Seiko Epson has formally announced a label maker for Android devices, and it’s one of the world’s smallest at only 24 mm large. That equates to about an inch large, which is easily small enough to carry around wherever you might need it. The Bluetooth-capable label maker is good for printing out labels for clothing, decorations, organizing, etc., and with the free iLabel app, you can even do things like print labels from your own handwriting or from an image taken with your camera. There are also options for things like QR codes and speech-to-text transcription. Pretty powerful for such a small tool.
The label maker is battery powered, but includes an AC adapter if you don’t plan on going mobile with it. The add-on application works on both Android and iOS devices, and Epson has released an open-source SDK to allow personalized development for business use. It will be available for $99 with a single roll of paper, or $123 with two rolls of paper. They plan on really showing off this little device at CES next week, so be sure to keep up with our CES 2014 coverage if you want to find out more.
ZTE will be showing what it’s got at CES next week— some of the products it’ll be unveiling include the Grand S II smartphone. The device will feature voice control technology which can be used to easily take pictures and unlock the device. The nubia 5s and 5s mini will also be released, which are phones that feature professional-grade photography.
That’s not all, either— the company plans to release the “Iconic Phablet,” which features a 5.7-inch HD Display, “smart viewer” mode for multitasking with two apps on screen at once, and has a quad-core processor. Wireless charging capabilities will also be built in.
Another device ZTE will be showing off is the Projector Hotspot. In this case, the name tells all. It’s a mobile hotspot and mini video projector hybrid. This device will surely be great for a variety of different environments. Whether it be at home for streaming media, or in the office or classroom for showing presentations, it’ll surely be a useful and handy little device— at the right price, that is. The hotspot can connect to up to eight devices as well.
ZTE will also be launching its first smartwatch, which will be called “BlueWatch.” The device constantly analyzes data including body fat percentage as well as other data.
Hit the break for ZTE’s full press release.
Like it or not, Google Glass is coming in 2014. It’s about time, since the Glass Explorer Program as been going on for quite a while now. The device has only been available to those that received special invitations or were accepted to the program by Google itself.
Pricing has remained a major question mark— when the product inevitably hits the market later this year, it will surely cost less than it currently does under the Explorer Program, but we still don’t know exactly how much it will be.
CES is now less than one week away, and we’ll soon be getting an up-close look at all the new gadgets for 2014 and beyond.
Plenty of manufacturers have been hinting at what they’ll be showing off at the event for weeks now, and today we received an idea of what Samsung will be unveiling.
The Samsung Tomorrow blog touched upon CES in a recent post, and mentioned that in just the past few months, the company has released the Galaxy Gear smartwatch and also is working on a new “smart home” concept. Here’s what the post explicitly said:
“The wearable device market is on the rise and the concept of ‘smart home’ has started to gain ground. Hence, at this CES, maybe we can expect some innovative products that we had imagined to use in the future.”
So, could we be looking at a brand new Galaxy Gear (Galaxy Gear 2) or possibly the rumored Galaxy Band at CES next week? It was originally thought that it would be unveiled at MWC 2014 next month, but we could be looking at an earlier release.
Source: Samsung Tomorrow
If you are ready to take the plunge and invest in a smartwatch type wearable device, you may want to check out a special that Best Buy is running right now on the Sony SmartWatch 2. The device is Sony’s successor to their original SmartWatch and normally retails for $199.99. Best Buy is currently listing the device with a nice discount of 20% for only $159.99.
The Sony SmartWatch 2 has a 1.6-inch transreflective LCD display, is IP57 certified for water resistance, and will work with many Android 4.0 or better devices including a full range of Sony smartphones. Along with Bluetooth 3.0 technology, the SmartWatch 2 comes with support for NFC.
If you are interested in the Sony SmartWatch 2 and want to try to grab it during this special offer, hit the source link.
source: Best Buy
Samsung has combined two popular cover options into one with the release this week of the Wireless Charging S-View Flip Cover for the Galaxy Note 3. The S-View feature gives users access to their phone’s features without having to actually flip open the cover. Users can access information like the clock and phone status, accept or reject incoming calls, quickly access the camera, open the Action Memo menu and even navigate music.
A new Samsung Galaxy camera device has shown up on the ePostel certification web site for Indonesia, a good sign that the device is getting close to being released. The new device has model number EK-GC200 in the listing and we are able to glean from the listing that it comes equipped with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, NFC support, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS. Like its predecessor, the device is expected to lean more toward being a camera with smartphone bits merged onto it versus the typical smartphone with camera bits included. Earlier this month Samsung revealed they had merged their camera and smartphone divisions as part of an effort to get the two teams working more closely. That move will benefit their smartphone business, at least they hope, but it could certainly help with their efforts to produce Galaxy camera devices even though development of this particular device was probably well underway prior to the merger.
With the device already going through the certification process in parts of the world, that could be a good sign Samsung may be ready to release it during the first quarter of 2014, possibly at CES 2014 or MWC 2014.
sources: @evleaks, PocketDroid
We just found out that the LG G3 is coming soon, and yesterday we gave you some leaked information regarding specs. Some new information just came out today from the same source, the Korea Herald. The device will apparently ship alongside a G-Arch smartwatch and a G-Health fitness band.
The device will be unveiling in February at the Mobile World Congress 2014. Although LG didn’t give any specifics, it did confirm to Engadget that a “wearable product” is in the pipeline.
We’ll see soon how LG plans to release this to the market, and of course beat out the competition.
Source: Korea Herald
I wouldn’t call the Galaxy Gear a success by any means, but the smartwatch revolution has officially begun. They’ll get better and better with time, and it looks as though Samsung’s next wearable will be hitting shelves relatively soon.
In the first quarter of 2014, the company will be releasing the Galaxy Band, a fitness tracking band much like Nike’s FuelBand. Motion, pressure, and humidity sensors will be built-in, and the device will be able to sync with other Samsung devices via Bluetooth. Voice controls may also be included.
Expect a product launch at the Mobile World Congress this February.
Sony’s SmartWatch wasn’t all that revolutionary, but it certainly was a huge step in the right direction. We’re a while away from getting the perfect smartwatch, but it looks like we won’t have to wait all that long before taking another step forward.
FCC documents show that Sony is currently testing a “BT Wrist Notifier,” known as SWR10. There aren’t any details besides the fact that the device will use both NFC and Bluetooth.
It won’t be long before an announcement— CES, anyone?