Nike is hard at work on the next iteration of its popular Nike+ FuelBand, and we've got the details on what to expect, thanks to getting to spend a few short minutes with the device during a recent business trip. From the look and sound of things, aside from a handful of new features and tracking metrics, Nike is also set to make the Nike+ API a bit more robust as well, allowing developers to tap into your tracking data. Now let's talk about the changes and improvements:
We chat with Mark Graham of PixelOptics in this episode. PixelOptics impressed us with its futuristic take on corrective vision and glasses. As you'll see, they've been able to put liquid crystal into the lenses, along with circuitry in the frame, that allows you to enable and disable the bifocal mode on your glasses with a tap of the frame. You can also enable an auto on/off by way of the accelerometer. Even if you don't wear glasses, this is a very cool look at what can be done. This video was recorded at CES 2012.
The Aliph Jawbone Era is the start of something new. It's the first Bluetooth headset with an accelerometer and a dedicated applications processor, which could turn it into anything from a game controller to a pedometer, or a navigation unit. Beyond that, though, it's just a top-notch Bluetooth headset, and fully worthy of our Editors' Choice.
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Like all Aliph products, the Jawbone Era is a sharp-looking headset. It's slimmer and slightly longer than the most-recent Jawbone Icon ($69), with a three-paneled, textured front; it actually looks more like the previous-gen Jawbone Prime. The Era comes in four colors, but they're all low-key: black, white, red and black-and-red. It comes with five different sets of ear tips (three that sit in your ear, and two that sit on your ear with a hook), an AC charger with a very short micro-USB cable, and a case. There's a single button on the butt end of the headset, and a power switch and pairing light on the inside face. Once you find the right ear tip, it's a secure fit; I wore the test unit comfortably for a three-hour conference call.
Motorola has released its MOTO W7 Active Edition for those who want to get fit. Equipped with an accelerometer, flip to stop it ringing, turn off the alarm or pause music. Two shakes launches a pre-set application, while left and right changes sounds or images. The cell phone also has a step pedometer and Personal Trainer app, pre-loaded motion controlled games and a faster 3G1 speed. The cell phone has the usual bells and whistles, such as a 2 megapixel cam, Bluetooth 2.0 support, FM tuner and 30MB memory. The W7 will be out in Asia and Latin America during Q2.
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It’s been about a year since we heard about the Korean company Cowon, but the holidays tend to bring all the electronics makers out. Their newest MP3 Player is the S9 with a 3.3-inch AMOLED touchscreen with 480 x 272 pixels. With a 500MHz dual-core CPU, it features Bluetooth capability, an FM tuner, T-DMB digital TV, a G-Sensor accelerometer and an electronic dictionary. The player will have 55 hours of music or 11 hours of video playback and 350 hours on standby.
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This swivel screen cellphone packs a lot into such a small size. It has 4 band GSM, Bluetooth, Dual SIM with dual standby, FM tuner, and accelerometer.The Bronze Edition also has an MP3/MP4 player, a digital cam, image viewer, video recorder, and its own 1GB card for its SD slot. Unlike many of Chinavasion’s products, there is no minimum to buy and you still get a wholesale price. Sign up now with them to be notified when it comes in stock.
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AT&T is undoubtedly pleased to carry the latest Sony Ericsson W760a cell phone. The 3G Walkman phone features an accelerometer for control by shaking or tilting to fast forward to the next song. The technology can also be used for video games. The cellie has an HTML browser, a 3.2 megapixel cam, dedicated gaming buttons, and AT&T Navigator support. Available in red, black or silver, the W760 carries a price of $129.99 after rebates and purchase of a 2 year contract.
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