Wearable tech http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/features en-GB Apple iWatch? It's iTime for a change http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iwatch-its-itime-change/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple patent shows off smart wristwear with gesture control and sensors in the strap </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="1202" height="900" title="iWatch? It&#039;s iTime for a change" alt="iWatch? It&#039;s iTime for a change" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-itime-01.jpg?1406108544" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>An Apple patent has revealed details of a smartwatch device dubbed &#39;iTime&#39;.</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="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</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>The first version resembles a sixth-generation iPod nano; a dockable module that can be clipped into a strap, turning it into a smartwatch. Interestingly, the illustrations of this device refer to it as &quot;iTime&quot; &ndash; though Apple has already filed for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-snaps-iwatch-trademark-russia/news" target="_blank">&quot;iWatch&quot; trademarks</a>.</p> <p>The device&#39;s strap could contain sensors &ndash; such as accelerometers and GPS &ndash; and haptic feedback devices systems.&nbsp;Other electronics packed into the strap could include Bluetooth and, interestingly, a near-field antenna &ndash; is Apple finally ready to get aboard the NFC bandwagon?</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="1202" height="900" title="Apple iTime" alt="Apple iTime" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-itime-02_0.jpg?1406108544" /> </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>The second version of the device is a more conventional watch-style device, with a curved glass screen and an integrated strap.</p> <p>Apple&#39;s patent also describes ways in which the iTime device could function as part of a &quot;personal wireless environment,&quot; communicating with an iPhone. The example cited will be familiar to anyone who&#39;s used <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review" target="_blank">Android Wear</a>; an incoming e-mail triggers a notification, with the option to interact with it using the iPhone or iTime device.</p> <p>Apple&#39;s expected to announce a smartwatch this year &ndash; although the usually-reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">claims</a> that production of the device has been delayed due to the challenges of working with the new materials involved in its production. Only iTime will tell.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&amp;Sect2=HITOFF&amp;u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.htm&amp;r=1&amp;p=1&amp;f=G&amp;l=50&amp;d=PTXT&amp;S1=(361%2F679.03.CCLS.+AND+20140722.PD.)&amp;OS=ccl/361/679.03+and+isd/7/22/2014&amp;RS=(CCL/361/679.03+AND+ISD/20140722)" target="_blank">US Patent Office</a> via <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/07/22/apple-granted-comprehensive-itime-smartwatch-patent-with-in-strap-circuitry-arm-gesture-support" target="_blank">Apple Insider</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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="1202" height="900" title="Apple iTime" alt="Apple iTime" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-itime-03.jpg?1406108544" /> </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"> iTime for a change </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"> Apple patent reveals iWatch features </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iwatch-its-itime-change/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iwatch-its-itime-change/news#comments Apple iWatch Smartwatches Wearable tech Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:36:31 +0000 Stephen Graves 1442962 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC 'accidentally' reveals smartwatch in official video http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-accidently-reveal-smartwatch-official-video/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> &quot;Whoops, we didn&#039;t mean to leave our new smartwatch casually lying around,&quot; says HTC, unconvincingly </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 Smartwatch" alt="HTC Smartwatch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screenshot_1200.jpg?1406108544" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>HTC likes to show off its phones, but a recent design video from the company may have revealed something else entirely.</p> <p>In the video, which was released on 9 July on HTC&#39;s official YouTube channel, a square watch face can be seen; it looks likely that it&#39;s HTC&#39;s new smartwatch, which the company has claimed will&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/mwc-2014/htc-launch-smartwatch-and-tablet-end-2014/news" target="_blank">launch this year</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="/users/peterawlins" title="View user profile.">Peter Rawlins</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><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/UHvbLkFbYJM" width="604"></iframe></p> <p>The watch seen in the video looks very similar to recent leaks by&nbsp;<a href="http://evleaks.at/2014/07/18/htc-android-wear-artist-reproduction-hardware-phone-designer-httpswww-facebook-comphonedesigner-ui-ferry-passchier-httpswww-facebook-comfportfolio/" target="_blank">@evleaks</a>; both the leaked image and the shots in the video suggest&nbsp;that the design will be similar to the squared-off <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review" target="_blank">LG G Watch</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-live/google-io-2014/samsung-reveals-gear-live-its-first-android-wear-smartwatch/news" target="_blank">Samsung Gear Live</a> rather than the round face of Motorola&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/meet-android-wear-googles-new-android-platform-wearable-devices/news" target="_blank">Moto 360</a>.</p> <p>The video also shows a dock for the watch, which could just be for display purposes, but we&rsquo;d like to think it serves a second purpose. Wireless charging, anyone?</p> <p>Whilst HTC hasn&rsquo;t given us much to go on with regards to their new smartwatch other then it will run Google&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review" target="_blank">Android Wear</a> (unsurprisingly), we wouldn&rsquo;t be shocked if it ends up looking like the prototype seen in the video.</p> <p>It seems unlikely that the company would leave it for all to see in a &ldquo;behind the scenes&rdquo; design video if it wasn&rsquo;t. Once? Maybe. Twice? That&#39;s no mistake.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.androidcentral.com/unannounced-htc-smartwatch-made-quiet-cameo-official-video" target="_blank">Android Central</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartwatches" target="_blank">All the latest smartwatch news</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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-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"> HTC &#039;accidentally&#039; reveals smartwatch </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-accidently-reveal-smartwatch-official-video/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-accidently-reveal-smartwatch-official-video/news#comments HTC Smartwatches Wearable tech Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:41:07 +0000 Peter Rawlins 1442937 at http://www.stuff.tv Tinder app on Android Wear to make dating even less effort http://www.stuff.tv/android-wear-gives-tinder-option-let-you-make-questionable-dating-choices/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android Wear, giving you the ability to swipe right for that cute guy or pretty girl without being too obvious </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="You can make questionable dating choices on Tinder with Android Wear " alt="You can make questionable dating choices on Tinder with Android Wear " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/tind.jpg?1405504069" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tinder&rsquo;s one of the most popular social apps when it comes to flirting/pursuing/dating someone (whichever&rsquo;s up your alley, we don&rsquo;t judge). And now it&rsquo;s made life easier for you because you don&rsquo;t have to even pull out your smartphone to make that swipe to the right.</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="/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"> There’s no fuss required to get it </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>Setting up isn&rsquo;t going to be as hard as you think &ndash; all you need to do is pair your Android smartwatch to your phone. That&rsquo;s literally it. You say &ldquo;Start Tinder&rdquo; to begin your classic swipe adventure. Besides being able to view matches and get your swipe on, you can tap on profiles to open them on your paired phone for closer inspection.