Wearable tech http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/news en-GB Virgin Media wristband records the shows you miss when you nod off http://www.stuff.tv/media-tivo/virgin-media-wristband-records-shows-you-miss-when-you-nod/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Never again miss 95 percent of the Queen&#039;s speech </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="Virgin Media KipstR" alt="Virgin Media KipstR" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/KipstR.jpg?1418987323" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Virgin Media has enlisted the help of two young tech fans to develop a wristband that senses when you fall asleep on the sofa and automatically starts recording what you&#39;re watching so you can pick it up again after a few well-earned zeds.</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/jools-whitehorn" title="View user profile.">Jools Whitehorn</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>Their creation, KipstR, features a pulse-oximeter to monitor heart rate. The smart band tells the Virgin TiVo box to start recording when it senses the drop in heart rate that suggests you&#39;ve nodded off. Though if it&#39;s the TV show that&#39;s caused you to lose consciousness rather than your overindulgence, perhaps you won&#39;t be so excited to find it&#39;s been recorded for you.</p> <p class="p1">The company picked out 14-year-old Ryan Oliver and 15-year-old Jonathan Kingsley from Manchester Creative Studio as part of its Switched on Futures initiative. The pair took advantage of 3D printing for the prototype, manufacturing the piece in flexible Polyjet resin on an Objet Connex printer.</p> <p class="p1">Virgin Media&#39;s tied-to-TV sensor experiments aren&#39;t going to stop there, as Neil Illingworth, its head of advanced technology and innovation, has talked of show suggestions based on your mood, or even brainwave TV control. We&#39;ll have to make do with a standard remote for this Christmas, though.</p> <p class="p1">Are you a TV-addicted narcoleptic? You can <a href="http://community.virginmedia.com/t5/Announcements/KipstR-Trial/td-p/2568986">register for a trial of KipstR on the Virgin Media website</a>.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sintratec-s-laser-sintering-3d-printer-creates-usable-items-moving-parts/news">Sintratec&rsquo;s laser sintering 3D printer creates usable items with moving parts</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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/media-tivo/virgin-media-wristband-records-shows-you-miss-when-you-nod/news#comments 3D Printing Media TiVo Virgin Media Wearable tech Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:04:08 +0000 Jools Whitehorn 1455750 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony module turns regular glasses into smart glasses http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-will-let-you-transform-your-regular-glasses-smart-glasses/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smarten up your specs with Sony&#039;s latest gadget </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony will let you transform your regular glasses into smart glasses" alt="Sony will let you transform your regular glasses into smart glasses" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/SonyGlasses.jpg?1418815646" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you were intrigued by <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuff-gets-hands-google-glass/feature">Google&#39;s Glass&nbsp;</a>eyewear, but didn&#39;t fancy having to walk around with the eye-catching and attention-grabbing glasses on your face all the time, then Sony&#39;s latest creation could be of interest.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/max-langridge" title="View user profile.">Max Langridge</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 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tech Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:27:27 +0000 Max Langridge 1455587 at http://www.stuff.tv Pebble adds support for Android Wear actionable notifications http://www.stuff.tv/android/pebble-adds-support-android-wear-actionable-notifications/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s still in beta, but anyone rocking the smartwatch and Android can check it out </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="Pebble adds Android Wear notification support" alt="Pebble adds Android Wear notification support" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/pebble-androidwear-notifications.jpg?1418780529" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review">love the Pebble Steel</a>&nbsp;(and the standard model is a worthwhile wearable), but compared to newer smartwatches, it&rsquo;s more about viewing notifications than doing anything about them. Well, until now.</p> <p>Pebble has announced support for Android Wear actionable notifications on its watches for those using the Android app. That means you&rsquo;ll be able to send canned responses to messages, or pick from predetermined options (like &ldquo;send&rdquo; or &ldquo;decline&rdquo; with Square Cash).</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>For now, the functionality is still in beta, via the v2.3.0 Android app. But Pebble is allowing anyone interested to&nbsp;<a href="https://blog.getpebble.com/2014/12/16/ad-23/">join its Beta Testing Group</a>&nbsp;and start using the beta software right away. Additionally, the just-launched v2.2 app on Google Play allows Android 4.0+ phones to use Pebble, whereas previously it was only for Android 4.3+ devices.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s clear that the watch can do more if the paired phone&rsquo;s platform allows it - so might the Pebble gain functionality with iPhones once iOS has Apple Watch interactions baked in? We wouldn&rsquo;t count on it, but we&rsquo;ll keep our fingers crossed.