#SnapchatSpectacles go on sale in UK – an annotated infographic

Snap Inc., the creators of the Snapchat messaging service, has begun selling its famous sunglasses in Europe which can record short video clips. They’re hoping for success where Goggle failed with its own video glasses, Google Glass – roundly lambasted and eventually discontinued in 2015. E&T reported on the Snapchat Spectacles UK launch earlier today. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading #SnapchatSpectacles go on sale in UK – an annotated infographic

Easy #WearableTech upgrade for any analogue watch – instant #SmartWatch – an annotated infographic

Casting envious glances at all the shiny-brainy smartwatches pouring out of global gadget-fests like CES 2016? Old watch feeling a bit stupid? Fear not! For a projected selling price of $99, Chronos will smartify your existing analogue watch, allowing you to continue wearing your Patek Philippe heirloom, yet still join the obsessional footstep-tracking, personal health-monitoring, phone-bothering smartwatch generation. Nice. The Chronos smartwatch add-on is a pad that simply attaches to the back of a regular watch to add Apple Watch-like smart functionality, such as notifications, fitness tracking and phone controls. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Easy #WearableTech upgrade for any analogue watch – instant #SmartWatch – an annotated infographic

Connected homes become the next #IoT and #wearables domestic battleground – an annotated infographic

The “Internet of Things” is the next major technology battle, pitting the likes of Google’s Nest against Apple’s HomeKit for dominance of the smart home. We remain cheerfully dubious about the genuinely beneficial merits of the ‘smart home’. We’ve never once returned to our reassuringly stupid homes and bemoaned their lack of intelligence, so in what ways will a ‘smarter’ home truly improve our lives? Convince us, boffins! Naturally, E&T magazine is still keeping a close eye on all things IoT. If things that talk to other things to make some things happen is your bag, you might very well … Continue reading Connected homes become the next #IoT and #wearables domestic battleground – an annotated infographic

New issue of E&T magazine online now – the #WearableTechnology issue

Check out the wearable technology, hype or happening issue of E&T online. The wearable technology market has exploded. There are plenty of activity trackers, e-health monitors and smartwatches, but all too often the focus has been on emerging technology rather than the design. Yet product design is vital to commercial success, as consumers will only want to buy a device that complements their desired look. If the wearables market is going to achieve the success it should, the fashion element that consumers use to express themselves needs to be the priority right now. Check out the wearable technology, hype or … Continue reading New issue of E&T magazine online now – the #WearableTechnology issue

#Microsoft to enter the #wearable technology sphere with new smartwatch – an annotated infographic

Ever-anxious to join in with what looks like a fun party to be at, Microsoft will shortly launch its own wearable device, according to Forbes. With the likes of Apple, Google and Samsung already making headlines and – more importantly – money out of the wearable technology sector, it was inevitable that Microsoft would chime in at some point with another me-too gadget of its own. Zune, anyone? According to the Forbes report, the device will be a smartwatch that will passively track a wearer’s heart rate and sync with different mobile platforms, including Apple iOS, Google Android and it’s … Continue reading #Microsoft to enter the #wearable technology sphere with new smartwatch – an annotated infographic

Ad agencies targetting marketing messages as #wearabletech #gadgets take off – an annotated infographic

Good news! As if we didn’t already have enough problems with spam e-mail, mobile pop-ups, video pre-roll and web tracking, now the advertising industry is targetting wearable technology, such as smart watches, as the next market in which to to inveigle their client’s inane wares. Whoop de doo. There’s a great Futurama scene where the gang are physically attacked by flying pop-up ads: disturbingly likely. Behold, the future. Ah well, if you don’t buy in to wearable technology, you can safely avoid this whole hornet’s nest. There are no pop-up ads on an analogue watch. Wearable technology is, of course, … Continue reading Ad agencies targetting marketing messages as #wearabletech #gadgets take off – an annotated infographic