</p> <p>Alerts of new matches and message notifications will be included in the watch&rsquo;s stream, and you&rsquo;ll also be able to respond to them from your Android Wear. For example, responding to the messages will require you to speak your reply into the smartwatch.</p> <p>Just make sure you&rsquo;re not in a very crowded location where your cheesy pickup line can be heard and judged. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-wear/feature">8 things you need to know about Android Wear</a></strong></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.tinder.com/blog" target="_blank">Tinder</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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="1400" height="1223" title="You can now woo on Tinder using your Android Wear " alt="You can now woo on Tinder using your Android Wear " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lgapp-v2.jpeg?1405504069" /> </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/android-wear-gives-tinder-option-let-you-make-questionable-dating-choices/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Android apps Apps and Games Wearable tech Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:41:50 +0000 Stephen Graves 1442256 at http://www.stuff.tv Google’s smart contact lenses get one step closer to a reality http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-s-smart-contact-lenses-get-one-step-closer-reality/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New deal with Novartis to speed the development of glucose-sensing contacts for diabetics </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="Google’s smart contact lenses get one step closer to a reality" alt="Google’s smart contact lenses get one step closer to a reality" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-smart-contact-lens.jpg?1405423371" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Back in January, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-s-smart-contact-lens-can-measure-your-glucose-levels/news">Google announced that it was working on a smart contact lens</a>. And now a new partnership with Swiss healthcare company Novartis is bringing the technology one step closer to a reality.</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="/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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Novartis and Google will now collaborate on the development and potential production of the smart contact lens and, while there&rsquo;s still no indication as to when it&rsquo;ll hit the market, the signs for it actually doing so at some point are encouraging.</p> <p>And you&rsquo;d have to think that putting a sensor and wireless transmitter inside something as tiny and non-invasive as a contact lens is a step towards the sort of HUD-equipped contacts seen in the most recent <em>Mission: Impossible</em> movie. And that could mean the power of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/glass/google-glass/review">Google Glass</a> without having to wear the headset&hellip;</p> <p>[<a href="http://multimediacapsule.thomsonone.com/novartis/foresight-announcement" target="_blank">Novartis</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/15/5900871/google-and-novartis-smart-contact-lens-partnership" target="_blank">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/recon-instruments/recon-ceo-says-contact-lenses-google-glass-displays-will-happen/feature">Recon CEO says contact lenses with Google Glass-like displays &ldquo;will happen&rdquo;</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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="Google’s smart contact lenses get one step closer to a reality" alt="Google’s smart contact lenses get one step closer to a reality" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-smart-contact-lens-hands.jpg?1405423371" /> </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/google/google-s-smart-contact-lenses-get-one-step-closer-reality/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Google Wearable tech Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:21:19 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1442164 at http://www.stuff.tv LG G Watch http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s the first Android Wear device - but is the G Watch a worthy flagship for Google’s new OS? </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="The first Android Wear smartwatch is here " alt="LG G Watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LG-G-Watch-review-side-view.png?1406130430" /> </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="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hello, Android Wear - we&rsquo;ve been expecting you. And we see you&rsquo;ve brought your new friend the LG G Watch with you too. Right then, you&rsquo;d better come in and introduce yourself properly. Yes, Google&rsquo;s bold new wearables platform has finally arrived in the form of the not-quite-so-bold G Watch.</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"> £160.00 </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">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android Wear is mostly brilliant </div> <div class="field-item even"> Comfortable to wear </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Compatible with most Android devices </div> <div class="field-item even"> Waterproof </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery life </div> <div class="field-item even"> Needs a charging cradle </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Uninspired design </div> </div> </div> <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"> Smart and Subtle but no Moto 360 </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>While smartwatch designers seem to be aiming for either &lsquo;secret nerd&rsquo; or &lsquo;stylish nerd&rsquo;, the G Watch could best be described as &lsquo;subtle nerd&rsquo;. It looks smart enough to wear with a suit and unless you get an email or phone call when someone&rsquo;s glancing at your wrist, it won&rsquo;t get much attention.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s taller and slightly chunkier but otherwise very similar to last year&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartwatch/sony-smartwatch-2/review">Sony SmartWatch 2</a>, with a plain, rectangular glass front and stainless steel frame that&rsquo;s waterproof for up to 30 minutes in 1m of water. LG hasn&rsquo;t even stuck its name anywhere apart from inside the device and there are precisely zero buttons, not even a power button. This actually isn&rsquo;t a problem day-to-day &ndash; just don&rsquo;t power off then lose the charging cradle or you&rsquo;re done for.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="576" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/ifr/FatherlyEasyFishingcat" width="626"></iframe></p> <p>Like most smartwatches it ultimately ends up looking like a mini smartphone with two watchstraps attached, but the metal sides of our Black Titan version catch the light nicely and there&rsquo;s a slightly blingier White Gold model should you wish to match your smartwatch to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">your gold LG G3</a>. Plus, the straps can be swapped out for any 22mm watchstraps, and though it sits oddly flat atop the wrist it&rsquo;s fairly comfortable to wear.</p> <p>In summary, it&rsquo;s inoffensive rather than stunning. Maybe the forthcoming <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/moto-360-smartwatch-likely-be-cheaper-expected/news">Motorola Moto 360</a> will be the first true smartwatch icon.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review">Samsung Gear 2 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="No icon " alt="LG G Watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Watch-review-colourful-watchface.png?1406130430" /> </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 faces suit the Pebble Steel better " alt="LG G Watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Watch-review-classic-watchface.png?1406130430" /> </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="Sits flat on the wrist but is still comfortable " alt="LG G Watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Watch-review-on-wrist-side.png?1406130430" /> </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 only LG logo is hidden on the inside " alt="LG G Watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Watch-review-inside.png?1406130430" /> </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"> Screen - Lovely (in an ordinary sort of way) </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>Android Wear&rsquo;s colourful cards and icons look great on the G Watch&rsquo;s fairly big 1.65in screen and make the e-paper Pebble Steel seem even more retro. The IPS display is easy to see even when not fully tilted towards you and contrast is decent.