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://blog.getpebble.com/2014/12/16/ad-23/">Pebble</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Pebble Steel 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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-_acvnlD0UI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/pebble-adds-support-android-wear-actionable-notifications/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/pebble-adds-support-android-wear-actionable-notifications/news#comments Android Android Wear Pebble Smartwatches Wearable tech Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:14:23 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1455532 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: The Bionic Bra is a real wonder, you can 3D print the new Star Wars lightsaber, and Apple’s top apps and games of 2014 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-bionic-bra-real-wonder-you-can-3d-print-new-star-wars-lightsaber-and-apple-s-top <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our morning roundup has all of the fun and fascinating news you need today </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="Bionic Bra research team" alt="Bionic Bra research team" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bionic-bra.jpg?1418173532" /> </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/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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Researchers unveil Bionic Bra </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>Now here&rsquo;s a form of wearable tech that at least half the world can potentially agree on. Researchers at the University of Wollongong in Australia have developed what they call the Bionic Bra, which uses smart components to react to changes in movement and provide immediate support for wearers.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s been in development for more than 15 years, but recent advancements in fabrication (including the rise of 3D printing) have finally made the Bionic Bra feasible via &ldquo;actuators and sensing technologies,&rdquo; says the university. However, there&rsquo;s still much work to be done before you can pick one of these off the shelf.</p> <p>&ldquo;Results indicate that our technologies can sense breast motion and provide additional breast support,&rdquo; said team member Dr. Sheridan Gho. &ldquo;The challenge now is to integrate these technologies into a functional, comfortable bra.&rdquo; Godspeed, we say.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://media.uow.edu.au/releases/UOW184372.html">University of Wollongong</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/08/bionic-bra/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft-lifts-moods-smart-bra/news">Microsoft lifts moods with smart bra</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-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"> 3D print the new lightsaber </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="319" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/113298946?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="567"></iframe></p> <p>Surely we could settle all of the debate over the controversial crossguard lightsaber seen in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/first-star-wars-force-awakens-trailer-will-premiere-friday/news">the&nbsp;<em>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</em>&nbsp;teaser</a>&nbsp;if we only had a physical replica. Oh, right: 3D printing, duh.</p> <p>Within mere days of the teaser&rsquo;s release, the 3D-printable fictional weapon hit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:572485">MakerBot&rsquo;s Thingiverse</a>, letting you download the plans and customize your own version of the new saber. Let&rsquo;s be honest: not even the movie itself (still a year away) will quell the message board battles, but at least you&rsquo;ll have a cool new toy to play around with.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.designboom.com/technology/3d-print-customizable-crossguard-lightsaber-star-wars-12-08-2014/">Designboom</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/first-star-wars-force-awakens-trailer-will-premiere-friday/news">First Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer goes live</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-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple picks best iOS apps of 2014 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s always interesting to hear which apps and games Apple thinks are the best on its own platform each year, and for 2014, the top picks are very well deserved. On iPhone, Apple awarded best game honours to amazing puzzler&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/threes!/id779157948?mt=8"><em>Threes</em></a>, with slick platformer&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/leos-fortune/id830544402?mt=8"><em>Leo&rsquo;s Fortune</em></a>&nbsp;taking the runner-up spot. Brain training app&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/elevate-brain-training/id875063456?mt=8">Elevate</a>, meanwhile, took App of the Year on iPhone, while Instagram&rsquo;s own&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/hyperlapse-from-instagram/id740146917?mt=8">Hyperlapse</a>&nbsp;was runner-up.</p> <p>On the tablet side of things, brainy platform-puzzle adventure&nbsp;<em><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/monument-valley/id728293409?mt=8">Monument Valley</a></em>&nbsp;won out, with addictive card-battler&nbsp;<em><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/hearthstone-heroes-warcraft/id625257520?mt=8">Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft</a></em>&nbsp;in second place. And for iPad apps, robust image editor&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/pixelmator/id924695435?mt=8">Pixelmator</a>&nbsp;was deemed the best of 2014, with visual storytelling app&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/storehouse-visual-storytelling/id791297521?mt=8">Storehouse</a>&nbsp;deemed next-best.</p> <p>Monument Valley was&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-mobile-games-year/feature">our own pick</a>&nbsp;for the best mobile game of 2014 (as shown), with Threes appearing as a runner-up. Apple also named several runners-up in each category, so be sure to check our their full lists on the App Store, and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-mobile-games-year/feature">then consult ours</a>. Oh, and load up your iOS devices with amazing recent games and apps, of course.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-mobile-games-year/feature">Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: Monument Valley is the Mobile Game of the Year</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Monument Valley" alt="Monument Valley" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/monument-valley-stuff-awards.jpg?1418173532" /> </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"> The Legend of Zelda gameplay demo </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 Wii U is on a bit of an upswing, and games like&nbsp;<em>Mario Kart 8</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Super Smash Bros.</em>&nbsp;have been among the best in their respective series. Luckily, next year&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>The Legend of Zelda</em>&nbsp;looks to continue that trend on an even grander scale.