Android first Wearable devices tear down




Anandtech just posted info about what is inside the first Android wearable devices.

Android wearable technology is a bit of dissapointment for me and lost me when I learned that inside they have only 400mAh battery which you have to re-charge every night.

Also they cost almost as new Chrome book $200-250 retail. I bit high price for actually nothing but remote LCD with touchscreen, attached to your Android phone or tablet.

Android Wearable devices can’t operate stand alone nor you can run code on them, you just receive push notifications and look for return actions like tap, slide on the LCD.

So inside they have LCD with touchscreen, small buzzer and Bluetooth Low Energy, all this controlled with x4 core Cortex-A7 device 🙂 same functionality probably could be done with 8 bit PIC? As one friend says the bloat-ness of the software is in reverse relation with the power of the hardware, the powerful hardware you get more bloated become the software running on it.

By wearable technology first I was thinking for cool sensors which are attached to your wrest and measure your temperature, blood pressure, pulse, your motion activity, siting pose in the front of the computer, ekg, eeg, check your breath for alcohol and log all this info so it could be later used to make your health profile and give you recommendation what and how to improve, so far these first wearable devices do not impress me.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bert
    Jul 01, 2014 @ 11:30:52

    Five Casio’s engineers died from laughing when they learned that “Android Watch” have to charged every night.


  2. Sander “stamppot” Alberink
    Jul 01, 2014 @ 12:16:50

    To be honest: you can actually run code on the device. It is certainly not a remote screen. It runs Android still.


    • OLIMEX Ltd
      Jul 01, 2014 @ 12:42:21

      how this is done? few days ago SDK was released but it doesn’t allow you to write stand alone code for the wearable extension?
      just one app which is loaded on your phone and takes care to communicate with the wearable LCD/touch/buzz


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