Tuesday, 02 February 2016 16:17

Throwing a party? Panono Captures it All!

Panono is a throwable panoramic ball camera which captures everything in every direction for amazing 108 megapixel, 360° X 360° full-spherical panoramic images. It has an unprecedented 36 cameras that trigger simultaneously in the air to deliver images that capture every detail in every direction with a super-high resolution of 108 megapixels. 11cm in diameter and weighs 480 grams and connects over WiFi with iOS and Andriod Apps.The Panono Camera is available for preorder. 

Published in Copy of Smart Glasses

Just a few very cleverly designed bits of plastic, but turns an iPhone into a full function camera rig. You don't even need a camera bag for this one, just a pocket or two.

olloclip Studio is the combination of an all-new, more protective case design that incorporates an integrated rail mounting solution and a series of mobile photography accessories. Great for the explorer/adventurer in you that wants to capture the scene and sounds wherever you go but also potentially, all one needs to become a full fledged blogger or news reporter. Great for interviews with a mike and wide angle lens on board your iphone. Case and accessories work together the moment you pick them up so you can focus on capturing the opportunity in front of you and not on building a rig. 

olloclip Studio is comprised of the new protective Studio Case to withstand most accidental drops. It also includes an innovative mounting system for standard accessories - mono/tripods, lighting/flash, microphones, plus a portfolio of olloclip macro, wide angle, fisheye and telephoto lenses. 

 

Nice one olloclip. You Caught My Eye again this year!

Published in Accessories
Monday, 25 January 2016 10:35

AromaCare Connected Wellbeing

AromaCare claims this device to be the world’s first connected essential oils diffuser. It allows you to program personalized aromatherapy sessions. Uses organic essential oil blends to improve health and wellbeing in six areas. nice move, but seems a bit restrictive to have to replace the oil reservoir for each type of treatment. Hopefully soon programmable so you could move smoothly from sleep to waking up therepy. Could wearable scent dispensing which reacts to the sensing of conditions be far off? Watch this space!

Published in APPcesories

13 March 2015 - I have been an outspoken advocate of Augmented Reality needing to be a Five Senses experience simply because our 'reality' experience involves all five, 24/7.  I have been working with a stealth start up in the process of bringing context driven fragrance and scent dispensing into the wearable technology space. More on that sometime soon :-) 

As a followup to the Wearable Technology Show this past week, I met with Adrian David Cheok, Professor of Pervasive Computing at City University London and Founder and Director of the Mixed Reality Lab in Singapore. 

He introduced me to Scentee, a scent spraying APPessory to iOS and Android Smartphones. A bit large to fit in your pocket, but not bad for a first pass at producing smells on demand or remotely over long distances. 

Scentee also is the technology for an Oscar Meyer Bacon campaign that made the technology and an APP called "Wake Up and Smell the Bacon" available to lucky contest winners.

Basically when your alarm on your phone goes off, it makes the sizzling sound and produces a puff of the smell of Bacon to get you interested in actually getting up and cooking some!

This all Caught My Eye and my Olfactories!  

It's a start...

More to come! Watch this space!

Published in Stop Press
Saturday, 28 February 2015 22:58

A Wearable with a Mission - OhMiBod

It was inevitable - connected marital aids. I can't really expand on this too much, but I think if I describe some of the functions, you will be able to take it from there. I must admit, the person at the booth certainly understood the use cases! 

Stimulation in cadence to heart rate, music, various settings, etc. etc. etc. 

Plus remote control stimulation. The world is your oyster! This is definitely a notable step up from the CuteCircuit Hug Shirt!

OhMiBod!

