Beyond fitness trackers and smartwatches, wearables have arguably lacked the impact and widespread adoption that the technology industry has shouted about.
Sure, the discontinued Google Glass might have been trialled at a few hospitals to assist doctors with operations, and wearables brand Vuzix has seen some of its industrial-grade smart glasses put to use in manufacturing, but few have really punched into a cross section of industries with any gusto.
Intel could change that. The company revealed a set of helmet mounted glasses at CES 2016 in Las Vegas akin to science fiction X-ray specs that can effectively see into objects such as pipes and machinery.
X-rays are harmful out of controlled environments, so Intel has worked with augmented reality company Daqri, which developed the helmet, to provide its RealSense 3D camera and Core m7 processor that can produce an overlay of wiring, schematics and problems over a piece of machinery or industrial installation.
A 360-degree array of sensors allows the helmet to track a wearer's movement and vision and provide information such as step-by-step instructions on how to carry out a task. Wearers of the Daqri Smart Helmet, as the headset has been dubbed, can effectively peer into the workings of equipment in real time.
This could save engineers and mechanics time when it comes to fixing or diagnosing problems with machinery and components, while ensuring that the work is carried out safely.
The helmet is not dissimilar to Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality concept, but appears to be a more mature product.The wearable device is very much focused on industrial use, rather than a consumer product that has applications in the business world.
However, unlike other industrial wearables, Intel and Daqri have created a product that does not need to be used in very specific situations and could be used in all manner of industries, from heavy manufacturing and car production to high-end electronics and aerospace.
No information has been revealed about how much the Daqri Smart Helmet will cost, but it has been slated for an early 2016 release and could see wearables finally making headway in the enterprise world with compelling and flexible applications.
3D printing is one of those alluring parts of the technology world that has people bubbling with ideas of what they can and will print.
But the time, cost and varying quality of current consumer 3D printers has meant they have yet to take the hobby and craft market by storm.
You are more likely to find 3D printers being used by startups to create cheap and cheerful prototypes; some even use 3D printing to create prosthetic limbs that are markedly cheaper and faster to produce than current alternatives.
Arguable it is in the business world, from startups to large enterprises, where 3D printing will have the most impact in the near future.
Case in point would be Ford's use of industrial 3D printers to create prototype parts to inform the design of its next range of cars.
The car maker uses 3D printing to bring to life sketched designs and 3D models of car parts created with computer-assisted design software.
The printers can rapidly and cheaply produce plastic prototypes of car parts (pictured below), such as steering wheels, gear sticks, grilles and various other bodywork parts, all of which can be assessed in the physical world by engineers and designers.
Previously the process for complex parts would be carried out using clay models that required specific tooling, moulds and specialist technicians.
This meant producing prototypes could take months, depending on the complexity of the part, as well as cost Ford a hefty amount.
While Ford still uses clay models to create scale versions of its cars and less complex car parts, it now uses laser 3D printing to create detailed plastic prototypes within days or hours, saving the firm time and money, and giving its engineers and designers more scope to optimise each part for the car.
Ford is probably a few years away from creating mass market 3D printed cars, but with 3D printing allowing for the creation of metal and plastic models, it could only be a matter of time before cars are constructed mostly from printed parts.
The definition of cool is abstract at best; one person's Rolls Royce is another's Reliant Robin. But that has not stopped The Centre for Brand Analysis deciding which companies have the ‘coolest' brand.
Possibly with too much time on its hands, the Centre has compiled a list of the top 20 cool brands of the year, embracing a range of sectors such as technology, fashion and cars. Sadly, waste disposal, sanitation and tone distribution were not considered.
Technology dominated the list, and the likes of Apple, Spotify, Google, Instagram, Sonos and YouTube made it into the top 20.
Surprising absolutely no one in the world who hasn't been living under a rock for the past decade, Apple took the number one spot. The company won the coolest brand for the fourth year running, no doubt fuelled by Jony Ive's rather fetching, if over-enthused about, product designs.
If Apple is as cool as a bath full of liquid nitrogen, Ray-Ban is the equivalent of a dip in the Arctic ocean while cradling a penguin, as the sunglasses company took the second spot.
One-time hippy commune and world's largest mud convention, Glastonbury, took the bronze medal, giving it the cool factor equivalent of ice-skating naked in a hailstorm.
Netflix, Nike, Instagram and YouTube also featured in the top 10, gaining the cool factor of having a massage from a yeti.
