Wearable tech http://www.stuff.tv/sg/wearable-tech/news en-SG Motorola may have accidentally posted a snap of the Moto 360 in gold http://www.stuff.tv/sg/moto-360/motorola-may-have-accidentally-posted-snap-moto-360-gold/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We’re expecting the gold version to sit alongside its silver and black smartwatches in the near future </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Motorola may have accidentally posted a snap of the Moto 360 in gold " alt="Motorola may have accidentally posted a snap of the Moto 360 in gold " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nexus2cee.jpg?1411371682" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;re a die hard fan of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/motorola/moto-360">Motorola&rsquo;s Moto 360 smartwatch</a>, you&rsquo;d have probably known by now that it (thus far) is only due to come in two colour options &ndash; silver, and back. But now, there might be one more variant to add on to the range thanks to a picture the company posted on its official website.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Slip of the image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And it gets even dodgier; Motorola reworked the positioning of the other four watch faces on the image to sit as if the fifth watch face never existed. It also provided a response stating &ldquo;Although we can&rsquo;t comment on gold specifically, we&rsquo;re always exploring new materials and we intend to provide Moto 360 in a selection of styles in the future&rdquo;.</p> <p>That basically means there&rsquo;s a very high possibility for the Moto 360 to come in a few adaptations, but what stirs our interest is the term &ldquo;exploring new materials&rdquo; because this means that the Moto 360 could really be made of gold (or gold plated) instead of just gold coloured.</p> <p>But of course, this would also mean that its price would match its make. We&rsquo;ll just have to wait until Motorola sends out the official details of it. </p> <p><strong>READ MORE:<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review"> </a></strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Motorola Moto 360 hands-on preview&nbsp;</a></p> <p>[Source and images: <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/09/19/motorola-may-be-planning-new-colors-for-the-moto-360-including-gold/" target="_blank">Android Police</a>] &nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="450" title="Motorola may have accidentally posted a snap of the Moto 360 in gold " alt="Motorola may have accidentally posted a snap of the Moto 360 in gold " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus2cee2.jpg?1411371682" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/moto-360/motorola-may-have-accidentally-posted-snap-moto-360-gold/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/moto-360/motorola-may-have-accidentally-posted-snap-moto-360-gold/news#comments Moto 360 Motorola Smartwatch Wearable tech Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:00:18 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1448262 at http://www.stuff.tv The next Samsung smartwatch might have a fingerprint scanner http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/next-samsung-smartwatch-might-have-fingerprint-scanner/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You might soon be able to use this yet-to-be named device for retail purposes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="The next Samsung smartwatch might have a fingerprint scanner " alt="The next Samsung smartwatch might have a fingerprint scanner " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/swatch.jpeg?1411371436" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung&rsquo;s got a firm grip on the smartwatch space, considering that it&rsquo;s got the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/gear-2">Gear 2</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/gear-2-neo">Gear 2 Neo</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/gear-live">Gear Live</a>, and <a></a></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/next-samsung-smartwatch-might-have-fingerprint-scanner/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/next-samsung-smartwatch-might-have-fingerprint-scanner/news#comments Samsung Smartwatches Wearable tech Mon, 22 Sep 2014 05:31:29 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1448260 at http://www.stuff.tv Misfit Flash brings neon colours, fitness and sleep tracking to your wrist http://www.stuff.tv/sg/misfit-flash-brings-neon-colours-fitness-and-sleep-tracking-your-wrist-50/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This circular wallet-friendly wearable is will be aiming for stockings in December </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="EAT SLEEP RAVE GREEN REPEAT" alt="Misfit Flash brings neon colours, fitness and sleep tracking to your wrist for £" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/main_3.jpg?1410928375" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Misfit has announced the Flash - a budget-friendly version of its Shine fitness tracker.</p> <p>Made from soft-touch plastic as opposed to the Shine&#39;s more premium all-metal build, the Flash will land on shelves with a rather agreeable &pound;50 (S$103) price tag - substantially cheaper than its Shine brother, which is currently hovering around the &pound;80 (S$164) mark.</p> <p>The Flash&#39;s functionality remains the same, letting you track your calories burned, steps and distance travelled during regular walking and exercise sessions.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An accompanying iOS and Android app also lets you see you well you&#39;ve slept, in addition to keeping a food diary if you fancy keeping on top of your nutrition in painstaking detail.</p> <p>Regular charging won&#39;t be a problem either as it shares the Shine&#39;s removable coin cell battery, which promises up to six glorious months of use.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s waterproof too, and it&#39;ll arrive in a range of funky colours when it goes on sale in November.</p> <p>We expect to wrap a Misfit Flash around our wrists soon, so stay tuned to see if it&#39;s worthy of kickstarting your emergency-2015-lose-all-the-Christmas-fat programme in a few months time.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple Watch hands-on review</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="624" height="468" title="It also comes in black" alt="Misfit Flash brings neon colours, fitness and sleep tracking to your wrist for £" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/1_4.jpg?1410928375" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="600" height="450" title="funky" alt="Misfit Flash brings neon colours, fitness and sleep tracking to your wrist for £" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2_10.jpg?1410928375" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="600" height="450" title="Even funkier" alt="Misfit Flash brings neon colours, fitness and sleep tracking to your wrist for £" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3_13.jpg?1410928375" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/misfit-flash-brings-neon-colours-fitness-and-sleep-tracking-your-wrist-50/news#comments Health and fitness Wearable tech Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:59:07 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1447864 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony releases Singapore availability and pricing for its latest tech range http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartwatch/ifa-2014/sony-releases-singapore-availability-and-pricing-its-latest-tech-range/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Want any of the devices Sony launched at IFA 2014? We’ve got all the details here </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sony releases Singapore availability and pricing for its latest tech range " alt="Sony releases Singapore availability and pricing for its latest tech range " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sonys.jpg?1410861209" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony did not hold back in unveiling products at the recent IFA 2014.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Other launches </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unfortunately, not much information about the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact-hands/review">Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact </a>has been revealed yet &ndash; all that&rsquo;s been said is the pricing and availability of the device will be &ldquo;advised closer to the launch date&rdquo;. Keep your eyes peeled for an update as soon as we get it. &nbsp;</p> <p>As for the 4.5in Sony Xperia E3 smartphone, it will soon be made available at all the three telco operators and Sony Centres for S$298. Although an exact date will be advised closer to its launch, Sony mentioned that it will be globally available from Q3 this year.