Sport smart watches- all you need to know about

Talking about big companies like Apple or Samsung, now small companies have also started manufacturing of smart watches to provide notification, time as well as call details at our wrist. Apart from design as well as feature the main factor is it saves our time which is more than enough. Whenever new notification comes we don’t have to take out the phone and unlock it to see rather if we are using these smart watches we can simply look to our wrist which saves lot of time. Now before buying these sport smart watches we should take care of few things or simply we can say that all we need to know about these watches before purchasing.

Few Tips

  • Don’t buy those smartwatches which is not compatible with our handsets.
  • We should try to pick up those watches having heart rate sensor as well as GPS.
  • We should go for e-paper display which tends to provide more battery life.
  • Look for the watch which can be easily fitted in our wrist as well as we feel comfortable.

 

OS as well as Device compatibility

Before buying some sport smartwatches we should know about the operating system of our device as well as the watch and whether it is compatible with our phone or not.

Taking an example if we talk about Samsung Gear S3 it is compatible in simple android devices as well as iPhone.

 

Display

Before buying we should know about the display of the smart watch we are going to buy as because smaller display are not good ones. We should try to buy those watches having LCD or AMOLED display which are available easily in the market and the benefit of these display are we can view all the things in richer display.

 

Interface

The most important thing we should know about the smart watch is its interface that is whether the touch as well as buttons provided are functioning properly as well as easy to use or not. We should go with higher price range as because they provide a royal touch.

 

Price

The most important thing before buying is our budget as because if we want some good quality watches like Samsung Gear or Moto 360, these cost high and provide better features. So before buying we should fix out our budget.

 

Conclusion

At last but not the least I would like to conclude the topic by saying that sport watches have really made our work easy as well as it has saved our time. Thus using a smart watches is really a good idea as because we look smart as well as we save our time.

5 Cameras That Will Help You Make 2017 Memorable

 

2016 was a fabulous year for Indian travellers. They moved out of their comfort zones, chased real experiences and embraced the unknown. And now as we welcome 2017, it’s time to set new expectations, achieve new goals and visit new places. So here are 5 cool cameras that will definitely turn moments into memories.

1. Hover Camera
If 2017 is the year when you intend to take the plunge (literally), then go for this! Cliff jumping isn’t for the faint-hearted, so if you muster up the courage, then here’s the gizmo that will make you remember the moment forever. Play it on loop, all year round. It’s the perfect piece of tech that’s easy to use, pack and unveil – all in all, the best and most reasonable flying camera in town.

2. DJI Phantom 4 
Turning 30 and don’t know how to celebrate? Easy peasy. The DJI Phantom 4 is the perfect gift for you or your beloved. The good news is that it captures amazing 4K footage with a respectable battery life; the bad news is the price. Then again, it’s the big 30, make it count!

3. Photo Jojo Lenses
Have you been going through the looking-down syndrome? Photo Jojo lenses will help you master the art of optical perfection in 2017.You can strap this wonder piece to almost all smartphones and get clicking in minutes. It has a wide variety of lenses to choose from – wide, macro, fisheye, super fisheye, telephoto and a polarizer, phone-photography made easy.

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4. Samsung Galaxy S7
D-SLRs are not your cup of tea? Smartphones come to your rescue. This one specifically helps the photographer in you. It not only takes beautiful pictures in the day but also takes care of the low light memories, because life is not lived only during the day.

5. Polaroid Instax 70
For all the selfie crazies who were struggling to ace it with the Polaroid, the latest model is what you’ve been searching for. The lens comes with a small mirror adjacent to it, so you can work that selfie right! Another add-on is the automatic exposure control so you don’t end up looking like vampires, some of the other features that are worth mentioning are the self-timer, tripod socket and hi-key mode.

