Kiwi Wearables is an ambitious company who aims to integrate cutting edge technology even more in our daily lives. The company has been working tirelessly to create a small device which can collect data easily and facilitate the user’s life by automating certain tasks and also keep records on his daily movement and activities. The device has now been finished and it’s undergoing final tests and so far, it’s looking good. The company is so optimistic that they’ve put the device for pre-order, starting from as $99.

It’s a pretty powerful little fella’, able to communicate with household appliances and other gadgets, thus contributing to home automation and at the same, acting as a “personal recorder” which is particularly useful for active people who go the gym or do sports. Its array of sensors allows it to pick up on what the user is doing and store that information or send it to a computer. The biggest advantage of the device is its small body, which makes it easy to wear in almost any circumstance.

What can the Kiwi Move do for you?

Even though the device is new, and so its software is somewhat limited, it can still be of use, thanks to the apps which come pre-installed on it. The company is hoping that developers will put some effort in this platform and provide a wider variety of apps which can take advantage of the sensors included in the device. Speaking of sensors, here’s what tech is installed on this 1.6″ x 1.2″ x 0.35″ device which weighs only 1 oz:

  • accelerometer
  • gyroscope
  • magnetometer
  • barometer
  • thermometer
  • microphone

All of these sensors are kept in line by an ARM Cortex M4 processor, and its data is wirelessly sent to another device via Bluetooth LE or WiFi. Other specs of the device are the 2 GB of internal memory, sufficient for storing the information from its sensors and user profiles, and a lithium-ion battery which can last as much as 5 days on a single charge.

A few uses of the device can be seen from the promotional video, such as communicating with smart appliances so they know when you wake up and your coffee maker starts brewing the morning fix, or when you’re doing your workout, the data is stored and afterwords you can share it with your personal trainer. Voice notes and gestures are other uses of the Kiwi Move. Thanks yo its integrated microphone, you can either take voice memos or give voice commands to the device.  The gesture side allows you to send commands to the gadget by moving it in a predetermined way.

kiwi move

If you’re not impressed so far with the Kiwi Move, then you should give some time, so that more apps can be created. As of now, the developers have created Android and iOS pairing apps which help with the automation part of the Kiwi, for creating rules which the device will initiate when certain conditions are met. The apps which come pre-installed on the device will be of some help for now, but expect more to come:

Move –  Tracks movement and physical activities
Insights – Learns about the user’s life and correlates movement with daily activities
Gesture – Controls gadgets and home appliances by using pre-defined gestures
Sound – Allows users to take voice memos or use the Kiwi’s voice control feature

If gadgets like the Pebble, Philips Hue or Google Glass and apps like Run Keeper are now compatible with the Kiwi, in the future more and more third party services will be integrated, allowing it to integrate even better in day to day life.


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