</p> <p>With a massive world and less linear gameplay than usual, it looks like the biggest advance since the role-playing favorite entered 3D. Check out the first real gameplay demo from this weekend&rsquo;s The Game Awards, and then be sure to pick your jaw up off the floor when you&rsquo;re done.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SECWlFInyFM">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/25-most-anticipated-games-2015/feature">The 25 most anticipated games of 2015</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/SECWlFInyFM" 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/apple/fully-charged-bionic-bra-real-wonder-you-can-3d-print-new-star-wars-lightsaber-and-apple-s-top#comments 3D Printing Apple Gaming iOS apps iOS games Nintendo Wearable tech Wii U Tue, 09 Dec 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1454936 at http://www.stuff.tv Mio wearable translates cycle spin stats for your smartphone http://www.stuff.tv/mio/mio-wearable-translates-spin-stats-your-smartphone/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You put the ANT+ in, it puts the Bluetooth out. In, out. In, out. Ride it all about... </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="Mio Velo" alt="Mio Velo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mainlogo.jpg?1417798734" /> </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/fraser-macdonald" title="View user profile.">Fraser Macdonald</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>You know what goes really well with eyes? A screen. </strong><br />Oh, quick to strike, Sir. But your barb lacks sufficient poison to affect the rich elixir of knowledge that runs through these veins. Namely, that the Mio Velo cycling wearable doesn&rsquo;t need a screen, because it&rsquo;s designed to work with your smartphone.</p> <p>It is, at its core, a optical heart rate monitor like its stablemate, the Mio Link. But its real party trick is to receive ANT+ wireless signals, as generated by most cycle sensors, and convert it to Bluetooth 4.0.</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>Ah, because most smartphones don&rsquo;t have ANT+ receivers. </strong><br />But they do have Bluetooth, exactly. And that means you don&rsquo;t have to buy an expensive cycle computer to get into the really geeky bike stats like pedalling cadence and leg power - the Velo will send that info to the compatible apps on your smartphone, like Strava Cycling or Endomondo or such like. While folding its own heart rate data into the mix, natch.</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="Mio Velo" alt="Mio Velo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/1_12.jpg?1417798734" /> </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>I never did like those chest strap things. </strong><br />And your dislike may continue untroubled by experience. Though it&rsquo;s worth mentioning that you can now buy heart rate chest straps that sound the beat using Bluetooth as well as ANT+. And bike-mounted cadence and speed sensors that use Bluetooth are becoming more widely available too. But each to their own or, as they say in the world of cycling: &ldquo;Your set-up is rubbish; look at this.&rdquo;</p> <p>Plus, harking back to the Velo&rsquo;s core functionality, unattached to any sensors it&rsquo;ll still function as a heart rate monitor, with app-configured coloured LEDs on the band to show what effort zone you are in. Which, for &pound;110 (<a href="http://www.mioglobal.com" target="_blank">mioglobal.com</a>), might be all one asks of it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/baidu-dubike-packs-built-navigation-and-activity-tracker-and-generates-its-own-electricity/news" target="_blank">Baidu DuBike packs built-in navigation and activity tracker</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="Mio Velo" alt="Mio Velo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2_18.jpg?1417798734" /> </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="Mio Velo" alt="Mio Velo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3_23.jpg?1417798734" /> </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/mio/mio-wearable-translates-spin-stats-your-smartphone/news#comments Bikes Hot Stuff Mio Wearable tech Fri, 05 Dec 2014 16:58:56 +0000 Fraser Macdonald 1454561 at http://www.stuff.tv 12 things WatchKit tells us about Apple Watch http://www.stuff.tv/apple/12-things-watchkit-tells-us-about-apple-watch/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s elegant, locked-down, requires an iPhone, and has animations that taste like GIF </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="1000" height="750" title="12 things WatchKit tells us about Apple Watch" alt="12 things WatchKit tells us about Apple Watch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/0-apple-watch.jpg?1417518526" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review">Apple Watch</a> is coming, but it&rsquo;ll be a digital trinket without great apps.</p> <p>Fortunately, Apple&rsquo;s <a href="https://developer.apple.com/watchkit/">developer resources</a> are now live, providing insight into how the device will work should you strap one to your wrist.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. It’s mostly about simplicity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple&rsquo;s guidelines emphasise the device&rsquo;s personal, holistic, lightweight nature. It&rsquo;s something &ldquo;attuned to the wearer&rsquo;s presence&quot;, &ldquo;[blurring] the boundaries between physical object and software&rdquo;, with apps &ldquo;designed for quick, lightweight interactions&rdquo;. Don&rsquo;t expect Bioshock on your wrist, basically.</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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Your iPhone is the engine </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An iPhone is, unsurprisingly, mandatory, because it does the heavy lifting. For now, the Apple Watch is an expensive wrist-based notification centre of sorts, or is used for performing basic interactions. An Apple Watch app, says Apple, &ldquo;compliments your iOS app; it does not replace it&rdquo;.</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="1866" height="1039" title="2. Your iPhone is the engine" alt="2. Your iPhone is the engine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2-iphone-engine_0.png?1417518526" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. There are two screen resolutions </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We knew Apple Watch was coming in two sizes, but the dev literature confirms each has a unique display resolution: the 38mm model has 272 x 340 pixels; the larger 42mm one has 312 x 390. <a href="https://twitter.com/gruber/status/535283471888158720">Apple pundit John Gruber</a> reckons both will match the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 for sharpness (326ppi); Apple adds there is &ldquo;no need to create non Retina images&rdquo;, so there&rsquo;s no cheapo &lsquo;chunky pixel&rsquo; Apple Watch on the way.