Wearable tech http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/all en-GB LG G Watch R http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There&#039;s a new circular smartwatch on the block - but is the G Watch R the shape of things to come? </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="Pretty in pink" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSCN0026_0.JPG?1414159535" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review" target="_blank">Moto 360&#39;s</a>&nbsp;circular, minimalist design made it stand out from the square crowd, thanks to the simple fact that it looked more like, well, a watch.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £225.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Excellent, fully circular screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Great battery life </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Flawless performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Looks are a bit meh </div> <div class="field-item even"> Needs a charging cradle </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s not hip to be square </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&rsquo;ll be glad to hear that the G Watch R isn&rsquo;t as massive as it looks in pictures, and it doesn&rsquo;t look out of place on our average-sized wrists. Still, we wouldn&rsquo;t call it slim or sleek, and dainty-wristed gadgeteers might find it a little on the larger side.</p> <p>Rather than take the sleek, minimalistic approach of the Moto 360, LG has strolled down the skeuomorphic path for the R, attempting to make it look like a &lsquo;normal&rsquo; digital timepiece. So you&rsquo;ll see permanent hour and minute marks on the fairly chunky bezel which, coupled with the digital clock faces, somehow draws attention to the fact that it&rsquo;s not a real watch.</p> <p>The Moto 360, on the other hand, struts around, proud to be futuristic and different.</p> <p>To be clear, the G Watch R isn&rsquo;t ugly or offensive, and we have no problem wearing it. It doesn&rsquo;t scream &lsquo;look at me!&rsquo;, it sits there, and gets the job done. Which is exactly what a watch should do. But design-wise at least, we still prefer the 360.</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="Side by side" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0015_3.JPG?1414159535" /> </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>In the hands, the G Watch R feels solid and well made, with a strong metal casing that feels as if it can take its fair share of knocks and bumps. Like the 360, it&rsquo;s got a fake crown on the side, which actually serves as the power/sleep button. A long press also throws up the settings. While it can be twisted like a real watch crown, this offers no extra functionality, unlike the Apple Watch&rsquo;s alternative, which can act as a zoom controller.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Full metal jacket" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0007_0.JPG?1414159535" /> </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>Flip it over, and you&rsquo;ll find a plain black, rough plastic back. It&rsquo;s not exciting like the Moto 360&rsquo;s shiny behind, but then again, it doesn&#39;t have to be - you&rsquo;re never going to see it.</p> <p>Embedded in the middle is a heart-rate scanner, while a set of charging pins flanks the left hand side.</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="View from the rear" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0013_1.JPG?1414159535" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The watch strap itself is genuine leather, and while it feels nice, it&rsquo;s very stiff at first. Our Moto 360&rsquo;s strap felt far nicer after breaking it in for a week or two, and we&rsquo;re hoping for the same to happen with the G Watch R.</p> <p>Like its Motorola rival, the G Watch R supports standard-sized straps, so you can swap between regular metal, leather and rubber straps, as and when you fancy.</p> <p>Its IP67 rating also means that you can chuck it in up to one metre of water for 30 minutes, though we obviously wouldn&rsquo;t advise testing this out. The occasional splash from downpours and hand washing though? No problem.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/iwatch/how-not-design-smartwatch-moto-360-prototypes-didnt-make-cut/feature">What the Moto 360 might&#39;ve looked like - the prototypes that didn&#39;t make it</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Genuine leather" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0006_0.JPG?1414159535" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A super screen that goes full circle </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is where the G Watch R really shines. LG&rsquo;s plastic OLED (POLED) screen is truly circular, unlike the Moto 360&rsquo;s display which is cut off at the bottom to allow for the display driver.</p> <p>While the 360&#39;s approach isn&#39;t the end of the world, gadgeteers with OCD-esque tendencies (this reviewer, for one) will view its cut-off screen as a permanent stain on an otherwise gorgeous device.&nbsp;LG&rsquo;s display however, is music to our eyes. Or whatever the equivalent metaphor is.</p> <p>Yes, it&rsquo;s a little smaller than the 360&rsquo;s screen at 1.3 inches, and yes it has a larger bezel to ensure the full circle - but take one look at it in all of its 360 degrees of glory, and you simply won&rsquo;t care. Really, it&#39;s LG&#39;s device that should be called the 360.</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="Sexy screen" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9970_3.JPG?1414159535" /> </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="Naked POLED" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9965_3_0.JPG?1414159535" /> </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On specs alone, its 320x320 resolution (245ppi) doesn&#39;t sound like much, falling well short of that found on most modern smartphones. But in practice it&rsquo;s perfectly sharp enough; you can read the time, text, and make out icons without any hassle.</p> <p>Compared to the 360&rsquo;s display, the G Watch R&rsquo;s screen fares better in most areas.</p> <p>For starters, thanks to its OLED DNA, LG&rsquo;s timepiece serves up deliciously deep, true blacks, easily besting the grey-like blacks of the 360&rsquo;s LCD display.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve got a black watch face on the 360, its bottom cut-off section looks even more prominent, clashing with the greyish black of the watch face. When notifications pop up it is less of an issue, though, and without this&nbsp;slice&nbsp;Motorola couldn&rsquo;t have achieved that big, modern screen with skinny bezels.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="On the ledge" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0012.JPG?1414159535" /> </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While icons and text are slightly smaller on the G Watch R&rsquo;s display, it also means that they&rsquo;re slightly sharper too, though you&rsquo;ll only notice this if you lean in close and compare the two screens in detail.</p> <p>One benefit that the Moto 360 does have over the G Watch R is its automatic brightness mode, powered by an ambient light sensor, which its LG rival lacks. In practice though, we didn&rsquo;t notice a drastic difference between the G Watch R&rsquo;s brightness setting of &lsquo;two&rsquo;, and the 360&rsquo;s automatic brightness setting.</p> <p>Both smartwatches share similarly decent readability in outdoor light, although the G Watch R&rsquo;s ambient light mode (a simplified, less power-hungry watch face that kicks in after a period of inactivity), is slightly brighter than the 360&rsquo;s.</p> <p>Overall, the G Watch R&rsquo;s screen is one of the best smartwatch displays we&rsquo;ve seen, and it makes up for its slightly smaller size and larger bezels with a sharp, readable, truly circular experience.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-smartwatch-will-be-available-within-weeks/news">Microsoft&#39;s smartwatch will be available within weeks</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Two watches, one wrist" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0020_0.JPG?1414159535" /> </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="Mountain View" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9967_4.JPG?1414159535" /> </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"> Watch this face </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LG has loaded the G Watch R with a selection of watch faces, some of which do their best to look like their traditional real-world counterparts.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s one that offers dual time zones for people in suits flittering in and out of business class lounges, while another is tailored to hikers, taking advantage of a built-in barometer and displaying the current altitude.</p> <p>Another fitness-centric one shows off your steps at a glance, letting you see how close you are to hitting that daily 10,000-step goal.</p> <p>The minute and hour hands on the outer bezel come in handy for telling the time more accurately with minimalist watch faces too.</p> <p>Compared to the Moto 360, there&#39;s not much in it: Moto&#39;s device has a better selection of minimalist and quirky watch faces, but you can download more from the Play Store anyway.</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="Hiking face" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9980_2.JPG?1414159535" /> </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="Fitness face" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9978_2.JPG?1414159535" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG G Watch R tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen:</strong> 1.3in, 320x320<br /><strong>OS:</strong> Android Wear<br /><strong>Processor:</strong> Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz quad-core processor<br /><strong>RAM:</strong> 512MB&nbsp;<br /><strong>Storage:</strong> 4GB<br /><strong>Bluetooth:</strong> 4.0<br /><strong>Water and dust resistance: </strong>IP67<br /><strong>Battery:</strong> 410mAh<br /><strong>Dimensions:</strong> 46.4 x 53.6 x 9.7 mm<br /><strong>Weight: </strong>62g&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A battery that powers through a day without flinching </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LG has gifted the G Watch R with a 410mAh battery, which is larger than the 360&rsquo;s 320mAh offering. Its far newer processor is also more power efficient than the Moto 360&rsquo;s chip, so we had high hopes for battery life.</p> <p>On the first day however, we were left a little disappointed: the G Watch R seemed to drain much faster than it should have done. We&rsquo;re still not entirely sure why this was the case, and it hasn&rsquo;t happened since, but we&#39;ll be keeping an eye on the situation and will update this review if it happens again.