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Gear this week: An E Ink fashion watch, a sleep and wake-up lamp, and more

By Team HardwareZone - 8 Dec 2018

Gear this week: An E Ink fashion watch, a sleep and wake-up lamp, and more

Sony FES Watch U

The Sony FES Watch U is a Bluetooth-enabled fashion watch that has a face and wrist straps that feature E Ink, which is electronic paper display technology found in Amazon Kindle readers. Hence, the watch’s display and accompanying strap design is rather easy on the eye. The watch can store up to 24 designs and they are uploaded to the Sony FES Watch U via a dedicated app. However, this fashion watch doesn’t match up to a typical smartwatch due to the former’s lack of features like activity tracking, heart rate monitoring, and phone notifications. The Sony FES Watch U comes in two finishes, i.e., the Premium Black model with scratch-resistant sapphire glass and ion plating, or the Silver model with mineral glass. The Sony FES Watch U is touted to have a 2-week battery life.

Read more about the Sony FES Watch U here.

 

Philips Somneo Sleep and Wake-Up Light

The Philips Somneo Sleep and Wake-Up Light makes use of light and sound therapy to calibrate your sleep cycle. It uses a “light-guided wind-down” function that’s inspired by relaxation exercises to induce sleep. When it’s time to wake up, the device will gradually increase its light intensity to simulate sunrise. This sunrise function is complemented by sounds from nature or user-chosen audio output. The Philips Somneo Sleep and Wake-Up Light also doubles up as a conventional bedside reading light.

Read more about the Philips Somneo Sleep and Wake-Up Light here.

 

Apple 18W USB-C Power Adapter

The Apple 18W USB-C power adapter is now available as a standalone accessory. It can fast charge the iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone X/XR/XS/XS Max with a Lightning to USB-C cable, which is sold separately. The 18W USB-C power adapter is bundled with the new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros. The option to purchase a spare power adapter for S$45 is a small price to pay for convenience and fast charging for supported Apple devices.

Read more about the Apple 18W USB-C Power Adapter here.

 

Bose Frames Alto

The Bose Frames Alto is a pair of Bluetooth-enabled, audio sunglasses, i.e., part sunglasses, part open-ear personal audio system. The frame houses miniaturized Bose speakers that are positioned to direct audio to the wearer without disturbing others. It also houses an integrated microphone and allow for answering calls from the paired smartphone. The sunglasses are supposed to let you tap into “Bose AR, an audio-only augmented reality platform that offers contextual audio cues.” The Bose Frames Alto is a pair of stylish sunglasses with its “classic angular shape” frame and its lenses offer UVA/UVB protection. Its currently available for pre-orders, albeit limited to US residents only, for US$199.95.

Read more about the Bose Frames Alto here.

 

Sony WH-1000XM3

The Sony WH-1000XM3 is the company’s latest over-ear Bluetooth wireless noise-canceling headphones. Not only does it sport a dedicated noise-canceling chip called HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1, it also employs analog amplification which is said to improve sound reproduction. These cans have a 30-hour battery life and it charges via its USB Type-C port for improved quick charging. Supported codecs include AAC for iOS devices, LDAC for compatible DAPs and Android devices, and aptX and SBC for everything else. It’s retailing at S$549.

Read more about the Sony WH-1000XM3 here.

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