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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
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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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Though setting sights on wearable tech market, HTC won’t rush in

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

HTC CEO Peter Chou (CNET)

HTC is having its fair share of trouble in the smartphone market, but the company sees new opportunities in wearable technology and tablets, its two top executives said in an interview.

Speaking to Financial Times in an interview published on Monday, HTC CEO Peter Chou said the wearable technology market is “a critical segment for us,” but he’s not so sure now is the time to jump into the space.

“It’s still too early,” Chou said of the wearable technology space. “It has to meet a need, otherwise it’s just a gimmick or concept, it’s not for people’s day-to-day lives.”

Chou’s comments come as interest in wearable technology continues to grow. Samsung, one of HTC’s biggest competitors, jumped into the wearable market in September with its Galaxy Gearsmartwatch. Products like the Pebble Watch, Sony SmartWatch 2, and FitBit Force are already trying to claim a spot in the wearable-tech space, and both Google and Apple are rumored to be working on smartwatches. Where HTC plans to fit into that lineup is unknown.

Until Chou decides it’s time to jump into wearable technology, his company will be focusing heavily on tablets, he told Financial Times. HTC has been practically silent on the tablet front, but chairwoman Cher Wang said in the interview that HTC is planning something big for the space and will launch the slate when the time is right.

 

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Wearable Tech Products: Products Designed for the Wrist Could Have the Upper Hand.

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

Smart Watch called Pebble ( getpebble)

Tech companies are all on wrist-watch these days: Google is reportedly getting ready to release a smartwatch, Samsung put out the Galaxy Gear watch a few weeks ago. There’s also a Sony SmartWatch on the market and Apple is reportedly close to coming out with a smartwatch of its own. No question about it, the wrist-wars are upon us.

“I love the idea of when I get an email alert, to be able to see it on my wrist without having to take out my phone or unlock my screen,” says Tara Calishain, editor of ResearchBuzz.

That ease of use is behind the growing market for wearable technology. “The body is the next landscape for personal computing,” says Sarah Rotman-Epps, senior analyst at Forrester Research. And the wrist is the first frontier. A survey from Forrester found 29% of adults would wear a sensory device on their wrist, but only 12% were comfortable wearing something like Google Glass. But comfortable may not be enough.

“As a woman I can say, if it weren’t my job to wear these products, I would never do it,” says Rotman-Epps. The reason? Right now smartwatches look a lot like those watches from the 80s that had little calculators on them, which is  a huge problem, says Debra Kaye, partner at Lucule Consulting. “Something that we put on our bodies is part of our status, it’s part of who we are,” says Kaye. And no one really wants to be the 80s calulator watch person.

But that also means that once tech companies get smartwatches right, the payoff could be huge. “The wrist is like the Holy grail for wearable technology,” says Kaye. “If you can get something on the wrist, you can really own a person’s body.” In other words, says Kaye,  the technology will become part of our identity, not just something we carry around.

 

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Samsung Adds Galaxy Gear Support to More Phones

Samsung has announced the rolling out of a key software update that will bring Galaxy Gear smartwatch support to more of its phones in the United States. Source: Sharif Sakr

According to Engadget, Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) announced today that the Samsung Galaxy S® 4, Galaxy Note® II and Galaxy S® III will receive the Premium Suite software update in the coming weeks that makes the devices compatible with Samsung Galaxy Gear. Premium Suite timing and features vary by carrier and product, with updates beginning today.

Galaxy Gear extends the Galaxy smartphone experience to your wrist and enhances everyday moments with real time updates for quick and convenient access. Now, owners of the latest Galaxy smartphones will be able to stay connected with discreet notifications and tap into the exceptional features of Galaxy Gear, such as hands-free calling, music control and S Voice™ access.

In addition to Galaxy Gear compatibility, Samsung’s Premium Suite will bring Android 4.3 and additional features to these premiere smartphones. The update brings the flagship experiences introduced on the Galaxy S 4 to the Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III including updated Easy Mode, Multi Window™, advanced camera options, and additional features with new functionality.

All of the smartphones receiving the update are SAFE™ (Samsung for Enterprise), giving users the confidence that their device is suitable for use in the workplace. Additionally, the devices will be ready for KNOX™, Samsung’s comprehensive solution that enhances Android security from the hardware layer to the application layer and allows users to safely and efficiently separate work and personal data on a single device.

The Galaxy S® 4 mini and Galaxy Mega™ will also receive an update in the coming months to be compatible with Galaxy Gear.

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New Google Glass is On Its Way !

New Google Glass will work better with eyeglasses and include an ear bud for better audio. Source: Google

According to CNN, A new version of Google Glass, the company’s breakthrough entry into the world of wearable tech, is on the way.

Current testers, or “Explorers,” in Google’s parlance, will get a chance to swap out their current models for the new ones, the company said in a Google+ post.

The new Google Glass hardware will work with eyeglasses or shades, and include an ear bud to replace the speaker in the current model. The bone-conduction speaker, which, similar to some hearing aids, literally sends sound waves through the skull to the ear, has been called faulty by some testers.

The swap begins Friday and testers will have 60 days to decide if they want new Glass.

The roughly 10,000 current testers also be able to invite up to three friends into the program, which requires testers to fork over the current $1,500 price of the glasses.

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Joining Samsung and Apple, Google Nears Android Smartwatch Launch as Company in Talks With Asian Suppliers for Mass Production

Google Nears Smartwatch Launch: Company In Talks With Asian Suppliers for Mass Production After Wearable Computing Conference 2013

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Google‘s smartwatch is in late-stage development and the company is in talks with Asian suppliers to begin mass production of the device, people familiar with the matter revealed to The Wall Street Journal’s Eva Dou and Lorraine Luk.

The new device, which will run on Android, will be integrated with Google Now, the company’s intelligent personal assistant that can answer questions, make recommendations and predict what information users need based on what they are doing, a person familiar with the situation said. Google has also been working to reduce power consumption on the smartwatch so it won’t require frequent battery charges, the person said.

The smartwatch will be able to communicate with other devices such as a smartphone, and draw information such as travel schedules from a user’s email through Google Now, the person said. The device could be ready for mass production within months.

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