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s as far as it goes for good news, though. It&rsquo;s not exactly sharp at 290x290 and with its 1.63in 320x320 display the incoming <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-live/google-io-2014/samsung-reveals-gear-live-its-first-android-wear-smartwatch/news">Samsung Gear Live</a> will make it look positively archaic. The Samsung will be AMOLED too so it should be easy to read even in direct sunlight - the G Watch is tricky to make out in the sun. Still, there&rsquo;s a brightness toggle with six options in the settings, which helps a bit.</p> <p>Our biggest problem with the screen is that the G Watch&rsquo;s motion sensor is supposed to wake it up from dimmed whenever we tilt our wrist, but this is really hit and miss. More often than not, we&rsquo;ve been tapping the screen to wake it. It&rsquo;s also a fingerprint magnet, so you&rsquo;ll find yourself wiping it with your sleeve throughout the day.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/martian-notifier/review">Martian Notifier 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="Good colours, bad waking up abilities " alt="LG G Watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Watch-review-colour-face.png?1406130430" /> </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="Text is easy to read but the Gear Live is sharper " alt="LG G Watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Watch-review-missed-call.png?1406130430" /> </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"> LG G Watch 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>Screen: 1.65-inch LCD IPS (280X280)</p> <p>OS: Android Wear</p> <p>Processor: 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor</p> <p>RAM: 512MB</p> <p>Storage: 4GB</p> <p>Bluetooth: 4.0</p> <p>Water &amp; Dust Resistance: IP67</p> <p>Battery: Li-Polymer 400mAh</p> <p>Strap size: 22mm (Interchangeable)</p> <p>Dimensions: 37.9 X 46.5 X 9.95mm</p> <p>Weight: 63g</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-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"> Runs Fast, Drains Faster </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&rsquo;s done a good job making sure Android Wear performs excellently here. There&rsquo;s no stutters when opening agendas or swiping away notification cards and the Bluetooth connection is steady.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s no surprise considering the G Watch is as powerful as some mid-range phones. It runs on the same processor as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-mini-2-hands/review">HTC One Mini 2</a>, Qualcomm&rsquo;s Snapdragon 400, which you might think is overkill considering all it has to do is display Google Now cards and take care of voice input.</p> <p>So that&rsquo;s that. Smooth sailing. Battery life, though, is a problem. LG&rsquo;s stuffed a big (for a smartwatch) 400mAh battery into the G Watch; that&rsquo;s larger than those in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-live/google-io-2014/samsung-reveals-gear-live-its-first-android-wear-smartwatch/news">Gear Live</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartwatch/sony-smartwatch-2/review">SmartWatch 2</a>. But even though LG quotes 36 hours for it, we haven&rsquo;t managed that yet, instead getting no more than 24 hours of use out of it. And that&rsquo;s a pain.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not entirely LG&rsquo;s fault - Android Wear is busy, colourful and designed for mini LCD screens such as the G Watch&rsquo;s, so it was never going to compete with the e-paper <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Pebble Steel&rsquo;s five-day battery life</a>. Nor do we expect the Gear Live to last any longer. But that Snapdragon chip was probably unnecessary - the Pebble gets by just fine on a 80MHz ARM processor - and we&rsquo;re sure more can be done by Google to optimise Wear for smartwatch batteries.</p> <p>Having to charge it once a day is bad enough but there&rsquo;s a charging cradle to contend with, too. While a little annoying - heaven help you if you lose it - it&rsquo;s a well designed bit of kit, holding the G Watch securely in place via the magic of magnetism. Plus, its inclusion means there&rsquo;s no need for a microUSB port to ruin the G Watch&rsquo;s sleek lines.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3 review - the best smartphone money can buy&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="Boop - pull down for the date and battery " alt="LG G Watch review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Watch-review-battery.png?1406130430" /> </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="The neat charging cradle " alt="LG G Watch review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-watch-review-charging-cradle.jpg?1406130430" /> </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"> Android Wear - defining 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>After living with it for a few days, it&rsquo;s obvious that Android Wear is the future of smartwatches. Yes, it&rsquo;s rough around the edges and needs tons of tweaks before it&rsquo;s perfect, and yes, it&rsquo;s early days for third-party apps. But the basics are so exciting that you won&rsquo;t care.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll dive into more detail in our full review of Android Wear - coming very soon - but for now, here&rsquo;s what you need to know. Like any Android Wear smartwatch, the G Watch pairs to an Android phone running Jelly Bean and above via Bluetooth. Wear pushes phone notifications - calls, texts, emails, social media, calendar appointments - to the watch and manages everything in the free Android Wear app.</p> <p>But unlike other smartwatch operating systems, Wear also displays &lsquo;cards&rsquo; - basically Google Now, miniaturised - containing info on anything it thinks you might need. That means handy weather and calendar cards first thing in the morning; bus times for the bus stop you&rsquo;re heading towards; the number of minutes it&rsquo;ll take you to walk to the pub you looked up on Google Maps (on your phone) a few hours earlier.</p> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/MxWlODvg265/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>That&rsquo;s not to say it always gets it right. Google&rsquo;s making educated guesses on what you might find useful and when you&rsquo;re being buzzed by the G Watch 100 times a day thanks to work emails, being told you&rsquo;re ten minutes away from home for no reason can grate. That&rsquo;s not helped by the lack of granular control over which notifications come through - something we hope Google fixes quickly. For now, it&rsquo;s all or nothing.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s more than just a mind-reader, though. Gmails, for instance, pop up on the screen and can be opened with a tap then read in full by scrolling down. It&rsquo;s also damn good looking, with full-screen photos behind the text, colourful icons and big round action buttons such as &lsquo;Open on phone&rsquo; accessed by a swipe to the left. And there&rsquo;s a decent, if not huge, selection of watchface styles to choose from.</p> <p>And then there&rsquo;s the voice control...</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/oneplus-one/review">OnePlus One review - the &pound;230 king of the budget smartphones</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="Wear&#039;s location smarts are insanely clever " alt="LG G Watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Watch-review-time-to-home.png?1406130430" /> </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="It&#039;s egg past frying pan " alt="LG G Watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Watch-review-egg-face.png?1406130430" /> </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="Swipe left for actions like open on phone " alt="LG G Watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Watch-review-open-on-phone.png?1406130430" /> </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="Watchfaces can look cooler when the screen&#039;s dimmed " alt="LG G Watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Watch-review-monochrome-face.png?1406130430" /> </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"> Voice - the best we&#039;ve used on a wearable yet </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>Proof that this is the most impressive voice control we&rsquo;ve seen on a wearable? We&rsquo;ve used the feature every day we&rsquo;ve had the G Watch so far. On our sofa and on the street. And for the most part, it&rsquo;s worked.</p> <p>The G Watch doesn&rsquo;t need to be millimetres from your mouth to pick up your commands, which helps. &lsquo;OK Google&rsquo; launches voice when the screen is awake but we found a tap to wake (if the motion sensor doesn&rsquo;t kick in) and another tap to access the &lsquo;Speak now&rsquo; screen works best.</p> <p>So what can you do? The most used app here will probably be navigation - just say &lsquo;How do I get to..?/Navigate to&rsquo; and Google will pull up the route on your phone. It hasn&#39;t worked everytime on our review unit but hopefully this will get more reliable and maps will make the leap over to the watch itself.<iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/Mx7ZLHEHrJY/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>Also useful are &lsquo;Text/email Mum&rsquo; type commands which work better for short messages where you don&rsquo;t care about punctuation rather than for full-blown emails. The voice recognition isn&rsquo;t 100% spot-on but it&rsquo;s good enough to use - just be careful with hard-to-pronounce names and be prepared to swiftly hit the &lsquo;x&rsquo; if it chooses the wrong contact.</p> <p>Of course there are lots of times when you won&rsquo;t want to use voice, so with one tap on the watchface and a tap of the arrow you can access your calendar, steps and settings without uttering a word. It doesn&rsquo;t speak back to you like a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review">Gear 2</a> does, but it can do if you hook up LG&rsquo;s Tone+ Bluetooth headset.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review">Android L preview - everything you need to know about Google&#39;s new OS&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="Get voice control stagefright? Google gives you prompts " alt="LG G Watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Watch-settings-menu_0.png?1406130430" /> </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"> Apps - Give It Time </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 aren&rsquo;t a whole lot of third-party apps for Android Wear yet, but if it doesn&rsquo;t overtake even the thriving <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Pebble app store</a> in a matter of months we&rsquo;ll eat our microSIM.</p> <p>The big essential that&rsquo;s missing right now is Spotify control, something that can be done with a Pebble. Album artwork and a play/pause button appear onscreen when listening to the service on the paired smartphone but that&rsquo;s it. Google Play Music, on the other hand, gets voice control to start and skip tracks.</p> <p>Elsewhere, the FlyDelta app supports QR code boarding passes, Bunting takes care of voice tweeting and RunTastic is the first of the third-party fitness apps to get onboard. And with the likes of Pinterest, the Guardian, IFTTT, Duolingo and Hue Control for Philips Wi-Fi bulbs updating apps to support Android Wear, it&rsquo;s by no means a wasteland.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature">30 fantastic free Android apps&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="Apps for Wear are popping up every day " alt="LG G Watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Watch-review-apps.png?1406130430" /> </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"> 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"> LG G Watch 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 gets a lot right and not that much wrong. And in Android Wear, it has the best smartwatch OS we&rsquo;ve seen: it&rsquo;s somehow incredibly simple and awesomely ambitious at the same time.</p> <p>But while we&rsquo;d definitely choose the G Watch over the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review">Samsung Gear 2</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartwatch/sony-smartwatch-2/review">Sony Smartwatch 2</a> on the strength of its software alone, we can&rsquo;t see any reason to go out and buy one right now. Samsung&rsquo;s Gear Live, which is due any day, has a higher resolution screen, while the circular <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/moto-360-smartwatch-likely-be-cheaper-expected/news">Moto 360</a> looks like it&rsquo;ll be the first device to nail the smartwatch design problem. Both will also run on Android Wear and it makes sense to wait until they arrive before choosing between them.</p> <p>And of course there&rsquo;s also the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Pebble Steel</a>, which kills the G Watch with its five-day battery life and for many represents a more appealing take on the smartwatch concept: a way to augment your smartphone rather than display it on your wrist.</p> <p>Ultimately, while the G Watch is a neat enough bit of kit to show off Android Wear&rsquo;s capabilities, it&rsquo;s just not as bold as the operating system it was built for.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/top-ten">The ten best smartwatches and other wearables in the world</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="Not quite the icon Android Wear needs " alt="LG G Watch review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Watch-review-message-2.png?1406130430" /> </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-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <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"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <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"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <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"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <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"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <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"> 5 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not quite the icon Android Wear needs&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <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"> LG G Watch review: &quot;Gets a lot right and not that much wrong&quot; </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"> Is the G Watch a worthy flagship for Google’s new OS? </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review#comments Android Wear LG Smartwatches Wearable tech Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:58:38 +0000 Sophie Charara 1441662 at http://www.stuff.tv Misfit Shine teams up with Beddit for a more accurate sleep tracking service http://www.stuff.tv/misfit-shine-teams-beddit-more-accurate-sleep-tracking-service/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Reckon you’re not getting enough quality shut-eye? There’s now a way to get a deeper analysis of your nocturnal downtime </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="Misfit Shine teams up with Beddit for a more accurate sleep tracking service" alt="Misfit Shine teams up with Beddit for a more accurate sleep tracking service" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/misfit-beddit-sensor.jpg?1405088326" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Several health trackers and smartphone apps are capable of tracking your sleep activity, but the Misfit Shine is about to offer something a little more in-depth than most of its rivals.</p> <p>The company has partnered with Beddit to create the Misfit Beddit Sleep System. The key component is a long, paper-thin sensor that slides underneath your mattress and communicated with the Misfit Shine via Bluetooth.</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="/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"> Wake up feeling refreshed </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 sensor, which can&rsquo;t be felt through your mattress and thus won&rsquo;t cause any discomfort, is capable of accurately tracking heart rate, breathing, movement and snoring. All this data is integrated into Misfit Shine&rsquo;s existing app.</p> <p>One result is &ldquo;Smart Alarm&rdquo;, which uses the data to wake you up while you&rsquo;re in the light stage of your sleep cycle; the idea is that you&rsquo;ll feel far more refreshed than if you were pulled out of a deep sleep. You can also view graphs and stats related to sleep in order to help set yourself goals and see insights as to why you&rsquo;re sleeping better or worse on particular nights.</p> <p>The Misfit Beddit Sleep System will cost US$150 (&pound;90) in the US. A UK price has yet to be confirmed.</p> <p>[<a href="http://misfitwearables.com/beddit">Misfit</a> via <a href="http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/misfit-beddit-an-under-the-bed-sleep-sensor-that-works-with-shine-fitness-tracker-and-app-too/">CNET</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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 data is integrated into Misfit&#039;s smartphone app" alt="The data is integrated into Misfit&#039;s smartphone app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/misfit-beddit-iphone-app.jpg?1405088326" /> </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> Health and fitness Wearable tech Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:50:51 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1441759 at http://www.stuff.tv MindRDR: the first Google Glass app controlled by your brainwaves http://www.stuff.tv/glass/mindrdr-first-google-glass-app-controlled-your-brainwaves/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Want to take a photo and share it on Facebook merely by thinking? Well, now you can do just that </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="MindRDR: the first Google Glass app controlled by your brainwaves" alt="MindRDR: the first Google Glass app controlled by your brainwaves" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mindrdr-1.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are already lots of interesting apps for Google Glass, but MindRDR might be the most technologically impressive &ndash; because it allows you to control the wearable not by touch or voice, but by brainwaves.</p> <p>Yes, this app enables the user to communicate with their Glass merely through thought. In order to do that, it requires the Glass wearer to put another piece of tech on his or her head: the Neurosky EEG biosensor (priced at around &pound;70), which measures brainwaves.</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="/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"> Psychic photography </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>Currently, MindRDR allows the user to take a photo through Glass then share it to Twitter or Facebook, all through mere thought. In order to take the shot, the wearer must concentrate until a horizontal line moves to the top of Glass&rsquo; display. After the photo has been captured, the user must again concentrate to move the line to the top of the screen in order to share it. To discard the image and start again, the user can simply relax and the line will drop to the bottom of the display.</p> <p>At present, these actions are the limit of MindRDR&rsquo;s capabilities, but Chloe Kirton, creative director at the app&rsquo;s London-based developer This Place, says there&rsquo;s much more to come: &ldquo;The possibilities of Google Glass telekinesis are vast. In the future, MindRDR could give those with conditions like locked-in syndrome, severe multiple sclerosis or quadriplegia the opportunity to interact with the wider world through wearable technology.&rdquo; Little wonder, then, that This Place is already in conversations with Professor Stephen Hawking about the future of its app.</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="Concentrate hard enough and the photo will be taken" alt="Concentrate hard enough and the photo will be taken" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mindrdr-3.jpg?1405333667" /> </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>MindRDR is available from today for free, and it&rsquo;s open source which means developers can get hold of the code to tweak as they see fit. So you can expect more telekinesis apps using MindRDR&rsquo;s tech to land on Glass in the near future.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://mindrdr.thisplace.com/static/index.html" target="_blank">MindRDR</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/glass/google-glass/review">Google Glass preview</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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 Neurosky EEG sensor is required, and costs around £70" alt="The Neurosky EEG sensor is required, and costs around £70" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mindrdr-2.jpg?1405333667" /> </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"> Control Google Glass with your mind </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Glass Google Wearable tech Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:58:43 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1441553 at http://www.stuff.tv LG Kizon smartwatch lets parents keep track of their kids http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-kizon-smartwatch-lets-parents-keep-track-their-kids/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GPS and Wi-Fi tell you your child’s location, and you can even talk to them over 3G </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="LG Kizon smartwatch lets parents keep track of their kids" alt="LG Kizon smartwatch lets parents keep track of their kids" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-kizon.jpg?1404952790" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The G Watch might be LG&rsquo;s best-known smartwatch, but it&rsquo;s not the only piece of tech-packed wrist-wear in its range. The company has just unveiled the Kizon, a smartwatch designed for primary school age kids.</p> <p>The Kizon is fitted with GPS and Wi-Fi, which will keep parents abreast of the wearer&rsquo;s location in real-time. It also has a 3G connection, microphone and speaker, allowing the parent to call and speak to the child or vice versa (only one number can be stored in the Kizon, and that can be changed using its companion app).</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="/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"> It&#039;s 10am – do you know where your kids are? </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>Alerts can be set up, so that the parent is automatically kept updated on the wearer&rsquo;s location throughout the day &ndash; and an alert will also come through when the Kizon&rsquo;s battery is at 25 percent (LG claims it&rsquo;ll last for 36 hours per charge).</p> <p>The Kizon won&rsquo;t be restricted to LG&rsquo;s native South Korea, and the company plans to launch the watch in Europe and America in the coming months. Blue, green and pink colour finishes will be available, but a price has yet to be announced.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/129793-kizon-is-the-lg-smartwatch-for-the-little-people-that-lets-their-big-people-track-and-call-them-directly">Pocket-lint</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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-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/lg/lg-kizon-smartwatch-lets-parents-keep-track-their-kids/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> LG Smartwatches Wearable tech Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:43:18 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1441528 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung's VR Gear headset spotted online http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/leaked-samsungs-vr-headset-picture-spotted-online/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung&#039;s built an Oculus Rift competitor, and it&#039;s due for a September 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="604" height="453" title="Samsung Gear VR headset could be coming as soon as September" alt="Samsung Gear VR headset could be coming as soon as September" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-gearvr_0.jpg?1404907416" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>So, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/fully-charged-next-star-wars-film-dated-samsung-s-vr-headset-plans-and-big-hero-6-s-slick-new">the rumours</a> seem to be true. Here&#39;s photographic evidence of VR headset made by Samsung, apparently named &quot;Gear VR&quot;. Sources claim the headset will likely be announced alongside the next version of the Galaxy Note at the upcoming IFA 2014 conference.</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="/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"> Another Galaxy accessory, it seems </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>What else can we expect from the Gear VR? The device will rely on a Galaxy phone&#39;s accelerometer, gyroscope and processing power to track head motion; it does not in itself have the capacity to simulate VR (with no onboard sensors of its own). It does have a rear-facing camera sensor to allow users to see what&#39;s outside the headset without needing to remove it, as well as a touchpad to control the headset&#39;s user interface via the Galaxy smartphone OS.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-and-oculus-collaborating-phone-centric-vr-headset/news">As we heard previously</a>, Oculus VR will be helping out with the software, but the hardware is all Samsung&#39;s. Expect a new batch of VR-centric Samsung apps, while developers can also look forward to an SDK being released soon after the Gear VR is announced.</p> <p>If you&#39;re not a Samsung user, perhaps you might console yourself by making a Google Cardboard VR for cheap. Warning: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-io-2014/how-google-cardboard-scratch/feature">we tried it</a> and it&#39;s not quite as easy as it looks.</p> <p>Or you could just save up for an Oculus as the makers told us it will be <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/oculus-founder-tells-stuff-were-going-sell-rift-cost-price/news">sold for pretty much cost price</a>.</p> <p>Is it any good? Read our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/hands-oculus-rift-v2-believe-vr-hype/feature">Oculus Rift v2 hands-on</a> to find out.</p> <p>[<a href="http://www.sammobile.com/2014/07/08/exclusive-samsungs-virtual-reality-headset-will-be-called-gear-vr-launch-at-ifa-2014/" target="_blank">SamMobile</a> via <a href="http://mashable.com/2014/07/08/samsung-virtual-reality/" target="_blank">Mashable</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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-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/oculus/leaked-samsungs-vr-headset-picture-spotted-online/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Samsung Smartphones Wearable tech Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09:40:57 +0000 Stephen Graves 1441515 at http://www.stuff.tv The five best games we've played on Oculus Rift so far http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/five-best-games-weve-played-oculus-rift-so-far/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It might be months before the proper Oculus Rift goes on sale, but we&#039;ve already played some pretty astonishing titles on it </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/OCR3.jpg?1405385624" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Unless you&#39;re a game developer, you&#39;re best off waiting for Oculus to put the finishing touches on its thinner, lighter, higher-resolution consumer version of the Rift. However, that doesn&#39;t mean its developer kits aren&#39;t absolutely amazing to have a go on, and we&#39;ve been fortunate enough to take a number of games for spin. Here&#39;s what&#39;s really tickled our retinas thus far.</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="/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SuperHOT </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>You can play the demo version of SuperHOT now at superhotgame.com, and we recommend you do: it&rsquo;s an interesting and very stylish take on first-person shooters. What sets SuperHOT apart from the crowd is time: it moves only when you move. Run towards your enemies and they&rsquo;ll be able to shoot you without much trouble, but stand still and bullets travel through the air like coins falling through treacle. You don&rsquo;t get much in the way of weaponry in SuperHOT, but manage the time dilation right and you can weave through a hail of gunfire to despatch them.</p> <p>What Oculus brings to this, apart from a far more immersive first-person experience, is a finer level of control. You can physically lean to one side to avoid bullets in a way that isn&rsquo;t possible with a flat display. This makes bullet-avoidance more intuitive and more economical: because you&rsquo;re immersed in VR, you have much better depth perception and you only move as much as you need to avoid being shot in the face, before turning and watching with great satisfaction as the bullet flies ponderously over your shoulder.</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/face-review-oculus-rift-crystal-cove/feature">Face-on with the Oculus Crystal Cove prototype</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SUPERHOT_2.jpg?1405385624" /> </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SUPERHOT_6.jpg?1405385624" /> </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"> Lucky’s Tale </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 hadn&rsquo;t really thought about Oculus Rift as something you could use to play platform games, or really any game that doesn&rsquo;t use a first-person view, but this charming little jumpabout shows virtual reality can be a lot more versatile. We didn&rsquo;t see much new in the game itself &ndash;you play a cartoon fox who sproings about a multicoloured world that will be familiar to anyone who&rsquo;s played <em>Crash Bandicoot</em>&nbsp;&ndash; but the viewpoint, &nbsp;floating like a disembodied ghost behind Lucky, is new and exciting. It does feel weird for a minute or two as your brain adjusts to this new form of perception, but it soon becomes natural. Looking around also becomes a highly intuitive means of controlling the game: there are a few points when you have to take aim at something, and you do so by looking, without the game needing to tell you.</p> <p>One of the things we were most impressed by in <em>Lucky&rsquo;s Tale</em> was the main menu, a <em>Super Mario World</em>-esque map that you zoom in on just by leaning in towards it and peering around like a curious giant. It made us think about the possibilities for strategy games and even board games in virtual reality. Imagine hovering over your army in a next-next-gen <em>Total War</em>, or even a futuristic <em>Risk</em>, for that matter.</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-io-2014/how-google-cardboard-scratch/feature">We build Google Cardboard, the &pound;20 VR headset, from a cardboard box</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LuckysTale1.jpg?1405385624" /> </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LuckysTale2.jpg?1405385624" /> </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LuckysTale3.png?1405385624" /> </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"> War Thunder </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 graphics in this WW2-themed MMO are faithful rather than impressive, there&rsquo;s almost no storyline and it doesn&rsquo;t lend itself to a quick 20-minute play. But while lengthy tank battles will remain the preserve of flatscreen players, we took one of War Thunder&rsquo;s fighter planes for a spin in Oculus and it was enormous fun.</p> <p>Flying games (and racing games) are perfect for VR, because they&rsquo;re about moving around while sitting still, and that&rsquo;s also exactly what you&rsquo;re doing in VR. You remain seated, holding controls just in front of you, but you get a great impression of movement. In the WW2 fighter&rsquo;s cockpit the Rift makes things easier, mainly because you can look out of the window. Positioning your plane in the right spot to swoop down on your enemies is one of the trickier parts of flying games, and it&rsquo;s a lot easier to pinpoint ground targets when you can just lean over and have a look. In a dogfight situation, too, it&rsquo;s handy to be able to fly while looking over your shoulder. The one upgrade it really needs is hand tracking: on the demo we played, we had to reach blindly for the flight stick and the throttle, so some virtual hands to use the virtual controls would make things a lot more convincing.</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/oculus-rift-will-give-viewers-vr-look-david-attenborough-s-next-series/news">David Attenborough&#39;s next series will have scenes shot for Oculus Rift</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/USSR_March7th_5.jpg?1405385624" /> </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="1595" height="923" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/USSR_March7th_6.jpg?1405385624" /> </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"> Eve: Valkyrie </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 of the first games to really show what this new generation of virtual reality was capable of, Valkyrie&rsquo;s intergalactic dog-fighting is simple but effective, a bit like the X-Wing games of the &lsquo;90s. Rift support allows you to look around the cockpit and even down to see your virtual, space-faring legs ( just don&rsquo;t attempt to move them, or you&rsquo;ll look ridiculous).In combat, the Rift shows its potential not just as a display, but as a controller: aiming missiles is taken care of simply by looking at what you want to blast out of the sky, and looking at it until it explodes.READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/oculus-founder-tells-stuff-were-going-sell-rift-cost-price/news">Oculus founder Palmer Luckey speaks to Stuff</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/eveValkyrie.jpg?1405385624" /> </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"> Alien: Isolation </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>On a flat screen, this game is scary. When you&rsquo;re trapped in virtual reality, it becomes <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/e3-2014/alien-isolation-oculus-rift-so-frightening-you-might-not-want-play/feature">a nerve-jangling brownquake of terror</a>.The immersive graphics and sound do a horribly good job of convincing you that you really are locked in a drifting spaceship with a hissing, invincible nightmare made from knives and acid. But the real terror comes from the physical movements you have to perform. In the flatscreen version, you press a button to pull up your proximity sensor and watch the deadly green blob that represents the alien&rsquo;s location. In the Oculus version, you have to physically look down to see the sensor. This feels wrong at an instinctive level, because you&rsquo;re turning your body away from the unsafe space that harbours the claws and teeth from which you&rsquo;re hiding, exposing the top of your head and the back of your neck. Erk. <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alieniso.jpg?1405385624" /> </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-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/oculus/five-best-games-weve-played-oculus-rift-so-far/feature#comments Apps and Games Gaming Oculus Rift Wearable tech Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:10:30 +0000 Will Dunn 1441292 at http://www.stuff.tv The Arrow smartwatch has a rotating camera for selfies and spy shots from any angle http://www.stuff.tv/arrow-smartwatch-has-360-degree-rotating-camera-selfies-and-spy-shots-any-angle/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mission briefing/Agent 35179/Covertly acquire photographs of neighbour&#039;s cat rolling on back without being detected. End transmission </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="684" height="513" title="You spin me right round baby right round..." alt="The Arrow smartwatch has a rotating camera for selfies and spy shots from any an" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/arrow-smartwatch-hot-stuff.gif?1405008206" /> </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="/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><strong>I have five smartwatches on each wrist already. Why&#39;s this one special?