Wearable tech http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/all en-GB Mobile World Congress 2015: What we expect to see http://www.stuff.tv/mwc-2015/mobile-world-congress-2015-what-we-expect-see/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Barcelona is about to host the world’s premier showcase for smartphones, tablets and other mobile tech. Here’s what we’re looking forward to seeing </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="Mobile World Congress 2015: What we expect to see" alt="Mobile World Congress 2015: What we expect to see" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mobile-world-congress_0_1_0.jpg?1422613053" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>From 2nd March, the Spanish city of Barcelona will, for a few days, be known for more than having a fierce spirit of independence, a fantastic (if currently underperforming) football team, lots of beautiful Gaudi architecture, and a major petty crime problem. It will be known as the place where lots of new mobile phones, tablets and wearables are being announced.</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"><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"> Samsung </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 Apple customarily swerving MWC, Samsung will likely prove the biggest tech company there &ndash; and it may well have some big new announcements. Rumour has it the Korean giant will <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-unveil-two-s6-smartphones-and-round-smartwatch-mwc/news">unveil not one but two Galaxy S6 flagship phones</a> at the show: one all-metal device and one with a screen that curls around the phone&rsquo;s edges.</p> <p>But that&rsquo;s not all! Samsung may also debut <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-could-reveal-circular-smartwatch-rotating-bezel-mwc/news">a new smartwatch</a>. Apparently codenamed &ldquo;Orbis&rdquo;, it&rsquo;s rumoured to come with a circular face, a rotating bezel, wireless charging and Samsung&rsquo;s own Tizen operating system. Samsung will reportedly also provide an open SDK, making it easier for app developers to build software for Tizen-based watches.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-s6-review">Samsung Galaxy S6 preview</a></strong></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="Samsung may have two Galaxy S6 phones waiting in the wings" alt="Samsung may have two Galaxy S6 phones waiting in the wings" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-alpha-01_2_0.jpg?1422613053" /> </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="552" height="416" title="A twisty-bezelled smartwatch could accompany any phones launched" alt="A twisty-bezelled smartwatch could accompany any phones launched" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-patent-interface-round-smartwatch1.png?1422613053" /> </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"> LG </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 other Korean tech giant may have a quieter MWC 2015 in mind. LG&rsquo;s next flagship, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g4-rumoured-feature-snapdragon-810-and-16mp-camera/news">G4</a>, seems destined to arrive later in the year (May is the month that keeps cropping up in reports).</p> <p>The online rumour mill is fairly silent on what LG has planned for MWC, but putting our speculation cap on for a second, we could see &ldquo;lesser&rdquo; mid-range phones trotted out, or possibly a new smartwatch successor to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review">LG G Watch</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="567" height="425" title="Is it time for an LG G Watch successor?" alt="Is it time for an LG G Watch successor?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Watch-review-colour-face_2.png?1422613053" /> </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"> Sony </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>Sony now launches a flagship phone series (generally a large phone, a medium phone, a small phone, and a tablet) every six months, and for months we&rsquo;ve believed the company would drop its Xperia Z4 family during or around the time of MWC 2015.</p> <p>However, the paucity of leaks about these phones has led some to speculate that they won&rsquo;t be coming along quite so soon, and that a Q2 2015 release seems more likely. It could just be that the lack of leaks are, you know, down to Sony not allowing much to leak out &ndash; but given that every phone seems to get snapped by someone along the supply chain weeks or even months prior to release, it could also be that the Z4 family isn&rsquo;t coming to MWC 2015.</p> <p>Some say that the recent launch of a purple Xperia Z3 suggests that Sony plans to keep that line current for a little while longer, or that the reason for the delay is a shortage of Qualcomm&rsquo;s Snapdragon 810 processor.</p> <p>There have been leaks concerning the Z4 family&rsquo;s specs, which you can check out <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z4-z4-tablet-z4-compact-and-z4-ultra-details-leak/news">here</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="604" height="453" title="The Sony Z3 family: due for replacement at MWC 2015?" alt="The Sony Z3 family: due for replacement at MWC 2015?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z3-family_0.jpg?1422613053" /> </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"> HTC </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>HTC&rsquo;s next flagship, the One (M9) or &ldquo;Hima&rdquo;, will almost certainly launch at MWC 2015. HTC has invited us to an event in Barcelona on Sunday 1st March (the day before the show officially starts) in order to &ldquo;see what&rsquo;s next&rdquo;.</p> <p>One thing you can&rsquo;t say about the M9 is that it hasn&rsquo;t been the subject of leaks. We&rsquo;ve seen tons of snaps of an M8-lookalike metal unibody handset doing the rounds &ndash; but it now transpires that these might be decoys released in order to throw people off the scent. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/mwc-2015/more-htc-one-m9-leaks-suggest-nexus-9-inspired-build/news">Some sources</a> claim the actual HTC One (M9) will sport a similar look to the HTC-manufactured <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nexus-9/review">Google Nexus 9</a> tablet: minimalist, plastic backed, thin and light.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-m9-hima/review">HTC One (M9) Hima preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The HTC One (M9) might not actually look anything like this" alt="The HTC One (M9) might not actually look anything like this" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m9-leak-2_2.jpg?1422613053" /> </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"> Acer </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 Taiwanese company will, according to a report from <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150123PD208.html" target="_blank">DigiTimes</a>, launch <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/acer/mwc-2015/acer-will-unveil-windows-powered-smartphones-mwc-2015/news">a range of Windows Phone-based smartphones</a> at MWC 2015. The phones will be entry-level rather than high-end, and it&rsquo;s not clear yet which version of Windows Phone they&rsquo;ll be running.