Category Archives: Wearables

Patent Drawing Reveals Next Generation Google Glass

Google Glass was the hit when it was showcased during the Google Developer Conference back in 2012. But the product has struggled recently both in terms of the image problem it has and general development making it a product that Google can bring to the masses.

Google doesn’t seem to be distracted by that though, just earlier this week it was reported that the next generation of Google Glass will feature an Intel processor which could result in improved efficiency and Intel is also said to be involved on the hardware side of things.

Google has filled for a patent which included a drawing of what could be the next generation Glass.

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What’s new / different:

  • The camera and screen has been shifted to the right eye
  • No large battery
  • Ear hooks (batteries?)
  • No nose support

Can Google make Google Glass a success after all with a new design, updated hardware and the Intel partnership?

GoPro Set To Launch $500 – $1000 Drones

GoPro is looking to expand the product offering with consumer drones costing between $500 and $1000.

At the moment there is really only one player in this segment, DJI with the Phantom Quadcopter which costs just over $1000 and comes with a HD video camera that allows live streaming and connects to your smartphone via an app.

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The DJI Phantom also comes without a camera, the basic model is priced at $429.

GoPro has a huge loyal customer base and this could potentially ad a lot of revenue for the company. According to reports, DJI generated $125 million in revenue last year and projected $400 million for this year. Once GoPro enters the space it will be interesting to see what happens to DJI.

GoPro reported $244.6 million in revenue last quarter, looking at what DJI has done you can do the math on the potential upside for GoPro.

Source: TWSJ

iPhone 6 Was Launched 3 Years Too Late, Apple Watch is Not Exciting, Says Steve Wozniak

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said in an interview with CNN that Apple launched the iPhone 6 three years too late and that he is not excited about the upcoming Apple Watch.

“Apple could have had a much bigger share of the smartphone market if it had a larger-screen iPhone for the past three years,” Wozniak said.

He looks back and thinks Apple could have been in a stronger position especially when it comes to competing with Samsung which has twice the market share, 24% vs 12% for Apple.

Wozniak isn’t too excited about the Apple Watch. He said he has bought a number of smartwatches but quickly ditched them. He called the Apple Watch a luxury fitness band but he was still going to give it a try when it comes out. He does however think it will sell well.

Source: CNN

iPhone 6 Gives Apple Record Quarter

Apple can look back at a record quarter mainly thanks to the iPhone 6. The company reported a net profit of $8.5 billion (+12.7%) and revenue increased 12.4% to $42.1 billion. The company said it sold 39.3 million iPhones during the quarter.

The big surprise however came in regards to Mac sales which increased 21% to 5.5 million units. That is impressive to say the least considering the slow PC market.

For the entire fiscal year Apple reported revenue of $182.8 billion and net profit of $39.5 billion.

Not everything was great though. iPad sales decreased 13% to 12.3 million units and Apple only sold 2.6 million iPods which is a 24% drop.

There is no stopping the Cupertino based company it seems. The holiday season has historically been the best quarter of the year and Apple is forecasting revenue between $63.5 and $66.5 billion.

Bose vs Apple Battle Heats Up

It all started back in July when Bose filled a law suit against Beats Electronics for patent infringement over noise-cancelling headphones. At the end of last week the companies announced that they have settled outside of court but the war between Bose and Beats (now owned by Apple) is far from over.

Bose is determined to take market share in the high-end market segment and is going aggressively targeting Beats which has over 60% market share while Bose counts for just over 20%. In August Bose announced a deal with the NFL, making it the official headset brand for the league. With that, Bose and NFL released a statement and rules which bans all players for wearing Beats headphones 90 minutes prior and after games, during interviews or other public appearances related to the NFL.
Beats is getting a lot of exposure from NFL players who either have their own sponsorship contract with Beats or wear the Beats headphone by choice, those days are over.

It now seems that the fight has gone into the next round. According to MacRumors, Apple is going to remove all Bose products from the Apple store as they see a conflict with Beats products.

The Smallest Gaming Console “Tiny Screen”

A new interesting Kickstarter project has emerged – Tiny Screen.

It is a tiny color display (size of your thumb) so this would be the smallest gaming console in the world.

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The creators have come up with a number of ways to use “Tiny Screen”.

You can for example make your own smartwatch, use it as a neckless or instead of spending over a grand on a Google Glas, just build your own.

The team wanted to reach $15,000 in funding. That goal was reached quickly, now the project is approaching $50,000.

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