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Techradar: Hands on: Razer Nabu SmartBand review

Two is better than one in the eyes of peripherals-maker Razer, and that’s why it’s showing off the Razer Nabu wearable smartband with dual screens.

Having two OLEDs isn’t meant to be overkill, as we found out by going wrist-on with the Nabu prototype at CES 2014. It actually solves a privacy dilemma wrist intrinsic in all smartwatches.

It’s tiny Public Icon Screen on the top of the wrist is home to notification icons that are safe to see in public. Emails take the form of an envelope, incoming calls show up as an old-school phone and SMS texts appear as a chat bubble.

The Public Icon Screen is purposely vague and plan. Its purpose is to alert you of an expanded notification that is located on the bottom of the wrist. This wider Private Message Screen adds more information like who is calling, the SMS or email sender and the beginning of their message.

Splitting up the notification icon from the more detailed information allows Razer Nabu smartband to keep you up to date, but do it in a discrete fashion. That’s something that the more larger, more showy Samsung Galaxy Gear AMOLED touchscreen fails to hide.

Discrete top screen on the Razer Nabu
The less discrete top screen shows more information (more…)
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Wearable Technologies Forum Goes Global in 2014, with Conferences in New York City, San Francisco, London, Seoul and Munich

Golden Networking's Wearable Computing Conference 2014, “How Wearable Technologies are Revolutionizing Mobile Wireless Internet, Healthcare and Fashion”

Wearable Computing Conference 2014

An impressive lineup of experts ready themselves to engage with hundreds of business and technology enthusiasts at Golden Networking‘s Wearable Computing Conference 2014 (http://www.wearable-computing-conference.com), “How Wearable Technologies are Revolutionizing Mobile Wireless Internet, Healthcare and Fashion”, forums to be held throughout 2014 in New York City (January 30), San Francisco (March 18), London (May 29), Seoul (September 25) and Munich (November 20).

The future is here, with the production of a new generation of technologies such as Google Glass, Apple “iWatch” and Samsung Galaxy Gear, among others, that will allow users to interact with computing devices that are worn by the bearer under, with or on top of clothing. The introduction of smart watches and glasses bring upon economic, social and personal effects that will revolutionize the human experience.

The use of technology has greatly expanded out of the workplace into users’ daily lives. Now the integration of human experience and wearable computing will allow users to enhance each experience. This new wave of technologies will ignite an explosion of innovation which will be the key to advancement for mankind.

Now we are at an inflexion point in the advancement of the adoption of wearable computing. To expand the market for wearable technologies, it is necessary for developers and manufacturers to lead the world to show how the usage of these technologies can revolutionize every aspect of the human experience.

Golden Networking‘s Wearable Computing Conference 2014, “How Wearable Technologies are Revolutionizing Mobile Wireless Internet, Healthcare and Fashion,” will examine wearable technologies’ functions, application, the competition and possibilities for economic and personal growth.

Wearable Computing Conference 2014 is produced by Golden Networking (http://www.goldennetworking.net), the premier networking community for business and technology executives, entrepreneurs and investors.Panelists, speakers and sponsors are invited to contact Golden Networking by sending an email to information@goldennetworking.com.

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Barriers to Wearable Technology: Wearable Tech Won’t Take Off Until the Price Comes Down

Golden Networking's Wearable Computing Conference 2013 New York City: Revolutionizing the Human Experience Through Next-Generation Technology

The idea of Google Glass is appealing. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The technology industry may be buzzing about the potential for wearable technology like Google Glass and smart watches, but is this enthusiasm matched out in the real world?

Research firm GfK sees high interest in these products, but has warned that the price needs to come down before they find a mainstream audience.

The company surveyed 1,600 British and American people in September to gauge their attitudes towards wearable technology, and claims that just 6% of the general population already own a device – including fitness-tracking gadgets like Fitbit and Nike’s FuelBand alongside smart watches and Glass-style augmented eyewear.

GfK reports that six in 10 16-24 year-olds find the idea of a “connected smart watch” – one that works standalone without having to sync with a smartphone – appealing. Meanwhile, four in 10 found the idea of Google Glass appealing.

The sticking point, for now, is price. When GfK told people they’d have to pay between £150 and £200 for a connected smart watch, it found that the percentage planning to buy one fell from 24% to 12%. For connected glasses, mention of a price tag between £400 and £600 saw buying intentions drop from 16% to 7%.

