Showing posts with label Wearable Technology. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wearable Technology. Show all posts

Saturday

Apple Announces Wearable Watch

Posted By: Arin Dey - September 13, 2014
Apple CEO, Tim Cook announced the release of Apple’s watch this week. This would be the latest addition in wearable technology world. The Apple Watch combines a suite of sensors with an innovative interface to provide a new computing experience on the wrist. 

Apple Announces Wearable Watch

Here are some features of the new device:
  • Variety of colors and styles and looks different than normal watches
  • 13-megapixel camera that will be helpful to take crystal-clear pictures
  • Easy to start and stop the flow of time
  • Small size and intricate circuitry
  • Adjustable volume that makes you easy to control high and low
  • Simultaneous connectivity and isolation of the millennial generation
  • Different screen to see rotation of things you look at
  • A traditional watch that needs to be charged every 12 hours
Lets see in an infographic way now :

Apple Announces Wearable Watch Features

Source : Apple

Sunday

Samsung Launches Gear S Watch

Posted By: Arin Dey - August 31, 2014
Since last year this buzz ir all around the web that Samsung would come up with its new model of Gear S Watch. So Samsung has unveiled its Gear S watch. This is a small, wearable device was presented by CEO of the company. Samsung Electronics’ chief executive officer and head of IT and mobile communication said, the company is “leading this exciting and rapidly developing wearable category through progressive innovation.”

Samsung Launches Gear S Watch
Image Credit : Google

JK Shin, in a press release, said “The Samsung Gear S redefines the idea of the smart wearable and the culture of mobile communication. It will let consumers live a truly connected life anywhere, anytime." 

Oh! yes. He’s absolutely right. The new model is much more advanced than the company’s previous watches that were seen with many and should allow owners to break away from their Smartphones. The Gear S comes with enhanced multi-sensors, built-in GPS and a number of S Health features. An useful app called Nike + Running that will allow users to track their runs Samsung Gear S has 3G connectivity, allow wearers to remain up-to-date on messages and social network activities. You can make and receive phone calls. It has two-inch curved Super AMOLED display. You can also sync with a user’s Smartphone to have calls forwarded.

Lets hear the noise it makes once comes to the market.

Friday

Microsoft Introduces Smartwatch

Posted By: Arin Dey - May 30, 2014
Its been long that we hear about wearable devices from big brands like Google, Samsung, Apple and LG. Now the software giant Microsoft is entering into this space. They will be introducing a new product to the market this year. Microsoft’s watch is reportedly found surprising with capabilities of measuring heart rate and syncing with iPhones, Android phones and Windows Phones.
Microsoft Introduces Smartwatch
Credit : Internet Image

Forbes published the the news and was termed “surprising,” that may be a bit of a stretch. It seems that the fact behind this "surprise" was not deciding to introduce such a product but that it has taken this long for the news to leak the news to market. According to the post, the smartwatch will use Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect division’s expertise to measure heart rate with a battery that will last for 48 hours.

Microsoft has been considering to grasp the newer technology trends by introducing newer products. Its also been reported that this smartwatch will be able to sync with other smart devices from various rival brands available in market. We know the fact that consumers are looking at other companies before turning to Microsoft for these kind of wearable products. It will be a tough job for Microsoft to make some of those customer motivated in buying its products.

As of now it can be predicted that the highly expected things from Microsoft's wearable devices will be price, functionality and features. Though it may surprise us with much more unexpected things also once it launches in the market. 

Wednesday

Google Launches Android Wear

Posted By: Arin Dey - March 19, 2014
Google’s blog announced that they are going to extend the Android support-ability to the wearables. As of now they mentioned as watches which will feature Android abilities. They will release few apps for watches.

Google Launches Android Wear

Sundar Pichai, senior vice-president of Android, Chrome and Apps stated that “Today we’re announcing Android Wear, a project that extends Android to wearables. And we’re starting with the most familiar wearable — watches. Going well beyond the mere act of just telling you the time, a range of new devices along with an expansive catalogue of apps will give you” the following features :
  1. Useful information when you need it most.
  2. Straight answers to spoken questions.
  3. The ability to better monitor your health and fitness.
  4. Your key to a multiscreen world.
It is also found that all the users will get everything from notifications from social networks to chat access to fitness apps. The watches will be equipped with Android capabilities and it will work in a similar fashion as a Smartphone does.


If you are an Android developer then we recommend you to visit Android Wear site for further information. Developers can now download a preview to modify their app notifications for watches powered by Android Wear.