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Xiaomi Unveils ’90 Minutes Ultra Smart Sportswear’ Shoes Powered by Intel

There are very few companies that can boast of a product portfolio as diverse as Xiaomi. Now, the Chinese company has expanded its product range even further as it has launched its smart shoes powered by Intel technology. The ’90 Minutes Ultra Smart Sportswear’ shoes (yes, this is the name) come with Intel’s Curie chip and provide users with information such as distance travelled and calories burnt.

The smart shoes from Xiaomi, developed by Shanghai-based Runmi Technology Co. Ltd, come with 60 days of battery life and have Intel’s compact Curie chip that stores all the fitness related data, reports GizChina. The shoes are reportedly aimed at professional runners/athletes and come with arch design and anti-skid features.Xiaomi Unveils '90 Minutes Ultra Smart Sportswear' Shoes Powered by Intel

The shoes are able to detect movement and can be used for walking, running, or even climbing, as per the report. The smart shoes from Xiaomi are available in Black and Surf Blue colour options for men while Black and Pink colour options for women. Further there is a special “Blue Edition” of the shoes that glows in the dark.

The shoes have been priced at CNY 299 (roughly Rs. 2,900) and will be available from the company’s crowdfunded Mijia platform via the Mi Home website, and shipments begin from April 15.

It should be noted that these shoes are currently available for purchase exclusively in China. If you can look past the name, it does appear to be an attractive offering from the company at an affordable price.

 

Bezos’ Blue Origin Signs Eutelsat as Its First Rocket Customer

After years of relying almost exclusively on Jeffrey P. Bezos’s fortune, Blue Origin now has a paying customer that will bring in a precious resource that has been scarce in the company’s 17-year existence: revenue.

At a satellite conference Tuesday morning, Bezos announced that Eutelsat Communications, a French-based satellite company, has signed on to be the first customer of Blue Origin’s New Glenn orbital rocket, which is under development but slated to fly by the end of the decade. (Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, owns The Washington Post.)

The deal marks a significant milestone in the growth of the company, which for years had remained obsessively secretive. Bezos has said he has poured more than $500 million (roughly Rs. 3,332 crores) of his own money into it – but has received relatively little outside revenue.

But recently Blue Origin has stepped into the spotlight – as a sponsor of the satellite conference, its banners and logos are all over the Walter E. Washington Convention Center – and it is starting to accelerate its activities. It is working to revamp a launch complex at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, while also building a massive rocket manufacturing facility nearby.

Blue Origin’s entrance into the commercial satellite market would put it in competition with Elon Musk’s SpaceX, which has been flying satellites for commercial companies for years.

“I think this is a sign that the industry has actually got some legs that both of these companies are going to be moving forward,” said Todd Harrison, an analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.Bezos' Blue Origin Signs Eutelsat as Its First Rocket Customer

The mission to launch Eutelsat’s satellite to geostationary orbit would come in 2021 or 2022.
Scott Pace, the director of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University, noted that Blue Origin probably would be competing against Arianespace, a French launch company.

“While there is a significant risk in using a new vehicle, satellite operators have shown that they want a diverse range of suppliers and not be tied to just one or two launch providers. Thus they will practice ‘strategic sourcing’ to ensure competitive alternatives,” Pace said.

During a 23-minute question-and-answer session Tuesday, Bezos offered some new details about New Glenn, named after the late John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth. The rocket’s first stage, or booster, is designed to be reusable. Once it delivers its payload to orbit, it would then fly back to Earth, landing on a ship at sea – a feat that SpaceX has been performing for about a year.

The New Glenn would be outfitted with strakes, or aerodynamic fins, to help fly the booster back to Earth without having to refire the engine. He also said that the rocket’s BE-4 engines are designed to fly as many as 100 times. (Traditionally rockets dumped into the ocean after delivering their payload to orbit.)

“Our goal, and we won’t stop until we achieve it, is to dramatically lower launch costs,” Bezos said. “It’s not going to be easy. It’s going to take time. But we when we do achieve that goal, it will grow the entire industry. We’ll reach a new equilibrium in this industry.”

Blue Origin has also pitched NASA on a public-private partnership to fly cargo and science experiments to the surface of the moon, a mission it has dubbed Blue Moon.