</p> <p>In addition, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-smartwatch-3-and-smartband-talk-hands/review">Sony SmartBand Talk and the Sony SmartWatch 3</a>, will both be available towards the end of October this year and priced at S$228 and S$298 respectively. Go ahead, have your pick.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/sony-brings-ps4-remote-play-xperia-z3-range/news">Sony brings PS4 Remote Play to Xperia Z3 range&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="436" title="Sony releases Singapore availability and pricing for its latest tech range" alt="Sony releases Singapore availability and pricing for its latest tech range" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sonnyyyy.jpg?1410861209" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartwatch/ifa-2014/sony-releases-singapore-availability-and-pricing-its-latest-tech-range/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartwatch/ifa-2014/sony-releases-singapore-availability-and-pricing-its-latest-tech-range/news#comments IFA 2014 Smartphones Smartwatch Sony Wearable tech Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:36:12 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1447784 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk hands on http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-smartwatch-3-and-smartband-talk-hands/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Update 16/09/14: prices for Sony&#039;s latest wearables are confirmed, and it&#039;s time to see if you want them on your wrists </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony&#039;s new &quot;SmartWear&quot; - yes it&#039;s insisted on renaming wearables " alt="Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sw3-sbt.jpg?1410859780" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony is going practical, not pretty, in wearable tech with two new wristputers launched at IFA 2014. &nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> S$298.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> for Sony Smarwatch 3, S$228 for Sony SmartBand Talk </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wear Gets Practical - GPS &amp; Walkman app </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Square of screen and sporty looking, the SmartWatch 3 doesn&#39;t exactly tear up the wearables design rule book.&nbsp;</p> <p>But that&#39;s OK. Available in Classic Black or Sport Lime, the watch core actually pops out of the silicon strap, also in pink and white. It&#39;s not designed to do this everyday (two of the prototypes we saw had broken home buttons) more that if you fancy a change after a few months, it can be done. The strap itself has a clasp to keep it in place and though we prefer a standard watch strap as on the G Watch, that&#39;s down to personal preference and it does at least feel secure.&nbsp;</p> <p>This is a big watch with a 1.6in screen and a fair amount of bezel. Essentially if you&#39;re moving from a chunky, colourful Swatch it&#39;ll be an easier transition than from your fancy Breitling.&nbsp;</p> <p>There&#39;s plenty to love, though. Elsewhere, the SmartWatch 3 is the first Android Wear device with GPS. Completing the killer combo is 4GB of on-board storage and a standalone Walkman app so that the SmartWatch 3 can be paired with Bluetooth headphones to track runs and provide tunes without a smartphone.</p> <p>Neither was ready for our early play and compatibility with third party fitness apps hasn&#39;t been confirmed yet but Sony will hopefully give us more details during IFA. With a price of &euro;229 (no SG price yet), that looks like a very good deal - a TomTom Runner Cardio, for instance, costs S$449 and won&#39;t even tell you the weather.</p> <p><strong>Update 16/09/14</strong>: prepare S$298, because that&#39;s how much you&#39;ll spend on the Smartwatch 3. This is significantly lower than what we expected from the&nbsp;&euro;229 price tag. Patience is required, as the Sony smartwatch will be available from end October 2014.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-gear-live/review">Samsung Gear Live smartwatch review&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="If lime green or candy pink don&#039;t work out, there&#039;s always black " alt="Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sw3-open-on-phone_0.jpg?1410859780" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Clasptastic SmartWatch 3 " alt="Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sw3-clasp.jpg?1410859780" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony SmartWatch 3 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 1.6in 320x320 TFT LCD touchscreen<br /><strong>Processor</strong>: 1.2GHz quad-core ARM A7<br /><strong>RAM</strong>: 512MB &nbsp;<br /><strong>OS</strong>: Android Wear&nbsp;<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 420mAh (claimed 2 days)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 4GB&nbsp;<br /><strong>Water &amp; Dust Resistance</strong>: IP68&nbsp;<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC&nbsp;<br /><strong>Compatibility</strong>: Android 4.3+&nbsp;<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 36 x 10 x 51mm<br /><strong>Weight:</strong> 38g (Classic), 35.7g (Sport)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Colours:</strong> Classic (Black) and Sport (Lime), straps avaialble in white and pink</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No Cradle Needed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It says a lot about the competition when we get all flustered over a microUSB port.&nbsp;After months of losing and finding the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">G Watch</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-gear-live/review">Gear Live&#39;s</a>&nbsp;charging cradles, no wonder we got a bit giddy when we saw that the SmartWatch 3 had kept at least one feature of its predecessor, the otherwise&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartwatch/sony-smartwatch-2/review">frustrating SmartWatch 2</a>.</p> <p>It&#39;s the first Android Wear watch that you can just stick your smartphone&#39;s microUSB cable in. So it&#39;s much more likely to be useful on long days out of the office or weekends away.</p> <p>And all it needed was a neat little flap on the inside of the SmartWatch 3&#39;s (admittedly chunky) steel core.&nbsp;</p> <p>The battery itself is a 420mAh unit which Sony reckons will last two days. With&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/android-wear/review">Android Wear&#39;s always-on notifications</a>&nbsp;and a bright, sharp 1.6in 320x320 screen, we wouldn&#39;t be surprised if it&#39;s more comparable to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-gear-live/review">Gear Live&#39;s day and a half battery life</a>. But every half day counts when it comes to smartwatch batteries.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Pebble Steel smartwatch review&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="So simple LG and Samsung " alt="Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sw3-microusb.png?1410859780" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Fairly big bezels and the pink strap colourway " alt="Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sw3-pink-install.jpg?1410859780" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Would you want this strapped to your body? " alt="Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sw3-inside.jpg?1410859780" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android Wear + Sony extras </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So what does it actually do? As with other Android Wear devices, there&#39;s two big functions. The watchface, to show the time, which can be swapped for other designs. And notifications which come through from your smartphone via Bluetooth - phone calls, texts, emails, social media alerts. Anything that appears in your notifications pulldown or as a banner on your Android (4.3+) shows up on the SmartWatch 3&#39;s screen. Plus Google Now&#39;s genius calendar, search and location based updates when it thinks you need them.</p> <p>We got to see Facebook and weather alerts in action during our hands on but this is familiar stuff to anyone who has used an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lg/lg-g-watch/review">LG G Watch</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-gear-live/review">Samsung Gear Live</a>. For more details on what Android Wear watches&nbsp;can do, head to our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/android-wear/review">in-depth review of the OS</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sony has tweaked Android Wear more than most. As well as the Walkman app, it also adds its Lifelog app, TV Sideview and a remote camera app. Lifelog is designed to let you track the usual fitness metrics - steps, distance, calories - alongside entertainment and media info. What movies you&#39;ve watched, music you&#39;ve listened to, games you&#39;ve played or places you&#39;ve been. These appear on a timeline which will sync across to your Xperia Z3.