Published in APPcesories
Thursday, 26 February 2015 11:37

iHealth - A Personal Healthcare Ecosystem

A family of products to help you stay healthy.

iHealth’s self-monitoring mobile health devices plus integrated mobile app make a complete self analysis kit to fit your lifestyle and assist in everyday health management.  You are able to set goals, view trends, track progress, log food intake, activities, and share your data instantly. Empowers people to manage their personal health in an intuitive way, while keeping up with their busy life. Works with Android and iOS Smartphones and Apple's Healthkit. 
A personal healthcare ecosystem!
Published in mHealth
For me, the hit of CES 2015 and the most significant announcement this year was the collaboration between Misfit and Swarovski to produce a "collection" of wearable tracker jewellery accessories that enable a Swarovski brand fan to wear the tracker device in all aspects of their daily routine, yet never look out of place or the least bit geeky. 
A lilac-colored crystal version to be released later in the year will have a multifaceted crystal face that harnesses the sun's energy, feeds it into embedded solar panels, and powers the device. Swarovski says you can charge with almost any light source, and only 15 minutes will ensure that the device never needs recharging. 
All very impressive technologically, but most women will buy the Shine because it’s a beautiful Swarovski crystal (with hidden functionality). 
They will then buy the practical workout band plus other pieces of jewellery that can house the Shine crystal for daily leisure activities, work routine or for evenings out. 
BTW, the jewellery looks good and some can be worn without the Swarovski Shine in them as well. See their promotional video here.
Noticeably different than most videos produced describing fitness trackers!
Published in Wearables
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 20:20

Heart Rate Monitoring that makes sense.

Heartrate monitoring is becoming much less cumbersome and seems to be an important element not just of exercising, but to monitor your lifestyle as well. The new Mio Link is wrist worn, low power so batteries last and is continuously monitoring. Indicator lights on the unit give you indication of what zone you are in (heartrate-wise) but it works with the Mio Apps and others as well. Also has ANT+ for connectivity to other sports devices. Uses what they call electro-optical cell technology and replaces the more cumbersome chest straps used now. The styling is what caught my eye.

Available this month (March) at $99.

Published in Wearables

I have observed over the past few years that devices are becoming much more sensible in terms of being rugged, protected from your daily encounters and lighter and easier to carry and wear.

At CES I saw and reported on a few accessories that make your phone less prone to water damage and even turning your smartphone into an underwater camera.

One that really caught my eye at MWC is a cas called "nüüd" from LIFEPROOF that is unique both in terms of the phone case itself and the fact that once on your iPhone, the iPhone touchscreen is exposed to the water so you can use it as normal. It's also stated to be good to 2m underwater. The case is about the size of a minimal protective case you would buy just to protect from drop tests, but is fully waterproof. The fingerprint sensitive home button is even functional and they supply a waterproof audio jack that when installed let's you plug in your (waterproof?) headset. Since LIFEPROOF is a division of OtterBox, they should know what they are doing! I have one to try and a place to try it over Easter and although I can see all the seals that keep the water out of all the orifices, will I give it a try? Well, they give you a plastic iPhone mock up to try it out on to build confidence. They have thought it through!

By the way, they have them for iPads as well and soon one for Galaxy S5

Published in Accessories
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 14:01

Sensors - Key to Wearables and AR User Value

InvenSense sensors and analysis software are in just about everything that moves in the mobile sector (I was told). Very accurate sound and motion sensing devices such as MEMS microphones and multi-axis motion tracking devices. Depending on application, InvenSense offers one to nine axis devices which include gyros, accelerometers and compass functions. These are their bread and butter, but of special note are their analysis software capabilities which make sense out of what is happening to turn raw data into situation and context terms. I spoke at length with Tanja Hofner, their Sr. Director of Hardware Applications and learned a lot about the art of the possible with sensors and why most simple step counters and other sensors being used in wearable products just don't deliver the value without proper in-context analysis and of course the UI to produce a genuinely valuable user experience.

if it's temperature and humidity that is needed, than another sensor company at MWC, Sensirion caught my eye as experts in this area. The tiny speck of s sensor pointed out in the picture is all it takes to add those parameters to the context needed to figure out what is going on. This wonderfully scientific and geeky looking sample they gave me adds battery and display to their tiny sensor to make it useful. Since your mobile phone and most wearable devices already have these, all you need is the sensor.

Published in Wearables
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