Wearable computers are apparently the future. We have smartphones in our pockets nearly all of the time, so we're not far off already. Google Glass will bring computing to a pair of spectacles soon. Apple is reportedly working on an iWatch of some kind, too. Then there's the Talking Shoe Google is showing off at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. No, seriously.
The Talking Shoe is more than just a concept video. A prototype pair is making the rounds at the festival, and Tech Crunch has posted its impressions, calling the shoe "unexpectedly motivational." You probably won't be able to buy a pair anytime soon, though. This is more art concept than future product. The effort was funded by Google's Art, Copy, Code project, which seeks to translate "how Silicon Valley thinks about technology into how creative agencies think about advertising."
Now, there are already numerous fitness-related widgets on the market that use positional and motion tracking to assess workouts. The geek in me loves the idea of having data on that sort of thing, and adding a motivational "coach" to the equation isn't too far of a leap. However, it's hard to see much value in live-tweeting (or, I suppose, Google+ing) workouts—unless you're the sort who feels the need to keep the world appraised of the minutiae of your daily life.
|The TR Podcast 166 is now available on YouTube||11|
|Chromebooks now come with 1TB of cloud storage for two years||11|
|Deal of the week: Devil's Canyon starting at $179.99, Intel 730 Series for $0.42/GB, and more||28|
|AMD prolongs A-series software deal; price cuts still a work in progress||20|
|Report: Valve lays out new rules for Early Access games||47|
|Intel's 2015 revenue outlook beats Street expectations||46|
|Intel's 3D NAND has 32 layers and 256Gb per die||59|
|Telltale's Game of Thrones game looks pretty good||12|
|Sounds like a good way to conceal the terrible financial performance of the mobile business unit.||+35|