</p> <p>For the rest of the week however, battery life has been much better. Here&#39;s a case study: we started one work day with 100% charge, used the R throughout the day to read and delete scores of emails, plus view notifications from WhatsApp, Slack and Instagram. We&nbsp;even cranked up the brightness for a while.</p> <p>Fast forward 16 hours and we still had 45% battery remaining. Impressive stuff.</p> <p>We didn&rsquo;t bother charging it overnight, instead just turning it off then firing it up in the morning with the same 45% left in the tank. At 1:30pm the following day it still had 27% remaining.</p> <p>During this time, we set the screen brightness to two (out of a maximum of six) for the majority of the time, as it was bright enough to read everything comfortably.</p> <p>Even better, this was all with the always-on Ambient Mode turned on, which is a low-power mode that kicks in after a few seconds of inactivity. The watch face becomes monochrome (which can help extend battery further, thanks to the OLED screen), until a notification comes through or you activate it with a tap. You could further extend battery life by&nbsp;turning ambient mode off: do this and the screen will stay completely blank until the R detects that you&rsquo;re looking at it, or you interact with it.</p> <p>So while you won&rsquo;t quite get two days out of it in normal use, you probably could if you were careful. Getting one full day out of it should never be a problem - and that&#39;s more than could be said of most Android Wear devices.</p> <p>So how does it compare to its main rivals? The Moto 360 struggled to last a day with its ambient screen on in our first test. After a recent software update, battery life has increased for some users up to 45% and it now easily lasts a day no matter which screen mode you choose. A second battery-improving update is rolling out to 360 users too.</p> <p>If the thought of a blank smartwatch screen come 10pm fills you with terror, the G Watch R is still the better bet over the Moto. Still, the one to beat remains the Pebble, which can typically go for five days and even a week with light use. That&rsquo;s what we call a real stamina superstar.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Pebble Steel review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Refuses to die" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9966_3.JPG?1414159535" /> </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="Behind the scenes at Stuff" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0024.JPG?1414159535" /> </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"> A watch that runs fast. And not in a bad way </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;re happy to report that we haven&#39;t come across any lag, stutter, or errant behaviour during our time with the G Watch R.</p> <p>Android Wear runs buttery smooth, and notifications come through to our wrists instantly and are flicked away without any jerkiness.</p> <p>This is in contrast to the Moto 360, which does show some signs of stuttering and delayed notifications every now and again.</p> <p>It could all be down to processing power. LG has opted for a more powerful 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, embarrassing the Moto 360&rsquo;s comparatively ancient four year-old Texas Instruments 800 MHz single-core OMAP3630 processor.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-gear-live/review">Samsung Gear Live review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Winter is coming" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9961.JPG?1414159535" /> </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="#Hashtag" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9960_3.JPG?1414159535" /> </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"> A pleasure to use </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;ve already got a full in-depth <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review">Android Wear review</a>, so we won&#39;t jump into too many OS details here. But here&#39;s a primer for those of you who just want the headlines.</p> <p>One of the most useful features of a smartwatch is its ability to push notifications directly to your wrist so you know what&#39;s worth ignoring at a glance, without having to drag your phone out of your pocket.</p> <p>While it sounds as if you&#39;re only saving a few seconds, we&#39;re already addicted to it.&nbsp;The old way of doing things just seems so awkward now. Plus it stops you from offending people at dinner by constantly taking your phone out and checking it; a quick glance at your wrist is so much more subtle. Although admittedly your fellow diners are probably too busy posting shots of their artisanal fish fingers to Instagram to notice anyway.</p> <p>Most people&#39;s inboxes are bombarded with hundreds of totally irrelevant emails over the course of a week, and if like us you hate having even a single unread email count (there are those OCD tendencies again) then it can be a pain dragging out your phone every time you want to delete one. Android Wear solves that problem and helps you achieve inbox nirvana.</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="LG G Watch R review" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9984_2.JPG?1414159535" /> </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="So useful" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9996_2.JPG?1414159535" /> </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Choosing to open up notifications on your phone is also a small, but very useful time saver. If you receive a text or WhatsApp message for example, you can choose to open it on your phone, so you can reply using a proper keyboard instantly.</p> <p>You can of course reply directly from the G Watch R itself, using either a selection of preset (and rather cold) messages, or use the voice dictation function.</p> <p>Android Wear&rsquo;s voice recognition is pretty good for the most part, as long as you stick to easy names and uncomplicated sentences, but for anything more than a very abrupt message, you&rsquo;ll definitely want to use your smartphone keyboard, along with all the punctuation options it offers, lest your mates think you&rsquo;ve turned into an emotionless robot.</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="Also useful" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9983_1.JPG?1414159535" /> </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-12"><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 as for &lsquo;Ok, Google&rsquo; voice commands? They generally work well too. Ask the G Watch R for directions or tell it to set a reminder to take the roast out of the oven, and it will usually do your bidding without any confusion. Though we&#39;re still a bit embarrassed about talking to our wrists in public.</p> <p>The G Watch R&rsquo;s heart-rate monitor also seems to work accurately, although we prefer the 360&rsquo;s built-in app, which measures your pulse throughout the day and gives you a weekly heart activity target.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review">Android Wear review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asking the important questions" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9993_3.JPG?1414159535" /> </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-13"><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"> Some useful 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>Android Wear remains a bit of an apps wasteland, with the majority of those available currently consisting of watch faces &ndash; most of which look a little tacky in our opinion. There are some useful ones out there though.</p> <p>The Wear Mini launcher lets you access your installed apps from a launcher that&#39;s pulled in from the left. This is far better than Andorid Wear&rsquo;s default &lsquo;scroll through a long list buried in a menu&rsquo; method.</p> <p>Another swipe in from the left brings up useful settings such as brightness and volume controls, the latter of which is unbelievably absent from Android Wear itself. Why give us the power to control music from our wrists and not the volume too, Google?</p> <p>Wearable Widgets is another handy app which ports all of your home screen widgets to your wrist. Stuff&rsquo;s Sophie Charara finds that the Spotify widget offers better controls than Wear&rsquo;s built-in music remote, which is just one of many examples.</p> <p>There are some nice watch faces out there if you hunt around, and you can even use apps to create your own, though they can be a little buggy. Established fitness apps such as Strava and Endomondo are also available for fitness fanatics.</p> <p>As Android Wear is adopted by more people, we expect to see more apps join the roster, offering more functionality and enhancing the Wear experience.</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-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="#0nly90skidswillgetthis" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0002_3.JPG?1414159535" /> </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="Incredibly useful app" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9963_0.JPG?1414159535" /> </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-14"><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"> Hassle-free charging. Just remember to bring the dock </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LG opted for charging pins as opposed to the 360&rsquo;s wireless charging feature, presumably to cram in a larger battery. Wireless charging is a futuristic and faff free extra and Motorola&rsquo;s bundled dock makes for a neat night time stand that&rsquo;s simply a nice place to put your smartwatch.&nbsp;</p> <p>LG&rsquo;s alternative isn&rsquo;t any more difficult, it just treats the G Watch R more like a gadget than a real wearable. Drop the R into the magnetic dock with a satisfying clunk, and you&rsquo;re good to go for charging via microUSB.</p> <p>The only thing you have to worry about is making sure the pins are on the correct side. But you can handle that. Right?</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="Docking station" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9981_2.JPG?1414159535" /> </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="Docked" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9982_2.JPG?1414159535" /> </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-15"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The G Watch R won&rsquo;t win many beauty contests. Indeed, if it&#39;s up against the Moto 360 it won&#39;t win any.</p> <p>But that&#39;s about its only flaw.&nbsp;Its plastic OLED screen offers deep blacks, sharp text and good visibility, and it&rsquo;s completely circular. Hooray!</p> <p>Battery life is also as good as Android Wear gets right now, with the R easily lasting one and a half days on a single charge.</p> <p>Top that off with a smooth experience, delivered by powerful innards, and there&rsquo;s plenty to love about LG&#39;s latest wearable.</p> <p>So, if you&#39;re after an Android Wear smartwatch, your choice should currently come down to this or the 360. Which you should go for is a simple matter of priorities: if you want something nice on your wrist, it&#39;s the Moto; if design doesn&#39;t bother you, the LG wins.