Pichai also added that “Because Android for wearables works with Android’s rich notification system, many apps will already work well. Look out for more developer resources and APIs coming soon. We’re also already working with several consumer electronics manufacturers, including Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung; chip makers Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek and Qualcomm; and fashion brands like the Fossil Group to bring you watches powered by Android Wear later this year.”

Sunday

Google Glass App To Read People’s Facial Expressions

Posted By: Arin Dey - March 09, 2014
Emotient which is a facial expression recognition and analysis start-up introduced a Google Glass app which can read facial expressions. Emotient announced a private beta of its Google Glass app and has secured $6 million in financing to extend the use of the technology as of now.
Google Glass App To Read People’s Facial Expressions
Image Credit : Emotient
This new app enables Glass wearers to distinguish and then process facial expressions of the people they are looking at. It does not store video or images. The app reads facial expressions and provides a comprehensive emotional read-out on positive, negative or neutral or primary emotions such as joy, surprise, sadness, fear or anger; and advanced emotions like frustration and confusion.

Emotient CEO Ken Denman said “Emotient’s Sentiment Analysis Glassware demonstrates our goal to emotion-enable any manner of device and build the next layer of automatic sensors. It’s a breakthrough technology that allows companies to aggregate customer sentiment by processing facial expressions anonymously. We believe there is broad applicability for this service to improve the customer experience, particularly in retail.”

Emotient said that this app can be used by retailers to “improve the understanding of aggregate customer sentiment, which may be particularly useful in measuring store performance, and therefore managing product and advertising/promotions, as well as customer satisfaction.” 

Tuesday

Samsung Launches Galaxy Glass In September

Posted By: Arin Dey - January 28, 2014
In year 2013, Google launched it's Glass which was able to get much appreciation and more people are keen about having hands on experience with Google Glass. Samsung revealed this in the last year and has announced plans to unveil its competitor to Google Glass. 


Samsung’s wearable smart device which is named as Galaxy Glass will be on display for consumers at this year’s IFA tradeshow during September 5-10 in Berlin as per reports by The Korea Times .

Galaxy Glass can be used with users’ Smartphones and will have the ability to play music, provide hands-free control of the phone and answer calls through ear pieces built into the frame and some more features which are yet to unveil.

Samsung Electronics is now coordinating with Samsung Display for the design of the glasses as per the report in The Korea Times. 

Samsung official stated that “The smart glass will present our aim to lead the new market with proven capability. Wearable devices can’t generate profits immediately. Steady releases of devices are showing our firm commitment as a leader in new markets.”

Hopefully like other Samsung Galaxy products, this wearable gadget will fulfill Galaxy users expectations.

Friday

Google Unveils Smart Contact Lens To Check Glucose Levels

Posted By: Poketors - January 17, 2014
Another wearable and fashionable device is being introduced by Google once again. Now it seems Google will keep releasing new products in wearable technology space. Its not Glass, it may just be Google’s first step in this direction for wearable . The search engine giant's Google X lab provided a teaser; a smart contact lens on its blog that is meant to help understand the glucose levels ensuring diabetics measure.

Google says it is currently testing prototypes of this contact lens that use a tiny wireless chip and a miniaturized glucose sensor. These chips are embedded in between two soft layers of lens material. Scientists who have developed the device looked into how certain body fluids can help them track glucose levels.  Human tears work very well in measuring this, but using tears was never really an option Even you can imagine, tears are hard to collect. So this alternative lens would do that very easily. 

Google also revealed that, the sensor can take about one reading per second, and it is working on adding tiny LED lights to the lens to warn users when their glucose levels cross certain limit. This tiny sensor is so small that they look like bits of glitter as explained by Google.
Image credit : recode
Google says it is working with the FDA to turn these prototypes into real products and that it is working with experts to bring this technology to market. Google says “We’re in discussions with the FDA, but there’s still a lot more work to do to turn this technology into a system that people can use. We’re not going to do this alone: we plan to look for partners who are experts in bringing products like this to market. These partners will use our technology for a smart contact lens and develop apps that would make the measurements available to the wearer and their doctor."

Wednesday

Correct Your Posture With Wearable Gadget Now

Posted By: Poketors - January 08, 2014
Wearable technology has made lives of people easy with watches, glasses and gradually they turned out to fashionable accessories also. But now something we are getting, which is health conscious too.  Recently Lumo BodyTech announced during the 2014 International CES show a small gadget that warns and informs you to stand up straight.

The Lumo Lift is available in variety of colors. It detects your body's positioning and when you start to move, the device vibrates and reminds you to adjust your position. The Lift can be kept to an undershirt, collar or bra strap or where ever you want it to work upon.

