NEC, a Japanese electronics maker, has unveiled a unique input mechanism that allows you to type on your arm using augmented reality. The system is called the ARmKeypad and it combines a set of glasses to visualize the virtual keyboard and a smartwatch to detect how fast you type. (Video)
The Tikker campaign on Kickstarter is escalating the smartwatch craze with its proposed “death watch”. The idea behind Tikker is that you calculate how much time left you have before you die, set the watch’s countdown and then have a perpetual ominous reminder to seize the day, kind of like a lower-stakes version of the Justin Timberlake movie “In Time.”
The adoption of smartphone in the U.S. continues to grow. It now accounts for 57 percent of the mobile market according to comScore. Rollout of in-store mobile payments has been slow and fragmented. Some experts attribute it to infrastructure challenges or hesitancy on behalf of consumers due to security risks. Others suspect the market just isn’t ready.