Apple, Google bring smartphone functions to car dashboards

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Smart technology is everywhere these days. It first started with smartphones then it got to smartwatches, physician but did you ever think there would be smart dashboards in your car? The geniuses over at Google and Apple are about to make it a reality. Starting in 2016, you will see some of the top selling cars in the country get smart technology built into their dashboard. This technology will be able to integrate with your smartphone by either tapping the screen or giving voice commands. Google’s dashboard will be called Android Auto and Apple’s dashboard will be called CarPlay. A special screen will be integrated into the dashboard that will work similar to your smartphone.

Now you might think a smart car would be very expensive for the average consumer. The good news is that this new smart dashboard will be in cars that are affordable as well as popular. Cars like the Chevy Spark and the Honda Accord are just two examples of where this technology can eventually be found. These cars will basically become robotic assistants that will assist you while you are driving. For example, if you are looking for a particular restaurant in a new city that you are visiting, just tell the computer the name and location of the address you are looking for. It will give you verbal directions as you are driving until you find your destination. This certainly beats having to print out directions and stare down at a piece of paper while you are driving. This smart dashboard will allow drivers to keep their eyes on the road. Since most of the commands can be given to the computer verbally, you won’t even need to use your fingers much to tap the screen.

In addition to map apps and driving directions, smart dashboards will be able to play your favorite music that is saved on your smartphone as well as activate a number of other apps. This will also prevent drivers from doing something that is becoming illegal in many states, which is using their smartphones while driving. There have been so many traffic accidents caused by drivers either talking on their smartphones or texting with them. Now this will likely change once enough smart dashboards get integrated into vehicles. People can just control the function of their apps without having to take their eyes off the road. This will save many lives and will be convenient for many people. Since the cars that will have this technology will be under $20,000, chances are a lot of people will have it in their cars within the next 10 years. Only time will tell.

 

 

The watch that is mountain-proof

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In the modern world where smartwatches are the new norm, rx it is hard to imagine that a hand watch would still be in style. But snowboarder Chaz has come out with his own Swiss-made watch that is specially crafted with the highest quality standards. The watch, remedy LIV Genesis XI, here is made especially for athletes and adventurers alike. It contains sapphire crystals that help make the watch scratch resistant. This means if you are rock climbing, snowboarding, or cycling, you won’t have to worry about scratching up and ruining the exterior of your watch while it is on your wrist. With the eye caching design of the LIV Genesis X1, it will surely turn heads and make people notice you more.

The LIV Genesis X1 comes with a plethora of features and provides the perfect comfort on your wrist. Chaz designed this watch for people who love to live life to its fullest. He also looked for these qualities in the person that would help crowdfund the creation of this Swiss watch and be his partner in the venture. Together they are encouraging the people who don’t conform to everyday life and live for adventure to purchase this watch. People who are interested can go to Born.com and purchase the LIV Genesis XI through there.

So what does this watch have besides sapphire crystal that is scratch resistant? There is a multi layered three dimensional dial on the front and a watch face that is uniquely designed with pushers and a 316L stainless steel bezel. The crown and 316L stainless steel case is expertly crafted and screwed down securely. As for water resistance, the watch can survive in up to 1000 feet of water or 300 meters. Therefore, there is no adventure that this watch will not be able to handle.

If you want to help contribute to the development of this awesome watch, you can go to the crowd funding platform at Born.com and help bring this project further along. They already raised $200,000 within the first 11 hours and had presales of about 500 watches. There is great enthusiasm over this watch and it is expected to do really well when it is officially released in retail stores everywhere. Right now if you contribute €700, or about $1400, you can get a watch for yourself that will be shipped in October of 2015. This may seem like a lot of money, but if you are an adventure buff like Chaz then it will be the best investment you ever make.

 

Google Enhances Latest Android Wear with Interactive Watch Faces

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There have been a lot of advancements to smartwatches over the few short years of their existence. Google has also gotten in on the action with their Android Wear smartwatches. They are adding an interactive watch face to the next update of their Android Wear smartwatch. Of course, sale this feature has already been available by using apps on the device. But now the interactive watch face will come integrated with the device without the need for apps. You can change it into an animated watch face by simply going to the settings. Then there will be a moving image in the background which you can interact with.

Recently, the Android Team over at Google at revealed the newest watch face to the public. The watch face has a calendar that you can access when it is touched. It will also show a to-do list of everything you have to do in a given day. This interactive watch face will be available after an automatic software update to the existing Android Wear smartwatches. Users won’t have to purchase a new version of the watch in order to get this awesome update to the watch face. They should see these updates any time now. Android developers will be happy to know that the interactive watch face has an API that has just been released as well.

So what is so great about the interactive watch faces? Well they are more than just an animation in the background. They provide users with an at-a-glance experience. Users can easily be reminded of crucial information such as messages and the next item to do on their calendar. This kind of interaction will prove to be very helpful to users who have lots of things they need to get done each day of a given week or month. The watch face will even tell you the weather, news, step count, distance traveled and the amount of calories you have burned. This information can be great for those interested in losing weight and getting in shape.

Android Wear will have Wi-Fi support added to it during the next update. This will benefit those Android watches that don’t currently have Wi-Fi, like the LG G Watch R. This will make users of that watch extremely happy because virtually every mobile device now has Wi-Fi compatibility and the no Wi-Fi issue was really holding that watch back. As for those who don’t own Android Wear, they can still purchase an Android smartwatch for just $100.

 

Sony’s SmartBand Has New Heart Rate Monitor

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Sony has already had some great success with their smartwatch called “SmartBand.” But now they are looking to aim higher in its technology with the release of their second version called “SmartBand 2.” This new version will create a much better experience in the area of fitness tracking by integrating a heart rate monitor in with the watch. Smartband 2 will be available in a whopping 60 countries at a price of $130. People who care about monitoring their heart rate while they exercise will want to purchase this watch. The smartwatch market is becoming very competitive with the release of so many smartwatches that offer things like heart rate monitoring and distance tracking. Sony needs to stay ahead of the game if they want a fighting chance against their tough competitors.

The neat thing about the Sony SmartBand 2 is that it is waterproof. This means you don’t have to worry about hiding your watch in the middle of a rainstorm because it won’t be affected by the rain. As for the technology side of things, help the SmartBand 2 will let users know when they have a text message, generic phone call, sales social media notification or an email. The user will be notified of these messages by blinking LED lights and vibrations. That way if they aren’t looking at the screen then they will still be able to see the phone blinking and feel it vibrate on their wrist. Also, users can control the music that plays on their tablet or smartphone through the watch. All they have to do is tap the watch to pause, play and skip through the various musical tracks. If users move farther than 10 meters away from their smartphone, the watch will vibrate as well.

The battery of the SmartBand 2 will fully charge after an hour. Then you can wear the watch for an entire two days before it needs charging again. The initial colors of the watch will be black and white during its launch, but will later come in indigo and pink colors as well. Users will have to install the Sony Lifelog app on their smartphone or tablet in order to connect with the SmartBand 2. The app is available for both iOS and Android devices. This alone will help the watch be a big seller because it caters to Apple and Android devices. These are the two most popular mobile manufacturers on the market. Sony is smart to create a watch that is compatible with both of them.