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Modular Smart-System for Kids

The Novus is billed as the "world's first modular smartphone for kids"
The Novus is billed as the “world’s first modular smartphone for kids”(Credit: Abardeen)

Smartphones and smartwatches for kids aren’t exactly new – even FitBit has a kids’ watch these days – but China-based Abardeen has done things a little differently. The company has taken a modular approach with its latest offering – launched this week on Kickstarter – in an effort to inject some extra flexibility to the kids phone/watch equation.

Designed to transform between smartphone, smartwatch and voice-enabled home assistant, the Novus system is made up of four components (one of which is optional). The first is the Novus Core, an Android-powered, 4G-enabled, Apple-Watch-looking module, housing the screen and all the phone/watch related technology. As the name suggests, this is the core of the setup – the brains of the operation if you will. The Novus Core is either inserted into the Watch Module (handy for kids prone to losing things like phones) or clicked into the Phone Module enclosure (which also adds two extra days of battery life). The Phone Module uses a touch-wheel – similar to classic iPods – to control the Novus and scroll through the onscreen menus.

Combining the Novus Core with the phone and watch modules is a simple click-and-go process

At home, the Novus Core + Phone Module can be slotted into the optional Home Module, which not only charges the Novus Core and Phone Module batteries, but transforms the ensemble into what Abardeen calls an “AI Speaker.” This is more than a charging station with a speaker. It’s a Google Assistant-enabled smart-speaker, a stand-alone alarm clock and a clever nightlight that turns on when it detects movement via its infrared sensor.

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Apple Watch Series 3

Apple’s Watch has been something of a slow burn among consumers – but, with the latest model that packs in cellular capabilities for the first time, expect that to change very quickly.

Where it’s primarily been a hit for its fitness and health tracking, the latest update is going to open up a whole new world – and see consumers leaving their phone at home.

Apple has managed to cram in cellular capabilities that let you make calls, use apps and get notifications anywhere you have coverage.

After just a week with it, I’ve already found myself not bothering to take my phone on runs, quick trips to the shop and even the odd night out.

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Apple has revealed its newest smartwatch will be equipped with its own built-in cellular capabilities for the first time. The $399 Series 3 Apple Watch will allow users to make calls directly from their wrist, without an iPhone nearby

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Do I Need a Wearable or Should I Stick with My Smartphone?

GadgetgirlRidgeGuest post by: Gadgetgirl Ridge

With the promising potential brought about by wearables, especially in terms of assisting digital health, many consumers are considering purchasing this new form of technology. Among the different kinds of wearable devices, the smartwatch is set to be one of the frontrunners due to it offering mobile functionalities and health sensors which will appeal to a lot of consumers. A study by Gartner released late last year showed that 50% of people who plan to purchase wearables will likely opt for smartwatches over fitness bands.

However, many are still considering whether it’s the right time to buy a wearable or just stick with their trusty smartphones for the time being. In this article, we’ll try to help you make the right decision on whether you should buy a wearable gadget soon, or if you should save your money for the next innovative release in the tech world.

Smartphone apps are just as accurate
Based on research published by Penn Medicine, smartphone applications were tested and found to be as accurate in delivering health data as

New Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone (L), Gear 2 smartwatch (C) and Gear Fit fitness band are displayed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Albert Gea

New Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone (L), Gear 2 smartwatch (C) and Gear Fit fitness band are displayed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Albert Gea

wearables. The research was said to address the common challenges in using and purchasing the technology – but how accurate is it in monitoring health? The study concluded that today’s health applications for smart handsets are just as accurate in calculating and presenting real-time data to its users as smartwatches and fitness bands. read more

New Sony Products

Sony has launched a new waterproof android smartphone.

The Xperia Z Ultra can be used underwater up to a depth of 1.5m, even allowing people to take pictures and film video in full HD below the surface, the company said.

Launching it today, Sony claimed the handset, which has a 6.4-inch screen, has the biggest display and is the thinnest large-screen smartphone on the market.

 
The Xperia Z Ultra can be used underwater, even allowing people to take pictures and film video in full HD below the surface
The Xperia Z Ultra can be used underwater, even allowing people to take pictures and film video in full HD below the surface
 
Sony claimed the handset, which has a 6.4-inch screen, has the biggest display and is the thinnest large-screen smartphone on the market
Sony claimed the handset, which has a 6.4-inch screen, has the biggest display and is the thinnest large-screen smartphone on the market

 

 

Calum MacDougall, Sony’s director of Xperia marketing, said: ‘The Xperia Z Ultra is the most exciting revolution in large-screen smartphone entertainment devices with both the slimmest and largest full HD smartphone display in the world that is second to none.’

The phone will include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor which Sony says is the world’s fastest processor.

The screen also features handwriting recognition software that allows it to be used with pencil or stylus.

 
The Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2, a 'second screen' for any Android phone worn on the wrist
The Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2, a ‘second screen’ for any Android phone worn on the wrist

 

 
Sony say it will allow people to remotely handle calls, read emails, alter the volume on their music and even take pictures
Sony says it will allow people to remotely handle calls, read emails, alter the volume on their music and even take pictures

The phone was launched today at the Mobile Asia Expo in Shanghai, alongside the Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2, a ‘second screen’ for any Android phone worn on the wrist.

Sony say it will allow people to remotely handle calls, read emails, alter the volume on their music and even take pictures remotely using a built-in camera app.

Attribution: Jaymi Mccann, Daily Mail