</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="604" height="427" title="Acer looks set to unveil Windows Phones at MWC 2015" alt="Acer looks set to unveil Windows Phones at MWC 2015" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/acer-allegro-2-1.jpg?1422613053" /> </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"> Huawei </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>Huawei is holding a pre-MWC press conference on 1st March, and seems set to rip the wrappers of a wide range of new mobile gear.</p> <p>As reported by <a href="http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/132541-huawei-to-reveal-new-wearables-and-tablets-at-mwc-2015" target="_blank">Pocket-lint</a>, a recent Huawei media event showed that the Chinese company will launch both tablets and wearables during MWC. While the slide didn&#39;t go into too many specifics, it did depict a round, black-finished Android Wear smartwatch and mentioned a &quot;flagship smartband&quot;.</p> <p>It also seems likely that Huawei will launch a smaller, more affordable edition of its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/ifa-2014/huawei-s-ascend-mate-7-phablet-bumps-specs-adds-fingerprint-reader/news">Ascend Mate 7</a> phablet.</p> <p><strong>Update 30/01/15:</strong> One thing we won&#39;t be seeing at MWC is the Huawei Ascend P8, the company&#39;s next flagship smartphone. Huawei marketing boss Jerry Huang told Pocket-lint that the phone would be unveiled at an event in London on 15th April. The location is interesting: Huawei is huge in the Far East but lesser-known by European and American consumers, and by choosing to launch its top-of-the-range phone in the UK, Huawei may be trying to send a message that it&#39;s a company with global ambitions.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The 10 best smartphones you can buy right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/huawei-logo.jpg?1422613053" /> </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/mwc-2015/mobile-world-congress-2015-what-we-expect-see/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/mwc-2015/mobile-world-congress-2015-what-we-expect-see/feature#comments MWC 2015 Smartphones Tablets Wearable tech Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:34:13 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1458722 at http://www.stuff.tv It's official: Apple Watch will ship in April, says Tim Cook http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-watch-will-ship-april-says-tim-cook/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Well, that settles it: Apple’s first smartwatch is three months out from release </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple Watch" alt="Apple Watch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-watch-trio_0.jpg?1422399685" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>First announced last autumn, the Apple Watch was initially pegged for an early 2015 release. Would it be a quick post-Christmas release in January, or was it going to be more like March?</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/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-watch-will-ship-april-says-tim-cook/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-watch-will-ship-april-says-tim-cook/news#comments Apple Smartwatches Wearable tech Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:56:51 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1458638 at http://www.stuff.tv Acticheck's Assure smartband wants to be your wrist-hugging guardian angel http://www.stuff.tv/actichecks-assure-smartband-wants-be-your-wrist-hugging-guardian-angel/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This safety-conscious wearable will last for two years on a single charge </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="801" height="601" title="Acticheck&#039;s Assure smartband wants to be your wrist-hugging guardian angel" alt="Acticheck&#039;s Assure smartband wants to be your wrist-hugging guardian angel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Acticheck.jpg?1422357183" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Smartwatches and fitness bands are infiltrating our wrist space.</p> <p>At CES earlier this year, we couldn&#39;t walk two steps without bumping into a wearable tech stand, and there were plenty of contenders to choose from for Stuff&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2015/ces-2015-stuff-wearable-tech-award-winners-announced/news" target="_blank">CES 2015 Wearable Tech Awards</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/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>Dubbed as the world&#39;s first continuously monitoring personal alarm system, the Assure doesn&#39;t concern itself with buzzing when your profile picture&#39;s been liked on Facebook, or telling you how many steps you&#39;ve taken since you got off the bus.</p> <p>Instead, it&#39;s designed to monitor your wellbeing, and alert emergency contacts if it detects that things have taken a turn for the worse.</p> <p>Linked to a smartphone (or accompanying home base station), the Assure is able to constantly monitor your location via GPS, while built-in sensors keep track of various biometric measurements, including temperature and movement readings.</p> <p>Checks are run every 15 minutes, and if anything is out of the normal range (including high impact falls), it triggers an alert. A connected phone gives users an opportunity to dismiss the emergency notification if all is well, but if that is left unchecked, then the emergency contacts are automatically alerted in order, until one person responds.</p> <p>The band can also manually broadcast an emergency at the push of a button, and it&#39;s fully waterproof with a two-year battery life, freeing users from the hassle of daily charging.</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="659" height="494" title="Acticheck&#039;s Assure smartband wants to be your wrist-hugging guardian angel" alt="Acticheck&#039;s Assure smartband wants to be your wrist-hugging guardian angel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/acticheck3.jpg?1422357183" /> </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="346" height="439" title="Acticheck&#039;s Assure smartband wants to be your wrist-hugging guardian angel" alt="Acticheck&#039;s Assure smartband wants to be your wrist-hugging guardian angel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/acticheck4.jpg?1422357183" /> </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 band should come in handy for the elderly, or workers/sporty types who are often on their own in isolated places. If you knocked yourself out snowboarding down the steep face of a glacier for example, then the Assure could notify contacts with your location. As long as there&#39;s sufficient mobile coverage in the area of course. Best not to go too far out into the sticks then.