Casio G-Shock with iPhone Mobile Link

Casio G-Shock GB6900AAFor digital watches, there’s really only one range to look at – Casio G-Shock. From day-to-day wear to aviation and snowsports, there’s a G-Shock watch that will fulfil your needs. The GB6900AA takes this to a new level, providing incoming call and email notifications from your iPhone. Don straps it on.

The GB6900AA has all the features of a rugged digital watch, but it also has a low-power Bluetooth transceiver, allowing the watch to connect to the Apple iPhone and display or buzz on incoming phone calls and new emails. As a security feature the watch will alert the owner if they get too far, reminding them not to leave their phone behind.

The GB6900AA is currently only certified to work with the iPhone 4S and 5, and there’s Casio’s “G-SHOCK+” application to be downloaded from the App Store. However, an Android version is expected later in the year. Available now in limited numbers for $180.

Interview by Don Baine, the Gadget Professor.

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World Pride’s Spy Gadgets

Bluetooth WatchWorld Pride is unlikely to be a name that you’ve heard of, but once you see a few of their gadgets in the video, you’ll recognise them from the gadget stores and catalogues. Jeffrey and Jamie chat with Jim.

The team at World Pride visit factories in Asia and try to spot cool gadgets that haven’t yet made it to market in the US. They then work closely with the factory to refine the product for US consumers. On show here are examples of gadgets that World Pride has already brought or will be bringing to the market.

One of the watches in the interview has a Bluetooth receiver and when someone rings your mobile phone, the watch will display the name or number of the person calling. As Jamie mentions, great if you are in a meeting and want to know if you should take a call.

Other gadgets include a pen and a watch with a video camera built-in and finally, there’s a miniature digital camera. It’s only about an inch wide but it looks like a tiny point-and-shoot camera while still taking 5 MP pictures and HD video.

Interview by Jeffrey “Austin” Powers of Geekazine and Jamie “007” Davies of the MedicCast and the Nursing Show.

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Basis Portable Health Monitoring

Todd talked to Jeff from Basis at the digital experience event at CES 2012 about their new product for health monitoring.

Basis is coming this spring with a wrist wearable health monitoring system to help you keep track of your overall activity level. Different from the heart monitors you would wear for working out, this new system will track your heart rate, temperature, perspiration, sleep and activity level as you go about your daily life. It will take that information and upload it to Basis’ cloud service and give you all the data along with some recommendations of things you need to do to get into better overall health.

The device and service will be available in early 2012 for $199. This includes a lifetime membership to the cloud service.

For more information, go to www.mybasis.com

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GQ’s Watches for 2012

Time is the fire in which we burn” wrote Delmore Schwartz in Calmly We Walk Through This April’s Day, but fortunately a good watch can make time’s passing a bit more bearable. I’d love to be a watch connoisseur, or rather, I’d love to have the money to be a watch connoisseur. However, in the absence of the cash, all I can do is peruse the likes of GQ’s Watch Guide 2012 which shows off over 90 great watches. Not all of them are costly with both Casio and Swatch appearing, but there are some eye-wateringly expensive models in the collection.

Regardless if you don’t know a tourbillon from from a touchpad or a complication from a compiler, the designs of some of these watches depart considerably from the two hands and 12 numbers model. Here are a few choice examples.

The  Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri is modelled on a pressure gauge. Quite what happens when the dial reaches 12:30, I’m not too sure, but it’s great for those of us who has an “ish” view of time.

Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri watch

The De Grisogono FG One is in similar vein, but I’m uncertain which is the minutes and which is the seconds, or which is the hour and which is the date!

De Grisogono FG One watch

This relatively inexpensive Diesel model can tell the time in four different time zones, with three analogue dials and one digital. Not sure why you’d need to…

Diesel Watch

The Longines 24 Hours dispenses with the usual 12 hour dial, replacing it with a 24 hour one. What looks like 6 o’clock on this watch is actually 12 noon. Very cool.

Longines 24 Hour Watch

The Girard Perregaux John Harrison commemorates William Harrison’s four-month journey from Portsmouth to Jamaica in 1761-2 to test his father John’s H4 chronometer, designed to calculate longitude at sea. Simply beautiful.

Girard Perregaux John Harrison watch

Enjoy looking at the rest of the watches in the article.

Watch Me 911: iPhone Safety Application for Women

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watch me 911

“For Women, by Women”, they tout. Although, anyone can use this application if they feel concerned or need help. The Watch Me 911 turns your iPhone into a security assistant. That way, you can continue with daily activities with a peace of mind.

There are three options when you download Watch Me 911:

  • Monitor Me
  • Panic
  • I’ve Arrived

Monitor Me is a timer activated alert. You set the timer before activities. If you don’t check in before the timer is up, friends are notified. They would then call you to make sure you are alright.

Panic is a simple button that you can use if you have to pass through questionable areas. Walking through the parking lot or a dark alley, for example. If you feel threatened, you double-tap the button and people are notified. You can also have 911 contacted.

