Wearable tech http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/reviews en-GB Look out Moto 360, the OnePlus OneWatch is just around the corner http://www.stuff.tv/oneplus/watch-out-moto-360-oneplus-onewatch-just-around-corner/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The world of circular smartwatches appears to be growing, and we&#039;re not complaining one bit </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="705" height="529" title="Ooooh, leather" alt="Watch out Moto 360, the OnePlus OneWatch is just around the corner" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/oneplus-onewatch-1.jpg?1406893387" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&#39;ve been drooling over Motorola&#39;s circular <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/meet-android-wear-googles-new-android-platform-wearable-devices/news" target="_blank">Moto 360 </a>smartwatch since we first caught a glimpse of it earlier this year. And now it looks like it&#39;s got another rival before it&#39;s even launched.</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>A configurable button can presumably be used to carry out functions like triggering a smartphone camera or answering calls.</p> <p>There&#39;s no mention of what operating system the OneWatch will run, but we&#39;d bet our entire collection of gadgets that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review" target="_blank">Android Wear</a> is the OS of choice.</p> <p>We&#39;ve already seen what clever tricks Google&#39;s wearable-focused OS can pull off in our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review" target="_blank">LG G watch </a>review, and coupled with what appears to be a premium design, the OneWatch could very well give its rivals a run for their money.</p> <p>Hopefully, OnePlus will extend its low pricing philosophy to the OneWatch too, but we&#39;ll have to wait for more details to see where exactly this latest contender stands.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review" target="_blank">LG G watch review</a></strong></p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bgr.in/news/exclusive-this-is-the-oneplus-onewatch-photos/" target="_blank">BGR</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="792" height="594" title="Sexy specs" alt="Watch out Moto 360, the OnePlus OneWatch is just around the corner" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oneplus-onewatch-leak.jpg?1406893387" /> </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/oneplus/watch-out-moto-360-oneplus-onewatch-just-around-corner/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/oneplus/watch-out-moto-360-oneplus-onewatch-just-around-corner/news#comments Geek accessories OnePlus Smartwatches Wearable tech Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:43:07 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1443821 at http://www.stuff.tv PulseOn lets you wear your heart(beat) on your sleeve http://www.stuff.tv/pulseon-lets-you-wear-your-heartbeat-your-sleeve/news-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Step 1: Look at your wrist. Step 2: Check that you&#039;re still alive. Step 3: Celebrate </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="A rave for your wrist" alt="PulseOn lets you wear your heart(beat) on your sleeve" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/PulseOn-hot-stuff.jpg?1406823832" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Please. Please stop. I can barely lift my arms. They&#39;re covered in smartwatches already</strong><br />Perhaps you should consider only wearing one at a time? Anyway, PulseOn isn&#39;t a smartwatch.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s more of a smart-in-a-very-specific-way watch. While it doesn&#39;t send notifications or calls to your wrist, it&#39;s able to measure your heart rate, without needing an extra chest strap.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Big whoop. Doesn&#39;t the Samsung Gear 2 do that already?</strong><br />Yep. So does the Gear 2 Neo. And the Gear Fit. But we reviewed them, and they were very finicky.</p> <p>We&#39;ve spent some time with the PulseOn too, and can report that not only does it do a good job of constantly measuring your heart rate (thanks to the snugness of its elasticated fabric strap), but it&#39;s accurate too.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">Samsung Gear 2 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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="1035" height="776" title="Healthy" alt="PulseOn lets you wear your heart(beat) on your sleeve" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pulson.jpg?1406823832" /> </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><strong>Sounds good. Science me, bro</strong><br />The rear of the PulseOn uses different wavelengths of light to detect changes in the blood flow beneath your skin.&nbsp;</p> <p>When you&#39;re cold, your blood flows in deeper layers beneath your skin, and PulseOn is able to optimise which wavelengths to use depending on realtime conditions, which contributes to its accuracy.</p> <p>It&#39;s proven itself to be almost as accurate as medical level ECGs, so you know the data is trustworthy.</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="1000" height="1000" title="Mmmmm, graphs" alt="PulseOn lets you wear your heart(beat) on your sleeve" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pulseon-ecg.jpg?1406823832" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Great. I know my heart rate. Now what?</strong><br />An accompanying app (available on both iOS and Android devices) lets you track your heart rate throughout the day, but if you&#39;re an athlete then you&#39;ll be able to delve deeper, helping you optimise your training.</p> <p>You can log training sessions to monitor your fitness over time and adapt your intensity accordingly. It&#39;s a handy way to prevent you form pushing yourself too hard when you&#39;re first starting off, or from getting too comfortable and letting the effectiveness of your workout plateau.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2485" height="1864" title="Apps. We bloody love them." alt="PulseOn lets you wear your heart(beat) on your sleeve" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pulseon-app.jpg?1406823832" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>I&#39;ll have a six pack by Christmas.</strong><br />Good luck keeping it come January. Still, you can try the PulseOn out for yourself if you like. It&#39;s available to pre-order form <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/pulseon-we-make-heart-rate-monitoring-easier-than-ever" target="_blank">indiegogo</a> for US$170, with an estimated shipping period set for September. Happy running.</p> <p>Oh, and swimming. We forgot to mention it&#39;s waterproof too.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">All the hottest stuff, on one scorching page</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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/WXKECRfC668" 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/pulseon-lets-you-wear-your-heartbeat-your-sleeve/news-1#comments Health and fitness Hot Stuff Wearable tech Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:12:40 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1443770 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung’s rounded smartwatches revealed in patent filings http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-s-rounded-smartwatches-revealed-patent-filings/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> They’re not likely Android Wear devices, but perhaps new Tizen options </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="Samsung&#039;s rounded smartwatch" alt="Samsung&#039;s rounded smartwatch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-round-watch1.jpg?1406743551" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Not content to have both the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-live/google-io-2014/samsung-reveals-gear-live-its-first-android-wear-smartwatch/news">Gear Live</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review">Gear 2</a> smartwatches on the market, Samsung may be pursuing a couple of models with rounded screens, as well, if <a href="http://pdfpiw.uspto.gov/.piw?docid=D0709875">uncovered patent filings</a> bear fruit.