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Wearable Tech

‘Dorothy’ Wearable Device Lets You Escape Blind Dates By Clicking Your Heels

This stealthy wearable tech is controlled by your feet. (Vimeo)

In 1939’s The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy clicked the heels of her ruby slippers together to get back to Kansas. Now that it’s the the 21st century, people might soon be clicking their heels together to escape a terrible first Tinder date.

iStrategyLabs, the D.C.-based creative agency that also brought us the Twitter-controlled paintball gun, recently unveiled a prototype for Dorothy: wearable technology that lets you carry out various smartphone functions by simply clicking your heels together. Read More

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New Bluetooth-Enabled Smart Shoes Vibrate to Give You Directions

They're not the coolest looking shoes, but they vibrate to give you directions. (Facebook)

We can’t tell if these are better or worse than those godforsaken Vibram toe shoes.

Indian startup Ducere Technologies is about to bestow a new form of high-tech footwear unto the world, the Wall Street Journal reports. Called Lechal shoes, the Bluetooth-enabled smart footwear will sync up with an app on the user’s phone, which is connected to Google Maps. Once a user inputs their destination, the app will command the left and right shoes to vibrate, telling the user which way to turn to reach their destination. Read More

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Wearable Tech Win: iPhone-Linked Cocktail Ring Smashes Pre-Sale Goal

Ringly in the "wine bar" shade. (Photo via Ringly.com)

After amassing a ton of good press, smartphone-linked jewelry startup Ringly slaughtered its pre-sale goal of $60,000 less than eight hours after  its launch on June 10.

Ringly’s premiere product is a chunky cocktail ring that links to your iPhone or Android and lights up or vibrates when you get a text, call or email, or if you’ve got an appointment coming up. You can also customize the settings so that you’re only notified when certain people contact you. Read More

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Fitbit Is Now Officially Profiting From Users’ Health Data

Does my boss get to set that up for me, too? (image via Fitbit)

We saw this day coming, and we tried to warn you.

Fitbit has started to sell its trackers by the thousands to employers along with “sophisticated tracking software,” says a new report from Forbes. With employees’ permission, employers can then track their workers’ health, see how active individual employees are and foster a little healthy competition.

Wiring up companies so that employers can monitor workers’ health is becoming “one of the fastest growing parts of Fitbit’s business,” Fitbit CEO James Park told Forbes. Read More

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Google Glass Will Collaborate With Ray-Ban to Dorkify the Classic Frames We All Love

(Screengrab via versace.com)

Google Glass may be a world-changing tech innovation, but the device is having a hard time breaking into the mainstream. It could be the $1,500 price tag. It could be the questionable sanity and social skills of the people wearing it. And it could just be how dorky it looks.

So Google’s making yet another bid to de-dorkify the face computer by partnering with the jarringly named “Luxottica,” which is not an upscale porn company, but an eyewear brand that owns Ray-Ban, Oakley and Persol, Elle reports. Read More

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Crazy Face Mask-Like Contraption Beams Video Into Your Eyeballs

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Looks pretty kewl, huh? (Kickstarter)

A new piece of wearable technology streams high-quality video directly into your eyes, and doesn’t make you look quite as much like a wiener as you do with Google Glass.

Avegant’s new product Glyph looks like a pair of ordinary noise-canceling headphones, except the band connecting the two ear pieces stretches across your eyes, instead of over the top of your head, making you look like some kind of creature from Star Wars. Using a technology called virtual retinal display (basically, a display with no screen), Glyph—which has raised a ton of funding through a highly successful Kickstarter campaign—projects video into your eyes that looks totally un-pixellated and freakishly real. Read More