</p> <p>Is Sony gunning to beat Facebook at its own lifelogging game? Its ambitions are probably smaller than that but we&#39;ll be keeping an eye on Lifelog to see what Sony does with all that data. &nbsp;</p> <p>TV Sideview is an app borrowed from Xperia phones that lets you see what&#39;s on the box on the SmartWatch 3 with wrist-based remote controls too. And the remote camera app will work with Xperia phones and accessories like <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony-cyber-shot-dsc-qx10/review">Sony&#39;s QX10 lens</a>.</p> <p>So Android Wear is up for grabs, after all, but Sony&#39;s done well to keep its tinkering to a minimum. The growing number of third party apps can take care of the rest.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/android-wear/review/">Android Wear OS review&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Go on, shackle yourself to those Facebook (t)wits " alt="Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sw3-facebook.jpg?1410859780" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Classic watchface x date = smartwatch win " alt="Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sw3-clockface.jpg?1410859780" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Standard Android Wear settings " alt="Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sw3-settings.png?1410859780" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Sporty SmartWatch with a sleek Xperia Z3 " alt="Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sw3-with-phone.jpg?1410859780" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SmartBand Talk </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The SmartBand Talk, Sony&#39;s&nbsp;&euro;159 wearable e-paper screen on a silicon strap, is a curious beast.</p> <p>It&#39;s not as stylish as a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/jawbone/jawbone-up24/review">Jawbone UP </a>or as shiny and futuristic as a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung-gear-fit/review">Samsung Gear Fit</a>. But then again it&#39;s not as cheap as some of the other basic smartbands it resembles - like the incoming &pound;80 (S$165)&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/acer/acer-liquid-leap-smartband-hands/news">Acer Liquid Leap</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>With a 288x128 e-paper screen that&#39;s non touch and an odd mix of features it&#39;s stuck somewhere in the middle. The altimeter is great as that means the SmartBand can track when you&#39;re going up stairs as well as the usual steps and distance to add to your Lifelog. Auto sleep detect is a nice addition too as on Sony&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/mwc-2014/hands-sonys-life-logging-smartband-swr10-fitness-band/feature">first SmartBand</a> this mode had to be activated by a button press. IP68 dust and waterproofing is another plus.&nbsp;</p> <p>And it can talk. Well, you can talk to it. The SmartBand can handle calls, with a mic, speaker, HD Voice tech and a dash of Dick Tracey.&nbsp;</p> <p>But there&#39;s no standalone GPS like the SmartWatch 3. The 70mAh battery will last three days of normal usage, according to Sony, which isn&#39;t really good enough considering the screen. And in our hands on time with the admittedly unfinished software, it looked slow and very, very basic indeed. </p> <p>We&#39;re willing to have our minds changed when we test the final device. For now, we&#39;re more excited about the affordable, practical, Google Now-powered SmartWatch 3.</p> <p><strong>Update 16/09/14</strong>: In Singapore, the SmartBand Talk&#39;s price has been confirmed as S$228. Close enough to the European pricing, but some would expect an under S$200 price tag for this basic smartwatch. Like the Smartwatch 3, the SmartBand Talk will be available from end October 2014.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A bevy of SmartBands " alt="SmartBand Talk hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sbt-group.jpg?1410859780" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Touchscreen is MIA so get used to button presses " alt="SmartBand Talk hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sbt-side-view.jpg?1410859780" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Time &#039;n&#039; steps. Simple. " alt="SmartBand Talk hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sbt-steps.png?1410859780" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony SmartBand Talk tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: curved 1.4in e-paper 288x128 (192ppi)<br /><strong>Processor</strong>: 32-bit ARM Cortex-M4&nbsp;<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 70mAh (claimed 3 days)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 2MB&nbsp;<br /><strong>Water &amp; Dust Resistance</strong>: IP68&nbsp;<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Bluetooth, NFC&nbsp;<br /><strong>Compatibility:</strong>&nbsp;Android 4.4+&nbsp;<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 47.5 x 22.3 x 9.5mm<br /><strong>Weight</strong>: 24g (small), 26g (large)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Wristband length</strong>: 232mm (small), 255mm (large)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Colours</strong>: Black/white, red, blue, pink, lime</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hands-on with Sony&#039;s new smart wristwear </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-smartwatch-3-and-smartband-talk-hands/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-smartwatch-3-and-smartband-talk-hands/review#comments IFA 2014 Smartwatches Sony Wearable tech Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:29:42 +0000 Elissa Loi 1446502 at http://www.stuff.tv Hide your wallets - gold Apple Watch Edition estimated to cost US$1,200 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/hide-your-wallets-gold-apple-watch-edition-estimated-cost-us1200/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We&#039;ll take one for each wrist, please. And a third spare </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1172" height="879" title="Dollar storm" alt="Hide your wallets - gold Apple Watch Edition estimated to cost US$1,200" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iwatch-price.jpg?1410834406" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you were living in an undersea Faraday cage last week then you might have missed the announcement of the i̶W̶a̶t̶c̶h̶ Apple Watch.</p> <p>You can read up all about it <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/10-things-you-need-know-about-iwatch/news" target="_blank">here</a>, and see what we made of it in our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">hands-on review</a>, but there are still a few missing details ahead of its launch next year.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If true, that would comfortably make the Apple Watch Edition the most expensive smartwatch in the known universe.&nbsp;</p> <p>The jewellers reportedly arrived at this figure by taking the dimensions of the Watch from a set of design specifications before estimating the amount of gold required.</p> <p>Given that it&#39;s unclear whether or not the Watch is actually solid gold or gold plated, this figure is definitely more of an educated guess. Either way, expect to pay a precious metal premium over the likes of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review" target="_blank">Moto 360 </a>and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review" target="_blank">LG G Watch R</a> when Apple&#39;s smart timepiece lands next year.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6 hands-on review</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>[<a href="http://www.techcrunch.com/2014/09/12/the-gold-apple-watch-could-cost-as-much-as-1200/" target="_blank">TechCrunch</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The three amigos" alt="Hide your wallets - gold Apple Watch Edition estimated to cost US$1,200" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-watch-trio_0.jpg?1410834406" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/hide-your-wallets-gold-apple-watch-edition-estimated-cost-us1200/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/hide-your-wallets-gold-apple-watch-edition-estimated-cost-us1200/news#comments Apple Smartwatches Watch Wearable tech Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:56:10 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1447744 at http://www.stuff.tv Want a BlackBerry wearable? It may be coming soon http://www.stuff.tv/sg/blackberry/want-blackberry-wearable-it-may-be-coming-soon/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A BlackBerry smartwatch or smart glass may be in the works </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Want a BlackBerry wearable? It may be coming soon" alt="Want a BlackBerry wearable? It may be coming soon" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bb.jpg?1410766832" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>BlackBerry &ndash; it&rsquo;s no secret that it&rsquo;s a brand that&rsquo;s currently playing catch up with the other tech vendors when it comes to the smartphone space. But is that all that stands for the future of the company before its ECG rate goes flat?