Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Convert any watch or band into a smartwatch with this gadget!

If you're repulsed by the unfashionable state of smartwatches today, but crave their functionality, a forthcoming device promises the best of both worlds.
Glance, by Kiwi Wearable, is a clip-on device that attaches to any wristwatch to become a secondary interface for your smartphone. It's the brains (and screen) of a smartwatch without the watch itself.
"The whole thing is a button," Ali Nawab, founder of the company, told me recently. In testing and prototyping the product, Nawab said he and his team found that about "80 percent of the market wears a watch still." So instead of asking people to replace their stylish watches with a smartwatch, the team designed Glance as a watch accessory.

The device looks like a small OLED touch screen that snaps onto a watch or wristband and juts off the side. Like most smartwatches, it will connect to your phone (Android and iOS) via Bluetooth so it can display incoming messages and phone call information. Glance will also be able to work as a controller for smart television sets, and to control your computer—think advancing slides during a presentation. Motion sensors inside the device enable it to also double as an activity tracker for fitness.

While the company doesn't yet have any products on shelves, it has been preparing to ship pre-ordered units of its first announced wearable device, Kiwi Move (an impressive gadget on a conceptual level that I thought was the most underrated product at the 2014 International CES). But Move, says Nawab, is shaping up to be more of a developer device, whereas Glance seems better positioned for the consumer market.

The company, Kiwi Wearable, specializes in products and technology related to kinetics or motion. In fact, the company's name is an abbreviation of "kinetic wireless." Because of this area of expertise, Glance and other products in development by the company utilize motion-based gestures to a degree that most other wearable technologies are not, outside of video game hardware, at least. For example, users will be able to train the Kiwi Move to recognize gestures and carry out a command anytime the gesture is made.

Using the companion mobile app (also only in developer phase at the moment), you could train the Kiwi Move, for instance, to launch Shazam on your phone anytime you draw a checkmark in the air. Training Kiwi Move to recognize gestures and carry out commands seems to be open to the imagination, and coding prowess for developers, of course. It's unclear whether Glance will have the same training options, but a video of Kiwi Glance in action (below) suggests it will certainly support plenty of motion-based gestures.
Glance is only in the funding phase (on Kickstarter) at this time, with units expected to ship to backers in the coming weeks, according to Nawab.

Finally, An Ingenious Bicycle Tire Repair Kit That Lets You Fix-And-Go

John F. Kennedy once said, ’Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride’. Well, we would like to add to it. Nothing serves as a better mood spoiler than a flat tire on perfect cycling day. Getting a flat tire sucks, but you can make it suck less with this new gadget called patchnride.

You don’t have to be an expert to fix your tire now. With this simple portable gadget, you can quickly repair your bike tire without even getting any grease on your hands. The first step is to pinpoint the leak. For this comes the ‘Leak Detector’. This is a liquid solution which is applied over the tire with a piece of cloth. The liquid reacts with the air being released causing bubbles to surface at the point of leak.

The device’s head is, then, inserted into the hole. Pressing the start button would inject an adhesive patch. When done, the tube is pumped with air to press the patch in place. A cartridge called ‘Patch Pod’ comes along, which can be substituted with a refill when needed. The process is a Do-it-Yourself and doesn’t require the user to know the technical details.

The company claims that the tool can fix punctures up to 3 mm in size in 60 seconds. The gadget is good for any bicycle, be it cruisers, mountain or road bikes. The first version is, however, for clincher or tubular tires. A version for tubeless tires is expected to come later. The company has started taking orders to be shipped from September 2014. You can take advantage of their promotional prices now.

Along with the ease that Patchnride brings to a biker’s life, it also contributes to a healthier environment for tomorrow. Every year millions of inner tubes end up on landfills all over the world. However, every time you use patchnride to repair your flat tire, you are contributing to save our planet one tire at a time by extending its lifespan.

Flying Rider Is A New Bicycle Design That Gives The Rider More Power

Two wheels, a set of pedals and a seat. This is what has remained to be the basic layout of a normal bicycle. But the architect and engineer, David Schwartz decided to play around the design a bit while he was watching an uphill section of the 2011 Tour de France. The idea came with the realization that the bodies of the riders were rocking back and forth, and hence, energy was going waste. If their backs could be provided support, the pedals would get more push.

In the Flying Rider Model, the normal seat and top tube have been replaced with a frame of steel tubing. These steel tubing form a cage in which the rider’s body is suspended by a harness. And this gives the bicycle its name, the flying rider!

When the rider pedals during a climb, his back meets a sort of “cage” from which his body is hanging and faces a reactionary force. For a 77-kg rider, this would result in a pedaling efficiency gain of around 10 percent. This is similar to pushing something with legs while getting support from a wall.

The prototype of Flying Rider is odd and not many would want their butts hanging, nor would they want being stuck in frame if the bike falls off. We also have to see if the gained power is worth the extra weight and inconvenience. However, we can, definitely, give the bike credit for being proof-of-concept. Schwartz realizes the weirdness and is working on a carbon-fibre version. He plans to take his Flying Rider for Interbike Trade Show in September this year.

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