Microsoft Band 3 prototype reveals the wearable that might have been

When Microsoft killed its Band wearables, a leak emerged of what was believed to be the cancelled third-generation model. Well, it's real — and it says a lot about what Microsoft was thinking before it pulled the plug. Windows Central has obtained…
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Atari Speakerhat review: Mediocre wearable tech meets ’80s nostalgia

Atari is, without a doubt, one of the most iconic companies in the video game industry. Pong was one of the first arcade games ever, the Atari 2600 computer was wildly popular in the late 70s and early 80s, and the 1985 Atari ST was fairly successful. However, the company began to falter in the 90s, and the poorly-sold Atari Jaguar was the last nail in the coffin. After that, Atari Corporation merged with hard drive manufacturer JTS Corp, who later sold the Atari brand to Hasbro in 1998.

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Ralph Lauren deploys wearable tech for Team USA’s Winter Olympics uniform

Ralph Lauren deploys wearable tech for Team USA's Winter Olympics uniform

Fashion giant Ralph Lauren and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) have unveiled athlete uniforms for the opening and closing ceremonies at this year’s Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. The jacket includes adaptable heat technology that can be controlled using a smartphone app. 

Even as temperatures in PyeongChang plunge to an expected 15 degrees Fahrenheit next month, Team USA’s athletes will manage to stay warm and look good while doing so.

The team’s opening and closing ceremony uniforms have been put together by Ralph Lauren to harness wearable technology, all while paying homage to some of American fashion’s most iconic symbols.

Beyond the jeans, mountain boots and brown suede gloves is a parka that contains in its lining heat-conducting ink, meaning it can warm up, on demand, just like an electric blanket.

Read more: British Athletics deploys digital pacemakers for Rio Olympics

Conductive inks to keep athletes warm

“Ralph Lauren is excited by the convergence of fashion and function, and we are committed to supporting Team USA athletes by outfitting them with the latest innovative technology. We’re proud that we’ve worked so closely with the athletes, as well as the U.S. Olympic Committee, to keep evolving and improving,” said David Lauren, chief innovation officer at Ralph Lauren.

“The uniform celebrates the American spirit, with iconic pieces updated with modern details and technical fabrications.”

Ralph Lauren deploys wearable tech for Team USA's Winter Olympics uniform
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Because the temperature conditions on the ground could change by the hour and athletes will be moving between indoor and outdoor environments during both ceremonies, the Ralph Lauren design team needed to avoid a temperature-specific jacket.

Instead, the heating system is made from electronic printed conductive inks – handily made into the shape of the American flag – that are sewn into the interior of the jackets. These conductive inks are flexible, stretchable and connect to a power pack with three thermal settings.

Each jacket offers 11 hours of heating time at full charge. Athletes can adjust the heat setting through an accompanying smartphone app.

Read more: US government to fund research into smart clothing for emergency staff

Ralph Lauren looks to technology once again

Despite being a fashion brand associated with the importance of tradition, this isn’t the first time Ralph Lauren has used technology to take its sports clothing to the next level.

In the past, the company has unveiled solar-powered backpacks and base layers with biometric tracking for ball boys and girls at the US Open. For the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Ralph Lauren upped Michael Phelp’s blazer game with illuminated panels spelling out ‘USA’.

This won’t be the last time that, as USOC chief marketing officer Lisa Baird says, “Ralph Lauren effortlessly weaves style and functionality into the opening ceremony uniform.” After all, one team’s fashion is another’s marginal gains.

Read more: IoT gets tops scores from sports teams worldwide

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Awesome Apple Watch tricks to get the most out of your wearable

The Apple Watch truly became a useful device with the release of the Series 3. LTE connectivity, more accurate heart rate monitoring, and faster hardware make the Apple Watch a joy to use. With all of the features and functions Apple advertises, there’s still plenty of hidden tips and tricks for users to discover. Check […]

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L’Oreal helps customers tackle skin cancer risk with wearable sensor

L'Oreal helps customers tackle skin cancer risk with wearable sensor

With skin cancer on the rise, sun safety is a serious business and L’Oreal is aiming to help customers lower their risk with a new wearable sensor, UV Sense. 

Beauty giant L’Oreal has unveiled the world’s first battery-free wearable sensor designed to warn users about their levels of ultraviolet exposure and help them protect themselves from skin cancer. 

The company made the announcement at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, explaining that the new sensor, UV Sense, builds on an earlier version from the company, My UV Patch, but is smaller, can be worn for longer and delivers real-time data.

The company reckons this predecessor had real impact that it now hopes to magnify with UV Sense. Consumer studies involving My UV Patch, it claims, showed that 34 percent of wearers applied sunscreen more often and 37 percent tried to stay in the shade more frequently. 

Read more: Healthcare applications to drive wearable device boom

Small but effective

L’Oreal claims that UV Sense is the first battery-free wearable electronic sensor to measure individual exposure. It can store up to three months of data and show trends in exposure over time with instant updates. It’s just two millimeters thick and nine millimeters in diameter, so fits on a thumbnail, and can be worn for around two weeks, making it ideal for holidays.

L'Oreal helps customers skin cancer risk with wearable sensor
UV Sense, worn on the thumb to measure exposure to the sun’s rays. (Credit: L’Oreal)

UV Sense draws power from the user’s smartphone and is activated by UVA and UVB rays. Information is displayed via an iOS or Android App, which is fed by the sensor using near-field communications (NFC) technology.

“L’Oréal research shows that overexposure to UV rays is a top health and beauty concern of consumers worldwide,” said Guive Balooch, global vice president of L’Oréal’s Technology Incubator. “With this knowledge, we set out to create something that blends problem-solving technology with human-centered design to reach even more consumers who require additional information about their UV exposure.”

Read more: Samsung debuts wearable tech for health and safety

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