iWatch, smartphone da polso, braccialetti su cui consultare il meteo, postare i propri pensieri su FB, scattare foto, conoscere la propria pressione sanguigna e mille altro ancora… Considerando i diversi prodotti in uscita, la tendenza pare proprio questa. Magari in attesa di quello di Apple…

Anche se chi scrive non è appassionato di queste polsiere ipertecnologiche stracolme di accessori e funzionalità, i tentativi meritano comunque una menzione. In particolare questo dispositivo chiamato “Smile” è interessante perché si serve della tecnologia NFC (Near Field Communication), utilizzata per i pagamenti “contactless”.

Per saperne di più, si veda questo articolo di Florian per Actinnovation.com.

 

Smile : le premier smartphone qui se porte au poignet

Imaginé et conçu par EmoPulse, Smile est bien plus qu’une montre high tech. Avec son écran tactile courbé, Smile est le premier smartphone qui se porte au poignet comme un bracelet. Un peu voyant je vous l’accorde…

Plus fort qu’une smartwatch, Smile intègre toutes les fonctionnalités d’un smartphone. Téléphone, Internet 4G, SMS, eMails, Facebook, Twitter, lecteurs MP3 et vidéo, bref tout y est ! Trois caméras complètent le système pour effectuer des appels en mode visio, prendre des photos haute définition et scanner des codes-barres ou des QR codes.

Smile est également capable d’analyser votre humeur, de savoir si vous êtes stressé ou détendu. Bourré de technologie, ce bracelet peut aussi surveiller votre santé ou vous aider à suivre votre régime alimentaire. Véritable réveil chronobiologique, Smile contrôle votre repos en analysant vos phases de sommeil.

Embarquant la technologie de paiement sans contact NFC, Smile permet également de régler vos achats en toute simplicité.

Enfin, cet hybride entre le smartphone et la smartwatch permet d’emmener toutes vos données avec vous grâce à sa mémoire flash pouvant aller jusqu’à 256 GB.

Le prototype fonctionnel de Smile est pour le moment basé sur le système d’exploitation Linux. Probablement l’une des principales faiblesses de ce gadget au regard des milliers d’applications mobiles déjà disponibles sur iOS ou Android.

Pour les technophiles ou les fans de science-fiction, Smile est d’ores et déjà disponible en précommande via une campagne de crowdfunding sur la plateforme Indiegogo (480 dollars pour le modèle 128GB et 550 dollars pour le modèle 256GB).

Les premières livraisons sont prévues pour fin 2013 si l’objectif de 300 000 dollars est atteint !

Ricaricare il telefono mentre si sorseggia un caffé nero bollente e si sbocconcella un Blueberry Muffin seduti al tavolino di un bar. Per ora lo possono fare solo gli avventori di 10 Starbucks sparsi nella Silicon Valley dove si sta sperimentando un nuovo sistema di ricarica wireless. Se la sperimentazione andrà a buon fine, tra qualche tempo, si potrà ricaricare il proprio smartphone in uno dei tantissimi locali della catena sparsi per il globo (Italia a parte, dove pare non abbia nessuna intenzione di aprire…).

Diciamo che  Starbucks non è nuovo a sfide del genere, specialmente quando si tratta di offrire soluzioni innovative ai propri clienti. Più di un decennio fa, quando il wi-fi era ancora una novità, la compagnia di Seattle non aveva esitato a rendere la connessione gratuita e libera per tutti nei suoi locali.

Altri particolari nell’articolo di Ina Fried per AllThingsD

 

Starbucks Ups the Stakes in Battle Over Wireless Charging

After a test in Boston, Starbucks is bringing wireless cellphone charging to a handful of coffee shops in Silicon Valley next month.

Customers at 10 stores — at least those with the necessary add-on sleeves — will be able to give their phones a quick boost while they drink their tea or coffee.

Starbucks is hoping to spur the wireless charging industry in much the same way it did with Wi-Fi more than a decade ago. And, as it did with the Wi-Fi standard, Starbucks is also potentially shifting the balance of power in a standards battle.

For both the Boston and San Jose tests, Starbucks is using technology compatible with the Power Matters Alliance — one of at least three different competing standards for wireless charging.

Starbucks is working with Duracell Powermat, a key backer of the PMA standard. While PMA has the backing of Starbucks, Duracell, AT&T and a number of phone makers, it is the rival Qi standard — backed by the Wireless Power Consortium — that is used on the Nexus 7, as well as current phones from Nokia and others.

Starbucks Chief Digital Officer Adam Brotman said Starbucks thinks it has made the best choice in going with the PMA standard, but noted that the company hasn’t yet committed to a broader rollout.

“It was our first and best guess in terms of the right format,” Brotman said. “It is a great testing partnership, and it could get much bigger than this, but we are going to wait and see how the tests go.”

Because few people actually have the necessary hardware for wireless charging, Starbucks has been working with Duracell Powermat to give away charging sleeves to frequent Starbucks customers who live near the stores.

Backers of the Qi standard note that they have the early lead in devices in the marketplace, as well as lots of products for the home and office — the location where most charging takes place. WPC Chairman Menno Treffers questioned Starbucks’ move to support a standard not built into devices.

“It does not make business sense for coffee-shops to deploy wireless chargers that are incompatible with the phones and tablets that people carry,” Treffers said in a statement. “Qi is the standard used in all phones and tablets that support wireless charging.”

Duracell Powermat Chairman Stassi Anastassov said plenty of PMA-compatible products are on the way, with AT&T pledging to support the standard next year, along with a number of device makers.

Anastassov said his company is glad to be working with Starbucks to roll out the technology and to bring greater awareness about wireless charging.

“We’re trying to deliver on a consumer need that unfortunately everybody needs, but few people are aware that they can do something about it,” Anastassov said.

As for the standards issue, he said consumers will eventually pick the winner.

“Ultimately, standards are not won by discussions –- they are won in the marketplace,” Anastassov said.