 

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No big surprises from Apple. No iWatch. No competition for Samsung Galaxy Gear or other Smart Watches

Tim Cook is the CEO of Apple and serves on its Board of Directors.  Before being named CEO in August 2011, Tim was Apple's Chief Operating Officer and was responsible for all of the company’s worldwide sales and operations, including end-to-end management of Apple’s supply chain, sales activities, and service and support in all markets and countries. He also headed Apple’s Macintosh division and played a key role in the continued development of strategic reseller and supplier relationships, ensuring flexibility in response to an increasingly demanding marketplace.

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple

CNN’s Heather Kelly and Doug Gross report Apple’s iPad becoming thinner, lighter, faster. That’s what Apple promises in its newest iPad, which also has a new name: the iPad Air. Yet, no iWatch and therefore, no competition yet from the Cupertino firm for  Samsung Galaxy Gear or other Smart Watches.

The company rolled out the fifth generation of its market-leading tablet. Among its new features, the iPad will weigh 1 pound, down from 1.4 pounds. It’s 20% thinner and 28% lighter than the current fourth-generation iPad.

The iPad Air will have the same 9.7-inch screen as previous iPads and pack the same A7 processing chip that’s in the iPhone 5S. That will make it 72 times faster than the original iPad, according to Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller.

The iPad Air will go on sale November 1. Prices will start at $499 for a 16GB Wi-Fi-only model and go up to $629 for a 16GB with 4G LTE connectivity.

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Mic Wright’s Billion-dollar Question: Will Apple’s new iPads be joined by the iWatch?

Will Apple's new iPads be joined by the iWatch? The iPhone 5S holds the answers

Will Apple’s new iPads be joined by the iWatch? (Photo: Cultofmac.com)

For Mic Wright, Apple leaks. Apple teases. Apple tells us a lot with little clues. The Apple press game is just that: a game. There’s a strain of conspiracy theorist whackadoo in comment sections – made up of the sort of drooling loonball who writes “fanboi”, “iSuck” and other hilarious puns – which will tell you Apple pays off journalists and throws out freebies like a broken vending machine. Nothing is further from the truth.

Apple’s strategic leaks usually come through two or three hacks at the Wall Street Journal. Read “rumour” stories placed there in the days or weeks before an event and you’ll see the line that Apple wants to stoke. It might be “cheaper” devices coming, it might be that a product will be more expensive than expected, only for Apple to then reveal it is much more “affordable” as its CEO Tim Cook does his affable Texan routine, avoiding the carnival barker enthusiasm that Steve Jobs was wont to slip into on occasion.

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Wearable Technology: Apple Inc. (AAPL) vs Google Inc (GOOG)

Wearable Technology: Apple Inc. (AAPL) vs Google Inc (GOOG)

The Motley Fool reports that wearable technology has been around for some time. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) revived the languishing mobile music scene with its iPods and replaced brick-like tablets with the iPad, and the company is set to shake up the wearable technology arena. However, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)  is already set to make a splash and offer formidable competition to Apple.

Until now, wearable technology meant products like FitBit or the Nike FuelBand. However, these products are niche and lack broader appeal. Enter Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) with its Google Glass and the entire landscape changes. The product is still not out for mass consumption, but plenty of people have had access to the glasses and the reviews are generally positive. Robert Scoble of Rackspace, who has been using Google Glass for the last two months, claimed that he will never go without them. It is too early to predict the eventual success of Google Glasses, but it certainly is a big step and a precursor of things to come.

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VCs pour $570M into wearable tech

VCs pour $570M into wearable tech

Kent Bernhard Jr. reports that wearable technology isn’t just Google Glass or the rumored iWatch, and venture capitalists know it.

A report from New York venture capital research firm CB Insights shows VCs have put $570 million into the nascent field, funding firms like Jawbone, GoPro and the Pebble Watch (which started as a successful Kickstarter campaign and later raised money from VCs).

And there are already several different categories of wearable technology that have drawn VC interest. Among them:

Companies like Pebble that offer augmented or personal display technology. Of course, the big player in this space needs no venture money. In fact, Google Ventures is lining up with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Andreessen Horowitz to make investments in developers of apps for Google Glass.