</strong><br />Want to get straight to the point eh? Nothing wrong with that, good for you.</p> <p>The Arrow smartwatch&#39;s standout feature is a 360 degree rotating camera and microphone system.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s built into the watch face&#39;s surrounding bezel and can be adjusted for selfies or photographs without having to contort your wrist into awkward positions.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="288" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/ifr/EmotionalImpassionedGadwall" width="598"></iframe></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-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><strong>That&#39;s amazing. If you actually care about a camera on your wrist, that is.</strong><br />Admittedly, cameras aren&#39;t high on the smartwatch priority list for most people.&nbsp;</p> <p>But if you&#39;re looking for a way to capture moments faster than the time it takes to whip your smartphone out of your pocket, then you&#39;re not to going to manage it much quicker than this, unless you&#39;ve got a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/glass/google-glass/review" target="_blank">Google Glass</a> unit perched on your face.</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"> 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><iframe frameborder="0" height="388" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/ifr/ImpressiveVigilantHuman" width="618"></iframe></p> <p><strong>How smart is it?</strong><br />There&#39;s not much info on the Arrow&#39;s internals at this early stage, but the renders show off a timepiece that rivals Android Wear for looks, as well as functionality.</p> <p>It&#39;s capable of doing all the things we&#39;ve come to expect from smartwatches - navigation, messaging, notifications and widgets, with the added bonus of an in-built heart rate sensor, matching it against the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">Samsung Gear 2</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">Samsung Gear 2 review</a></strong></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"> 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><iframe frameborder="0" height="342" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/ifr/CreativeAmusingElk" width="588"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Please tell me it has wireless charging.</strong><br />The Arrow rivals the gorgeous Motorola Moto 360 in the looks department, thanks to its circular display,&nbsp;and it also matches its rival with wireless charging powers.</p> <p>It comes with a Qi charging pad too, so there&#39;s no unsightly microUSB port to ruin its sleek case.</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"> 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><iframe allowfullscreen="" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/98959993" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> <p><strong>I might as well add it to my wrist. Where do I send my money?</strong><br />Nowhere, for the time being at least.</p> <p><a href="http://www.arrowsmartwatch.com/" target="_blank">The Arrow</a> has yet to be finalised. Specs include an ambitious 8MP camera and potentially even Android Wear, so we&#39;re a fair way off from being able to hit the buy button.&nbsp;</p> <p>Once it makes it that far though, we&#39;ll let you know so you can prepare your wallet in advance.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff">All the hottest stuff, on one scorching page</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/arrow-smartwatch-has-360-degree-rotating-camera-selfies-and-spy-shots-any-angle/news#comments Geek accessories Hot Stuff Smartwatches Wearable tech Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:34:39 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1441295 at http://www.stuff.tv Holographic optic could revolutionise augmented reality (and even works in 3D) http://www.stuff.tv/hud/holographic-optic-could-revolutionise-augmented-reality-and-even-works-3d/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> British company TruLife Optics claims to have created the perfect technology for wearable HUDs </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="Holographic optic could revolutionise augmented reality (and even works in 3D)" alt="Holographic optic could revolutionise augmented reality (and even works in 3D)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/holographic-optic-main.jpg?1404804632" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Wearable technology could be getting a huge boost &ndash; and it&rsquo;s all coming courtesy of a London-based company called TruLife Optics.</p> <p>TruLife has designed and engineered what it says is the perfect optical component for wearable head-up displays and augmented reality (AR) gadgets: it&rsquo;s small and lightweight, it&rsquo;s relatively simple to use and it&rsquo;s capable of putting full colour high resolution graphics in front of the wearer&rsquo;s eyes without blocking or distorting his or her natural vision. Oh, and it can even create 3D images too.</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="/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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The secret? Holograms. The optic uses two holographic elements rather than see-through screens or jewel lenses, and can transfer &ndash; by bending light through 90 degrees &ndash; the image through a totally transparent main piece called a &ldquo;waveguide&rdquo;. So, when not displaying anything, the entire element is completely see through &ndash; and even when it is displaying images, only they are visible.</p> <p>The two holographic displays (one for each eye, hence their ability to display 3D images) are each the size of a postage stamp, and the entire element is 10cm long, 3cm wide and just 2.8mm in depth.</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/UbPucZX5Smo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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 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>TruLife, which developed the technology in partnership with the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington (yes, just down the road from <em>Stuff</em>&rsquo;s office) is available now, with each optic priced at &pound;300. That means companies designing their own AR and HUD wearables will soon be able to integrate it into their prototypes. We can&rsquo;t wait to see (pun intended) what people do with it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/glass/metaio-brings-augmented-reality-app-google-glass/news">Metaio brings first true augmented reality app to Google Glass</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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="TruLife Chief Executive Jonathan Lewis with the optic" alt="TruLife Chief Executive Jonathan Lewis with the optic" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/holographic-optic.jpg?1404804632" /> </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/hud/holographic-optic-could-revolutionise-augmented-reality-and-even-works-3d/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> HUD Wearable tech Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:42:32 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1441287 at http://www.stuff.tv Rumour: Microsoft working on a cross-platform smartband http://www.stuff.tv/rumour-microsoft-working-cross-platform-smartband/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You won&#039;t need a Windows phone to use it, which is a change from other manufacturers </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="Rumour: Microsoft working on a cross-platform smartband" alt="Rumour: Microsoft working on a cross-platform smartband" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/MS%20wear.jpg?1404380084" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>All-things-Microsoft blogger Paul Thurrott has an interesting piece of gossip about the company&#39;s first foray into wearable tech: it&#39;s not the predicted <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-working-its-own-smartwatch/news">Microsoft smartwatch</a>, but it will sit on your wrist. Yep, it&#39;s a smartband/activity tracker, and Thurrott claims it will likely work with your phone whether it&#39;s running Android, Windows Phone or iOS.