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Apps offer three ways to interact </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>Information can be presented by manually launching a Watch app from the Home screen, for an &ldquo;in-depth user experience&rdquo;; this is where most dev efforts should be focussed. Otherwise, there are optional Glances and Notifications.</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="1432" height="795" title="4. Apps offer three ways to interact" alt="4. Apps offer three ways to interact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4-three-ways_0.png?1417518526" /> </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"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. Glances are read-only cards </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple describes a Glance as a &ldquo;quick view of a focused set of content from an app&rdquo; that is &ldquo;timely and contextually relevant&rdquo;. They are template-based, static and read-only, but can link deep into their corresponding app. You swipe up to access Glances, and then swipe horizontally between them; think a card-based iPhone/iPad Notification Center, pared down to the bone.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. Notifications can be ‘short’ or ‘long’ </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>&lsquo;Short&rsquo; notifications are visible only briefly after the wrist is raised, showing the app&rsquo;s name and icon, and a brief, to-the-point notification title. If the wrist remains raised &ldquo;for a moment&rdquo;, a custom &lsquo;long&rsquo; notification can offer more information and basic interactivity, such as buttons for commenting or liking something.</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="1193" height="662" title="6. Notifications can be ‘short’ or ‘long’" alt="6. Notifications can be ‘short’ or ‘long’" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/6-notifications_1.png?1417518526" /> </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"> 7. Strict but flexible layouts </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>App layout is clearly defined and heavily automated. Apple states side-by-side elements are restricted to three, apps can use all space to the display edges, and positioning is relative, not fixed. Elements are laid out from top-to-bottom and left-to-right, with element groups enabling developers to add a little layout sophistication. Apps should therefore &lsquo;just work&rsquo; on any future Apple Watch size, and never look a horrible mess. In theory.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8. Apple wants tasteful, elegant apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple stops short of defining how a developer <em>must</em> design their app, but only just. Black backgrounds are heavily recommended, along with careful use of high-contrast colours; however, colour must <em>not</em> be used for indicating interactivity (a rule we wish would extend to iPad and iPhone&hellip;).</p> <p>Typography must be legible and preferably use Apple&rsquo;s built-in styles; branding should be minimised in a &ldquo;refined, unobtrusive way&rdquo;.&nbsp;This all suggests Apple Watch will be a unified, stylish experience, if perhaps lacking some heart and soul.</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="1859" height="1032" title="8. Apple wants tasteful, elegant apps" alt="8. Apple wants tasteful, elegant apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/8-tasteful-elegant.png?1417518526" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9. Animation is… restricted </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>Animation exists in Apple Watch, but the guidelines call for pre-rendered animations from a series of static images &mdash; much like an animated GIF. Dynamic animations might result in delays, apparently.&nbsp;There&rsquo;s no mention of movie files, but then everyone had enough of stamp-sized QuickTime files in 1990s desktop browsers. </p> <p>Integrated maps are static, too &mdash; devs define a set annotated snapshot, a tap on which launches Apple&rsquo;s own Maps app.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> 10. Gestures are locked down </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You tap the screen to interact, tap hard for a context menu with up to four buttons, and use the digital crown to zoom through lists or rapidly scroll. Vertical swipes are for scrolling, and horizontal ones are for navigating page-based interfaces. Up and left edge swipes, respectively, bring up Glances and go &lsquo;back&rsquo;. And that&rsquo;s it &mdash; there&rsquo;s no customisation.</p> <p>There&#39;s also no multi-touch, which is probably just as well, because you&rsquo;d need to file your fingers to spikes for that to work.</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="1227" height="797" title="10. Gestures are locked down" alt="10. Gestures are locked down" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/10-gestures.jpg?1417518526" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 11. Big devs are on board </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 href="http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2014/11/18Developers-Start-Designing-Apps-for-Apple-Watch.html">Apple&rsquo;s press release</a> has quotes about apps from ESPN (live scores; team info; news), Instagram (latest photos; likes; comments) and American Airlines (gates; departures; boarding; in-flight info). The tip of the iceberg, we suspect; Apple Watch will almost certainly be well-supported from day one.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><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"> 12. Apple’s looking ahead </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 same press release adds: &ldquo;Starting later next year, developers will be able to create fully native apps for Apple Watch&rdquo;. This mirrors the iPhone&rsquo;s early days: start with a very locked-down Apple experience; normalise device usage; gradually open things up. In the meantime, <a href="https://jobs.apple.com/us/search?#&amp;ss=apple%20watch&amp;t=1&amp;so=&amp;lo=0*USA&amp;pN=0&amp;openJobId=36348814">Apple&rsquo;s recruiting</a> an evangelist, to guide developers and &ldquo;help them build platform differentiating, next generation apps for iOS, with a primary focus on Apple Watch apps&rdquo;.