Samsung Electronics has decided to up the Gear for its Gear 2 apps and as a result of it, the company has announced a “Gear App Challenge” in-order to focus on the wearable app market. Interested developers can register their apps developed with a Tizen SDK from May 8. The total prizes for the challenge amounts to $1.25 million which includes a $10,000 worth cash prize for the first winner.
President of Samsung Electronics Media Solution Center, Won-Pyo Hong said “Samsung will continue to play its part in the wearable market through offering a wide array of outstanding SDKs to app developers.” Both the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are powered with the Tizen OS and this contest will certainly pour-in more number of applications to the smartwatch’s app store.
The challenge will be conducted in several developer events in different countries of South Korea, Malaysia, USA, Russia, Brazil and Singapore. Moreover, taking its smartwatch concept more seriously, Samsung is going to host several events like Samsung Gear Hackathon and developer Day so that developers can get a better insight into the SDK for Gear 2.
You can get more information regarding this by visiting the Samsung Developer Site.
In a recent interview to Bloomberg, Cher Wang, HTC’s chairwoman gave the confirmation of HTC planning to release a smart wearable this year ahead. The smart gadget from HTC is believed to hit the market this coming holiday season.
According to the company executive, HTC has been making the plans from some time to come out with its own fashionable version of its smart wearable. LCD light problems and the supporting Battery Technology have been the major issues that needed to be addressed in the upcoming product’s development.
In addition to this, the CFO of the company Chang Chialin, has expressed some positive and optimistic view about the company’s decision on this smart wearable. What we could say at the moment that is a good plan from HTC to delve in this smartwatch market seeing its future. But still at some corner of the mind a question arises whether is it too late for HTC to arrive in the smart wearable market? Well, Only time will tell!
Garmin who is well-known for its sat-navigation and GPS systems for marine, aviation and outdoor sports application has now tried its hands in the world of wearable computing with a new fitness band. Garmin has named its new fitness band as Vivofit that features a curved display with a ‘move bar’ which moves across the curved display. Vivofit is light-weight and water resistant to 50m.
Being a fitness band, Vivofit will track your activity level and set a daily goal for you. With the progress and success in achieving goals, new goals will be set accordingly. The display shows your total step count of the day, time, distance covered and calories burnt.
The data collected by your Vivofit band can be wirelessly synced to Garmin’s online fitness community-Garmin Connect just with the help of a touch button. Garmin Connect is completely free to use wherein you can get challenges and add and log any activities you do. At the moment, the Garmin Connect app is available for iPhone and Android only.
The Vívofit will be available from March 2014 for £99 ($165) and is available in a variety of colors – black, purple, teal, blue and slate. It will be come with two different band sizes and the battery life is said to last you a year. You can also bundle the Vívofit with a heart rate monitor for £129.99 ($215).
The Vivofit will be available from March 2014 in different colors of purple, black, blue, teal and slate. The device will be priced at £99 or $165. Its other variant that includes a heart rate monitor comes at £129.99 or $215. Moreover the battery life is just superb with a one year performance claim from Garmin.
Swiss watch makers are already known across the world for sheer elegance, finesse, class and their style quotient. Bring all these features to the smart world, it is soon that we get to see the Hyetis Crossbrow smartwatch in February. This Swiss watch comes with some amazing features that clubs the automatic analog movement with next gen smartwatch technology, and will even have biosensors. Let us take a look at its specs.
Hyetis Crossbrow comes with a high definition LCD dial and a crystal clear touch screen. A new thing that is observed is that the smartwatch screen will have an anti-reflective treatment. Further, the watch offers a 41MP camera with optical zoom and noise cancelling microphones for shooting movies.
The device consists of completely new sensors like altimeter to measure altitude, thermometer to measure temperature and hygrometer to measure humidity. It also consists of a light meter and new “biometric sensors” that help us to track the physical activity. Additionally, the smartwatch has a depth gauge for scuba diving with a 15,000 meters rating.
The Hyetis Crossbrow will offer connectivity with Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and NFC. The smartwatch will function with twin batteries that are integrated into the band mechanism. The battery is quite powerful offering 48 hours of seamless operation. The best news is that it will be compatible with all OS-iOS, Android and windows. The device will be available from February 11 with a price tag of $1200.
