Moment – Wrap-around smartwatch

All the smartwatches unveiled at Google’s I/O developer conference last week may have stolen the headlines, but Kickstarter had a few of it’s own to unveil that you should definitely take a look at. Arguably the most noteworthy of the bunch is the Moment, which, in all honesty, is more of a bangle or cuff than it is a traditional watch. It’s designed with a thin, flexible display on it’s face, so the screen wraps around your entire wrist instead of staying confined to a small square, which ostensibly makes it easier and more convenient to use. With more screen real estate to work with, it has a bigger keyboard, and can also display notifications on the inside of your wrist instead of the outside, which makes it easier to read. The project has already met its funding goal, so if you back the project now it’s a pretty safe bet you’ll get one when they ship next year.

Go Kin Packs — Generate electricity from walking

Take a stroll through the aisles of any given outdoor retailer and you’re pretty much guaranteed to come across a dozen different gizmos that get their power from the sun. Solar powered gear has exploded in the past couple years, and is now a hugely popular way to juice up your electronics in the backcountry. But what happens when the clouds roll in? If you’re looking for something that powers your gadgets in rain or shine, sunlight or darkeness, check out Go Kin Packs. To generate juice, the packs use a pair of cords that clip onto your shoes. With each step, your legs pull and release the cords, which presumably spin a dynamo of some sort and create electricity as you walk. It’s definitely a bit goofier than rocking a solar panel on your pack, but it’s also a bit more reliable and immune to changes in the weather.

 

Author: Drew Prindle
Source: DigitalTrends