Oombrella – The New Connected Umbrella in the Block

Oombrella

Well, let us begin with some common experiences that almost every one of us has been through. How many times you forgot to take your umbrella or just catch the umbrella when getting off the bus? Yes, we all forget umbrella when the rain stops and we also forget umbrella sometimes even though there is strong prediction of rain in the weather report.

Oombrella, the new digital umbrella has come up to take care of these silly forgetting that often make people wet from the sudden downpour. There are number of ways Oombrella will help you stay connected as well. After digital pants, backpack, smart watch (it’s pretty old already, nah?), it is the turn of our good old umbrella to go digital.

It is hip to use Oombrella, says the Kickstarter

While things are increasingly connected these days, a connected umbrella is not a surprise in that sense. Oombrella offers a digitally equipped parasol allowing alerts for rain or so to say, weather condition in its entirety. It also reminds you when you have left it behind or about to do so. Sounds impressive? Ok, it does not come cheap as far as the price tag in Kickstarter is concerned which is $75 (€64) presently. The French entrepreneur behind this connected umbrella Clement Guillot and many backers so far found impressive enough to grab worldwide attention. Many who laid their hands on the Oombrella for the first time found it really charming and thoroughly interesting. While connected tech will only grow allowing more gadgets and useful objects sharing information, Oombrella shows a way how daily life objects can be put into the digital context.

You are always updated for the upcoming rain

Oombrella

There would hardly be a person who did not wet in the rain just because he or she could not determine the chances of downpour. Thanks to Oombrella now we all can rightly predict and never need to be intimidated. Oombrella is already backed by a weather platform named Wezzoo that has more than 200,000 users on its fold. Oombrella and this weather app belong to the same company. This weather app is capable to give you warning for the upcoming rain about 15 minutes prior to it. Oombrella is nothing but the connected umbrella that will work in collaboration with this weather app on your smartphone. While until today the app used to send you warning messages about rain so that you can grab the umbrella before going out, with the new Oombrella it would be even easier.

We have already learned from the team behind Oombrella that it will send notification messages via a smartphone app. Moreover, it has been announced that those who buy an Oombrella will be allowed to access Wezzoo which will serve as the user community of the connected umbrella. This will also allow Wezzoo Members real time sharing of hyper-local weather information. This will have another implication for many users. If the community gets bigger in an area, users can get accurate and precise weather reporting and predictions.

It is your friend in all weather conditions

Besides giving you alert on rain or giving you alarm message on forgetting your umbrella, it does quite a few things. It is no less than a mini weather station that can accurately predict all weather conditions with sensors for temperature, pressure, humidity and light. These sensors can communicate with the connected smartphone app through Bluetooth LE allowing a wide variety of functions. Oombrella thanks to these sensors can collect all weather data on the move corresponding to temperature, pressure and light.

Moreover, it has an overhead screw allowing you to attach a GoPro lens for 360 degree photography. The new connected umbrella has been built robust to take care of very windy conditions. As per the company, the Kevlar made ribs of Oombrella can even withstand extremely harsh rainstorms, snowstorms and even hailstorms. Coming packed with a waterproof UV resistant canopy, ergonomic handle and ultra tough ribs, the umbrella can be the perfect accompany in harsh weather conditions.

Forgetting your Oombrella in the restaurant is practically impossible

Thanks to this connected umbrella you practically cannot leave behind in public places. The “forget me not” feature of Oombrella will ensure this by sending you notification when you leave the umbrella behind. With the in-built GPS tracker inside it readily realizes that the owner of the umbrella left it behind and sends push messages automatically so that you can come back and grab it. Moreover, as the umbrella remains connected through the robust Wezzoo community, the lost Oombrellas are easily found by tallying the last-seen data with the location data of the Wezzoo community. Besides GPS tracker the connected community of the app will prevent losing your umbrella wherever you are.

Style, material and price

Oombrella is offered in classic style with about 3.1 feet length and a curved handle. There is also a Portable version with 0.8 feet length and straight handle. The Oombrella capsule, the tiny digital device that is behind the connectedness of the umbrella can also be bought separately. So, it shows by installing the capsule in your regular umbrella you can practically convert it into a smart umbrella similar to Oombrella.

Oombrella material-wise offers solid things to worth the price. The Kevlar ribs ensure optimum wind resistance and there is tough yet fashionably shiny canopy. On top of the umbrella there is a camera screw to work as a pole for your GoPro lens or just as selfie pole. While weather resistant umbrellas in the market costs somewhere around $30 the price Oombrella seem to take the price for he connected capsule attached inside which can be bought separately for only €29. An early-bird price for the product is set at €59 ($66). Oombrella comes in three different designs, respectively as white, black and shiny. With solid specs, strength and robust connectivity features Oombrella seems to go a long way as the only properly connected umbrella on earth.

