Login

Search

We have 7891 groups in 289 locations listed on this site! Knit on, everyone!

Recently Updated Groups

1. Valencia
    
2. Trieste, Italy
    
3. Jersey, Channel Islands
    
4. Solon (East side of cleveland)
    
5. Denver, CO
    

Stitch 'n Bitch Groups

Smart Watches Get Simpler and More Stylish at CES | MIT Technology Review

Group Name
180
Meeting Location
180
Address
180, New York, 180, 180, 180
Meeting Day
180
Meeting Time
180
Contact E-mail
Group Website
[b][url=http://www.replicawatchesbank.com/]1:1 replica watches[/url][/b]
[b][url=http://www.replicawatchesbank.com/Ulysse-nardin-watches-c-1.html]Replica Ulysse-nardin watches[/url][/b]


Half-Price Gasoline from Natural Gas
Kevin Bullis
18
Telepresence Device Takes You Home
Tom Simonite
New Illumina Machine Could Deliver Faster, Cheaper Human Genomes
Susan Young
Net Neutrality No More
David Talbot
See More Top Stories
Menu
News & Analysis
Magazine
Lists
Events
About
More
Features
Views
Multimedia
Discussions
Topics
Popular:
Half-Price Gasoline
Huge Grid Batteries
Shopping with Friends
Home Smart Home
Tesla's Smart Fixes
Stylish Smart Glasses
Silicon Battery
Subscribe
Current Issue
Past Issues
MIT News Magazine
International Editions
Business Reports
Special Publications
Subscriptions »
Innovators Under 35
Disruptive Companies
Breakthrough Technologies
Nominations »
Upcoming Events
Partner Events
Emtech MIT
MIT Enterprise Forum
Our Team
Join Us
Press Room
Awards
Advertise
Permissions
Contact Us
Customer Support »
Support
Contact Us
Emtech MIT
MIT Enterprise Forum
Insider
Connect
The Latest
Popular
Most Shared
My Profile
watches Unsupported browser: Your browser does not meet modern web standards. See how it scores »
Comments
Email
Service
Service
More Share
Print
CES 2014: Less Is More for Smart Watches and Other Wearable Gadgets
Computing News
7 comments
CES 2014: Less Is More for Smart Watches and Other Wearable Gadgets
Companies have figured out that a smart watch can’t just be functional; it has to look good, too.
By Tom Simonite on January 8, 2014
play/pause
Prev
Next
1 of 7
copy watches Hybrid watch: The Cogito smart watch has a circular display inside the dial of an analog watch. Its designers say that’s just enough space to deliver useful notifications from a person’s phone without compromising on the style and compactness of conventional watches. 
Why It Matters
replica omega Wearable devices promises to transform how we live and communicate—but the perfect design has yet to emerge.
1:1 replica watches When Intel CEO Brian Krzanich unveiled a smart watch during his keynote speech at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Monday, he brought his company level with Samsung and Qualcomm, both of which sell watches with sizeable color touch screens that are capable of running apps (see “Samsung’s Galaxy Gear” and “Review: Qualcomm’s Toq”).replica rolex Yet Krzanich was running against the trend at CES, where companies large and small have shown smart watches intentionally less packed with features and less reminiscent of wrist-mounted smartphones than those developed by Intel and its competitors. Like MIT Technology Review , many in the electronics industry seem to have concluded that for this new species of gadget to earn mass appeal it must be significantly simpler and more thoughtfully designed (see “Smart Watches Are Dumb”).
replica omega “All those other devices are very cool but quite bulky,” said Frederic Ruffat, an executive with Hong Kong company ConnecteDevice. Ruffat was in Las Vegas to launch his own company’s smart watch, called Cogito, which is designed like a conventional analog watch and has a digital screen behind the arms, in the center of its face. “That space is just enough to provide the essential notifications that you need,” Ruffat said of the design. The Cogito can be preordered for $180.The Cogito connects to a smartphone and notifies a person of e-mails, text messages, calls, and impending calendar events, but it displays only enough text for a person to decide whether or not to pull out his phone and act on the alert. In marked contrast to some other smart watches, this limited set of features gives the Cogito approximately a year of battery life on a conventional watch battery. The device is operated by conventional push buttons on the side, and by tapping on the front of the device.Korean electronics giant LG also launched a simplified smart watch at CES. The LG Lifeband can track a person’s activity and workouts using motion sensors but can also show notifications from a connected phone on its touch screen, which can be used to send simple commands to a phone.Gaming accessory company Razer, previously known for specialized mice and keyboards, launched a similar product at CES called the Nabu. A screen on the outside of the wristband passes on notifications from a person’s phone, for example that someone is calling. A second display, on the inside of the wrist, displays more private information, such as who is calling, so it can be accessed without the whole world seeing it. “Smart watches in their current form are too bulky,” said Min-Liang Tan, Razer’s cofounder and CEO. “The Nabu delivers only the information you need.”Other smart watch boosters at CES tried to address the common criticism that the devices are ugly or unappealing compared to conventional wristwear. Pebble, the crowdfunded company credited with proving that some people really do lust after a computer-like watch (see “A Smart Watch Created by the Crowd”), launched a more formal looking version of its original product, which has a plain, plastic, and rubber look. Named the Pebble Steel, the new model is styled in polished steel and comes with a leather or metal strap. It costs $249 and will start shipping this month.A watch called the Wellograph, which also launched in Vegas, has a similar style, as well as a novel heart-rate sensor built into the underside of the device. The Wellograph will cost $320 and is scheduled to become available in the first half of 2014.Sonny Vu, founder and CEO of Misfit Wearables, which makes a small fitness sensor called the Shine that can be worn like a watch or clipped to clothing, told MIT Technology Review that product designers are finally starting to pay the necessary attention to the design and style of smart watches and wearable computers. “Material choices are a particularly big thing for these devices,” he said. “Most are so far made from plastic and rubber, and not everyone wants to wear that, especially women.” Vu showed new leather wristbands for the Shine at CES.Similar thinking led French company Netatmo to launch a wearable computing device called the June this week. Resembling a large jewel, the button-free device is mounted on a leather bracelet that wraps around the wearer’s wrist multiple times. The June tracks a person’s exposure to sunlight so that a companion phone app can offer advice and warnings about covering up or sunscreen use. The June was designed by Camille Toupet, who has previously worked on jewelry for French fashion house Louis Vuitton. The device will be available in the second quarter of this year for $99.The crowded, flashy showrooms installed in Las Vegas during CES are poor environments in which to judge whether any of the new smart watches and other wearable computers have a chance at attracting a significant following. However, it is clear that the appearance of so many new wearable devices this year is only the beginning of a period of mass experimentation by the computer industry.Major component makers made it clear at CES that they expect many more wearable devices to be created in the coming months, and announced new products intended to fuel the frenzy.Intel’s Krzanich, for example, also used his keynote to launch a thumb-sized computer called the Edison intended to be used by anyone from hobbyists to electronics giants to rapidly prototype and test novel wearable devices.Meanwhile, Freescale, which specializes in compact chips and sensors for small and mobile computing devices, launched a small circuit board called the Wearable Reference Platform, or WaRP, at CES with similar goals. The $149 board is intended to speed the process of prototyping wearable devices and readying them for production, Robert Thomson, head of business development for Freescale’s i.MX line of low-power processors, told MIT Technology Review . The WaRP has a CPU, memory, motion sensors, connections for displays and further sensors, and runs a version of the Android operating system.“We’re trying to give people a way to tinker and innovate and go to market quickly,” said Thomson, who says the industry is convinced wearable computers make sense but is unsure which designs will take off. “We will see companies experimenting, with very short product life cycles and broad product portfolios to spread the risk and test ideas,” he said. “They are in the very early stages of working out what they want and need to do.”
7 comments. Share your thoughts »
0
comments
about this story.
Start the discussion »
Credits: Photos courtesy of Connected Device, LG, Razer Nabu, Pebble, Wellograph, Misfit Wearables, Netatmo
Tagged:
Computing, CES 2014, wearable computing, smart watches
Reprints
and Permissions
|
Send feedback to the editor

