Well, well, if fitness tracking hasn’t gotten cute. These new pins and necklaces that debuted at Fashion Week may be thin, but they’re packing Intel Curie tech, bringing some nice features like Bluetooth and a six axis sensor into the mix. I do love my Fitbit, but I have to admit that the cute shapes are really tempting. Besides, where are they hiding the battery? Actually you can guess by the tiny dimensions that these are coin cell operated, and that’s possible because they are extremely energy efficient. So nice to spot these on ChipChick! My question, is the reflective top layer to help mitigate heat?
The new trackers are a collaboration with Yazbukey, which certainly explains the pop culture appeal. You’ll find her making purses of plexi that scream fun. So, is the reflective material in question on these Emoji also plexi? Seems like I need a behind-the-scenes tour on this one. Mysteries aside, it’s nice to see wearables taking a light-hearted and less technical exterior. This speaks to the collaborations that are springing up in the fashion houses too, matching tech expertise with design skills. It used to be separation and fear, but now both sides are seeing the value in working together and good looking functional design is emerging. More of that, please. Did you know that one of the first things design students learn is to reverse engineer products? That’s right, they tear them apart, research the components and even turn them into exhibits with everything labeled. Did you know that Adafruit does teardowns as well? If you want to know more about squeezing parts and power into a small space, check out this teardown on Ringly. You are about to witness one of the best electronic burritos you’ve ever seen!
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