The upcoming Pebble Time colour watch already bro


Pebble introduced their upcoming new watch, the “Pebble Time” this morning, and like their first version they’re using Kickstarter to get people’s attention, and money!



50 minutes after starting the Kickstarter campaign for the new watch, it already had raised over 1 million dollars.  At the time of writing this article it now sits at over 5.3 millions!  Making it the fastest Kickstarter launch ever.


Why is it so popular?


The Pebble watch has one thing that all the others don’t have…  Long battery life!


I wear mine everyday, and love the fact that I don’t have to worry about charging it all the time.  I also have a Samsung Gear watch that I don’t wear very often because of that fact.


Granted the original Pebble watch is not the best looking thing out there, but at $99 it’s inexpensive enough for me not to worry about damaging it, which is why I wear it so much.


Pebble Time is thinner

From what I can tell, the new Pebble Time watch will have the same battery life, but will include a e-paper colour screen and a microphone.


The new watch is also 20% thinner, and the casing has been redesigned to look more like a rounded square.


If you want to get one, you can go to their Kickstarter page and get it for $179 shipping in May 2015.  But do it fast, because time is running out, even if it was just lauched this morning.  After that, the Pebble Time will retail for $199.


What makes my original Pebble so great, is it’s simplicity and the low price.


This new one seems to have everything I love about the original: battery life, waterproof, etc…


Pebble Time new interface

The added cost for the colour screen and added microphone raises the price to double that of the original Pebble.  But I have to say that the new interface looks cool especially with the upgraded colour screen


At $199 dollars, the new Pebble Time is getting close to a crowded area of the smartwatch market and will face more competition.


What do you think?  Are the new look, colour screen and microphone worth double the price of the original Pebble?


If you want more information go to the Kickstarter page here.

Also check out their promo video:



Arduino or Genuino from Intel

Arduino or Genuino from Intel

ntel unveiled a new product at the Maker Faire in Rome, Italy this October.  It is a board 7×5 centimeters in size developed in collaboration with the Italian company Arduino.   Joshua Walden, senior VP and GM, New Technology Group at Intel made the official announcement.  “At the beginning of 2015 we introduced the Curie CPU a very powerful yet small processor which is perfect for the “maker” community.  The processor will be central to the Genuino boards.”  The board will be marketed in the USA under the name Arduino 101, but will be known in the rest of the world as Genuino 101.


The Maker community is a hardware open source movement established by Massimo Banzi ten years ago.  The community has grown in importance to the point to attract the attention of large companies like Intel.

The board is targeting the education field to allow the easy implementation of prototypes of systems that elaborate data and connect to a local network.  One of the areas that is planned to benefit the most from the new product is the educational program of Physical Computing known as Creative technologies for the Classrooms (CTC) which is at present active in 300 schools worldwide.  The primary objective of Arduino 101 is to establish a new type of instructor that will be able to introduce a new method for teaching technology.  Joshua Walden stated that Intel would like to establish the CTC program worldwide in the coming few years.  The board will be available in the first quarter of 2016 with a suggested price around $30.00.

The idea that IoT will significantly expand revenue for the electronics industry cannot be justified without the influx of creative developers that are already familiar with the requirements of new product development.  This board brings the capability of teaching how to develop a product in the classroom at a very affordable price.  Hands-on teaching provides the experience required to foresee and thus avoid obstacles experienced by developers working on their first project.  For sure the financial aspects of productizing a design will not be learned from the experience opened by the Arduino 101 tool, but acquiring technical experience is still a valid reason to develop and provide Arduino (or Genuino) 101 to schools and private individuals.


WEIRD WHEELS MOVE ROBOT IN FOUR DIRECTIONS WITHOUT

Wheels, as we know them, could stand a little reinvention. They take fiddling and time to move into parallel spaces, and the whole world would be a better place if wheels could simply pull us sideways without any forward momentum. Fortunately, "mecanum wheels" exist. Here, watch a robot demonstrate them:

Here’s how botmaker MicroRobo describes their creation:

This Mecanum wheel mobile Arduino robotics car can be made to move in any direction and turn by varying the direction and speed of each wheel. Moving all four wheels in the same direction causes forward/backward movement, running left/right sides in opposite directions causes rotation, and running front and rear in opposite directions causes sideways movement. The platform rear wheels are mounted in a particular way, so that the suspension structure ensures that all four wheels can adhere to the ground, even when the ground is uneven.

Watch more of the robot's weird movements below: