Modern-day smartphones solved a lot of problems. It's easier to keep in touch with people, play addictive bird-themed games, and manage your calendar. But they also created a bunch of new problems like having to whip out your phone every time you want to check a new alert. And sometimes that can be pretty rude.
Over the weekend, developers created 15 new apps and services as part of Evernote and Honda's design hackathon. They were tasked with building apps that utilized Evernote's API, as well as APIs from the Honda Silicon Valley Lab for smart cars, gesture technology company Leap Motion, Pebble, and sensor platform for smart devices NODE.
After the city of San Francisco essentially banned it, the parking app Sweetch responded by starting Freetch, an open-source project that offers up the app's code for any developer looking to solve the Bay Area's public parking issue.
There are so many wearable devices already on the market, and many more soon to launch, it's becoming difficult to keep up. But all this enthusiasm among device makers for the wearables category misses the fact that there still aren't enough apps out there to really make wearables compelling for mainstream consumers.
Pebble, arguably the hottest smart watch on the market, is now accepting pre-orders for its high-end Pebble Steel smartwatch. The Pebble Steel, which will retail for $249, features the same e-paper display, a five-to-seven day battery life, and waterproof design. Pebble plans to start shipping the watch on Jan. 28.