</p> <p>And anyone still thinking this all sounds a bit restrictive, be mindful of two things: first, this is a device designed for focus rather than in-depth interactions; secondly, current smartphones are significantly more capable than the original iPhone was on release. This is just the first step; who knows what the Apple Watch 3 or 4 will bring?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-launches-watchkit-letting-developers-create-apple-watch-apps/news" target="_blank">Apple launches WatchKit, letting developers create Apple Watch apps</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/12-things-watchkit-tells-us-about-apple-watch/feature#comments Apple Smartwatches Watch Wearable tech Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:11:16 +0000 Craig Grannell 1454003 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony planning smartwatch with e-paper face and strap http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-planning-e-paper-smartwatch/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New wearable will let you change the design of your wristwear without faffing about swapping straps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Sony planning smartwatch with e-paper face and strap " alt="Sony planning smartwatch with e-paper face and strap " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-smartwatch-3_0_0.jpg?1417049056" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony may be <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/sony-planning-fewer-smartphones-and-tvs-after-falling-sales/news" target="_blank">stripping back its product line-up</a>, but it&#39;s still finding new things to do.</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>Sony isn&#39;t the first company to hit on the idea; Japanese company&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/sony-planning-fewer-smartphones-and-tvs-after-falling-sales/news" target="_blank">Fashion Entertainments</a>&nbsp;is working on a watch with an e-ink face and strap (though it doesn&#39;t have smartwatch functionality). It does, however, point towards what a smartwatch with an e-paper strap might look like, enabling the wearer to change the design &ndash; or even receive notifications on the watch strap.</p> <p>The Sony smartwatch is the brainchild of a new division at the company tasked with bringing promising products to market more quickly &ndash; another prospective product is MESH, a set of &quot;technology building blocks&quot; containing sensors, LEDs and buttons that are designed for rapid prototyping.</p> <p>Sony&#39;s e-paper device faces stiff competition, with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review" target="_blank">Android Wear</a>&nbsp;smartwatches already on the shelves, and the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple Watch</a>&nbsp;set to hit stores in 2015. Will its unique design be enough to set it apart from the herd? Watch this space.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-11-26/sony-said-to-plan-e-paper-watch-in-test-of-innovation.html?hootPostID=01a7bed44e0a23f08160895b3a935c2f" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/26/7290935/sony-e-paper-smartwatch" target="_blank">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-5-best-smartwatches-year/feature" target="_blank">Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: These are the 5 best smartwatches of the year</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="This isn&#039;t Sony&#039;s e-paper watch, it&#039;s FES&#039;. But it does give you an idea what it might look like." alt="Sony planning smartwatch with e-paper face and strap " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/e-paper-smartwatch.jpg?1417049056" /> </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/sony/sony-planning-e-paper-smartwatch/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-planning-e-paper-smartwatch/news#comments Smartwatches Sony Wearable tech Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:26:41 +0000 Stephen Graves 1453981 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple launches WatchKit, letting developers create Apple Watch apps http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-launches-watchkit-letting-developers-create-apple-watch-apps/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s really happening: developers can start preparing for the early 2015 launch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple Watch" alt="Apple Watch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-watch-watchkit.jpg?1416360207" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;re a fervent Apple fan eagerly awaiting the company&rsquo;s first smartwatch in early 2015, take solace in the news that developers of all sorts can now code apps for the device.</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>And apps have three opportunities for user interactions: being a full-fledged app experience with a unique UI, providing a Glance screen with read-only information, and delivering actionable notifications that users can respond to right from the device.</p> <p>However, The Verge notes that Apple Watch apps currently must run as extensions of iPhone apps, and that fully native Apple Watch apps aren&rsquo;t an option just yet (but will be sometime in 2015). So even if an app is designed primarily for Apple Watch interactions, it&rsquo;ll have a home on the paired iPhone and pull its updates from the handset.</p> <p>Getting the development community onboard months in advance of the Apple Watch launch can only help Apple&rsquo;s chances with marketing the device, developers&rsquo; chances of having great Watch apps ready on day one, and users&rsquo; chances of having a comfortable, complete-feeling experience right out of the gate.</p> <p>Given the paucity of Android Wear apps at the moment, this could be a significant move to really set the Apple Watch apart from the wearables pack in not only design, but also functionality when it finally debuts sometime early next year.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="https://developer.apple.com/watchkit/">Apple</a>, <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/18/7242315/apple-watchkit-released-develop-third-party-apps">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review">Apple Watch hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/y-waTi8BPdk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-launches-watchkit-letting-developers-create-apple-watch-apps/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-launches-watchkit-letting-developers-create-apple-watch-apps/news#comments Apple iOS 8 Smartwatches Wearable tech Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:35:41 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1453477 at http://www.stuff.tv Now you can customize the Moto 360’s watch faces http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/now-you-can-customize-moto-360-s-watch-face/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola’s Connect app adds detailed tweaking options for the Android Wear device </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Motorola Moto 360" alt="Motorola Moto 360" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/motorola-moto360-contest-winner.jpg?1415670208" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Moto 360</a> is still <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/top-ten">our top pick</a> for an Android Wear smartwatch, but the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review">LG G Watch R</a> is a strong alternative, and more are certainly coming. So what&rsquo;s Motorola doing to say on top?