</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>MobileGeeks (via Android Central) claims that the camera is part of a gesture system of some sort, which had been previously hinted at in other patent filings, but has yet to be detailed out. These applications were filed in the United States in March 2013, but the design patents were only just awarded yesterday.</p> <p>If there was any doubt that Samsung intends to keep pushing ahead with wearables, surely these filings will convince you otherwise. What remains unclear is how quickly the company will push out a new product considering the newness of its recent efforts.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.mobilegeeks.de/samsung-patentiert-drei-designs-fuer-runde-smartwatches-mit-ladeanschluss-im-armband/">MobileGeeks</a> and <a href="http://www.androidcentral.com/samsungs-latest-smartwatch-design-patents-reveal-rounded-displays">Android Central</a> via <a href="http://www.slashgear.com/samsung-says-me-too-with-round-smartwatch-30339264/">SlashGear</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-reportedly-set-unveil-standalone-watchphone-soon/news">Samsung reportedly set to unveil standalone watch phone soon</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="651" title="Samsung&#039;s rounded smartwatch" alt="Samsung&#039;s rounded smartwatch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-round-watch2.png?1406743551" /> </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/gear-2/samsung-s-rounded-smartwatches-revealed-patent-filings/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-s-rounded-smartwatches-revealed-patent-filings/news#comments Gear 2 Gear Live Samsung Smartwatches Wearable tech Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:04:25 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1443679 at http://www.stuff.tv Direction by vibration: no need to click your heels together to get home, these smartshoes will tell you exactly where to go http://www.stuff.tv/direction-vibration-no-need-click-your-heels-together-get-home-these-smartshoes-will-tell-you-exactl <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bluetooth on your feet? Sure, why the hell not </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="819" height="614" title="These shoes were made for walking. Then again, so are were shoes." alt="Direction by vibration: no need to click your heels together to get home, these " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Smartshoes-hot-stuff.jpg?1406627168" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Ahhhhh! Red trainers. That&#39;s a level 1 fashion offence.</strong><br />We might actually agree with you on something for once. But&nbsp;they come in black too, so no harm done.</p> <p>Snuggled within the <a href="http://lechal.com/shoes.html" target="_blank">Lechal shoes</a> (named after the phrase &quot;take me along&quot; in Hindi), are removable insoles which are packed with tech.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Tech? Don&#39;t tell me these are camera shoes...</strong><br />Heavens no. Pavements would make for very boring photos.</p> <p>The insole in each shoe contains a Bluetooth transmitter and a battery that&#39;s good enough for three days of use.</p> <p>Once connected to your iPhone, Android or Windows Phone, you can fire up Google Maps, hunt for directions, and then slip your phone back in your pocket.</p> <p>Each corresponding shoe will vibrate when you have to turn left or right, so you can stroll along at your leisure like a person who actually knows where they&#39;re going.</p> <p>Granted, we expect you&#39;ll need to whip out your phone more than a few times to navigate complicated junctions (we&#39;re looking at you, London), but it&#39;s still a nicer alternative than having your phone out all the time.</p> <p>Although you could just plug in some headphones and listen to voice guidance. But where&#39;s the fun in that?</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="450" title="The brains of the operation" alt="Direction by vibration: no need to click your heels together to get home, these " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sensors.jpg?1406627168" /> </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><strong>Surely they&#39;ll be able to count - </strong><br />- how many steps you&#39;ve taken? Sure. And calories burned. And distance travelled, for good measure.</p> <p>And before you ask - yes the insoles are removable, yes they&#39;re got an anti-bacterial coating, and yes the battery is rechargeable. Just slide each battery out of its insole, and slot it into the charger.</p> <p>Click your fingers, and you&#39;ll get an auditory report of the charging status too. Swanky.</p> <p><strong>I might bite.</strong><br />For &pound;80, why not? There&#39;s no solid release date beyond &quot;September&quot; for the time being, but we&#39;ll let you know once these smartshoes are ready for walking.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">All the hottest stuff, on one scorching page</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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="754" height="565" title="Black!" alt="Direction by vibration: no need to click your heels together to get home, these " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lechal-smartshoes-black.jpg?1406627168" /> </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/direction-vibration-no-need-click-your-heels-together-get-home-these-smartshoes-will-tell-you-exactl#comments Hot Stuff Wearable tech Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:41:51 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1443542 at http://www.stuff.tv Put that phablet away: Huawei TalkBand B1 straps a detachable Bluetooth headset to your wrist http://www.stuff.tv/huawei/put-phablet-away-huawei-talkband-b1-straps-detachable-bluetooth-headset-your-wrist/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Huawei&#039;s fitness band hits UK shelves, saves gigantaphone users from phone call embarrassment </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="933" height="700" title="What&#039;s your flavour?" alt="Put that phablet away: Huawei TalkBand B1 straps a detachable bluetooth headset " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/talkband-group-shot.jpg?1406574841" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Huawei has announced that its TalkBand B1 fitness tracker/headset hybrid has landed in the UK.</p> <p>Unlike feature-packed smartwatches like the Android Wear-powered <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review" target="_blank">LG G watch</a> or<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank"> Samsung&#39;s Gear 2</a>, the TalkBand keeps things simple.</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>When you receive a call, you don&#39;t have to slip your over-sized smartphone out of your pocket either. Nor will you be forced to chat into your wrist Dick Tracy-style.