</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/blackberry/want-blackberry-wearable-it-may-be-coming-soon/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/blackberry/want-blackberry-wearable-it-may-be-coming-soon/news#comments BlackBerry Glass Smartwatch Wearable tech Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:15:27 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1447662 at http://www.stuff.tv TAG Heuer promises a smart-looking smartwatch http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartwatch/tag-heuer-promises-smart-looking-smartwatch/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you thought Moto&#039;s smartwatch was classy, the Swiss brand promises it can do better </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="TAG Heuer promises a smart-looking smartwatch " alt="TAG Heuer promises a smart-looking smartwatch " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/tag%20heuer.jpg?1410758306" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Smart Swiss brand TAG Heuer has looked at the current batch of smartwatches and decided it&#39;s going to launch its own, thanks very much. Jean-Claude Biver, head of the watch brand spoke of the plans to a Swiss newspaper.</p> <p>Biver had previously been quoted disparaging the Apple Watch, calling it (among other things) &quot;too feminine&quot; and lacking sex appeal.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bringing sexy to the smartwatch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Despite Biver&#39;s comments, the watch industry is feeling the pressure as its territory is now being usurped by tech companies such as Samsung, Motorola and now, Apple.</p> <p>While not giving full details on the planned TAG smartwatch, Biver of course insisted that it would not copy the Apple Watch in any way. He said that to follow in some other company&#39;s footsteps was not something TAG could &quot;afford&quot; to do.</p> <p>TAG is not a complete stranger to the making of smartwatches, apparently having made one for Oracle&#39;s sailing team. The Tag Heuer Aquaracer 72 was deemed the first Swiss sportswatch created especially for sailing.</p> <p>The watch, based on TAG Heuer&#39;s Aquaracer 500M Calibre 72 Countdown chronograph weighed 108 grams, was designed to fit over a wetsuit and was impact-resistant to 5,000 Gs. Its digital display was optimised to show a data stream of important boat and sailing data that included boat speed, sail pressure, true wind speed and true wind direction. All this complemented by a red leather strap with the TAG Heuer logo.</p> <p>But in comparison to the sleekness of the current batch of Android Wear devices, the Aquaracer 72 looks rather dated. Perhaps TAG Heuer might need to relearn what &#39;sexy&#39; means in a world that will soon be inundated with smartwatches.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/pebble/smartwatch">Check out the latest in smartwatch tech</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://gizmodo.com/luxury-brand-tag-heuer-wants-to-make-a-smartwatch-1634646045" target="_blank">Gizmodo</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="TAG Heuer promises a smart-looking smartwatch " alt="TAG Heuer promises a smart-looking smartwatch " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tag%20heuer%203.jpg?1410758306" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartwatch/tag-heuer-promises-smart-looking-smartwatch/news#comments Smartwatch Wearable tech Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:18:27 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1447654 at http://www.stuff.tv How to design a smartwatch - the Moto 360 prototypes that didn't make the cut http://www.stuff.tv/sg/iwatch/how-not-design-smartwatch-moto-360-prototypes-didnt-make-cut/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff goes behind the scenes at Motorola&#039;s Chicago HQ to see the squares and squircles it threw out before building the gorgeous 360 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="An exploded view of the Moto 360&#039;s components" alt="An exploded view of the Moto 360&#039;s components" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/moto-proto-2.jpg?1410486801" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Moto 360 isn&#39;t a smartwatch, the same way the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/moto-hint/ifa-2014/moto-hint-tiny-voice-controlled-earbud-future/news">Moto Hint </a>- its sci-fi wireless earbud - isn&#39;t a Bluetooth headset. At least that&#39;s what Motorola keeps telling us as we take a tour of the labs, testing rooms and Model Shop of its new Chicago HQ.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Motorola began its hunt for the perfect smartwatch design with prototypes that look eerily similar to the first Android Wear devices we tested - the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-gear-live/review">Samsung Gear Live</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lg/lg-g-watch/review">LG G Watch</a>.</p> <p>With traditional square display technology, the only way to make the watches more approachable was to try to sculpt the sharp edges and corners of these designs. Working with wrist trees - to illustrate the size of the smallest to biggest female wrists and the smallest to biggest male wrists - the team realised that a square display and a form overmoulded with rubber created large gaps where the straps met the body. The fit was better with the straps on hinges &ndash;&nbsp;but still not perfect.</p> <p>With the Model Shop&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/3d-printers-go-head-printhead/feature" target="_blank">MakerBot Replicator</a>, alongside higher res Objet printers, designers could make low fidelity models on their lunch breaks. But they didn&#39;t just 3D print these square form factors, they spent time and energy making working models that each ran early versions of the software. UI screens and watch faces were also tweaked on-screen then printed onto the back of glass and slotted in to the prototype housing for usability and readability tests.</p> <p>Ultimately, though, none made the cut.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;These all feel like a gadget. They look like a gadget. So we said - we need to reset, we need to take a step back,&quot; says Dickon Isaacs, Design Director. </p> <p>We&#39;re beginning to think Motorola just 100% hates gadgets, when he explains the allure of the circle.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;Time has always been a circle,&quot; says Isaacs as he points to a whiteboard with sketches of square screens, fully circular screens and Motorola&#39;s final choice. &quot;Sundials. The first pocket watch. Wristwatches. Analogue watches. 80 per cent of all watches sold globally are round.&nbsp;There&#39;s a lot of strength inherent in the material, stainless steel, but also, the circle is an incredibly strong structure from an engineering perspective.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Draw a watch and you get a circle " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-4_0_0.jpg?1410486801" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="See-through smartwatch! Not in production, sadly " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-1-1_0.jpg?1410486801" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Look familiar? Moto rejected these square designs " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-3.jpg?1410486801" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="The resident MakerBot 3D printer at Moto HQ&#039;s Model Shop " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-12.jpg?1410486801" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A few reviewers have moaned about the black area that cuts off the bottom of the 360&#39;s 1.56in LCD and houses the display drivers and ambient light sensor. And in the last few months, rivals such as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review">LG&#39;s G Watch R</a>,&nbsp;with a truly round display, have popped up&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;but sporting chunkier bezels. We think Motorola made the right choice.