“smart” scales, thermometers, trackers soon to hit the market under the brand NOKIA

As you know, last year, Nokia acquired the Withings, engaged in production of products related to health. Initially, the Finnish manufacturer has implemented under the old brand products, but not so long ago announced its intention to rename procedure. And within the Mobile World Congress were presented the details.


Devices under the brand Nokia to hit the market at the beginning of this summer. We are talking about “smart” scales, thermometers, devices for measuring blood pressure, trackers, home cameras. Also scheduled for redesign applications Health Mate, which collects and processes data from these devices. It is said that later the application will receive a simplified user interface, it will be easier to use, will enable progress to share with family members and provide new in-depth training program.


XWatch EX16 Smart Watch can be purchased for $20 only

The first “smart” watches have appeared on the market a few years ago, but is still very popular these devices are not in use. Many believe that the current smart watches are quite expensive and are not always characterized by a sufficient battery life. Novelty called XWatch EX16 does not have these two disadvantages. The device can be purchased for $ 19.99, and a small battery charge will last for 8 months of standby time or 12 months when activating the power saving mode.
XWatch EX16

The watch has a Bluetooth 4.0 module, through which the clock can be synchronized with the mobile device, and they will notify you of new messages and notifications. In addition, XWatch EX16 can control your smartphone camera to track the number of steps taken, the approximate distance and calories burnt.

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However, there have XWatch EX16 and disadvantages. The first of these can be considered that the clocks only work with mobile devices on the Android platform, the second – lack of heart rate sensor, and the third – the inability to download third-party applications.


Huawei Watch 2 and Huawei Watch 2 Classic are now official

Russian users will be able to purchase the device in April.

In addition to the flagship smartphones, Huawei introduced a new generation of smart watches – Huawei Watch 2 and Huawei Watch 2 Classic. Both devices operate under the control of Android Wear 2.0, supports Android Pay and Google Assistant. Provision built-in GPS chip to track movements. In addition, Huawei Watch 2 are available in versions with support for Wi-Fi only or LTE, and Huawei Watch 2 Classic supports only Wi-Fi-connection.

Watches are equipped with 2.1-inch AMOLED-display with a resolution of 390×390 pixels and a protective cover Gorilla Glass, Snapdragon processor 2100 768 MB of “RAM”, 4 GB of non-volatile memory and a battery 420 mAh battery that can provide up to two days of use. There is the usual array of sensors, including accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, lighting sensors and heart rate.

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Unlike Huawei Watch Sport, in Huawei Watch 2 and Huawei Watch 2 Classic, the user can easily change straps. Normal version was a plastic housing and 20-mm rubber bracelet, a classic option, steel case and 22 mm leather strap. At the same time the clock protected against water and dust to IP68 standard.

Huawei Watch Version 2 only with the support of Wi-Fi will be available for € 329 (about 20 100 rubles), but with LTE – for € 379 (23 200 rubles). The classic version will be priced at € 399 (24 400 rubles). In Russia novelty will arrive in April. The manufacturer also announced the publication of Porsche Design, the details of which are not reported.


Assistant Alexa can be activated through a wearable accessories

Qualcomm Technologies today announced that Qualcomm eXtension program members will be able to implement in portable devices supporting voice activated assistant Alexa keyword. This feature will be available on the chips Qualcomm Bluetooth Audio CSR8670 and CSR8675. Manufacturers will be able to license the software from Sensory and Rubidium, who developed integration tools keyword to Alexa in the Bluetooth-enabled device. These include headphones, speakers, fitness accessories, etc. From now on, the user can call the keyword, and immediately after that a voice request will be processed and forwarded wearable accessory for a smartphone with a preinstalled voice assistant application.


Users can ask questions about the weather, news, transport, music strimingovyh services. Issuance of information takes place on the basis of open sources on the Internet. In addition, manufacturers have the opportunity to implement a voice recognition function and key words, even when the music plays. The introduction of a trigger command to the new and existing devices can help spread commercial devices with voice assistant.

“Support for a special word to activate Alexa under the Qualcomm eXtension program will reduce the integration time and the development of handheld device manufacturers, as well as to reduce the final cost compared to competitors. Our program is designed to help participants integrate these voice services and functions thanks to Bluetooth Audio Platform . Thus we are able to meet the existing demand for audio products with Alexa “, – said Anthony Murray, senior vice president and general manager of voice and Qualcomm technologies International music technology.

Huawei Watch 2 will be performed in a sports-style

Known for its awareness Evan Blass (Evan Blass) by Venture Beat published resource renderers and gave the details about the upcoming release of smart watches Huawei Watch 2 , which has not yet been officially presented.

Huawei Watch 2
According to sources, Huawei Watch 2 debut will take place at the same press event on February 26 for the opening of the exhibition MWC 2017, which will be held in Barcelona from February 27 to March 2, which is expected to announce the flagship smartphone Huawei P10 and P10 Plus.

Huawei Watch 2

Huawei Watch 2 got more sporty look than the first generation of hours, as well as support for cellular communication through the slot for nanoSIM cards. The hardware basis was the Android Wear 2.0. The closest competitor would be their LG Watch Sport, announced in early February. On renderers shows three color options – black, orange and gray speckled.

Huawei Watch 2

According to earlier leaks, 42 mm watch will get 1.4-inch display and, optionally, be able to work independently with the cellular networks. Version with built-in SIM-card can support data transmission, make and receive calls, even in the absence of Wi-Fi-connected network or smartphone.



Hi-Fi-player AK380 made of stainless steel released by Astell & Kern

The company Astell & Kern announced the release of a new version of its flagship Hi-Fi-player AK380 Stainless Steel, made of stainless steel. New items can be purchased separately, and complete with a carrying case and an amplifier AMP SS (also steel).


