[CES 2018] In the past before technology arrived in its present form, helping the blind “see” was limited in terms of the options out there. This involved the use of Braille or audio cues which alerted the visually impaired to their surroundings and h…
Category Archives: Wearable Tech
Those who love their conventional watches don’t really care much for smartwatches. However, companies have been trying to capture that segment of the market with hybrid smartwatches. They pair analog watches with some smart functionality. A com…
Tag Heuer launched the Connected Modular 45 smartwatch last year. The modular design approach meant that customers could choose from 56 versions of the new smartwatch. The total number of combinations that could be made with additional parts like bez…
[CES 2018] When traveling to foreign countries that you aren’t familiar with, making sure that your bags are safe and secure are always a good idea lest someone steals it and its contents. There are several bags and backpacks around that offer up prot…
[CES 2018] Philips has unveiled a new product to help you sleep called SmartSleep at the Consumer Electronics Show 2018. The company says that this is the “world’s first and only clinically proven wearable” for customers who are loo…
[CES 2018] When it comes to protecting ourselves when we are out and about, there are different solutions available. There are whistles designed to help bring attention to yourself, and there are also sprays meant to disarm the attacker, or one could …
[CES 2018] When it comes to headphone development, Bragi is a company that has been pushing the boundaries and creating headphones that are packed with features, such as contextual awareness, digital assistants, and more, and now it looks like Bragi’s next project is to tackle hearing-related issues.
The company has announced that together with Mimi Hearing Technologies, they will be launching Project Ears. This isn’t a product at the moment and according to Bragi, “Your hearing is as unique as you are, so our product aims to adapt to your earprint. We want to bring you relief from tinnitus and noise when you need it, and enhance your hearing in environments where you face difficulties.”
“By bringing you along on the development journey, listening to your feedback and working with Mimi Hearing Technologies, experts on human hearing and sound personalization, we will collaborate on a product that for the first time combines both embedded tinnitus relief and personalized hearing enhancement.”
This project came about after Bragi’s CEO Nikolaj Hviid discovered that their customers were modifying the Dash headphones for tinnitus relief, prompting the company to try and create their own solution. That being said, it is unclear as to what will be the end result of Project Ears or what we might end up with, so we’ll just have to keep our eyes peeled.
[CES 2018] With the Apple Watch, users are capable of controlling some of their connected household appliances via the wearable, which makes perfect sense if you’d rather not walk around your home with your phone. The good news is that at CES 2018, Samsung has announced similar functionality for its Gear series of wearables.
During Samsung’s CES 2018 conference, Samsung’s Alanna Cotton, Vice President and General Manager Mobile Computing and Wearables said, “We’ve been leading the wearables journey for four years. In 2018 we’re taking it to the next level, bringing the SmartThings app to the Gear S3 and Gear Sport. Whether it’s dimming the lights to set the perfect mood for dinner, or setting the house to the ideal 71-degrees before I get home, I’ll be able to control my environment in new ways, right from my wrist.”
For those unfamiliar, SmartThings is basically Samsung’s hub for connected devices, which they have baked into several of their recently-announced household appliances. The integration of SmartThings will also help to encourage adoption of Samsung’s Gear series of wearables, in which it has actually been a while since we last saw a new device, so hopefully this could mean that Samsung could have new Gear devices in the works.
[CES 2018] Last year Oculus announced their plans for a standalone VR headset called the Oculus Go. One of the highlights of the headset is that it did not require a PC or a smartphone, and could be powered by itself. Now at CES 2018, Oculus has announced that they have partnered up with Xiaomi who will be helping them make the first Oculus Go headset.
The announcement was made by former Googler Hugo Barra, who interestingly enough used to work at Xiaomi before he left to help head up Facebook’s VR efforts. In terms of specs, the Oculus Go will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset and a 2,560×1,440 pixel resolution screen with support for spatial audio.
In addition to announcing the Oculus Go, the company also announced the Mi VR Standalone headset which will be launched in China. According to Xiaomi, the specs of the Mi VR Standalone will be same as the Oculus Go. The main difference would be its content, where it would be geared towards users in China, and also to help Chinese developers create apps and content for the device.
As for pricing, the Oculus Go is priced at $199 and will be released this year, but no specific dates have been mentioned yet, but we’ll keep our eyes peeled for its availability.
[CES 2018] A couple of days ago HTC teased that come CES 2018, they would be unveiling a new HTC Vive headset. For those who are curious about what kind of changes/improvements that HTC could be making to the Vive, you’re in luck as HTC has officially announced the HTC Vive Pro.
This is the latest iteration of the HTC Vive from the company and according to them, the Vive Pro is aimed more towards virtual reality (VR) enthusiasts or even enterprise users who might demand better performance from their VR headsets. Some of the upgrades HTC has made to the Vive Pro includes dual-OLED displays with a higher resolution.
According to HTC, the combined resolution of the two screens is 2880 x 1600 which is a 78% increase over the current Vive HMD. The headset also comes with integrated high-performance headphones with a built-in amplifier to offer a richer sound, dual microphones with noise cancellation tech, and dual-front facing cameras.
Daniel O’Brien, GM U.S., VIVE was quoted as saying, “There’s a clear need in the VR market for a premium VR experience with high resolution display, integrated audio and the best components available today in a headset. Vive Pro offers an immediate upgrade for both VR enthusiasts and enterprises that want to utilize the best VR experience.” Pricing and availability was not mentioned, but HTC says that they will reveal that information soon.