SXSW 2014: Expect Wearable Tech, Robotics, Science Celebs and More
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The South by Southwest Interactive festival kicks off Friday (March 7) in Austin, Texas, and Live Science will be onsite with the latest news on wearable technologies, the digital future, robots and more.

A dress that becomes transparent as the wearer's heartbeat increases, 3D-printed chocolate and appearances by astrophysicist Neil de Grasse Tyson and science communicator Bill Nye are just a few of the exciting offerings at SXSW Interactive, which takes place March 7–11.

SXSW is well known for its music and film festivals, but the interactive festival is a major convergence point (read Geek-fest) for emerging technologies and startups. [10 Best Apps and Gadgets From SXSW 2013]

"From hands-on training to big-picture analysis of the future, SXSW Interactive has become the place to preview the technology of tomorrow today," the SXSW website states.

A slew of wearable tech and wearable computing gadgets will be on display at the festival, such as a device that confirms identity based on heartbeat and a system for using Google Glass for online shopping. In addition, members of the fashion industry will riff on the aesthetics of wearable tech.

Memoto is a lifelogging device displayed at SXSW 2013 that constantly takes pictures so you don't have to.
Memoto is a lifelogging device displayed at SXSW 2013 that constantly takes pictures so you don't have to.
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Several prominent science celebrities will also be in attendance. Physicist and science communicator Tyson, host of the new TV series "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," will be speaking with Scientific American's Christie Nicholson on Saturday (March 8). Nye (of "Science Guy" fame) will be at a VIP event for the Science Channel Saturday night. And Adam Savage, host of the TV show "Mythbusters," will be speaking Monday (March 10) on the intersection between science and art.A slew of wearable tech and wearable computing gadgets will be on display at the festival, such as a device that confirms identity based on heartbeat and a system for using Google Glass for online shopping. In addition, members of the fashion industry will riff on the aesthetics of wearable tech.

There's a lot to look forward to, so stay tuned!

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