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Moment Wearable Shipping This Summer; Buoyed by $100,000 Prize

Another company is plunging hands-first into the crowding accessible smart warable market, armed with a $100,000 award from a weekend competition. Somatic Labs, creators of the moment wearable device, won the prize at the Innovation Open, an event for entrepreneurs hosted at Arizona State University.

As described on their website, "Moment is the first wearable that uses precise haptic feedback to change your perception of time, improve your sense of direction, and help you stay more present."

Where other wearables include a single motor for vibration feedback, Moment includes four linear resonant actuators, a method they say can create vibrations that move across your skin. For instance, the device can draw the next turn for a GPS app instead of just giving a simple vibration pattern.

In addition to the usual applications of telling the time or obtaining GPS directions, Moment will have an open platform for developers and will be compatible with automation service IFTTT. An early version of their SDK for developers has been posted.

Those interested can preorder the device now for $199 with an expected ship date of June 30. Full refunds are available before the ship date.

Source: Moment
Category: News

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J.J. Meddaugh is an experienced technology writer and computer enthusiast. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in telecommunications management and a minor in business. When not writing for Blind Bargains, he enjoys travel, playing the keyboard, and meeting new people.

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