Smartwatches with cameras in wristbands aren’t entirely new. However, the ones we’ve seen so far require you to contort your wrist if you want to point them in different directions. It seems that Apple is trying to solve this problem. The company has recently patented a smartwatch with an adjustable camera built right into the wristband, which allows you to easily position it any way you like.
Regular as clockwork, every year, Apple announces their new products and mobile operating system updates. And that includes their line of watches. The new WatchOS 5 comes with new dynamic faces. Designed to work with the Apple Watch Series 4, these new faces are not CG as we might first think. They were actually made using practical effects.
The new faces include Fire & Water, Vapour and Liquid Metal. They can be configured in numerous ways, and animate when you raise your arm to look at your watch. Cool Hunting posted this minute-long video to show how they were made and we see some pretty cool techniques.
While some companies are trying to make the sensors in their cameras bigger, Sony are doing the opposite. They’re going smaller. Really small. Their new 2mm sensor is capable of a single megapixel, 1,296 pixels along the longest edge. Paired with a 2.6mm lens, the circuit that connects the whole thing to a device is also extremely tiny. The 20 pin connector is shrunk down to a minuscule 3.3mm. And the whole setup weighs just a tenth of a gram.
This sort of sensor isn’t all that useful for the handheld cameras most of use, but it does hold a lot of possibility for very small devices. Like smartwatches. These typically don’t contain any camera at all. Not even a front-facing one for things like Skype or Face time. Sony say the new sensor also boasts very low power consumption. So, it’s something that many smartwatch owners have been waiting for.