Articles by Adam Zeis

Why you want a smartwatch

Pile of smartwatches

When Pebble first showed up on Kickstarter I was eager to back it, I had never seen anything like it, and "need" it or not, it was something I wanted to own. A few weeks later I actually cancelled my order. I wasn't quite sure I needed to spend the money on something so new and geeky, so I rescinded and never really regretted it. Fast forward - Pebble hit the streets and was getting very...

Whistle introduces a new GPS tracker for your pet

Whistle has today announced a followup to their popular pet health and activity monitor. The new WhistleGPS is a simple tracker that your pet can wear, allowing you to track them anywhere in the U.S. on a companion mobile app. The device attaches to the dog's collar and tracks location, activity and rest. The affordable device is small and lightweight and also has great battery life which is...

A closer look at the Modillian Smart Strap

Modillian Strap

Last week we caught word of a new Bluetooth clasp that will make nearly any regular watch smarter. Modillian is a small clasp that fits over a standard watch band and provides light vibrations for alerts on a connected smartphone. So rather than swapping out your classic timepiece for a smartwatch, you can simply add Modillian to your collection and make all of your watches smartwatches....

Getting connected with some new projects from AT&T Labs

The folks at AT&T Labs are hard at work on the future of connected technology. They're working hard on developing state-of-the-art technologies for all kinds of industries and uses — from tracking your luggage, to monitoring network data, to connecting your home to your smartphone. I was lucky enough to check out some of the latest projects at AT&T's showcase and I have to say that...

This solar-powered bike lock opens using only your phone

Bike locks are a dime a dozen. Most of them perform one task — keeping your bike secure. It's not hard to do, but in the connected world in which we live, people expect more from all of their devices. Skylock is a new Bluetooth-enabled lock that looks to do just that. Skylock is a U-shaped bike lock that has no key. It uses your phone over Bluetooth and unlocks automatically when you are near...

Today a new version of Dropcam for Android is hitting Google Play. This one heads up to version 3.0 and is sporting some new features and design enhancements to make for a better user experience. In addition to a new activity feed and customizable alerts, setting up a Dropcam from your Android device is now much easier as well. Here's whats new: An All-New Activity Feed: View and filter...

Google's self-driving cars can't go where no man has gone before

So it turns out that Google's self-driving car may not be as smart as we thought — though it's still pretty darn smart. The teched-out Lexus RX350h has plenty of lasers, cameras and radar systems to keep it on track when driving around with no human at the wheel, but according to Google Software Lead Dmitri Dolgov, there's still one thing that's been left out — unmapped roads. While the self-...

Shank is a silicone band alternative for your Pebble Steel

Smartwatch lovers in the market for a more comfortable band for their Pebble Steel now have a great option in the form of Shank. Shank is a simple silicone band that works with the propriety connection on the Pebble Steel. No longer are you limited to just the included metal or leather bands — or some shady adapters for that matter. Now you can go the comfy silicone route instead should you...

Hands-on with the new Sonos Controller for iOS and Android

The folks at Sonos have released an update to their Sonos Controller app for both iOS and Android devices. While it doesn't change much of the functionality, it does add a redesigned UI, the ability to create playlists on the fly and universal search across all of your music services. It's been available on Android in beta form for a few weeks, but it's now officially available for everyone...

Do you own a smart TV?

In my pursuit to collect more and more connected tech, I've been eyeing up some smart TV options lately. My current living room TV isn't all that old, but I do like the idea of having a connected TV that offers more features beyond that of a standard unit — be it Netflix, Pandora or even social apps like Facebook and Twitter. At the same time, I'm not sure I want to jump from my overly-...

Just a friendly reminder that you still have time to enter our awesome Connectedly Launch Contest for a chance to win some amazing prizes. You have until the end of the month to get in on the action, so if you haven't already, be sure to leave a comment on the original contest post for your chance to win! What can you win? Here are the prizes: Grand Prize: Sonos Playbar and two (2) Sonos...

Get the original Galaxy Gear for just $99 today only

If you're feeling nostalgic and in the mood for a binge purchase, you can snag the original Galaxy Gear for just $99 today thanks to eBay deals. As you well know, the Galaxy Gear has now been replaced with the updated Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, but the price is low enough that it just might persuade some prospective buyers. The Galaxy Gear is still a nice little device if you're a Samsung phone...

OMsignal announces biometric shirts that track your fitness, connect to your phone

We've seen all kinds of connected accessories in the realms of smartwatches, connected eyewear and even smart appliances, but how about connected clothing? OMsignal today has introduced clothing that is able to track your performance, health and fitness thanks to embedded sensors within the shirts. The four styles of compression shirt all carry trackers and a Bluetooth relay to provide data...

BabyFirst has teamed up with AT&T U-verse TV to launch an exclusive second-screen app for the iPhone and iPad. Using the app, kids & parents can create designs or choose simple colorings pages on the iPhone/iPad, and instantly view & interact with their creations on the TV screen. The app helps introduce growing children to colors, animals, shapes and enhances hand-eye...

Dear Sonos: Please Give Me an Outdoor Speaker

Summer is nearly here and that means once again I will spend many of my nights on my deck. I have everything I need ready to go — my table is clean, grill tanks are full, meat is stocked — but one thing I'm lacking this year is a solid outdoor speaker. Over the last few months I've been building up my Sonos system in my house. I started with a Playbar in the living room and have since added 3...

Download the official Connectedly watch face for your Pebble!

Pebble users rejoice! You can now spread the Connectedly love right on your wrist with the official Connectedly watch face. It's hot off the presses and ready to be worn out for a night on the town! Not only can you show off the Connectedly logo, but the watch face also gives you the time, date, battery indicator and Bluetooth connection status — what more could you ask for? You can grab the...

Pandora control for Pebble comes to Android

Just a few weeks back, Pebble users with iOS devices landed support for Pandora control, and today Android users join the fun as well. Pebble has announced today that Android users can now view and change stations, thumb songs up and down, skip, play and pause tracks. We heard about Pandora compatibility back at CES in January, so it's good to see that it's finally arrived. If you have Pandora...

The official Connectedly app for Android is now available!

Connectedly App

It's officially official! The Connectedly app for Android is now available for download from Google Play. It's the biggest, baddest, most connected app you'll find on Android — and best of all — it's totally free!. You can login to the app with your existing Mobile Nations Passport account and you'll instantly be able to access the blogs for all the latest news, rumors, reviews and editorials...

Whistle's canine activity tracking data is getting integrated into Jawbone's Up app

If you're a Jawbone UP user and want to ensure that your dog is getting as good of a work as you are — you're in luck. Jawbone has partnered with Whistle Labs and will now incorporate connected dog data into the Up app. That means UP and UP24 users will be able to track their pooch's walk, playtime and rest right in their activity stream from the UP app. Of course this is really something...

Microsoft teases smartwatch tech in latest patent finding

Assorted Watches

Rumors have been floating around for a while now about a smartwatch offering from Microsoft, and while we've yet to see anything solid, some new patent applications have turned up that show off what looks to be a new smartwatch. According to the documents, the device itself looks to be sporting an assortment of fitness-tracking features and also a removable body. Much like the long-awaited...

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