This wearable tech can free you from ugly smartwatches and will allow you a little freedom from your smartphone. It has an LED screen, tells time, and accepts calls
‘Forget smartwatches—smartrings are the new thing now. An Indiegogo campaign for a product called the “Smarty Ring” has hit its funding goal. Smarty Ring is a 13mm-wide stainless steel ring with an LED screen, Bluetooth 4.0, and an accompanying smartphone app. The ring pairs with a smartphone and acts as a remote control and notification receiver.
‘The ring can display the time, accept or reject calls, control music, trigger the smartphone’s camera, and initiate speed-dial calls. It will also alert the wearer with light-up icons for texts, e-mails, Facebook, Twitter, Google Hangouts, and Skype. It supports dual time zones and comes with a countdown timer, a stopwatch, and an alarm. It can work as a tracker for your phone, too—if your smartphone is more than 30 feet away from the ring, Smarty Ring will trigger an alarm…’
Useful Holiday Shopping Hacks and Apps
‘Shopping for gifts of practically anything during the holidays can be a real challenge, which makes today’s infographic especially useful all this week and possibly up until Christmas. It’s a how-to hack away all of those shopping chores. So without further ado, let’s look at how we can use Task Rabbit and all of these great apps to ease the pain of holiday stress…’
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How a 20 Year Old Video Game Influenced Everything
‘…Being able to alter the game transformed the player from a mere passive consumer of media into a producer in his own right, something that is much harder in most other kinds of media. Amateur filmmakers need expensive kit and a willing cast to indulge their passion. Mastering a musical instrument takes years of practice; starting a band requires like-minded friends. Writing a novel looks easy, until you try it. But creating your own “Doom” mod was easy enough that anyone could learn it in a day or two. With a bit of practice, it was possible to churn out professional-quality stuff. “User-generated content” was a big buzzword a few years back, but once again, “Doom” got there first…’
Overlooked Technologies That Could Transform The World
‘We live in an era of accelerating change. Technology is changing and innovating faster than most of us can keep up. And at the same time, it’s easy to get so caught up in shiny visions of the future, and not notice the astounding things that are happening in science and technology today. So the next time people ask you where the future went, tell them it’s already here.
‘Here are nine underrated or overlooked technologies that could transform the world before you know it…’