Our expectations for smartwatches are inherently contradictory: We expect them to be simple, and yet we want them to do so much. We need them fit on our wrists, tell the time, and have enough battery life to get us through at least the day. At the same time, we want them to run apps, take phone calls, and even track potentially serious health conditions. Samsung is striving for both with its new Galaxy Watch. The feature-packed smartwatch was announced in early August, and is positioned as the Samsung flagship smartwatch.
Apple events are always preceded by rumors. In the weeks leading up to today's event in Cupertino, one heavily circulated rumor had to do with new interchangeable bands for the Apple Watch. The rumors were true--sort of. Apple showed off a line of bands that it's calling Woven Nylon. The new straps ( 49 each) come in two sizes and seven colorways: gold/red, gold/royal blue, royal blue, pink, pearl, scuba blue, and black.
A stunning video released by the Department of Defense shows a swarm of micro-drones being released by fighter jets. The demonstration of the Perdix micro-UAV swarm was held at China Lake, Calif. on Oct. 26, 2016. Three F/A-18's were deployed to launch the swarm of tiny drones, according to the Department of Defense. The drones, which have a wingspan of 12 inches, can operate autonomously and share a distributed brain, the BBC reports, and could be used for surveillance. In the Department of Defense video, the drones can also be seen flying through the air like a swarm of high-tech bees.