</p> <p>The round display, round form factor and slim bezels wouldn&#39;t have been possible without the &#39;slice&#39;, as Moto execs call it. &quot;We could have put the drivers outside, that would make a perfectly round display but definitely not a round watch,&quot; says Lior Ron, VP Product Management. &quot;There would be drivers and big bezels outside the display.&quot; </p> <p>Explaining why Motorola didn&#39;t go the G Watch R route, Isaacs adds: &quot;If you design with this component but try to keep a pure object, it isn&#39;t compelling, it doesn&#39;t feel modern. The proportions of the border aren&#39;t great. We wanted something that felt more elegant.&quot; </p> <p>It also passes the wrist tree test, helping with the overall fit of the watch. Wicks tells us that the placement of the display drivers means that the watchbands can be attached closer to the centre of your wrist and this gives a more versatile range of comfortable fit across different wrist sizes.&nbsp;</p> <p>To fully &quot;achieve round&quot;, Motorola engineers had to build the custom display from scratch and work hard to fit the battery, processor and sensors into the circular, 11.5mm high housing.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Once Moto had agreed on round, then the real challenge began " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-8_0.jpg?1410486801" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Mike Yankey, our Moto tour guide, with an Objet printer and wearing Moto Hint" alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-13_0.jpg?1410486801" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The moment has arrived. Our first hands on time with the Moto 360 in a dark chill-out area of the HQ, filled with props (from an amateur chef&#39;s station to a fixie bike) to show off its usefulness. The first thing Wicks wants us to focus on is the fit and feel, the quality of the locally sourced Horween leather for the bands, the smell and the texture. The message? Less stats, more craft.&nbsp;</p> <p>Isaacs nipped over to the famous watch show Baselworld in Switzerland to see what makes traditional watchmakers tick. The precision and attention to detail on these luxury objects left their mark.</p> <p>Everything on the 360 was rapid prototyped and refined, then rapid prototyped and refined again&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;down to the power button on the side which, like the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iwatch/review">Apple Watch</a>, mimics regular analogue watch design. The black and grey leather bands weren&#39;t selected from the Horween tannery&#39;s existing palette. Instead the team worked with the leather craftsmen, using the Pantone system as a reference, to match the colour target of the stainless steel bodies ending up with &quot;a whole host of greys and a range of subtleties in the blacks.&quot;</p> <p>No wonder it was a bit late.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Round screen, round body " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5098_0.JPG?1410486801" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Strapless 360 bodies " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-9_0.jpg?1410486801" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The quality of the materials used on the Moto 360 is lovely compared to, say, rubber bands but while the Moto 360 is the first watch to really get compared to analogue designs, it&#39;s still &#39;only&#39; &pound;200 (S$410). We know that the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review">Apple Watch</a> <em>starts</em> at US$350 (S$443) but Apple&#39;s keeping schtum on how much the 18-karat gold Watch Edition will cost. Will we see a &pound;13,000 (S$26,695) Moto 360? Or a cheaper watch?&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;This is day zero for us,&quot; says Isaacs. &quot;If there&#39;s people crying out for more variety through the price tiers, we&#39;ll go for it. We feel confident we&#39;ve started in the right place. If you start lower, it&#39;s harder to go up strategically.&quot;</p> <p>It&#39;s also worth noting that this is no <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Pebble</a> in terms of its customisability. Alternative watchbands can be used with the 360 but it&#39;s not exactly being encouraged. It&#39;s a spring pin, a watch industry mechanism, so swapping between Motorola straps is easy enough. Straps will be sold separately in the US for US$29 (S$37) for leather and US$99 (S$125) for light and dark stainless steel - no SG prices for now.&nbsp;</p> <p>But Motorola won&#39;t guarantee performance, particularly with other metal straps. Its own straps have a plastic space to isolate the band and optimise the 360&#39;s antennas.&nbsp;</p> <p>The body comes in light grey or black steel and two leather band colours, black and grey, are available at launch. The first two stainless steel straps are coming soon and more colours and materials are promised. For now, Motorola doesn&#39;t want to overwhelm us and is instead sticking to this &quot;classical&quot; and &quot;timeless&quot; range. Then again, this is the company that created Moto Maker&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;which lets you customise your Moto X with almost any accent colour or material known to man.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="3D printed strap and the final stainless steel versions " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-5_0.jpg?1410486801" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As for the next-gen Moto 360, that&#39;s hiding behind the paper covering one of Motorola&#39;s nine CNC machines as we conclude our tour.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you&#39;re doing what a lot of tech blogs advise and sensibly waiting for &#39;Version 2&#39;, you won&#39;t be waiting too long. Moto execs won&#39;t be pressed on the next 360 release date but Isaacs hints that a year would be too long to wait for its second gen watch.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;We don&#39;t rest, so on to the next one!&quot; he grins. &quot;But not too soon. I don&#39;t want to comment on other people&#39;s strategy [we&#39;ve just asked about LG] but we want to create products that are enduring and have a sense of universal appeal that can make them last.</p> <p>Sometimes people style an object too much. We don&#39;t approach design that way, it&#39;s not a style exercise. It&#39;s about a blend of form and function to get to something that someone hopefully keeps for a long period of time.&quot;</p> <p>Seven days and counting for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Moto 360 </a>strapped to our wrists.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/wearable-tech/top-ten">Stuff&#39;s ten best wearables, fitness trackers and smartwatches</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Where Moto watchfaces are born " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-10_0.jpg?1410486801" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1199" height="900" title="Next-gen Moto watches in the CNC machine " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-11_0.jpg?1410486801" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Making the Moto 360 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola tells us how to design a smartwatch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-caro.jpg?1410486801" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/iwatch/how-not-design-smartwatch-moto-360-prototypes-didnt-make-cut/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/iwatch/how-not-design-smartwatch-moto-360-prototypes-didnt-make-cut/feature#comments Android Wear Google Moto 360 Motorola Smartwatches Watch Wearable tech Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:49:03 +0000 Elissa Loi 1447384 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple Watch will use your skin for payment security, might require daily charging http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-watch-will-use-your-skin-payment-security-might-require-daily-charging/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More details on Apple&#039;s clever timepiece emerge after its launch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="424" title="Swanky" alt="Apple Watch will use your skin for payment security, might require daily chargin" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/watch-1.JPG?1410484352" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Days after the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple Watch</a> was <em>finally </em>revealed, some new information has shed some light on its inner workings.</p> <p>Apple was very tight-lipped when it came to battery life at the launch. As in, it didn&#39;t mention it at all. But that hasn&#39;t stopped the rumour mill from churning out some information.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Skin detection </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The second slice of Apple Watch info to emerge post-launch is how it will secure NFC-powered Pay transactions.