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New market reports released | Wearable Technologies

New market reports released | Wearable Technologies | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Leading research companies recently published new figures on the wearable technologies market. TechNavio's report “Global Wearable Medical Technology Market 2012-2016” published in October 2013 predicts Global ...
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(from the Curator of IoT & Wearables): This Wearable Tech website is excellent and we highly recommend it for getting a bead on wearable tech. Do you know of a better more informative one?

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HTC dives into Wearables and Virtual Reality with Grip and Vive

HTC dives into Wearables and Virtual Reality with Grip and Vive | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Taiwanese electronics manufacturer HTC has made its first foray into two of 2015's biggest device trends.
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With a 90Hz refresh rate, "you're not going to get sick", with the HTC Vive. Motion sickness is often cited as a side-effect of virtual-reality headsets. "We're confident to say the HTC Vibe will reset the industry standard" for virtual reality,

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Sony to release smartglasses, Apple may enter VR market

Sony to release smartglasses, Apple may enter VR market | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Sony has its eye on the burgeoning wearable tech industry.
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The Japanese electronics giant is moving ahead with plans to release its own set of smartglasses — never mind the recent misfire of Google’s Glass, a similar device that famously failed to catch on with early adapters and has gone back to the drawing board.  SED-E1 glasses are considerably clunkier than Google Glass, and more cumbersome — they’re connected via wire to a palm-sized control unit that houses the microphone and battery.

But Sony’s device, which gives users an augmented reality experience — text, symbols and images, such as street directions, are superimposed on the lenses — is a lot cheaper than Glass.

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Philip K. Dick Warned Us About the Internet of Things in 1969

Philip K. Dick Warned Us About the Internet of Things in 1969 | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Be careful about what you say in your living room if your new TV is on. News broke earlier this week that Samsung’s Web-connected SmartTV can listen to, record, and send what the television hears to a third-party company. The television doesn’t watch you watch it back, but it is...
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Sci-fi great Philip K. Dick warned us about this decades ago. In his classic 1969 novelUbik, the characters have to negotiate the way they move and how they communicate with inanimate objects that monitor them, lock them out, and force payments. - In this passage from Ubik, a man is actually locked out by a door that requires a mandatory payment to open. And when he grabs a tool to disassemble the doorknob, the door threatens him with a lawsuit for violating his user contract. It’s prescient, to say the least.

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Walmart’s New Vudu Spark Costs $25, But Remains Limited vs Chromecast, Fire TV Stick, Etc.

Walmart’s New Vudu Spark Costs $25, But Remains Limited vs Chromecast, Fire TV Stick, Etc. | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
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Walmart busting down the doors of Amazon and Google.   Vudu Spark’s price tag is$24.95, and you can now buy it at your nearest Walmart store, as well as on the company’s website.  However, there is a catch to all of this, and that’s the fact that the Vudu Spark can only stream content from Walmart’s movie rental service, but not anywhere else.  Still, the good thing about the device’s release is that you’ll effectively be buying it for free as part of an introductory promotion; you’ll get $25 worth of movie credits on Walmart’s service, with five months to redeem them. 

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Microsoft's answer to Google Glass: HoloLens

Microsoft's answer to Google Glass: HoloLens | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Google Glass may have flopped in the marketplace, but Microsoft is pushing its own version of computer eyewear, Microsoft HoloLens.
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Doctors, construction workers, gamers and people who want to watch Netflix while walking around are some potential customers who could find themselves wearing HoloLens soon, Microsoft said.

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Samsung's LCD TV uses nanocrystal LED's

Samsung's LCD TV uses nanocrystal LED's | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Everything you need to know about the Samsung JS9500 series, including impressions and analysis, photos, video, release date, prices, specs, and predictions from CNET.
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Another TRIZ based invention from Samsung

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Sony Gives Action Cam, Camcorder Lines a 4K Boost

Sony Gives Action Cam, Camcorder Lines a 4K Boost | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Sony adds 4K video capture to its consumer Action Cam and camcorder lines.
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Competition for GoPro coming from Sony - The most affordable of the bunch from Sony, the X100V Action Cam is a waterproof, rugged camera that's small enough to mount on a helmet or surfboard, but can record 30fps video at 4K

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Texas Instruments builds an alternative energy for the Internet of Things

Texas Instruments builds an alternative energy for the Internet of Things | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things is nothing without batteries and plugs. But it's possible to build a sensor network that uses harvested energy that comes from changes in temperature, vibrations, wind and light, as Texas Instruments will demonstrate at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.
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The idea of harvesting power has a long history and there are many applications of it today. However, big solar panels or large sensors that can capture energy from vibrations, heat and light are impractical in many Internet of Things sensor applications, which are tiny in size.

