Did you hear? McDonalds started offering a wearable fitness tracker in Happy Meals this week, and promptly pulled said tracker this morning when it started giving people rashes. But not before we could get our hands on one. Here’s the review McDonalds would probably prefer that you didn’t read.
One of my biggest gripes with today’s smartwatches is charging — specifically, that I have to plug in my wristputer every night, or it becomes a useless and expensive hunk of metal. But if this flexible solar-powered battery becomes a reality, we could finally have wearables that live up to the hype.
A team from the University of Illinois, Northwest University, South Korea and China developed the battery, which they say is capable of changing its shape to fit in various devices. The various components of the battery and solar cells are integrated into a silicone shell and connected by flexible copper-polymer joints. The result is a charging and storage solution that can stretch and bend by 30 percent without losing its ability to generate solar charge.
It’s fair to say that wearable tech hasn’t quite caught on yet. Google Glass ignited the conversation, Android Wear has shown a great deal of potential and everyone wants to know if Apple is going to unveil its iWatch this year, but there’s still one untapped resource that still hasn’t been considered: shoes. The Wall Street Journal reports that Indian startup Ducere Technologies Pvt. is going to bring Bluetooth-enabled smart shoes to market this September for less than $100 a pair. More →
Last year, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple was going to enter new product categories in 2014. No one knows exactly what these categories will be, but the two most widely rumored ones are wearables and TV. So it caught our attention when we saw a new device called Nod that creatively combines both categories by using a wearable computer to interact with TVs in new ways. More →