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Nothing is worse than running out of battery on the go. It seems like new tech innovations are released every day to combat this all-too-common issue. Starbucks even announced recently that it has begun to introduce mobile device charging mats to some San Francisco-area locations to give patrons a phone fix while fueling up with caffeine. But every once and awhile we hear about a mobile-related invention that sounds special. This is the case for the Mini Power, a tiny, one-time-use, recyclable phone charger. Created by designer Tsung Chih-Hsien, this award-winning device is expected to revolutionize the mobile charging industry, bringing more sustainable single-use chargers to the market. We hope so!
Source: Fast Company
For years now, rumors of an Apple-made watch have been floating around the internet. Ever since 2008 when Steve Wozniak “let slip” that company’s future could lie in an iWatch, technology and design enthusiasts have continued to speculate about how such a product might look and function.
Last week, front-end developer and UI designer Todd Hamilton threw his own version into the mix; The design, which largely resembles a marriage between a Nike Fuelband and an iPhone, is based on a mock-up by Thomas Bogner.
“It was an impressive concept that got a lot of people excited including myself,” Hamilton says on his personal blog. “However, it had a major flaw: the orientation of the interface made it impossible to use…I decided to take a stab at the problem and create a more user friendly concept. I wanted to retain a slim form factor like the Fuelband and incorporate familiar UI components from iOS 7. It needed to feel natural on the wrist and look like something Apple would actually produce.”
Hamilton’s version is a simple band with a curved touchscreen display, a single home button on the left, and volume control on the right. The lock screen is a black and white interface displaying the time, date, and button to activate Siri. Possible actions largely mimic that of the iPhone––tap to use Siri, swipe up to unlock, or pull down to view notifications.
“While I was designing this I found myself pretending what it would be like to use swiping gestures on my wrist,” he writes, encouraging readers to do the same to get a feel for how the product would feel to use.
The homescreen (or springboard) has four app icons vertically stacked with a page controller on the right. Users would swipe up or down to move between pages and press the home button to return to the lockscreen.
Hamilton’s comprehensive mock-up also includes his ideas for a health and fitness app (think Jawbone, Fitbit, and Nike Fuel), along with his thoughts on how the iWatch will get its data (“tethered to the iPhone over Bluetooth, providing a data connection through your existing plan”); however, the most interesting part of his design is probably the animated “use case” which walks you through the hypothetical Phone app and gives a real sense of how the product might actually look and feel as you were using it:
What do you think of his design? Would you make any changes or are you already sold on Hamilton’s iWatch?
For more information on Todd Hamilton or to view his original post visit ToddHam.com.
Images: Todd Hamilton
If you own an iPhone, Blackberry, smartphone, or tablet, you know that the screen needs direct contact with your skin in order to operate; these touchscreen-friendly gloves by Etre allow you to use your device without sacrificing hand warmth.
Our favorite part? Even on the coldest winter day, you can still scroll and search for property on Househappy! (See photo above).
Etre gloves come in two options:
Etre FIVEPOINT Gloves: Made with special contactwoven® fingertips, “they do what other gloves don’t: They let you use touchscreens without having to take them off.”
Quick facts about FIVEPOINT:
- They’re compatible with all touchscreen devices.
- They allow you to interact with all five points on each hand––all ten finger and thumb tips are conductive, enabling any kind of input including touch typing on the iPad or other tablets.
- The whole of each finger and thumb tip is conductive, to enable precise input.
- They’re made from virgin wool/cashmere––warm enough to keep your hands toasty and soft enough to avoid scratching your device.
Etre Touchy Gloves: “Their missing thumb and index fingertips provide the freedom to text, tweet and touch—while also allowing you to snap photos, take notes and shoot film in wintry conditions.”
Touchy gloves allow for a wider range of activities and are useful for:
- Mobile phones
- Tablets and other touchscreen devices
- Stylus-operated devices including all PDAs
- Portable video games systems
- iPods and other portable media players
- e-Book readers including all Amazon Kindle/Kindle Paperwhite and Sony Reader
- Cameras and camcorders
Check out the Etre shop for more info and style options––this could be the perfect holiday gift!