&nbsp;</p> <p>We shouldn&#39;t forget cost either. Motorola&rsquo;s decision to include an older processor in the 360 might have helped keep its price tag (including the wireless charging dock) down to a reasonable &pound;200. The G Watch R is now selling for around &pound;225 which makes it the priciest Android Wear watch you can buy, though not by much. Both cost more than a decent budget smartphone, then, with the Moto the cheaper unless you select the stainless steel strap.&nbsp;</p> <p>If forced to choose between the two, we&#39;d still go for the Moto. After all, this is an early adopter device that&#39;ll be in full view for most of the day, not stuck away in a pocket. It needs to look good. But for those of you who want the very best in smartwatch performance, the G Watch R is the new champ.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/top-ten">Stuff&#39;s Top 10 wearables</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pretty in pink. Again." alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9999_3.JPG?1414159535" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The liquorice allsorts stairwell" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9977_1.JPG?1414159535" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It might not be as pretty as the Moto 360, but the G Watch R excels in every other area</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review#comments Android Wear G Watch R IFA 2014 LG Smartwatches Wearable tech Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:50:15 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1446861 at http://www.stuff.tv 4 things you need to know about Magic Leap http://www.stuff.tv/google/4-things-you-need-know-about-magic-leap/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What is the mystery augmented reality startup that&#039;s raised US$542 million doing with Google&#039;s money? </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="We all live in a yellow submarine..." alt="We all live in a yellow submarine..." src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/magic-leap-01.jpg?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Call it a leap of faith.</p> <p>Google, Qualcomm, Legendary Entertainment and others have just funded augmented reality startup Magic Leap to the tune of US$542 million &ndash; but the product that it&#39;s developing is shrouded in mystery.</p> <p>We pick apart the clues&hellip;</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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. It&#039;s not augmented reality, it&#039;s &quot;cinematic reality&quot; </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>Magic Leap is developing what it calls a &quot;proprietary human computing interface technology, known as Cinematic Reality&quot; &ndash; which suggests a more realistic take on augmented reality. Images on the company&#39;s website show realistic CGI creations overlaid on everyday scenes; a whale hovering over a beach, a submarine cruising above a shopping street, an elephant dancing in someone&#39;s hands.</p> <p>So far, so AR &ndash; but Magic Leap promises that it&#39;s &quot;going beyond the current perception of mobile computing, augmented reality, and virtual reality. We are transcending all three, and will revolutionize the way people communicate, purchase, learn, share and play.&quot; And according to Richard Taylor, head of visual effects house Weta Workshop, Magic Leap are &quot;visionaries in this new field of ultra-sensory perception.&quot;</p> <p>Bold claims indeed &ndash; so how does it work?</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="Whale-ly good" alt="Whale-ly good" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/magic-leap-02.jpg?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. It&#039;s based around something called a &quot;Digital Lightfield&quot; </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="300" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/ifr/AliveGiddyCooter" width="603"></iframe></p> <p>Magic Leap&#39;s team has, it claims, done some digging into how the physics of the visual world works; and come up with what it&#39;s calling a &quot;Dynamic Digitized Lightfield Signal,&quot; which it claims &quot;respects how we function naturally as humans.&quot;</p> <p>Looking a little closer at Magic Leap&#39;s elephant animation, it&#39;s possible to see that it&#39;s rendering real-time shadows of the elephant accurately on the hands of the person &quot;holding&quot; it. Now, that could be because the animation is just a bit of showreel fluff that doesn&#39;t accurately represent what the technology&#39;s capable of &ndash; but it&#39;d certainly be a big leap for augmented reality if it&#39;s the real deal.</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"> 3. It&#039;s wearable </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>No arguments here &ndash; Magic Leap has openly <a href="http://www.magicleap.com/press/press_release1.pdf" target="_blank">stated</a> that it&#39;s planning to make &quot;the most natural and human-friendly wearable computing interface in the world.&quot; Whatever it is, it combines hardware, software, sensors, core processors and &quot;a few things that just need to remain a mystery.&quot;</p> <p><a href="https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8488000" target="_blank">Hacker News</a> has dug through Magic Leap&#39;s recently-filed patents, and unearthed some interesting details; the patents filed appear to be for a head-mounted device that displays an image for each eye. A high-speed masking device blocks off elements of the image that aren&#39;t at the current focal depth, and then refocuses the light at 12 different depth levels. What does that mean? Potentially, that it&#39;s able to create true depth in an augmented reality image &ndash; unlike current augmented reality devices, which are limited to a single depth plane.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The final frontier?" alt="The final frontier?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/magic-leap-03.jpg?1414059242" /> </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. It&#039;s going to be creative </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>Magic Leap reckons that the future of computing will need to respect human creativity, among other things; and it&#39;s currently looking to work with game developers, storytellers, musicians and artists. Company founder Rony Abovitz certainly embraces creativity, as this TEDx video in which he takes to the stage in a spacesuit shows.</p> <p>The fact that Legendary Pictures is one of the major investors in Magic Leap suggests that the film industry will be interested in whatever product it&#39;s working on, too; last year, visual effects house Weta Workshop <a href="http://www.wetanz.com/special-effects-creative-powerhouse-weta-workshop-leaps-into-a-new-cinematic-reality-just-in-time/" target="_blank">announced</a>&nbsp;that it was teaming up with Magic Leap on an as-uet-undisclosed project. If Magic Leap&#39;s working on something that&#39;s solved the problem of focus in 3D, it&#39;d certainly be of interest to movie-makers like James Cameron and Peter Jackson, who are both pioneers in the field.</p> <p>Whatever it&#39;s come up with, we can expect to find out more details on Magic Leap&#39;s technology within weeks; we wait with bated breath for more information.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/10/21/magic-leap-tech/" target="_blank">TechCrunch</a> and&nbsp;<a href="https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8488000" target="_blank">Hacker News</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hud/holographic-optic-could-revolutionise-augmented-reality-and-even-works-3d/news" target="_blank">Holographic optic could revolutionise augmented reality</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/w8J5BWL8oJY" 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> <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"> Why has Magic Leap raised US$542m? </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/google/4-things-you-need-know-about-magic-leap/news#comments Google Wearable tech Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:58:04 +0000 Stephen Graves 1451080 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Leaked Fitbit Surge is a fitness-minded smartwatch, custom PS4 laptop is a thing of beauty, and new Mac Mini's RAM can't be upgraded http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-microsoft-s-rumoured-fitness-band-out-soon-fitbit-has-smartwatch-and-custom-ps4- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Catch up on the latest tech news around in our quick-hit roundup </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="Leaked Fitbit Surge marketing materials" alt="Leaked Fitbit Surge marketing materials" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fitbit-surge-leak.jpg?1413847241" /> </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"> Upcoming Fitbit Surge leaks </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>Based on leaked marketing materials obtained by The Verge, Fitbit is planning to launch a smartwatch. The Fitbit Surge - first leaked this summer - is billed as a &ldquo;superwatch,&rdquo; and it&rsquo;s a fitness-centric device with constant heart-rate monitoring, as well as independent GPS tracking and sleep tracking.</p> <p>It&rsquo;ll apparently also have simple phone notifications and music control with a paired smartphone, but the Fitbit Surge doesn&rsquo;t seem to be as comprehensive a smartwatch experience as its biggest competitors. And it&rsquo;ll be priced similarly to those devices at US$250 (about &pound;155).</p> <p>But for fitness buffs who want everything concentrated in a wearable, the Fitbit Surge could be an ideal option. And Fitbit has a couple of other bands due out soon, as we saw in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-leaked-fitbit-adds-constant-heart-rate-tracking-google-trolls-fans-over-androi">other leaked marketing documents</a>&nbsp;that surfaced last week.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/19/7007345/this-is-the-fitbit-surge">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fitbit/fitbit-surge-fitbit-charge-and-purepulse-outed-trademark-application/news">Fitbit Surge, Fitbit Charge and PurePulse outed by trademark application</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"> Behold the custom PlayStation 4 laptop </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>Want a semi-portable PlayStation 4 &ldquo;laptop&rdquo; with a 22in screen that you can take anywhere? It&rsquo;ll only cost you US$1395 (about &pound;865) - or US$1095 (about &pound;680) if you send your own PS4 console. Modder Edward Zarick created the so-called PlayBook 4 after previously concocting the similar Xbook One with Microsoft&rsquo;s console, and he&rsquo;s taking orders for anyone who wants one custom-made.</p> <p>Check out the above video for an overview of the modified console from Zarick himself, and click the link below for more details and ordering info.