Sony has unveiled its own eyewear device in an attempt to take on Google Glass and other augmented reality alternatives. The big difference between the two eyewear devices is Sony has made it available for all types of glasses, while Google Glass only works with its own design or that of official third parties. Currently, the name for the eyewear device is SmartEyeglass Attach! Sony has not revealed price or launch dates.
Goodpatch, the Japanese design firm turning heads in Tokyo, has a new tool for designers and developers. Prott, the startup’s new prototyping tool (also available in English) can now be used to design apps for the Apple Watch. They are not the first team to release a prototyping tool. Take a look around and there are a number of alternatives. Prott’s Apple Watch support is notable for being developed in a three-hour design sprint. Also, leading firms like DeNA, IDEO, and Yahoo Japan are all paying customers of the prototyping service.
TAIPEI–Sony Mobile said Tuesday that its new SmartWatch 3 will be available on the local market soon, as the Japanese company is set to introduce for the first time in Taiwan a wearable device that runs on Google Inc.’s Android Wear operating system. The SmartWatch 3 is expected to hit local stores in mid December, carrying a price tag of NT$8,990 (US$290).
Xiaomi already shipped over one million Mi Bands since the device went on sale on August 18 to November 28, according to the fitness tracker’s official Weibo account. At its peak, it sold 103,000 in a single day. To put that into perspective, only about 3.3 million fitness bands and activity trackers were sold between April 2013 and March 2014 in the US, according to the NPD group (h/t Recode).
AIA Group, the largest insurer in Hong Kong, and business incubator Nest teamed up last month to launch an ambitious accelerator programme dedicated to entrepreneurs and start-ups focused on health-care-related wearable technology. “This is a first for Asia. We are saying it’s harder to get into this programme than getting into Harvard, but those who get in will have a support system like no other in the region,” Simon Squibb, the founder and chief executive of Nest, said.
With the now-fledging wearables market set to explode thanks to Apple’s upcoming smartwatch, many hardware startups are looking for creative ways own wristband real estate. Taiwan’s JoyRay is hedging its bets youngsters with Jumpy, a smartwatch for kids that’s currently raising funds on Kickstarter.
China-based electronics maker Fenda Technology recently announced it has been selected by Lenovo as a qualified supplier for the vendor’s wearable devices, which implies that Lenovo is poised to start mass producing a wearable device in the near future, according to a Chinese-language Sina.com report. Fenda declined to provide further details about the cooperation.
Japan-based component maker Murata Manufacturing has showcased its latest wearable devices at China Hi Tech Fair Elexcon 2014 and is planning to release one stop solutions to assist its clients to enter related markets. Commenting on the wearable and Internet of Things (IoT) industries, the company believes that both are still growing and have strong potential in the future.
The Asus Zenwatch features a 1.63-inch Amoled display with 320 x 320 pixels screen resolution and 278 ppi pixel density. It comes with a Snapdragon 400 SoC clocked at 1.2 GHz and 512 MB of RAM. The Zenwatch has 4 GB of internal storage. According to reports, Asus will hold a local event that already has a countdown timer and two teaser photos. The first photo shows the lower part of a smartphone with a metallic finish and a red band.
For parents, the world outside the safety of home can be a scary place. Work and other commitments make it impossible to monitor children once they have left the nest, but a new wearable from NTT Docomo – announced this morning in Tokyo – seeks to ease their worries. Docotch is a wristwatch-like device that allows parents to track their child’s location and communicate in the case of danger or natural disaster. It utilizes 3G connectivity, GPS, and Bluetooth – as well as air temperature and humidity sensors – to pinpoint a wearer’s location.
The Chinese government already has direct access to the online activity of the country’s netizens, and that access is about to get even more pervasive through a new wearable technology from China’s top search engine. The newly-launched BaiduEye prototype was unveiled yesterday at the Baidu World 2014 conference. BaiduEye does not need a screen and users can give commands to BaiduEye by gestures like circling an item in the air with a finger or picking up the item to realize recognition and analysis of the item.
After releasing a teaser earlier in August, electronics manufacturer Asus officially revealed the ZenWatch, its first device in the category of wrist wearables. Asus, which is based in Taiwan, made the reveal on Tuesday at the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin electronics show in Germany. The smartwatch runs Android Wear, Google’s Android operating system designed for smart watches and other wearables. ZenWatch is similar to other devices and sports a simple rectangular watch face.
Sony revealed two new wearables at IFA on Wednesday: the SmartBand Talk and the SmartWatch 3, the firm’s first Android Wear device. The SmartWatch 3 comes with a 1.6-inch 320×320 transflective display, which is a bit more resolution than its predecessor had. It also comes with GPS and, like the SmartBand products, it comes with a life-logger application.
BERLIN: South Korean giant Samsung unveiled the next generation of its pioneering “phablet” and “smartwatch” gadgets at the IFA consumer electronics fair on Wednesday (Sep 3) in a bid to keep ahead of arch-rival Apple. It also surprised technophiles with a virtual reality headset, the Samsung VR. As media hype builds over the Apple’s latest launch next week, Samsung pulled out all the stops to push its own new Galaxy Note 4 at a special event held two days before the IFA officially opens its doors.
TAIPEI — Taiwanese chip maker Himax Technologies Inc. has announced that subsidiary Himax Display Inc., which supplies micro-display panels to Google Inc., will team up with French firm Optinvent SA to develop advanced smart glasses. Himax Display and Optinvent, a producer of the patented ORA Smart Glasses that feature a “see-through” display so as not to obstruct regular vision, will undertake the partnership to develop next-generation augmented reality glasses, Himax Technologies said in a statement Tuesday.
Despite related components already entering into production, Apple’s iWatch is still unlikely to become available until 2015, as the device is still under engineering verification testing (EVT) stage and has to still go through production verification testing (PVT), according to sources from the upstream supply chain. The sources pointed out that a product will need to first pass the PVT stage before entering to mass production, and between the EVT and PVT stages, Apple could still be change its design.
South Korean consumer electronics giants, Samsung and LG officially unveiled two new smartwatches on Thursday (28 August) – S Gear and G Watch R respectively. Samsung’s new S Gear wristwatch flaunts a big 2.0-inch super AMOLED screen and run on the company’s proprietary wearable platform Tizen. One striking feature of the S Gear is that it can act as a standalone calling device without being paired to a smartphone.
LOS ANGELES, Aug 23 — Thanks to a proliferation of devices launched since the start of the year, Samsung has grabbed 80 per cent of the global market. The latest data from independent analytics company Canalys, shows that smartwatch shipments totalled almost 2 million units in the first six months of 2014 and that Samsung has managed to snag an 80 per cent share. And if the data, which is based on shipments rather than sales to consumers, are taken at face value, then Pebble is in a distant second with roughly 10 per cent of the market, with Sony back in third place.
Toshiba’s take on wearable technology offers no global positioning system, heart rate sensor, or an LED or LCD display to tell a user what’s happening. The only sensor the smart band has is an accelerometer. Toshiba’s smartwatch is dropping everything unnecessary for it to do its basic job, which is to monitor the wearer’s activities and send information to a paired mobile device such as a smartphone or a tablet. This data can be inspected and analyzed at a later time.
China-based Xiaomi has recently released a smart bracelet priced at CNY79 (US$12.79) and the price point is expected to affect other vendors’ pricing for wearable devices they plan to release in the near future, according to some market watchers. Most vendors are using Samsung’s pricing for its Galaxy Gear and Fitbit series as references for their wearable product prices. However, they may need to readjust them in orders to compete against Xiaomi’s device. The Galaxy Gear 2 is priced at US$269 and Fitbit US$99.