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Rob Chandhok, senior vice president of Qualcomm Technologies, displays the Qualcomm Toq Android smartwatch on his wrist. The device uses MEMS technology for a low-powered touch display to increase battery life, with five days the average he gets on his device.
He spoke at a session at the Wearable Tech Expo, and said that companies working together in partnerships will help advance the technology more quickly. “As you build your platform, think about not onlyrnhow this will scale into your own platform, but the ecosystems of partners tornbuild a bigger and broader ecosystem.”
For anyone wanting a little bling with their wireless Bluetooth speakers, Stelle has the device. The company has encased wireless Bluetooth speakers in purses in an attempt to bring fashion to the category. However, the end result is not exactly stylish, unless someone’s definition of high fashion is an oversized shiny metallic or leather clutch with stainless steel studs. The company also manufactures pillar speakers that feature contemporary printed designs. These speakers are intended for in-home use but come packaged in suede cylindrical tote bags for carrying ease.
Pivothead SMART line
Pivothead announced its new line of SMART smartglass at the expo, as previously announced in TechRepublic. President and founder Christopher Cox models the next-generation smartglass here. The new design has less bulk than the original version. The SMART line will be available for retail sale in October, with a $299 price tag. The device is intended for the creation of HD video, not the consumption of it.
Sync fitness band
The Sync fitness band targets families with this health and fitness device. It monitors sleep quality and activity, as well as featuring a location monitor to alert parents if children stray outside a preset distance. The Sync is part of an ongoing indiegogo campaign.
Motorola HC1 headset
The Motorola Solutions HC1 headset computer serves as a hands-free wearable enterprise mobile computer that isrnespecially handy for those in remote locations, or harsh environments, whenrnit’s impractical to use a handheld device. The HC1 is an enterprise computerrnwithin the headset that gives the user access to a full desktop experience,rnsaid Nicole Tricoukes, a member of Motorola Solutions’ Innovation team.
The HC1 can pull up a full PDF, a manual, or a diagram.rnVoice recognition is used to expand the document or pan around to reviewrninformation. This is ideal for an aircraft mechanic fixing a rotary blade, forrnexample, or others who work in fields without room for a laptop. The HC1 isrnbeing used by Areva in its nuclear power plants and in other companies.
Freewavz audio headset
The Freewavz audio headset is part of an ongoing Kickstarter campaign to raise $300,000. The audio headset monitors fitness tracking. This photo shows the prototype of the device, which is worn in each ear, as well as the earlier prototype of the internal component, and the smaller currently used component.
The Wellograph smartwatch is the brainchild of Nick Warnock, president of Wellograph, whose previous claim to fame was as a finalist on the first season of The Apprentice. The device is a stylishly designed activity tracker that also monitors heartrate and calories burned. There are interchangeable bands so that the user can switch to the best material for the intended use, whether working out or wearing to the office. Warnock is a big believer in form first, and function second, and he’s managed to combine both in this appealing device. The Wellograph smartwatch retails for $349 and has an intended battery life of 7 days.
H3 System heart rate monitor
H3 System as seen at the Wearable Tech Expo.
Freescale manufactures scalable MCUs and MPUs used in wearable devices.
The Withings pulse activity tracker is one of several wearable devices by various manufacturers that use the Freescale MCU.
Jabra’s sport wireless Bluetooth headsets were featured at the expo.
HzO has developed a waterproof nano coating that it said protects electronic devices from spills, drops and liquid immersion.