Mail Online gives us a first look at what could possibly be Apple's upcoming smart ring, based on patents the company filed. This device has its own touchscreen interface, as well as motion sensors that monitor the wearer's hand movements, a microphone for Siri, and haptic feedback to alert a wearer of notifications. "A user's hands may be preoccupied with another task, for example, or the user's hands and/or arms may become fatigued after holding the device in a viewing position for extended periods of time. The light emitted by a touchscreen may be inappropriate in certain social environments or even dangerous if it gives away the position of a threatened use," said the patent. Continue reading for another picture and more information.
At first glance, it looks like a TIE Fighter, but upon closer inspection, you'll see it's actually a watch, Devon Works' limited edition Star Wars timepiece. What makes it worth $28,500? It features a carbon-coated stainless steel band, a TIE Fighter-inspired face, complete with the Empire's logo, elements from Vader's and a textured leather strap. That's not all, "Time Belts" are used to display the time, which are basically electro-mechanical belts made from reinforced aerospace-grade nylon, 313 electrical contacts, optical recognition cells, and a tiny motors for operation. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Susan Beatrice, an artist from New Jersey, specializes in creating incredible steampunk sculptures with old watch parts. The objects used include gears, sprockets, vintage pocket watches, etc. Whether it be rabbits, lions, dragons, horses, or even mythical creatures, she says that her "Earth-friendly and artistic items [are] sensitive to the limits of our natural resources." Continue reading to see more amazing sculptures.
You could either get a smart watch, or this projection watch, which projects the time, caller ID, text messages, and more, directly onto your wrist. This is all made possible with a micro pico projector which safely beams bright, high-quality graphics onto your hand. A full charge is supposedly good for 30-days of standby time and up to 150-hours of continuous use. Should there be enough interest from advertisers, consumers may be able to snag one of these for free, as long as they agree to project ads at times. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of hypnotizing contact juggling.
Sure, flip phones haven't been popular since the days of Motorola's RAZR and similar handsets, but that doesn't mean they can't make a comeback. Martin Hajek gives us a look at what an Apple Watch meets iPhone version would look like, complete with a mini secondary display used for notifications. "In Japan these huge flip-phones are called 'garakei' and they are still very popular, despite the iPhone also gaining marketshare in the land of the rising sun. What if Apple ever decided to make an iPhone especially for the Japanese market? Introducing the...garakeiPhone! It comes complete with the obligatory lanyard detail and of course it comes in gold, space grey and rose gold," said Hajeck. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video on how to make your own magnetic silly putty.
Before smartwatches, there was the Seiko UC-2000 wrist computer. This wearable computer may look advanced, but it was only capable of storing 2K of data, telling the time, and performing calculator functions. The gadget made its debut in 1984, and retailed for $300 ($689.04 in today's dollars). What you're looking at above is the UC-2000 mounted in its keyboard. Continue reading for more cool facts.
Texas Instruments' Ti-83 graphing calculator can run DOOM, as well as hundreds of other games, but let's face it, smartwatch games leave a lot to be desired, that is unless you have an Android Wear LG G Watch with the SDLash app. YouTube user "Dave Bennett" managed to get Half-Life running on his watch, and while it's not exactly practical for this type of game, it does give us a glimpse at the future of smartwatch gaming. "Thanks to the SDLash app, which emulates the GoldSource engine, it runs on your smartwatch. Keep in mind that this is only a proof of concept and is far from the ideal gaming situation," said Bennett. Continue reading to see it in-action.
With space exploration being a hot topic right now, there's no better time to revisit the Midnight Planetarium watch than now, which feature 396 moving parts. It displays an accurate representation of six planets and their rotations around the sun. You read that right, you'll see Mercury's 88-day trip, Earth's 365 day orbit and even Saturn's, which takes 29.5-years to complete on revolution around the sun. Interested parties can either opt for the standard version for $245,000, or a top of the line model that will set you back a cool $550,000. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Here's another look at Ring Clock, an innovative finger-worn gadget by Gusztav Szikszai that has now become a reality. This ring is now functional in prototype form, and constructed from durable, surgical-grade stainless steel. It's comprised of three rotating rings that will display the hour, minute and seconds through with blue or orange LED lights. The rechargeable lithium polymer battery that can be charged wirelessly when set atop the included Qi charging dock, and will last up to a full week on a single charge. Continue reading for two videos and more information.
Here's another look at The Nixie, invented by Stanford postdoctoral researcher Christoph Kohstall. It's touted as the world's first flyable and wrist-wearable camera, perfect for those impossible selfie shots. When worn, it resembles a slightly bulky bracelet, but quickly unfolds into a small, sleek quadcopter drone after you perform a simple gesture with your wrist. Continue reading for a video and more information.