LAS VEGAS (AP) — “Smart” watches that talk to cellphones have been around for some time, but they’ve been hampered by their high battery drain — usually needing recharging every few days. At this week’s International CES electronics trade show in Las Vegas, a startup launched a smart watch, the Cookoo, that runs for a year on a standard button cell.
WHAT IT IS: The Cookoo is a somewhat beefy watch, most suited for the male wrist. It has analog hands to show the time, but the watch face can also display several digital indicators, prompted by Bluetooth signals from your smartphone. Aided by beeps and a vibration motor, it can tell you that someone is calling or that you missed a call. It can also alert you about new email or an appointment. The watch can also talk back to the phone, so you can use it as a remote release for the camera.
HOW IT WORKS: A free app on your iPhone prompts it to send signals via the Bluetooth wireless technology to the watch. The reason the Cookoo can run for a year on a button cell is that it uses a new, low-energy flavor of Bluetooth, known as 4.0.
THE CAVEATS: Only a few devices have the chips necessary for low-energy Bluetooth connections. The app is for Apple devices only, so the watch is limited to talking to the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5, the full-size iPad models released last year, the iPad Mini and the latest iPod Touch. Early reviewers on iTunes complain of the watch dropping the connection to the phone and running down the phone battery — problems that might be fixed with a software update.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY: ConnecteDevice Ltd., which makes the Cookoo, sells it on its website for $130. AT&T’s flagship store, in Chicago, is also carrying it for the same price.
THE COMPETITION: CES also saw the launch of the Pebble, a programmable smart watch with a fully digital display. Users can send different “watch faces” to it and make it perform a wider range of tricks than the Cookoo can, but it needs to be recharged every week. Like the Cookoo, the Pebble raised the money to start production by selling units on group-fundraising site Kickstarter.
MORE FROM CES: Answer calls on your wrist with Martian Watch
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FOR YOU IPAD LOVERS….
Maybe you knew, maybe you didn’t …. one of the irritating things about being out and about with your beloved (iPad) is that -you can’t ALWAYS print what you would like or what you want to an app.
There are not just apps to save a screen that you’ve either viewed on the web,or maybe you just want to save the app design you just created on your home page …BUT not sure if you want to keep that layout or not.
WELL, here is a solution!!
TRY IT: Simultaneously press the ON/OFF button on the top right of your “beloved” and the HOME button AT THE SAME TIME…..
and if your volume is on, the screen will flash (sounds like a camera…) and WAAAAhhLAhhh!! You just took a pic of the screen and it will be saved to your camera pics!
I just have found that this is a huge help when I am unable to print from my “beloved” to a dreaded piece of paper….ew……
You could be caught in the depths of a bird watching expedition and just suddenly have to save the screen… or!
Oh, ok, now the bird that you were so desperately waiting for may or may not still be there –
depends on how good you get at this “new or not so new” HOW TO!! hee! Saves time anyhoooo!
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criticism, however, isn’t always welcome, but well taken! 😉
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