This year, it plans to begin crewed test flights of its suborbital New Shepard rocket. By next year, it could start flying paying tourists on trips that would cross the 62-mile barrier that’s considered the edge of space.

 

WWDC 2017: Apple Unveils HomePod, Its Siri-Powered Smart Home Speaker

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Apple unveiled its Siri-powered home speaker called HomePod
  • HomePod is designed to work with Apple Music
  • It will also be able to send messages, get news updates and more

One of the most anticipated announcements expected from Apple was its Siri-powered home speaker, which the Cupertino-based giant finally unveiled towards the final moments of its WWDC 2017 keynote address. Apple’s newest product is called HomePod, which the company says will “reinvent music in the home”.WWDC 2017: Apple Unveils HomePod, Its Siri-Powered Smart Home Speaker

The Apple HomePod is a wireless speaker that promises to deliver amazing audio quality. The speaker uses spatial awareness to sense its location in a room and automatically adjusts the audio output. The HomePod is designed to work along with Apple Music, so it essentially requires one to have a subscription to music streaming service, which will give access to over 40 million songs. Apple says “the HomePod provides deep knowledge of personal music preferences and tastes and helps users discover new music.”

The cylindrical-shaped HomePod is roughly 7-inches in height and features a large, Apple-designed woofer for deep, clean bass, an array of seven beam-forming tweeters for pure high frequency acoustics with directional control. The HomePod is powered by Apple’s A8 chip and will be available from December in Australia, the UK, and the US, which will be getting the initial batch of speakers in White and Space Grey at $349 (roughly Rs. 22,500).

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“Apple reinvented portable music with iPod and now HomePod will reinvent how we enjoy music wirelessly throughout our homes,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “HomePod packs powerful speaker technology, Siri intelligence and wireless access to the entire Apple Music library into a beautiful speaker that is less than 7 inches tall, can rock most any room with distortion free music and be a helpful assistant around your home.”

The HomePod features six microphones for users to interact with across the room. Siri will be able to handle advanced searches within the music library. For example, you can say “Hey Siri, who’s the drummer in this?” And Siri will be able to give you an answer. Siri will also be able to create a shared Up Next queue with everyone in the home.

The HomePod is Apple’s answer to Google Home and Amazon Echo. So apart from its well-rounded music ecosystem, the speaker will also be able to send messages, get updates on news, sports and weather, or control smart home (read HomeKit-enabled) devices by simply asking Siri to turn on the lights, close the shades or activate a scene. It can also provide remote access and home automation through the Home app on the iPhone or iPad. Setting up the HomePod is as easy as setting up the AirPods. Simply hold your iPhone next to the speaker and it will pair with the device.

 

Sennheiser HD 2.10 Review

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Sennheiser HD 2.10 is priced at Rs. 3,990
  • The ear cups fold inwards for better portability
  • Headphones need good amplification to be driven properly

Having recently reviewed the HD 4.30G, it’s now time to take a closer look at a more portable option called the HD 2.10. Unlike the HD 4.30G, these headphones aren’t designed specifically to be used with smartphones as they lack an in-line controls but they do fold, just like the other HD 2 and HD 4 series headphones that the company launched this year.

In India, the HD 2.10 is still on the expensive side retailing at Rs. 3,990, compared to other countries where it’s a lot less. Let’s see what you get after paying this premium.

Sennheiser HD 2.10 design and features
The headphones are packaged well and only ship with an instruction leaflet. There’s no carry pouch included in the box. It’s built entirely of plastic which makes them very light and just like the HD 4.30G, the headphones fold inwards so they’re easy to carry about. The oval shaped ear cups have foam padding without any recesses so they sit on your ear. There’s leatherette covering for the ear cups along with a circular cut out for a cloth insert to let the sound through. They can also swivel and pivot to a small degree so you can adjust the fit for your head.