</p> <p>If you fancy backing the Assure then head on over to <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1538289818/assure-a-revolutionary-personal-monitoring-and-ale" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a> and back one now from the special early bird price of &pound;100. Acticheck will use the &pound;25,000 goal to fund an app to for the Assure, so that it can hit shelves and be on wrists in July late this year.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">All the hottest Stuff, on one scorching page</a></strong></p> <p>[<a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1538289818/assure-a-revolutionary-personal-monitoring-and-ale" target="_blank">Kickstarter</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="835" height="601" title="Acticheck&#039;s Assure smartband wants to be your wrist-hugging guardian angel" alt="Acticheck&#039;s Assure smartband wants to be your wrist-hugging guardian angel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/acticheck2.jpg?1422357183" /> </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/actichecks-assure-smartband-wants-be-your-wrist-hugging-guardian-angel/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/actichecks-assure-smartband-wants-be-your-wrist-hugging-guardian-angel/news#comments Crowdfunding Wearable tech Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:59:23 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1458599 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple Watch hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Update 26/01/15: Apple Watch could hit shelves in March, says analyst </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple Watch hands on review" alt="Apple Watch hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/watch-8.JPG?1422284189" /> </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/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Apple Watch - as it&#39;s officially known - has been unveiled.</p> <p>After months of hints and mystery, Apple has finally taken the plunge and joined the battle for your wrist with its own smartwatch.&nbsp;</p> <p>As you&rsquo;d expect with a brand spanking new bit of Apple tech, the Apple Watch has polarised opinion. Some have hailed it as the new Best Thing Ever, some have decried it as Just Another Smartwatch.</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"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> US$350 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and build </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>Build quality is what you&rsquo;d expect from Apple: light (very light) but strong, and slim, too.</p> <p>The Apple Watch is not nearly as slim as the iPhone 6, and it&rsquo;s flat, so in form factor it&rsquo;s not radically different from the other smartwatches on the market. But Apple has been careful to keep it from looking bulky, and even the larger version didn&rsquo;t look out of place on a dainty female wrist.&nbsp;</p> <p>The dial &ndash;&nbsp;sorry, Digital Crown &ndash;&nbsp;looks less obtrusive in real life than it does in Apple&rsquo;s promo shots. It&rsquo;s smaller than the dials on most men&rsquo;s watches, but it&rsquo;s also very easy to access.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re going to use the phrase &lsquo;knob feel&rsquo; here, so brace yourself: the Apple Watch&rsquo;s knob feel is light, with very little resistance and no click. It&rsquo;s a great piece of design, allowing you to move things on screen without covering them with your clumsy great prodfingers.</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/WmtXRpAitrM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple Watch hands on review" alt="Apple Watch hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/watch-3.JPG?1422284189" /> </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="Apple Watch hands on review" alt="Apple Watch hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/watch-4.JPG?1422284189" /> </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="899" title="Apple Watch hands on review" alt="Apple Watch hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/watch-5.JPG?1422284189" /> </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 </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 screen is bright and crisp, and looked at from the kind of glancing angles you&rsquo;d expect to look at a watch screen from &ndash; edge-on while riding a bike or balancing in a crowded train &ndash; words and pictures remained nicely readable.</p> <p>While some of the watch faces look fantastic, this watch will never be able to ape posh fashion watches in the same way as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review" target="_blank">Moto 360</a>. Well, not circular posh fashion watches, anyway.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 revealed: hands-on review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple Watch hands on review" alt="Apple Watch hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/watch-2.JPG?1422284189" /> </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="Apple Watch hands on review" alt="Apple Watch hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/watch-6.JPG?1422284189" /> </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"> Taptic feedback </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 demo unit we tried on was running a loop of app demos, a couple of which (including the heartbeat-sharing app) used the &lsquo;taptic engine&rsquo;, as Apple calls it, or buzzer, as we&rsquo;re going to call it.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re not exactly Haptic Feedback Review Monthly, but there is a difference between nuanced haptics and a flat buzz &ndash; Valve&rsquo;s Steam Controller, for example, uses it to fool your hands into thinking you&rsquo;re holding something with a different shape &ndash; and we think it&rsquo;s an area that will become increasingly important as wearable tech becomes more popular.</p> <p>The haptics in the Apple Watch have that sort of nuanced feel, with the heartbeat delivered as a softly detailed pulse.