The main difference between the new player from the previous versions – body made of stainless steel. It is not known how the new product will be sold in Russia – separately or as part of a set of AK380 Stainless Steel Package.

AK380-SS-8 Specifications Astell & Kern AK380 Stainless Steel:

  • Dimensions: 79,8 x 112,4 x 17,9 mm
  • Weight: 340 g
  • Display: 4-inch touchscreen, a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels
  • Supported audio formats: WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE (Normal, High, Fast), AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF
  • Sampling rate: PCM: 8 – 384 kHz (8/16/24 / 32bit per sample) / native DSD: DSD64 (1bit 2.8 MHz), Stereo / DSD128 (1bit 5.6 MHz), Stereo / DSD256 (1bit 11 , 2 MHz)
  • Output level (no load): 2,2 Vrms (unbalanced output) / 2,3 Vrms (balanced output)
  • DAC: AKM AK4490 x 2 (Dual DAC)
  • Communications: Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth v4.0, Micro-USB, audio jack of 3.5 mm, 2.5 mm balanced


Apple Watch 3 to get display of ‘smart’ watch glass film

Instead of glass a glass film is used as a display device.

Resource DigiTimes citing an internal source reports that Apple Watch 3 will apply new technology for touch screens. Instead of modern solutions Touch-on-lens with a glass manufacturer will set the display of “smart” watch glass film. This development has advantages in production cost and the percentage of rejections.

Apple Watch 3

While the next generation of “apple” hours is little known. It is expected that the new product will be presented in September, along with the flagship smartphone. Deliveries are scheduled for the second half of 2017. Unlike its predecessors, the devices can get built-LTE modem that will allow the user to be less dependent on the smartphone, as well as microLED-displays are characterized by a high resolution and improved color rendition


Samsung show the latest developments in the field of VR and AR at MWC 2017

Next Monday starts the main exhibition of the year, where companies from around the world will present their cutting-edge developments in the field of mobile technology. We are talking about the Mobile World Congress 2017 and a giant like Samsung simply can not miss this event. It has already been officially confirmed that this year’s new flagship smartphone will be presented at the MWC, but no announcements we will not stay on the South Korean corporation. It is expected the presentation of the tablet computer the Galaxy the Tab the S3 , and with the Research Laboratory of Samsung C-Lab will present interesting developments in the field of virtual and augmented reality.


“We continue to support new ideas and creativity of employees, especially when it contributes to the development of new offerings for our customers. New projects C-Lab once again confirm that our company employs talented and enterprising people who are not afraid to open before them new horizons. We plan to continue to develop new applications for VR and video in 360 degrees, because we see this for yourself the unlimited possibilities “, – said Lee Jae II, vice president of the center of creativity and innovation Samsung Electronics.

The first project was Relúmĭno. Its essence is to use virtual reality glasses for the user to see the image and the text sharper. The technology also allows you to restore the blind zone, moving in them the image and uses a mesh Amlser chart for correcting the image distorted due metamorphopsia. Relúmĭno help people with visual impairments to watch TV to buy expensive equipment unnecessarily.



traVRer allows to visit different places through virtual reality, or to remember their past trips. The difference from the Street View VR and other similar development is recorded sounds and all that is happening in these places, and do not display static images. Thus, if you really are in another city and see how people walk and what was happening on the streets. traVRer even allows you to view a record of the same place at different times of the day.


VuildUs much like the idea of Project Tango from Google. This development allows using virtual and augmented reality to change the interior of the room. A special camera is mounted in the middle of the room and scans the environment by passing on the image VR-helmet. The user can thus choose the furniture and see how it will look in the room, and then immediately order it using Samsung Pay.


The most interesting project of Samsung C-Lab is Monitorless. In fact, this symbiosis of Google Glass, Microsoft HoloLens. A special AR-glasses, the user can see different windows application from your smartphone in front of him while working at the computer. This glass glasses can be both transparent and completely opaque, allowing you to move from AR in VR mode.

Details about all the concepts tell Samsung at MWC 2017.



HIFIMAN Edition S released in a new color light gray


The headphones have a white shell and light gray upholstered headband and ear pads. At the same technical characteristics, they are no different from the black version. The accessory is equipped with the same 50 mm dynamic driver and has a foldable design for easy transportation.

Specifications HIFIMAN Edition S:

  • Frequency range: 15 – 22,000 Hz;
  • Sensitivity: 113 dB / mW;
  • Impedance: 18 ohms;
  • diaphragm diameter: 50 mm;
  • weight: 248 g

The new Apple Watch and iPhone may receive a DC generator

Companies Patents are not always used in real devices, but often they are described quite interesting idea. For example, Apple filed to the Agency for the registration of patents and trade marks US patent application, which describes the use of direct current generator capable of converting mechanical energy into electrical energy, the iPhone and the Apple Watch smart watches this week. The document refers to the charging system using rotational magnetic field to move the electric generator within the portable device. Generated with the electric energy can be stored in a battery or other energy reservoir.

The patent also states that, alternatively, the device may use the same magnetic field for the coil or coils of the spring. Like the chronometer, the coil has a constant rotating force of a series of wheels, gears or directly on the charge generator to produce electricity.


In some embodiment, it indicates the possibility of using a rotary rotor connected magnetically coupled to the driven rotor disposed inside a portable device. When the main rotor turns, the slave and repeats its motion that also allows you to produce energy. For this, both the rotor must be made of a magnetic material, and the enclosure must be magnetically neutral. This allows the generator or a spring mechanism to be fully self-contained within the device.


The use of such technology in the iPhone or iPad is very doubtful, however, in the case of the owner of the Apple Watch could slowly charge it during the day, thus increasing the battery life.