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However, it took us a while to figure out which one is left and right as the ‘L’ and ‘R’ markings are placed at the tip of the headband, inwards, which seems like a poor design choice. A quicker way to know the right way of wearing them is to look at angle of the ear cups, as they should be at a slant, with the top portion tipping towards the back. The height of the headband can be adjusted by sliding the ear cups upwards or downwards. The headband itself has good flex with a rubber lining underneath for your head, although it lacks proper cushioning.

The HD 2.10 has dual-sided 1.4m symmetrical cable that terminates into a standard, L-shaped 3.5mm headphone jack. The flattened cables feel durable and they don’t tangle easily. In terms of specifications, Sennheiser doesn’t talk about the size of the drivers but we do know it has an Impedance of 26 Ohms and frequency response of 18Hz to 18,000Hz. The Impedance rating is a bit on the higher side (compared to 18 Ohms on the HD 4.30G), which might prove to be challenging for portable devices to drive these headphones properly.

Sennheiser HD 2.10 performance
The HD 2.10s cling snugly to your ear and don’t move about too much even when you’re on the run. We also didn’t encounter any major fatigue while wearing them for hours on end. They manage to cut out some ambient noise but not so much which is both a good and bad thing. The good part is that you don’t have to take your headphones off to know what’s happening around you which is useful when commuting, but on the flip side, the volume needs to be boosted quite a bit in order to drown out the outside noise. Thankfully, the Sennheiser HD 2.10 doesn’t leak too much sound.

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We tested the headphones on the HTC 10 and the Asus Xonar U7 DAC connected to a PC. We also used the headphones with other devices like an iPad and the iPhone 7. Focus tracks included Fast Car (feat. Dakota) by Jonas Blue, In the Blood by John Mayer, and Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd.

When using a smartphone, the HD 2.10s sound very flat with emphasis on mostly the treble, with weak mid-range and mostly non-existent bass. The volume also had to be raised quite a bit for the audio to be clearly audible over ambient noise, which just makes them sound even brighter. With HTC’s BoomSound turned on, volume levels were a lot better with a warmer tone to the sound. Bass improves a bit not by much however, the mid-range and higher frequencies tend to normalise thereby diluting the otherwise flat sonic signature of the headphones. We had a similar experience on an iPhone 7 too. Essentially, if you’re smartphone doesn’t have a good headphone DAC then the HD 2.10s won’t sound very good.

When used with a DAC, the headphones perform a lot better with nicely detailed highs and a smooth mid-range, however it still struggles with lower frequencies without an equaliser to help out. Vocal heavy tracks like John Mayer’s In the Blood really shine. We like that headphones don’t colour the sound too much so low bi-rate audio files sound quite bad, despite the amplification while properly amplified FLAC files sound very good. The HD 2.10s aren’t really designed to deliver deep bass as despite our efforts, we weren’t able to get them to perform to our tastes.

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Verdict
The Sennheiser HD 2.10 costs Rs. 3,990, which is a lot of money considering you can fetch the much better Denon AH-D510R or even the Audio Technica ATH-M30X at a similar price. The trouble with the HD 2.10 is that they need good amplification in order to sound balanced, else be prepared for a very flat sonic signature. They also fail to produce rich bass no matter the source material or amplification, which could be down to the drivers more than anything else. Also, we would have liked to see a carry pouch in the bundle considering the headphones’ theme. The Sennheiser HD 2.10 comes with two years of warranty.

Overall, given the headphones build and performance, it would have made sense if it was priced closer to Rs. 2,000, but at its current price, it’s a bit too expensive to consider.

Price (MRP): Rs. 3,990

Pros

  • Foldable design
  • Comfortable for extended use
  • Sound isn’t too coloured


Cons

  • Requires good amplification to sound good
  • No carry pouch bundled
  • Cannot deliver deep bass
  • Expensive

Ratings (Out of 5)

  • Design: 3.5
  • Performance: 3.5
  • Value for Money: 2.5
  • Overall: 3

 

GST bonanza: Electronics, lifestyle goods get cheaper

 

If you have been bitten by the shopping bug, you can’t be blamed. Well, at least, not this year. After all, it is not often that retail stores offer steep discounts in the months of May–June. While monsoon sales by apparel stores usually start by end of June and electronic stores do have some clearance sales in June-July, this year with the Goods and Services Tax (GST) starting from July 1, discounts are bigger than before.