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Sony Outs Clip-On Smart Glass Module For Sports HUD

Sony Outs Clip-On Smart Glass Module For Sports HUD | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
More Sony news. In a pre-CES announcement that's perhaps hoping to draw eyeballs away from the toxic fallout of the Sony Pictures email hack -- or, more..
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A snap on version of Google Glass, a detachable OLED micro-display. No mention on price, but Sony is envisaging a similar use case as Intel has discussed in integrating Glass into a factory's internal infrastructure.  

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Samsung's virtual reality headset, Gear VR: what you need to know

Samsung's virtual reality headset, Gear VR: what you need to know | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Samsung's virtual reality headset, dubbed "Gear VR," is available for purchase as of today. For those not following the last three years of virtual reali

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How the AlignMed Posture Shirt Helps Every Type of Athlete Stay in the Game

How the AlignMed Posture Shirt Helps Every Type of Athlete Stay in the Game | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it

AlignMed is the company that is responsible for the production of the posture shirt. The posture shirt, along with the posture jacket and several other products, has helped revolutionize the world of posture alignment, along with back, neck, and shoulder pain. This shirt, along with AlignMed’s other products all help to “activate and stimulate muscles naturally to improve and correct alignment.”


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With more than ten years of experiments, research, and trials, AlignMed has helped create a product with huge potential that can help change the lives of both athletes and the average working man, when it comes to correcting spinal alignment, simply by doing nothing more than wearing a shirt.  -  We are reminded to have good posture all the time by our parents, teachers, employers, etc, but it’s not something we pay attention to very much. Most people ignore it because it requires extra effort for us to maintain good posture, while taking on all of life’s other daily obstacles. The posture shirt prevents that because it is “a product that is usable, a product that is comfortable, and a product that you really don’t have to do anything but wear, and you don’t have to wear it all the time,” commented Schultz over the phone. This shirt is unique in that it can help correct anyone’s posture without them having to do any extra effort.

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New lithium-ion battery design that’s 2,000 times more powerful, recharges 1,000 times faster | ExtremeTech

New lithium-ion battery design that’s 2,000 times more powerful, recharges 1,000 times faster | ExtremeTech | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new lithium-ion battery technology that is 2,000 times more powerful than comparable batteries. According to the researchers, this is not simply an evolutionary step in battery tech,

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Currently, energy storage is all about trade-offs. You can have lots of power (watts), or lots of energy (watt-hours), but you can’t generally have both. Supercapacitors can release a massive amount of power, but only for a few seconds; fuel cells can store a vast amount of energy, but are limited in their peak power output. This a problem because most modern applications of bleeding-edge tech — smartphones, wearable computers, electric vehicles — require large amounts of power and energy. Lithium-ion batteries are currently the best solution for high-power-and-energy applications, but even the best li-ion battery designs demand that industrial designers and electronic engineers make serious trade-offs when creating a new device.

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♛♥♪♥  Well done.

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TV Buying Guide: Beyond a Stellar Screen

TV Buying Guide: Beyond a Stellar Screen | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Four televisions with selling points beyond a stellar picture: the Bang & Olufsen BeoVision Avant, Samsung HU9000, Sony W800B and Vizio E-Series.
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We like the Vizio 4K (Ultra HD) since they've managed to design a truly disruptive design at the $800 price point compared to the others.  We expect Vizio will develop higher end functionality if the market wants it, and do so at a lower cost than the rest of them.  We saw this decision by Vizio a couple months back as a major market move on their part to unseat the other players at the top of the tier, we shall have to wait and see.

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Oculus Driving Virtual Reality Innovation through $1M Contest

Oculus Driving Virtual Reality Innovation through $1M Contest | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Oculus is throwing a huge contest with $1M in prizes to foster Virtual Reality innovation.
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Oculus is offering a pool of $1 million dollars in prizes that will be divided into prize packages for two groups; one for games and the other for apps and “experiences.” The contest will last about a month beginning on April 13th and winners will be announced in June. Developers are expected to submit work at various milestones to qualify and demonstrate progress on their project.

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Samsung's virtual reality Gear VR lets you swim with sharks

Samsung's virtual reality Gear VR lets you swim with sharks | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Everyday consumers can now get their hands on a virtual reality headset and transport themselves into another world.

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Cool at the very least, I'm still thinking where the practical Use Case beyond entertainment VR technology has for business, if one exists.

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Anne Bartlett-Bragg's curator insight, February 12, 3:41 PM

The first wave of affordable VR headsets hits the market.. except I don't have a Samsung Galaxy 4 ..  so I'll be waiting for the next non-Samsung release.

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Qantas Brings Gear VR to Airplanes

Qantas Brings Gear VR to Airplanes | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Australian airline Qantas is bringing Samsung's Gear VR headset to select First Class cabins.
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A step towards greater adoption / acceptance by users to have airlines provide this for 1st class passengers.  However to quell the monotony of flying, it also could spell bad news for anyone who already gets motion sickness on planes. The long list of Gear VR health disclaimers on Best Buy's website already advises against using the device in a moving vehicle. It also recommends that you shouldn't use Gear VR when tired, drunk, sick or hungover -- all things you might already be feeling once you take off.  We will have to wait and see if this experiment will actually work. 

