So this is a new one, testing a so called “hearable”. Saskia, a good friend of mine, was so kind to lend me her brand new The Dash by Bragi to write this review. She was actually a funder on Kickstarter for this product, so she was in the first wave of people to receive this product early this year (although with quite the delay on the original Kickstarter timeline, with an estimated delivery date of November 2014). Touted as the world’s first truly wireless smart in ear headphones, the hype was enormous and the Kickstarter campaign ended with raising over 3 million dollars (original goal was 260 thousand dollars) back in 2014.
Now they are finally here, and do they keep all that was promised?
The answer to this would be yes and no. Are they truly wireless? Absolutely! Are they in ear headphones that are waterproof? Yes. Do they function as you’d expect? Kinda… Are they smart? Not yet. Continue reading “The Dash by Bragi – The future of earbuds?”
Well, I never thought it would be true, but there it is, Android Wear is now available for iOS! And the greatest thing about it, it works with my old Moto 360, although not listed on supported devices. Reason for this is, that the listed devices will work “out-of-the-box”, older devices will need software updates before being able to be paired to the iOS app, and that means that you need an Android device to get these updates.
As expected, the functionality is limited, mostly notifications only. It’s not as versatile as on Android, that’s because Apple limits the access that apps have on other apps and the system. But Google managed to get some more functionality in there than you’d think. Especially if you’d bought into Google’s services, like Gmail, where you can actually reply right from your wrist (not that I’d be doing that). They even have a very limited number of watch faces available, however I won’t see any of my (paid for) Android Wear apps from Google Play any time soon, I guess. But I might be wrong with that as well.
As you might be able to tell, I’m a fan of wearables. Now, stepcounters aren’t new wearables, but in the recent years they’ve seen quite some attention, mainly, because you can now get more data out of them as you can sync them with your devices. You get more insight into your movement over time, track your sleep and more – hence they’ve become activity or fitness trackers.
In the past years I’ve tried a number of different activity trackers, mainly the Nike Fuelband, the first iteration (but second production generation) of the Jawbone Up, the Withings Pulse, the Pebble and Moto 360 Smartwatches and iPhone apps, like Human.
They all have their own feature set, some are worn on the wrist, some in your pocket, some track sleep, some vibrate to keep you active, some sync via bluetooth, some via plug, etc. My favorite ones were the Fuelband and the Up, however the Fuelband only tracks steps, and the Up I had to replace multiple times as it easily broke in regular use. And both are wristworn-only and nowadays have both my wrists occupied most of the time.
So, of course I longed something new, something that I can wear however I like, and something that’s sturdy without a lot of moving parts, that I don’t have to charge every couple of days but still tracks my movement and my sleep and syncs via bluetooth. Something discreet but fashionable if I want it to be, and it should, of course, come in many different colors. Continue reading “Rise of the step counter – my Misfit Shine Review”
Of course I had to be traveling when the new Pokemon game was released, and with my 3DS XL out of reach with my girlfriend in Norway (long story), I found myself looking into buying a 2DS just to get my Pokemon-fix… it’s an addiction, really. However, standing in a Geekay Game store in the middle of Dubai, something odd caught my eye. A “new” 3DS on the shelf… I couldn’t believe it. I knew it was announced and released in Japan, but it wasn’t even announced with a release date for Europe. I asked the clerk and he told me it was indeed a PAL version (yes, Nintendo still has a PAL/NTSC region format), it was real, it was imported from Australia… of course I bought it then and there… and bought an extra charger, as Nintendo was so nice and did NOT include one (Geekay Games gave it to me free of charge with a promotion they had, so big thanks to them).
New New, but not too new
As usual for Nintendo’s hardware these days, the naming of the new “new” 3DS platform is unfortunate. However, the device itself brings a couple of nice features to the lineup. Continue reading “The new Nintendo “new” 3DS XL”
I love my Sony A6000, but the successor of last year’s full frame Sony A7 comes with a 5 axis in-body image stabilization 😀 This just got first place on my wish list for next year 😉
Being a tech addict, I was hyped when I saw the first glimpses of round smartwatches popping up on my RSS feeds. The Moto 360 appeared in the first announcement videos for Android Wear, and although I own an iPhone and a Pebble Smartwatch, I wanted one. It was round!! It looked soo good.
The infamous “flat tire”
Now, the excitement lowered a bit, when the first Android Wear products became available and showed that the platform was in very early stages. Also, the now infamous “flat tire” of the Moto 360, making it not quite round.
Before the Moto 360 was available, the LG G Watch R was announced, a watch with a full circle screen! However, with a big bezel around it, making the screen actually smaller but the watch bigger.
Then reviews poured in for the Moto 360. Well, my excitement dropped to zero, the very bad battery life was cited everywhere. People wouldn’t get through a day without charging, the watch interface stuttered, the bad processor was mentioned everywhere. It was beautiful, but flawed it seemed…
Continue reading “Why I chose the Moto 360 over the LG G Watch R”
Hi, my name is Marc, and I’m a tech addict.
Welcome to Confessions of a tech addict. This blog is my little self-help group, a way to deal with my addiction to technology.
In every day life, I’m a thirty year old marketing employee of a big healthcare technology company. I live in a town called Erlangen in Germany and apart from my day job and my tech addiction, I’m a photographer and gamer. But this blog will solely focus on my addiction to gadgets and technology of all kinds.
Here I will write about things that interest me, like new tech-toys that are announced, new hardware or new software, etc.. I will also give my opinion about gadgets and technology news and review any gear that I get my hands on. So if you like that, feel free to follow and comment.
Maybe some day I will overcome my tech addiction, but for now, I will write about it.