For instance, electronic stores like Vijay Sales, Kohinoor and Digi1 are offering up to 50 per cent off on certain models or till stocks last. Snehanjali, another Mumbai-based electronic chain is advertising its offer as the pre-GST sale with a warning thrown in for good measure that “Prices for most electronic items are set to rise by 5 per cent’’. Electronic manufacturer Samsung is offering free DTH connection with televisions and extended warranty periods and free services with air-conditioners (ACs) and microwaves as part of its ‘June Fest’.GST, shopping, retailers, shops

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In case of apparels, with the input tax credit being made available under GST, prices will go down for cotton apparels below Rs 999 and remain unchanged for apparels above Rs 1,000, says Rakesh Biyani, Joint Managing Director, Future Retail. Apparels have a tax rate of 5 per cent and 12 per cent under GST. “June end-July is when end of season sales are held at stores. With the festive season this month, we are offering 50 per cent cash back on purchases of Rs 2,000,’’ he says.

Older models are being cleared: According to Arvind Singhal, Managing Director, Technopak, a management consulting firm, June and July are among the weakest months in the year for a number of categories. So these sales could be a way for many companies to actually use the pretext of GST and get their slow moving stocks out of the way by giving a discount. “Inventory lying in the pipeline will not be able to get any kind of tax rebate abatement. So, that is one reason why sales are happening. But GST is also a reason for stores to get their slow moving stocks out of the way by giving a discount,’’ he says.

Ghosal adds that the current sales are more clearance sales as stores push out inventory. “Every year, at this time there is a churn that happens. It is end of season and setting up for the new season. May and June is the period when stores flush out old stock,’’ he says. For instance, new television models are launched around August and between the festival season. Similarly, new laptop and computer models are launched in July when schools and colleges start their new terms.

It is likely that the discounts may continue post July, as stores clear their stock to make place for new models. “The festival period begins in September and usually there are not much discounts on the new models which will hit retail outlets by then,” says Singhal.

The discounts going on currently are more of a unit wise discount rather than a category wise discount. The discount depends on the age of the model and the particular store. Largely, they range from 15-25 on most categories. Though in stray cases they could be 70 per cent.

“Essentially the discount is catering to people who are deal seekers and who are happy to settle for older models,” Ghosal says.

 

Delhi Metro Now Lets You Use Wristwatches for Payments

 

HIGHLIGHTS
Wristwatches launched by LAKS will let you make payments at the gates
These watches, called Watch2Pay, are available through an e-commerce site
The SIM-equipped watch can be recharged like a metro smart-card
Delhi Metro commuters will now be able to wear their smart cards on wrists as DMRC has allowed the use of wristwatches launched by Austrian company LAKS to make payments at the gates.Delhi Metro Now Lets You Use Wristwatches for Payments

“These watches (called Watch2Pay) are available through an online e-commerce site. The new facility is expected to provide the commuters a more convenient and fast access to the Delhi Metro network. The commuter will simply have to touch the wristwatch to the screens of the AFC (Automatic Fare Collection) gates at the metro stations to get access,” said a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) statement.

The watch will carry a SIM card inside it, which can be removed and reinserted whenever the user wants, like in case when he or she wishes to change the watch.
The SIM-equipped watch can be recharged also like any usual metro smart-card over the counter or through recharge card terminals, a DMRC official told IANS.

In 2015, the same watch company had joined hands with Hyderabad Metro Rail to facilitate payment of fares.

