The IRIS laser HUD was announced at CES and takes a new spin on displaying your phone information on your vehicle. Instead of working like an in-vehicle dash display, the laser HUD actually projects real-time information in front of you on your windshield. Things like incoming calls and texts and driving directions will appear at eye level, making it easy to keep up with what’s going on. The device even allows you to reply to certain notifications with specific gestures.
In the medical world, the ears can provide an abundance of information. Temperature, pulse, and oxygen saturation are just a few example biometrics that can be obtained from the ears.
In the always-connected digital era, we’ve seen the ears utilized for listening to music or as a means to talk on our smartphones. Originally our headsets were large and cumbersome, but over time they shrank down to something no larger than a standard earbud, making use of the vibrations in our jaw bones to transmit our speech.
Discrete, already socially accepted, and commonplace, earbuds and headphones are fixing to take the next step in their natural evolution in our smart-device world, especially when considering the wealth of data our auditory anatomy can provide. So where are we going?
More so than smartphones and tablets, wearables must truly walk the line between being fashionable as well as functional. Unless you’re both very patient and doing well for yourself financially, the process of finding that perfect wearable that compliments your personal style and gives you the information you want, can end up being a torturous lesson in frustration.
So Lumoid decided that they’d help you out by sending you a box of five wearables of your choosing and let you play with them for a week. If you like one or more of the devices, you can purchase them after you send the box back (so you’ll have a fresh unit and not one of the trial devices). If you didn’t like any of the five, you pay the relatively small amount of $20 USD. From there, you can try a different five or quit your quest altogether.
We’ve seen so many “smart gadgets” as part of the Internet of things movement, but most of them have worked as dedicated ecosystems and haven’t been compatible with one another.
But Logitech thinks it has an answer, and it’s in the form of an API.
The Harmony API creates a vision where a consumer is watching a movie on his or her Samsung flatscreen via Apple TV and the Philips Huelights in the living room dim to the appropriate level.
Logitech says the programming tool will give developers access to over 270,000 smart devices, allowing the kind of expansive control we haven’t gotten from other smart home solutions.
We’ll have to wait a bit before products become fully integrated and the API is fully developed, but this is a promising start.
OnePlus has just teased the arrival of a new basket weave pattern back cover for the OnePlus One smartphone. These covers which are also known as StyleSwap covers were made available in a Bamboo pattern initially, only to be stopped before hitting global markets citing lack of manufacturing prowess.
Hong Kong-based XinGear has ramped up a Kickstarter campaign for the follow-up to its I Am Cardboard VR headset, the aptly-named XG Virtual Reality Headset. In case the name doesn’t give it away, the VR Headset is similar to many of the smartphone-based VR sets that are coming to market in the near future.
Last week tech companies were having a big time at CES 2015 showing off new technology, some of which involves automobiles. This week the North American International Auto Show is underway in Detroit, where automobile manufacturers show off their new vehicles, parts and services, some of which involves technology. The cross over between our cars and our mobile devices should be no surprise given the popularity of both in this country. At the NAIAS, Verizon has announced their latest foray into the world of the automobile industry, Verizon Vehicle.
Google Cardboard is one of the lesser-known offerings in Google’s vast portfolio of services, but as virtual reality continues making inroads into the mainstream zeitgeist, Cardboard has a good chance at becoming a mainstay.
For the uninitiated, Cardboard is an austere approach at virtual reality, using various cardboard goggle apparatuses, an Android phone, and the Cardboard software. Now, the Amsterdam Fashion Institute has launched a virtual reality fashion concept store on the Cardboard platform.
Best Buy has just kicked off another great Chromecast promotion. This time they’ve knocked $5.01 off the usual $35 price tag and if you order an HDMI Streaming dongle, collect it and set it up before the end of January, you’ll be eligible to receive a $20 Play Credit voucher, together with Chromecast’s current on board offers of a complimentary subscription to Hulu Plus for 2 months and 90 days of Google Play Music All Access. Clump it all together, and you could effectively get $66 worth of free subscription/download content and a Chromecast for just $29.99.
A patent recently published on the USPTO’s website filed by Google in 2011 shows the idea that Google may have had for Google Glass. One of the diagrams, shown below, shows Google’s idea for the shape of the glasses, the positioning of the camera, and the location of the processor and projector of the glasses.