Related stories
You may have missed
More from this author
A Telepresence Machine to Watch the Kids or Visit Grandma
Startup offers $995 remotely steered video-chat device for people to check up on kids and elderly relatives.
Continue
0
CES 2014: Smart Homes Open Their Doors
6
CES 2014: A Technological Assault on the Password
7
CES 2014: Audi Shows Off a Compact Brain for Self-Driving Cars
8
CES 2014: Intel’s 3-D Camera Heads to Laptops and Tablets
2
CES 2014: Eye-Tracking Game Controller for PCs Launching This Summer
3
CES 2014: GM and AT&T Blur Line Between Car and Smartphone
7
Experimental Surgery Aims to Revive a Paralyzed Limb
0
Coming Soon: Smart Glasses That Look Like Regular Spectacles
6
Inexpensive Brain Scans Could Catch Concussions
A former hockey player founded a company to give athletes and families a better way to identify brain injuries.
Continue
0
Printed Eye Cells Could Help Treat Blindness
The ability to print retinal cells could lead to new therapies for retinal disorders such as macular degeneration.
Continue
1
What’s the Jelly App For? Shopping May Be One Answer
A new smartphone app from a Twitter cofounder makes it easy and fun to get your friends’ advice on everything from shopping...
Continue
3
CES 2014: Smart Homes Open Their Doors
Smart home appliances could become more common thanks to efforts by major companies including Lowe’s and Staples to make...
Continue
6
CES 2014: Less Is More for Smart Watches and Other Wearable Gadgets
Companies have figured out that a smart watch can’t just be functional; it has to look good, too.
Continue
7
New Battery Material Could Help Wind and Solar Power Go Big
Low-cost materials could make storing hours of power from a wind farm economically feasible.
Continue
17
Tom Simonite Editor

