Check out the coolest future tech from Intel’s Make It Wearable competition

It’s no secret that Intel wants to rule the wearable world. The company was slow to respond to the growth in mobile and has no intention of letting the same thing happening again. To ensure it’s right at the cutting edge of development, Intel launched the Make It Wearable competition late last year, which is entering the final stages now.

The entrants have been whittled down to 10 finalists, all of which will present their concepts at the beginning of November; three winners will be chosen on November 11. Intel will support all the semifinalists, with the intention of seeing the products become a reality. Entries have been judged on innovation, future potential, and the strength of the concept, plus how likely it is to make a positive impact on the growing wearables market. Entries use the Intel Edison development platform, or the larger, more capable Intel Galileo Gen 2 platform.

You can check out all ten semifinalists over at Intel’s Make It Wearable homepage, but we’ve picked our four favorites from the line-up, which you can see below.


If you’re excited about Google’s Project Ara modular phone, then Blocks is its wearable alternative. The concept is similar: Each link on the wearable band performs a specific function and can be swapped out with new, updated, or more relevant links when needed.

Open Bionics

This amazing prosthetic hand is designed to be cheap to produce, thanks to 3D printing techniques, but also incredibly versatile. In the video, we can see exactly how dextrous the hand looks, but it’s the huge savings and life-changing potential that make it really exciting.


Why would you want a wearable quadcopter? Because when it’s equipped with a camera, you can take images and video that normally wouldn’t be possible without a team of videographers following your every move. The test videos seen here sold it to us.


This isn’t a wristband for receiving notifications, but one for adjusting your body temperature. By subtly fooling the brain into thinking the body’s temperature is rising or falling, the Wristify can help wearers warm up or cool down. Medical benefits aside, it could also see us using our home heating and AC a little less, making it environmentally friendly.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Halfbikes, VR for all your senses, and more

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If we get a Nintendo 64 Classic, it needs to have these games

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Forza Street is the newly adopted name of free-to-play racer Miami Street

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Among hundreds of choices, these are the 25 best SNES games of all time

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A Google patent hints at a new attempt at an augmented reality headset

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Home Theater

Here are some common AirPods problems, and how to fix them

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When it's not keeping you dry, Gore wants to keep Silicon Valley innovating

The Gore Innovation Center in Santa Clara, California is designed to help tech start ups to create innovate new products that integrated Gore-Tex fabrics and other materials in wearables, health devices, and more.

The North Focals smartglasses help you rock out with new Spotify support

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Army uses modified Microsoft HoloLens 2 for ‘real-life game of Call of Duty’

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Now is the time to pick up and wear a discounted TicWatch smartwatch

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The ultimate golf watch isn’t a smartwatch. It’s Hublot’s Big Bang Unico Golf

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Smartwatch deal: The Apple Watch Series 3 just dropped to $199

Now’s a perfect time to grab the last-gen (but still awesome) Apple Watch Series 3. It's a great wearable for those looking to hop into the world of smartwatches, and this limited-time deal makes the Series 3 even more attractive.

Apple Watch Series 3, Fitbit Charge 2 see price cuts from Walmart and B&H

Save around $50 on the Fitbit Charge 2 from Amazon and more than $100 on the Apple Watch Series 3 at B&H Photo Video and Walmart. These may be slightly older models, but they're still excellent fitness trackers and smartwatches.