Omate TrueSmart Smartwatch Packs Functionality

Omate Smartwatch

Perhaps not quite as elegant as the Sony, and it may be trying to do too many things, but the Omate smartwatch looks pretty powerful and slick, nonetheless. Far more robust than the Pebble, its Android OS and Arm architecture position it as a promising player in the (getting very) crowded market.

Steampunk Tales and Tools: New Pub from Tabbooks

Retro design has both many adherents and subgenres. With Steampunk, it’s Flash Gordon meets “Brazil” meets DIY, and a new book makes a compelling intro to the aesthetic.

“The Steampunk Adventurer’s Guide: Contraptions, Creations, and Curiosities Anyone Can Make,” by Tabbook’s Steampunk wizard, Thomas Willeford, is now out and available. Sample it first and download a free chapter.

The Steampunk Adventurer's Guide

Finding a Common (3-D) Bond between Odd Objects

OK, the bench doesn’t look so comfy and the guitar’s probably awful, but Man, 3-D is shaking it up…

PLA and other plastic, additive goodness for sitting, standing, and strumming.

Energy Efficiency Goes Hand in Wrist with Wearables

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E-Textiles News

Wearables #1: Wearable textile battery can be recharged by sunlight

Energy Storage seems to be the point of intersection of the future.

From Nanowerk:

Going hand in hand with the development of wearable electronic textiles, researchers are also pushing the development of wearable and flexible energy storage to power those e-textiles. […] Going one step further, a research team in Korea has now developed wearable textile batteries that can be integrated with flexible solar cells and thus be recharged by solar energy. eporting their work in the October 28, 2013 online edition of Nano Letters (“Wearable Textile Battery Rechargeable by Solar Energy”), the team demonstrates a fully functional wearable textile battery by finding unconventional materials for all of the key battery components and integrating them systemically: Nickel-coated polyester yarn as a current collector for efficient stress release, polyurethane binder for strong adhesion of active materials, and polyurethane separator with superior mechanical, electrochemical, and thermal properties.

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Wearables #2: study looks at the acceptance of wearables

From EurekAlert:

As scientists develop the next wave of smartwatches and other wearable computing, they might want to continue focusing their attention on the arms and the wrists. According to a recent Georgia Tech study, portable electronic devices placed on the collar, torso, waist or pants may cause awkwardness, embarrassment or strange looks.

In a paper titled “Don’t Mind Me Touching My Wrist,” Georgia Tech researchers reported the results of a case study of interaction with on-body technology in public. Specifically, they surveyed people in both the United States and South Korea to gain cultural insights into perceptions of the use of e-textiles, or electronic devices, stitched into everyday clothing. […] In general, the study found that in both countries, the wrist and the forearm were the most preferred locations for e-textiles, as well as the most normal placement when watching someone use the devices.

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