</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/now-you-can-customize-moto-360-s-watch-face/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/now-you-can-customize-moto-360-s-watch-face/news#comments Android Wear Moto 360 Motorola Smartwatches Wearable tech Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:28:09 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1452775 at http://www.stuff.tv The gold Apple Watch could cost US$4000 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/gold-apple-watch-could-cost-us4000/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> That&#039;s fine. It&#039;s not like you needed a new car anyway... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Raining money" alt="The gold Apple Watch could cost US$4000" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iwatch-price_0.jpg?1415624060" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The gold version of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple Watch</a> could drain your bank balance in the blink of an eye.</p> <p>According to French site iGen.fr&#39;s source, the blinged-out version of Apple&#39;s clever timepiece could set you back between US$4000-5000.</p> <p>If that&#39;s too much for your bank balance to handle, then there&#39;s always the stainless steel version, which will apparently cost US$500.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/gold-apple-watch-could-cost-us4000/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/gold-apple-watch-could-cost-us4000/news#comments Apple iOS Smartwatches Watch Wearable tech Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:45:01 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1452748 at http://www.stuff.tv Moto 360 with metal bands now available, gold edition and new Moto Body app on the way http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/moto-360-metal-bands-now-available-gold-edition-and-new-moto-body-app-way/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You can slather your wrist in smartmetal. If you live in the US 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="1581" height="1186" title="Looking good" alt="Moto 360 with metal bands now available, gold edition and new Moto Body app on t" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/moto-360-two-shot.jpg?1415429772" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Motorola has announced that US gadgeteers can now snap up all-metal <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review" target="_blank">Moto 360</a>s.</p> <p>Available for US$300, both the dark and light models feature straps that are crafted from aircraft-grade stainless steel, making the 360 look watch-ier than ever.</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>Slimmer metal bands in light and a champagne gold finishes will also be available bundled with the 360 itself, costing US$300 and US$330 respectively.</p> <p>Existing 360 owners won&#39;t be left out either, with light and dark metal bands, a selection of leather bands, and colourful silicon bands all in the pipeline, to be sold separately for as-of-yet undisclosed prices.</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="971" height="728" title="#Bling" alt="Moto 360 with metal bands now available, gold edition and new Moto Body app on t" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gold.jpg?1415429772" /> </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><iframe frameborder="0" height="320" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/ifr/PolishedAnguishedCockerspaniel" width="320"></iframe></p> <p>Motorola is also including a My Design watch face option in an update, letting owners customise their watch faces including the background and hands. Look out for an update through the Moto Connect app over the next few days.</p> <p>The app update also will also include Moto Body - an app which provides you with tailored goals to keep you motivated, once it&#39;s analysed your heart rate, steps, distance and calorie stats.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review" target="_blank">Motorola Moto 360 review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>[<a href="http://motorola-blog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/moto-360-choose-watch-that-fits-your.html" target="_blank">Motorola</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/moto-360-metal-bands-now-available-gold-edition-and-new-moto-body-app-way/news#comments Moto 360 Motorola Smartwatches Wearable tech Fri, 07 Nov 2014 11:47:07 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1452500 at http://www.stuff.tv LG G3 will bite into Lollipop by Christmas, bringing new G Watch R health-tracking tricks along with it http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g3-will-bite-lollipop-christmas-bringing-new-g-watch-r-health-tracking-tricks-along-it/ne <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> G3 owners will be getting a sweet update from LG before the year is over </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="2411" height="1808" title="Mmmm, sugar" alt="LG G3 will bite into Lollipop by Christmas, bringing new G Watch R health-tracki" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-g3-lollipop.jpg?1415849129" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>LG has confirmed to Stuff that the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">G3</a> will be getting updated to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review" target="_blank">Android 5.0 Lollipop</a> by the end of this year.</p> <p>An exact date hasn&#39;t been given, but late November/early December is the time frame that we can expect to see the update.</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>The G Watch R has already recently been updated to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review" target="_blank">Android Wear </a>2.0, which brings with it new LG-made watch faces, along with the ability to temporarily dismiss notifications and store local music for playback directly from the watch to bluetooth headphones.