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Sony’s Smartwig… Seriously A Technology Filled Toupée?

Posted: December 3rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Sony, Standout | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Sony’s Smartwig… Seriously A Technology Filled Toupée?

Sony's Smart ToupéeI’ve just finished watching Michael Douglas play Liberace in Behind The Candelabra, smartest looking man in a toupée. As a rule a hairpiece doesn’t sit well, they’re always obvious, rarely believable. Michael Douglas is a a rarity – NO MAN SHOULD EVER WEAR A WIG!

All that said, someplace in the galaxy YOU KNOW someone’s been trying to fit tech-stuff inside a wig, hide technology under not-real hair, it’s such an obvious fit, right?

Apparently someone at Sony, the genius’ behind Blueray, Walkman, Playstation and Plasma, thinks this idea might fly.

According to Bloomberg, Sony has filed for a US patent on a device called “Smartwig.” Clearly Sony has disobeyed the first rule of wig-wearing, “Never admit it’s a piece.”

The new Gizmo apparently has mobile connectivity – tablet + phone – it’s also kitted with built-in navigation, a health checker, camera and slide show viewer, seriously: refer to rule 1, never admit…

Sony – holding onto  the little wisdom it has left – has admitted it’s unsure if it intends to actually commercialise the device, but we still can’t get the image of a coke-bottle goggle wearing Japanese boffin dashing about the lab wearing his supershiny black Smartwig :: Read the full article »»»»


WIMM Releases New Distilled Android Platformed Wearable Interface

Posted: August 5th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, Michael Courtenay, Technoid Computer News, Technoid Gadget News, Übergadget | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on WIMM Releases New Distilled Android Platformed Wearable Interface

WIMM Labs has announced details of its wearable platform as well as the upcoming availability of a limited number of WIMM One Developer Preview Kits. The platform will usher in a new era of innovation for wearable technology with the support of WIMM investors and partners, a network of independent developers and the imagination of brand licensees. The WIMM Platform integrates hardware, app tools and web services into a highly scalable product development model. It can quickly take you from product incubation and testing to full-scale manufacturing and sales. And the product categories it’s perfect for are endless: health, fitness, mobile payments, fashion, enterprise, travel, entertainment, communications and others.WIMM Labs has unveiled its WIMM Wearable Platform, an Android-powered computing system designed to provide a basis for a variety of portable touchscreen portable such as smartphone-connectible watches, bike computers, or digital assistants.

WIMM’s New Wearable Android Platform Offers Small Form Factor, Color Touch Screen, Internet Connectivity, and Custom App Store to Enable a Wide Range of New Wearable Devices

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What makes the WIMM Platform tick? Behind the capacitive touch screen is an OS distilled from Google Android®. This makes app development a cinch. Core capabilities include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® connectivity, an accelerometer, magnetometer, audible and tactile alerts and more. A 14-pin WIMM connector is smart-accessory ready. For its elegant appearance, there are extensive capabilities.

Developed in collaboration with Foxconn, the platform is a scalable system integrating hardware and software components that’s designed to enable customization and integration into other products. “It can quickly take you from product incubation and testing to full-scale manufacturing and sales,” WIMM Labs says.

Initially, a prototype module device has been unveiled, which comes with a 1.4-inch 160×160 pixels capacitive touchscreen, up to 32GB memory, accelerometer and magnetometer. It’s also WiFi- and Bluetooth-enabled, and water resistant. Future devices built on the basic module may either work standalone, or as an extension of other products. While running an Android OS, WIMM-based devices will be reportedly compatible with iOS and BlackBerry as well.

The company plans to launch an application store for WIMM-powered devices, thus a Software Development Kit (SDK) will be made publicly available in Q3 2011, enabling to develop WIMM-tailored Android apps called “Micro Apps.” Initially, the company has worked with “handpicked set of developers,” and there’s a limited number of Developer Preview Kits that now can be applied for. The module device comes pre-loaded with a number of apps including Caller ID, SMS Preview, Lost Phone Warning, Calendar, Weather, or World Clock.

