New Onyx Smartwatch with e-Ink Screen Revealed

New Onyx Smartwatch with e-Ink Screen Revealed

Onyx has been making e-readers for the last five years and has recently expanded their portfolio to include an e-ink based smartphone . The company is expanding into the smartwatch arena, and unlike the Pebble, it will have a true e-ink screen.

The new prototype features a 1.56 inch e-Ink display and is bundled with a plastic wristband. It was designed to be waterproof, so it should be able to deal with the daily trials and tribulations.

The Onyx smartwatch can synchronize with a phone over Bluetooth, includes a pedometer for tracking steps, and has three buttons on the side of the device for navigating watch faces, menus and other settings.

One of the obvious benefits of the SOSMART watch is the fact it has true e-ink display. This should dramatically increase the battery life, because the screen does not draw power unless activity is occurring. The Pebble, likely the poster child of smartwatches only has a two day battery life, the Onyx should last a month.

Charbax from ARMdevices got a chance to check out an early prototype at the HKTDC show in Hong Kong recently, where he found out that future versions of the watch could include touchscreens, GPS, and other features.

New Onyx Smartwatch with e-Ink Screen Revealed

New Braille Smartwatch can Read e-books and Texts

New Braille Smartwatch can Read e-books and Texts

People with vision disorders or who are completely blind are quite limited when it comes to using smartphones or reading e-books on an e-reader. There are a few solutions currently on the market, but they retail for thousands of dollars. A Korean company is seeking to address this issue with a new Braille smartwatch that can read text messages and read e-books for $300.

The new device is called DOT has a raised sequences of bumps, which are readable, or touchable as words, are created by four rows of six dots that rise up or are lowered to make up to four letters at a time. This is perfect for reading e-books while on the go, but once paired with a smartphone small vibrations will let you know when there is an incoming text message.

New Braille Smartwatch can Read e-books and Texts

The US-based National Federation of the Blind estimates that just 10 % of visually impaired people actually learn braille , while the UK’s Royal National Institute of Blind People reports literacy figures of less than 1 %.  The World Health Organization estimates that there are 285 million people with severe visual impairment around the world , of whom 39 million are completely blind.

Those are some very depressing figures, but one of the most unique aspects about the DOT is that it employs a Braille learning system.  If you want to buy one of these puppies it will be available in Canada and the US this December for $300.

New Braille Smartwatch can Read e-books and Texts

New Apple iWatch Concept Envisages a Classic Rounded Watch Style

New Apple iWatch Concept Envisages a Classic Rounded Watch Style

There aren’t any definitive signs of the Apple iWatch so far, but that hasn’t stopped designers from visualizing their own take on the purported smartwatch from the Cupertino company. Interestingly, a couple of iWatch renderings have appeared online and all of them are based on the traditional rounded watch face. These no doubt will act to hide the smart attributes the watch otherwise boasts of beneath its conventional design. Also, such  renderings comes as a break from the usual types we have seen so far, that are either the types of fitness bands with a curved display incorporated or with angular edges as seen with the Galaxy Gear 2 and such.

Argentine student Tomas Moyano’s concept is sans any external keys or sockets, making it perfect for use even in rain or dusty conditions. The device also does away with sound based notification systems, relying instead on vibrations to inform the users of any incoming notifications. The justification for such a design feature is that sound based notifications can be unreliable in a busy and noisy area while generating sounds loud enough can be energy sapping as well. Instead, vibrations can be a lot more reliable, more so for a device that is always worn around the wrist.

Moyano also visualized the iWatch as one that forgoes on a cellular connection of its own to better conserve power. In such a scenario, the iWatch will be entirely dependent on the mother device it is tied to. While still on power issues , the concept iWatch includes micro solar panels to re-charge on its own when outdoors, along with wireless charging options as well.

As for its features, the iWatch concept might include a map application to aid in navigation though it remains to be seen how that can be achieved with the tiny display that the smartwatch typically offers. The iWatch rendering also includes a heart-beat tracking monitor, along with an associated app believed to draw on resources likely to be built-into the next iOS 8 version.