</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="Apple Watch hands on review" alt="Apple Watch hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/watch-7.JPG?1422284189" /> </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="Apple Watch hands on review" alt="Apple Watch hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/watch-10.JPG?1422284189" /> </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"> Apple Watch App </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Update 12/01/14: </strong>The Apple Watch app has been leaked to <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/01/13/apple-watch-iphone-companion-app-revealed-with-new-watch-features-monograms/" target="_blank">9to5Mac</a>, and it reveals some of the features we can expect to see from Apple&#39;s clever timepiece.</p> <p>Aside from the standard notification features we&#39;ve come to expect from all smartwatches, the app reveals other functionality, including the ability to have the Watch vibrate during turn-by-turn directions.</p> <p>The Apple Watch can also nag you to stand up if you&#39;ve been sitting down for the first 50 minutes of an hour, which is a setting we&#39;ll probably turn off immediately.</p> <p>Notifications themselves can also be customised. You could, for example, set it so that text messages from certain people are pushed to the Watch, while other less important contacts&#39; messages are left off your wrist. That&#39;s a feature we&#39;d like to see in Android Wear, as it&#39;s all too easy to get bogged down in irrelevant notifications.</p> <p>The app also confirms that you&#39;ll need to enter a four-digit passcode each time you purchase anything using the Watch. You&#39;ll also need to enter it if the sensors detect that you&#39;ve taken the watch off.</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="600" height="449" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iwatch.jpg?1422284189" /> </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"> 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>Is the Apple Watch a revolutionary piece of hardware? Yes and no. No, because it&rsquo;s not a completely different kind of smartwatch, but as with all things Apple, the hardware &ndash; even if it&rsquo;s nicer than anyone else&rsquo;s &ndash; is only half the story.</p> <p>As with the iPhone, the Apple Watch has a hulking great advantage in the apps department, something that was obvious from its unveling: where Google tends to talk about the amazing potential of Android Wear, Apple talks about big brands that are already signed up and making apps for its platform &ndash; apps to find your car, let you into your hotel room, control your smart heating or track and share your exercise, not to mention shopping with Apple Pay.</p> <p>For that reason, the Apple Watch may be the device that brings the smartwatch to the masses and gets the wearable revolution revolving.</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="898" title="Apple Watch hands on review" alt="Apple Watch hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/watch-1.JPG?1422284189" /> </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"> When can you strap in? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple&#39;s being cagey about when, exactly, you&#39;ll be able to slip an Apple Watch onto your wrist; it says only that the Watch will be available in early 2015. Prices will start at US$350 (&pound;215), and it&#39;ll be available in three different variants: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition.</p> <p><strong>Update 01/10/14:</strong> Taiwanese site <a href="http://www.appledaily.com.tw/" target="_blank">Apple Daily </a>believes that production of the Apple Watch will kick off in January next year, with a release date slated for mid-February. Could the Apple Watch be the most expensive Valentine&#39;s Day present you&#39;ve ever bought? We&#39;ll just have to wait and see...</p> <p><strong>Update 03/11/14:</strong> An anonymous source has provided <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/10/31/historical-implications-made-apple-watch-more-difficult-to-design-than-original-iphone-jony-ive-says" target="_blank">9to5mac</a> with a transcript from a video in which Apple&nbsp;Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts states that the Apple Watch will be out in Spring next year.</p> <p>The earliest we could see the Apple Watch then, is March next year, which technically falls in line with Apple&#39;s &quot;early 2015&quot; release date.</p> <p><strong>Update 07/01/15:</strong> It does seem as though the Apple Watch will arrive in stores this March. <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/01/06/apple-watch-launch/">9to5Mac</a> reports that &quot;several&quot; sources have revealed that Apple will begin training select US employees (one or two per Apple Store) from February 9th-16th, with a view to them returning to their stores and training the rest of the staff afterwards. The report says that a March retail launch is the current goal, but there&#39;s always a possibility that software development and manufacturing issues could see that pushed back.</p> <p><strong>Update 13/01/15:</strong>&nbsp;Another chunk of evidence supporting a March release date is outed. This time it&#39;s a screenshot (courtesy of <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/01/12/latest-ios-8-2-iphone-beta-adds-apple-watch-bluetooth-support-confirms-app/" target="_blank">9to5Mac</a>) from the iOS 8.2 beta, which shows off a section in the Bluetooth settings promting users that want to connect an Apple Watch to use the official app. iOS 8.2 is due to be released in March, adding fuel to the fire of a March release date.</p> <p><strong>Update 26/01/15:</strong>&nbsp;Ming-Chi Kuo, an <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2015/01/24/apple-watch-march-12-inch-macbook-early-2015/" target="_blank">analyst for KGI Securites</a> with a decent rack record when it comes to predictions believes that the Apple Watch will begin shipping in March, supporting previous rumours. If true then we shouldn&#39;t have too long to wait before the iWrist era kicks off.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-6-vs-samsung-galaxy-s5-weigh/news" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="704" height="396" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled-2_7.jpg?1422284189" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <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"> Apple Watch hands-on </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"> It&#039;s about time: Apple takes the wraps off its smart timepiece </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review#comments Apple Smartwatches Watch Wearable tech Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:54:38 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1427850 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple Watch battery life reportedly lasts an average waking day, but not much longer http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-watch-battery-life-reportedly-lasts-average-waking-day-not-much-longer/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Latest leak says Apple’s mixed-use benchmark could last you ’til bed - maybe </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple Watch" alt="Apple Watch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-watch-photo_0.JPG?1421966745" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Battery life has been the biggest remaining question mark for the Apple Watch. Tim Cook said it&rsquo;ll need a nightly charge, but how close to the edge will you push it on an average day? Probably pretty close.