</p> <p>Instead, the Talkband&#39;s curved 1.4in OLED screen detaches from the wristband, revealing its true bluetooth headset form. Slip it into your ear, and bam - &nbsp;you&#39;re nattering away, hands-free, like a business guy from the early 2000s.</p> <p>The wristband also doubles up as a USB charging cable, so once the six-day battery life conks out, you can top it up without too much hassle.</p> <p>If you fancy tracking steps and chatting away into a headset then you can pick up the Talkband B1 from <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/o/ASIN/B00KR622Q2?tag=adapas-21" target="_blank">Amazon</a> today, for &pound;100.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review" target="_blank">LG G watch review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="667" height="500" title="Mighty morphin&#039; Bluetooth smartband" alt="Put that phablet away: Huawei TalkBand B1 straps a detachable bluetooth headset " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/talkband-headset.jpg?1406574841" /> </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="820" height="615" title="Strap in to charge" alt="Put that phablet away: Huawei TalkBand B1 straps a detachable bluetooth headset " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Talkband-strap.jpg?1406574841" /> </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/huawei/put-phablet-away-huawei-talkband-b1-straps-detachable-bluetooth-headset-your-wrist/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/huawei/put-phablet-away-huawei-talkband-b1-straps-detachable-bluetooth-headset-your-wrist/news#comments Health and fitness Huawei Wearable tech Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:17:41 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1443455 at http://www.stuff.tv Star.21 fitness band guilt-trips you into good health http://www.stuff.tv/star21-fitness-band-guilt-trips-you-good-health/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This tracker helps you form healthy habits in 21 days with its carrot-and-stick approach </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1202" height="900" title="Star.21 fitness tracker" alt="Star.21 fitness tracker" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/star21.jpg?1406555267" /> </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/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Another fitness tracker? I&#39;ve got an armful of them&hellip;</strong><br />The <a href="http://www.pozible.com/project/183785/-1/657f640555d2ffcba0e847d881397b6f" target="_blank">Star.21</a>&nbsp;is&nbsp;a little different. Aside from looking rather lovely, with its glossy triangle-pattern finish, it&#39;s designed specifically to help you form healthy habits.</p> <p><strong>Don&#39;t all fitness trackers do that? </strong><br />When you first get them you&#39;re all about the calorie-counting and step tracking &ndash; but once the novelty wears off, you fall back into your bad ways. The problem, Star.21 reckons, is that it takes 21 days for new behaviours like healthy eating and activity to become habitual.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>So how does it keep me on the straight and narrow? </strong><br />By grabbing you by the short and curlies, essentially. Star.21 pairs up with the Lifebalanz iOS/Android app over Bluetooth BLE &ndash; it&#39;s designed to shepherd you through the 21-day process of forming new habits. It presents your fitness goals as a journey; succeed in meeting your daily goals and you&#39;ll advance a step, fail to do so and you&#39;ll backtrack.</p> <p>Essentially it&#39;s guilting you into doing better. Reminders and notifications pop up more frequently during the first few days, before tailing off as you form healthier habits.</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/D1RGX7pjNPU" 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-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><strong>What does it track? </strong><br />All the usual metrics &ndash; it tracks your steps, sleep habits and monitors how many calories you&#39;re burning off. Like Fitbit&#39;s Flex, it&#39;ll show you how close you are to your daily goals using percentages displayed through an LED array. It&#39;ll also provide Smart Reminders to prompt you to drink water, go to bed, and get off your backside.</p> <p><strong>So how much is it? </strong><br />Star.21&#39;s currently raising funds on crowdfunding site <a href="http://www.pozible.com/project/183785/-1/657f640555d2ffcba0e847d881397b6f" target="_blank">Pozible</a>; you can snap up a band for &pound;19 on the lowest reward tier.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-hottest-gadgets-july-2014/feature" target="_blank">The 25 hottest gadgets of July 2014</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="1202" height="900" title="Star.21" alt="Star.21" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/star21-02.jpg?1406555267" /> </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/star21-fitness-band-guilt-trips-you-good-health/news#comments Health and fitness Hot Stuff Wearable tech Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:47:48 +0000 Stephen Graves 1443452 at http://www.stuff.tv Google’s new project: the perfect human body http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-s-new-project-human-body/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Big G&#039;s attempting to paint a picture of ideal human health </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google’s new project: the human body" alt="Google’s new project: the human body" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Google_1200.jpg?1406301163" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google has embarked on an ambitious new project; an attempt to build a database of what a healthy human being should be.</p> <p>Dubbed Baseline Study, the project will kick off with researchers collecting anonymous genetic and molecular information from 175 people.</p> <p>The study will then draw information from thousands more in a bid to create a picture of a person in perfect health.</p> <p>It is hoped that the data collected will be used to help detect diseases, such as cancer and heart disease, much earlier than is currently possible.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/peterawlins" title="View user profile.">Peter Rawlins</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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/google/google-s-new-project-human-body/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-s-new-project-human-body/news#comments Google Wearable tech Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:04:23 +0000 Peter Rawlins 1443270 at http://www.stuff.tv Shake hands to swap numbers: Razer Nabu smartband plays nice with WeChat messaging service http://www.stuff.tv/razer-nabu-wearable-integrate-wechat/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Razer&#039;s wearable gets an update to make communication even easier. If you&#039;re in China, that is </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="Razer Nabu" alt="Razer Nabu" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Razer%20Nabu_0.jpg?1406214062" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Razer has announced that its first wearable, the Nabu smartband, will integrate with messaging app WeChat.