Fenix Chronos

Garmin has released its first luxury smartwatch, the Fenix Chronos.


Credit: Garmin

Garmin has just announced the Fenix Chronos, an elegant smartwatch with all the features of their standard GPS exercise watches, with a case and aesthetic that would be at home in a fine watch shop.

It costs $1,499.99 for the beautiful titanium model – considerably more than your average smartwatch.

For the outdoor buff you’ve got an altimeter, barometer, and compass as well as a system that can get you back to your starting point if you’re lost. You can connect it to your phone, as well, and get weather data and notifications.

Finally it also supports multiple sports but for runners you have:

  • Vertical oscillation and ratio — the degree of ‘bounce’ in your running motion and the benefit ratio to stride length
  • Ground contact and balance — shows how much time, in the running motion, your foot is on the ground rather than in flight and lets you check your running symmetry
  • Cadence — number of steps per minute
  • Stride length — determines a responsive current pace

Read more here (John Biggs, “Garmin releases its first luxury smartwatch, the Fenix Chronos”, TechCrunch, 25.08.2016)

Au Lapin Agile

This animated short turns a bar brawl into a beautiful celebration of art history.

Video description: Paris’ Gobelins L’École de L’Image (or Gobelins School of the Image) makes a regular showing at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. This year, the school debuted Au Lapin Agile, or At the Agile Rabbit, wherein Pablo Picasso gets into a stunningly beautiful bar fight with Henri Matisse. The short is wonderful on its own, but the characters and the setting are incredibly significant, providing a small glimpse into the lives of the people involved. It’s really about conflict creating great art.

Google is building a new operating system named Fuchsia

Google is working on a new operating system — and it has nothing to do with Android. The GitHub page is pretty sparse on explainers: Its description is simply, “Pink + Purple == Fuchsia (a new Operating System).”


There has been no official announcement from Google, and it sounds as if the open-source project is in its early days. “The decision was made to build it open source, so might as well start there from the beginning,” Google employee Brian Swetland said in an IRC chatlog shared on Hacker News. “Things will eventually be public, documented, and announced, just not yet,” another person said. Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment by Business Insider.

The tech blog Android Police, which was one of the first to report on the existence of the OS, thinks it might have applications in the Internet of Things. Linux (and Android) isn’t ideal for a lot of uses that don’t involve traditional computers; as wider technology becomes increasingly linked to the internet, it makes sense that Google would make a play with its own operating system, just as it did (with great success) in mobile.

Source (Rob Price, “Google is building a new operating system (GOOG)”, Yahoo! News, 15.08.2016)

Rio: Beyond the Map

If you’re not traveling to Brazil for the Summer Olympics, you can still explore the geography and culture of Rio de Janeiro, courtesy of Google. Rio: Beyond the Map, released to the public July 29, has prepared a series of materials with stunning video, interactive media and profiles of artistic cariocas, as natives of Rio de Janeiro are called.


Credit: Pedro Kirilos|Riotur

The experience begins with a 360-degree video of a motorcycle taxi ride up a hillside through the narrow, twisting streets of the São Carlos favela. The interactive landscape then allows users to learn more about landmarks, or watch short segments about artists from the favelas.

Beyond the Map is presented by Google Arts and Culture alongside thousands of images and video curated in partnership with local institutions. Each online exhibits focuses on different art forms and areas of the city, with interactive slideshows that showcase artwork and photography from Rio’s rich past and present.

Source (Greg Uyeno, “2016 Olympics: Visit Rio with 360-Degree Videos and Virtual Reality”, LiveScience, 02.08.2016)