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.edsjunk.net/wordpress/?p=211">Ed&rsquo;s Junk</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.joystiq.com/2014/10/18/modder-takes-a-page-and-parts-from-sony-creates-playbook-4/">Joystiq</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review">Long-term test: Sony PS4 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/f20p5BOm4P0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New Mac Mini lacks upgradeable RAM </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>Planning to snag a new Mac Mini? Just a heads-up that it appears that the latest version has RAM that cannot be easily upgraded, reports Macrumors. As such, you&rsquo;ll need to pay Apple a hefty fee to upgrade up to 16GB, if desired. It seems that the new Mac Mini has a replaceable hard drive, at least, although it might void the warranty.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/10/17/mac-mini-soldered-ram/">Macrumors</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/6-things-you-need-know-todays-apple-launch/news">6 things we learnt at today&rsquo;s Apple launch</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="486" title="Apple Mac Mini" alt="Apple Mac Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-macmini-2014.png?1413847241" /> </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-microsoft-s-rumoured-fitness-band-out-soon-fitbit-has-smartwatch-and-custom-ps4-#comments Apple Fitbit Health and fitness Mac Mini 2014 PlayStation 4 Smartwatches Wearable tech Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:02:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1450840 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Leaked Fitbit adds constant heart-rate tracking, Google trolls fans over Android L name, and Bono apologizes for U2’s free iTunes album http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-leaked-fitbit-adds-constant-heart-rate-tracking-google-trolls-fans-over-androi <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our morning roundup recaps the latest tech news in easily digestible, bite-sized bits </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="Fitbit Charge leaked materials" alt="Fitbit Charge leaked materials" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fitbit-charge-leak.jpg?1413443373" /> </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"> Upcoming Fitbit adds heart-rate tracking </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>Last year&rsquo;s Fitbit Force band sullied the fitness tracking brand a bit after some users reported issues with rashes, but it appears the company is set to improve upon that pulled device&rsquo;s design - with a totally new name, of course, and added features.</p> <p>The Fitbit Charge features a very similar design, but brings caller ID notifications from your paired phone. However, it&rsquo;s the better-equipped Fitbit Charge HR that&rsquo;s really intriguing, as the device adds 24-hour heart rate monitoring to the pile. It&rsquo;s called PurePulse, which is a trademark that was revealed<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fitbit/fitbit-surge-fitbit-charge-and-purepulse-outed-trademark-application/news">&nbsp;earlier this year</a>.</p> <p>All of this comes via Gizmodo, which posted leaked marketing materials for the new devices earlier today. It&rsquo;s not yet clear when the devices will launch or what the UK pricing will be, but anyone burned by Fitbit&rsquo;s last tracker - literally or figuratively - might have a better option to consider soon.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://gizmodo.com/exclusive-fitbit-charge-and-charge-hr-images-and-full-1646208023">Gizmodo</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fitbit/fitbit-surge-fitbit-charge-and-purepulse-outed-trademark-application/news">Fitbit Surge, Fitbit Charge, and PurePulse outed by trademark application</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"> Google pokes fun at Android L naming </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 dessert-themed codename for the upcoming Android 5.0 is the subject of extreme speculation, and following the last few versions - Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat - everyone wants to know what the L-named release will be.</p> <p>Google recognizes our collective pain and has opted to have a little fun at our expense, with a new teaser that shows various desserts auditioning for the role of a lifetime. Perhaps there are secret hints here; more likely, it&rsquo;s just a goofy way to spend 30 seconds. Either way, give it a quick view.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlEE3hXJe5o">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review">Android L preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/AlEE3hXJe5o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bono apologizes for Apple’s U2 album giveaway </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>Who knew that free music from one of the world&rsquo;s biggest bands would <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-s-free-u2-album-exercise-tone-deaf-music-spam/feature">set off such a firestorm</a>? U2 sure didn&rsquo;t, although the band realized its iTunes giveaway promo for <em>Songs of Innocence</em> was an aggressive move. Bono admitted as much during a recent Facebook chat, apologizing when a fan asked them not to repeat the stunt.</p> <p>&quot;Oops&hellip; I&rsquo;m sorry about that,&rdquo; he responded. &ldquo;I had this beautiful idea&hellip; [we] might have gotten carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that thing. A drop of megalomania, a touch of generosity, a dash of self-promotion, and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years might not be heard. There&rsquo;s a lot of noise out there. I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it.&rdquo;</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://consequenceofsound.net/2014/10/bono-apologizes-for-u2s-apple-release-stunt/">Consequence of Sound</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/14/6979103/bono-apologizes-for-putting-u2s-new-album-in-everyones-icloud-library">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-s-free-u2-album-exercise-tone-deaf-music-spam/feature">Apple&rsquo;s free U2 album is an exercise in tone-deaf music spam</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="U2 Apple promotion" alt="U2 Apple promotion" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/u2-lead.jpg?1413443373" /> </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"> Killer Instinct Season 2 starts today </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The second season of content for Microsoft&rsquo;s Xbox One freemium fighter reboot <em>Killer Instinct</em> begins today, with two classic combatants - TJ Combo and Maya - available right away, plus Cinder and Riptor coming down the line and a few more teased in the above trailer.</p> <p>Today&rsquo;s launch also rebalances the existing cast and adds new moves, plus overhauls the menus, makes it easier to unlock content as you play, and enhances the combo system. And if you&rsquo;re a huge series fan, you can now buy the entire season&rsquo;s worth of content in advance with a port of 1996 arcade classic <em>Killer Instinct </em>2 bundled in. Totally worth it.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://news.xbox.com/2014/10/games-killer-instinct-season-2-launch">Xbox Wire</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review">Long-term test: Microsoft Xbox One 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/Gfu9n677SKQ" 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/android/fully-charged-leaked-fitbit-adds-constant-heart-rate-tracking-google-trolls-fans-over-androi#comments Android Apple Console games Fitbit Google Health and fitness iTunes Music Wearable tech Xbox One Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1450294 at http://www.stuff.tv Blocks modular smartwatch lets you build wristwear for every occasion http://www.stuff.tv/blocks-modular-smartwatch-lets-you-create-your-dream-watch-different-occasions/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> From rock climbing in the country to taming the treadmill, this transforming smartwatch concept has you covered </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="500" height="375" title="Blocks modular smartwatch lets you build the perfect watch for every occasion" alt="Blocks modular smartwatch lets you build the perfect watch for every occasion" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/blocks-smartwatch.jpg?1413292227" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Remember <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-teams-phonebloks-project-ara-modular-phones/news-0">Google&#39;s Project Ara modular phone concept</a>? It lets you swap out individual components like the camera and processor without having to upgrade to a brand new device.&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/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Modules range from extra batteries to screens, cameras, processors and GPS radios. If you&#39;re heading down to the gym then you might opt for a heart rate sensor and pedometer, for example.</p> <p>If you&#39;re off on a long hike however, you might want to add in an extra battery and GPS module to make sure you don&#39;t end up lost and stranded.</p> <p>An 8MP camera and a SIM card for uploading snaps directly from your watch might be the better choice for a night out, especially if you&#39;re prone to leaving your phone in the thieving embrace of a black cab seat.</p> <p>Like modular phone concepts, the possibilities are vast, and very exciting - but Blocks is currently only in the &#39;working prototype&#39; stage.&nbsp;</p> <p>While the Blocks team is aiming to launch &nbsp;device in the first half of 2015, it&#39;s set to debut on a crowdsourcing site soon to get the ball rolling - so stay tuned.</p> <p>[<a href="http://www.chooseblocks.com/" target="_blank">Blocks</a> via <a href="http://www.gizmag.com/blocks-modular-smartwatch/31113/" target="_blank">Gizmag</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/M86jRh8a4w4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Update 14/10/14:&nbsp;</strong>The Blocks smartwatch has made the list of finalists in Intel&#39;s Make It Wearable challenge, which kicks off on 3 November in Berkeley, California.</p> <p>So far the project&#39;s been awarded US$50,000 by Intel, and it&#39;s in the running to win an additional US$500,000.</p> <p>If you fancy diving in early then you could be one of the first 1000 exclusive members to reserve their own Blocks smartwatch on 16 October, with a US$50 deposit.</p> <p>That&#39;ll nab you a super early bird price when the crowd-funding campaign launches early next year, so it shouldn&#39;t be too long before you&#39;re strutting around amongst your <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review" target="_blank">Moto 360</a>-toting friends with an air of superiority.