Wheelchair controlled using Amazon Echo


Amazon’s Echo device is slowly but surely catching on as a popular voice-control appliance. To help sales grow, Amazon has been partnering with a variety of other companies producing connected home devices so Echo can be integrated with those systems. Like all things digital, modifying a device like Echo to work in new, perhaps unexpected way, is not limited to official partnerships between big corporations. Sometimes a single hacker can do some pretty amazing stuff, like a recent proof of concept showing how an Amazon Echo could be used to control a power wheelchair. Read more

Android operating system brought to Samsung Gear S thanks to XDA developer and CyanogenMod

Gear s wrist straps

Samsung might not have been the very first smartwatch manufacturer, but they definitely have been one of the most adamant companies in pushing the appeal of a wrist-borne computer. Additionally, one could easily argue that they also produce the most beautiful of all the smartwatches: the curved Gear S. Also, arguably, the Gear S has one of the biggest flaws of all the smartwatches out on the market: Tizen.

Until XDA developer biktor_gj stepped up and brought Android to the Gear S via CyanogenMod 12.1. And what was Biktor’s opening comment upon success? “Hey GearS! Welcome to the Android family!”

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Nexus 7 mated with mouse, used in-vehicle


We have seen a few examples of users incorporating tablet devices into their vehicles to serve in place of auto manufacturer or third-party solutions for in-car infotainment systems. Users typically resort to this due to the dearth of autos that come with Android systems installed and third-party units are typically very expensive. In the latest example of this move to use a tablet device, Kevin Foreman connected a mouse to a Nexus 7 to provide a new input option as he was tired of using the touchscreen. Read more

Man who put Windows 95 on Android Wear ups ante by doing the same with 1987’s Apple Macintosh II


Who needs an Apple Watch when you can rock Apple’s Macintosh II OS from 1987? While it may seem like an impossibility, the man behind putting Windows 95 on Android Wear is at it again, this time, with the Apple OS. That’s right Corbin Davenport, put the 1987 OS on a Samsung Gear Live and while it may be quite tiny on the small screen, it’s fully functional.

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More progress being made on pairing Android Wear with iPhones

android_wear_wear_what_you_want_watch_faces_Featured_LargeIf you’re an iPhone user that’s just not happy with the current selection of smartwatches, well, you’re probably on the wrong website, but there’s some good news on the horizon. Developer Mohammad Abu-Garbeyyeh recently released a video showing off how he paired a Moto 360 with an iPhone through some clever workarounds. Most of the functionality was borked, but you could at least check some text messages. Read more

Redditor builds smart mirror that displays Android Wear watch notifications

auto wear mirrorChalk this up for the craziest DIY project of the week. A Redditor has built a mirror that mirrors notifications from his Android phone and tablet, no pun intended. Using Auto Wear, that mirror now shows Android Wear notifications, too, like when the battery is fully charged and ready to go, as seen above. Yep, instead of actually picking up his watch to see if the battery is charged, he just gets to glance at his mirror. Read more