Lumo BodyTech is looking to crowdfund the project on its website, LumoBodyTech.com. The product is the latest product in the company's lineup of posture correcting devices, but this is its smallest gadget yet available in the world. Lumo BodyTech said it expects to officially launch the Lift in late spring and it expects it'll cost $59-$79.

Company spoke person says "Wearable technology should be visually appealing and also provide the option to be worn discretely. Anything we wear has the potential to become wearable technology, including smart jewelry, smart clothes, and smart shoes."

Lets see how does it help us to keep our body posture to correct position.

Saturday

Wearable Technology In A Fashionable Way [infographic]

Posted By: Poketors - September 14, 2013
Wearable computing has been the hot topic since couple of months. VoucherCodes and Visual.ly teamed up to take an informative look at the wearable-technology space. Most of the wearable tech device, mainly the fitness-oriented devices, could really prove to be useful.

Source : Visual.ly

Tuesday

Top 10 Innovative Products Of Google

Posted By: Poketors - September 10, 2013
Google is breaching barriers of sci-fi concepts with projects like Google Glass and Driverless Cars. Google might be the only company which introduces innovative products very often and all the products turn hit. The company has turned 15 now but it keeps on adding  next gen technology and growing big day by day.

Lets see the top 10 innovative ideas and products that Google has unveiled in the past few years or yet to be unveiled in near future.

1. Google Glass :

Google introduced its first wearable technology device "Google Glass" which brings a product that had been seen only to science fiction movies till now. It is an extension of Android smartphones and tablets and can be used to capture photos and videos, make phone calls, check out maps, read emails and text messages and perform various other tasks with just voice commands. It has marked it footprint in the field of fashion also inventing such fashionable glass.


2. Smartwatch : 

Like Samsung, Sony and some other companies, Google is also going to offer smart watches. The internet giant recently acquired WIMM which is the pioneer in making smart watches. It is expected to launch next year. The features of the smartwatch are similar to Google Glass. The product reportedly has been shown at three Google meetings – Moutainview, Manchester and Berlin. Google is yet to unveil the product.


Google’s smartwatch will be the next big wonder thing to tech world because it will definitely offer some different feature than the similar wearable technology products by companies like Samsung, Sony, Pebble, Qualcomm etc.


3. Internet Balloons :

An innovative solution to the problem of low web penetration in developing countries has been taken care as Google invented internet balloons that beam down internet. Google sent out balloons that float in the stratosphere at a height of 20 km and relay the internet to houses via a special antenna that captures the necessary signals. It will provide 3G-like speed via these internet balloons, which cover an area of 1,256 sq m each. This eco-friendly solution will be there to solve the problem of poor internet connectivity. Some nations  have shown keen interest in Google balloons to implement.



4. Chromebooks :

Chromebooks are basically the laptops run on Google’s Chrome OS and do not support applications made for Windows and Mac operating systems. It has a built-in media player and internet browser. The web browser can be used to access the internet. Addition to this you can use several Google features like editing documents via Google Docs and scheduling other jobs using different google apps.


Compared to other mostly used tablets and laptops, Chromebooks are cheaper. But now, Chromebooks are not available in many countries across the world. Recently, Google launched a $1,399 Chromebook Pixel that has features similar to that of a high-end Macbook. Google sets the starting price at $250.

Check out an amazing offer on Amazon for Samsung Chromebook (Wi-Fi, 11.6-Inch) 

5. Google Driverless Cars :

Driverless cars will be popular in next era and it introduces new technology which is pioneered by Google. This innovative idea will be applied to the real world. An idea from Google’s X Lab, driverless cars are currently being tested by the company in Nevada, Florida and California in the US. While Google has not announced any plans to commercialize these driverless cars, reports have said that the company may roll out the unmanned Robo-Taxi to ferry people.



6. Moto X’s Voice Recognition :

Google’s Motorola division introduces Moto X smartphone which is made of the X8 mobile chip that helps give an enhanced user experience. The chipset includes a 1.7GHz dual-core CPU, a quad-core Adreno GPU, which are standard features of any smartphone chipset. The best parts of this technology are its natural language processor and contextual awareness processor.


Moto X is a phone that will always listen to you that means if you say Okay Google even if the handset is sleeping, it will wake up and perform the required task. this intelligent device will definitely help users with various ways.


7. Google Fibre :

In 2011, Google launched its Fibre internet service and it provides web speed of 1Gbps. This service was first introduced in Kansas and then Missouri, Texas and Utah in the US. It also offers service which comes with 1TB cloud storage and costs $70. Even the subscription with TV service offers free 1TB data on Google drive, 2TB digital video recording and a free Nexus 7 tablet.