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Microsoft HoloLens: An experience you never knew you wanted (hands-on)

Microsoft HoloLens: An experience you never knew you wanted (hands-on) | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
HoloLens delivers a robust and surreal augmented reality that will leave even a VR skeptic slack jawed.
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Huge impressive review for MSFT's VR product

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If you're blind, this app makes strangers your eyes

If you're blind, this app makes strangers your eyes | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it

“A new app aims to help the blind "see" with their iPhone.The idea behind Be My Eyes is that sometimes people who are visually impaired may need help with simple tasks but can't easily get assistance.”


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Interesting application of mobile tech and social media to actually help those who need it.  

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Avegant's personal theater headset looks like a pair of premium headphones

Avegant's personal theater headset looks like a pair of premium headphones | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
At long last, Avegant unveiled the final design for its Glyph personal theater headset at CES 2015, and it looks even more like a pair of headphones than
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Internet of things will require powering devices through movement and heat with 'energy harvesting'

Internet of things will require powering devices through movement and heat with 'energy harvesting' | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Powering your electronic gadgets through heat or movement is already possible and set to get bigger.
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Harry Zervos, an IDTechEx analyst, believes energy harvesting will catch on big eventually. - "There needs to be a way to stop all of these millions of batteries from being created," he said. "We're choking on batteries already." 

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A tale of two Chromebooks: one size doesn't fit all

I've been spending a lot of time with Chromebooks. About one a month for the last six months, if my math is correct. Lately, though, I've found myself in
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Google Cardboard VR Kit Becomes Serious Fun: SDKs for Android and Unity Launched

Google Cardboard VR Kit Becomes Serious Fun: SDKs for Android and Unity Launched | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Google announced that it has sold more than 500,000 Google Cardboard units, allowing almost anyone to enjoy virtual reality. Not only that, but the company has also released the Cardboard SDK for developers to be able to more easily create Cardboard apps.
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Google Cardboard, a cardboard cutout that allows users to mount their phone right in front of their eyes for a virtual reality headset, has now shipped 500,000 units. "Suddenly, exploring the Palace of Versailles was as easy as opening an app. And the response was kind of delightful."  - Google released Google Cardboard shortly after Facebook bought Oculus VR, a company that focuses specifically on virtual reality, for a whopping $2 billion. In fact, many suggest that Cardboard was something of a joke, poking fun at the fact that Google can build a virtual reality device without having to spend $2 billion.

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You don’t want a Samsung Gear VR

You don’t want a Samsung Gear VR | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
You might not want a Samsung Gear VR - not yet, anyway. The first Samsung Gear VR you're going to see on the market - as early as this afternoon - is the
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First of the reviews, and not without merit in it's criticisms, you need to be aware of in the Oculus VR release for this device is this: "Though it’s missing several key components for comfort and presence, we’re working with Samsung to improve in every vertical including optics, distortion, heat, weight, ergonomics, tracking, and display tech." We've added the emphasis there for you.  Oculus VR adds that "Ultimately, it’s a long term effort that we’re committed to getting right." - We think that Samsung's rush to market needs to be tempered with a functional product that will wow (meet / exceed expectations) the market, rather than just being 1st to market.

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HEAD Sports & 3D Printing

HEAD Sports & 3D Printing | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it

Mr Schwinger stressed that although many things are possible (such as Local Motors’ 3D printed cars) it does not mean they are feasible on a mass market scale and that sometimes 3D printing lets creative minds dive into “wishful designs” that are not necessarily efficient or attractive to the end user (3DPI’s coverage of the CRP futuristic tennis racquet was expressly mentioned as an example).


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Racket prototypes using 3D printing technology.  HEAD can certainly be considered an intensive user of 3D printing technologies although the demands of tennis racquet manufacturing do not yet call for the use of 3D printing in final products. Before that happens, a series of hurdles need to be overcome, beginning with establishing a system to help companies find the right AM process for them among an ocean of constantly evolving possibilities. Manufacturers need to help companies choose a process simply by indicating the type of part, the materials to be used, the quality and evenness, the stability, the functional requirements and the number of parts/speed of production.

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The Hype Cycle: What’s Next for Google Glass?

The Hype Cycle: What’s Next for Google Glass? | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Few gadgets have been as celebrated and derided as Google Glass. Introduced with fanfare and photographed on the mugs of more than a few celebrities and tech-pundit-luminaries, Glass has acquired its unfair share of zealots and naysayers.
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what’s next for Glass? If Gartner’s model holds, and I think it will, Glass will enter the “Slope of Enlightenment” with practical application. One of the first places Glass will show its impact may be the last place people think of for emerging technologies: the plant floor.

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