Category: Wearables

Aprolink shows RK3168 SmartGlass

Posted by – April 18, 2014

Aprolink is a Taiwanese company that is currently working on smart watch and smart glasses solutions. They are showing their new smart glasses along with a smart watch with a small OLED display. The smart glasses module is detachable that can be put on and off even in your prescription glasses. The smart glasses are powered by a Rockchip RK3168 CPU. The device has a HD micro display by Himax and runs Android 4.2. The smart glasses can be connected with other devices with its Bluetooth 4.0 and has a battery life expected up to 3 hours with its 500mAh battery. Aprolink smart glasses can be controlled by a touchpad that is located on the right side of the device and the retail price is expected to be under $500.

Filmed at the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) 2014

Huawei TalkBand B1 Wearable Bluetooth Headset

Posted by – April 15, 2014

The TalkBand B1 is Huawei’s first wearable device and has a 1.4-inch flexible OLED display, Bluetooth 4.1 support, NFC support, and a 90mAh battery that lasts for six days and charges in two hours using an USB connector.

The TalkBand B1 will be able to do wireless calling and the display area of the band can actually be removed and utilized as a Bluetooth earpiece. The gadget firstly will support connecting with some Huawei smart phones and tablets and later with devices running Android 2.3 or later, or iOS 5.0 or later, being able to track steps taken, miles covered, calories burned, activity time and progress as well as sleep duration and quality.

The TalkBand B1 will launch primarly in China and later in other countries for around €99.

Kiroco Smart Jewellery

Posted by – April 15, 2014

Kiroco presents their NFC based Smart Jewllery concept which allows you to view personal private messages from a loved one, and these precious memories are then stored so you can view them whenever you wish just by touching the jewellery to your phone.

All of Kiroco’s Jewellery contains an NFC chip which works when touched to the NFC readers in Android Smartphones, which then in turn launches the messages on a person’s piece of jewellery so that they can be viewed – whether a word, photo or video message.

With the exclusion of the K bracelet in white metal the rest of the ranges are made in sterling silvers with enamales, with some pieces containing Swarvoski Crystals or Cubic Zirconia.

Optinvent ORA SmartGlass with Augmented Reality

Posted by – April 14, 2014

Optinvent is a technology hardware designer company that is working on a augmented reality and smart wearables like glasses.

Optinvent ORA is the smart glasses device that Optinvent is working on at the moment. The ORA feels fairly well built and has a number of design features that are intended to make it usable for all types of workers in various industries. ORA glasses have mounting points for prescription lenses. The Optinvent ORA is powered by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and features a very small-screen version of Google’s operating system. The device is controlled using the touchpad, which moves a cursor.

The glasses have an arm that moves up and down, which can place the display directly in the user’s eyeline or just below it for quick glances. What that “True AR” mode effectively amounts to is a tilting display, one that can sit just below your eye-level for a “dashboard view” of incoming messages and other notifications, or moved right into your field of vision if you plan on going full-RoboCop. Google’s Glass by comparison always places onscreen information above your eye-line.

Other specs include an eye-searing 3,000 nits brightness level, an ambient light sensor, a rechargeable battery good for between 4 and 8 hours of usage and a display that when positioned right in front of your eyes is the equivalent of having an 85-inch TV dangling off your face. The battery is said that will last three hours with intensive use or eight hours with typical use. The Optinvent ORA price starts at €699.

Optinvent is based in Rennes, France and Silicon Valley, United States.

Kopin Pupil Optic SmartGlass

Posted by – April 12, 2014

Kopin Corporation shows their latest wearable computing microdisplay, the Pupil display module, it’s tiny and can be integrated directly into the top frame of Glasses, no need to add a layer in front of the glasses like Google Glass anymore. Pupil see-through optics, with its height smaller than the pupil of the human eye, allows see-through and see-around without obstructing the outside view. Kopin’s microdisplays with the Pupil optics provide the most compact Smartglass microdisplay modules that can show vivid and bright images, even under full sunlight.

