The story of Motorola’s smartwatch from the man who designed it | The Verge

The story behind the Motorola smartwatch 360 is talled by its designer. The watch comes out this summer. It does not look like a geek device, it looks elegant and sleek. The biggest challenge faced was the power management. These watches consume a lot and we are not used to plugging in a watch every day.  Clearly the target is not the early adopters. This is the first step of Motorola into the Android wearable space. It is fun to learn throughout this article that the project was planned before competitors even appeared.

The story of Motorola’s smartwatch from the man who designed it | The Verge.

Hardware Freedom Day – Open Hardware

 

What did you do last saturday on Open Hardware Day?

Open hardware is an initiative stemming from open source software. And one day is dedicated to its celebration: the 15th of March. Check out this link to see what it is about.

Hardware Freedom Day – Open Hardware.

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Samsung’s ultrasonic case is like a guide dog in your smartphone | Ars Technica

Samsung smart cover for the visually impaired

This is just the beginning of a new trend of smart covers specialized for the impaired or simply for fun. The cover is evolving into a sophisticated accessory. With the millions units smartphone market, even a small part of it represents an attractive market size for any individual product.

Samsung’s ultrasonic case is like a guide dog in your smartphone | Ars Technica.

Linux mini-PC and JavaScript speed IoT development ·  LinuxGizmos.com

Kinoma mini-PC sponsored by Marvell.

We like very much this kind of platform. Why? The processor is dated, it is a CortexA8 base, however it consumed 2Watts. This is quite nice. Sensors can be added without a breadboard which is both a clean and elegant approach. The connectivity of the device is good, some sensors can be connected through the WiFi.

A complete software stack is delivered together with the board. We are not big fans of the claim ‘accessing sensor values through Javascript’ although we understand its value for application developpers.

Open question: why did Marvell go to Indiegogo to fund and sell the device?

 

Linux mini-PC and JavaScript speed IoT development ·  LinuxGizmos.com.

Hands-on with Samsung’s Tizen OS: An impressively capable Android clone | Ars Technica

Samsung shows a Tizen phone at mobile world congress.

Arstechnica journalist explains that this Tizen port to a Galaxy S4 was looking very much like an Android phone. It seems that Samsung is tempted by designing its own OS in order to become independent from Android-Google. The result seems pretty nice in terms of user interface.

We do agree though that the user interface is only one part of the story. The big strength of Android is the plethora of applications available. Will Samsung manage to create a real alternative to the Google store and the Google apps?

Hands-on with Samsung’s Tizen OS: An impressively capable Android clone | Ars Technica.