10 November 2015 | 0
Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer’s Connected smartwatch this week that is built on Android Wear and runs an Intel Atom processor.
The round-faced Tag Heuer Connected has traditional digital watch hands and a titanium case that is 46mm in diameter. It comes with a rubber wrist strap that’s available in seven colours.
With Android Wear, users can connect to 4,000 apps and devices can pair with iPhones. The Android Wear for iOS app also works with other more affordable Android Wear watches, such as the recently announced Huawei Watch, the Asus ZenWatch 2 and four new Moto 360 models.
The big question with the new Tag Heuer Connected is whether it can make a significant impact in the overall smartwatch market with its $1,500 price tag.
Australian company Alpaka is starting a crowdfunding campaign for its first product, a smart water bottle called the Flow on Indiegogo on 17 November, and it has a few features that warrant more than a cursory look.
Made from aluminium and glass, Flow is pleasant to look at but beyond being pretty it uses sensors to track your daily water intake. It also boasts an internal carbon filter made from coconut shells that promises to make tap water taste, if not as good as bottled, then almost as good.
To cap it all (pun intended), the Flow will even tell you when you’re about to leave it behind thanks to proximity sensors. Though it’s unlikely you will.
Samsung Ativ Book 9
Samsung is joining Lenovo and Toshiba by getting into the 4K Windows 10 laptop game. The electronics maker recently announced two new additions to the Ativ Book 9 line-up, including a 15.6″ clamshell with a 3840×2160 Ultra HD 4K touch screen.
Beyond the gorgeous display, the Ativ Book 9 Pro packs a 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor, 8Gb RAM, 256Gb SSD, and Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M discrete graphics. It also has 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, a Type-C USB 3.1 port, a trio of USB 3.0 ports, 4K HDMI out, and an SD card reader. Samsung’s new 4K laptop comes up short on battery life, however, with a dismal 6.5 hours – probably due to that pixel-packed display.
For anyone not interested in a 4K display, the Ativ Book 9 Spin, which can be used as a regular laptop, or swung around for tablet and tent mode, comes with a 13.3″, 3200×1800 touch screen display. Under the hood it boasts a 2.5GHz Intel Core i7-6500U processor, 8Gb RAM, a 256Gb SSD, Intel 520 integrated graphics, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, and a microSD card slot. Battery life promise comes in at 7.3 hours.
IDG News Service with TechCentral Reporters