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The hot list - April 2014

Written by Josh Russell on Friday, 04 April 2014. Posted in Apps & gadgets, Technology

Anyone of a scientific bent will have been consumed by the news that physicists believe they’ve found evidence for gravitational waves. Our news may seem a little less revolutionary but we do have a lot of changes in the app and gadget space to dissect

The hot list - April 2014

Galaxy Note Pro

We’re certainly fans of the Note series here at Elite Business and so it’s fair to say we’ve been getting pretty excited by the prospect of upgrading to its Pro offering. The Note Pro certainly dominates its smaller siblings, coming in at a whopping 12.2 inches and unsurprisingly a slightly doughier 750g. But with the extra size comes a lot of power: the 4G version packs a 2.3Ghz quad-core processor, backed up with 3GB of RAM. The extra screen space also makes even better use of the Note series’ S-Pen.

 

Android Wear

The user interfaces of wearables have always raised something of a question mark, with people wondering how a mobile operating system (OS) can be comfortably adapted to a small screen. Google has become the first of the big players to address this with Android Wear, a reskinned OS more at home on a watchface. Offering integrated notifications and cross-device control, Android Wear looks to be the first mass-market OS that handles some of the queries around wearables.

 

 

Fin

There’s not much our tech team loves more than gesture control wearables. And it’s been a while since we’ve come across something with as much potential as Fin. A thumb ring that turns your palm into a gesture-enabled control, Fin functions with the help of discrete optical sensor and can detect a variety of swipe-based gesture. As the device is still in development, plans to introduce bio-feedback elements are set to widen available gestures even further.

 

GiBike

Like Google Glass, the GiBike – soon to hit Kickstarter – will be one of those things you either rate or ridicule. But frankly there’s little more we could ask for in a bike. It will offer smartphone, GPS and social networking integration on the go, automatically lock whenever you stray more than ten feet away and folds away to a stashable size in just three seconds, making it a pretty sweet ride. And for those who want to travel the streets without the sweat, the electric version will let you cover 40 miles per charge pedal-free.

 

Moov

If you’re going to make a fitness tracker these days you have to stand out from the crowd. Developed by former Apple engineer Nikola Hu, Moov looks like it will do just that. Rather than simply encouraging you to exercise more, it focuses on improving how you exercise. This modular device can be affixed to parts of the body or equipment and offers unparalleled feedback through dedicated apps on how to improve your technique, based upon data collected from athletes and coaches. Moov has definitely raised the bar for fitness wearables. 

About the Author

Josh Russell

Josh Russell

Our former editor, Russell was the man in charge of properly apostrophising our publication and ensuring Oxford commas are mercilessly excised. Our former digital doyen, he’s also a Photoshop pro, a dab hand with InDesign and the man to go to if you need a four-hour soliloquy about the UK's best silicon startups.

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