Rewind: Oh. My. God. Becky, look at those wearables…

From GPS logging dog harnesses to MIDI drumming gloves, Adafruit’s Director of Wearable Electronics Becky Stern has unveiled some pretty wonderful wearable projects over the past couple of months. So much so that we’ve decided to pay homage to the LED-lovin’, gadget-glowin’ Maker by showcasing several of our favorites. While the inherent versatility of Atmel’s MCUs have made our silicon a favorite amongst […]

Rewind: 25 wow-worthy wearables from 2014

As we turn the page on 2014, we’re taking a quick look back at some of our favorite wearables from the last 12 months. While analysts predict the market to experience an uptick heading into 2015, we can only wait and see what new products emerge! Moto 360 In what may have been the most highly-anticipated Android Wear smartwatch to date, the Moto […]

Report: 30% of smart wearables will be inconspicuous by 2017

As previously reported on Bits & Pieces, we can expect to see wearable technology become less invasive over the next couple of years. Aside from an emergence in smart clothing and e-textiles, a new study from Gartner has revealed that the wearables market will continue to expand and evolve with 30% of the devices to become completely unobtrusive to the eye by 2017. […]

Report: 2015 is expected to be a breakout year for wearables

We’re just weeks away from a breakout year for wearables, new research from Forrester has revealed. “In 2015, wearables will hit mass market,” Forrester’s JP Gownder writes in the company’s most recent blog post. “With Apple’s much-anticipated Apple Watch slated for release early next year, the already hype-heavy conversation will reach new heights.” The research firm joins other tech industry analysts in […]

Exploring Atmel’s new microcontrollers, IoT and wearables

More and more companies, regardless of their vertical, are trying to get closer to their customers and see various aspects of the internet of things (IoT) as the way to do so. For a good example, here is Salesforce Wear Developer Pack which, as they say: ..is a collection of open-source starter apps that let you […]

Kaivan Karimi talks IoT and wearables at Designers of Things

Designers of Things — a two-day conference dedicated to the explosive and exciting potential of wearable tech, 3D printing and the Internet of Things — kicked off this morning with a session from Kaivan Karimi. During his presentation, the Atmel VP and GM of Wireless Solutions broke down the evolution of technologies necessary for wearable devices to succeed. Undoubtedly, wearables have emerged as an extremely […]

SMART MCUs for low power, smarter designs in Internet of Things, wearables, and the Industrial Internet

According to analysts at ABI Research, over the next five years businesses will integrate into their wellness plans more than 13 million wearable devices with embedded wireless connectivity. Wearable tech also ties into the rapidly evolving Internet of Things (IoT), which refers to a future world where all types of electronic devices link to each […]

11 pawsome wearables for your pet

Leashes? Psh. That’s so 2013. With the emergence of pet fashion in recent years, it comes with little surprise that wearable tech’s next market would target our four-legged friends. While we’ve seen an assortment of examples for wearable tech for us humans — ranging from rings and watches to hoodies and shoes — the hype around wearable […]

Wearables shipments to reach 22 million in 2014

According to CCS Insight, 22 million wearable devices will be shipped in 2014 — more than double last year’s 9.7 million total. The latest report projects that over 250 million smart wearables will be in use by 2018, nearly 14 times more than in 2013. “The wearables market is in its Stone Age right now. There needs to be […]

Ultra-thin flexible batteries may power next-gen wearables

A California-based startup has developed a new ultra-thin flexible battery that is inexpensive to make and could potentially power next-gen wearable technologies. According to MIT Technology Review, Imprint Energy has been testing its ultra-thin zinc-polymer batteries in wrist-worn devices with aspirations of one day selling them to wearable electronics, medical device, smart label and environmental sensor manufacturers. The batteries were developed from research […]