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Meizu To Announce Smartband?

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The Making Of Ticwatch

The inside story of designing the all-Chinese smartwatch: How the Ticwatch won over China’s answer to Kickstarter

The Frog team learned that Mobvoi’s young target market in China approached smartwatches in a much more “idiosyncratic” way than the makers of the iconic international smartwatches we’ve seen so far would lead us to believe.

“They seemed to be buying less to be ‘seen’ or to project status or to communicate upwards social mobility,” said Wessler. “It was much more idiosyncratic and more for ‘myself’. So people really wanted it to look like a classic watch. The interactions and the information gained from it and the way that you play with it, it’s a more personal interaction. Toned down, classic, not so loud about being different. It’s not really about anybody else, it’s about me.”

One of Frog’s biggest inputs into how Ticwatch owners will use the smartwatch comes in the form of the Tickle strip, a capacitive strip along the stainless steel edge of the watch itself. It’s a clever solution which really pays attention to how our hands approach a smartwatch worn on the wrist.

It’s very rare to get an English-language look at something this new. Worth a read.

Previously here:

Ticwatch Raised $1.3M
Video: Ticwatch
Go Ask Is Hiring For Ticwatch/Ticwear
More About The Ticwatch
Ticwatch Crowdfunding Increases
Ticwatch/Ticwear OS
Ticwatch Crowdfunds Over 2.5 Million Yuan

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Vido W80 Apple Watch Clone Gets A Review

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Over at PC Online (use Chrome browser to translate).

I’m not sure any of these — including this one — are worth more than US$19.99; or even US$9.99, on sale at Best Buy in hanging blister packs as year-end stocking stuffers. That’s probably how one or two of them will enter the American market, so be on the lookout, especially at Wal-Mart.

Previously here:

New Photos, Unboxing Of The Vido Watch W80 Apple Watch Clone
Another Apple Watch Clone: Vido Watch W80

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Ployer W2 Smartwatch Gets A Review

Weibo:

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It uses the Nucleus OS. See the review over at PC Online (use Chrome browser for translation).

Previously here:

Ployer W2 Apple Watch Clone: US$56

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Xiaomi’s Lin Bin Questions Large Phones

Weibo:

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Machine translation makes it difficult to tell if he was joking or serious.

But this raises an issue I’ve wanted to discuss: Phone sizes.

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Xiaomi MiBand 2 Leaked (Updated: NO!)

Weibo:

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Next-day update: I should have smelled a troll when someone on reddit/android pointed out it looked like another product. Because it is: That Xiaomi mi band 2 is actually the latest wearable from Zeaplus. Before I posted, I checked prominent Xiaomi accounts to see if there were any denials or even mentions. There weren’t. So, I posted it and got punk’d. Sorry to all for passing along bad info.

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Some Pebble Time Photos

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Ticwatch Raised $1.3M

Jingdong Finance:

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Their goal was just 100,000 yuan!

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Kurtis Scaletta, Chromebook Novelist

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Interesting!

Originally posted on Kurtis Scaletta's Site:

This is one of those blog posts written in service to my profession.

I recently got a $200 Chromebook because my MacBook Air, though much beloved, has become commandeered by my child. Other writers might be looking at this relatively low-cost option and wonder if it’ll work. My answer: sure. Sort of. Depends.

First, for the uninitiated: the Chromebook itself is a very cheap device that’s not quite a laptop; it’s more like a portable web browser. It comes with some hard drive storage, but pretty much all the apps run within the Chrome web browser. A Chromebook is practical if you just want something for surfing the Web, doing the occasional video chat (in google, not Skype), and a little light writing, etc. You can’t do page layout, graphic design, movie editing, or anything like that. Anything you might do, ask yourself if you can do it now in a web…

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InVisage Quantum Film

InVisage Opens World’s First Sub-5nm Fabrication Site for QuantumFilm Cameras

The manufacturing facility, called QFAB3, features unprecedented sub-5 nanometer process geometry within an ISO Class 10 cleanroom. It is designed to support a wide range of products, from mobile phones to high-end cameras as well as drones and other IoT devices that require high performance cameras.

“Because we use quantum dots, we don’t need finely patterned lithography to achieve our high performance and sub 5-nm scale. This QuantumFilm fab has a multiplier effect in terms of product performance, value, and output. So our factory is compact and accomplishes much more than the typical fab,” said James Chou, Vice President of Manufacturing Operations. “All the steps could fit within one shipping container. This enables many expansion opportunities we’re already scouting for.”

Purported demo video after the break.

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