Project Ara has evolved.
A few years ago Project Ara was announced by Motorola and since then the project has been moving ahead and they’ve even done a public demo. If you’re not aware of what Project Ara is, it’s a modular smartphone – meaning you can choose what you want more of in your phone, need more battery life? Add the larger battery module. Want more storage? Add the large storage module. It’s a one-size-fits-all smartphone.
Well move over Project Ara, Blocks is here. Blocks is a modular smartwatch, it uses the band and face to connect all the modules together, which is a really clever use of space – every other smart watch has used the band as… well a band.
Watch the video below, it explains the concept and it’s awesome.
An amazing Kick Starter campaign in on track to reach its goal of $50,000 by the 11th of June. It’s a smart lighter that tracks your smoking habits. The projects founder believes if you can track it, you can manage it.
Quit Australia should keep it’s eyes on this project as it’s got the potential to help people quit smoking and think more about what they are breathing into their bodies. Right now it looks to only show basic statistics about how often and when you smoke, but if it can get deeper and tell you more statistics about how much nicotine you are inhaling and how much damage your causing your body it will make the project so much more powerful.
Today has been a big news day in terms of technology. Google announced that it was releasing Android for Wearable devices, which is a smart move as I believe we’re only at the tip of the iceberg when we talk about the future of wearable technology.
Motorola (One of Googles many companies) have announced that they are launching a smart watch in the summer of 2014 (Mid year for us Australians). I’ve got a pebble watch which I enjoy using, but it lacks features. Some of the screen shots in the Moto 360 project look amazing. Maps, Text Messages, full colour screen and most of all the watch looks like a real watch, unlike the Pebble which is more playful, bright and colourful.
I’m looking forward to seeing this project and might be first in line to go and purchase a Moto 360.
Pebble has released it’s new SDK, Pebble 2.0. This opens the doors for a large range of products to integrate with the watch. GoPro is releasing it’s own app that lets you use the pebble as a remote control. As a seasonal snow boarder who loves their GoPro this feature would be unreal and would make taking photos while on the go so much easier.
I’m going to give Pebble programming a go and try and make a basic application that interacts with my handset. I’m unsure of what I’m going to make / do yet, but I’m keen to hear from anyone that has some ideas. Tweet me at @sketchthat
Only a few days into the year and already there are more wearables on display. LG announced their new product Lifeband. It draws very simular features from other health and movement tracking wearable devices such as Nike+ FuelBand, Jawbone & Flexbit.
However, I see this product to have one extra interesting bit of technology. Heartbeat detecting headphones. The headphones while sitting in your ear will respond to the pulse produced by your heart and collect that information to display your heart rate. Pretty neat I think.