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Product News Round-Up: Android Wear, Sony’s Project Morpheus and more

Google announces Android Wear

This week Google unveiled the Android Wear operating system for smart watches. The company’s first official foray into wearables includes features such as fitness tracking, calendar and reminder notifications as well as voice control capability. Google has taken care with aesthetics, drawing interest from fashion brands such as Fossil, who plan to release watches later this year. Read more at The Verge.

Quirky and GE Help Those Nest Left Out with their AC Unit

Quirky, the community of inventors, partnered with GE to introduce a new air conditioner, the $300 Aros. The unit will cool rooms up to 350 square feet and is app controlled, similar to the Nest thermostat. GE and Quirky expect the product to appeal to those who want to conserve energy while staying comfortable in the hot summer months. The idea came from a former Department of Energy worker. Hear more about her inspiration in this statement. Read more at PC Mag.

Sony Unveils Virtual Reality Headset

Sony revealed Project Morpheus this week, a virtual reality headset that will work with PlayStation. No information was provided regarding price and release date of the system. Watch the video below to see how the prototype works and a glimpse into what the user will experience. Read more at Engadget.

HP is Getting into the 3D Printing Market

This week HP announced its foray into the 3D printing market and hinted at big news to come in June. President and CEO Meg Whitman said the company would focus more on enterprise use, such as prototyping and testing, as opposed to consumer home use. Read more at Forbes.

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