Written with inputs from IANS

 

Battery-Less Cellphone Prototype Harvests Energy Out of Thin Air

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The prototype uses backscatter communication technology
  • It can currently only make calls and send texts
  • A more advanced version is in the works

A team of researchers at the University of Washington has come up with a working prototype of a cellphone that doesn’t require a battery to make calls or send text messages – instead, it harvests energy from thin air, more specifically, radio signals. Right now, all it features is an LED light and buttons on a circuit board, however, a more advanced prototype with an E Ink display and better call quality is in the works.

The projected was spearheaded by UW research associate Vamsi Talla, working at the lab of UW CSE associate professor Joshua Smith. Talla has been working on several wireless connectivity projects that have made headlines in the recent past, including the breakthrough Passive Wi-Fi system unveiled last year. The Passive Wi-Fi system, being commercialised by Smith’s startup Jeeva Wireless, uses 10,000 times less power than traditional Wi-Fi systems by utilising backscatter communication technology. Backscatter tech uses reflections of signals (whether existing or new) to communicate, allowing a network of passive and active devices where the signals themselves are a source of power and the medium of communication.

Talla’s also worked on a way to power electronics, including cameras, using Wi-Fi signals. Other work includes a way for power-constrained devices like medical implants to communicate with smart devices by converting Bluetooth signals into Wi-Fi. This use of backscatter communication between more than one type of technology is being called ‘Interscatter’ by the UW team, short for ‘inter-technology backscatter’.Battery-Less Cellphone Prototype Harvests Energy Out of Thin Air

The UW researchers’ work on battery less smartphones further developed this backscatter communication technology. Along the lines of its Passive Wi-Fi system, which “decoupled the digital and analogue operations involved in radio transmissions” to get create low power Wi-Fi transmissions, the team realised it had to go one step further for cellphone signals.

“Converting analogue human speech to digital signals consumes a lot of power,” said Talla in a statement to Wired. “If you can communicate using analogue technology, you’re actually more power efficient,” he added, explaining that the battery-less cellphone uses digital backscatter signals to dial the numbers, and then used analog backscatter signals to make the voice call. As it is the passive device in network, the cellphone will use background radio signals to power it.

Talla notes that for the battery-less cellphone to work, it needs a nearby powered base station that’s converts the cellphone’s signals and connects to the digital cellular network. In the current implementation, Skype is used to connect, and the smartphone has a range of just 15 metres from the base station due to the low-power signals being used by the team. Once the technology is commercialised however, the base station could be a Wi-Fi router or even a conventional mobile base station, which with higher power signals could greatly boost.

For now, the way the prototype works is similar to a radio, requiring the user to press a button to switch between talking and listening. As we mentioned however, Talla is working on a more advance prototype with an E Ink display that can let the user send texts, better call quality, and perhaps even a camera. He adds that the current price of the prototype – built with readily available components – is less than a normal mobile phone, and the cost will only go down with mass production. One of the concepts that emerged from the development is idea of giving every smartphone a battery-less calling and texting component, to which it falls back when it loses battery power – ensuring the user will always be able to communicate.

 

Moov Now Fitness Tracker Arrives At The FCC

Moov Now Fitness Tracker

After being made available to pre-order back in July of this year, the new Moov Now fitness tracker has now arrived the FCC. Indicating that it should not be too long before the new second generation Moov tracker will be available to purchase and start shipping out to those that have already pre-ordered.

Unlike other fitness trackers currently on the market the Moov Now is not equipped with a display and can be worn either on your wrists or ankles and connects to companion applications that have been created for both iOS and Android smartphones.

Moov Now fitness tracker

The connection from fitness tracker to smartphone is provided by Bluetooth, the device is powered by a replaceable CR2032 watch battery, that is capable of providing up to half a year of battery life.

Moov Now fitness tracker

If you haven’t already pre-ordered your Moov Now fitness tracker it is now available the limited time preorder price of just $60. After launch the price will then increase to $99 and is available in Fusion Red, Blizzard White, Stealth Black and Aqua Blue. For more information on the Moov Now jump over to the official website via the link below.