Smartwatches Eat your heart out, Dick Tracy!

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2 way radio price philippinesIt was ALL IN THE WRIST when comic strip artist Chester Gould first outfitted Dick Tracy with that two-way radio-watch back in 1946. And it’s still all in the wrist today, as manufacturers try to dazzle us with new gadgets. Yahoo tech columnist David Pogue takes their measure:

The history of computers has been a steady march towards smaller. Computers were once the size of rooms, then the size of TV sets, then the size of phones.

In fact, computers are now so small, they can nestle quite nicely on your wrist. Eat your heart out, Dick Tracy!

“One good way to think about it is a companion for your smartphone,” said Mark Spoonauer, the editor-in-chief of Laptop magazine, “’cause a lot of us look at our phone up to 100 times a day. So a smartwatch could actually save you time.”

Spoonauer has reviewed most of the first smartwatches. He showed Pogue the Pebble Steel, to which you can directly download apps from the Pebble AppStore or iTunes.

“There are some big names behind it, like CNN, ESPN and Yelp,” said Spoonauer.

You can receive texts (but not send them). “That’s why it’s more of a companion and not a replacement to your smartphone,” said Spoonauer.

There are currently 300 apps available for the Sony SmartWatch 2, including Facebook.

You probably haven’t seen a lot of smartwatches on real people’s wrists. So far, there’s been more hype around smartwatches than sales.

Maybe that’s because they’re still so bulky — it’s like wearing a VCR on your arm — or that they need charging every couple of days.

Or maybe because they’re unnecessary. I mean, your phone is right here. How much effort do you really save having its functions on your wrist?

But in one area, wrist electronics make tremendous sense: monitoring your health. The FitBit band tracks your activity during the day, and your sleep at night; it sends graphs to your phone, wirelessly.

It’s a constant reminder to move more and sleep better — more psychology than technology.

Bob Troia is part of what’s called the Quantified Self movement — using gadgets to monitor your own health, stress, sleep and fitness.

He showed Pogue his watch which was measuring his galvanic skin response. “I just want to understand all the components that are what constitutes me, and what’s going to help me become a better person.”

Troia has embraced this idea of self-tracking in a big way. He has devices that monitor his posture (“You’ll feel a little vibration, like, ‘Hey, sit straight up!”), his body fat, his breathing, and his brainwaves during sleep, among other things.

“Over the last five years or so, I’ve spent probably in the range of $25,000 on devices related to tracking and monitoring and optimizing all aspects of my life,” he said.

Clearly, there’s big money in health-tracking gadgets — and that may be the key to building a hit smartwatch.

Samsung’s first smartwatch, the Gear, was clunky and complicated. But its sequel, the Gear Fit smartwatch, has a secret weapon: There’s a heart rate monitor built into the bottom of the device, and it’ll read it right from your wrist.

Samsung isn’t the only tech giant with plans for your wrist. Google just announced a new operating system for smartwatches. Motorola just announced the first round smartwatch.

And then there’s Apple. Its watch plans are secret, but it’s been hiring fitness and fashion experts.

This technology battle has just gotten underway. Analysts expect us to buy 500 million wearable gadgets in the next four years.

In other words, this is a battle for much more than a place on your body; it’s a battle for your loyalty, your data … and your dollars.

Electric Buses Set to Arrive on Time New Electric Buses, improving arrival time The new Generation.

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Eight experimental electric buses will be operating in Milton Keynes from late January onwards. The fleet will begin operating along the busy Number 7 route, which covers the 15 miles between Wolverton and Bletchley. They are the first electric buses to operate in the UK.

UK-based bus manufacturer Wrightbus have built these new electric buses in conjunction with Japanese company Mitsui and UK engineering group Arup.

Wireless ‘booster’ plates in the road, placed at the beginning/end of the route, give the buses a charge that allows them to operate for a full day. They are then charged overnight at the bus depot.

The buses will need to stop over the booster plates, before lowering the bus’ own receiver plates and resting there for 10 minutes’ charge time. The journey will then resume, exactly the same way a regular bus ride does.

The process is called ‘inductive charging’ and it involves electricity passing though wire coils in the plates that creates a magnetic field. The field then shares its voltage with the bus’ receiver plates, charging them up.

Similar electric bus trials are being implemented in Italy, the Netherlands and Germany. In 2013, South Korea unveiled a 7.5-mile stretch of road, which recharges electric vehicles as they drive over it, without requiring any charge time at all.

In an interview with the BBC, John Bint of Milton Keynes Council said, “Electric buses have huge potential and we’re exploring how they can help us take better care of the environment without compromising passenger service,”

If these trial models prove to be successful, the Council plans to run them all across the town.

The environmental impact of this scheme is certainly considerable, with local councils potentially being able to significantly reduce their area’s carbon footprint. In addition, the future development of electric buses can only help the similar evolution of the electric car, an invention that has the potential to seriously lower the world’s carbon emissions.

Arup consultant John Miles who is also an engineering professor at Cambridge University, told BBC that, “These electric buses will be expected to do everything a diesel bus does (…) They will be operating on a demanding urban route, and that’s all part of the trial’s aim – to prove that electric buses can be tough as well as green.”