</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/peterawlins" title="View user profile.">Peter Rawlins</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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/razer-nabu-wearable-integrate-wechat/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/razer-nabu-wearable-integrate-wechat/news#comments Geek accessories Razer Wearable tech Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:54:35 +0000 Peter Rawlins 1443180 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC 'accidentally' reveals smartwatch in official video http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-accidently-reveal-smartwatch-official-video/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Update 24/07/14: Brrrr. HTC pours cold water on this particular rumour </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC Smartwatch" alt="HTC Smartwatch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screenshot_1200.jpg?1406203609" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>HTC likes to show off its phones, but a recent design video from the company may have revealed something else entirely.</p> <p>In the video, which was released on 9 July on HTC&#39;s official YouTube channel, a square watch face can be seen; it looks likely that it&#39;s HTC&#39;s new smartwatch, which the company has claimed will&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/mwc-2014/htc-launch-smartwatch-and-tablet-end-2014/news" target="_blank">launch this year</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/peterawlins" title="View user profile.">Peter Rawlins</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/UHvbLkFbYJM" width="604"></iframe></p> <p>The watch seen in the video looks very similar to recent leaks by&nbsp;<a href="http://evleaks.at/2014/07/18/htc-android-wear-artist-reproduction-hardware-phone-designer-httpswww-facebook-comphonedesigner-ui-ferry-passchier-httpswww-facebook-comfportfolio/" target="_blank">@evleaks</a>; both the leaked image and the shots in the video suggest&nbsp;that the design will be similar to the squared-off <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review" target="_blank">LG G Watch</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-live/google-io-2014/samsung-reveals-gear-live-its-first-android-wear-smartwatch/news" target="_blank">Samsung Gear Live</a> rather than the round face of Motorola&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/meet-android-wear-googles-new-android-platform-wearable-devices/news" target="_blank">Moto 360</a>.</p> <p>The video also shows a dock for the watch, which could just be for display purposes, but we&rsquo;d like to think it serves a second purpose. Wireless charging, anyone?</p> <p>Whilst HTC hasn&rsquo;t given us much to go on with regards to their new smartwatch other then it will run Google&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review" target="_blank">Android Wear</a> (unsurprisingly), we wouldn&rsquo;t be shocked if it ends up looking like the prototype seen in the video.</p> <p>It seems unlikely that the company would leave it for all to see in a &ldquo;behind the scenes&rdquo; design video if it wasn&rsquo;t. Once? Maybe. Twice? That&#39;s no mistake.</p> <p><strong>Update 24/07/14:</strong> HTC has told <a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/news/portable-devices/htc-says-not-to-read-too-much-into-the-smartwatch-in-that-video-1258693" target="_blank">TechRadar</a> that people shouldn&#39;t read too much into the smartwatch glimpsed in its video, saying it encourages its design team to work on prototypes all the time: &quot;[The video] in no way indicates an actual product HTC is planning to release. Keep an eye on this space for exciting new products from HTC when they are ready to be announced!&quot; So don&#39;t go thinking that this is a real thing.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.androidcentral.com/unannounced-htc-smartwatch-made-quiet-cameo-official-video" target="_blank">Android Central</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartwatches" target="_blank">All the latest smartwatch news</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC &#039;accidentally&#039; reveals smartwatch </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-accidently-reveal-smartwatch-official-video/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-accidently-reveal-smartwatch-official-video/news#comments HTC Smartwatches Wearable tech Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:06:16 +0000 Peter Rawlins 1442937 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iWatch? It's iTime for a change http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iwatch-its-itime-change/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple patent shows off smart wristwear with gesture control and sensors in the strap </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1202" height="900" title="iWatch? It&#039;s iTime for a change" alt="iWatch? It&#039;s iTime for a change" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-itime-01.jpg?1406542544" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>An Apple patent has revealed details of a smartwatch device dubbed &#39;iTime&#39;.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The first version resembles a sixth-generation iPod nano; a dockable module that can be clipped into a strap, turning it into a smartwatch. Interestingly, the illustrations of this device refer to it as &quot;iTime&quot; &ndash; though Apple has already filed for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-snaps-iwatch-trademark-russia/news" target="_blank">&quot;iWatch&quot; trademarks</a>.</p> <p>The device&#39;s strap could contain sensors &ndash; such as accelerometers and GPS &ndash; and haptic feedback devices systems.&nbsp;Other electronics packed into the strap could include Bluetooth and, interestingly, a near-field antenna &ndash; is Apple finally ready to get aboard the NFC bandwagon?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1202" height="900" title="Apple iTime" alt="Apple iTime" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-itime-02_0.jpg?1406542544" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The second version of the device is a more conventional watch-style device, with a curved glass screen and an integrated strap.</p> <p>Apple&#39;s patent also describes ways in which the iTime device could function as part of a &quot;personal wireless environment,&quot; communicating with an iPhone. The example cited will be familiar to anyone who&#39;s used <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review" target="_blank">Android Wear</a>; an incoming e-mail triggers a notification, with the option to interact with it using the iPhone or iTime device.</p> <p>Apple&#39;s expected to announce a smartwatch this year &ndash; although the usually-reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">claims</a> that production of the device has been delayed due to the challenges of working with the new materials involved in its production. Only iTime will tell.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&amp;Sect2=HITOFF&amp;u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.htm&amp;r=1&amp;p=1&amp;f=G&amp;l=50&amp;d=PTXT&amp;S1=(361%2F679.03.CCLS.+AND+20140722.PD.)