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WristBoom Is A Bluetooth Speaker You Wear On Your Wrist

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So… this exists. It’s a Bluetooth speaker, and it sits on your wrist. You can either stream music to it, or take calls. But you can’t make any because there’s only one button, and all it does is turn the device on and off, and accept incoming calls. It’s big. It’s bulky. And you’d be right in asking who in their right mind would ever want one. But Chris Davies from Slashgear makes a good point: what about grandmothers? We like to evaluate products from our own standpoints where a big, bulky boombox-on-a-wrist is stupid, but for someone with limited mobility, for whom the phone that’s ringing in the adjacent room is probably too long a trek to bother with, well, it makes a little more sense. Considering it’s $20, and probably easier to use than a pair of scissors, the WristBoom seems like just the kind of thing you’d get for someone like grandma. That’s of course if it ever does see the light of day, which seems unlikely considering their crowdfunding campaign appears dead in the water for now. Still, there are 10 days left, and you never know what can happen in that span of time.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ SlashGear ]

The Only Apple Watch We’ll Be Getting Is This LEGO Apple Watch

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Haven’t you heard? The Apple Watch is nigh! Hordes of people are getting ready to plunk down anywhere from $349 to $10,000 to own Cupertino’s first wearable, and to be honest… we won’t be one of them. We were happy enough not to need a watch anymore, once phones made them obsolete, that we’re not about to pay extra for redundant tech. But hey, we don’t judge. If you want to get in on the action, on the cheap, you could always spend some time building the above LEGO Apple Watch. Master LEGO builder Chris McVeigh has posted a very detailed and exhaustive document detailing exactly how you can make your own. With a bit of patience, and the right LEGO pieces, you’ll be able to wear… some sort of statement on your wrist.

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Ultra High-End Connected Jewelry By Pinifarina And Christophe & Co.

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With names like Pinifarina and Christoph & Co., you know you’re looking at something expensive, and the Armills line of men’s jewelry is about as fancy as they come. These bracelets are nominally “high-tech” in the sense that they do incorporate an optional hardware module that allows the wearer to perform NFC payments, have automated venue access, one-touch valet access and other options. But that’s clearly not the main attraction. What is, is the 1,500 pave diamonds carefully hand-placed on the “highly complex ceramic shield” that serves to protect the delicate 18K gold surface of the piece, which itself is intertwined between pieces of carefully cut carbon fiber. A proprietary kinetic energy regeneration system powers the electronics, which should be able to go for long periods of time without a charge.

Like any high-end piece of jewelry, you’re paying mostly for the status than for any tangible benefit they bring. And the Armils bands don’t disappoint: “Christophe & Co. Armills bracelet will come in three models – Virtus, Orion and Apollo for $75,000, $93,000, and $149,000 respectively.”

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Blocks Smartwatch Lets You Customize The Hardware To Your Heart’s Content

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Modularity is all the rage these days. Just look at the excitement over Project Ara, the modular smartphone, for proof. And why shouldn’t it be? Modular gadgets mean that we can reconfigure them to our liking, adding more of the hardware elements that we want, and less of the ones we don’t care about. Blocks, the modular smart watch being discussed in this article, is a project by the same people who were initially behind Project Ara, before Google got involved. They’re now trying the same approach with a timepiece where each link in the wristband can be a different hardware component. Modules can be dedicated extra batteries, GPS chips, contactless payments, SIM cards, and even heart-rate monitors. Don’t care about heart-rate monitoring? Swap that link for an extra battery!

It’s a great idea, but the success will depend on execution. Early prototypes, as shown in these pictures, look chunky and unattractive. The team is planning a Kickstarter for Q2 2015, so hopefully by then they’ll have refined their hardware enough to make it visually attractive. Pricing starts at $150 for the watch face itself, plus $20-$40 for each module. If you want the whole thing decked out, you’d be looking at $330.

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World’s First Portable Air Purifier

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Yeah, we’re polluting this planet, alright. Whether our politicians will ever get their act together remains to be seen, but that doesn’t mean individuals and companies can’t do anything in the meantime. And considering how bad things are getting in China, it’s no surprise to see the above Wearable Air Purifier come out of there. It’s a strange looking contraction that you wear on your head, like a futuristic headset, but whose entire purpose is to attempt to purify the air you breathe. It draws dirty atmosphere through the upper section and funnels it through filters and electrostatic dust removal panels before directing it right under your nose. The air, once cleaned, is 99.9% free of contaminants. Sensors keep track of how hard they’ve had to work, providing your smartphone with a map of your city’s dirtiest areas. You also get data on temperature, humidity, CO2 levels and more.

Currently the device’s battery life stands at 6-8 hours, but there are plans to increase that to 10 hours. It’s not available yet, but the company is seeking funding to bring it to market.

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Whistle Dog Collar Is A Wearable For Your Puppy

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Wearables are all the rage these days, from smartwatches to life logging devices, there’s something for everyone. So why should your dog feel left out? The Whistle Activity Monitor is like a Fitbit for your canine companion. It tracks your dog’s every movement and feeds it back to your through a smartphone app. This way you can know if he’s getting enough exercise, enough playtime, and enough rest.

$129.

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