Macworld 2014 First Look: Petcube, Motion Control Ring, Lumo Lift, and More

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.

    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.

    Article Link: Macworld 2014 First Look: Petcube, Motion Control Ring, Lumo Lift, and More
  2. ashwin4 macrumors member


    Aug 15, 2013
    In the midst of it
    Ring definitely has my attention, looks pretty cool
  3. WardC macrumors 68030


    Oct 17, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    I wonder what new GENIUS THING Apple will introduce at the keynote?

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

    Well, DOH!
  4. the-oz-man macrumors 6502


    Jun 24, 2009
    First run looks a little bulky for me, but I'll be watching for Version 2.0
  5. Tankmaze macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    No matter how cool the gadget is, Macworld is not the same anymore.
  6. zin macrumors 6502

    May 5, 2010
    United Kingdom
    $200 for a camera, microphone and laser pointer in a stylish cube? Seems like something Apple would sell.
  7. sualpine macrumors 6502


    May 13, 2013
    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.
  8. AngerDanger, Mar 26, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2014

    AngerDanger macrumors 68030


    Dec 9, 2008
    Petcube would seem more appropriate as the AI antagonist in a sci-fi flick.


    The amount of thought put into this comment is simply staggering.
  9. ptb42 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2011
  10. rp2011 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2010
    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...
  11. Ricky Smith macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2006
    Boston, MA
    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.
  12. bawbac macrumors 65816


    Mar 2, 2012
    Seattle, WA
  13. tillsbury macrumors 65816

    Dec 24, 2007
    Excellent. Does it glow blue to confirm it's off?
  14. WillFisher macrumors 6502


    Feb 19, 2011
    Am I the only one who thinks the ring is just stupid?
  15. morespce54, Mar 26, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2014

    morespce54 macrumors 65816


    Apr 30, 2004
    Around the World
    Okay, I see where you're going here... ;)
  16. WillFisher macrumors 6502


    Feb 19, 2011
    NOW I can see a point in this thing... :rolleyes: ;)
  17. Shrkzzar macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2013
    Too bad, that "the Dash" (also a kickstarter project) was not mentioned. But than I don´t know if they where present at macworld.
  18. FakeWozniak macrumors 6502


    Nov 8, 2007
    First impressions...

    The pet cube reminds me of the "weighted companion cube" from Portal.

    Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
    Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
    Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
    One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
    Preorder, $185, shipping and handling not included
    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
    In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie
  19. Dorje Sylas macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2011
    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.
  20. Paulshaqz macrumors 6502a

    Sep 10, 2009
  21. dannyyankou macrumors 603


    Mar 2, 2012
    Ring sounds very cool. Especially the mobile payments with iBeacon.
  22. mentaluproar macrumors 68000


    May 25, 2010
    Ohio, USA
    Ring font reminds me of writing with Palm's Graffiti system.

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