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Tag Archives: smart watches

This Gun Won’t Fire If Its Smartwatch Isn’t In Range

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Gun safety is important. Sure, locking your firearms in a cabinet can help keep them out of a child’s hand, but it’s really only a matter of time until they either find your key or figure out your combination, and then what? Well, the Armatix iP1 will not fire a single of its .22 caliber rounds unless its companion iW1 Active RFID Watch is in range. Better yet, you can activate a PIN code that will prevent the gun from firing even if the watch is in range, we suppose to prevent someone from taking it from you and shooting you with it while you’re still near. Granted, having to enter a PIN in the heat of the moment might take away from the potential usefulness of the gun, but at some point it’s up to you to find the right balance between safety and function.

RFID-enabled guns don’t come cheap. It’s $1,400 for the gun and yet another $400 for the watch.

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Archos Releases Smartwatches For Techies on a Budget

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If you’re keen on buying a smartwatch but haven’t found one with the features that you want in the budget that you’ve allocated for it, then you might want to check out the offerings from Archos. The brand is known for manufacturing discount electronics, and this time they’ve got their sights set on affordable smartwatches.

Their lowest-priced offering is priced at $50 and will feature a 1.55-inch black-and-white LCD screen. That’s not so bad, considering that it’ll come with a good-enough battery life of close to two weeks. Second in line is the $100 model, which will sport a color LCD screen but will only come with two days of battery life. The priciest one they’re offering, which is priced at $129, will come with a curved E-ink display and a week-and-a-half long battery life.

The smartwatches are compatible with both Android and iOS devices and will be released this summer.

 

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Is The Neptune Pine The Smartwatch We’ve All Been Waiting For?

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Smart watches may be the way of the future, but most current attempts have been sort of clumsy. While the Pebble is doing well, Samsung’s Gear has been met with tepid reviews due to its clunky interface and smartphone-companion-only status. The Neptune Pine, pictured above, promises to give you exactly what the Gear was lacking, which is complete smartphone functionality with no need for an phone nearby. Aside from being able to make and receive calls, here are a few features.

At its core, the Pine is an Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean device (Android 4.4 KitKat will be supported after launch). It has a 2.4-inch (320 x 240 resolution) touchscreen, 1.2GHz Qualcomm Cortex-A5 dual-core processor, 3G HSPA+ connectivity (no 4G LTE here), 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, gyroscope and accelerometer, and two cameras (a 5-megapixel rear camera on the back and a VGA-resolution front camera; both with LED flash).

If it works as advertised, the Pine could be that Dick Tracy-esque device so many geeks have been waiting for. And you can still get in on the action at $229, on the more than fully funded Kickstarter campaign. If you wait until this hits retail, it’ll cot you $335.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ DVice ]

How Does 41 Megapixels On Your Wrist Grab Ya?

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Nokia made a lot of waves a while ago when they announced a 41 megapixel camera phone. The shots it takes are indeed stunning, even if everyone agrees that “it’s not all about how many pixels you have.” But aside from being crammed to the brim with sensor pixels, the Lumia 1020 has another problem: it has an entire phone attached to the camera! Swiss watchmaker Hyetis wants to give you the pixels, while freeing you from the phone. The Crossbow smartwatch features a 41 megapixel sensor (with Carl Zeiss optics, to boot) as well as WiFi, NFC and Bluetooth to connect to a smartphone. “Oh, but you still need a phone!” you’ll say, and we’ll reply “yes, but you can pick which phone that is!” Crossbow works with iOS, Android and Windows 8 devices, which means that you won’t have to sport a Finnish handset in order to capture images with 41 million pixels.

Better yet, you don’t actually need a smartphone to operate it since its face is touch sensitive and we think you should be able to take shots without having to take your phone out. We’re not sure on that last part however, since details on the watch are scarce. The only thing we know is that aside from all those pixels, “an altimeter, microphone, thermometer and biometric sensors in the band – which can measure your physical condition – are all included.” The asking price? A hefty $1,200, with the first batch being limited to 500. Yeah… we’ll stick with the $50 Holga we got at Urban Outfitters, and that’s not because we’re hipsters (we really, really aren’t).

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