</p> <p>LG also mentioned that the G Watch R could possibly arrive in different colours in future releases - although nothing has been confirmed.</p> <p>The Moto 360 is available in black and silver - offering a little more choice for consumers, although both devices support standard watch straps for easy customisation.</p> <p>Stay tuned for a proper G3 Lollipop release date, along with news of it landing on other LG devices.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review" target="_blank">LG G Watch R 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="3264" height="2448" title="EAT SLEEP RAVE REPEAT EAT SLEEP RAVE REPEAT EAT SLEEP RAVE REPEAT EAT SLEEP RAVE REPEAT" alt="LG G3 will bite into Lollipop by Christmas, bringing new G Watch R health-tracki" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/g-watch-r-update-music.jpg?1415849129" /> </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/lg-g3-will-bite-lollipop-christmas-bringing-new-g-watch-r-health-tracking-tricks-along-it/ne" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g3-will-bite-lollipop-christmas-bringing-new-g-watch-r-health-tracking-tricks-along-it/ne#comments Android G Watch R G3 LG Smartwatches Wearable tech Thu, 06 Nov 2014 13:20:37 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1452387 at http://www.stuff.tv Blocks modular smartwatch will be on wrists by November 2015 http://www.stuff.tv/intel/blocks-modular-smartwatch-will-be-wrists-november-2015/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Back this modular wearable and you could be swapping out Blocks in 12 months </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="Blocks design prototype at the Intel Make It Wearable Challenge " alt="Blocks modular smartwatch will be on wrists by November 2015 " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSCN5754.JPG?1415276608" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The inventors of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/blocks-modular-smartwatch-lets-you-create-your-dream-watch-different-occasions/feature">Blocks</a>, the modular wearable system, have set themselves a deadline to turn this swappable smartwatch dream into gadget reality.&nbsp;</p> <p>Looking a bit like a wrist-based version of Google&#39;s Project Ara, Blocks has already received heaps of cash in funding after a campaign on its own website.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Blocks&nbsp;was outlining its bold plans at Intel&rsquo;s Make It Wearable Challenge. The team was beaten to the US$500,000 Grand Prize by wearable camera drone&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nixie-tiny-camera-drone-launches-your-wrist/news">Nixie</a>&nbsp;but won the Fan Favourite award, based on votes from attendees at the event.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;Google is currently developing the modular phone Project Ara and we&rsquo;ve been in touch with them,&quot;&nbsp;says Hakeem Javaid.&nbsp;&quot;The Advanced Technologies and Projects group has confirmed that while it&rsquo;s up to 25% more expensive than having the device fully integrated,&nbsp;the price of going modular today is much cheaper than it was in the past.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;But the fact we are separating it means that when better technology comes along, you can just unplug the old GPS or heart-rate module and plug in a new one.&nbsp;So your watch will live on with you as you change your habits.&quot;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The Kickstarter campaign will feature the display module with the larger rectangular screen, built to accommodate the Intel Edison chip, whereas the smartband-style and circular display module will be made available later. Blocks say that a display module, clasp and four peripheral modules will fit nicely around a small-sized wrist, while those with bigger wrists will be able to slot in an extra fifth Block.</p> <p>As well as making the prototypes smaller, the team has a lot of work to do on the connections.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;The most important thing we are going to do in the next few months is refine the connector design between the Blocks,&quot;&nbsp;says Al Fakir.&nbsp;&quot;We have an adviser who is ex Sony, specifically on audio components. At the moment we are using 3.5mm jacks, he told us we&rsquo;re not going to be able to use jacks and we&rsquo;re going to have to design something completely new.</p> <p>&quot;The reason we made [the rectangular display] wider is to fit the Edison inside. The Edison doesn&#39;t fit in the smaller display and that&#39;s the one a lot of women have told us they like and would buy. The other is a bit masculine and large.&nbsp;They say that by the end of 2015, beginning of 2016 they&#39;ll have a smaller version. That&#39;s outside our timeframe but maybe they can fast-track something for us.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p>If you can&rsquo;t wait until the Kickstarter campaign in April 2015, check out our <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/top-ten">top ten wearables</a></strong> you can buy right now. Just don&rsquo;t try to snap bits off any of them.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/intel/mica-smart-bracelet-proves-wearable-tech-can-be-pretty-hands/news">The MICA smart bracelet proves wearable tech can be pretty</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="4000" height="3000" title="The first iteration of the modular smartwatch design " alt="The first iteration of the modular smartwatch design " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5752.JPG?1415276608" /> </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="4000" height="3000" title="One of three initial display module designs, more like a smartband" alt="One of three initial display module designs, more like a smartband" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5755.JPG?1415276608" /> </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="4000" height="3000" title="How the individual Blocks and clasp module will look " alt="How the individual Blocks and clasp module will look " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5757.JPG?1415276608" /> </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="4000" height="3000" title="No strap, just Blocks " alt="No strap, just Blocks " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5756.JPG?1415276608" /> </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/intel/blocks-modular-smartwatch-will-be-wrists-november-2015/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/intel/blocks-modular-smartwatch-will-be-wrists-november-2015/news#comments Intel Smartwatches Wearable tech Wed, 05 Nov 2014 17:37:29 +0000 Sophie Charara 1452298 at http://www.stuff.tv Jawbone Up3 tracks your temperature, heart rate and REM sleep http://www.stuff.tv/jawbone/jawbone-up3-tracks-your-temperature-heart-rate-and-rem-sleep/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oh, and obviously your steps and exercise too </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="743" height="557" title="Pretty in black" alt="Jawbone Up3 tracks your temperature, heart rate and REM sleep" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/up3.jpg?1415356545" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Jawbone&#39;s latest fitness band, the Up3, is laden with more sensors than ever, with the aim of providing users with the ultimate all-in-one health tracking solution.