At highpants we rant on a lot about Übergatgets, clearly this device slots right in there, it is however much more, it is possibly the future of gadgets!?

“There’s an increasing demand for digital experiences that are faster, easier and more relevant. WIMM Labs integrates information into your daily life in the form of useful, subtle glances”, said Dave Mooring, WIMM Labs Chief Executive Officer.

“To achieve that, we’ve created an incredibly powerful, yet small, modular device that can be embedded into a wide variety of consumer products. Combined with customizable applications and a branded web interface, the WIMM Labs Platform give licensees the ability to create more personal, intuitive and valuable connections with customers,” concluded Mooring.

WIMM Labs says potential devices utilizing its turnkey Wearable Platform could find applications in such fields as health and sport performance monitoring, mobile payments, enterprise use, travel assistance, entertainment or communications. While none of the above is something completely new, WIMM Wearable Platform hopes to earn its success by making things simpler for developers and manufacturers.

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ndamental to the WIMM Platform is an elegant, simple touch screen interface that hides the complexity and power of the underlying technology. The WIMM Module can be loaded with a variety of Android-based Micro Apps created by using an open SDK. In addition, it works seamlessly with Android, Blackberry and iOS devices. For the partner, it offers an open platform that’s easily customizable; for the consumer, it offers always-on information at a glance.

“Mobile devices are proliferating, but there’s still an unmet need for convenient and immediate access to information as part of the flow of daily life on the go,” commented William Stofega at IDC. “The WIMM Labs team has put together a thoughtful approach to address this need and ultimately grow the wearable technology category. With a strong development and manufacturing partner, a ready-to-go Micro App store, and having key developers on-board early, they are poised to capitalize on where their predecessors have tripped up in the past.”

The WIMM Module features:

  • Always-On Access – Dynamic activity feeds and alerts on a 1.4 inch display
  • Full-Color Touch Screen – Rich visual experiences and effortless navigation
  • Robust Connectivity – Connects to Internet via Wi-Fi; Bluetooth pairing
  • Accelerometer and Magnetometer – Built in sensors for accurate motion tracking
  • Web-based Management – Manage device and add applications through any desktop or mobile device

The module will come pre-loaded with a library of custom watch faces and core Micro Apps, including: Caller ID, SMS Preview, Lost Phone Warning, Calendar, Weather, World Clock and more.

With the WIMM Platform, the possibilities for licensees are nearly endless. Early scenarios include an ultimate athlete watch, business command and control devices, payment automation, and advanced health monitoring. The WIMM Platform integrates hardware, app tools and web services into a highly scalable product development model. WIMM Labs can quickly take licensees from product incubation and testing to full-scale manufacturing and sales. The WIMM Platform offers developers an opportunity to work with familiar Android tools to develop WIMM Micro Apps and generate new revenue streams. While the public SDK will be available later in Q3, the company is already collaborating with a handpicked set of developers on core applications as well as applications specific to key categories.

Interested developers with game-changing ideas should apply for entry in the WIMM Innovators Program and early access to the WIMM One Developer Preview Kit here.

“Working on the WIMM Platform allows us to attack a new market segment,” said Gligor Dacevski of CreationPal, developer of SportyPal. “Because the WIMM device is always on and always attached to the body, our fitness app on the WIMM Platform helps athletes in the gym or on the field, giving them immediate guidance and feedback on their workout.”

“Our application on the WIMM Platform controls presentations and music more easily and conveniently than single-function remote controls or smartphone apps. With the swipe of a finger or flick of a wrist, the device is simultaneously intuitive and sophisticated,” said Philip Bergqvist of Unified Remote, who is developing a WIMM Micro App to control PowerPoint, iTunes, and Windows Media Player on Windows computers.

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