Author Bio

Keval Padia is a Founder & CEO of Nimblechapps, a fast-growing iPhone application development company and mobile app development company. The current innovation and updates of the field lures him to express his views and thoughts on certain topics.

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Moto 360 2nd Generation – Sleeker and Smarter Watch of this Generation

Moto 360 2

The primary purpose of watches has always been to tell the time. Watches have now become smart since they now house little computers within them. They were used as a fashion statement too. The demand for smartwatches has not really caught up wind. That might change with the second generation Moto 360 which has looks and features that are just incredible to own.

With its boxy designs and gears, it looks tremendously attractive and expected to be quite handy in many ways. It does feel great to have a smaller device on your hand and without any hassle. The trends are on for wider smartwatches and hence the retro feel of the Moto 360 is something to root for.

The Colour Options and its External Attributes

Moto 360 2 Color

With the new Moto 360 2, one can pick from three bezel colors of silver, gold or black. One can even buy two types of straps – leather and steel. One can add multiple watch band colors since they are easy to strap.

  • It is super light and is not of extreme size.
  • Although the size is average for most, those with small wrists, might feel that the Moto 360’s size to be a deterrent.
  • In comparison though, Moto 360 2 offers special models for men of 46 mm and a 42 mm one that is gender neutral.

Motorola now sports a circular watch face and the “flat tyre” impression to make it trendier. Because of this dual design, it looks like the real watches.

Battery Performance, Display and Processor

The battery performance with a timeline of 1.5 days without using ambient display deserves a special bonus point. It is polished and flexible too for accommodating swipes and taps with multiple uses. Android Wear smartwatches like this model support Wi-Fi. One should switch off Bluetooth all day or else the smartwatch would not work for longer periods of time.

It also has a Gorilla Glass display and is IP67 certified which means it can survive in dust and water too. The company has given importance to its durability. Beneath the watch they have fitted a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz quad processor and 4 GB of storage space.

Android Wear in Moto 360

It runs on Android Wear OS which is compatible with iPhone too. Android Wear is genuinely useful to many buyers. As the fast paced world demands our responses in a trice, one can pick up or dismiss or even ignore a call with just a swipe on the wrist.

Tap on a widget to view last calls, missed calls, notifications, and feeds. It also shows us the weather so far and keeps a close check on how many steps we have taken, or how many pulses are beating to check on the heart rate. With the feature of “hangouts “in its improved version, sending messages now is too simple.

Some of the apps which are available for download are Moto Body that helps monitor heart rate, the number of steps walked and calories burned by oneself. With music apps, music is quite easy to download and played without use of a smartphone everywhere.

The Charging Process and Commands

The charging process of this smartwatch is impressive as it can be easily charged wirelessly with the help of a dock. You can select the color of the charging display in dock mode through the Moto Connect app. It is a rather cute piece of hardware and the visual signifying that the Moto 360 2 is charging looks futuristic.

Moto 360 2nd gen runs on a Snapdragon 400 where the dual microphones are quite attentive and ready to listen to basic commands.

The Final Verdict

Motorola has churned out a gem of the smartwatch and one can now say that the quality of the smartwatch display is getting to match Apple and Samsung screens which are nearly the best in the market. The backlit LCD is not easy to use for starters but the neat and tidy bundled accessory really lets users to build charging with the night slumber.

But one should ponder upon whether this updated device is really relevant as we are in 2016. Maybe this is the right smartwatch and might prove to be better every day. It has its best product till date and nothing has delivered in the modern age and its edge-to-edge look like the Moto has pulled up with more style to the smartwatch.

With a 320mAh battery in the smartwatch, about 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage space, Moto 360 2 is the second generation of a lesser priced version.

Author Bio

Keval Padia is a Founder & CEO of Nimblechapps, a fast-growing game development company. The current innovation and updates of the field lures him to express his views and thoughts on certain topics.

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Wallet will be the killer app for Wearables not Fitness or Health

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Over the past year, interest in wearable technology has skyrocketed. A recent Nielsen report suggests that about 36 million adult Americans currently own and use some form of wearable technology. This makes sense, as everyone I knew suddenly had an UP Band, Fitbit, Gear Watch or other smart device on their wrist last year. IDC predicts that more than 19 million wearable devices will be sold globally this year, three times the number that were sold last year.

We saw Samsung go out of the gate early this year with their Galaxy Gear SmartWatches, and now we’re seeing almost all the other major smartphone manufacturers fast to follow. Motorola and LG are already offering demos of their wearable devices, and rumors of an Apple iWatch have dominated the media recently.

More impressively, at the Google I/O conference, we saw Samsung, Motorola and LG all announce wearable devices that run on the Android Wear OS. Google’s Android Wear OS opens the door for developers to come up with applications that will help us to rethink what we can do with wearables.