Among the other features that Moyano visualized include a 1.2 megapixel iSight camera capable for recording 720p HD videos, M7 motion co-processor, along with pulsometer and temperature sensors. It has a 1.4 inch sapphire crystal display and a resolution of 200ppi. The device will also boast of GPS and GLONASS along with Bluetooth 4.0 LE connectivity.

In any case, the concept offers a fresh new perspective of an iWatch prototype.

New Apple iWatch Concept Envisages a Classic Rounded Watch Style

Plastic Logic and Novaled Announce New Partnership, Promises Mainstream Flexible Display to Arrive Soon

Plastic Logic and Novaled Announce New Partnership, Promises Mainstream Flexible Display to Arrive Soon

Plastic Logic has long been associated with the development of flexible displays, but we have yet to see a successful commercial application of the technology so far. However, that is likely to change in the not too distant future, as the company has partnered with Novaled, that bills itself among the leaders in development of “organic electronic materials and technology for OLED applications.” The duo has lined up several technology demonstrators throughout 2014, which will start off with the launch of a fully organic and flexible AMOLED display during the Flextech Conference in Phoenix, AZ.

“Flexible electronics is a reality, already proven through the development and manufacture of plastic, bendable displays and sensors. For the first time a fully organic, plastic, flexible AMOLED demonstration has been achieved with a real industrial fabrication process. This marks the start of a revolution in wearable products, the next frontier in consumer electronics – 2014 will be the year that wearable technology starts to go mainstream,” revealed CEO of Plastic Logic, Indro Mukerjee.

What makes the tech demonstrator unique is that it is the first time that a “functional all-plastic AMOLED display” has been mated to “an industrialized turnkey manufacturing process for the backplane electronics.” Plastic Logic has described the “fully industrialized plastic, flexible Organic Thin Film Transistor (OTFT) backplane and know-how enabled the world’s first fully organic, flexible display.”

Novaled’s contribution to the project is its PIN OLED® technology, that enables the use of “non-standard electrode materials needed for the flexible AMOLED development.”

“Through the OTFT industrialisation process Plastic Logic has created unique IP and a highly transferable process-flow. With an entire supply chain in place, OTFT manufacturing has now reached a tipping point in performance with leading organic semiconductor (OSC) materials suppliers, including Merck whose OSC material was used in the demonstration, now showing mobilities required to drive OLED displays. The process is compatible with existing mainstream display manufacturing operations, underpinning a new technology licensing business model. Plastic Logic has already established a partner program to work with leading global display makers and consumer electronics companies to enable flexible, plastic AMOLED supply chains through licensing and technology transfer to mass volume producers,” the press release revealed.

“Novaled has been developing its leadership in the doping of OLED devices.” says Gildas Sorin, CEO Novaled GmbH. “When applied to the OTFT Novaled technologies and materials will play a driving role in fully organic displays as well as in opening the fields of new organic devices.”

Demand for such flexible displays is expected to see a sharp increase soon with increasing consumer interest in smart wearable devices, such as smartwatches and fitness bands. Even tablet and smartphones could incorporate flexible displays in future.

Plastic Logic and Novaled Announce New Partnership, Promises Mainstream Flexible Display to Arrive Soon

Sony Smartwatch 3 Unboxing Video

Sony Smartwatch 3 Unboxing Video

The Sony Smartwatch 3 came out late 2014 and this model features Android Wear. This is the unified operating system that was designed exclusively for smartwatches. Today, we show you the retail packaging and take it out of the box for the first time.

The first and second generation Sony Smartwatches did not use Android Wear, and instead used the very lackluster Sony OS. The 3rd generation model should be a hit because Wear already has hundreds of apps that are optimized to work with it, letting you do things like manage notifications, call a car, follow recipes or navigation directions, and sure-why-the-hell-not, right or left-swipe in Tinder. It’s actually very intuitive and easy to use, and it’s frequently easier to give your wrist a glance than to pull out your phone and unlock it just to see why it’s been buzzing.

The watch itself uses a 1.6 inch TFT LCD touchscreen and can garner you 48 hours of battery life on a single charge.

Sony Smartwatch 3 Unboxing Video