Smartwatch User Interaction: How Users Interact With a Smartwatch

Interest in smartwatches is on the rise thanks to the recent launch of Apple Watch. Apple Watch sales hit about 2.3 million units just a week before launch. Android Wear and Pebble added another 1.5 million smartwatch units during the year 2014 combined. With all these numbers, it becomes clear that developers should consider the smartwatch as the next computing platform for the new user services. The upcoming challenge is to design a new UI based on yet to be defined user behavior and interaction patterns with the smart timepiece on your wrist. In this article I will try to analyze the current user behavior on existing smartwatches UI and elicit the best points of contacts to interact with users.

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Gadgets That Make You Feel Better: Health Wearables In All Their Variety

The world of wearables heading to the market today is practically limitless and exciting, with gadgets for all kinds of activities finding their way to the customers’ wrists, necks, chests and other body parts. A particularly interesting niche in this industry is healthcare: although heavily regulated by FDA and other authorities, this is the area where the impact smart devices have on users’ lives is the most significant.

Smart wearables are revolutionizing the traditional healthcare industry, allowing for much wider scope of patient data to be available to doctors and customers themselves. The main principle behind most of health-related wearables is to sense and track with maximum accuracy what hasn’t been tracked before. From how many times a patient coughed to how their glucose levels changed during the day, the precisely quantified data opens up limitless possibilities in personal healthcare and provides important insights about our bodies’ numerous indicators.

Apparently it does take time for healthcare wearables to make it to the wide audience, however there are already a few interesting ones available, and even more in the pipeline. In this overview, we put together some of the most exciting and unexpected devices that can make you feel better.

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Motion Sickness In Virtual Reality: How Big Is the Problem And How Good Are the Solutions

 

The concept of virtual reality has possessed the minds of sci-fi writers and technology enthusiasts since many decades ago, but only in the past few years it’s got quite close to become a part of our everyday lives. Although still far from ubiquitous, VR technologies are considerably popular nowadays: even if you’ve never worn a VR headset, we bet you know at least one person who has.

As it usually happens with innovations, virtual reality has its own problems that every industry player is trying to solve. Among the biggest ones is the motion sickness that many people complain of when trying a VR experience.

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MadCode Meetup: How to test Web API using SoapUI

On July 1 we conducted our 7th MadCode Meetup. It’s free monthly webinar where members of our team share their knowledges in some specific area of mobile development. This time Oleg Nikiforov, QA Engineer at Stanfy talked about testing of Web API using SoapUI, particularly about:

  • why do we need to test Web API if developing mobile applications;
  • how SoapUI can help us in testing of Web API;
  • things we can test in Web API.

In this article he also shares live demo of SoapUI in action. So let’s dive into the learning!

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Bluetooth Low Energy: Security Issues and How to Overcome Them

With the rapid growth of the wearable technology market and the Internet of Things, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) a.k.a. Bluetooth Smart has become the de-facto standard for all kinds of devices, from smartwatches to beacons and connected cars. The protocol, however, appears to be prone to serious security issues developers need to be aware of when designing new hardware and software solutions.

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