Out of the box circuit board turns wearable tech into easy DIY project

Board could serve as foundation for new types of wearable tech

Wearable tech is all the rage these days — whether it’s the more traditional item, like a watch . . .

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. . . or something a bit more unique, like your Bluetooth speaker . . .

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. . . if it’s an electronic that can also serve as a complimentary accessory to one’s outfit, then it’s getting worn.

The trouble with this growing industry is the pace with which its popularity is expanding; that is, there are not enough wearable electronics available to satisfy market demand. That’s what makes a project like “MetaWear” so exciting.

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Measuring less than the size of a quarter, MetaWear makes it super easy for even the amateur hobbyist to create hardware and devices for clothing that sync to their smartphone. It operates via a tiny ARM+Bluetooth LE Platform (the only development and production platform designed for wearables) and is compatible with both iOS and Android systems.

These two features alone significantly educe overall cost and time spent prototyping ideas.

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Those who order MetaWear can browse the company’s Github account, which includes API libraries, documents, and sample iOS / Android apps to help get their idea started. Its BLE radio has been CE and FCC certified, and the device is cost and BOM optimized, so if an idea really takes off, there are few hurdles in the way.

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The folks behind MetaWear foresee a range of products that could result from it being put out to the public for research and development, including headbands that count calories and miles run, anti-theft checkers for valuables, a fake phone call trigger, etc.

Right now, the MetaWear is on Kickstarter. It has already surpassed its target goal seven times over. Those who invest $30 will not only receive the MetaWear board but also a rechargeable USB battery, coin vibrator, and a buzzer.

The campaign will be live till May 2. Good luck to the MetaWear folk!

Portable power pack converts regular bicycles into electric bikes

With 750 watts of power, pack can power bike up to 18mph

An electrical engineer by the name of Jeff Guida has developed a pretty nifty product called the ShareRoller, basically a portable and detachable electric motor kit designed to turn a regular old bicycle into a high-flying electric bike.

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New Kickstarter device hooks up to bike to track it if it ever gets stolen

Smart technology about to achieve fundraising goal

BikeSpike is over on Kickstarter and it’s about to achieve its $150K fundraising goal with a little more than three weeks before it hits its deadline.

The technology is well worth funding, too. Without getting into too much of the nitty gritty details, BikeSpike is basically a tracking device that gets attached to a user’s bicycle for added peace of mind.

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And not only will BikeSpike track the location of a user’s bike using GPS, the location information can also be shared with law enforcement to increase the chances of getting the bike back to the rightful owner.

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Kickstarter project tickles the spine with the beats of your favorite song

Back massager gives new meaning to feeling the music

SubPac audio technology

Toronto-based Studiofeed has just launched one of the more fascinating pieces of music technology we’ve ever come across. Their product is called the SubPac and it’s a backrest with audio interface designed to transmit bass frequencies through actual physical contact with the user.

Designed to mimic club-level bass intensities, the SubPac has a frequency response of 5Hz to 130Hz.

In layman’s terms, what headphones are to speakers, the SubPac is to subwoofers.

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Check out the thinnest watch in the world

Project on Kickstarter looks to hit shelves with new e-ink watch

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Thin is in and damn—it’s beautiful. This contraption here, dubbed the CST-01, comes from Central Standard Timing and at 0.80mm, it’s the thinnest watch in the world.

What the CST-01 looks like

The patent is still pending on this innovative piece of technology genius, but according to the company’s press release, here are the details:

(The) CST-01 is assembled by laminating thin, flexible components into a 0.5mm pocket etched into a single piece of flexible stainless steel, making it different than traditional digital watches which typically use the same form factor of an analog watch. An embedded Thinergy Micro-Energy Cell that charges in 10 minutes from an external dock, lasts for over a month and has a lifetime of 15 years, eliminates the hassle and expense of changing batteries.

Inside of the CST-01

Yes, you read that correctly. An e-ink display on a wristwatch. If marketed properly, this stands to be something big, looking less like something George Jetson would wear, and something more along the lines of what the average Joe out there would likely wear. Throw in the fact that e-ink takes up hardly any juice, and the CST-01 stands to be something big for a long, long time.

It’s simple. Durable. And it goes everywhere with you. Quite frankly, it sounds like a pretty awesome portable speaker I know of—but I digress. Charging is conveniently done via micro-USB. It weighs 12 grams and will be available in black or white when it first hits the shelves. In terms of size, Central Standard Timing is still prototyping different size options, but there’ll likely be a small (14-17cm wrist circumference), medium (17-20cm), and large (20-23cm) option available.

As things stand now, the watch is on Kickstarter looking to raise $200,000. The good news is they still have 38 days to go—and have already doubled their goal with over $405,000.

The CST-01 promo video below: