In the world of creativity, if you're not starting a fire, then what's the point? So, we've created a portal to celebrate the most revolutionary and thought-provoking ideas we're seeing in the world today. Some are ideas we've recognized from others and we're tipping our hats to, and others are ones we thought of (go figure). Either way you cut it, you won't find a dull moment here, and hopefully we've inspired you to start your own fire.
Today everyone is making a smartwatch. The tech gods have deemed the smartwatch as the new technology frontier all big companies like Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Samsung are going to tackle. But, what if you don’t want to turn in your expensive traditional watch, but want the benefits of a smartwatch?
Glance, a Kickstarter project, allows you to combine your own watch with smart features. It fits right under the wristband of your watch and can do some amazing things. Watch the video to see all of the features; from being able to call your phone when you’ve misplaced it (oops, it happens to the best of us), to being able to respond to texts with a motion.
What Sparks our Fire: A creative way to add smartphone features to my current watch without investing in a new one.
Is this the solution you were looking for to the smartwatch/dumbwatch debate?
On Friday, we discussed a new development in the world of smartwatch technology. Today, we’re going to ask a pertinent question regarding that: why? Why are we going to bother with a whole other gadget that interfaces with a gadget that we already possess? The phone already sends notifications, runs apps, plays music, and takes calls. A normal watch tells time, as does the phone. It’s cool that these things have been combined, I just don’t understand why. On the other hand, combining a camera, cell phone, and iPod created the most successful single device of the last decade.
However, I don’t see the smartwatch becoming the next iPhone. But that’s just me.
What Sparks Our Fire: Being fully abreast of the developments in the tech world, workable and otherwise.
Do you think that smartwatches are worth the time?
Smartwatches are slowly becoming a standby on the tech world stage, even if my autocorrect doesn’t recognize “smartwatch” as a word. Although, to be fair, it doesn’t recognize “autocorrect” either.
Microsoft’s planned contribution to this quickly expanding gadget world is an item that will be compatible with the three major mobile operating systems: Apple iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile. Additionally, the watch is supposed to constantly monitor the users heart rate over its two-day battery life.
Of course, this is all speculation until the announcement is actually made. Forbes is making these assumptions via internal sources that state the watch will use Xbox Kinect technology, and recently granted patents currently support this theory. However, Microsoft has been decidedly close-mouthed about this project, which has purportedly been in development for two years.
What Sparks Our Fire: A smartwatch compatible across operating systems is a huge leap forward in making wearables a usable technology.
Do these features make the Windows Smartwatch appealing to you?