</p> <p>Cult of Mac has reported that the Watch requires a pin code to authorise Apple Pay. Once you wear it, sensors on its rear in contact with your skin can detect that it&#39;s being worn.</p> <p>Once it&#39;s taken off, a password will once again be required to activate Pay when it&#39;s worn again.</p> <p>This is a security measure to prevent a thief from stealing the Watch and going on a contactless payment spending spree.&nbsp;</p> <p>A precise release date beyond &#39;2015&#39; has yet to be revealed, so stay tuned for more information, as and when we get it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/why-apple-watch-more-just-another-smartwatch/feature" target="_blank">Why the Apple Watch is more than just another smartwatch</a></strong></p> <p>[<a href="http://recode.net/2014/09/10/codered-apple-watch-battery-life-charge-nightly/" target="_blank">Re/code</a>, <a href="http://www.cultofmac.com/295024/apple-watch-anti-theft/" target="_blank">Cult of Mac</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="731" height="548" title="Business at the back" alt="Apple Watch will use your skin for payment security, might require daily chargin" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iwatch-rear-2.jpg?1410484352" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-watch-will-use-your-skin-payment-security-might-require-daily-charging/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-watch-will-use-your-skin-payment-security-might-require-daily-charging/news#comments Apple Smartphones Smartwatches Watch Wearable tech Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:43:05 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1447375 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple Watch: 11 things you need to know http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/10-things-you-need-know-about-iwatch/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All the most important facts about Apple&#039;s first wearable tech device </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple Watch: 11 things you need to know " alt="Apple Watch: 11 things you need to know " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-iwatch-homescreen.jpg?1411347823" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Apple iWatch is dead &ndash; long live the Apple Watch! Apple&rsquo;s &ldquo;one more thing&rdquo; at its special launch event turned out to be its first piece of wearable technology &ndash; and it&rsquo;s quite the stunner.</p> <p>So without further ado, here are the main things you need to know about the Apple Watch.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. There are three Apple Watches, not just one </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Pay attention, folks. There&rsquo;s the Apple Watch (made of stainless steel); the Apple Watch Sport (made of aluminium); and the Apple Watch Edition (made of 18-carat gold, no less). And there are two different sizes for each, as well as a huge selection of different, easy-to-connect straps.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s the magic number, you know" alt="It&#039;s the magic number, you know" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-watch-trio.jpg?1411347823" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. It requires an iPhone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This should come as no great surprise, but the Apple Watch will act as a companion device only to Apple products. At launch, that&rsquo;ll be the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. No iPads. They&rsquo;ll connect via Bluetooth 4.0 (there&#39;s Wi-Fi on board, too).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You&#039;ll need an iPhone if you want an Apple Watch" alt="You&#039;ll need an iPhone if you want an Apple Watch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-watch-and-iphone-6.jpg?1411347823" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. The screen is sapphire – and super-sensitive </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/10-things-you-need-know-about-47in-iphone-6/news">iPhone 6</a> may not have got the supremely tough and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass screen we&rsquo;d been hoping for, but the Watch did. It&rsquo;s a touchscreen with a difference: it can detect force as well as mere touch. That means you can tap to select something, or press harder for what Apple calls &ldquo;Force Touch&rdquo; &ndash; it&rsquo;s a bit like the right button on a mouse and will be used to quickly access certain functions, depending on the context.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Use the Force Touch, Luke!" alt="Use the Force Touch, Luke!" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-watch-screen.jpg?1411347823" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. But the touchscreen isn’t the only means of control </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple ranks the Watch&rsquo;s &ldquo;Digital Crown&rdquo; as as big a breakthrough as previous innovations like the iPod&rsquo;s Click Wheel and the iPhone&rsquo;s Multi Touch interface. You can twist the Crown to zoom in and out of the screen, or press it down to quickly access Siri.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Will the Digital Crown make the Watch the wearables king? " alt="Will the Digital Crown make the Watch the wearables king? " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-watch-crown.jpg?1411347823" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. It comes with “taptics” </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When the Apple Watch gets a notification, it&rsquo;ll vibrate to alert you. You can then raise your wrist to turn on the screen and view the notification (that saves battery life). There&#39;s also haptics to aid input feedback &ndash; that&#39;s a first for an Apple device, we believe.<br />&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Taptics in action, sort of" alt="Taptics in action, sort of" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/taptics.jpg?1411347823" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. It’s a personal messaging wizard </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Well, what did you expect? You can reply to messages via dictation, or via an animated emoji, or via an automatically generated response. For the latter, the Watch will give you options based on the content of the message.</p> <p>You can also use it like a walkie-talkie to chat to other Watch wearers nearby (yes, that is pretty cool). Oh, and you can send your Watch-owning friends little drawings you&rsquo;ve made on the screen, as well as something very unusual: a &ldquo;recording&rdquo; of your heartbeat which they&rsquo;ll feel thanks to the Watch&rsquo;s vibrations. Which brings us nicely onto our next point&hellip;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Messaging just got more fun – and weird..." alt="Messaging just got more fun – and weird..." src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/watch-messaging.jpg?1411347823" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7. It’s got sensors to keep you healthy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s an accelerometer inside and a heartbeat monitor on the back of the Apple Watch, and it&rsquo;ll draw GPS data from your iPhone. All that goes towards making the Watch Apple&rsquo;s new fitness tracker. Tim Cook says it&rsquo;s designed to work as an all-day tracker, and there are two new apps to go with it: Fitness and Workout. You&rsquo;ll be fed nudges to stand up every so often, and you&rsquo;ll be able to track distance, calories burned and the duration of your workout.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The heartbeat sensor on the back of an Apple Watch Sport" alt="The heartbeat sensor on the back of an Apple Watch Sport" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-watch-sport-sensors.jpg?1411347823" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8. There are lots of apps coming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Among the apps shown at the launch were Twitter, Pinterest, Maps, Nike, a music player (yay, Coldplay!), photos (the Watch can also act as your iPhone camera&rsquo;s viewfinder) and airline notifications. You&rsquo;ll also be able to use it to check out your electric BMW&rsquo;s battery life or wave it in front of a hotel room door to unlock it. Oh, and it works with Apple Pay.</p> <p>Obviously, we&#39;ll have to wait until more developers get their hands on the SDK before we see what&#39;s really possible.