Wearables - just another display?
Listening to Jon Gruber’s latest Talk Show episode made me wonder if there could be a wearable device that is not a smart watch and not a Google Glass look-alike. What is a wearable device anyway? Does it have to be the third or fourth display in your life? Many are weirded out by the look of Google Glass, so Google announced Android Wear, a wearables OS that is optimized for small screens and heavily relies on voice interactions. I don’t know whether smart watches are a thing that would make me wear anything on my wrist again. In any case I would not like to have another device that has to be charged on a daily basis. But this is what a pixel-driven device demands. So what about a smart wearable device without a display?
The most important companions of my mobile devices are headphones. I’ve got a collection of headsets by Apple, Sennheiser, LG, and Koss. Two of them are Bluetooth enabled headsets that let me move freely without worrying about cables. Although they have multiple buttons and can activate Siri or Google Now, I wouldn’t call them smart. They often loose connection to the phone and don’t integrate with apps very well. Parrot and Jabra tried using touch controls and mobile apps to improve the wireless experience, but they cannot solve the integration issue without iOS or Android improving their wireless audio support.
Does this mean that I argue for a Google Now or Siri button on a bluetooth headset? Maybe, but how about Fn buttons, gestures or other input methods that let me customize what my smart Bluetooth headset does? Companies could even put health sensors into the headset, especially if they comfortably hang around your neck like LG’s Tone. Nowadays it is more common to wear headphones than watches, so why not focus on the former instead of the latter? Yes, you give up having another display to glance at while you are sipping your coffee, but you’ll get a great wireless audio experience in return. I know I would want that.
Update 8th April 2014: Jawbone announced a wearable bluetooth headset called “Jawbone Era.” Thanks for the tip, @sirtomate.
Günstige Synology DS214se
Ich werde wahrscheinlich nie ausführlich mit Bildern über die Synology schreiben. Deshalb hier ganz kurz mein Setup und mein Usecase:
Was ich damit mache:
- Backups!!! Time Machine, etc.
- Photostation (Upload, Sharing, Apps)
- Auphonic SFTP Podcast Episodenspeicher
- Glacier Backup
- Cloudstation (sehr schneller Dropboxersatz mit Versionskontrolle)
- Dinge ausprobieren (Wordpress Testserver, osTicket)
Warum die kleine?
Vor allem weil sie günstiger ist und weniger Strom zieht als die DS213j. Wenn ich ein Upgrade in ein paar Jahren machen möchte, dann kann ich mir eine Synology mit 5 Bays kaufen. Aber zum ausprobieren reicht die DS214se allemal. Lieber Geld für gute Festplatten ausgeben, die man noch im nächsten NAS benutzen kann.