Intel to Launch Smart Bracelet

If a luxury item like a golden Apple Watch is something you’re interested in, but not quite your style – technology giant Intel are said to be developing their own smart bracelet for the fashion conscious tech heads.

Named MICA, this bracelet is positioned at the luxury technology market and stands for “My Smart Communication Accessory” (My Intelligent Communication Accessory). Intel has let it be known that they’re not only just a chip manufacturer in the past, releasing things such as their range of SSD’s, but as we’ve learned from this years IFA – they’re interested on delving into other markets.

Incorporating an OLED touch screen, the MICA will function just like that of your standard smartwatch – giving it the ability to communicate with your phone and provide you with updates on things such as emails and text messages. There’s been nothing mentioned as of yet about any fitness style features, but taking one look at this bracelet shows the target audience is clear for this device – smart casual and beyond. In January, Intel mentioned that they will be focusing solely on developing the technology side of this product and that the fashion prowess and design will be left to some of their fashion industry friends for this project.

Priced between $500-$1,000, it’s certainly not a cheap device (compared to the Apple Watch at $349), but for those who are fussy with their fashion technology – this might be right up your alley.

We’ve seen a massive increase recently in fashion style technology, from custom made iPhone’s to gold Apple Watches and now Intels MICA. Are these just a PR stunt and marketing scheme, or do you think there is a real fashion tech market emerging? We’re interested in seeing your responses.

Source: Chiphell

Google Now Smartwatch Reportedly In The Works

Reports reveal that a Google Now smartwatch may be in the works, however it will not be made by Google. It is said that the Google Now smartwatch is just one of three wearable concepts devised by HTC.

In addition to the Google Now concept, HTC is also reportedly working on a smartwatch based on the Qualcomm Toq and a smart bracelet which is said to be used for playing music and track fitness-related activities. However, HTC will privately reveal the last bracelet concept to carriers at MWC 2014.

In terms of specs, the Toq-based version is said to boast a Qualcomm Mirasol display, Bluetooth connectivity and offer music payback as well. But by far, the most interesting device will still remain the Google Now smartwatch which is said to feature an AMOLED display.

The company has previously confirmed that it plans on moving into the wearable devices market, stating that it worked for a few years on concepts and ideas. Whether or not the concepts will show up on the production line depends on how well the carriers will appreciate HTC’s work at MWC.

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Apple’s “Slap Bracelet” Wearable Device Patent Discovered

A patent application was recently discovered which was filed by Apple, Inc. The patent application indicates that the company is working on a wearable “slap bracelet” type device, filed with the title “Bi-stable spring with flexible display” back in August 2011.

As mentioned in the patent application, the bi-stable spring would be made of thin steel with fabric being used to wrap it and then then-seal it. One side will have the logic board and the battery on the slap bracelet, whereas on the other side it will have a display stuck with an adhesive. It also showed that the display was mounted on the right side of the bracelet with a thicker fabric frame.

The circuit board would come with some on-board sensors such as accelerometers and gyroscopes and the bracelet would be for universal fit of any wrist size. The patent indicates that there are sensors which will turn off the unused portion of the bracelet in case of any overlaps.

The sensors can even be used curved when strapped around a wrist. It will detect that the device is being worn and provide an uninterrupted screen.

The battery may be powered by solar panels, kinetic energy or even a wireless charger.

The patent describes the following about the display:

“With a touch screen user input a user can accomplish a number of different tasks including adjusting the order of a current playlist, and reviewing a list of recent phone calls. A response to a current text message can even be managed given a simple virtual keyboard configuration across the face of the flexible display.”

It’s being said that the tech giant is in talks with Hon Hai Precision Industry who has been working on wearable device technology associated with displays and chips. It will be interesting to see how this device turns out if and when Apple showcase the product to the public.

Source: Daily Tech