James Bond fans will be distraught to discover that Aston Martin, maker of the most beautiful cars to grace the planet, took only the tenth position.
That's right, the chariot of Britain's beloved fictional spy is held in less regard than a social media site known for pictures of people's food.
Google will be licking its wounds as it came outside the top 10, in the respectable position of twelfth but some way behind rival Apple.
Virgin Atlantic represented the world of transport at position 19, the cool equivalent of eating ice cream really fast, probably owing to its in-flight film service and cabin crew in Vivienne Westwood-designed uniforms.
Many technology and tech-related brands made it into the cool list, so perhaps the lack of diversity in the sector will be eroded as more women and under-represented groups turn their attention to the world's coolest tech brands.
Modern life is a near-constant battle against cables. Like amorous electrically charged snakes, metres of micro USB wires entwine themselves with the chalk white cables from Apple's portfolio of proprietary cables, never to be put asunder.
Often when a smartphone bleats its final cry for battery life, the right cable is never easily available. And then you stand on a plug.
But help may be at hand in the form of wireless charging furniture revealed at MWC by flat-pack products and meatball giant Ikea.
The BBC reported that Ikea's Home Smart line will initially range from lamps to coffee and bedside tables that eschew cables for a more harmonious way of filling up lithium-ion battery-equipped devices.
Ikea has used the QI wireless charging standard, which will make its charging spot compatible with the new Samsung Galaxy S6.
Through the power of inductive charging, devices with embedded magnetic coils can draw a small electromagnetic field without the need for unsightly wires.
Those with mobile devices incompatible with the QI standard need not worry, as Ikea will provide phone cases that allow the devices to benefit from cable-free charging.
Ikea fans with a suite of incompatible furniture can also breathe easy in the knowledge that the company is offering standalone wireless charging pads that can be fixed onto existing furniture, meaning that hours of poring over instructions on a Sunday afternoon will not have been wasted.
The Wireless Power Consortium said that there are 81 compatible wireless QI smartphones in the worldwide market, meaning that Ikea's Home Smart range has the potential to sit in a leading position when it come to power-infused furniture.
Ikea will launch the wireless charging products in the UK in April.
People who find they turn the air blue when screw A does not match figure A's image will be happy to know that Ikea is not the only company pursuing wireless charging. Starbucks, Huawei and Lenovo are also dipping their corporate toes in the market.
Adding wireless charging into furniture may sound like a great and much desired feature for everyday living, but it does raise questions about recycling.
With extra technology fitted into furniture, V3 wonders whether Ikea has made a range that makes the disposal of unwanted furniture a lot more difficult.
The highly anticipated Steve Jobs biopic has had a somewhat disastrous week, failing to achieve the box office success it expected, taking just $6.7m after being played in 2,381 locations.
The figure was revealed by Cinema news website Box Office Mojo, which also gave the movie a middling B-rating for its "deification of Steve Jobs".
The sentiment was mirrored by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who made a similar criticism, arguing that Ashton Kutcher was overly kind in his portrayal of Jobs, in a public review he posted on Gizmodo.
"I saw the movie tonight. I thought the acting throughout was good. I was attentive and entertained but not greatly enough to recommend the movie. One friend who is in the movie said he didn't want to watch fiction so he wasn't interested in seeing it. I suspect a lot of what was wrong with the film came from Ashton's own image of Jobs," he said.
"I felt bad for many people I know well who were portrayed wrongly in their interactions with Jobs and the company. The movie ends pretty much where the great Jobs finally found product success (the iPod) and changed so many of our lives. I'm grateful to Steve for his excellence in the i-era, and his contribution to my own life of enjoying great products, but this movie portrays him having had those skills in earlier times."
With this in mind, it's unsurprising that the film failed to meet its $8m to $9m opening week sales projections and did not match the performance of Jobs' creations such as the iPhone 5, which broke the five-million sales mark in its opening weekend. Still, considering how interesting Jobs was and what great insights the original 2011 biography book by Walter Isaacson gave into his life, this still feels like a missed opportunity for cinema gold.
Here's hoping we get a better look at Jobs the second time round when the Wozniak-approved biopic comes out later this year.
Written by V3's Alastair Stevenson
For more than a decade, one of the largest untapped electronics markets in the world has been sealed off from game console developers.
