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Turn your skin into a smartwatch touch screen with SkinTrack

Turn your skin into a smartwatch touch screen with SkinTrack

Since the last few years, smart devices (of various shapes and sizes) have been on a rise especially smart watches that have created a lot of waves in recent times. Companies such as Samsung, Apple, Motorola, Huawei and LG to name a few are constantly involved in enhancing the core functionality and features of these little gadgets who’s proper utility still needs to be ascertained. Being a smart watch user myself, the one issue that tends to nag me is the small screen size which sometimes makes navigation slightly difficult as there is not a lot of room for swiping around like on a smart phone. Things are about to change though thanks to a research group at Carnegie Mellon University who have come up with a unique idea that lets users utilize their skins as a secondary touch display. Confused? Amazed? The team is currently working on a new found technology called “SkinTrack” which as the name suggests, allows users to use their skin as a secondary touch screen. The sensors are embedded inside a signal emitting ring on your finger along with four tiny electrodes in the watchband. When your finger makes contact with your watch-wearing arm, the electrodes detect the distance away from the watch. SkinTrack not only detects simple taps and swipes, but also continuous drawing. Another handy feature is the option to use various navigational shortcuts on your arm and hands. You can drag apps off the watch screen and pin them to yourself. It’s also possible to draw letters on your hand to open up apps. Simple gestures for example can include “N” for news, “S” for activating silent mode, “A” for accessing the address book etc.  The technology is still in its early stages but has most certainly paved the pathway for what the future has in store for smart watches. Check out the video to have a better understanding of how this prototype actually works and do share your thoughts with us in the comments below. Cheers !!                                         Source:...

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Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 will power the next – gen Android Wearables

Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 will power the next – gen Android Wearables

Qualcomm have just  introduced their next generation chipset the “Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100”. The new chipset is built specifically for the next generation of Android Wear devices, which is a pleasing sight to see. Previously most of the Android Wear smart watches are being run on the Snapdragon 4oo chipset which was a commendable chipset in its own right. The new chipset is said to be 30% smaller, while also being 25% more efficient in power usage. This should directly translate to improved battery life and a more sleeker design of the smart watches. This goes out to all those who doubted the survival of Android Wear. The future of Android Wear is looking really bright and we expect it be even more brighter. Source:...

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Motorola unveils the Moto 360 Sport

Motorola unveils the Moto 360 Sport

Motorola this time came out with two smart watches the Moto 360 (2015) and the Moto 360 Sport. The Moto 360 Sport is designed and built to withstand some real punishment. Ofcourse this means that you will not find the elegance of the standard Moto 360, but will get all of the experience and more. The Moto 360 Sport is the only Android Wear Smart Watch in the market which is designed specifically for fitness, so that is a first by Motorola. The Moto 360 Sport has a silicone construction with special UV coating that wicks away moisture and resists fading or staining, while side ventilation channels help you stay cool.   The Moto 360 Sport comes with a one of  a kind AnyLight Hybrid display, which has a basically two different types of screens in the front and back. This means that the Moto 360 Sport’ display will be easily readable even in the brightest days. Another cool thing is that the device has built- in GPS, so not more phone required to provide co-ordinates. The smart watch is able to tell you the way all on its own. Out and out this is after all a fully functional Android Wear device and will run all your Android Wear apps and provide notifications such as your mail or WhatsApp. The plus point is the extra fitness features it provides. The pricing and availability of the smart watch is still yet to be announced, we suspect Motorola will do in a few...

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Moto 360 2nd Generation is now official