For instance, Google gave a really cool demonstration on an Android device. Simply by tapping once on a “sleeping” device powered by Android Wear, you could give a command like “Google, call me a car,” which would then activate an app like Lyft or Uber.

Experiences like this are obviously tied to our wallets – the app demonstration by Google would be connected to a payment system of some kind. And the payments industry will need to be ready to connect your digital wallet beyond your smartphone to the latest wearable device.

You may think the idea of a wearable wallet is “out there,” but Juniper Research says the retail revenue from smart wearable devices, including smartwatches and glasses, will reach $19 billion by 2018. Wearable payments aren’t a replacement for mobile, but an extension. They further connect our digital and physical worlds –bridging the gap between online and offline shopping experiences.

We’re at an exciting inflection point, where wearable devices are not just the next cool gadget, but actually enable unique experiences, that help you better engage with the world around you — especially when they connect with the mobile computer that’s already in your pocket.

Easy, seamless experiences on wearables is what’s going to get us one step closer to walking into a store and having your grocery order ready for pick-up the moment you walk in.

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Google Glass The Standalone Appstore Coming in 2014

Google is planning to open an app store focused solely on Google Glass, the computerized eyeglasses expected to launch in 2014. The stand-alone app store for Glass apps will help Google create a community of Glass users. About 8,000 people are now testing Google Glass, which is expected to become publicly available next year.

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Having a large population of developers writing and selling a rich and deep range of applications is what drives device sales, so the hardware doesn’t matter nearly as much as the ecosystem that develops around the hardware. Apps are especially important for fledgling technologies like Glass.

The company confirmed to Marketing Land that the dedicated Glass app store will launch next year.

The report confirmed a statement in a The New York Times review of the technology, in which author Clive Thompson said: “The company says an app store is coming next year, when Glass is available to the general public.”

Some see Glass as, best case, an invasion of privacy, or, worst case, a stalker’s best friend. Google needs to showcase apps that are helpful, like improving safety, or providing some sort of critical information. The useful and cool applications need to be useful and cool enough to overshadow the creepy apps.

Glass has already has raised serious privacy concerns, with fears that users can surreptitiously take pictures or shoot video in restaurants, business meetings or even public restrooms.

 

 

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Sony's 4K video store launches with over 70 movies and TV shows in US

Sony’s 4K video store has officially gone live today, offering owners of the company’s $699 4K media player over 70 movies and TV shows in native Ultra HD resolution. Sony expects its 4K video library will grow to over 100 titles by the end of the year.

TV episodes run $3.99, with film rentals priced at $7.99 for a 24-hour viewing window. Buying movies is a bit more costly at $29.99, but Sony says “select” content will include UltraViolet digital copies — a nice perk for early adopters.

Sony’s 4K player can store up to 50 feature-length films on its 2TB hard drive, so thankfully it seems you won’t need to erase or re-download the huge movie files often. Unfortunately the entire setup is only compatible with Sony-branded 4K TVs. That’s not altogether surprising, but if you’ve already invested in another brand, it seems you’re out of luck.

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More Than 1.2 million Smart Watches Will Be Shipped in 2013-ABI Research

abiAccording to a recent report by ABI Research, more than 1.2 million smart watches will be shipped in 2013. Smart Watches have been around for the last decade. The wearable computing device has failed to take off for one reason or another: they looked ugly, were too bulky, had weak functionality, or the battery life was not good enough. However, over the last nine months a number of new smart watches have emerged that could change consumers’ perceptions.

“The strong potential emergence of smart watches can be attributed to several reasons,” says senior analyst Joshua Flood. “Contributing factors include the high penetration of smartphones in many world markets, the wide availability and low cost of MEMS sensors, energy efficient connectivity technologies such as Bluetooth 4.0, and a flourishing app ecosystem.”

The report found that the wearable computing device can be split into four categories: notification types, voice operational smart watches, hybrid smart watches, and completely independent smart watches. Notification type devices are the MetaWatch and Cookoo smart watches, for example, offering alerts for incoming calls, messages and other notifications. Voice operational smart watches enable users to conduct calls and speak some commands via the device such as Martian’s smart watch.

According to the report, standalone smart watches with their own OS are moving beyond a smartphone accessory. With the potential to be purchased as a standalone product without the need for a smartphone, they offer high functionality and can connect to other consumer devices like audio speakers. A good example is the Italian smart watch maker, I’m Watch. Other good possible archetypes for this category could be Apple’s hotly anticipated iWatch, Samsung’s Galaxy Altius and Microsoft is also reportedly planning to release a new touch-enabled watch for its Windows-based smartphones and tablets. “Smart watches that replicate the functionality of a mobile handset or smartphone are not yet commercially feasible, though the technologies are certainly being prepared,” adds Flood.

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