Apple Watch: why it may struggle to become essential wristwear

Apple Watch launch, Apr 10, 2015, by Shinya Suzuki, 01 (3264x1836)Some of my previous assertions about Apple products have been, um… mistaken. When the iPhone originally came out, I had no idea what it was or what all the fuss was about. Three-and-a-half years later, I was singing the praises of Apple.

Of course, 11 months before that, I was ready to decry the iPad. Having inherited an iPad 1 in 2012, which I still use for entertainment purposes, work and occasional adventures out and about, I’ve realised the benefits of tablets over laptops in certain situations. In both cases, these products fill needs in the connected age, and can make life simpler (when coupled with self-discipline) in our increasingly busy society.

The Apple Watch, however, I’m not so sure about. Continue reading

Not-so-simple fitness gadgets

Runner in New York, 31072011, by Ed Yourdon (1448x815)What are New Year’s resolutions if not renewed commitments to the pursuit of happiness? The trouble is technology designed to help you on your path to that better, simpler life still tends to cause disruption and sleepless nights.

Fitness gadgets, such as wristbands, trainer sensors and apps, are sold on the promise of convenience and ease of use. Their usefulness lies in the idea that if you can track your progress you’ll be more motivated. Latterly, sports brand Nike has struck upon the bright idea of syncing your data to the web so it can be compared with an entire network of global fitness fanatics. Great, huh? Well, maybe when it works. Continue reading

Inside the Barbican’s Digital Revolution

Barbican - Digital Revolution, Pyramidi 02, 20140715 by Aaron Lee (1448x815)Digital Revolution is a celebration of computing and all things interactive. By bringing together artists, filmmakers, architects, designers, musicians and game developers, it hopes to give you a sense of the breakthroughs that digital creatives are making across culture, as well as remind you just how dramatically digital technology has changed all our lives in less than 50 years.

What follows are some of the moments that fascinated me most as I explored the chambers of this computing archive and its digital delights. Continue reading