</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="/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"> A band to replace other bands </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>With most current activity trackers geared towards Android and/or iOS, Windows Phone has been the poor cousin of step- and calorie-counting wearables. That&#39;s a consequence of its small market share &ndash; and that market share is probably the reason for Microsoft making a device that isn&#39;t fussy about which smartphone platform the user prefers.</p> <p>What will this new band look like? A lot like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-gear-fit/review">Samsung Gear Fit</a> if the sources are to be believed. It will deliver the usual smartphone-based notifications (no full-on smartwatch tech here), and it will only cost as much as a Samsung Gear (we think Thurrott means the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review">Gear 2</a>, priced at &pound;250, which seems to be a pretty good deal).</p> <p>With health becoming more and more of a focus for wearable tech, and fitness tweaks making their way into mobile OS updates, Microsoft&#39;s existing applications like Healthvault and Bing Health &amp; Fitness may give it an easy way to slide into the market.</p> <p>So when should we expect this Microsoft smartband? This year, perhaps in the fourth quarter of 2014. Stay tuned for more, because there&#39;s bound to be leaks and rumours in the run-up to any launch.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://winsupersite.com/mobile-devices/microsoft-wearables">WinSuperSite</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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="Rumour: Microsoft working on a cross-platform smartband" alt="Rumour: Microsoft working on a cross-platform smartband" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear%20fit.jpg?1404380084" /> </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/rumour-microsoft-working-cross-platform-smartband/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health and fitness Microsoft Wearable tech Thu, 03 Jul 2014 09:32:12 +0000 Stephen Graves 1440875 at http://www.stuff.tv Tap wrist to unlock: This temporary NFC tattoo unlocks your phone, so you don't have to http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x/temporarily-ink-yourselves-and-have-it-connect-your-motorola-smartphone/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Too lazy to tap out a pin code? Scared of needles? This could be the ideal solution </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="Temporarily ink yourselves, and have it connect to your Motorola smartphone " alt="Temporarily ink yourselves, and have it connect to your Motorola smartphone " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/tatt.jpg?1404204610" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tattoos and smartphones tend no to go hand in hand, although we&#39;d bet there are a few particularly dedicated gadgeteers who have their smartphone timeline inked on their back.</p> <p>Still, they&#39;re (hopefully) few and far between, and the worlds of ink-saturated needles and quad-core processeors have remained noticably seperate. Until now.</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="/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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Digital Tattoo itself is not currently customisable and the only available design is a vortex pattern, which in some of the press shots, we have to admit, looks more like a cigarette lighter burn.</p> <p>Each sticker should last for five days under regular conditions and uses medical-grade adhesive to survive showers and workouts while preventing irritation. Setup is a simple case of turning on NFC, and tapping it against the tattoo.</p> <p>US$10 will nab you a packet of <a href="http://www.vivalnk.com/purchase/" target="_blank">ten stickers</a>, though you might want to hold out for a newer design and wider compatibility before pulling the trigger.</p> <p>Or you could just take things a step further and embed an NFC tag beneath your skin, tattooing a design of your choice over the top. It&#39;s your call.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/google-nexus-5-vs-motorola-moto-x/feature">Google Nexus 5 vs Motorola Moto X&nbsp;</a></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>[Source and image: <a href="http://androidcommunity.com/you-can-now-unlock-your-moto-x-with-a-1-temporary-tattoo-20140627/" target="_blank">Android Community</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="425" title="Temporarily ink yourselves, and have it connect to your Motorola smartphone " alt="Temporarily ink yourselves, and have it connect to your Motorola smartphone " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tattoo.jpg?1404204610" /> </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/moto-x/temporarily-ink-yourselves-and-have-it-connect-your-motorola-smartphone/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x/temporarily-ink-yourselves-and-have-it-connect-your-motorola-smartphone/news#comments Moto X Motorola Wearable tech Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:45:51 +0000 Stephen Graves 1440513 at http://www.stuff.tv $8bn military satellites can now correct the time on a rich man's watch http://www.stuff.tv/8bn-military-satellites-used-correct-time-rich-mans-watch/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GPS watch has mechanical flair, nanosecond accuracy and eye-melting ugliness </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="OX One Pink Gold GPS watch" alt="OX One Pink Gold GPS watch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/orrosemain1200.jpg?1403939766" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When the Pentagon wrote a blank cheque for the Global Positioning System in 1973, it wanted the technology to guide its nuclear missiles with pinpoint precision, steer warships in the dead of night, aid search and rescue efforts, and track nuclear detonations around the world.</p> <p>American generals probably didn&#39;t envisage helping lazy businessmen to be punctual by never having to reset their watches. Luckily, Swiss watch start-up VCXO has filled that critical niche, with the&nbsp;<a href="http://en.vcxo-watches.com/collections/all">OX One wristwatch</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="/users/mark-harris" title="View user profile.">Mark Harris</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"> Could it be magic? </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 user presses a magic button on the side of the watch - this is easy to find because it says &#39;Magic Button&#39; on it - a tiny motor mechanically sets the time in the blink of an eye.&nbsp;</p> <p>The whole watch, including the GPS chip, is powered by moving weights within the body. If the wearer removes the watch, or falls asleep after a particularly heavy lunch, the One has power reserves for about 120 hours. After this, it&#39;ll need a good shake to get running again.&nbsp;</p> <p>The&nbsp;VCXO Ox One will be available to buy in about six months - or about 2.63 quadrillion nanoseconds. Prices start from &pound;5800 for a stainless steel version, rising to &pound;7,200 for black ceramic and over &pound;26,000 for a&nbsp;<a href="http://en.vcxo-watches.com/products/ox-one-pink-gold-limited-edition-25-pieces">limited edition in pink gold</a>. You just <strong>know </strong>that&#39;s the one GPS supremo and Chief of Staff of the US Air Force,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.af.mil/AboutUs/Biographies/Display/tabid/225/Article/104966/general-mark-a-welsh-iii.aspx">General Mark A. Welsh III</a>, would wear.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Read more</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-wear/feature">8 things you need to know about Android Wear, Google&#39;s beautiful smartwatch operating system</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>[<a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/06/27/this-mechanical-watch-has-a-magic-button-that-sets-it-by-gps/">TechCrunch</a>]</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="1200" height="900" title="The Magic Button - not really magic, just a bit silly" alt="The Magic Button - not really magic, just a bit silly" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/acier-31200.jpg?1403939766" /> </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"> Could it be magic? </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/8bn-military-satellites-used-correct-time-rich-mans-watch/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/8bn-military-satellites-used-correct-time-rich-mans-watch/news#comments Wearable tech Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:52:30 +0000 Mark Harris 1440344 at http://www.stuff.tv