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Misfit Debuts A New “Swarovski Shine” Wearables Collection Featuring Crystal Jewelry, Solar Charging

Continuing our tour of new wearables that are actually pretty…

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Misfit, the maker of “connected” products including smart home items and its flagship wearable device, the Misfit Shine, has today teamed up with Swarovski to introduce a new product line focused on bringing a more fashion-forward sense to its wearables collection. The Swarovski Shine Collection, as it’s called, combines Swarovski’s crystal jewelry and Misfit’s activity and sleep tracking technology in two new wearable products and nine accessories, jointly designed by both companies.

Notably, one of the two wearables is also solar-powered – a first for Misfit, and for activity/sleep trackers in general.

Both wearables are waterproof – one of them being a clear Swarovski Shine with a crystal face, and the second, a violet Swarovski Shine that uses a patented technology that allows the device to power itself without the need for batteries. Previously, all of Misfit’s small, round Shine devices came with a small tool that allowed you to fairly easily pop…

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The Ring Is Real

Being able to use custom gestures to control smart devices? Awesome! There’s a new Precious in town.

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It’s been almost a year since Takuro Yoshida and his team blew up Kickstarter with the Ring, a wearable that uses simple wand-like gestures to control gadgets in the home.

Promises abounded: You’ll be able to control the lights in your home with the flick of a finger. You’ll be able to change the song on your iPhone, turn up the music, or even snap a photo.

And then, as is the case with many hardware projects, Logbar (the company behind Ring) ran into a few obstacles. Manufacturing was delayed, as the team worked to make the device smaller and more (truly) wearable, and other delays put the product months behind schedule. In fact, early backers only received their units in December of this year.

But all that said, the Ring is still an attractive wearable, in my opinion. We caught up with Yoshida at CES…

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Can science fiction save the world?

Alright, we have some mixed feelings on Project Hieroglyph. On the one hand, we ourselves have a pretty optimistic view of the future and how devices, sensors, wearables, big data and drones can help us make big strides for the environment, health and humanity.

BUT, we are suckers for a good dystopian book or movie. Armageddon and robots? Sign us up. Kids in an arena fighting to the death? Sure, why not? Somehow, we don’t think optimistic future stories in pop culture will have the same appeal.

In real life though? Now that’s a different story. 🙂

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Michael J Fox charity turns to tech

We love Michael J Fox. Not just because he’s bravely become a spokesperson for Parkinson’s, but because he’s embracing technology to help track trends and, hopefully, lead to a cure.

Diseases and drug side effects can be difficult to track and quantify. Wearables can unobtrusively collect data, while computers can crunch that anonymized data for trends. The potential for big strides in disease research is what gets us excited about big data and wearables. 

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Wearables tracked with Raspberry Pi

With all this data flowing around, security is an important discussion. A Symantec research group used a Raspberry Pi to pick up signals from people wearing wearables and scoop the data.

Wearables tracked with Raspberry Pi

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