</p> <p>The Up3 resembles a classier Nike Fuelband, minus the screen. Unlike previous Up devices, it also has a watch strap-like clasp, which should hopefully provide extra security while being shaken around during vigorous exercise.</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>Battery life is touted as seven days, and it&#39;ll be available around Christmas in black and silver for &pound;150.</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/mRVrgQrkWWQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> But wait, there&#039;s more </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>Jawbone also released a budget &pound;50 Move sensor (matching the price of the Misfit Flash), which packs in the same smarts as the company&#39;s Up24, tracking your steps and sleep.</p> <p>Available in a range of funky colours and designs, with optional watch straps, the Move doubles up as an unconventional watch too, displaying the time with LED lights.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review" target="_blank">Motorola Moto 360 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-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="737" height="553" title="What&#039;s your flavour?" alt="Jawbone Up3 tracks your temperature, heart rate and REM sleep" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/upmove.jpg?1415356545" /> </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"> Jawbone Up3 tracks your everything </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/jawbone/jawbone-up3-tracks-your-temperature-heart-rate-and-rem-sleep/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/jawbone/jawbone-up3-tracks-your-temperature-heart-rate-and-rem-sleep/news#comments Health and fitness Jawbone Wearable tech Wed, 05 Nov 2014 13:05:59 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1452287 at http://www.stuff.tv The MICA smart bracelet proves wearable tech can be pretty (hands on) http://www.stuff.tv/intel/mica-smart-bracelet-proves-wearable-tech-can-be-pretty-hands/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We get up close with Intel and Opening Ceremony&#039;s luxury 3G smart bangle </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="Intel and Opening Ceremony&#039;s MICA smart bracelet up close" alt="Intel and Opening Ceremony&#039;s MICA smart bracelet up close" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSCN5706.JPG?1415151082" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It doesn&#39;t have to be a smartwatch every time.</p> <p>This &quot;smart bracelet&quot; from Intel shows notifications and alerts on a small screen, just like a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Pebble</a> or<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review"> Moto 360</a>, and doesn&#39;t look dorky doing it.&nbsp;</p> <p>MICA - or My Intelligent Communication Accessory - puts most wearable tech to shame with its blend of 3G connectivity, curved touchscreen and wireless charging smarts together with snakeskin, pearls and semi precious stones.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;Talking about form versus function, this doesn&#39;t scream tech nerd,&quot; says Mike Bell, VP of Intel&#39;s New Devices Group. &quot;Sitting in a runway show at fashion week was not something, as an engineer, I ever thought I would do.&nbsp;In fact, at the New York runway show&nbsp;people saw this on the model and before they knew it had technology inside, you could actually hear people screaming &#39;I&#39;ve got to get one of those.&quot;</p> <p>Bell describes the MICA as &quot;fashion first, technology second&quot;. He points out that when the battery runs out after a couple of days, unlike most smartwatches we&#39;ve seen so far, the MICA will still look like a piece of jewellery, not a blank screen.&nbsp;</p> <p>In fact, Intel took a completely hands-off approach to designing the smart bracelet. The first prototype looked &quot;about as good as you&#39;d expect a group of engineers to build&quot;.</p> <p>&quot;We took the concept to Opening Ceremony and said we have a connected bracelet so your customers can leave their phone at home and still maintain connectivity with the world around them. They looked at it and were very polite with us. But they said &ndash; Let&#39;s start from scratch.&quot;</p> <p>The bracelet isn&#39;t a certain thickness because Intel had to squeeze components such as the battery into the small, curved form factor - the thickness, radius and design language was all decided by the fashion brand.</p> <p>Bell says Intel is open to providing &quot;the guts&quot; of the MICA to other fashion partners with a &quot;serious interest&quot; who want to build something similar but it won&#39;t be open source to makers like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/intel/ces-2014/sd-card-your-pocket-no-its-intels-tiny-edison-pc/news">Intel Edison board.</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-archos-us30-phone-vr-headset-shell-william-reveals-smartwatch-cuff-and-big-upd">Will.i.am reveals smartwatch cuff Puls&nbsp;</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="4000" height="3000" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5710.JPG?1415151082" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5702.JPG?1415151082" /> </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="4000" height="3000" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5707.JPG?1415151082" /> </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="4000" height="3000" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5711.JPG?1415151082" /> </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/intel/mica-smart-bracelet-proves-wearable-tech-can-be-pretty-hands/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/intel/mica-smart-bracelet-proves-wearable-tech-can-be-pretty-hands/news#comments Intel Wearable tech Tue, 04 Nov 2014 22:22:05 +0000 Sophie Charara 1452185 at http://www.stuff.tv