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Old Mar 26, 2014, 03:59 PM   #1
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Macworld 2014 First Look: Petcube, Motion Control Ring, Lumo Lift, and More




The annual Macworld conference, which will see hundreds of companies showing off Apple-related apps and products, officially kicked off today with the innovation showcase for media and workshop attendees.

While Apple stopped attending Macworld in 2009, causing the conference to shrink considerably, there are still a number of innovative products being demoed at the show, including the Petcube, the motion-controlled Ring, unique wearables from Lumo, and more.

Many of the products at Macworld originated on crowd-funding sites like Kickstarter, including the Petcube, which reached full funding back in November of 2013. The Petcube is a small iPhone-connected cube equipped with a camera, motion detection, and a laser toy, allowing users to keep an eye on and play with their pets while they're away from home.

The first Petcube devices will launch in May of 2014, but the company is debuting its Petcube app [Direct Link] at Macworld, which is a sort of social network for pets at the current time. App functionality will be expanded in the future, first allowing users to interact with Petcubes placed in shelters and then letting them interface with their own cubes after the product ships. Petcubes can be preordered for $199.

The Ring, another product being demoed at Macworld, also made its debut on Kickstarter. While wearing the somewhat bulky Ring on an index finger, users can make small gestures to interface via Bluetooth with an iPhone or iPad app, completing tasks like spelling out letters, opening apps like the camera, or making mobile payments.

In a demonstration, the Ring's creators used it to write letters that were then transmitted to an iPad app and also demonstrated it opening the camera app. The current functionality of the Ring seems to be a bit limited, but the creators are planning to release an SDK for developers to incorporate its technology into their own apps. The Ring is expected to ship in July of 2014 and can still be preordered via Kickstarter for $185.

Lumo is showing off its new Lumo Lift product, which is a small wearable device that is designed to track daily activity and improve posture as well. It comes in an array of colors and designs and can measure steps and calories burned like many other fitness devices.

Lumo Lift is unique in its ability to keep an eye on posture, letting users know with a slight vibration when they slouch too often. The Lumo Lift can be preordered for $79 and will ship in the Summer of 2014.

There are also several other products available that have been demoed at conferences like CES, including the Flir One thermal camera and the Livescribe 3 Smartpen that transfers traditional writing to iOS devices. A slew of up and coming apps are also available today, including video/photo hybrid Flashback and CrazyTalk, an app for Mac and iOS that takes photos and transforms them into interactive 2D animations.

Macworld will continue through March 29, with the Expo Hall opening tomorrow morning.

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Old Mar 26, 2014, 04:00 PM   #2
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Old Mar 26, 2014, 04:00 PM   #3
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Ring definitely has my attention, looks pretty cool
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I wonder what new GENIUS THING Apple will introduce at the keynote?

AHH...that's right...Apple RESIGNED from Macworld!!!

Well, DOH!
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Old Mar 26, 2014, 04:06 PM   #5
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Ring definitely has my attention, looks pretty cool
First run looks a little bulky for me, but I'll be watching for Version 2.0
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Old Mar 26, 2014, 04:08 PM   #6
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No matter how cool the gadget is, Macworld is not the same anymore.
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Old Mar 26, 2014, 04:08 PM   #7
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$200 for a camera, microphone and laser pointer in a stylish cube? Seems like something Apple would sell.
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Old Mar 26, 2014, 04:11 PM   #9
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As much as I hate to say it, this conference is no longer important. Everything that is presented here is based on current products, that HOPEFULLY scale well to new ones. Add in the fact that Apple is no longer officially present, and it just doesn't feel relevant.
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Petcube would seem more appropriate as the AI antagonist in a sci-fi flick.



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Old Mar 26, 2014, 04:21 PM   #11
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It's a TV camera!
No, it's a microphone!
No, it's a laser pointer!

Hey, hey, hey... calm down, everyone. You are all correct!

It's all three!!!!

It's a floor wax and a dessert topping!
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Old Mar 26, 2014, 04:32 PM   #12
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The ring is not as bad an idea as I once thought, it looks like it could be quite useful for certain applications. Texting is not one of them though...
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Cool so the limited time my cat would spend in the single room the cube was located in I'll maybe be able to catch her and play with her for the first 5 minutes until she gets bored of the $200 paper weight.

Much better device to trick robbers into thinking you have a laser sight trained on them.
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Does the ring vibrate?
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Excellent. Does it glow blue to confirm it's off?
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Old Mar 26, 2014, 04:44 PM   #16
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Epic junk.
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Am I the only one who thinks the ring is just stupid?
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Does the ring vibrate?
Okay, I see where you're going here...
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Okay, I see where you're going here...
NOW I can see a point in this thing...
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Old Mar 26, 2014, 04:58 PM   #20
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Too bad, that "the Dash" (also a kickstarter project) was not mentioned. But than I don´t know if they where present at macworld.
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Old Mar 26, 2014, 05:10 PM   #21
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First impressions...

The pet cube reminds me of the "weighted companion cube" from Portal.
http://theportalwiki.com/wiki/Cubes

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In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
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The pet cube is an interesting concept, but just a remote control laser pointer strapped to camera seems kinda disappointing. Not all pets are going to respond well to it.

Throw in a slobber proofed Cubli and multi direction camera feed, and maybe ya got something.
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Old Mar 26, 2014, 05:29 PM   #23
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Ring Has Potential.
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Ring sounds very cool. Especially the mobile payments with iBeacon.
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Ring font reminds me of writing with Palm's Graffiti system.
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