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Gadget

Smart Watch

What’s a Smart Watch?

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This one is fairly basic but has a lot packaged into a small unit and enables you to communicate with your smartphone via a bluetooth connection. Essentially, it is a smartphone accessory.

The watch has a 1″ square capacitive touch screen and 3 capacitive touch buttons

The initial screen has menu option that allow you to select an app, adjust the volume or pair with your smartphone.

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You can swipe through 3 pages of apps which include:

Pedometer
Bluetooth
Phone Dialer
Phonebook
Camera
Settings
Messaging
Anti-Lost
Notifier
Music
Barometer
Altimeter

Communication with your smartphone is provided via a bluetooth connection. After pairing your watch and phone, you can control functions available on your phone from the watch to make and receive calls, access your contacts, send/receive messages, control the camera and play music. There is also a pedometer, barometer and altimeter.

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As you would expect, I can send and read messages and make and receive calls through the watch. The watch will vibrate when a message/call is being received.

Take pictures with the phone camera using the watch as a remote control.

Control and play music from the phone – playing through the watch.

The anti-lost feature warns you if you are about to lose connection with the phone (which must be within approx 10m).

First impressions – as a tethered device to your phone it works.

Best feature – may be the alert when a call or message is being received.

Worst feature – the watch strap on this particular model has a lack of flexibility and is bulky. I’ll see if i can get a slimmer replacement.

Perhaps a watch which you can actually use as a phone has more value. One example (amongst many others) would be the Puls from Will.i.am which is a phone on your wrist. (Although a lot more expensive – the Puls costing circa $399)

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Gadget Hardware

PowerUp 3.0

PowerUp 3.0 is used to create a Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane. It’s a device with a propeller on one end and a receiver on the other which is fitted to a paper plane. The plane is controlled by a smartphone app using Bluetooth technology, has a range of 180 feet and is charged via a USB cable.

(http://youtu.be/q9bpp7zmM_A)

PowerUp 3.0 had a (very) successful Kickstarter Project, achieving pledges to a total of $1,232,612 from a goal of $50,000

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/393053146/powerup-30-smartphone-controlled-paper-airplane

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How do you use it ?

  • Fold It: Simply fold a piece of paper into a paper airplane
  • Attach It: Attach the Smart Module to your paper plane with the patented clips underneath the Smart Module.
  • Connect It: Start the app to connect to the Smart Module with your iPhone.
  • Fly It: Push throttle to full and launch the paper airplane high up into the sky. Tilt your smartphone to the left or to the right to steer your plane, increase or reduce throttle to go up or down.

For more information, check out the website at http://www.poweruptoys.com/