Apple’s wearable reportedly won’t ship until 2015
There’s a reason Apple’s wearable device hasn’t leaked out yet: it won’t be shipping to consumers anytime soon. According to Recode, the iWatch (or whatever Apple ends up calling it) isn’t scheduled to hit retail shelves until early next year — several months after its world debut on September 9th. That means Apple will miss the important holiday shopping season, though two new iPhones should give the company plenty of momentum on that front.
Nintendo is making two new versions of its 3DS portable console
Nintendo releases recorded video presentations, known as “Nintendo Direct,” pretty often. Usually they’re focused on games, or they highlight an upcoming season’s game releases. This morning, however, Nintendo revealed two new versions of its wildly successful 3DS portable game console. And just like the Mario series, Nintendo’s not pulling any punches when it comes to naming conventions: the new 3DS is simply called “New” 3DS. And yes, there’s a “New” version of the larger 3DS XL, too.
Google shows off ‘Project Wing’ delivery drones
The Atlantic has a report on what is being called “Project Wing,” a part of the Google X labs that have worked on Project Loon, Glass, driverless cars and so much more. As shown above, the idea is for a tail sitter unmanned aircraft (shown above, described as a hybrid between a plane and a helicopter that takes off and lands vertically), where the drone flies in like a plane, then hovers and lowers a package to the ground by wire before releasing it. The “egg” at the end of the wire hits the ground and drops the package before being pulled back up into the drone.
This New Moleskine Is Like An iPad Made Of Paper
Moleskine—the preeminent journal company with no lack of self-interest in keeping paper alive—has presented the vision of another possible future. Its new Livescribe Notebook ($30) appears to be a typical, tactile Moleksine. Except, when you write on it with a $150 Livescribe smartpen (a pen known for turning written, paper notes into typed, digital transcripts), your doodles and brainstorms are not only automatically backed up to an app, they’re also infused with the conveniences of digital-native technologies.
Bluetooth Beacons enter a new interactive frontier with Estimote’s sticker-size hardware
“Beacons are a little bit like URLs for the physical world,” says Steve Cheney, cofounder and senior vice president. “We don’t know exactly how it’s all going to work out, from the experience level, but I think the apps you use the most will start to integrate beacon technology in a way where you assume it was always that way.” Estimote’s Beacons and Stickers help apps “see” their surroundings via motion and temperature sensors that communicate with nearby devices via Bluetooth.
'Coolest' Cooler is now the most successful Kickstarter project ever
As of today, Coolest is the most successful Kickstarter ever, at least in terms of money pledged on the site. The project has managed to lure in nearly 50,000 backers and collect a little over $10,424,610 so far, shattering Pebble’s previous milestone of $10,266,845. Coolest is pretty much a portable party on wheels, complete with a plethora of built-in accessories, including a removable, waterproof Bluetooth speaker, USB charger, cutting board, storage space for plates and, wait for it, a battery-powered, rechargeable blender.
Samsung announces curved Gear S smartwatch with 3G
Not to be outdone by LG’s teaser of the new G Watch R, Samsung has revealed the next iteration in its own smartwatch family: the curved-display Gear S. This new smart wearable features a curved 2-inch Super AMOLED display, not unlike that found on the Gear Fit, and is similarly built around Samsung’s own software, this time in the form of Tizen. Aside from the larger screen, the Gear S differs from what we’ve seen so far in offering 3G connectivity of its own, meaning you can keep it synced up to your smartphone even when the two devices aren’t close enough to maintain a Bluetooth connection.