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apps won&#039;t be in short supply, of course " alt="Apps won&#039;t be in short supply, of course " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-watch-apps.jpg?1411347823" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9. It’s a watershed moment for wearables </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The last time Apple unveiled a wholly new type of product was the iPad launch back in 2010. And we all know how that turned out: suddenly, tablets went from being tech&rsquo;s white elephant to things that people wanted to own. Today&rsquo;s announcement is, make no mistake, A Big Deal for wearable technology of all kinds &ndash; not just the Apple Watch itself.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Apple Watch Sport" alt="The Apple Watch Sport" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-watch-sport.jpg?1411347823" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10. The battery life is a mystery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Interestingly, Apple didn&rsquo;t mention battery life once during its presentation, which suggests they might still be working to improve it. It&rsquo;s probably not the best sign, to be honest, because if it was super-long they definitely would have bigged it up something rotten. We do know that it&rsquo;ll charge wirelessly via a pretty nifty MagSafe cable, but will you have to use that cable once a week &ndash; or once a day? We just don&#39;t know.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nice charger – but how often will you be using it?" alt="Nice charger – but how often will you be using it?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/magsafe-apple-watch.jpg?1411347823" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 11. It’s coming in early 2015 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Availability remains almost as much of an enigma, but Apple says the Watch will be on sale from early next year starting at US$349 (S$441). Local pricing is yet to be confirmed.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/10-things-you-need-know-about-55in-iphone-6/news">10 things you need to know about the 5.5in iPhone 6 Plus</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The real gold Apple Watch Edition" alt="The real gold Apple Watch Edition" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-watch-edition.jpg?1411347823" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Your primer to the Apple Watch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The most important facts about Apple&#039;s first wearable tech </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iwatch-homescreen.jpg?1411347823" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/10-things-you-need-know-about-iwatch/news#comments Apple Smartphones Smartwatches Watch Wearable tech Tue, 09 Sep 2014 20:14:01 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1447123 at http://www.stuff.tv LG G Watch R hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We spend some wrists-on time with LG&#039;s new Googlewatch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It looks like a watch!" alt="LG G Watch R hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSCN9980.JPG?1410228478" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>LG&#39;s original <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lg/lg-g-watch/review">G Watch</a>&nbsp;was a decent first effort, but it lacked design flair next to Motorola&#39;s sexy, circular <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review" target="_blank">Moto 360</a>.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> S$-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch-ier than ever </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LG told us that it looked at two styles of watches when creating the G Watch R - minimalist examples such as the Moto 360 and more traditional watch designs.</p> <p>Ultimately, it opted for the latter, believing that durability was more important than clean lines. But while it doesn&#39;t share the pristine, minimal look of the 360, it&#39;s not unattractive.</p> <p>There&#39;s an outer dial which displays the minutes, a crown on the side which doubles as an on/off button and also accesses the settings menu, and a fairly big bezel. In other words it looks like a modern diving watch rather than a smartwatch.</p> <p>In the hands, the G Watch R looks and feels like, well, a watch. It&#39;s lighter than its metal construction would suggest, however, which does take some getting used to.&nbsp;As with the Moto 360, the R might be a little too large for those with smaller wrists, but we didn&#39;t feel that it was overly massive during the short time we were wearing it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Classy" alt="LG G Watch R hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9985_1.JPG?1410228478" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Looks bigger than it feels on the wrist" alt="LG G Watch R hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9992.JPG?1410228478" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As far as the strap goes, there&#39;ll initially be just the one in-the-box option available, namely a&nbsp;calf-leather effort which feels sturdy and light and which should comfortably wrap around skinny and large wrists alike. The G Watch R plays nice with any standard 22mm watch strap too, letting you switch up your style whenever you fancy.</p> <p>LG was keen to point out that a combination of different straps and screens can be used for different scenarios. For instance, you could slap on a rubber strap before a hike, then use the G Watch R&#39;s hiking watch face, which shows off elevation, steps taken and a compass. There are other such examples, and obviously you can mix and match as you see fit.</p> <p>Sadly, the unit we spent time with was in demo mode, so we were only able to test out the classic watch face.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mmmm, leather" alt="LG G Watch R hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9988_3.JPG?1410228478" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The rear of the device houses a heart-rate sensor for fitness and activity tracking, along with metal charging pins which are required to charge the watch using a separate cradle.</p> <p>Unlike the Moto 360 there&#39;s no wireless charging option, which LG told us was due to design constraints. It&#39;s a shame, as placing your watch on a mat without faffing around with a charging cradle is a lot more convenient. We hope LG&#39;s future smartwatch iterations can include wireless charging without compromising on design.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Rear charging pins and heart rate sensor" alt="LG G Watch R hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9987_1.JPG?1410228478" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A truly circular screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One area in which the G Watch R does beat the Moto 360 is its screen, which is completely circular. The display found on its Motorola rival is cut off at the bottom to make room for the digitiser, which ruins its sleek looks somewhat.</p> <p>The G Watch R&#39;s 1.6in 320 x 320 plastic OLED display was blindingly bright in the demo room, and while we didn&#39;t get a chance to pit it against the sun&#39;s rays, we expect it to perform well outdoors.</p> <p>The fact that it&#39;s OLED also means that it should sip less power - especially if a minimalist black watch face is used - as all of the black pixels will be completely turned off, making the most of its 410mAh battery.</p> <p>At regular watch-glancing distance everything appears sharp with punchy colours, but looking closer reveals some jaggy icon edges, which we&#39;re putting down to Android Wear needing more of a polish as opposed to the quality of LG&#39;s display. Speaking of which...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Full circle" alt="LG G Watch R hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9965_3.JPG?1410228478" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Wires and stuff" alt="LG G Watch R hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9967.JPG?1410228478" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android Wear </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;ve got a lovely in-depth <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/android-wear/review" target="_blank">Android Wear review</a> if you want to dive into the juicy details of Google&#39;s new wearable-centric OS, so we won&#39;t go into too many details here.</p> <p>Also, the G Watch R was stuck in demo mode, so all we had access to were a few generic messages, weather reports and travel information.&nbsp;</p> <p>What we can say is that everything ran smoothly, without any stuttering or lag. The G Watch R is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 innards, 512MB RAM and 4GB of onboard storage and appears to handle Android Wear with ease. That said, you&#39;ll have to wait for our full review unit for a final verdict.