</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-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/m1dB4LzIVSU" 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> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Build your own smartwatch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Blocks: the first modular smart wristwear </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/blocks-modular-smartwatch-lets-you-create-your-dream-watch-different-occasions/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/blocks-modular-smartwatch-lets-you-create-your-dream-watch-different-occasions/feature#comments Smartwatch Wearable tech Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:08:14 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1433576 at http://www.stuff.tv Niantic Labs' John Hanke: alternate reality games are the future of storytelling http://www.stuff.tv/google/niantic-labs-john-hanke-talks-wearables-location-based-gaming-and-augmented-reality/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The brains behind Google Earth and location-based game Ingress talks augmented reality, wearable tech and ARGs </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="Niantic Labs&#039; John Hanke" alt="Niantic Labs&#039; John Hanke" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/john-hanke.jpg?1413086165" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Location, location, location.</p> <p>Niantic Labs founder John Hanke has been helping people find their way in the world for years, from the computer globe that he pioneered at Keyhole &ndash; later to become <a href="https://earth.google.com" target="_blank">Google Earth</a> &ndash; to his time as head of Product Management for Google&#39;s Geo division.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>The key to location-based games is the story </strong><br />Ingress has a game mechanic, but it also has a story; I think the story is important to give some emotional resonance to the experience, so that it&#39;s not a completely abstract experience like chess. We definitely want Ingress to have a beginning, a middle and an end; we&#39;re kind of in the middle right now.</p> <p>But I would imagine drawing that story to a conclusion so that we don&#39;t leave people hanging like a popular television series; &quot;it&#39;s working really well in season three, so let&#39;s drag it out to season five, and make sure that we don&#39;t reveal too much because there could be a season six.&quot; And it loses momentum.</p> <p>There&#39;s no reason why the underlying mechanic shouldn&#39;t continue to exist. But the important thing is planning from the beginning to actually pull things to a conclusion; you&#39;re not just trying to stay in the middle forever, which I think is a dangerous place to be.</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/92rYjlxqypM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>I can imagine playing Ingress completely through a smartwatch </strong><br />I could be going for a walk, hands-free, eyes-free, completely taking in my environment, talking to the people around me, and tapping my watch every now and then, reading or listening through an earpiece &ndash; getting the historical background to my environment whispered in my ear. And doing it an a way that&#39;s a lot less disruptive than the phone is today.</p> <p>So I think wearables are the answer to that; it&#39;s just finding the right ones, and having them work in the right way, at the right price point, with the right fashion factor.</p> <p><strong>Wearable tech shouldn&#39;t mimic existing form factors</strong><br />I think a watch in some ways has fewer barriers than Google Glass. And I love the watch form factor for wearables, I don&#39;t want to knock it. But with every step forward, you don&#39;t want to be constrained by what&#39;s existed previously. You can make an automobile look like a horse and buggy because people are more comfortable with it, but it might not be optimal for an automobile.</p> <p>A certain amount of that might be helpful in the early adoption phases, but ultimately we will want these technologies, wherever they are on your body, to be totally optimised based on the job they&#39;re doing, not on what is more socially acceptable at that first moment of creation, just because it reminds people of something they&#39;ve seen in the past. But if a watch helps us get there, that&#39;s fine with me.</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/yyRJG2rrw0E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Moto Hint" alt="Moto Hint" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Moto-Hint.jpg?1413086165" /> </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>Endgame is a game, not a marketing stunt like previous ARGs</strong><br />We actually brought in a guy on our team recently who worked on A.I., I Love Bees, Why So Serious, the Nine Inch Nails ARG. He&#39;s masterminding our Endgame ARG; we&#39;re trying to learn from what&#39;s gone before.</p> <p>A lot of those were done as marketing stunts, for Halo or the Batman movie; so they were designed to build up a frenzy around launch and then fizzle out. Sometimes they end with a bang, other times they struggled on. So what we&#39;re doing is inspired by ARGs, but it&#39;s really not like any of those ARGs.&nbsp;It&#39;s an ARG style of storytelling; but we&#39;re not hardcore about denying that it&#39;s a game, for example, like a lot of early ones were.</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/KRZMQh-QNLk" 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-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>In 10 years&#39; time, we&#39;ll all be walking around in augmented reality worlds </strong><br />I think Vernor Vinge in Rainbows End did the best job that I&#39;ve encountered of depicting AR. He imagines this future where everybody has this implanted augmented reality capability; and everybody lives in this stylised version of the world that suits them. So some people live in this dark, Gothic world, and others live in this bright, shiny rainbow world. People play games, some people stylise their surroundings to help their mood, there are different ways that people use it. I think that&#39;s a technology that&#39;s going to happen, and it&#39;s probably going to take a decade or more to happen in that way.</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="Rainbows End" alt="Rainbows End" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/rainbows-end.jpg?1413086165" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>The ARG is the future of storytelling </strong><br />You&#39;ve got a whole industry with 100 years of experience in making films, you&#39;ve got a couple of hundred years of experience of people writing novels. You&#39;ve got two years of experience of people tying those forms together, with games, movies, books and social media &ndash; which is brand new.</p> <p>I think it&#39;s absolutely the future of storytelling and entertainment, though. It&#39;s as natural as the evolution from book to movie to television. Not that those other things can&#39;t still exist, in the same way that books and radio still exist &ndash; but it&#39;s just a much more open-ended, flexible, immersive, deeper, longer-lasting way of telling a story. At least for certain types of fantasy, science fiction, those things where you really want to create alternative worlds, that really should be the primary form, not a secondary thing. You start with a giant palette, creating the universe, and then start firing off different narratives and experiences within that. If Tolkien was around today, he would do that.</p> <p><em><a href="http://thisisendgame.com/" target="_blank">Endgame: The Calling</a>, by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton, is available now</em></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/9nTHFEcPpxA" 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/google/niantic-labs-john-hanke-talks-wearables-location-based-gaming-and-augmented-reality/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google/niantic-labs-john-hanke-talks-wearables-location-based-gaming-and-augmented-reality/feature#comments Gaming Google Niantic Labs Wearable tech Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:32:52 +0000 Stephen Graves 1449922 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC’s wearable plans delayed, says nobody “has gotten it right” http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-s-wearable-plans-delayed-says-nobody-has-gotten-it-right/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Company will show its hand early next year, has strong words for rivals </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC smartwatch render" alt="HTC smartwatch render" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-one-watch-render_0.png?1412762037" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>HTC was&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/wrist-wars-htc-working-smartwatch-too/news">long expected</a>&nbsp;to launch its own smartwatch or other wearable device this year - the above artist&rsquo;s render was based on leaked info - with various teases over the past several months. However, those plans never materialised.</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/htc/htc-s-wearable-plans-delayed-says-nobody-has-gotten-it-right/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-s-wearable-plans-delayed-says-nobody-has-gotten-it-right/news#comments Android Wear HTC Smartwatches Wearable tech Tue, 07 Oct 2014 21:53:03 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1449613 at http://www.stuff.tv Tiny Lumo Lift smartbutton kills bad posture with nagging http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2014/tiny-lumo-lift-tracker-kills-bad-posture-nagging/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lumo&#039;s £80 stealth health warrior aims to cure your tech hunchback for good </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="600" height="450" title="What&#039;s your hue?" alt="Tiny Lumo Lift smartbutton kills bad posture with nagging " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lumo-lift.jpg?1412686264" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>PhotoShop Claw, iPhone Hunchback, stubbed toes from the robot vac. When you&#39;ve got the tech ailment blues, who do you turn to? Tech, of course.</p> <p>All those hunched over your smartphone, tablet, smartwatch or laptop make for a back that need cracking. That&#39;s why Lumo BodyTech is continuing its mission to nag us into standing up straighter with the Lumo Lift.&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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bringing Flexy Back </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>Designed to be worn on the inside of your clothes with the colourful magnetic clasps holding it in place, the Lift will vibrate to discipline you for bad posture, just like the LumoBack does. The difference is that the LumoBack focuses on your lower back and correcting back pain, while the Lift cares more about your chest, shoulders and upper back.&nbsp;</p> <p>Lumo BodyTech says that because it&#39;s the same accurate single-sensor system, it doesn&#39;t matter where you place the tracker (collar, bra strap, vest) - it will still detect the position your body is in, steps taken and whether you&#39;re walking, running or driving. The battery lasts five days and will recharge in under two hours.