&amp;OS=ccl/361/679.03+and+isd/7/22/2014&amp;RS=(CCL/361/679.03+AND+ISD/20140722)" target="_blank">US Patent Office</a> via <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/07/22/apple-granted-comprehensive-itime-smartwatch-patent-with-in-strap-circuitry-arm-gesture-support" target="_blank">Apple Insider</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1202" height="900" title="Apple iTime" alt="Apple iTime" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-itime-03.jpg?1406542544" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iTime for a change </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple patent reveals iWatch features </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iwatch-its-itime-change/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iwatch-its-itime-change/news#comments Apple iWatch Smartwatches Wearable tech Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:36:31 +0000 Stephen Graves 1442962 at http://www.stuff.tv Tinder app on Android Wear to make dating even less effort http://www.stuff.tv/android-wear-gives-tinder-option-let-you-make-questionable-dating-choices/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android Wear, giving you the ability to swipe right for that cute guy or pretty girl without being too obvious </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="You can make questionable dating choices on Tinder with Android Wear " alt="You can make questionable dating choices on Tinder with Android Wear " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/tind.jpg?1405504069" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tinder&rsquo;s one of the most popular social apps when it comes to flirting/pursuing/dating someone (whichever&rsquo;s up your alley, we don&rsquo;t judge). And now it&rsquo;s made life easier for you because you don&rsquo;t have to even pull out your smartphone to make that swipe to the right.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There’s no fuss required to get it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Setting up isn&rsquo;t going to be as hard as you think &ndash; all you need to do is pair your Android smartwatch to your phone. That&rsquo;s literally it. You say &ldquo;Start Tinder&rdquo; to begin your classic swipe adventure. Besides being able to view matches and get your swipe on, you can tap on profiles to open them on your paired phone for closer inspection.</p> <p>Alerts of new matches and message notifications will be included in the watch&rsquo;s stream, and you&rsquo;ll also be able to respond to them from your Android Wear. For example, responding to the messages will require you to speak your reply into the smartwatch.</p> <p>Just make sure you&rsquo;re not in a very crowded location where your cheesy pickup line can be heard and judged. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-wear/feature">8 things you need to know about Android Wear</a></strong></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.tinder.com/blog" target="_blank">Tinder</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1400" height="1223" title="You can now woo on Tinder using your Android Wear " alt="You can now woo on Tinder using your Android Wear " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lgapp-v2.jpeg?1405504069" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android-wear-gives-tinder-option-let-you-make-questionable-dating-choices/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Android apps Apps and Games Wearable tech Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:41:50 +0000 Stephen Graves 1442256 at http://www.stuff.tv Google’s smart contact lenses get one step closer to a reality http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-s-smart-contact-lenses-get-one-step-closer-reality/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New deal with Novartis to speed the development of glucose-sensing contacts for diabetics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google’s smart contact lenses get one step closer to a reality" alt="Google’s smart contact lenses get one step closer to a reality" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-smart-contact-lens.jpg?1405423371" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Back in January, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-s-smart-contact-lens-can-measure-your-glucose-levels/news">Google announced that it was working on a smart contact lens</a>. And now a new partnership with Swiss healthcare company Novartis is bringing the technology one step closer to a reality.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Novartis and Google will now collaborate on the development and potential production of the smart contact lens and, while there&rsquo;s still no indication as to when it&rsquo;ll hit the market, the signs for it actually doing so at some point are encouraging.</p> <p>And you&rsquo;d have to think that putting a sensor and wireless transmitter inside something as tiny and non-invasive as a contact lens is a step towards the sort of HUD-equipped contacts seen in the most recent <em>Mission: Impossible</em> movie. And that could mean the power of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/glass/google-glass/review">Google Glass</a> without having to wear the headset&hellip;</p> <p>[<a href="http://multimediacapsule.thomsonone.com/novartis/foresight-announcement" target="_blank">Novartis</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/15/5900871/google-and-novartis-smart-contact-lens-partnership" target="_blank">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/recon-instruments/recon-ceo-says-contact-lenses-google-glass-displays-will-happen/feature">Recon CEO says contact lenses with Google Glass-like displays &ldquo;will happen&rdquo;</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google’s smart contact lenses get one step closer to a reality" alt="Google’s smart contact lenses get one step closer to a reality" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-smart-contact-lens-hands.jpg?1405423371" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-s-smart-contact-lenses-get-one-step-closer-reality/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Google Wearable tech Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:21:19 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1442164 at http://www.stuff.tv LG G Watch http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s the first Android Wear device - but is the G Watch a worthy flagship for Google’s new OS? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The first Android Wear smartwatch is here " alt="LG G Watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LG-G-Watch-review-side-view.png?1406130430" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hello, Android Wear - we&rsquo;ve been expecting you. And we see you&rsquo;ve brought your new friend the LG G Watch with you too. Right then, you&rsquo;d better come in and introduce yourself properly. Yes, Google&rsquo;s bold new wearables platform has finally arrived in the form of the not-quite-so-bold G Watch.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £160.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android Wear is mostly brilliant </div> <div class="field-item even"> Comfortable to wear </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Compatible with most Android devices </div> <div class="field-item even"> Waterproof </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery life </div> <div class="field-item even"> Needs a charging cradle </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Uninspired design </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smart and Subtle but no Moto 360 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While smartwatch designers seem to be aiming for either &lsquo;secret nerd&rsquo; or &lsquo;stylish nerd&rsquo;, the G Watch could best be described as &lsquo;subtle nerd&rsquo;. It looks smart enough to wear with a suit and unless you get an email or phone call when someone&rsquo;s glancing at your wrist, it won&rsquo;t get much attention.