Thermoelectric generator could lengthen smartwatch battery life

Everyone dreads the moment their gadgets die on them. This holds true with smaller devices like smartwatches. What if the process of charging your smartwatch could become less taxing? Well, a team of researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) are cooking up the perfect solution. A wearable thermoelectric generator is currently in the works. With it, you will be able to generate electricity just by attaching the device to your wrist. It converts body heat into energy.

This is definitely a great development for the world of technology. The researchers at KAIST are also looking into other ways that this innovation could be integrated with. Aside from wearable devices,  thermoelectric generators would be quite useful in cars and other vehicles as well.

Phosphor Touch Time Overview

Do you want a fancy watch but prefer to not pair it with a smartphone? The Phosphor Touch Time might be the solution to your dilemma. The team behind it refuses to label it as a smartwatch, instead, they choose to call it a next generation digital watch.

As mentioned, the watch provides no connectivity. This means that the user will only be limited to the pre-installed apps that are already available within it. This includes, among others, a calendar, alarm, stopwatch, and reminders. If stainless steel bands aren’t really your thing, you may also choose from the different colored straps that the Touch Time is available in. These colors are orange, blue, pink, black, and white.

However, some have criticized how expensive this watch was, especially since it only has the most basic of features.

Razer Nabu Release Delayed

To the dismay of many, Razer has decided to delay the release of the Nabu smartband. This move was made in order to ensure that the band was hypoallergenic. Razer did not want to follow in the footsteps of Fitbit. The latter had to recall their Force band because a number of users complained of getting skin irritation because from it.

Although this is a letdown, especially for those who’ve been looking forward to the Nabu’s release, this is probably a logical decision. After all, a problematic device will only bring more harm than good if it isn’t given a proper check up. Sources say that the Nabu will probably hit the markets by late May or early June.

Hopefully, the device will be worth the extra wait.

Martian Smartwatch to be released this June

If none of the current smartwatches in the market have gotten your attention, then maybe the Martian’s retro-chic look would suit you just fine. It was announced that the smartwatch will be hitting the markets this June. It can be paired with both iOS and Android devices. It was created for the gadget enthusiasts who pride in wearing the latest fashion.

With the Martian, wearers will be able to keep track of messages, e-mails and other notifications while sporting a stylish watch. Accessing the different apps is also made easier with the Martian Notifier. Use voice commands to get the latest updates and open certain apps. Everything becomes a lot more convenient with a Martian smartwatch around.

Here’s what Stan Kinsey, President of Martian Watches, has to say about it:

“The outpouring of support that the Martian Notifier has received for design, function and price from press, fans and customers has been amazing and has continued over into this exciting announcement today. Since our launch, we’ve learned that people want their wearable technology, but they also want it to look stylish. We are thrilled to make that a reality.”

China’s GEAK third bestselling smartwatch in the world

There’s a good number of smartwatch brands out there, but it seems that most of them were outshone by China’s very own GEAK. It ranks third in the world’s bestselling smartwatch list. It is just below the Samsung Galaxy Gear and the Pebble.

Gu Xiaobing, company CEO, made the announcement on his Weibo page. Since the launch of the smartwatch, over 300,000 units were sold.

The GEAK has a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of storage. It is compatible with both Android and Windows phones. Though some may think otherwise, this shows that China is capable of creating quality gadgets. You’ll just have to give it a try yourself.

Microsoft paid $150M for wearable patents

Just recently, it was reported that Microsoft has paid patents for augmented reality (AR) intellectual party. The company paid a rumored amount of $150 million.

Microsoft is known for wearable technology, especially since it provides its services to the US government. Because of the news regarding the newly acquired patents, the tech community has come up with some speculations. This might open up opportunities to create wearable accessories for the Windows Phone and Xbox. Who knows? This might also mean that a Microsoft smartwatch is on the way.

The Examiner gave an overview on one of the patents: “In addition to a video display that can allow the user to see through the glasses while simultaneously viewing video content, it also includes 3D motion sensor and is optimised for 3D AR.”

This deal was made between Microsoft and Osterhout Design group last November.

Will.i.am Smartwatch Confirmed

If you’re a fan of Black Eyed Peas member, Will.i.am, then you might want to know that the performer will be releasing his own smartwatch later this year. He said that it might be out by July.

This was confirmed during his appearance at the Alan Carr chat show. He even showed it off to the audience. It’s  a standard smartwatch that allows the wearer to make calls even if they don’t have their smartphones on hand. It also has a music player and it can connect to various social networks. It can even be paired with a Bluetooth headset.

As of now, that’s the only known information about the smartwatch. Hopefully, we’ll get to find out more about it as the launch date nears.

TomTom Smartwatch Released

It’s a fact that most smartwatches in the market have some sort of fitness-related features. However, there aren’t a lot that actually put fitness at the center of its priorities. If you’re a runner who’s looking for the perfect smartwatch to strap on during your runs, then you might want to give TomTom a try. It boasts of being a smartwatch created for the runners.

One of the highlights of the TomTom is that it has a built-in heart rate monitor. This is definitely something useful when you take training sessions seriously. Also, since the brand is quite known for its innovations in GPS technology and satellite navigation, you can expect much from the smartwatch as well. It is able to track location and movement.

Span Smartwatch Concept

The tech community has a whole lot of creative minds . This is evident in the many smartwatch concepts that  have been popping up online. Span is one of the latest ones that caught the attention of netizens.

The guys behind the design wanted to fuse analog and digital. They also took another route when it came to designing the watch face. It features a jump hour movement. (This might take some getting used to for some prospective users.) Instead of putting a modestly sized touchscreen on the watch, the designers opted to put a small metal screen. This is where the notifications will be shown. Also, there’s a good chance that the Span will have a long battery life. After all, it serves more as the classic timepiece we all know than a piece of technology.

Retro Arcade Watch Overview

If you’ve noticed, almost everyone wants in on the smartwatch game. This is why it comes as a surprise that there are still developers who aren’t sold on the idea of overly advanced watches. The Retro Arcade Watch is one perfect example.  It’s the ultimate throwback accessory.

It’s basically a watch, but with a twist. It looks like a little arcade machine. It also has a little joystick! Even the display borrows inspiration from the old school games. You’ll see asteroids and a space ship whenever you check the time. Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without the fancy lights and sounds. The watch can light up and give off the familiar “pew” sound effects every time you press the “fire” button.

Interested? It’s being sold for $50 at ThinkGeek.