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Lift itself comes in Gloss White, Black Chrome and Silver Chrome finishes with the magnetic clasps sold separately in lots of colours. Though the LumoBack now works with Android, the Lift will be iOS only at first with access to activity trends and movement goals.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you fancy sorting out your posture then you can snap up the Lumo Lift for &pound;80 when it lands in mid-October.</p> <p><b>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review" target="_blank">Motorola Moto 360 review</a></b></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="Lumo Lift with the iOS app " alt="Lumo Lift with the iOS app " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lumo-lift-wood.png?1412731111" /> </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="You will be THIS happy if you buy the Lumo Lift - but seriously, her back looks pretty straight " alt="You will be THIS happy if you buy the Lumo Lift" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/abby-sensoron.jpg?1412731111" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2014/tiny-lumo-lift-tracker-kills-bad-posture-nagging/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2014/tiny-lumo-lift-tracker-kills-bad-posture-nagging/news#comments CES 2014 Wearable tech Tue, 07 Oct 2014 12:51:05 +0000 Sophie Charara 1430882 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple Watch hands on http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Update 01/10/14: You could be wearing an Apple Watch next Valentine&#039;s Day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple Watch hands on review" alt="Apple Watch hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/watch-8.JPG?1412160380" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Apple Watch - as it&#39;s officially known - has been unveiled.</p> <p>After months of hints and mystery, Apple has finally taken the plunge and joined the battle for your wrist with its own smartwatch.&nbsp;</p> <p>As you&rsquo;d expect with a brand spanking new bit of Apple tech, the Apple Watch has polarised opinion. Some have hailed it as the new Best Thing Ever, some have decried it as Just Another Smartwatch.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> US$350 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Build quality is what you&rsquo;d expect from Apple: light (very light) but strong, and slim, too.</p> <p>The Apple Watch is not nearly as slim as the iPhone 6, and it&rsquo;s flat, so in form factor it&rsquo;s not radically different from the other smartwatches on the market. But Apple has been careful to keep it from looking bulky, and even the larger version didn&rsquo;t look out of place on a dainty female wrist.&nbsp;</p> <p>The dial &ndash;&nbsp;sorry, Digital Crown &ndash;&nbsp;looks less obtrusive in real life than it does in Apple&rsquo;s promo shots. It&rsquo;s smaller than the dials on most men&rsquo;s watches, but it&rsquo;s also very easy to access.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re going to use the phrase &lsquo;knob feel&rsquo; here, so brace yourself: the Apple Watch&rsquo;s knob feel is light, with very little resistance and no click. It&rsquo;s a great piece of design, allowing you to move things on screen without covering them with your clumsy great prodfingers.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/WmtXRpAitrM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple Watch hands on review" alt="Apple Watch hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/watch-3.JPG?1412160380" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple Watch hands on review" alt="Apple Watch hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/watch-4.JPG?1412160380" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="899" title="Apple Watch hands on review" alt="Apple Watch hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/watch-5.JPG?1412160380" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The screen is bright and crisp, and looked at from the kind of glancing angles you&rsquo;d expect to look at a watch screen from &ndash; edge-on while riding a bike or balancing in a crowded train &ndash; words and pictures remained nicely readable.</p> <p>While some of the watch faces look fantastic, this watch will never be able to ape posh fashion watches in the same way as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review" target="_blank">Moto 360</a>. Well, not circular posh fashion watches, anyway.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 revealed: hands-on review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple Watch hands on review" alt="Apple Watch hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/watch-2.JPG?1412160380" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple Watch hands on review" alt="Apple Watch hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/watch-6.JPG?1412160380" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Taptic feedback </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The demo unit we tried on was running a loop of app demos, a couple of which (including the heartbeat-sharing app) used the &lsquo;taptic engine&rsquo;, as Apple calls it, or buzzer, as we&rsquo;re going to call it.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re not exactly Haptic Feedback Review Monthly, but there is a difference between nuanced haptics and a flat buzz &ndash; Valve&rsquo;s Steam Controller, for example, uses it to fool your hands into thinking you&rsquo;re holding something with a different shape &ndash; and we think it&rsquo;s an area that will become increasingly important as wearable tech becomes more popular.</p> <p>The haptics in the Apple Watch have that sort of nuanced feel, with the heartbeat delivered as a softly detailed pulse.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple Watch hands on review" alt="Apple Watch hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/watch-7.JPG?1412160380" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple Watch hands on review" alt="Apple Watch hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/watch-10.JPG?1412160380" /> </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"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Is the Apple Watch a revolutionary piece of hardware? Yes and no. No, because it&rsquo;s not a completely different kind of smartwatch, but as with all things Apple, the hardware &ndash; even if it&rsquo;s nicer than anyone else&rsquo;s &ndash; is only half the story.</p> <p>As with the iPhone, the Apple Watch has a hulking great advantage in the apps department, something that was obvious from its unveling: where Google tends to talk about the amazing potential of Android Wear, Apple talks about big brands that are already signed up and making apps for its platform &ndash; apps to find your car, let you into your hotel room, control your smart heating or track and share your exercise, not to mention shopping with Apple Pay.</p> <p>For that reason, the Apple Watch may be the device that brings the smartwatch to the masses and gets the wearable revolution revolving.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="898" title="Apple Watch hands on review" alt="Apple Watch hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/watch-1.JPG?1412160380" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> When can you strap in? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple&#39;s being cagey about when, exactly, you&#39;ll be able to slip an Apple Watch onto your wrist; it says only that the Watch will be available in early 2015. Prices will start at US$350 (&pound;215), and it&#39;ll be available in three different variants: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition.</p> <p><strong>Update 01/10/14:</strong> Taiwanese site <a href="http://www.appledaily.com.tw/" target="_blank">Apple Daily </a>believes that production of the Apple Watch will kick off in January next year, with a release date slated for mid-February. Could the Apple Watch be the most expensive Valentine&#39;s Day present you&#39;ve ever bought? We&#39;ll just have to wait and see...</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-6-vs-samsung-galaxy-s5-weigh/news" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple Watch hands-on </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s about time: Apple takes the wraps off its smart timepiece </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review#comments Apple Smartwatches Watch Wearable tech Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:45:18 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1427850 at http://www.stuff.tv LG could have a 3G smartwatch in the works http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-could-have-3g-smartwatch-works/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It looks like the G Watch R has an oval-shaped brother on the way </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="695" height="521" title="We&#039;re assuming the final version will have colours" alt="LG could have a 3G smartwatch in the works" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-lg-watch-fcc.jpg?1412039415" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review" target="_blank">LG G Watch R</a>&nbsp;still hasn&#39;t landed on shelves, but that hasn&#39;t stopped whispers of a second clever timepiece made by the the South Korean tech giant from circulating online.</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/lg/lg-could-have-3g-smartwatch-works/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-could-have-3g-smartwatch-works/news#comments LG Smartwatches Wearable tech Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:47:06 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1448843 at http://www.stuff.tv Nixie: a tiny camera drone that launches off your wrist http://www.stuff.tv/nixie-tiny-camera-drone-launches-your-wrist/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is it a drone? Is it a wearable? Yes, it’s both those things – and it wants to transform the way you take selfies </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="Nixie: a tiny camera drone that launches off your wrist" alt="Nixie: a tiny camera drone that launches off your wrist" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nixie-copter.jpg?1412038982" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Wearables, drones and selfies! Three of tech&rsquo;s biggest buzzwords, and we&rsquo;re not out of the first sentence of the news story yet. And it&rsquo;s all thanks to Nixie, a prototype device that&rsquo;s just made it into the finals of Intel&rsquo;s <a href="https://makeit.intel.com/" target="_blank">Make it Wearable</a> contest.</p> <p>Nixie is a small camera-equipped quadcopter. Now, there are plenty of those around, but this drone offers something none of the others can: it can be worn on your wrist like a watch.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fly, my pretty, fly! </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 quadcopter&rsquo;s rotor arms are flexible and can be wrapped around your wrist to form a clasp. Then, when you decide you want to launch it, a gesture releases the clasp and Nixie takes off directly from your arm.