Take a look at its video to know the device more closely.
Last year the smartwatch concept started shifting higher gears and it seemed that this is next big wearable computing device! Few smartwatches like the Galaxy Gear, Sony smartwatch 2, Pebble smartwatch and many another made a loud noise by their presence. But, just at the beginning of 2014, the CES expo at Vegas witnessed a huge participation from large number of tech companies for this wearable computing device. Here is our pick for the Top 5 smartwatches at CES 2014.
The largest Kicstarter funded project was as such a big hit in 2013, and for 2014, Pebble came out with some huge surprises to its fans. With the launch of Pebble Steel, Pebble re-defined the smartwatch concept by splashing some style quotient in the smarter tech. The steel straps gives Pebble the much elegant, classy and the essential corporate rich feel that the smartwatch needed. Not only this, Pebble also declared its own dedicated app store and also its tie-up with famous entertainment TV channels. The icing-on-the-cake was when Pebble joined hands with Mercedes for some applications that would synchronize with the car functions. Get the complete Pebble Steel review here.
Thr Omate TrueSmart surfaced at the CES 2014 with some new feature. Apart from using the conventional Bluetooth technology to sync data with the smartphone, Omate made use of the built-in-SIM to connect with your smartphone. The Omate TrueSmart is just parallel to a smartphone and allows you to make/receive calls, send text messages, e-mail and even surf the internet on its LCD screen. The watch supports the Android 4.2.2 version for its functionality. Here is the complete Omate TrueSmart review.
Casio Sports Gear STB-1000
As the name shows, Casio with its Sports Gear STB-1000 has introduced a new way to track your fitness and daily activities for the day. However, the Casio Sports Gear for the moment pairs up only with iPhone and keeps a track of your fitness activities like distance you run, your heart rate, bicycle peddling and more. The smartwatch also displays basic notifications like a new message or a missed call. Moreover, the watch is fairly priced with a $100 tag and its durability is certainly unquestionable. Here is the Casio G Shock review.
Meta Watch seems to re-invent itself now and the company has now given just a tag of “Meta”. The major focus of the company is on the basic functions that the smartwatch does and still ferine its functionality. More it has also teamed with the design firm Frank Nuovo, who has an experience of designing the luxurious mobile phones for Vertu. Thus it seems that just like Pebble, the company has its attention on the “Meta” appearance. Moreover, with the smartwatch, you get the basic information like calls, message, weather and other similar notifications. Get our complete Meta Watch Strata and Meta Watch Frame review.
Magellon Echo is similar to the Casio Sports Gear and it basically tracks your fitness and daily activities. The Magellan Echo connects with some special apps like the MapMyRun and the Wahoo Fitness that can collect and track data about your workout. The watch comes with a CR2032 battery which ensures that Echo serves you for longer hours. Magellan is still working with its app developers to work on the display and button layout to give a truly customized experience.
Smartwatches are getting a good grip over the tech market, and now Archos has joined the queue! This CES, there were 3 Archos Smartwatches released.
At the expo, the manufacturer showed its flagship model that comes with e-ink, curved touchscreen and an aluminum casing.
The Arcos Smartwatch is powered by an efficient screen and Bluetooth 4.0 LE, which makes the battery last for a week and half. The watch will be able to connect with smartphones through Android and iOS and deliver notifications and music playback controls. This model will be priced at $130 which will be cheaper than the original Pebble.
The base Archos smartwatch will use a memory LCD. Its screen size will be 1.55” in diagonal and will display only black and white. This model will be launched first at $50 and will last with two weeks of battery life.
Archos also showed another model that will have 1.8” screen with color LCD. The watch will be priced at $100 and it’s obvious that the color LCD will consume more battery, but still the battery life stands good to two days. Only this model is believed to come with replaceable wrist straps.
Once Archos Smartwatches models are out, they are bound to give tough competition to other cheaper devices.
Razer-the gaming device and accessories maker company has announced a new product in the wearable segment lineup. The device is named as Razer Nabu smart band which is a combo of a activity tracker and a smartwatch.
