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Showing posts from March, 2014

Google Android is moving on to your wrist

Now that +Android dominates the market share for smartphones, Google threw the tech world a curveball today with its Android Wear platform, a wearable version of Android. This could make all those other smart watches look like they're standing still.

Introducing Android Wear. Information that moves with you. Useful information when you need it most - at a glance or in a word.

Major functions of Android Wear:
1. Google Now-style "homescreen" with a scrollable list of cards,
2. Notification system that alerts you to information from your smartphone, and
3. Series of contextual tools that pop up during certain activities.

It provides a series of cards with contextual information based on your Google info, like Email, location, browsing history, recent Hangouts chats, flight times, making reservations, sending texts, controlling your music playback, etc. Android Wear watches feature always-on displays, so you’ll always see important info like time, calls, and alerts. You can…

Smart Appliances taking over your kitchen

Your home is your heaven. Yet the tasks involved in keeping it clean and functional can seem overwhelming at times. Wouldn’t it be great if you had a little help with the chores?

Not only do these items attract attention for their innovative capabilities, they provide a glimpse into the future of appliances. Thanks to a recent onslaught of smart appliances, home life could get quite a bit easier in the near future. Imagine, if you’re able to activate the dishwasher from your smartphone while you’re at the office!

With technology intersecting just about every area of our lives, here's a look at new concept, giving us a peek into what cooking in the future may be like.

+WHIRLPOOL's vision for the kitchen. Underneath a marble countertop an induction cooktop with smart sensors and embedded displays. The large surface dynamically detects when pots and pans are placed atop it and heats them accordingly. At your fingertips there's also a control panel that gives access to online r…

What Motivates Us To Work?

What makes people more productive and happier at work?

Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn't just money. But it's not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose. Behavioral economist +Dan Ariely presents two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work.

We are driven by meaningful work, by others acknowledgement and by the amount of effort we’ve put in: the harder the task is, the prouder we are.

When we think about labor, we usually think about motivation and payment as the same thing, but the reality is that we should probably add all kinds of things to it: meaning, creation, challenges, ownership, identity, pride, etc. Seeing the fruits of our labor may make us more productive.The less appreciated we feel our work is, the more money we want to do it.The harder a project is, the prouder we feel of it.Knowing that our work helps others may increase our …

Moov - Your Personal Fitness Coach

Moov(next generation of wearable tracking) isn’t just a fitness tracker — it's a fitness coach.

+Moov wants to go beyond basic “step” data to tell you how to improve your form and get the most out of your workout. Moov can instruct you on how to run, box, swim, bike, and exercise. It can give you tips on how to run without putting strain on your knees, or how to lift weights with the proper form.

When you’re running, Moov will give real-time audio tips right through your headphones about how to shorten or lengthen your stride or speed up.

Moov is a small 1.5-inch disc that you strap onto your wrist, bicep, ankle, or whatever is most appropriate for that exercise. If you're doing pushups, Moov goes on your bicep to track your form. For boxing it's on your wrist and when biking on your ankle. And Moov is only meant to be worn during exercise.