</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/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Playing games or directly interacting with graphics-intense apps is likely to tax the battery more, which could generate the lower figure of about 2.5 hours of active use, while less-intensive apps should give it more screen-on time during the day. And fitness tracking shouldn&rsquo;t be a big drain, as the report says the Watch is expected to hit nearly 4 consecutive hours of data recording.</p> <p>If those numbers all seem underwhelming, it&rsquo;s probably due to Apple&rsquo;s use of higher-end components. The S1 chip inside is said to be similar in performance to the A5 chip in the iPod touch, allowing the crisp Retina-quality display to deliver bright, colorful images at 60 frames per second.</p> <p>But if you&rsquo;ve got an especially long day and/or plan to spend a lot of time fiddling with Watch apps, then you might find yourself searching for a wall outlet before you&rsquo;re ready to call it a night. Hopefully Apple&rsquo;s made some recent strides to close the gap before its first wearable releases this spring.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/01/22/apple-targets-for-apple-watch-battery-life-revealed-a5-caliber-cpu-inside/">9to5Mac</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review">Apple Watch hands-on review</a></strong></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="Apple Watch" alt="Apple Watch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-watch-watchkit.jpg?1421966745" /> </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/apple/apple-watch-battery-life-reportedly-lasts-average-waking-day-not-much-longer/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-watch-battery-life-reportedly-lasts-average-waking-day-not-much-longer/news#comments Apple Smartwatches Wearable tech Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:41:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1458266 at http://www.stuff.tv Kiband safety bracelet stops children wandering off, can only be removed with your phone http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-technology-children-hits-new-safety-level-kiband/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New smartband ensures that fleet-footed tykes won&#039;t explore too far </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 Kiband" alt="Kiband safety bracelet stops children wandering off, can only be removed with yo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Kiband-Main-Picture.jpg?1421929133" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Safety conscience gadget-loving parents rejoice. In the not so distant future there&#39;s a piece of kit that monitors your children&#39;s movements for you. And it tells them off as well.&nbsp;</p> <p>Meet the Kiband from KiLife Tech; a device due to be heading into production aiming to resolve a long-running issue, namely, children that walk too far from their parents.</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/samharris1" title="View user profile.">samharris1</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"> Safety first </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>Connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth the Kiband will notify you when your child moves too far away, will itself vibrate when the child approaches the set perimeter (to tell them they are going too far) and sound an audible alarm should they exceed the perimeter. While a child with an alarm blarring from them might seem odd to other people who happen to be around, it does allow parents to locate their ever-wandering child in record time.&nbsp;</p> <p>KiLife Tech also highlights the devices&#39; water alarm which sends an alert when the Kiband is submerged in water for a few seconds (currently patent-pending. It boasts that the app will be able to monitor 6 children on one device, and say that they are looking into incorporating GPS into their future models.&nbsp;</p> <p>What makes Kiband different, however, is that it can only be unlocked via the Kiband app on the correct smartphone. Whilst this solves a constantly cited problem in safety-based wearable technology for children (that the device could fall off or be removed) it does effectively lock the child into the arrangement. It also means that losing your phone (which you may or may not do) becomes an even greater annoyance to you and those who have been forced to wear safety smartbands... by you. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Not yet available for pre-order, the Kiband is expected to launch sometime this year, following beta testing, and will initially be made for children aged 18 months to 7 years old in two colours: pink and blue.</p> <p>If you want more information, or wish to sign up for pre-order alerts, visit <a href="http://www.kiband.com" target="_blank">Kiband</a>. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.kiband.com" target="_blank">All the hottest stuff, on one scorching page</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>[via <a href="http://www.slashgear.com/kiband-wearable-lets-parents-track-wandering-kids-20365297/" target="_blank">Slashgear</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="Smartphone running the Kiband app" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Kiband-App-on-Phone.jpg?1421929133" /> </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="Don&#039;t go too far now..." alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Kiband-Wandering-Child.jpg?1421929133" /> </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/wearable-technology-children-hits-new-safety-level-kiband/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-technology-children-hits-new-safety-level-kiband/news#comments Wearable tech Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:18:55 +0000 samharris1 1458158 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft’s incredible HoloLens headset fills your world with interactive holograms http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-s-hololens-wireless-untethered-headset-inserts-holograms-your-world/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Powered by Windows Holographic, it aims to transform interactive experiences across work, gaming, and more </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="Microsoft HoloLens" alt="Microsoft HoloLens" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-hololens-concept.jpg?1421874647" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Considering all of the big Windows leaks, we started to wonder if Microsoft could still keep a secret. Guess so, since the company just dropped a megaton: the future of Windows is holograms.