View Profile »
Follow @tsimonite
RSS
Nest Acquisition Is Like Apple and Google Teamed Up
0
A Telepresence Machine to Watch the Kids or Visit Grandma
0
CES 2014: Smart Homes Open Their Doors
6
CES 2014: Less Is More for Smart Watches and Other Wearable Gadgets
7
CES 2014: A Technological Assault on the Password
7
CES 2014: Audi Shows Off a Compact Brain for Self-Driving Cars
8
CES 2014: Intel’s 3-D Camera Heads to Laptops and Tablets
2
CES 2014: Eye-Tracking Game Controller for PCs Launching This Summer
3
See all from this author
The Latest
Popular
Most Shared
5 hours ago
How Information Flows During Emergencies
9 hours ago
Nest’s Future Is Like Apple and Google Collaborating on the Smart Home
13 hours ago
A Cheaper Telepresence Device Aimed at the Home
1 day ago
Siluria Promises Half-Price Gasoline from Natural Gas
1 day ago
New High-End DNA Sequencing Machine Is 10 Times Faster Than Predecessors
1 day ago
Net Neutrality Quashing Will Mean New Pricing Schemes, Throttling, and Business Models
1 day ago
Tesla Motors’ Over-the-Air Repairs Are the Way Forward
1 day ago
How the Friendship Paradox Makes Your Friends Better Than You Are
2 days ago
Using a Brain Chip to Revive a Real Arm
2 days ago
The Tricky Problem Of Making Smart Fridges Smart
2 days ago
Google Paying $3.2B to Take Home Nest
3 days ago
Can Computer-Aided Brain Mapping Stem the Tide of Sports-Related Brain Damage?
3 days ago
Eye Cells Made with Ink-Jet Printer
3 days ago
RNA from a Single Cell in its Natural Environment
4 days ago
Other Interesting arXiv Papers (Week Ending 11 January 2014)
5 days ago
Biz Stone’s Jelly App Could Be Sticky for Shoppers
See full archive
1 day ago
Siluria Promises Half-Price Gasoline from Natural Gas
1 day ago
How the Friendship Paradox Makes Your Friends Better Than You Are
1 week ago
Battery Advance Could Help Solve Renewable Energy Intermittency
5 days ago
Biz Stone’s Jelly App Could Be Sticky for Shoppers
6 days ago
CES 2014: Interoperability Could See Home Automation Go Mainstream
1 day ago
Tesla Motors’ Over-the-Air Repairs Are the Way Forward
6 days ago
Smart Glasses, Without the Bulky Lenses
6 days ago
High Energy Silicon Batteries Edge Closer to Market
3 days ago
Eye Cells Made with Ink-Jet Printer
1 day ago
Net Neutrality Quashing Will Mean New Pricing Schemes, Throttling, and Business Models
1 week ago
How Google Cracked House Number Identification in Street View
1 week ago
Smart Watches Get Simpler and More Stylish at CES
1 day ago
New High-End DNA Sequencing Machine Is 10 Times Faster Than Predecessors
6 days ago
New Form of Spacecraft Propulsion Proposed For Uranus Mission
2 days ago
Using a Brain Chip to Revive a Real Arm
3 days ago
Can Computer-Aided Brain Mapping Stem the Tide of Sports-Related Brain Damage?
See full archive
1 day ago
How the Friendship Paradox Makes Your Friends Better Than You Are
3 days ago
Eye Cells Made with Ink-Jet Printer
6 days ago
Smart Glasses, Without the Bulky Lenses
6 days ago
CES 2014: Interoperability Could See Home Automation Go Mainstream
1 day ago
Siluria Promises Half-Price Gasoline from Natural Gas
1 week ago
How Google Cracked House Number Identification in Street View
1 week ago
Battery Advance Could Help Solve Renewable Energy Intermittency
1 week ago
Nano Films Could Make Giant, Flexible Touch Screens Possible
2 months ago
The Fight to Save Wikipedia from Itself
1 month ago
Processors That Work Like Brains Will Accelerate Artificial Intelligence
1 year ago
Given Tablets but No Teachers, Ethiopian Children Teach Themselves
3 years ago
Astronomers Find First Evidence Of Other Universes
10 months ago
Astrobiologists Find Ancient Fossils in Fireball Fragments
8 months ago
Government Lab Reveals It Has Operated Quantum Internet for Over Two Years
1 year ago
First Teleportation from One Macroscopic Object to Another
7 months ago
How Technology Is Destroying Jobs
See full archive
Show comments »
Conversation powered by Livefyre
1:1 replica watches
Replica Ulysse-nardin watches
watches blog watches About replicawatchesbank.com blog
Advertisement

 


 
 Introducing: Raging Wool
150x150ad.gif

 T-shirts and Gifts for the Fiber-Obsessed

www.ragingwool.com

Polls

Which are you?
 
Webdesign auf Usedom and Joomla