Here is an example of a product that should have been on Oprah’s Favorite Things 2013 list instead of, say, a fugly wristwatch that describes your emails.
It’s called the MEMI, and it’s a “chic iPhone-compatible smartbracelet that discreetly vibrates when you receive important phone calls, text messages and calendar alerts,” the gadget’s website says.
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Move over, weird Google Glass earbud. There’s a new kind of wearable tech in town, and it’s marginally cooler-looking.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America and eBay have teamed up to color with magic markers on a bunch of USB cords, then wrap them around people’s wrists, PSFK reports. See, they are iPhone chargers that don’t come with iPhones or wall plugs.
If you were planning on wearing your Google Glass to Guantànamo Bay to casually record some trials in the controversial facility’s war camp, you’re out of luck: the powers that be have reportedly posted a fancy sign alerting visitors that Glass is not allowed.
Specifically, the sign reads, “No Binoculars Or Other Visual Enhancement Devices” and “Leave these outside please NO GOOGLE GLASSES!!!” with an arrow pointing to a Glass model’s face computer.
Young people these days — “millennials,” if you will — catch a lot of flack because of how chilled out and awesome they are. One thing that is kind of annoying about people born from about 1985 onward, though, is their tendency to sometimes say the word “like” every five seconds and end every sentence as if it were a question kind of?
Luckily, though, scientists are developing sensors built to sit inside people’s mouths. The technology will be able to monitor users’ eating, smoking and speech habits, Fast Co. reports.
“So where is wearable technology going?” asked Monisha Perkash, the CEO of LUMO BodyTech (maker of a posture-monitoring waistband), as she stood center stage at last week’s Wearable Tech Conference on the NYU campus. Ms. Perkash answered her own question: “It is becoming integrated into our day-to-day lives,” she said. “It’s going into fabric.”
Fellow panel member Sonny Vu—whose company, Misfit, makes a fitness tracker that looks like a tiny chrome button—agreed: “I believe we’re going to move from an era of stuff on your body to one where, hopefully, we’re back to where we were in 1990,” before everyone was bristling with visible gadgetry, he speculated.
What’s that? You’ve developed a pair of computerized glasses that allow you to take pictures, record video, pull up directions, send messages and make calls all with a few simple voice commands? Well, that sounds lame.
Freelance tech journalist Ron Miller was excited to sign up for the Google Glass Explorers program, which delivers a beta version of the device to users at the steep price of $1,500. But when he finally got a chance to try out Glass, he wasn’t blown away the way he thought he might be. Toggling through a carousel menu was tiresome, and its functionality is pretty limited at the moment. So, Mr. Miller decided to return the device.
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The day is finally here. Though we knew porn studios were hypothetically working on developing apps for Google Glass, or at least shooting POV footage using them, ZDNet reports that MiKandi, the world’s “largest adult app store,” has announced they are officially working to bring porn to your face computer.
Who’s afraid of a little ? Google, apparently, and the company’s squeamishness regarding dirty language is likely to render Glass borderline unusable for sailors and those of us who prefer our conversation extra salty.
Geek.com points out that the company’s voice translation technology (like most similar programs) censors curses. How prim! With smartphones or browsers you can just edit manually, but wearable tech isn’t so simple.
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If sending sexy Snapchats and getting naked on Skype isn’t your thing, Durex may have a new product to add to your sexual wheelhouse. The condom company announced its first foray into wearable tech today with “Fundawear,” a line of lingerie designed especially for long distance lovers. Durex claims it’s the first product that allows “touch to be transferred over the Internet.”