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Dot Braille Smartwatch


Introducing DOT, the world's first braille smartwatch, and it's not just a concept. Rather than a conventional display, this one uses raised bumps to show braille text. More specifically, the face is comprised of four cells with six balls each, and the biggest challenge for the company was figuring out how to keep the exposed pieces protected while in use. "The reality is that inclusive information access is limited by cost barriers and lack of innovations. While many products are designed exclusively for the majority, our visually impaired communities can't benefit from much of its advances," said founder and CEO Eric Kim. Available at select retailers in London, priced at $320 beginning next month. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of China's flame-throwing drone.

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Android Wear Smartwatch

Most Android Wear devices can be a hassle to use, especially if the watch face doesn't have enough room to fit all the UI elements, but this concept aims to change that. This model features a easy to press "Home" / "Back" button, while the screen displays the current time, missed calls, weather, day, date, SMS, email and social network notifications. Installed apps now feature a vertical scrollable menu, and all the other UI elements are set against a white background. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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EM Sense

Disney Research unveils "EM-Sense," a technology that utilizes the electromagnetic (EM) noise of electrical and electromechanical objects during their regular operation. Simply put, when a user makes physical contact with such an object, this EM signal travels through the user, owing to the conductivity of the human body. "By modifying a small, low-cost, software-defined radio, we can detect and classify these signals in real-time, enabling robust on-touch object detection. Unlike prior work, our approach requires no instrumentation of objects or the environment; our sensor is self-contained and can be worn unobtrusively on the body. We call our technique EM-Sense and built a proof-of-concept smartwatch implementation," according to the research paper. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a micro machine gun slingshot.

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Pebble Time Smartwatch

The Pebble Time Smartwatch is perfect for anyone who puts function over for, and it's being offered for just $58.64 shipped with coupon code: 9D7RN7TG, today only, originally $149.99. With an always-on color E-Paper display, water resistance up to 30 meters, durable glass lens, and thin, curved ergonomic design, you'll love wearing Pebble Time anywhere and everywhere. From the gym to the dinner table, from morning sun to the wee hours, Time keeps you connected while living in the moment. Plus, it works with both Android and iPhone smartphones. Product page - be sure to enter coupon code: 9D7RN7TG during final checkout to receive the additional discount. Continue reading for an in-depth video review and more information.

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Elago W3 Apple Watch Stand

Elago's W3 Stand turns your Apple Watch into a mini Macintosh computer, complete with a touchscreen display. In addition to being a stationary stand and functional charger, its "Nightstand Mode" enables users to access key functions, like the alarm clock and messages apps, near their bedside. You won't have to worry about bumps, as its scratch-free silicone prevents it from slipping off surfaces. Get one here now. Continue reading for a hands-on video and more information.

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Sony E-Ink Watch


Sony E-Ink Watch

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Sony's new E-Ink watch may not be the most practical for everyday use, but this paper-thin wearable will most certainly make you look twice. It was unveiled at CES 2017 in Las Vegas and is currently limited to displaying simple patterns and numbers. There's no word yet on if we'll see a "smartwatch" version of this device, but considering all of the flexible display technologies being developed right now, we wouldn't be surprised to see it at CES 2018. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a 100mph remote-controlled car in slow-motion.

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Tessina Wrist Camera

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Before smartwatches, and even calculator watches, there was he Tessina. It's essentially a 35mm camera patented by Austrian chemical engineer Dr. Rudolph Steineck in Lugano Switzerland, and manufactured by Siegrist in Grenchen Switzerland. First introduced in 1957 and distributed by Steineck's company Concava S.A, it remained in production up to 1996. The watch takes 14x21 mm pictures on standard 35mm film (loaded into a special cassette), making it one of the few sub-miniature cameras to use the format. Each one is hand assembled from more than two hundred precision parts, and designed tot take 100,000-pictures. Click here to view more pictures of the Tessina. Continue reading for a video showing how the controls work and more information.

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Lenovo C+ Phone

Forget smartwatches, Lenovo's C+ (or CPlus) is essentially a flexible smartphone / wearable hybrid that takes two very different forms. When extended, it's a normal smartphone, but fold it around your wrist, and the device becomes a smartwatch of sorts. No word yet on price or availability, but we can't imagine it being priced higher than its competitors. Continue reading for another video and more pictures.

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Stick-On Smartwatch

Researchers at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have developed an innovative new ultra-flexible screen, based on inorganic-based laser lift-off (ILLO), that can be attached to the surface of your skin, fabrics or any other non-flat surfaces without becoming damaged. Practical applications include smartwatches and clothing with built-in displays for vital information (calories, etc.). Continue reading for another video on flexible displays and additional information. Click here for a few bonus images of an incredible DIY steampunk watch / MP3 player.

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Pebble Time Steel Smartwatch

Pebble's Time Steel Smartwatch (certified refurbished) not only looks stylish, but it has an unparalleled battery that lasts up to 10 days between charges, all for $99.99 shipped, today only, originally $139.99. The new timeline interface respects that busy people want to get things done, and includes Pebble Health, a built-in activity and sleep tracker with daily reports as well as weekly insights. Product page. Continue reading for a full video review and more information.

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