The Razer Nabu will be able to receive instant notifications via pairing through a Android or iOS phone. This includes calls, emails, text messages and similar other notifications that you get on your Razer Nabu smartband. Apart from catering to smartwatch services, it will also serve as a smartband which will keep track of data like the number of steps user has taken, the amount of calories burnt and other activity workouts.
Here are the three core features of the Razer Nabu smartband.
Notification just like a smartwatch
- Razer Nabu sports two OLED notification screens. The first one is Public Icon screen and the other one is Private Message screen. The Public Icon screen is placed at the top and it caters to showing information like emails, app udates, new messages and calls. The Private Message screen as the name suggest provides detailed notification information which the user can only view and is placed inside the wrist.
Advanced sensors for fitness tracking.
- The smartband is fed with various sensors in it that gives information regading location, sleep data, bio data feedback (distance travelled, steps walked, stairs climbed etc.), band-to-band communication and various others. All the data will be collected in an opt-in basis.
Razer Nabu as a sociable wearable
- The smartband has a special feature called band-to-band communication which allows user to find mutual acquaintances or friends based on some defined settings.
While announcing the device at CES 2014, here is what Razer CEO and creative director Min-Liang Tan had to say.“ Smart watches in their current form are too bulky and fitness trackers are easily forgotten after the initial novelty wears off — we have fixed all of that. The Razer Nabu provides a revolutionary new platform that bridges the divide between so-called smart watches and fitness bands. It delivers only the information you need, collects data that you want, and deepens your social interactions. Most excitingly, with our open platform, developers can utilize data collected by the Nabu to deliver incredible experiences to individuals via mobile or desktop apps — social or otherwise.”
The Razer Nabu smartband will come with a utility app for Android and iOS platform and will be released in the first quarter-Q1 of 2014 with a developer price of $49.
Here is the official video for the smartband.
Some quick technical specs for the smartband.
Displays and sensors
- Private message screen: 128×32 pixel OLED
- Public icon screen: 32×32 pixel OLED
- Cylindrical vibration motor
- Rain and splashproof
- Operating temp: – 20°C to 45°C/ -4°F to 113°F
Power and Battery
- 7 days between charges
- USB charging cable included
- Functions on iOS + Android
- Nabu Utility app for notifications, data, and other settings
With the Mobile World Congress that is going to be held in Barcelona-Spain in the next month of February 2014, there are all possibilities that the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 and the Samsung S Band could surface there. However, some people speculate that this two devices can be unveiled at an unpacked event where they get better attention from the global community.
Galaxy Gear 2
IT would be no wrong to speculate that the second version of the Galaxy Gear comes up with all the improved version from its predecessor! In the existing Galaxy Gear launched this September, there were issues regarding the battery life of the smart watch, lack of compatibility with more devices and a bigger price tag. Users would be surely willing that all these areas and domains are addressed properly by Samsung in its Galaxy Gear 2. According to the news, there is a possibility of an organic-light-emitting-diode (OLED) display in the Gear 2.
Galaxy S Band.
With the S Band concept, Samsung seems to venture into the health band concept and the new S Band is believed to be paired up with the Galaxy Gear smartphone. The Galaxy S Band would be capable of recording data such as sleep efficiency, distance, calories burnt and similar other. The S Band is a waterproof band that works with an app called S Health 2.0. This clearly shows that the new Galaxy S Band will be launched against the recently announced G Health smart wristband from LG.
In the tech industry and against all odds, the year wasn’t for Google Glass but yet for all the just released Smart Watches by several brands. We’ve chosen the best of them to help you in the buying decision or just for fun! This are of course the Top 10 Smart watches according to our opinion and therefore we are looking to hear from you!
10. Omate True Smart watch 2.0
The Omate Smart Watch is called the “True” Smartwatch because it can work independently from your Smartphone and has all the most known apps you use like Gmail, Facebook and other Social Networks. This is possible as it has its own SIM slot and therefore allowing to make calls without being connected via bluetooth to your smartphone. The watch is still in a pre-order stage and that is why we put it in the 10th place because we really can’t compare a watch that is not yet released with one that is going to be in the market god knows when. Prices range from 249$ to 299$ for Pre-Orders.
