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A Supercomputer on Your Wrist

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the specs and quirks of our current technology that we forget how far we have come. To put it in perspective, consider a smartwatch. There are many ways to measure computer performance – CPU speed, amount of ram, amount of storage memory, network speed, etc. A common way to compare basic performance, though, is by FLOPS, or floating operations per second. A smartwatch can do somewhere in the range of 3...
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The Smartwatch Era Is Here

If you are an Apple fan, April 24 2015 marks the beginning of the smartwatch era – the date the Apple Watch is available. (Preorders start Apr 10th.) Smartwatches have been around for a while, but given the Apple reality distortion field, they will initially sell in large numbers, even though they are the most expensive ones available. The basic Apple watch is functionally the same as the most expensive gold watch edition that starts at...
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Smartwatches Still in the Running

I’ve written about smartwatches before. So far they have not been selling as fast as some expected. The marketplace still hasn’t sorted out the right combinations of features and price. Apple’s iWatch is arriving in April. It will no doubt sell well – if for no other reason than it’s an Apple product. The first real smartwatch was the Pebble, which broke Kickstarter records in 2012. They announced a new version of...
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Will a Smartwatch Be on Your Wrist? 10 Things to Ponder.

As expected, Apple introduced its Apple Watch (not iWatch) last week with great fanfare. It is actually not a single watch, but a series of watches in 2 sizes and 3 models with various types of bands. It will be available “early 2015”. Of course only those with iPhones can use an Apple Watch. Those with Android phones will use one of the options running Android Wear. The reaction to the smartwatch phenomenon has been interesting....
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Smartwatch Week

The IFA – the European equivalent of the Las Vegas Consumer Electronic Show – starts Friday – although manufacturers have already started pre-show press conferences. A wide range of consumer electronics and appliances will be on display. The tech press will have extensive coverage, including CNET and engadget. Smartwatches will be prominent. With Google’s recent launch of its Android Wear smartwatch operating system,...
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The Next Tech Trend – Smart Watches

A few smart watches are on the market now. The Pebble that resulted from a Kickstarter project is probably the most well known one. Many manufacturers are working on their own versions. Samsung today revealed its Galaxy Gear smartwatch . For now, it apparently only works with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3, but I’m sure that will change soon. So what does a smartwatch do? Basically, it works as an interface for your smartphone. You can make and...
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Wearable Computing – Legal Issues?

What do readers think about wearable computing? Is it cool or creepy? Where is the technology headed? What legal or other issues might arise from it? I’m thinking about this because I find the intersection of technology and law interesting, and I’ve been asked to speak about it this fall. Google Glass privacy concerns is a popular topic today, especially around the issue of the ability to record and save images and video, and what...
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Is a Smartwatch in Your Future?

Many people don’t bother wearing watches any more because its so easy to check the time on our phones. But that may change as watches move from just telling time to being a display device that works with our phones. A Datamation article entitled 5 Tech Trends That Will Bring Back the Wristwatch explains why. The 5 trends: Multi-screen functionality where devices work together Wearable computing Voice interaction eInk displays that are...
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