Wi-Fi for smartwatches, Internet-enabled coffee makers and whatever other connected appliance you might fancy

There are plenty of blockades between now and the connected-device future that’s been so long on the horizon. One of these is Wi-Fi, which has limitations that keep connected devices from connecting quite as efficiently as they could. Now, there’s a plan in place to fix it. Continue reading “Wi-Fi for smartwatches, Internet-enabled coffee makers and whatever other connected appliance you might fancy”

Operators Must Pay Attention to Data Issues around Wearable Tech

If 2014 was the year of the fitness tracker, then 2015 seems destined to be the year of the smartwatch. Whilst there are a range of potential legal consequences for CSPs in becoming involved in wearable tech, from consumer and product liability issues (if the CSP retails such products) to advertising and marketing issues (in relation to the promotion of such products and services), it is the data issues which are potentially of most interest. Continue reading “Operators Must Pay Attention to Data Issues around Wearable Tech”

LG’S Working On Bendy, Rolly, Flexy P-OLED Screens For Every Gadget You Can Imagine

LG Display has revealed its future plans for P-OLED displays, which could include using the new type of screen on smartphones, tablets, computers, and even televisions. LG debuted the plastic-OLED screen on the G Watch R smartwatch, which has recently gone on sale around the world, and previously used a version of it on the G Flex curved smartphone. Continue reading “LG’S Working On Bendy, Rolly, Flexy P-OLED Screens For Every Gadget You Can Imagine”

3D Printed Smartwatch is Open Source for More Smarts

There are plenty of rumours about Apple’s iWatch. For instance, that it will feature a bunch of biosensing technology to monitor a wearer’s blood sugar, heart rate and physical activity. Or that it will use a slap-bracelet style wristband to evoke 90s nostalgia. Why wait for all of those fabulous features when you can build your own smart watch? Continue reading “3D Printed Smartwatch is Open Source for More Smarts”

Twisty, turny faces could be the future of smartwatch control systems

If you’re frustrated by tiny touchscreens and fiddly buttons on smartwatches today, then you’ll be intrigued by this innovative prototype control system, which turns the watch face into a twisty, turny joystick. It’s the work of engineers at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute in Pittsburgh, and is designed to help those of us with sausage-like fingers operate the usually tiny devices. Continue reading “Twisty, turny faces could be the future of smartwatch control systems”

A New Frontier: OpenSignal Creates Crowdsourced Sensor Network

You have a smartphone, tablet and probably now, these days, a Fitbit or a smartwatch. Maybe you are an an early adopter or sports addict and have a sports shirt with sensors in it. All of these things, plus cameras, navigational devices, are full of sensors. All kinds of sensors and lots of sensors – somewhere between 15-20 sensors on each smartphone today. Continue reading “A New Frontier: OpenSignal Creates Crowdsourced Sensor Network”