From August, 2005

The rise of the Care Bracelets

As time telling becomes more ubiquitous thanks to personal technologies like the cell phone, it makes it easy to see why naysayers predict the death of the wrist watch as a utilitarian object but what they don’t realise is that as technology takes us over the next curve, watches might just begin to tell us more than just time. Below are some of the “Care” bracelets that have been announced recently: – Radio frequency wristwear for runaway autistic children (Gm News) – A wristwatch-like device that can monitor whether patients have been complying with their treatment regimen (This Business Gazette)…

Al Jazeera at Basel

According to Pierre Maillard of Europa Star, Al Jazeera, the news channel that makes it their business to step on everyone’s toes, took on the Swiss Industry at this year’s Basel: “The press conference ended on a rather amusing note. The representative of Al-Jazeera from Germany insistently demanded a precise definition of ‘Swiss Made’ implying that this term was merely an empty shell. Upon hearing the rather confused and imprecise explanations of a number of Swiss representatives, it was finally the watch industry representative from France, Patrice Besnard, who spoke up. Still, the cover was quickly placed on this boiling…

Hello Photon! The Optically Driven Watch

Move over Quartz. Physicists at the California Institute of Technology have created an alternative to the quartz movement – a disk (made of silica and the size of less than the width of a human hair) that vibrates steadily like a tuning fork (vibrates about 80 million times per second) when it is pumped with laser light (photon), which is very similar to the quartz crystal’s vibration from electrical current that helps regulate a battery powered wristwatch. However, the only clear difference between the optically driven movement and the electric quartz is the design element that could provide new electro-optic…

July’s Top Five

It’s the end of the month and here are July’s top five posts in our RSS feed (This month’s total RSS requests are 47904) . We don’t have a similar post tracking system for regular web traffic to the site : 1. They Buy the Story 2. Fawaz’s Power Breaker 3. Personal Attachment Devices 4. Speedy Vuitton 5. The Nurse Watch To read the rest of July’s archive, click here or if you’re interested in subscribing to our feed and have no idea how, then click here.