Gear sports a 1.63-inch 320x320-pixel super AMOLED screen surrounded by a metal frame and includes a 1.9-megapixel camera embedded into the rubberized band. The strap itself is available in six different colors, including a beige option that features a champagne-toned metal frame rather than the standard silver. Gear is powered by an 800MHz processor and 512MB of RAM.
The device will arrive in US stores in October, the same time as the Galaxy Note. The two products will be available in other countries September 25. It will retail for $299, Samsung said.
Gregory Lee, president of Samsung Telecommunications America, showed the devices during opening remarks at an event in New York's Times Square. He didn't provide any more details about them, but check back with CNET for full coverage.
"This is proof and [a] reflection that Samsung is truly relentlessly innovative in bringing first-to-market products and having the best mobile products in the marketplace," Lee said.… Read more
The Oculus Rift is taking its time to perfect for the consumer market, but if you're after a virtual-reality or augmented-reality experience, one product will provide a solution that uses your smartphone as the display.
Called vrAse, it's a 3D-printed headset by Edinburgh, Scotland-based Louise Bankhead. Your smartphone slides into the front, providing the display.
Packed inside the headset is a pair of interchangeable lenses, one for each eye. Using an app that splits your display into two separate images -- what's known as side-by-side or SBS format, for which there are many existing apps -- each eye then sees a slightly different version of the same image, creating an effective 3D view. … Read more
If you're the kind of person who can't help but bemoan the dangers of a surveillance state since the NSA revelations this past summer, then Kapture might help bolster your theories.
Meant to be worn on your wrist at all times, the device -- which launched Tuesday on the Kickstarter crowd-funding site with a goal of raising $150,000 -- is perpetually recording the last 60 seconds of audio without the user having to do anything. With a simple tap, that time frame's contents are saved, sent to, and synced with your smartphone via Bluetooth. … Read more
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Shocking news from MIT, where students made a device that will shock them when they've spent too much time on Facebook. In other Facebook news, Giphy is making GIFs a thing on the social-networking site, a la MySpace 1996. Video earrings turn you into a walking television, and Haptix turns any flat surface into a 3D multitouch surface. Ah, the possibilities. … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- The 404 Special Feature: Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (podcast).
- The Internet explained by (three) prisoners who have never seen it.
- Three years after being banned, Bang With Friends returns as "Down."
In this very special episode of The 404 Show, Jeff Bakalar chats with professional funnymen Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon. You may recognize these fine gentlemen from their work on MTV's "The State," "Reno 911!," and other programs. The two have worked together on a number of films and are the writers of the "Night at the Museum" movies. Their latest collaboration is "Hell Baby," a horror-comedy that tells the ridiculous story of what happens when a couple who's expecting twins moves into a haunted New Orleans home.
Tom, Ben, and Jeff chat about what it was like working on "Hell Baby," how Goldeneye 007 for Nintendo 64 almost destroyed "The State," and some of their favorite "Reno 911!" characters.
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Tech terms coined in the '90s: Where are they now?
- Man turns his phone number into a premium number, makes money off of telemarketers calling him.
- Locket app lets users make money by swiping through ads on their smartphones.