Before the 2012 make-or-break U.S. holiday buying season (which this year ran from 23 November to 24 December), the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) estimated that spending on consumer electronics would increase a few percentage points. Unfortunately for manufacturers and retailers, an analysis released in January by the CEA showed that actual spending was flat. But that overall figure conceals that some categories are booming while others are in decline.
Highlights From Wearable Computing’s History
The first “Glass” wearable? 1997. Early fitness bands that measure pulse? 2002. Wearables have been around longer than you think
The Little AC Adapter That Could
A humble device reminds me of electrical engineering's foundations
Doping Lithium-ion Batteries to Make Them Safer
Could help enable safer, more powerful next-generation batteries
The Real-Life Dangers of Augmented Reality
Augmented reality can impair our perception, but good design can minimize the hazards
Fraunhofer Optics Could Make Augmented Reality Specs Thinner
But will a waveguide look good on you?
Do You Really Need a Smart Watch? Or Just a Smart Watch Back?
Chronos thinks people who love their “dumb” watches will love this smart watch back
Green Microchips Created on Cellulose Nanofibril Paper
Will these wood chips make cell phones and computers more environmentally friendly?
Know Your Wearables Slang
Jerktech, earables, and citizen-terminals all mark a brave new wearable world
Cheap Earthquake Warning Systems
Crowdsourced networks of low-cost sensors and cellphones could have provided life-saving seconds in Nepal
Tunable Liquid Metal Antennas for Tuning in to Anything
An antenna that can adjust its size and shape electronically could cut down on components
Virtual Reality Pioneer Looks Beyond Entertainment
Jeremy Bailenson looks to virtual reality's future based on lessons from two decades of research
How Oculus Story Studio Learned Storytelling in Virtual Reality
Oculus Story Studio founders take inspiration from films, games, and live theater to do VR storytelling
First X-ray Views Inside Overheating Lithium-ion Batteries
Gas pockets and short circuits can destroy battery innards during thermal runaway
MIT Turns Thumbnail into Trackpad
Could allow mobile device use even when hands are full
Light Emitting Fibers for Crazy Clothes
The fibers can be woven into textiles could be used in so-called smart fabrics.
Apple’s Watch is the Next Big Geek Icebreaker
Starting April 24th, Silicon Valley’s social scene will get a boost, thanks to Apple
Smarter Systems Make Web Surfing on Your Phone Less of a Battery Drain
Smarter mobile operating systems can make browsing mobile Web apps more energy efficient
Sony May Have a Hard Time Making Its Mark With Augmented Reality Glasses
Sony's SmartEyeglass developer kit, available in Germany and the UK, hits 10 countries in March
Google Glass: Not Dead, Just Resting
Sales are halted of the Explorer edition of the wearable computer
Zinc-oxide Nanostructures Could Help Power Wearables
Novel insulating material improves power collection without adversely impacting device operation