Netatmo June bracelet adds fashion touch to sun exposure monitoring

Posted by – April 9, 2014

Created in 2011, Netatmo is an innovation company developing consumer electronics for a better and connected lifestyle. Netatmo carefully designs their products mechanics, electronics and embedded software. Netatmo is basically concentrated in working with wearables related with skin care and sun exposure monitoring.

JUNE is the first fashion bracelet that measures sun exposure. It advises the user how to protect their skin on a daily basis from the effects of the sun. Sun exposure can cause sunburn and lead to premature skin aging, even on overcast days. JUNE and its companion App offer a new serenity in the sun.

Aimed at women, JUNE comprises a jewel containing UV sensors that can be worn as a bracelet or a brooch. It connects wirelessly with the user’s smartphone with the companion app monitoring the user’s habits and UV exposure to provide tailored sun-care information and notifications of when to apply sunblock, wear a hat or put on sunglasses.

The June bracelet will be available for purchase with a price tag of $99.

Finwe and vrAse show how the Smartphone-in-your-face powers the mass market virtual reality media of the future, it works!

Posted by – April 4, 2014

I discovered the awesomeness that are Finwe and vrAse which quite simply made me understand the whole VR segment for the first time. The idea that we will simply use our Smartphones and Tablets to power really advanced mass market heads-up augmented reality applications, this is awesome. There isn’t need for Facebook’s $2 Billion Oculus VR.

So you have been seeing all the news about Finwe and vrAse right here on ARMdevices.net consider that websites TheVerge, CNET and co don’t even know yet that this awesomeness exists.

Snapwatch flexible Smartwatch snaps around your wrist

Posted by – April 2, 2014

Snapwatch shows their latest prototype/mockup flexible Snapwatch SmartWatch, will have bi-stable E Ink or other type of display, Bluetooth, thermal, solar, sensors and more.

vrAse: much better than Oculus VR

Posted by – March 25, 2014

This is the way to do VR. Using your latest Smartphone and the $100€ vrAse headset (€ prices always include 20% VAT!). Using your latest always-improving Smartphone display, sensors, processor, graphics, storage, connectivity and everything. Just insert your Smartphone into the $100 http://vrAse.com headset (successfully funded on Kickstarter, to be available this summer) and you transform your latest smartphone into an awesome virtual reality machine. I’ve tried it, and it’s awesome. Oculus VR and other similar dedicated VR headsets probably use standard smartphone components anyway, so why not just use the latest Smartphone in the vrAse headset? vrAse just focuses on providing good optics with two lenses, which can provide for 3D and 2D immersive virtual reality.

The vrAse finally justifies having 1080p and higher than 1080p resolution on your latest smartphone because it brings your smartphone display pixels up close to your eyes!

I think the killer app for vrAse (and for any other VR headsets) may actually be 360 degree panoramic immersive video (although the 360 video cameras are not yet available to the masses, but they may be imminent), as I filmed the 6K panoramic video demo on Nexus 5 in my Finwe.fi video of last month:

ARM Cortex-M for Wearables and IoT

Posted by – March 16, 2014

ARM Cortex-M Marketing Manager Diya Soubra talks Wearables and Internet of Things using ARM Cortex-M processor family. The ARM Cortex-M is a group of 32-bit ARM processor cores intended for microcontroller use, consists of the Cortex-M0, Cortex-M0+, Cortex-M1, Cortex-M3, Cortex-M4. The ARM Cortex-M processor family is an upwards compatible range of energy-efficient, easy to use processors designed to help developers meet the needs of tomorrow’s embedded applications. Those demands include delivering more features at a lower cost, increasing connectivity, better code reuse and improved energy efficiency. The Cortex-M family is optimized for cost and power sensitive MCU and mixed-signal devices for end applications such as smart metering, human interface devices, automotive and industrial control systems, white goods, consumer products and medical instrumentation. ARM Cortex-M processors is a global microcontroller standard, having been licensed to over 40 ARM partners including leading vendors such as Freescale, NXP Semiconductors, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba. Using a standard processor allows ARM partners to create devices with a consistent architecture while enabling them to focus on creating superior device implementations.