</p> <p>GPS is a notable absentee here - a shame, as its inclusion would&#39;ve meant you could track your runs without needing a smartphone. LG told us this was due to battery constraints, which we suppose is fair enough (we were told that the G Watch R won&#39;t last more than two days as it is), but again, we&#39;re keeping our fingers crossed for GPS functionality in future iterations.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/android-wear/review" target="_blank">Android Wear review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Handy info at a glance" alt="LG G Watch R hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9993_1.JPG?1410228478" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Message notifications" alt="LG G Watch R hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9982_0.JPG?1410228478" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Initial Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The G Watch R is easily one of the best looking Android smartwatches we&#39;ve seen, although overall we still prefer the minimalist design of the Moto 360.</p> <p>Still, we applaud LG for designing a watch first, smart device second, which is exactly the order in which things should be done, given how important build and appearance are for wearable devices.</p> <p>Its crisp, bright circular screen impressed us during the time we spent with it, and the customisation options offered by the different watch faces and straps give it reasonable flexibility. The lack of GPS and wireless charging is disappointing, however.</p> <p>We&#39;re expecting our G Watch R sample to land over the next few weeks, so we&#39;ll have a full in-depth review here soon after.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/gear-vr/samsung-gear-vr/review">Hands on with the Samsung Gear VR</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Beauty shot" alt="LG G Watch R hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9996_1.JPG?1410228478" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Fake on/off crown" alt="LG G Watch R hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9989_0.JPG?1410228478" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review#comments Android Wear IFA 2014 LG Smartwatches Wearable tech Mon, 08 Sep 2014 18:37:23 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1447019 at http://www.stuff.tv Two new iPhones and an iWatch? Apple's going to have a busy day tomorrow http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/two-new-iphones-and-iwatch-apples-going-have-busy-day-tomorrow/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tim Cook looks set to reveal three new iThings if the latest rumours prove to be true </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Not long to go now" alt="Two new iPhones and an iWatch? Apple&#039;s going to have a busy day tomorrow" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-invite-01_1.jpg?1410177252" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple will have a rather <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/its-official-apple-sends-out-invites-9-september-event/news" target="_blank">busy day tomorrow</a>, revealing <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">two new iPhones</a> and an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">iWatch</a> for gadget fans to drool over. If the New York Times&#39; sources are true that is.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/two-new-iphones-and-iwatch-apples-going-have-busy-day-tomorrow/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/two-new-iphones-and-iwatch-apples-going-have-busy-day-tomorrow/news#comments Apple iPhone 6 Smartphones Smartwatches Watch Wearable tech Mon, 08 Sep 2014 09:26:02 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446964 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC’s smartwatch plans reportedly cancelled http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-s-smartwatch-plans-reportedly-cancelled/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Despite teases and leaks, the company isn’t ready to enter the wearable space </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One Watch (artist reproduction via evleaks)" alt="HTC One Watch (artist reproduction via evleaks)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-one-watch-render.png?1409991035" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Smartwatches are all the rage, especially at IFA this week, where Samsung, LG, Asus, and others showed their wares. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Moto 360</a> launched today in the States, and Apple may reveal its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/bunch-details-about-apple-s-upcoming-iwatch-get-unearthed/news">iWatch</a> next week. So where&rsquo;s HTC in all of this?</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-s-smartwatch-plans-reportedly-cancelled/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-s-smartwatch-plans-reportedly-cancelled/news#comments HTC Smartwatches Wearable tech Fri, 05 Sep 2014 20:32:27 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446770 at http://www.stuff.tv Moto Hint is a tiny voice controlled earbud from the future http://www.stuff.tv/sg/moto-hint/ifa-2014/moto-hint-tiny-voice-controlled-earbud-future/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola has done the impossible and made Bluetooth headsets cool </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Moto Hint" alt="Moto Hint" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/moto-hint.jpg?1411011469" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The 2013 film Her pointed to a future of ubiquitous digital assistants &ndash; and now Motorola&#39;s bringing it to life with the Moto Hint.</p> <p>The trouble with current voice-controlled devices like Siri or Google Now is that using them is a bit of a faff.</p> <p>If you&#39;re not wearing headphones and a mic, you have to take your phone out of your pocket and hold it up to your mouth to talk into it &ndash; and by that point, you might as well just unlock the screen and tap away.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Good morning, Hint </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Moto Hint is designed first and foremost with the new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/moto-x-2014/review" target="_blank">Moto X</a>&rsquo;s customised voice commands in mind.</p> <p>Say &lsquo;Good morning&rsquo; when you first pop it in, and it&#39;ll serve up the details of the day&#39;s first meeting; say &lsquo;Goodnight&rsquo; and it&#39;ll switch your smartphone to sleep mode.</p> <p>But you don&rsquo;t need a Motorola to get an invite to the party. Other Android phones can be used with the standard Google Now command phrase. The Hint can even work with Siri on iPhones although this isn&rsquo;t completely touchless. There&rsquo;s a small capacitive touch area on the Hint that iPhone users will have to tap to activate the iPhone&rsquo;s voice assistant.</p> <p>The battery life isn&rsquo;t great - 3.3 hours for the Hint itself with an extra two charges in the neat charging case that Motorola is launching alongside the accessory. Plus IR sensors provide extra cleverness to extend the battery life as it turns itself on and off. The sensors can detect when you push the Moto Hint into your ear (which requires a bit of twisting to get it snug) or take it out.</p> <p>We tried sticking a Moto Hint in our ear at the Chicago launch event - it was too big for our tiny ears but there&rsquo;s three different sizes of buds. But we weren&rsquo;t able to test it out ourselves just yet &ndash; check back for our hands-on impressions as soon as we can prise one from Motorola&#39;s hands. We said Moto Hint is from the future &ndash; and we weren&rsquo;t joking.</p> <p>There are no concrete details on when it will come to the UK and Europe but Motorola has put the timeframe as &lsquo;in the coming months&rsquo;. We&#39;re hoping it hits Asia shortly after.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/moto-x-2014/review" target="_blank">Motorola Moto X (2014) hands on</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/CLEF-Rq39D4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Moto Hint" alt="Moto Hint" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-hint-01.jpg?1411011469" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Moto Hint" alt="Moto Hint" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-hint-02.jpg?1411011469" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hello, Moto Hint </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-hint.jpg?1411011466" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/moto-hint/ifa-2014/moto-hint-tiny-voice-controlled-earbud-future/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/moto-hint/ifa-2014/moto-hint-tiny-voice-controlled-earbud-future/news#comments IFA 2014 Moto Hint Motorola Wearable tech Fri, 05 Sep 2014 16:20:57 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446758 at http://www.stuff.tv