Moto 360 2nd Generation is now official

After all the dust has settled Motorola have officially announced their 2nd generation smart watches, the Moto 360 (2015) and the Moto 360 Sport. Motorola have stuck to their guns and have come up with a gorgeous looking time peace, with enough upgrades for people to move away from its predecessor and grab the new one. Design   The Moto 360 2015 has been mad, keeping in mind the hands of men and women. This means that men get two sizes for the watch 42mm and 46mm for those who have larger arms, while the women get a 42mm variant, but the design is more petit. The best part about the new design is the two metal lugs on each side of the watch making band/strap changing a whole lot easier. Another change to be noted is that the side button has been switched from the 3’o clock position to 2’o clock now. The smart watch itself is made from air-craft grade stainless steel with the edge-to-edge display being protected by Gorilla Glass. Lastly, the watches thanks to Moto Maker can be designed in the way you want it to be, with various colors and bands to choose from. Not only that, you can now even change what design bezel you want. Below is the entire list of changes available at this point. Men Watch Sizes: 42mm, 46mm Case Colors: Silver, Black, Gold Bezel Treatments: Chamfer, Micro Knurl Bezel Colors: Silver, Black, Gold Bands: Silver Metal, Black Metal, Gold Metal, Black Leather, Cognac Leather Women Watch Size: 42mm Case Colors: Silver, Black, Rose Gold Bezel Treatments: Peak, Micro Etch Bezel Colors: Silver, Gold, Rose Gold Bands: Silver Metal, Gold Metal, Rose Gold Metal, Blush Leather, Grey Leather, Blush Double Wrap   Specs   The Moto 360 2015 comes with the highest screen to body ratio (71%) out of all the other smart watches in the market currently. The display is as gorgeous as the original Moto 360, with an upgraded display, making for outside viewing a whole lot better. Men (46mm): 1.56-inch diameter, 360 x 330 resolution for 233ppi Women (42mm): 1.37-inch diameter, 360 x 325 resolution for 263ppi The flat tire is back, but has been reduced quite a bit (though personally that has never bother me), according to Motorola it is necessary to achieve the optimum screen to body ratio. Other specs include: Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz Quad-Core chipset 512MB RAM + 4GB storage Bluetooth 4.0 LE and WiFi 802.11 b/g Optical Heart Rate Monitor, Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Gyroscope, Vibration Engine, Dual Microphones. 400 mAh battery (46mm) and 300 mAh battery (42mm) Wireless Charging   On the software front the Moto 360...

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Android Wear now works with your iPhone

Android Wear now works with your iPhone

Android Wear smart watches are now rolling in from all directions, with watch brands like Fossil joining the fray. This gave Google the best opportunity to spread the Android Wear support to iOS users as well.  They officially announced that Android Wear for iOS is rolling out for iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus running iOS 8.2+ today. The Android Wear devices will provide the following functionality at this stage: Get your info at a glance: Check important info like phone calls, messages, and notifications from your favorite apps. Android Wear features always-on displays, so you’ll never have to move your wrist to wake up your watch. Follow your fitness: Set fitness goals, and get daily and weekly views of your progress. Your watch automatically tracks walking and running, and even measures your heart rate. Save time with smart help: Receive timely tips like when to leave for appointments, current traffic info, and flight status. Just say “Ok Google” to ask questions like “Is it going to rain in London tomorrow?” or create to-dos with “Remind me to pack an umbrella.” Currently only the LG Watch Urbane is prepped and ready to work with your iPhone, but the rest are soon to follow in the coming weeks. Google’s philosophy is that no matter which device you prefer, Android Wear will be with...

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Samsung officially launches the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic

Samsung officially launches the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic

The wait is finally over guys!! After days of anticipation (and a whole bunch of leaked images), Samsung have finally launched their highly acclaimed Gear S2 smartwatch. What makes this device different from all their previous smartwatches is the fact that it’s the first circular smartwatch manufactured by Samsung. With the demand for circular watches on an all time rise now and with the recent successes of the Moto 360, the LG Watch Urbane and the Huaweii watch, Samsung also decided to finally make their presence felt in this particular market segment. Samsung, during their recent Unpacking Event where they announced the GALAXY Note 5 and the GAALXY S6 Edge Plus had shown a small teaser of their upcoming round faced watch but that was just about it. The South Korean tech giants always tend to have a bunch of surprises rolled up their sleeves and this time it was no different. Much to everyone’s delight, Samsung launched not one but two different variants; the Samsung Gear S2 and the Samsung Gear S2 Classic. Both watches feature circular 1.2-inch 360 x 360 resolution (302 ppi) sAMOLED displays along with physical rotating bezels and home/back buttons. According to Samsung, the S2 Classic which is only available in black with a matching genuine leather band is especially designed to cater to those individuals who prefer a more “timeless watch design”. The Gear S2 on the other hand has a more futuristic design and comes in two color variants: Dark gray with a matching gray strap and a sleek looking Silver version with a white Strap. Under the hood of both the devices, you will find a 1-GHz dual-core Exynos 3250 processor powered by Samsung’s own Tizen OS (personally speaking we would have preferred if it was Android Wear but it doesn’t really matter as long as the devices look sleek and trendy…Right?), 512MB RAM, 4GB of onboard storage, Wi-Fi support , a 250mAH battery which according to Samsung is enough to last for 2-3 days on a single charge, the usual sensors that include: Acc, Gyro, HRM and Barometer, IP68 Certification making both the devices water resistant and NFC support for mobile payments as well as wireless charging. Both watches are enclosed in an ultra sleek 11.4mm thin frame that further enhances their beauty. In another major announcement, Samsung have also promised to roll out a 3G enabled Gear S2 with a beefed up 300mAH battery and support for (a first of a kind) e-SIM for making voice calls directly from the watch. Sounds cool doesn’t it? Well guys that’s all the info we have regarding the watches till now. As far as the prices and...

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