each evening.
The wearable has an OLED 128x16 single color display, and features a 3-axis accelerometer and cylindrical vibration motor.
Pre-orders begin on September, and the updated Razer Nabu will begin shipping in October 2015. It has a $99.99 MSRP.
Apple has made its first appearance in the wearables market, and is already within striking distance of No. 1 company Fitbit, according to IDC. Apple shipped 3.6 million units during the second quarter of 2015, trailing Fitbit by just 0.8 million units - with the wearables market getting a whopping 223 percent year-over-year growth, increasing from 5.6 million units up to 18.1 million units.
Fitbit leads with 24.3 percent market share, with Apple (19.9 percent), Xiaomi (17.1 percent), Garmin (3.9 percent), and Samsung (3.3 percent) in the top five. It looks like Fitbit needs a drastic boost to keep its overall market lead, as Apple clearly took wearables by storm.
"Anytime Apple enters a new market, not only does it draw attention to itself, but to the market as a whole," said Ramon Llamas, research manager for wearables at IDC. "Its participation benefits multiple players and platforms within the wearables ecosystem, and ultimately drives total volumes higher.
Swatch is taking a relatively cautious approach to the smartwatch market, in an effort to avoid directly competing against the Apple Watch, Motorola Moto 360, and other smartwatches. However, the Swiss watch company has plenty of growth for its smartwatch product portfolio - while providing individual smartwatch features in its devices.
"Our product is called Touch Zero One and that gives enough room for Zero Five, Zero Nine," said Nick Hayek, CEO of the Swatch Group, according to the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper in Switzerland. "The Touch Zero One is not the end of the progression."
The Swatch Touch Zero Two will launch during the Rio Olympic Games 2016 next summer in Brazil.
In late 2014, Intel and watchmaker Fossil Group announced they were going to develop fashionable smartwatches, and we've finally received glimpse of the wearables.
During IDF, Fossil showed off three Intel smartwatches, powered by Google Android Wear, with all three expected during Q4 this year. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and Fossil SVP Gregory McKelvey announced the watches during the opening keynote of the 2015 Intel Developer Forum (IDF).
Designed for consumers seeking fashionable, yet tech-centric smartwatches, it looks like Fossil wants to take aim at the Apple Watch. One watch looks quite similar to the Motorola Moto 360, and features a silver finish, leather straps and a black bar type look that many of you may already be familiar with.
The 2015 "future" of 'Back to the Future Part II' is now, and whilst we don't have flying cars, 'Jaws 19' or those auto-lacing Nikes (at least yet), we're seemingly working closer towards those awesome hoverboards.. even if they don't work quite like in the film.
Lexus have finally revealed their prototype Hoverboard tech in action, and whilst it does rely on some unreadily available tech such as liquid nitrogen and magnet flooring, clearly it works, even if it requires pro skateboarders such as Ross McGouran to re-learn their craft.
Whilst its unclear what practical application Lexus are hoping to obtain from their science fair project, it's still cool to see.
Kinematix has been heavily promoting its TUNE, a wearable designed for runners, able to collect all sorts of information - well beyond pace and speed - including each foot's ground-contact time, heel-contact time, and more.
TUNE includes insoles with electronic sensors, able to to sync with small electronic devices that connect to the outside of the shoe. After each run, athletes are able to take a closer look at their technique throughout the workout - and the TUNE app even shows how to properly do exercises.
The insole is extremely thin and should be able to fit into most shoes, and since the insole isn't in direct contact with a person's foot, there should be no need to try and wash it.