I’ve recently been trying on a new device on my wrist. The Mio ALPHA, which is the world’s first wrist-based heartbeat sensor that can record your heart rate even in the middle of the most active workout without, well, missing a beat.
The other advantage is that it can monitor your heartbeat all through the day too, and, thus, is a great way to analyse your body rhythms when you are stressed, relaxed and especially when you are extremely excited. I kept the Mio on analyse mode all through IFA-Berlin, the world’s largest electronics fair.
My heartbeat averaged ‘super excited’ almost all through. But, even without a Mio, let me get your heart pumping with the best of IFA 2014.Samsung
But the Note Edge is truly cutting edge. One side of the screen curves in and you can use that space literally as an independent screen. It can update stocks, display weather information, give notifications when the phone is idle, show extra app icons and a whole lot more. There are rumours that it won’t make it to India, but that would be a grave mistake as this one will sell like hot cakes here.
Gear S Smartwatch:
Samsung gets it almost right with the smartwatch this time. This is a watch independent of a phone, looks good and has great functionality. The interface is smooth, the large screen is very usable even to type, and the straps and add-ons are brilliant.
Collaborating with Oculus, this VR headgear uses the Note 4 phone as its main system (thus is untethered and has no ugly wires), has touch and tap controls on the side and gives you an experience like you had a 175-inch screen all around you.
G Watch R:
It’s the first time that I wore a smartwatch that looked more real than a real watch and yet had all the functionality I want from a device that goes on my wrist.
The G3 from LG continues to set most Top Five Smartphone charts on fire. And the add-on of the Stylus phone in the family makes it even better. Finally LG has a sub-brand of winning smartphones.
Sony started off the whole idea of independent lenses for phones and tablets that were almost as good as professional lenses. QX30 is the latest addition to that range. You can pair it with a smartphone via Wi-Fi and use the 30x optical zoom that provides the 35mm equivalent of a 24-720mm zoom, plus it can shoot Full HD 60p videos too.
This is part 1 of a two-part series. Watch out for part 2 in this space.
Rajiv Makhni is managing editor, Technology, NDTV, and the anchor of Gadget Guru, Cell Guru and Newsnet 3
From HT Brunch, September 14
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