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The Wearable Technology Show 2014 – a sneak preview of the current state of the art in wearable gadgets [Show Report]


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The world’s first wearable technology show opened its doors to attendees this week, and we took a trip down there to video what was going on. For those just back from Mars, wearables are the latest ‘thing’ to hit the technology world. The idea is it covers any kind of technology that we wear, as opposed to carry around, so smart glasses, smart watches, smart jackets, shoes. But not phones or tablets etc. You get the picture.

Highlights
As you’ll see from the video below, there were some interesting things on show, along with a fair amount of ‘me too’ type products. Here’s a few of the ones we thought were worth covering which you’ll see in the video.

1. MBody

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This clever Finnish tech connects some very ‘smart’ clothing (specifically at the moment, shorts) to a portable device, to deliver detailed (and we mean detailed) information on the state of your body during exercise. The data includes the condition of various muscle groups, so you can tell whether you’re running properly or risking injury. Very cool. It’s not cheap, but extremely valuable in the right hands.

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2. Samsung Gear 2 Neo

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The strange thing about the new Samsung Gear 2 Neo is how good it looks on the wrist. Gone are the clunky chunky days of smart watches, this new version is around the same size and weight as a normal watch, but it does so much more. It handles a bunch of health tasks (including a sleep improvement app which sounds really cool) and of course hooks up to any of 22 Samsung phones to do all sorts of clever stuff as you’ll see in the video. Best of all, this model will be priced at a very reasonable 199 GBP or so.

Check out the video for these products and more.

3. Fleksy

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Not so much a wearable, but an app which will be shipped on the new Samsung smart watches and available for other small screen wearables in future. It’s basically a full fledged QWERTY keyboard on a tiny screen. Using some clever code to overcome the problems with typing on a small screen with a large finger. Impressive.

4. Burg Smart Watch

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This Dutch device offers a bit more than your average smart watch in that it’s also a mobile phone, which does away with the need for all that pairing and connections. It’s got a pretty interface, simple to use and ships with a full complement of apps and functions including a video player. It’s not that cheap, but then again, it’s a phone on your wrist!

There were more, but you’ll have to check out the video to see what was wat.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.



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