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Wearable Tech Captures Attention At CES 2014

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For years, wearable tech has looked poised to explode into the mass market in a big way, and this year’s Consumer Electronics Show looks to have cemented 2014 as the “year of wearable tech.”

CES 2014 featured activity from both brand-name electronics companies, as well as market newcomers like Pebble. The company, which raised $10 million on Kickstarter to launch its line of smartwatches, used CES as the platform to announce its second-generation offering, the Pebble Steel. Critics have hailed the new Pebble Steel as a more grown-up take on the smartwatch. For one thing, as it’s name suggests, the watch is made of stainless steel instead of plastic, making it more of a stylish piece jewelry that just happens to also be a smartwatch. Like it’s predecessor, the new Pebble will be able to run a variety of apps, and will sync with iPhones and Android devices.

Fitness devices have been an important part of wearable tech over the last couple of years, and that trend continued at CES 2014, with the announcement of the new Basis Band. This new device provides a health and fitness spin on the smartwatch by combining a heart rate monitor, a sleep tracker and a pedometer into a single device worn on the wrist.

Mimo Baby from Rest Devices is a new wearable baby monitor that is built around Intel Edison, a PC the size of an SD card. The sensors on the Mimo Baby track the infant’s movement, temperature, and breathing rate, and relay the information to an app on a parent’s smartphone. This device promises to offer peace of mind to parents, who will get instant knowledge of any problems their baby may be experiencing.

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