It offers a free internet service too, where users get 5 Mbps speed. It costs $25 charge per annum.


8. Google Street View :

In 2007, Google started Google’s Street View and it has gone viral over the past few years  with several innovative features. It offers imagery view of various places around the world right on your desktop, tablet or mobile phones. Now you have the option to view the Street View images in 3D if you have the requisite red/cyan glasses. Nowadays it is supported in Nintendo Wii U Gaming station too.
9. Password Alternatives :

CEO of Google’s Motorola unit, Dennis Woodside announced about flexible electronic circuits which will be embedded into people’s skins like tattoos and will act as passwords. Motorola is working on the application of the Proteus Digital Health pill which is a unique ECG trace that can be used to identify users by external devices. Google will provide support to Fast IDentity Online Alliance (FIDO) and will be offering option to verify users’ identity when they sign into their online accounts.


In future it is expected that it will kill traditional and usual mode of passwords completely.

10.  Android :

Last but not the least, no need any introduction to this massively popular and a celebrity like treated operating system "Android". It has taken the world by storm and approximately 80% of smartphones today are powered by Android. very few of us know the fact that Android is not an original product of Google. Google has acquired the company that made the OS and named it Android while Google added its own features to the OS. Initially Android was introduced to be used as an operating system for digital cameras, but Google decided to turn it into a mobile OS and it is before Apple came out with the first iPhone.


Android has grown in popularity because of its easy-to-use interface, open source software and wide range of free apps available over Google Play. Google offers the OS to all the smartphone, tablet manufacturers for free offering them an option to update Android versions on their devices according to Google's recommendations. In this way Google has helped  several mobile companies, such as Samsung, Sony, Huawei, ZTE, Micromax to grow in the smartphone market with various features.

Competitors Of Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

Posted By: Poketors - September 10, 2013
Wearable technology is going to be the next top notch topic in the world of technology. Samsung has already attracted a lot of people with its new Galaxy Gear smart watch, even in the presence of most reviewed products like Apple iWatch and Google Glass in the market. In fact, now other than Samsung, Apple and Google in this segment  many other competitors of this device are already present in this technology segment.

Let us see the features of Samsung Galaxy Gear, along with those of its rivals by Sony, Qualcomm and other small branded companies.

Samsung Galaxy Gear :

This is a smart gadget which can make and receive phone calls, read text messages and emails, track workouts and capture photos and videos. The Galaxy Gear features a 1.6-inch SuperAMOLED touchscreen with 320x320p resolution. This device is powered by Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and runs on 800MHz processor and 512MB RAM. It can pair with Samsung’s Android 4.3-powered devices like Galaxy Note III phablet and Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. Priced at $299, the Galaxy Gear lasts for over a day on a single charge.


Lets check out the features of its competitors in the same market segment :

Sony Smartwatch 2 :

Introduced in June 2013, it can pair with any device running on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher. This gadget supports apps like Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Calendar, Weather and shows text messages and calls.

This smartwatch has a 1.6-inch screen with 220x176ppi resolution and can last up to a week on a single charge.


Qualcomm Toq :

It is one of the most featured smart watches and has an always-on Mirasol trans-reflective display. Like other smart devices it can link with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) gadgets via Bluetooth. It shows notifications such as calls, text messages as well as music player and helps monitor fitness exercises via apps similar to other smart watches. It has a 1.5-inch display and the most talked feature of this gadget is its battery life of 3-4 days. It will continue to add functionalities in this watch via software updates. It is priced at approximately $300 and available with an optional Bluetooth headset.

Distinguished and unique feature of the Qualcomm Toq is wireless charging, which sets it apart from rival products in this segment as no other brands have this unique feature.
Pebble :  

Like other rivals it can pair with Android and iOS devices also and shows notifications about incoming calls, text messages, contact information, music controls etc. It is priced at $150, is a product of a crowdfunded project that raised $10 million. It has a 1.26-inch E-Ink display, similar to the ones used in e-book readers.

Distinguished and unique feature of the Peeple  is waterproof and it can connect with Apple and Android gadgets both via Bluetooth 4.0 LE.
Kreyos Meteor :

Like Samsung galaxy Gear, it also responds to voice commands and you can also use the buttons on the sides to control this device. But the main drawback is that it does not have a touchscreen.  It is priced at $169 and like other smart phones it can pair with Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices. This device has apps like Calendar, Timer, Daily Activity Tracker, Alarm Clock and comes with a sports mode to track fitness also.

