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[March 23, 2014]
Ground-breaking wearable gadgets [New Straits Time (Malaysia)]
(New Straits Time (Malaysia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) A wristband that replaces passwords. A device that helps you read while on the treadmill. Anisah Raihan Zakaria highlights wearable tech gadgets that break new grounds Run-n-Read 1 Fitness buffs know how tricky it is to read a book while clocking miles on the treadmill. Weartrons, a group of New York- based developers, tackled this problem with a gadget called Run-n- Read. The small device clips to your headband or shirt collar to monitor your bouncing head, or shoulder movements. It then transmits the information to your e-reader, mobile phone or tablet via Bluetooth to sync the text that you are reading with your body movements. To turn pages, just tap the device once to move forward a page and twice to move backward. The device also doubles as a fitness tracker. Details at www.weartrons.com.
Embrace+ 2 The bracelet's mobile app lets you set colours and vibrations for alerts such as incoming calls, texts, emails, Facebook messages, Skype calls and birthdays. It will glow the chosen colour and buzz to alert you. Embrace+ comes in three different shapes. The gadget is connected to the users' Android or iOS device via Embrace+ app. Details at www.gizbot.com.
Heapsylon smart socks 3 You probably don't think much about your socks but Heapsylon does. The company's smart socks let you know when you're too sedentary, when your walking or running form breaks down and how you're doing on your fitness goals. The sensor-filled socks send pressure data to an ankle device, which uploads data wirelessly through your computer or smartphone. Features include a cadence metronome, a foot-landing gauge, a stride analyser and social sharing. Details at www.heapsylon.com.
Lifelogging camera 4 Designed by Memoto, this device can record everyday moments. The small, 5-megapixel camera clips to your clothes and takes two geotagged photos every minute of every day, as long as you're wearing it. It works with the Lifelogging camera to organise your photos chronologically so you can later search them all based on time, place and light. The battery lasts two days and can be recharged via your computer. The gadget could take over-sharing to a whole new level. Details at www.memoto.com Nymi wristband 5 The new iPhone 5s may use fingerprint technology for security but Nymi's wristband confirms your identity through electrocardiogram sensors that monitor the pattern of your heartbeat. It works when you place a finger on the topside sensor with your wrist in contact with the bottom sensor, completing an electrical circuit. When you feel a vibration and the LEDs illuminate, it indicates that the gadget recognises you and your devices, such as your smartphone, computer and car can authenticate you when you're nearby. Details at www.getnymi.com.
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