If every police force was like Dubai’s, they’d have to beat back the crowds of recruits. On top of having million-dollar Bugati Veyrons and $350,000 Lamborghini Aventadors as pursuit cars, Reuters said detectives on the Gulf force will soon be using Google Glass. The wearable will help cops identify crooks using facial recognition tied to an online database (while still keeping their gun-hands free). Traffic cops there are already getting Glass, and the tiny emirate has thrown piles of cash at its police force despite a recent recession and relatively low crime rates.
Basis announced on Tuesday its next-generation fitness and sleep tracker that monitors your heart rate 24/7 and will eventually alert you of phone calls and text messages.
The company, which was acquired by Intel earlier this year, is still targeting its core demographic (mostly runners) with a new device called the Basis Peak ($199), while giving them a little something extra as the smartwatch revolution heats up.
Specs and diagrams that supposedly depict the imminent Apple iWatch have appeared on Reddit. According to the information and images, the device will have a flexible touch display, be equipped with Siri and will be waterproof to more than 60 feet.
The post says the iWatch will have a microphone and speaker, presumably for using voice command and getting feedback, but possibly to take phone calls as well. No less than eight(!) models will be introduced, in four colors and two sizes. The battery is said to last “over a day.” Apple is supposedly scheduled to begin the iWatch production run in January.
When the first Samsung smartwatch was released last year, there was a collective groan. It looked like a smartphone for your wrist, boasting a fraction of the capability. It was huge, heavy, and ugly. A calculator watch without the kitsch.
For all the hype about wearable technology—the emerging class of miniature devices worn on the body—it wasn’t terribly exciting.