9. Burg Smart Watch
There is not a single Burg Smart Watch. The Burg company is recognized to develop and sell “watchphones” that are 100% smartphones with the dimensions of a watch. You can actually buy the Burg 12, 13, 14….up to 18! Different colors and different features, but the question is: Will a Burg Smartwatch fit your needs and relationship with your Smartphone? Eventually not and that is why the company is looking forward to release a new Burg!
8. Qualcomm Toq
This Qualcomm Toq an amazing SmartWatch but has been missing lots of attention from the media. This amazing watch can pair with Smart phones using Android 4.0.3 or higher available in the market and works perfectly. They use the Same Technology as E-Paper from Pebble but it is called Mirasol. If you are looking for performance and speed, this is the watch to chose.
7. Wellograph Smart Watch
A great release this last November. This SmartWatch is still in preview but the heart beat measuring capabilities turn this into a promise for 2014. Have a look at the Wellograph SW preview.
6. Z1 Android Smart Watch
Not many people heard of this Z1 Smart Watch one but it is an incredibly great machine because it is not that beautiful. The Z1 is powered by a Mediatek ARM9 with 426 MHz. The RAM memory is 256MB and holds a 2.0” display screen. It also has 300MB memory expandible to a 8GB. This one is available at Amazon for 229$.
5. MOTOACTV Smart Watch
Motorola worked hard into developing a fitness friendly smart watch. The result is the MOTOACTV. This is not competing directly with the other smart watches but can fit a particulary need of a smart watch user that is help while cycling or walking with high reliability. The MOTOACTV has a virtual competitor that runs with you, fights you and helps you to perform better every new day. This device is available at prices starting on the 250$.
4. Kreyos Smart Watch
The Kreyos team was supposed to be competing with Pebble directly but surprisingly or not the sales are not that high. This one is compatible with iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8. This is the one and only watch really compatible with Windows Phone 8.It is also waterproof and holds a microphone and speaker. We chose this device for this position due to its reliable voice commands and gesture features.
3. Samsung Galaxy Gear
I believe the Samsung Galaxy Gear was the most famous Smart Watch in 2013 because it was being sold by Samsung and Samsung really invested a lot of money in this device marketing, hiring Cristiano Ronaldo to make the promotional video below, but they are not investing at all on having Applications running on the device such as Facebook, Gmail and others. If they don’t release them before CES 2014 the Gear can lose track to the competition.
2. Sony Smart Watch 2
The Sony Smart Watch 2 comes with Android 4.0 and has an astonishing battery life of 4 days under normal usage. We believe the brand behind the phone, the marketing given to this device, the number of apps specifically developed for this machine, the one-touch NFC connectivity and the variants available make it the 2nd place in the podium.
1. Pebble Smart Watch
Because above all is price/quality ratio, the Pebble Smart Watch is the winner of 2013.
Now, tell us your thoughts and opinions on these watches!
We have heard and talked about various Smart Watches from the tech giants like Samsung, Sony. Moreover, we have also found out that the Smart Watch is having applications in the field of fitness when fitness giants like Nike and Adidas had announced their own version of Smart Watches coupled with various features like accelerometer, heart bit monitoring and many more. With Vesag Smart Watch, it can be found out that Smart Watch has its applications in the field of medical sciences as well!
The Vesag Smart Watch comes with a GPS sensor, GSM based mobile network, built on the ZigBee (802.15.4) wireless protocol and supports the HTTP/TCPIP data transfer. The Vesag Smart Watch can be worn as a watch or a pendent, on a ring or a wrist. IT has a built in GPS to track the location and the medicine/task reminders as well for people. Moreover, the in-built wireless feature will help users to communicate easily via web.
The watch smartly detects any faults and will inform the call center immediately for any help. The watch will monitor 17 different health parameters thereby giving an indication to the patients and doctors if any precautionary measures are needed priorly. Additionally, the watch has GPS based clock, built-in microphone or speakerphone and an SOS button to notify the call center in case of emergency. With all these functions, the watch offers a considerable 60-72 hours of standby time operation. Here are the two videos that will show you the performance of the watch.
1) How to pair ECG with Vesag.
2) How to pair the Pulse Oximeter with Vesag
The Vesag health watch has served the medical fraternity across the globe on a large scale. For this fabulous effort, Vesag has earned great reputation and won many accolades from the global community. To purchase this watch or see more information about it, visit the Vesag website here.
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