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The Unexpected Health Benefits of Owning the New Moto 360 Smart Watch


This article is a collaboration with Creative Wire. -Ed.

Technology never stands still, and with all the developments within smart technology in recent years, it feels like it’s moving forward faster than ever before.

It’s an exciting time not just for the developers and the industry itself, but for us – the consumers – who have already seen huge improvements in wearable technology, most specifically smart watches.

If you’re in any doubt as to what a smart watch is, here’s the deal – these little wrist-worn gadgets tell the time, and can also (if you’ve connected it via Bluetooth to your smartphone) receive messages, social media updates and notifications, and some can take phone calls too. You’re also able to control things like the music that’s playing on your smartphone.

Like any bit of tech kit, every smartwatch differs, and the compatibility of each particular smartwatch varies. At present, the jury is out as to whether smartwatches are set to take the tech world by storm, but whereas previous early generation smartwatches might have proved a little lacklustre, these days they are picking up the pace and making the world stand up and take notice.

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Blocks Smartwatch Lets You Customize The Hardware To Your Heart’s Content


Modularity is all the rage these days. Just look at the excitement over Project Ara, the modular smartphone, for proof. And why shouldn’t it be? Modular gadgets mean that we can reconfigure them to our liking, adding more of the hardware elements that we want, and less of the ones we don’t care about. Blocks, the modular smart watch being discussed in this article, is a project by the same people who were initially behind Project Ara, before Google got involved. They’re now trying the same approach with a timepiece where each link in the wristband can be a different hardware component. Modules can be dedicated extra batteries, GPS chips, contactless payments, SIM cards, and even heart-rate monitors. Don’t care about heart-rate monitoring? Swap that link for an extra battery!

It’s a great idea, but the success will depend on execution. Early prototypes, as shown in these pictures, look chunky and unattractive. The team is planning a Kickstarter for Q2 2015, so hopefully by then they’ll have refined their hardware enough to make it visually attractive. Pricing starts at $150 for the watch face itself, plus $20-$40 for each module. If you want the whole thing decked out, you’d be looking at $330.


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Ditto Is A Simple Button, Adds Lots Of Functionality To Your Phone


If you’ve no intention of buying a smart watch (and really, you shouldn’t), you can still enjoy some of the benefits at a fraction of the price. Ditto is a simple-as-pie button that contains nothing more than a battery, a vibration module and a Bluetooth module. But what it does is allow you to customize which notifications make it through to your attention, and which stay on the phone. With the app, you can customize the vibration pattern to alert you of pretty much anything you like and care about, from getting a new Tinder match to getting a phone call from the wife. Whatever it is, Ditto will alert you if it’s important to you, so that you can put your phone away and stop obsessing. If you’re like pretty much everyone else, this will instantly seem like a great idea, considering the sheer number of notifications we get for just about everything. Additionally, you can use Ditto as a proximity tracker, which will vibrate when your phone gets out of range.

For $29, there are far more expensive ways to get one of the more important functionalities found in a smart watch.


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Deal Of The Day: 40% Off On MetaWatch STRATA Smartwatch


If you’ve been wanting to get yourself a smartwatch, but have been balking at the price tags, today’s deal should help you out. We’re looking at the MetaWatch STRATA Smartwatch, which is able to show any notification you get from any application on either iOS or Android. It also lets you run some dedicated widgets that display any number of metrics you desire, as well as informing you of who’s calling, whether you got texts, emails, etc. It basically does anything you’d expect a smartwatch to do, and it does it pretty cheaply. Normally costing $130, the MetaWatch STRATA is now $77.

[ 40% Off On MetaWatch STRATA SmartWatch ]

Modillian Strap Turns Any Wristwatch Into A Smartwatch


The problem with wearing smart watches is that you’re wearing a smartwatch. You’re often going to sacrifice a whole bunch of aesthetics in order to gain only a spoonful of features. Modillian, however, wants to give you the best of both worlds by allowing you to wear any watch you want, while still having some smartwatch functionality. It does this by integrating a Bluetooth-enabled module into the strap’s clasp, which will alert you of incoming calls, texts, messages, and reminders by means of vibrating alerts. Sure, it’s not quite as cool as being able to have a mouth-to-wrist, Dick Tracy style conversation, but at least you’ll be able to wear that expensive Hublot watch you paid so much for and still know if you get a text even if your phone is in the glove box.

There’s no word on price, but the company says they’re launching on June 10th.

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The Touch Time Is A Smart-ish Watch With A Battery That Finally Lasts

The Touch Time is not exactly a smart watch: it doesn’t connect to the Internet or sync with a phone so it’s kind of missing that. But it doesn’t prevent it from being smarter than most similar offerings. It’s got a capacitive touchscreen which lets you control it intuitively, rather than through the obtuse pressing of menu buttons. And better yet, its always on display draws so little power that it never needs recharging: the battery should run out in about one year! After that, you just replace the coin cell battery and you’re good for another year. It has all the features (or “apps”) you see in the image above, including a calculator, a lunar phase calendar, and a stopwatch. You can also swipe to select up to 7 different watch dials, customizing the look of the display in seconds.

Pricing starts at $99 with more customization options as price goes up. It’s on Kickstarter and fully funded, so you should get yours around November if you end up placing an order.

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