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September 4, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Gear

Filed under: Geekery,Mobile,Technology — admin @ 8:50 pm

Samsung just announced their new wearable piece of technology. From The Verge:

Yes, it’s a smartphone accessory that can pick up notifications, control music playback, and keep time with a rich variety of watch faces, but Samsung takes it a few steps further by integrating a 1.9-megapixel camera, a speaker, and two microphones — allowing you to shoot short 720p movies and even conduct phone calls with the Galaxy Gear.

So do you point your hand at whatever you want to film, like Buzz Lightyear? And are we all going to be having conversations looking like Michael Knight calling Kitt?

This, though, jumped out most of all — battery life:

Samsung promises “about a day” of endurance from the Gear, but by the end of our briefing with the company, the cameras on most of its demo units were refusing to turn on due to the watches running low on power.

“About a day”. If this is something Samsung expect people to wear everyday — you know, as they would, say, a watch — then battery life has got to be better than “about a day”.

Who wants to have to charge up their watch every single day?

August 30, 2012

Should this come to pass, how loud will the bleating be this time?

Filed under: Android,Apple,Technology — admin @ 8:57 pm

Patents in the technology field stifle innovation. Companies that pursue litigation against other companies for patent infringement are bullies. Even more so when the patents in question are fairly generic or common to a particular field or area of business.

Think we’ll hear this sort of thing — as loudly — if Samsung sue Apple for incorporating LTE into the next iPhone?

No. Me neither.

(And my tongue is firmly in my cheek with that first paragraph.)

April 7, 2012

“Sometimes, new technology is not progress”

Filed under: Experiential,Technology — admin @ 3:36 am

Marco on Chase’s photo cheque deposit functionality.

A good idea in theory. In practice, not so much.

November 6, 2011

My UX Australia Slides

Filed under: Conferences,Design,Technology — admin @ 6:05 pm

As well as being available on Slideshare, the slides from my UX Australia talk on technology are now embedded here for your viewing pleasure.

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