</p> <p>And now, here&rsquo;s the selfie aspect: it&rsquo;ll then autonomously film you doing whatever it is you&rsquo;re doing (climbing a rock face or walking a tightrope are a couple of examples from the creators&rsquo; video). It uses <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/intel/computex-2014/intel-s-tiny-computer-edison-gives-us-exciting-glimpse-future-wearables/feature">Intel&rsquo;s tiny Edison chip</a> to avoid obstacles and keep you in its sights.</p> <p>As we say, Nixie is still a prototype, and it could be a while before it&rsquo;s available to buy. That said, its makers have already secured US$50,000 in prize money simply for reaching the final stage of Make it Wearable (Nixie is one of ten finalists), and if they end up winning the whole shebang they&rsquo;ll get a further US$500,000 &ndash; enough to fund production, we&rsquo;d say.</p> <p>[<a href="http://www.flynixie.com/" target="_blank">Nixie</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/29/nixie-wearable-drone/" target="_blank">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_VFsdPAoI1g" 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/nixie-tiny-camera-drone-launches-your-wrist/news#comments Drones Wearable tech Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:46:18 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1448842 at http://www.stuff.tv Misfit Flash brings neon colours, fitness and sleep tracking to your wrist for £50 http://www.stuff.tv/misfit-flash-brings-neon-colours-fitness-and-sleep-tracking-your-wrist-50/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This circular wallet-friendly wearable is will be aiming for stockings in December </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="EAT SLEEP RAVE GREEN REPEAT" alt="Misfit Flash brings neon colours, fitness and sleep tracking to your wrist for £" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/main_3.jpg?1410928375" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Misfit has announced the Flash - a budget-friendly version of its Shine fitness tracker.</p> <p>Made from soft-touch plastic as opposed to the Shine&#39;s more premium all-metal build, the Flash will land on shelves with a rather agreeable &pound;50 price tag - substantially cheaper than its Shine brother, which is currently hovering around the &pound;80 mark.</p> <p>The Flash&#39;s functionality remains the same, letting you track your calories burned, steps and distance travelled during regular walking and exercise sessions.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An accompanying iOS and Android app also lets you see you well you&#39;ve slept, in addition to keeping a food diary if you fancy keeping on top of your nutrition in painstaking detail.</p> <p>Regular charging won&#39;t be a problem either as it shares the Shine&#39;s removable coin cell battery, which promises up to six glorious months of use.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s waterproof too, and it&#39;ll arrive in a range of funky colours when it goes on sale in November.</p> <p>We expect to wrap a Misfit Flash around our wrists soon, so stay tuned to see if it&#39;s worthy of kickstarting your emergency-2015-lose-all-the-Christmas-fat programme in a few months time.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple Watch hands-on 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="624" height="468" title="It also comes in black" alt="Misfit Flash brings neon colours, fitness and sleep tracking to your wrist for £" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/1_4.jpg?1410928375" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="600" height="450" title="funky" alt="Misfit Flash brings neon colours, fitness and sleep tracking to your wrist for £" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2_10.jpg?1410928375" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="600" height="450" title="Even funkier" alt="Misfit Flash brings neon colours, fitness and sleep tracking to your wrist for £" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3_13.jpg?1410928375" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/misfit-flash-brings-neon-colours-fitness-and-sleep-tracking-your-wrist-50/news#comments Health and fitness Wearable tech Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:59:07 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1447800 at http://www.stuff.tv Hide your wallets - gold Apple Watch Edition estimated to cost US$1,200 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/hide-your-wallets-gold-apple-watch-edition-estimated-cost-us1200/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We&#039;ll take one for each wrist, please. And a third spare </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1172" height="879" title="Dollar storm" alt="Hide your wallets - gold Apple Watch Edition estimated to cost US$1,200" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iwatch-price.jpg?1410834406" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you were living in an undersea Faraday cage last week then you might have missed the announcement of the i̶W̶a̶t̶c̶h̶ Apple Watch.</p> <p>You can read up all about it <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/10-things-you-need-know-about-iwatch/news" target="_blank">here</a>, and see what we made of it in our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">hands-on review</a>, but there are still a few missing details ahead of its launch next year.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If true, that would comfortably make the Apple Watch Edition the most expensive smartwatch in the known universe.&nbsp;</p> <p>The jewellers reportedly arrived at this figure by taking the dimensions of the Watch from a set of design specifications before estimating the amount of gold required.</p> <p>Given that it&#39;s unclear whether or not the Watch is actually solid gold or gold plated, this figure is definitely more of an educated guess. Either way, expect to pay a precious metal premium over the likes of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review" target="_blank">Moto 360 </a>and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review" target="_blank">LG G Watch R</a> when Apple&#39;s smart timepiece lands next year.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6 hands-on 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://www.techcrunch.com/2014/09/12/the-gold-apple-watch-could-cost-as-much-as-1200/" target="_blank">TechCrunch</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The three amigos" alt="Hide your wallets - gold Apple Watch Edition estimated to cost US$1,200" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-watch-trio_0.jpg?1410834406" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/hide-your-wallets-gold-apple-watch-edition-estimated-cost-us1200/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/hide-your-wallets-gold-apple-watch-edition-estimated-cost-us1200/news#comments Apple Smartwatches Watch Wearable tech Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:56:10 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1447675 at http://www.stuff.tv How to design a smartwatch - the Moto 360 prototypes that didn't make the cut http://www.stuff.tv/iwatch/how-not-design-smartwatch-moto-360-prototypes-didnt-make-cut/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff goes behind the scenes at Motorola&#039;s Chicago HQ to see the squares and squircles it threw out before building the gorgeous 360 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="An exploded view of the Moto 360&#039;s components" alt="An exploded view of the Moto 360&#039;s components" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/moto-proto-2.jpg?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Moto 360 isn&#39;t a smartwatch, the same way the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-hint/ifa-2014/moto-hint-tiny-voice-controlled-earbud-future/news">Moto Hint </a>- its sci-fi wireless earbud - isn&#39;t a Bluetooth headset. At least that&#39;s what Motorola keeps telling us as we take a tour of the labs, testing rooms and Model Shop of its new Chicago HQ.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Motorola began its hunt for the perfect smartwatch design with prototypes that look eerily similar to the first Android Wear devices we tested - the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-gear-live/review">Samsung Gear Live</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review">LG G Watch</a>.</p> <p>With traditional square display technology, the only way to make the watches more approachable was to try to sculpt the sharp edges and corners of these designs. Working with wrist trees - to illustrate the size of the smallest to biggest female wrists and the smallest to biggest male wrists - the team realised that a square display and a form overmoulded with rubber created large gaps where the straps met the body. The fit was better with the straps on hinges &ndash;&nbsp;but still not perfect.</p> <p>With the Model Shop&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3d-printers-go-head-printhead/feature" target="_blank">MakerBot Replicator</a>, alongside higher res Objet printers, designers could make low fidelity models on their lunch breaks. But they didn&#39;t just 3D print these square form factors, they spent time and energy making working models that each ran early versions of the software. UI screens and watch faces were also tweaked on-screen then printed onto the back of glass and slotted in to the prototype housing for usability and readability tests.</p> <p>Ultimately, though, none made the cut.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;These all feel like a gadget. They look like a gadget. So we said - we need to reset, we need to take a step back,&quot; says Dickon Isaacs, Design Director. </p> <p>We&#39;re beginning to think Motorola just 100% hates gadgets, when he explains the allure of the circle.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;Time has always been a circle,&quot; says Isaacs as he points to a whiteboard with sketches of square screens, fully circular screens and Motorola&#39;s final choice. &quot;Sundials. The first pocket watch. Wristwatches. Analogue watches. 80 per cent of all watches sold globally are round.&nbsp;There&#39;s a lot of strength inherent in the material, stainless steel, but also, the circle is an incredibly strong structure from an engineering perspective.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Draw a watch and you get a circle " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-4_0_0.jpg?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="See-through smartwatch! Not in production, sadly " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-1-1_0.jpg?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Look familiar? Moto rejected these square designs " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-3.jpg?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="The resident MakerBot 3D printer at Moto HQ&#039;s Model Shop " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-12.jpg?