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s taller and slightly chunkier but otherwise very similar to last year&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartwatch/sony-smartwatch-2/review">Sony SmartWatch 2</a>, with a plain, rectangular glass front and stainless steel frame that&rsquo;s waterproof for up to 30 minutes in 1m of water. LG hasn&rsquo;t even stuck its name anywhere apart from inside the device and there are precisely zero buttons, not even a power button. This actually isn&rsquo;t a problem day-to-day &ndash; just don&rsquo;t power off then lose the charging cradle or you&rsquo;re done for.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="576" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/ifr/FatherlyEasyFishingcat" width="626"></iframe></p> <p>Like most smartwatches it ultimately ends up looking like a mini smartphone with two watchstraps attached, but the metal sides of our Black Titan version catch the light nicely and there&rsquo;s a slightly blingier White Gold model should you wish to match your smartwatch to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">your gold LG G3</a>. Plus, the straps can be swapped out for any 22mm watchstraps, and though it sits oddly flat atop the wrist it&rsquo;s fairly comfortable to wear.</p> <p>In summary, it&rsquo;s inoffensive rather than stunning. Maybe the forthcoming <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/moto-360-smartwatch-likely-be-cheaper-expected/news">Motorola Moto 360</a> will be the first true smartwatch icon.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review">Samsung Gear 2 review&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="No icon " alt="LG G Watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Watch-review-colourful-watchface.png?1406130430" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Classic faces suit the Pebble Steel better " alt="LG G Watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Watch-review-classic-watchface.png?1406130430" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Sits flat on the wrist but is still comfortable " alt="LG G Watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Watch-review-on-wrist-side.png?1406130430" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="The only LG logo is hidden on the inside " alt="LG G Watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Watch-review-inside.png?1406130430" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen - Lovely (in an ordinary sort of way) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Android Wear&rsquo;s colourful cards and icons look great on the G Watch&rsquo;s fairly big 1.65in screen and make the e-paper Pebble Steel seem even more retro. The IPS display is easy to see even when not fully tilted towards you and contrast is decent.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s as far as it goes for good news, though. It&rsquo;s not exactly sharp at 290x290 and with its 1.63in 320x320 display the incoming <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-live/google-io-2014/samsung-reveals-gear-live-its-first-android-wear-smartwatch/news">Samsung Gear Live</a> will make it look positively archaic. The Samsung will be AMOLED too so it should be easy to read even in direct sunlight - the G Watch is tricky to make out in the sun. Still, there&rsquo;s a brightness toggle with six options in the settings, which helps a bit.</p> <p>Our biggest problem with the screen is that the G Watch&rsquo;s motion sensor is supposed to wake it up from dimmed whenever we tilt our wrist, but this is really hit and miss. More often than not, we&rsquo;ve been tapping the screen to wake it. It&rsquo;s also a fingerprint magnet, so you&rsquo;ll find yourself wiping it with your sleeve throughout the day.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/martian-notifier/review">Martian Notifier review&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Good colours, bad waking up abilities " alt="LG G Watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Watch-review-colour-face.png?1406130430" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Text is easy to read but the Gear Live is sharper " alt="LG G Watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Watch-review-missed-call.png?1406130430" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG G Watch Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Screen: 1.65-inch LCD IPS (280X280)</p> <p>OS: Android Wear</p> <p>Processor: 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor</p> <p>RAM: 512MB</p> <p>Storage: 4GB</p> <p>Bluetooth: 4.0</p> <p>Water &amp; Dust Resistance: IP67</p> <p>Battery: Li-Polymer 400mAh</p> <p>Strap size: 22mm (Interchangeable)</p> <p>Dimensions: 37.9 X 46.5 X 9.95mm</p> <p>Weight: 63g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runs Fast, Drains Faster </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LG&rsquo;s done a good job making sure Android Wear performs excellently here. There&rsquo;s no stutters when opening agendas or swiping away notification cards and the Bluetooth connection is steady.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s no surprise considering the G Watch is as powerful as some mid-range phones. It runs on the same processor as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-mini-2-hands/review">HTC One Mini 2</a>, Qualcomm&rsquo;s Snapdragon 400, which you might think is overkill considering all it has to do is display Google Now cards and take care of voice input.</p> <p>So that&rsquo;s that. Smooth sailing. Battery life, though, is a problem. LG&rsquo;s stuffed a big (for a smartwatch) 400mAh battery into the G Watch; that&rsquo;s larger than those in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-live/google-io-2014/samsung-reveals-gear-live-its-first-android-wear-smartwatch/news">Gear Live</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartwatch/sony-smartwatch-2/review">SmartWatch 2</a>. But even though LG quotes 36 hours for it, we haven&rsquo;t managed that yet, instead getting no more than 24 hours of use out of it. And that&rsquo;s a pain.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not entirely LG&rsquo;s fault - Android Wear is busy, colourful and designed for mini LCD screens such as the G Watch&rsquo;s, so it was never going to compete with the e-paper <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Pebble Steel&rsquo;s five-day battery life</a>. Nor do we expect the Gear Live to last any longer. But that Snapdragon chip was probably unnecessary - the Pebble gets by just fine on a 80MHz ARM processor - and we&rsquo;re sure more can be done by Google to optimise Wear for smartwatch batteries.</p> <p>Having to charge it once a day is bad enough but there&rsquo;s a charging cradle to contend with, too. While a little annoying - heaven help you if you lose it - it&rsquo;s a well designed bit of kit, holding the G Watch securely in place via the magic of magnetism. Plus, its inclusion means there&rsquo;s no need for a microUSB port to ruin the G Watch&rsquo;s sleek lines.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3 review - the best smartphone money can buy&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Boop - pull down for the date and battery " alt="LG G Watch review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Watch-review-battery.png?1406130430" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The neat charging cradle " alt="LG G Watch review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-watch-review-charging-cradle.jpg?1406130430" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android Wear - defining the smartwatch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>After living with it for a few days, it&rsquo;s obvious that Android Wear is the future of smartwatches. Yes, it&rsquo;s rough around the edges and needs tons of tweaks before it&rsquo;s perfect, and yes, it&rsquo;s early days for third-party apps. But the basics are so exciting that you won&rsquo;t care.