Distinguished and unique feature of the Kreyos Meteor is that it supports gesture control.
MetaWatch :

It ca pair with Android and Apple devices. Like other smart devices it offers users to check messages and incoming and missed calls, control music, view weather etc. with six buttons that control features like customization, widgets, notifications etc. It has featured with Bluetooth 4.0 and it has battery life of 5-7 days.


Distinguished and unique feature of the MetaWatch is that it is resistant to water up to 3ATM
Cookoo :

While all the rivals are having a good touch screen, Cookoo has an analogue watch-face but shows notifications coming from Apple devices. Similar to other devices, common features are there like showing incoming calls, Facebook messages and posts, Twitter mentions, reminders, Google Voice SMSs, emails, alarm and timers.

Distinguished and unique feature of the Cookoo is that it notifies if the paired device is out of range and notifies if the iPhone or iPad have low battery.

Nissan Nismo Watch :

It has similar features like other smart watches but specially invented for Nissan's car functionalities notifications. It claims to be the first watch to connect car and driver. Nissan's smart watch will aim to track a range of car and driver stats, monitoring not only biometric data from the driver, but also feeding you information like your fuel consumption and performance data when track racing, along with your social network performance. It will use a snap-fit mechanism to attach to the wrist, with a simple interface controlled by a pair of buttons. Nissan says that it will charge via Micro-USB with a 7-day battery life in normal use.

Distinguished and unique feature is that it will connect the watch and the car via a smartphone app using Bluetooth LE, so the watch will be a companion.

In the era of wearable technology each and every product is having some features which are useful and according to the requirements and needs people would accept their preferred brand. We would welcome your comments too about wearable technology and its future.

Sunday

How Google Glass Works

Posted By: Poketors - August 25, 2013
When it comes to Google Glass, you probably wondered how this wearable gadget actually works. Yes, a lot of people ask the same question and here is a simple infographic by Martin Missfeldt which will walk you through the technology behind Google Glass. How images are projected onto the ‘visual layer’ and what does a view behind Glass look like and how it focuses on your eye to things look more clear.
 How Google Glass Works
Source : Martin Missfeldt

Google Glass - Some Amazing Features

Posted By: Poketors - August 25, 2013
Smart phone devices are already widely popular and everyone wants to have hands on it. Now in that era, its time for wearable technology which is much discussed topic. We have been going through several publications over net on Google's Glass. We have summarized some features which will give you an idea what the Google Glass is all about.

Google Glass - Some Amazing Features
Take pictures : 

You just have to say the word "Take Picture", and leave the rest on Google Glass whcih will do it according to your instruction without even touching the device.

Record videos: 

Similarly if you instruct it to take video, it will do so and it will store in the 4 GB flash memory of the device.

Google Glass - Amazing Features

Message & Emails :

Google glass shows received text message or an email and allows you to reply to it with the help of your voice instruction. 

Search Information :

Now it comes to Google's main feature- googling. Obviously Google has implemented their main feature into Google glass and made easier to search like we do in web Google search.

Google Glass - Features

Google Maps :

The widely popular Google Map has also been integrated into the glass. Users can instruct via voice commands to show maps for locations or even use as a guide when you are driving.
Google Glass - Some Amazing Features Maps

Google Now : 

The digital voice assistant of  Google is known as Google Now which has been integrated into the glass, which will keep track of your daily routine. It will give alerts for weather updates periodically and mostly useful when you want to avoid traffic and will offer different route.

Translate :

This is the WOW! feature. Whatever language it might be, it will translate the language in the language you do understand by speaking out.

Share Live Video :

You can share the video live with others. If you are in a concert, function or watching a play, you can share the video with friends and family in real time.

Google Glass - Some Amazing Features Live Video
Share Over Social Media : 

This is probably most important feature. You can share your photos, videos over social network which enabling interaction with friends.

Source (Image) : Google

Saturday

Wearable Technology - Enhancing Our Life

Posted By: Poketors - August 24, 2013
Wearable technology has been a very hot topic nowadays. Google's Glass and Apple's iWatch have already been in topic of discussion worlwide. How the technology is going to evolve our life style. What would be the prime features that can draw our attention. Lets see it graphically with below infographic. Google steps into wearable technology introducing Glass will fulfill the dream having the internet right at eye level. Google glass integrates information directly into the wearer’s visual experience. Find out about other experiments with wearable technology, and learn the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly truth about Google Glass.

Wearable Technology - Enhancing Our Life
Source: Great Business Schools

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