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A few reviewers have moaned about the black area that cuts off the bottom of the 360&#39;s 1.56in LCD and houses the display drivers and ambient light sensor. And in the last few months, rivals such as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review">LG&#39;s G Watch R</a>,&nbsp;with a truly round display, have popped up&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;but sporting chunkier bezels. We think Motorola made the right choice.</p> <p>The round display, round form factor and slim bezels wouldn&#39;t have been possible without the &#39;slice&#39;, as Moto execs call it. &quot;We could have put the drivers outside, that would make a perfectly round display but definitely not a round watch,&quot; says Lior Ron, VP Product Management. &quot;There would be drivers and big bezels outside the display.&quot; </p> <p>Explaining why Motorola didn&#39;t go the G Watch R route, Isaacs adds: &quot;If you design with this component but try to keep a pure object, it isn&#39;t compelling, it doesn&#39;t feel modern. The proportions of the border aren&#39;t great. We wanted something that felt more elegant.&quot; </p> <p>It also passes the wrist tree test, helping with the overall fit of the watch. Wicks tells us that the placement of the display drivers means that the watchbands can be attached closer to the centre of your wrist and this gives a more versatile range of comfortable fit across different wrist sizes.&nbsp;</p> <p>To fully &quot;achieve round&quot;, Motorola engineers had to build the custom display from scratch and work hard to fit the battery, processor and sensors into the circular, 11.5mm high housing.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Once Moto had agreed on round, then the real challenge began " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-8_0.jpg?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Mike Yankey, our Moto tour guide, with an Objet printer and wearing Moto Hint" alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-13_0.jpg?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The moment has arrived. Our first hands on time with the Moto 360 in a dark chill-out area of the HQ, filled with props (from an amateur chef&#39;s station to a fixie bike) to show off its usefulness. The first thing Wicks wants us to focus on is the fit and feel, the quality of the locally sourced Horween leather for the bands, the smell and the texture. The message? Less stats, more craft.&nbsp;</p> <p>Isaacs nipped over to the famous watch show Baselworld in Switzerland to see what makes traditional watchmakers tick. The precision and attention to detail on these luxury objects left their mark.</p> <p>Everything on the 360 was rapid prototyped and refined, then rapid prototyped and refined again&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;down to the power button on the side which, like the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review">Apple Watch</a>, mimics regular analogue watch design. The black and grey leather bands weren&#39;t selected from the Horween tannery&#39;s existing palette. Instead the team worked with the leather craftsmen, using the Pantone system as a reference, to match the colour target of the stainless steel bodies ending up with &quot;a whole host of greys and a range of subtleties in the blacks.&quot;</p> <p>No wonder it was a bit late.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Round screen, round body " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5098_0.JPG?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Strapless 360 bodies " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-9_0.jpg?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The quality of the materials used on the Moto 360 is lovely compared to, say, rubber bands but while the Moto 360 is the first watch to really get compared to analogue designs, it&#39;s still &#39;only&#39; &pound;200. We know that the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review">Apple Watch</a> <em>starts</em> at $350 but Apple&#39;s keeping schtum on how much the 18-karat gold Watch Edition will cost. Will we see a &pound;13,000 Moto 360? Or a cheaper watch?&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;This is day zero for us,&quot; says Isaacs. &quot;If there&#39;s people crying out for more variety through the price tiers, we&#39;ll go for it. We feel confident we&#39;ve started in the right place. If you start lower, it&#39;s harder to go up strategically.&quot;</p> <p>It&#39;s also worth noting that this is no <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Pebble</a> in terms of its customisability. Alternative watchbands can be used with the 360 but it&#39;s not exactly being encouraged. It&#39;s a spring pin, a watch industry mechanism, so swapping between Motorola straps is easy enough. Straps will be sold separately in the US for US$29 for leather and US$99 for light and dark stainless steel - no UK prices for now.&nbsp;</p> <p>But Motorola won&#39;t guarantee performance, particularly with other metal straps. Its own straps have a plastic space to isolate the band and optimise the 360&#39;s antennas.&nbsp;</p> <p>The body comes in light grey or black steel and two leather band colours, black and grey, are available at launch. The first two stainless steel straps are coming soon and more colours and materials are promised. For now, Motorola doesn&#39;t want to overwhelm us and is instead sticking to this &quot;classical&quot; and &quot;timeless&quot; range. Then again, this is the company that created Moto Maker&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;which lets you customise your Moto X with almost any accent colour or material known to man.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="3D printed strap and the final stainless steel versions " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-5_0.jpg?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As for the next-gen Moto 360, that&#39;s hiding behind the paper covering one of Motorola&#39;s nine CNC machines as we conclude our tour.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you&#39;re doing what a lot of tech blogs advise and sensibly waiting for &#39;Version 2&#39;, you won&#39;t be waiting too long. Moto execs won&#39;t be pressed on the next 360 release date but Isaacs hints that a year would be too long to wait for its second gen watch.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;We don&#39;t rest, so on to the next one!&quot; he grins. &quot;But not too soon. I don&#39;t want to comment on other people&#39;s strategy [we&#39;ve just asked about LG] but we want to create products that are enduring and have a sense of universal appeal that can make them last.</p> <p>Sometimes people style an object too much. We don&#39;t approach design that way, it&#39;s not a style exercise. It&#39;s about a blend of form and function to get to something that someone hopefully keeps for a long period of time.&quot;</p> <p>Seven days and counting for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Moto 360 </a>strapped to our wrists.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/top-ten">Stuff&#39;s ten best wearables, fitness trackers and smartwatches</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Where Moto watchfaces are born " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-10_0.jpg?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1199" height="900" title="Next-gen Moto watches in the CNC machine " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-11_0.jpg?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Making the Moto 360 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola tells us how to design a smartwatch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-caro.jpg?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/iwatch/how-not-design-smartwatch-moto-360-prototypes-didnt-make-cut/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/iwatch/how-not-design-smartwatch-moto-360-prototypes-didnt-make-cut/feature#comments Android Wear Google Moto 360 Motorola Smartwatches Watch Wearable tech Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:49:03 +0000 Sophie Charara 1447084 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple Watch will use your skin for payment security, might require daily charging http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-watch-will-use-your-skin-payment-security-might-require-daily-charging/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More details on Apple&#039;s clever timepiece emerge after its launch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="424" title="Swanky" alt="Apple Watch will use your skin for payment security, might require daily chargin" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/watch-1.JPG?1410484357" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Days after the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple Watch</a> was <em>finally </em>revealed, some new information has shed some light on its inner workings.</p> <p>Apple was very tight-lipped when it came to battery life at the launch. As in, it didn&#39;t mention it at all. But that hasn&#39;t stopped the rumour mill from churning out some information.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Skin detection </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The second slice of Apple Watch info to emerge post-launch is how it will secure NFC-powered Pay transactions.</p> <p>Cult of Mac has reported that the Watch requires a pin code to authorise Apple Pay. Once you wear it, sensors on its rear in contact with your skin can detect that it&#39;s being worn.</p> <p>Once it&#39;s taken off, a password will once again be required to activate Pay when it&#39;s worn again.</p> <p>This is a security measure to prevent a thief from stealing the Watch and going on a contactless payment spending spree.&nbsp;</p> <p>A precise release date beyond &#39;2015&#39; has yet to be revealed, so stay tuned for more information, as and when we get it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/why-apple-watch-more-just-another-smartwatch/feature" target="_blank">Why the Apple Watch is more than just another smartwatch</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>[<a href="http://recode.net/2014/09/10/codered-apple-watch-battery-life-charge-nightly/" target="_blank">Re/code</a>, <a href="http://www.cultofmac.com/295024/apple-watch-anti-theft/" target="_blank">Cult of Mac</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="731" height="548" title="Business at the back" alt="Apple Watch will use your skin for payment security, might require daily chargin" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iwatch-rear-2.jpg?1410484357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-watch-will-use-your-skin-payment-security-might-require-daily-charging/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-watch-will-use-your-skin-payment-security-might-require-daily-charging/news#comments Apple Smartphones Smartwatches Watch Wearable tech Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:43:05 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1447320 at http://www.stuff.tv