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll dive into more detail in our full review of Android Wear - coming very soon - but for now, here&rsquo;s what you need to know. Like any Android Wear smartwatch, the G Watch pairs to an Android phone running Jelly Bean and above via Bluetooth. Wear pushes phone notifications - calls, texts, emails, social media, calendar appointments - to the watch and manages everything in the free Android Wear app.</p> <p>But unlike other smartwatch operating systems, Wear also displays &lsquo;cards&rsquo; - basically Google Now, miniaturised - containing info on anything it thinks you might need. That means handy weather and calendar cards first thing in the morning; bus times for the bus stop you&rsquo;re heading towards; the number of minutes it&rsquo;ll take you to walk to the pub you looked up on Google Maps (on your phone) a few hours earlier.</p> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/MxWlODvg265/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>That&rsquo;s not to say it always gets it right. Google&rsquo;s making educated guesses on what you might find useful and when you&rsquo;re being buzzed by the G Watch 100 times a day thanks to work emails, being told you&rsquo;re ten minutes away from home for no reason can grate. That&rsquo;s not helped by the lack of granular control over which notifications come through - something we hope Google fixes quickly. For now, it&rsquo;s all or nothing.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s more than just a mind-reader, though. Gmails, for instance, pop up on the screen and can be opened with a tap then read in full by scrolling down. It&rsquo;s also damn good looking, with full-screen photos behind the text, colourful icons and big round action buttons such as &lsquo;Open on phone&rsquo; accessed by a swipe to the left. And there&rsquo;s a decent, if not huge, selection of watchface styles to choose from.</p> <p>And then there&rsquo;s the voice control...</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/oneplus-one/review">OnePlus One review - the &pound;230 king of the budget smartphones</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Wear&#039;s location smarts are insanely clever " alt="LG G Watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Watch-review-time-to-home.png?1406130430" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s egg past frying pan " alt="LG G Watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Watch-review-egg-face.png?1406130430" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Swipe left for actions like open on phone " alt="LG G Watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Watch-review-open-on-phone.png?1406130430" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Watchfaces can look cooler when the screen&#039;s dimmed " alt="LG G Watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Watch-review-monochrome-face.png?1406130430" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Voice - the best we&#039;ve used on a wearable yet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Proof that this is the most impressive voice control we&rsquo;ve seen on a wearable? We&rsquo;ve used the feature every day we&rsquo;ve had the G Watch so far. On our sofa and on the street. And for the most part, it&rsquo;s worked.</p> <p>The G Watch doesn&rsquo;t need to be millimetres from your mouth to pick up your commands, which helps. &lsquo;OK Google&rsquo; launches voice when the screen is awake but we found a tap to wake (if the motion sensor doesn&rsquo;t kick in) and another tap to access the &lsquo;Speak now&rsquo; screen works best.</p> <p>So what can you do? The most used app here will probably be navigation - just say &lsquo;How do I get to..?/Navigate to&rsquo; and Google will pull up the route on your phone. It hasn&#39;t worked everytime on our review unit but hopefully this will get more reliable and maps will make the leap over to the watch itself.<iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/Mx7ZLHEHrJY/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>Also useful are &lsquo;Text/email Mum&rsquo; type commands which work better for short messages where you don&rsquo;t care about punctuation rather than for full-blown emails. The voice recognition isn&rsquo;t 100% spot-on but it&rsquo;s good enough to use - just be careful with hard-to-pronounce names and be prepared to swiftly hit the &lsquo;x&rsquo; if it chooses the wrong contact.</p> <p>Of course there are lots of times when you won&rsquo;t want to use voice, so with one tap on the watchface and a tap of the arrow you can access your calendar, steps and settings without uttering a word. It doesn&rsquo;t speak back to you like a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review">Gear 2</a> does, but it can do if you hook up LG&rsquo;s Tone+ Bluetooth headset.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review">Android L preview - everything you need to know about Google&#39;s new OS&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Get voice control stagefright? Google gives you prompts " alt="LG G Watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Watch-settings-menu_0.png?1406130430" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apps - Give It Time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There aren&rsquo;t a whole lot of third-party apps for Android Wear yet, but if it doesn&rsquo;t overtake even the thriving <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Pebble app store</a> in a matter of months we&rsquo;ll eat our microSIM.</p> <p>The big essential that&rsquo;s missing right now is Spotify control, something that can be done with a Pebble. Album artwork and a play/pause button appear onscreen when listening to the service on the paired smartphone but that&rsquo;s it. Google Play Music, on the other hand, gets voice control to start and skip tracks.</p> <p>Elsewhere, the FlyDelta app supports QR code boarding passes, Bunting takes care of voice tweeting and RunTastic is the first of the third-party fitness apps to get onboard. And with the likes of Pinterest, the Guardian, IFTTT, Duolingo and Hue Control for Philips Wi-Fi bulbs updating apps to support Android Wear, it&rsquo;s by no means a wasteland.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature">30 fantastic free Android apps&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apps for Wear are popping up every day " alt="LG G Watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Watch-review-apps.png?1406130430" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG G Watch Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The G Watch gets a lot right and not that much wrong. And in Android Wear, it has the best smartwatch OS we&rsquo;ve seen: it&rsquo;s somehow incredibly simple and awesomely ambitious at the same time.</p> <p>But while we&rsquo;d definitely choose the G Watch over the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review">Samsung Gear 2</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartwatch/sony-smartwatch-2/review">Sony Smartwatch 2</a> on the strength of its software alone, we can&rsquo;t see any reason to go out and buy one right now. Samsung&rsquo;s Gear Live, which is due any day, has a higher resolution screen, while the circular <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/moto-360-smartwatch-likely-be-cheaper-expected/news">Moto 360</a> looks like it&rsquo;ll be the first device to nail the smartwatch design problem. Both will also run on Android Wear and it makes sense to wait until they arrive before choosing between them.