I’ve arrived is an app that lets you get a message ready to let people know when you show up to your destination. When you get there, you send the message. That way, if you get right into business, you don’t have to stop your momentum to let people know where you are.

This application was created by Alice Armitage and Jill Campbell. As businesspeople, mothers and women, they felt the need to have an application like this. They also felt that other women (and men) might also need a personal assistant program.

The application is fee-based. You get a 30 day free trial, and if you like the app, you can either pay $9.99 a month, or $99.99 a year for all three products (with 2 months free).

Turn Your iPod Nano into a Watch with TikTok

TikTok Watch

TikTok Watch

TikTok was a product that was turned down by Apple, so they went to Kickstarter to raise funds. After 30 days, the end result was not only a great amount of enthusiasm, but also the funds to create the TikTok watch.

The TikTok watch is a case for your iPod Nano. Once you put the Nano into your watch enclosure, you can use this just like a watch. The casing – made of Aerospace grade Aluminum – Comes in several styles and colors. So you could easily change watch enclosures to go with your wardrobe.

Best part – It’s more than just a watch. Not only can you listen to music, but you can use the watch as a Pedometer, a fitness application, an FM radio and more.

Scott Wilson (@ScottWilsonID), founder of MINIMAL (based in Chicago, IL) was the creator of this enclosure. Their company works by enhancing products from companies like  Xbox, Nike, Dell, Microsoft, Apple and Coalesse.

These enclosures start at $79. Check out LunaTik.com for more information. Of course, get a Nano at the Apple Store.

Casio Demos Low Power Bluetooth in Watches

Tom Newman clocks in with Mike from Casio, who were demonstrating low-power Bluetooth in a watch. As you might expect, low power drain is highly desirable in a watch as, unlike smartphones, it’s not normal to recharge them every night. Most people would expect a watch to last several years between battery changes and fortunately, Casio expects the battery in the phone to last two years before needing changed.

Low-power Bluetooth is an enhancement to the Bluetooth 4.0 core specification and it’s expected to appear in devices from 2012 onwards. The video shows a couple of different scenarios, such as the watch changing time when your change the time zone in your smartphone.

Interview by Tom Newman of The Fogview Podcast.

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LOK8U – CES 2009

Lok8u_logoMoms and Dads keep track of the kids by having them simply wear a watch. This new technology will allow you to track where your kids are with a tamper-proof device that if removed, will alert you that there is a issue. Lok8U uses GPS and Satellites to track where your kids are at all times and GSM technology to alert you via text/email.

This is the world’s first GPS locator device that has been specifically designed with children in mind. It will tell you exactly where your child is, whenever you feel you need to know – at home or even abroad. All you need is a mobile phone or a computer to find their precise location. And unlike similar locator products, num8 has been cleverly concealed in a child’s digital watch that is securely fastened to your child and cannot be removed or deactivated without your knowledge. Another great feature of num8 is the ability to set up a virtual fence as a ‘safe zone’. If your child steps outside this zone you’ll know it right away. It means total security, absolute peace of mind, all day long. num8 uses the same Pinpoint precise GPS technology used in SatNav systems and is accurate to within 3 meters. Just text WRU from your phone and within 30 seconds you get information back including street name, building number, zip code and linking to the Google maps. The battery standby times is 100 hours and 2 to 3 days of battery life in normal use of 8 to 10 interactions with the device a day. (If you are checking your kid every 2 or 3 minutes you will get 8 to 9 hours of the battery life.) The information is available on the website www.lok8u.com. The price point is $200 USD with a monthly subscription of $10 USD.

Unobtrusive Watch

I want a new watch. I don’t need one with an iPod embedded or Bluetooth capability. I don’t want a calculator watch (1980’s geek status symbol). I don’t want to watch videos on it. I don’t need it to wake me in the morning or remind me to bring home some milk. I just want a watch that does not get in my way or feel weird on my wrist. If you don’t know what I mean then maybe it is just me. But when I am typing on the keyboard my watch, admittedly a bulky one, hangs & bumps every part of the laptop. It just feels awkward. Even when I am sitting around I take off the thing just to be “free”. The only time it does not bother me is while working partly because I need it then for timing & I am in a hurry to get done. I have tried the watch that hangs on a belt loop like a rock climbing clip but I don’t like having to look down at it and move it to where I can see it. Likewise I don’t like things hanging around my neck so that type watch won’t work for me either. Some of you are saying, “who needs a watch when everyone has cell phone with the time?” I get that and used to think that way but it is the same thing as the clip watch. You have to dig in your pocket to get to it. With a wrist watch it is the fastest way to get the info so it is the best design.

I think I have the prototype of what will work and maybe there is a watch like this out there somewhere. I wear a yellow “Live Strong” bracelet and it does not bother me at all even when typing. So a watch embedded in that type bracelet with a slicker finish is what I need. If you know of one I will gladly accept it as a gift