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CES 2014: Wrist revolution gets a kickstart

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Part of the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show is dedicated to wearable devices, highlighting the eruption of gadgets in this segment.

A Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch. (Reuters)

They are calling it a wrist revolution. At the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, a section of the exhibition area is dedicated to wearable devices to highlight the eruption of gadgets in this segment.

The new WristRevolution TechZone is "where style, sensors and connectivity converge to create the most sophisticated wristwatches on the market", said the organisers at the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).

"What was once science fiction is now a reality as micro-electromechanical systems enable seamless functionality to be packed into wearable devices."

The CEA believes that 2014 will be a watershed year for smart watches and other wearable devices. 

Other organisations are taking advantage of the attention, using CES to announce new products and initiatives. 

One of the major announcements will be for a series of crowdsourced projects that will launch together on January 28 to demonstrate the potential for innovation by new companies in mobile and wearable computing.

Notch and Quebee use multiple sensors to form a personal network for moving data from sensors to a smartphone. Avid Union has designed the Blade Mobile Tech Case to store multiple mobile devices and sensors such as the Notch and Quebee. Also launching is Spectre, a virtual reality horror game designed for the Oculus Rift, pioneering a new level of realism in horror gaming.

The founders are making the announcement during CES 2014 in Las Vegas.

The following details have been supplied by the creators of the products:

Notch: Mobile Multi-Sensor Motion Capture System
Notch is a wearable movement-capture sensor network that uses advanced sensor fusion algorithms to perform skeletal reconstruction of human movement and is designed mobile-first. Notch consists of tiny wearable modules that capture and reconstruct bodily movements in 3D. Notch is scalable from two to 14 modules and is perfect for active sports, dance, 3D animation, and quantified-self.

Quebee: Mobile Multi-Angle Video Capture System
Quebee is the first mobile multicamera system on Kickstarter and works with your iPhone camera and multiple Qubee cameras to capture video simultaneously from multiple angles. Quebee has a wide angle lens and can capture video continuously for five hours or two days in time lapse mode. You can control multiple Quebee cameras with a smartphone app, synchronise video and stream video over the internet.

Avid Union: The Blade Mobile Tech Case
The Shield is a tech jacket that recently became among the most successful apparel Kickstarters in recent memory. Now, Avid Union is launching the Blade, a superlative tech case which stores tools for the modern tech warrior keeping them safe and accessible. The Blade features multiple compartments for smart devices and comes with an RFID blocking pouch for identity protection.

Proscenium: SPECTRE - VR Horror Game
Spectre is a first-person horror game built for the Oculus Rift from game developer Proscenium. Explore wondrous haunted locales. Discover riddles and secrets. Escape the wrath of the Spectre lurking in the shadows, or command the Spectre itself, and terrify your friends!

*For an interactive presentation of these products, go to www.tagaboom.com/innovation to browse the projects and interact with the innovators who created them. – Gadget.co.za

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