</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/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Concept videos showed creators manipulating a 3D render of an object - say, a motorcycle - in real-time, or using a toolkit to build a toy rocket that could then be sent off to a 3D printer. Or you can Skype in a friend and have him or her help you with a current project, seeing what you see all the while. HoloLens is as much for work and everyday life as it is for gaming and entertainment.</p> <p>The headset reacts to gestures, voice commands, and apparently eye movements as well, responding to your every action to intelligently place interactive holograms in the world. It also has spatial sound so you can &ldquo;hear&rdquo; holograms behind you.</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/aThCr0PsyuA" 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>But will you actually want to wear that thing out? It has see-through lenses, so you can still move through the world as normal; you&rsquo;re not just staring at a video feed captured by an external camera. But the HoloLens unit showed today is still a pretty significant-looking device, and more obvious and obtrusive than Google Glass.</p> <p>The video below shows some concepts at work from external studios, and the Windows Holographic tools built into Windows 10 will allow third-parties to create their own experiences for HoloLens.</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="600" title="Microsoft HoloLens" alt="Microsoft HoloLens" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-hololens-headset.png?1421874647" /> </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>When will it launch, and when can we expect it? A lot of that remains unclear. Microsoft says it&rsquo;ll be available during Windows 10&rsquo;s lifetime, which means it could still be some time off, and that it will be priced for both common consumers and enterprise (business) customers. Again, not much to go on.</p> <p>But watch the videos, be amazed at the possibilities, and hope that the actual product - whenever it may launch - is anywhere near as cool as these demos.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-hololens/en-us">Microsoft HoloLens</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/windows-10/windows-10-will-be-free-upgrade-windows-7-81-and-windows-phone-8-users/news">Windows 10 will be a free upgrade - even for Windows 7 users</a></strong></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/aAKfdeOX3-o" 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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-s-hololens-wireless-untethered-headset-inserts-holograms-your-world/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-s-hololens-wireless-untethered-headset-inserts-holograms-your-world/news#comments Microsoft Virtual Reality Wearable tech Windows 10 Wed, 21 Jan 2015 20:57:27 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1458170 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung could reveal a circular smartwatch with a rotating bezel at MWC http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-could-reveal-circular-smartwatch-rotating-bezel-mwc/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Update 20/01/15: the rumours refuse to slow down - wireless charging is the circular smartwatch&#039;s latest leaked feature </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="552" height="416" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-patent-interface-round-smartwatch1.png?1421758071" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review" target="_blank">Moto 360</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review" target="_blank">LG G Watch R</a> could finally have some circular competition from Samsung.</p> <p>SamMobile has already confirmed that the round smartwatch - codenamed Orbis - will be revealed at MWC in Barcelona in March, and now the site has revealed that the device will feature a crown and rotating bezel ring.</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/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field 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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 new Fitbit heroes" alt="CES 2015: Stuff interviews Fitbit&#039;s Melanie Chase" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Fitbit-New-Products-Image-1.jpg?1421586181" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>During CES 2015, the biggest and craziest tech show on the planet, <em>Stuff</em> hosted numerous movers and shakers from the world of technology on our International News Stage.</p> <p>We spoke to Melanie Chase, Product and Marketing Manager at Fitbit, about how Fitbit&#39;s Surge has moved beyond fitness tracking to deliver smartwatch capabilities, how the integration of Strava support brings a new competitive element to Fitbit&#39;s products and what kind of weird measurements we&#39;ll all be taking of ourselves in future.</p> <p>Check the video out below.</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-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</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-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/HB8FN4dVeOU" 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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fitbit/ces-2015/ces-2015-stuff-interviews-fitbits-melanie-chase/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/fitbit/ces-2015/ces-2015-stuff-interviews-fitbits-melanie-chase/feature#comments CES 2015 Fitbit Health and fitness Wearable tech Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:40:58 +0000 Marc McLaren 1457831 at http://www.stuff.tv CES 2015: Garmin’s Maddie Estrada on the now and next of fitness trackers http://www.stuff.tv/garmin/ces-2015/ces-2015-garmin-s-maddie-estrada-now-and-next-fitness-trackers/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We interrupt Garmin’s busy CES schedule to get a closer look at all its new gadgets </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="Garmin&#039;s new fitness wearables" alt="CES 2015: Garmin’s Maddie Estrada on the now and next of fitness trackers " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Garmin-mainimage_0.jpg?1421458631" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>CES is a crazy place, and CES 2015 was crazy-busy for Garmin, as it launched a whole bunch of new fitness wearables.</p> <p>Clearly we had to take a closer look, so we invited Maddie Estrada from Garmin to run through the new kit, paying particular attention to the Vivoactive - the company&rsquo;s first fitness watch to add smartwatch skills.</p> <p>So is this the future direction for Garmin wearables? And isn&rsquo;t the company worried about Apple Watch and Android Wear?