</p> <p>And of course there&rsquo;s also the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Pebble Steel</a>, which kills the G Watch with its five-day battery life and for many represents a more appealing take on the smartwatch concept: a way to augment your smartphone rather than display it on your wrist.</p> <p>Ultimately, while the G Watch is a neat enough bit of kit to show off Android Wear&rsquo;s capabilities, it&rsquo;s just not as bold as the operating system it was built for.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/top-ten">The ten best smartwatches and other wearables in the world</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Not quite the icon Android Wear needs " alt="LG G Watch review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Watch-review-message-2.png?1406130430" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not quite the icon Android Wear needs&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG G Watch review: &quot;Gets a lot right and not that much wrong&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is the G Watch a worthy flagship for Google’s new OS? </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review#comments Android Wear LG Smartwatches Wearable tech Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:58:38 +0000 Sophie Charara 1441662 at http://www.stuff.tv Misfit Shine teams up with Beddit for a more accurate sleep tracking service http://www.stuff.tv/misfit-shine-teams-beddit-more-accurate-sleep-tracking-service/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Reckon you’re not getting enough quality shut-eye? There’s now a way to get a deeper analysis of your nocturnal downtime </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Misfit Shine teams up with Beddit for a more accurate sleep tracking service" alt="Misfit Shine teams up with Beddit for a more accurate sleep tracking service" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/misfit-beddit-sensor.jpg?1405088326" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Several health trackers and smartphone apps are capable of tracking your sleep activity, but the Misfit Shine is about to offer something a little more in-depth than most of its rivals.</p> <p>The company has partnered with Beddit to create the Misfit Beddit Sleep System. The key component is a long, paper-thin sensor that slides underneath your mattress and communicated with the Misfit Shine via Bluetooth.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wake up feeling refreshed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The sensor, which can&rsquo;t be felt through your mattress and thus won&rsquo;t cause any discomfort, is capable of accurately tracking heart rate, breathing, movement and snoring. All this data is integrated into Misfit Shine&rsquo;s existing app.</p> <p>One result is &ldquo;Smart Alarm&rdquo;, which uses the data to wake you up while you&rsquo;re in the light stage of your sleep cycle; the idea is that you&rsquo;ll feel far more refreshed than if you were pulled out of a deep sleep. You can also view graphs and stats related to sleep in order to help set yourself goals and see insights as to why you&rsquo;re sleeping better or worse on particular nights.</p> <p>The Misfit Beddit Sleep System will cost US$150 (&pound;90) in the US. A UK price has yet to be confirmed.</p> <p>[<a href="http://misfitwearables.com/beddit">Misfit</a> via <a href="http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/misfit-beddit-an-under-the-bed-sleep-sensor-that-works-with-shine-fitness-tracker-and-app-too/">CNET</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The data is integrated into Misfit&#039;s smartphone app" alt="The data is integrated into Misfit&#039;s smartphone app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/misfit-beddit-iphone-app.jpg?1405088326" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Health and fitness Wearable tech Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:50:51 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1441759 at http://www.stuff.tv MindRDR: the first Google Glass app controlled by your brainwaves http://www.stuff.tv/glass/mindrdr-first-google-glass-app-controlled-your-brainwaves/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Want to take a photo and share it on Facebook merely by thinking? Well, now you can do just that </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="MindRDR: the first Google Glass app controlled by your brainwaves" alt="MindRDR: the first Google Glass app controlled by your brainwaves" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mindrdr-1.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are already lots of interesting apps for Google Glass, but MindRDR might be the most technologically impressive &ndash; because it allows you to control the wearable not by touch or voice, but by brainwaves.</p> <p>Yes, this app enables the user to communicate with their Glass merely through thought. In order to do that, it requires the Glass wearer to put another piece of tech on his or her head: the Neurosky EEG biosensor (priced at around &pound;70), which measures brainwaves.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Psychic photography </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Currently, MindRDR allows the user to take a photo through Glass then share it to Twitter or Facebook, all through mere thought. In order to take the shot, the wearer must concentrate until a horizontal line moves to the top of Glass&rsquo; display. After the photo has been captured, the user must again concentrate to move the line to the top of the screen in order to share it. To discard the image and start again, the user can simply relax and the line will drop to the bottom of the display.</p> <p>At present, these actions are the limit of MindRDR&rsquo;s capabilities, but Chloe Kirton, creative director at the app&rsquo;s London-based developer This Place, says there&rsquo;s much more to come: &ldquo;The possibilities of Google Glass telekinesis are vast. In the future, MindRDR could give those with conditions like locked-in syndrome, severe multiple sclerosis or quadriplegia the opportunity to interact with the wider world through wearable technology.&rdquo; Little wonder, then, that This Place is already in conversations with Professor Stephen Hawking about the future of its app.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Concentrate hard enough and the photo will be taken" alt="Concentrate hard enough and the photo will be taken" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mindrdr-3.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>MindRDR is available from today for free, and it&rsquo;s open source which means developers can get hold of the code to tweak as they see fit. So you can expect more telekinesis apps using MindRDR&rsquo;s tech to land on Glass in the near future.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://mindrdr.thisplace.com/static/index.html" target="_blank">MindRDR</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/glass/google-glass/review">Google Glass preview</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Neurosky EEG sensor is required, and costs around £70" alt="The Neurosky EEG sensor is required, and costs around £70" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mindrdr-2.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Control Google Glass with your mind </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Glass Google Wearable tech Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:58:43 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1441553 at http://www.stuff.tv