If you're like me, sleep isn't a given; any number of things can disturb a restful night in bed. Your phone is one of them: aside from it beaming light directly into your eyeballs, the internet can be distracting when you're trying to wind down. One solution: an alarm clock! This particularly fancy model from Loftie is at its lowest price ever today, if you're into that sort of thing.
When you read the words alarm clock, what comes to mind? I bet it's either one of those vintage numbers with the bells on top or the red-numbered clock radio your dad bought at Radio Shack in 1983 and still hasn't replaced. More likely than not, though, you don't own one. Why would you? Your phone works fine.
They may seem like an anachronism, but even as our phones have assumed more responsibility in our day-to-day lives, discrete bedside clocks have continued to evolve. Enter Loftie, which hopes to "retake slumberland" with its chic and designerly internet-connected clock. Those ambitions might be a little grand, but it sure is a nice way to wake up.
So, Google posted this 'An Android Wear Design Story' thing that's probably moderately interesting if you want some insight into app development on Android Wear and the process of designing an experience appropriate for a smartwatch, but the only thing I came out of that post not being able to forget was this. Freaking. Photo.
My reaction is best summarized by the timecoded YouTube clip below.
The Moto 360 is huge. Like, Tag Heuer's Jumbo Jerk Chronometer Collection huge. No wonder they're promising always-on battery life, because it's the size of a Sizzler side-salad plate.
Anyway, the post in question talks about the development of a concept app for walking tours on Android Wear, and if you're interested in what the developers behind it crafted and the experience they had creating said app, it's a good, solid read.