</p> <p>Check out the video below to find out.</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/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</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-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/pw6UBw87AyQ" 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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/garmin/ces-2015/ces-2015-garmin-s-maddie-estrada-now-and-next-fitness-trackers/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/garmin/ces-2015/ces-2015-garmin-s-maddie-estrada-now-and-next-fitness-trackers/feature#comments CES 2015 Garmin Health and fitness Wearable tech Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:43:57 +0000 Marc McLaren 1457823 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Glass Explorer Programme to end as project gets dedicated development team http://www.stuff.tv/glass/google-glass-explorer-programme-end-project-gets-dedicated-development-team/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Company says it’s a good thing, as device exits lab to pursue consumer future </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Glass" alt="Google Glass" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-glass-with-earbud.jpg?1421373235" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">Google&rsquo;s wearable experiment hasn&rsquo;t yet become a mainstream must-have, so today&rsquo;s news that the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/glass/you-can-now-buy-google-glass-uk/news">Glass Explorer Programme</a> is concluding means it&rsquo;s a bust, right? Not exactly.</p> <p class="p1">Indeed, Google will close the early adopter-focused Explorer Programme for its Glass smart glasses next week, on 19 January, meaning there will be no official avenue for the average consumer to purchase the device for the foreseeable future.</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/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/glass/google-glass-explorer-programme-end-project-gets-dedicated-development-team/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/glass/google-glass-explorer-programme-end-project-gets-dedicated-development-team/news#comments Glass Google Wearable tech Thu, 15 Jan 2015 21:08:37 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1457751 at http://www.stuff.tv CES 2015: 10­-minute pitch - Bragi Dash, the wireless, fitness-tracking earbuds http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2015/ces-2015-10-minute-pitch-bragi-dash-wireless-fitness-tracking-earbuds/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> They&#039;re wireless in-ear headphones that double up as a fitness tracker – are they too good to be true? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="CES 2015: 10­-minute pitch - Bragi Dash, the wireless, fitness-tracking earbuds" alt="CES 2015: 10­-minute pitch - Bragi Dash, the wireless, fitness-tracking earbuds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bragi-dash.jpg?1421372718" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last week, Stuff jetted off to Las Vegas to play host at the International News Stage at CES 2015 &ndash; the biggest and craziest technology show in the world.</p> <p>We invited Bragi&#39;s Nikolaj Hviid down to pitch his product: Dash, a set of wireless earbuds that promise to cram a heart-rate monitor, step tracker and MP3 player into a tiny, waterproof package.</p> <p>Dash has raised over US$3 million on Kickstarter &ndash; and it sounds like something from Star Trek &ndash; but Bragi insists that it&#39;ll surpass our expectations. We get the lowdown on these cans of the future.</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"><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>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2015">All the biggest tech and gadget stories from CES 2015</a></strong></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/gqvqc92Qe9w" 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> http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2015/ces-2015-10-minute-pitch-bragi-dash-wireless-fitness-tracking-earbuds/feature#comments CES 2015 Headphones Wearable tech Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:54:00 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1457721 at http://www.stuff.tv When fitness-tracking fun becomes an obsession http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2015/when-fitness-tracking-fun-becomes-obsession/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Craig Grannell mulls on how CES 2015 might have pushed things a bit too far regarding fitness kit (or maybe just not far enough) </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="When fitness-tracking fun becomes an obsession" alt="When fitness-tracking fun becomes an obsession" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/tyranny-of-fitness-trackers.jpg?1421286043" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I remember the first time I bounded about the place, armed with something vaguely resembling a fitness tracker.</p> <p>In fact, it was an iPhone and an app, and it had just provided some very real numerical proof that I&rsquo;d huffed and puffed a few miles about local streets, along with helpfully mapping my route.</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/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</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"> GAMERCISE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This was the early days of gamification and tracking, clearly, and it&rsquo;s easy to forget how clever the shifts in thinking were. By reframing exercise, often done solo, as a kind of MMO (albeit one with vast amounts of extra sweat and a significantly higher risk of twisted ankles than those played from behind the relative safety of a keyboard and glowing screen), unexpected areas of the brain fired into life to keep you at it.</p> <p>This was no longer about tediously and slowly getting rid of excess pounds (or kilos, metric fans), but about rocketing up the high-score table in the Game of Health&trade;.</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="iPhone and the Health app" alt="When fitness-tracking fun becomes an obsession" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios8-health.jpg?1421286043" /> </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"> WEARABLE GUILT </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>But fitness trackers have rapidly evolved, shrinking to the point where they&rsquo;re supposed to be worn all of the time, rather than dug out to use during flurries of exercise.