Now, however, China could be opening itself up to console vendors, bringing a massive new crowd of potential customers. A government plan would allow for a limited lift of a ban that had forbidden console sales.
According to a report form the South China Morning Post, authorities would allow for sales of consoles within the Shanghai free trade zone. Vendors who would meet with country's “cultural” standard requirements would be allowed to sell consoles within the limited zone.
The move comes at a particularly advantageous time for hardware vendors. With a new generation of expensive consoles on the way from both Sony and Microsoft, expanding into China can help boost what is already expected to be higher margins on more expensive consoles.
The opening of the Chinese market could also help to boost what vendors hope will be a growing usage case for the consoles. Microsoft has already expressed hope that its Xbox One will be able to leverage its video-conferencing features to serve as a unified communications device in the enterprise sector.
Between the prospect of a move into China and the possibility of an expansion into the business market, the new-gen consoles could see a much smoother and more successful launch than their predecessors.
CharityBuzz is offering bidders the chance to have a cup of coffee with Apple chief executive Tim Cook. Bids are currently at $210,000 for the once and a lifetime chance to drink coffee with the guy who introduced the iPhone 5.
So far, 58 bidders have jumped on the chance to spend quality time with Cook. Those interested in the having a cup of Joe with Cook have until 14 May to make their dreams come true.
For those bidders who may try to milk their time with Cook, be warned that the coffee chat will last no longer than an hour. According to the auctions terms, Cook will not have coffee with anymore than two people and the winning bidder must supply their own travel to Apple HQ.
The auction brings up an obvious question. What would you talk about with the leader of Apple? Would you ask him about Steve Jobs? Whether the iWatch is for real? Can you have tea instead of coffee? There are just so many topics to cover and so little time.
No matter what the winning bidder talks about, the winning funds go to a good cause. All proceeds from the auction will go to the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights. The group works to increase human rights around the globe.
Hopefully, Tim Cook's charitable nature extends to other past and present Apple executives. V3 looks forward to the day when former Apple chief executive John Sculley offers charitable souls the chance to spend a weekend with him.
Sculley is well renowned for firing Steve Jobs and selling sugar water. Perhaps Sculley could offer someone the chance to hang out for a total of two days in his derelict mansion.
For those unaware, Sculley's mansion is known as a design oddity that puts aesthetics over functionality. Architecture Digest called Sculley's mansion, "the architectural equivalent of the Apple III" and "the worst piece of design they have ever seen".
During your stay with Sculley you could be delighted with stories of the Newton PDA, Macintosh Portable, and what it's like to yell at Steve Jobs.
The road to privatisation was never going to be an easy one. Michael Dell was going to face a slew of investors wanting top dollar for an under ,,performing company, even if he didn't have other bidders.
Dell intended to pay $24bn for the company he's run since day one. That price just got raised by two other investors with deeper pockets. Blackstone and Carl Ichan have the potential to offer better packages for investors by way of a public equity stub, a way to keep them invested while being a private company.
Following the offers, Michael Dell and his investment group will most likely have to up their bid for Dell. They'll also need to offer a stub, which is something they don't want to do.
Nothing quite worked out like it was suppose to. Dell investors were suppose to take their measly $24bn, so Michael Dell could ride off into the sunset and get his company right. That hasn't yet happened.
Instead, the infighting and business politics have won out. Investors want to get paid and don't care about Dell's future strategies. Yet, despite not caring some investors still want a piece of Dell's future.
One theory is that Dell won't be private forever. Once Dell gets its business in order it's possible that the firm will reopen to Wall Street. Current investors know this and they don't want to be left out in the cold when it happens.
They want to hitch their dollars to the private Dell and let things shake out as they may. They could do it with Michael Dell, Carl Ichan, or Blackstone. It doesn't really matter to investors who has the company, just that they have a piece of the action.
It's the type of motivation that Michael Dell was hoping to avoid by going private. Dell had hoped to get his company doing things that were good for the company. He wanted a brief reprieve from quarterly progress reports so he could allow his company to play the long game.
Unfortunately, for Dell that seems unlikely. With the stub that's expected to be included in any deal for the company, a truly private Dell seems out of reach.
Dell was aiming to go private and turn itself into an enterprise solutions powerhouse. The company knows their options in the PC market are inconsequential and it wanted to get prepped for the future by removing quarter-obsessed investors.
Now, instead of a private Dell, the company will have to answer to some sort of investor. Whether a private or public one.