Gadgets

Intel Buys Recon, The Company That Started “Glass For Fitness”

Screen Shot 2015-06-17 at 12.49.11 PMWhat a fun turn of events!

Recon Instruments, the Canadian tech company renowned for the development of the unreleased “Google Glass for fitness” was just bought out by Intel. If any of you were keeping up with me on the company’s exploits like I was with their PR agents, then you’d know that Intel injected some cash into the project in 2013 — but now reports indicate that INtel bought the company for “around $175 million”.

From here on out, Recon has the money, hardware and expertise of one of the most important companies in tech. Intel meanwhile, has the opportunity to partake in a very interesting (in progress) eyewear wearable war.

ViaRecon Instruments, Intel

LG Spruces Up The G Watch R To “Urbane” Luxury Status

urbaneLG isn’t replacing its G Watch R, one of the best looking smartwatches out there, and the only circular smartwatch out that gives the Moto 360 a run for its money. Instead, it’s adding a luxury edition of the watch, called the G Watch R Urbane, complete with all-metal, swappable leather strap, and gold or silver finishes. Pricing and release date are as of yet, unreleased.

But, there’s no doubt that it looks great.

Via: LG Newsroom

Harman Kardon SoHo Wireless Headphones Review: Are They So Ho(t)?

20150124_222025Luxury audio provider harman/kardon is famous for its hardware. From cars, to laptops, phones, theater, and of course home speakers and headphones, their tech and style is recognizable from a distance — and is very tasteful. For 2015, a new pair of on-ear headphones is coming from the American audio company: the SoHo Wireless.

Basically, they’re lightweight on-ear headphones, with NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and aptX tech, with the capability to run wired as well. It’s a solid connectivity mix with a winning brand, but is it worth it? I jammed with the SoHos, in some SoHo cafes, and I’ll tell you.

Windows Holographic: Using The HoloLens Headset, The World Becomes PC’d

MSHoloLens_MixedWorld_LivingRoom_LongBrowser_RGBThis is Windows Holographic, thanks to the HoloLens Headset. Microsoft has huge ambitions here, because the augmentation of the real-world with apps, games, and the ability to interact with them seamlessly is something that’s only been dreamed of, but never accomplished fully. Since the actual use-case scenarios of the tech are difficult to understand, Microsoft presented a video those attending the media event and to those wonder just what the heck Windows Holographic might be like.

If this actually works, however, computing will never be the same. Video after the break.

Razer’s Nabu X Fitness Tracker Cuts The Price And Screen

razer-nabu-x-2015-01-06-01The Razer Nabu has never really launched officially: the first few batches went to pre-orderers, and Razer has had difficulty restocking the $100 fitness band. So, the Nabu X fixes two things: a lesser price of $50 and cuts out the screen altogether.

While it meaans no message previews and regular notifcations, the Nabu X does have vibration and triple-LED notifications, fitness tracking via the built-in accelerometer, social sharing (using Bluetooth-connectivity to your phone), and comes in green, black, or white.

The Nabu X for will retail for $20 Razer Insiders starting on January 13th, and the final price will be $50 once it launches openly.

Via: Razer

Moto 360 Review: The Best First Attempt At A Smartwatch

20141207_141743The Moto 360 is is an extremely unique sort of gadget, but for unusual reasons. Sporting a circular design, the Moto 360 is designed to be a true watch — not a gadget. Its covert styling and stainless steel casing, available in black or silver, is appropriate for a business affair, or a rave. That being said, is it worth the price of a new on-contract smartphone, so you can look cool at the office or in the club? Let’s enterain that idea (and many others), in the review after the break

Microsoft Band: A $200 Fitness Tracker, And It Might Be Alright

microsoft-bandOh, yes. Microsoft is in on the wearbles race now: the Band, a $199 fitness tracker is their first shot in 2014. Sync apps exist for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. Fitness tracking variables include tracking steps (thanks to built-in GPS, it’s phone independent), heartbeat, calories burned and sleep quality. It can also display notifications from your mobile device or take notes and set reminders with Cortana (not bad).

A little history: the Microsoft Band was designed by Quentin Morris (who also developed the Xbox One controller), so of course, it carries ten sensors onboard to measure things from heart rate to UV exposure and even stress levels, while lasting 48 hours on a single charge — in its best case scenario. Availability; $199 Thursday in its online and physical stores, to US customers only.

Via: Microsoft Band