</p> <p>And because they&rsquo;re now supposed to be on your person 24/7, they&rsquo;re no longer just about route-mapping and calorie-counting.At CES 2015, we saw kit that, based on your stats,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2015/ces-2015-fat-sad-and-eating-too-much-these-next-gen-fitness-trackers-will-tell-you-so/news">could even tell you how you&rsquo;re feeling</a>&nbsp;(assuming you didn&rsquo;t already know yourself); and also devices which could at any given moment helpfully point out just how horribly overweight you are, you lump of wobbling blubber.</p> <p>There was always the &lsquo;threat&rsquo; of gamification in exercise kit morphing into obsession through such wearables, and CES 2015 then unveiled what&rsquo;s very clearly the next step: the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2015-plaster-your-next-fitness-tracker/news">fitness tracker sticking plaster</a>.</p> <p>Tape it to your person! Tear it off only once a week to replace the battery! Ignore the PAIN! You need the PAIN to take you to the heights of fitness amazingness! And never, ever, stop exercising, even for a second, you almost whale-like blubbery chunk of semi-human jiggling matter, who definitely shouldn&rsquo;t have eaten all those mince pies over the holidays!</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="567" height="425" title="Runtastic!" alt="When fitness-tracking fun becomes an obsession" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Runtastic%20Orbit.jpg?1421286043" /> </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="When fitness-tracking fun becomes an obsession" alt="When fitness-tracking fun becomes an obsession" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/AmpStrip-main_3.jpg?1421286043" /> </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="When fitness-tracking fun becomes an obsession" alt="When fitness-tracking fun becomes an obsession" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/belty_0.jpg?1421286043" /> </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"> INVISIBLE OPRESSORS </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>Assuming this trend continues, CES 2016 will usher in microscopic trackers. They will almost literally disappear and never need charging, invisible on your person, but increasingly loud in informing you about your weight, fitness and mood.</p> <p>The nagging will never end, and gamification will finally be replaced by compulsion, mania, guilt, and, ultimately, weeping, face-down in a catering box of Monster Munch, stressed out about the data coming in by the second regarding how you&rsquo;re now 7.93 kg overweight! (Munch!) 7.95 kg! (Nom!) 7.97 kg! And how you haven&rsquo;t gone on a run for TWO WHOLE DAYS.</p> <p>Technology, once considered cunning magician by turning exercise into entertainment, has become oppressor, making you feel rubbish and never, ever shutting up. And this opinion has absolutely&nbsp;<em>nothing</em>&nbsp;to do with the fact that I sat on my lardy backside throughout almost all of December, and am feeling quite sheepish about the lonely elliptical trainer in the office with its thin layer of dust, and know full-well that all of this tracking kit is probably precisely what I need.</p> <p>Still, if everything goes horribly wrong when trying to rectify matters (aching back, pulled muscles, crushed spirit - that kind of thing), there&rsquo;s always the brilliant&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2015/ces-2015-armchair-gym-your-living-room/news">armchair gym</a>, in which you can sort-of exercise while reclining and immersed in a defiant chocolate binge/box-set marathon. Now&nbsp;<em>that&rsquo;s</em>&nbsp;living in the future.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2015/six-things-about-future-ces-2015-taught-us/feature">Six things CES 2015 taught us about the future</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tao-chair-06.jpg?1421286043" /> </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/ces-2015/when-fitness-tracking-fun-becomes-obsession/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2015/when-fitness-tracking-fun-becomes-obsession/feature#comments CES 2015 Health and fitness Wearable tech Wed, 14 Jan 2015 18:28:10 +0000 Marc McLaren 1457597 at http://www.stuff.tv CES 2015 Tech Talk: Trends in wearable tech explored http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2015/ces-2015-tech-talk-trends-wearable-tech-explored/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Stuff team discuss what they learned from the mountains of wearable weirdness announced at this year&#039;s tech fest </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="CES 2015 Tech Talk: Trends in wearable tech explored" alt="CES 2015 Tech Talk: Trends in wearable tech explored" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/stuff-tech-talks.jpg?1421285800" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>All last week, Stuff was running interviews and discussions on the International News Stage at CES 2015, the biggest and craziest technology show in the world.</p> <p>When we boarded flight number VS43 to Las Vegas&#39; McCarran airport, little did we know that we were jetting out to see a belt that mechanically loosens itself when your belly pushes against it as you sit down. If we had, we would have been even more excited.</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-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2015/ces-2015-what-expect-best-gadgets-and-tech/feature">All the biggest stories from CES 2015</a></strong></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/HECCihFyzfU" 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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2015/ces-2015-tech-talk-trends-wearable-tech-explored/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2015/ces-2015-tech-talk-trends-wearable-tech-explored/feature#comments CES 2015 Wearable tech Wed, 14 Jan 2015 12:23:22 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1457596 at http://www.stuff.tv CES 2015: The simplicity of wearable tech, explained by Misfit CEO Sonny Vu http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2015/ces-2015-simplicity-wearable-tech-explained-misfit-ceo-sonny-vu/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wearable tech need not be complex, it just needs the basics to solve the right problems </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="CES 2015: The simplicity of wearable tech, explained by Misfit CEO Sonny Vu" alt="CES 2015: The simplicity of wearable tech, explained by Misfit CEO Sonny Vu" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Misift%20Swarovski%20Shine.jpg?1421285325" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-a8525971-cb3b-3b26-7eb0-d98924527f99">All this week, Stuff is running interviews on the International News Stage at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2015">CES 2015</a>, the biggest and craziest technology show in the world.</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/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</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> 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