The connected watches or the digital disruption in the field of watchmaking

The Smart Watch: spearheading the connected devices revolution
In the space of a week, the Mobile World Congress and the Apple Keynote made a host of news, shock announcements and other promises of disruption of economic models and ecosystems. Let’s take advantage of the lull to take stock of the technology world, which sees some of these landscapes redraw in depth. If the news in the field of smartphones and connected devices at MWC are not that revolutionary, those on connected watches seem to demand attention, as was also the case with Apple’s presentation. Despite a still limited consumer craze, manufacturers take the news seriously and put themselves in battle formation. There are strong bets that the year 2015 will be that of the meeting of the connected watches with a mass audience, after a confidential success of initial trials.

The connected watches: razor blade or sail wind for the traditional manufacturers?
For connected watches, there is no doubt a before and after March 2015. Will they be nevertheless what the quartz Revolution was for mechanical watches, or what smartphones were to mobile phones? While uses, stakeholders and ecosystems are emerging under the impulse from the web and electronics giants and from the dynamic start-ups, what of the traditional players in the watch world? What is their interest to position themselves in this development? How do they anticipate it?

The objective of this and upcoming articles is to describe the current situation of the historical actors and to analyze their possible reactions according to the shift of paradigm in the market. Multiple segments can help differentiate the traditional actors in the watch industry, including the following three:

Casio1One segment are the “information watches” such as Casio‘s or Garmin’s, more oriented towards sports uses, who suffer today from the arrival of watches equipped with activity trackers. Check out more info on the best Casio G-shock or on the best dive watch for the money.

Rolex1The second is that of “jewelry watches”, with some brands such as Rolex, Breguet, or Bell & Ross. If Rolex already caught wind in the connected watch race with its Luxus Smartwatch, will technology and the traditional watch industry combine forces to seduce a demanding and history-caring public?

WithingsThe last segment is that of “accessories watches”, in the image of Swatch, Massimo, Ice or even Guess, that Withings, with its seductively designed watches, comes to compete.


My New G-Shock Watch. A Beauty!

GA-100-1A4ERI got myself a G-shock watch, with needles (see pic). It’s the GA-100-1A4ER model, a highly rated and applauded tactical, or outdoor, watch. It was this page on Rangermade about the top tactical watches, that got me started looking at this watch:

I love the combination of black and red and am completely satisfied with the aesthetics of the watch.

It’s a nickel and resin watch. The main functions are: multiple alarms, chronograph, timer, time zones, usable in diving. It is big enough, but comfortable to wear, and light.

Time set-up is quite simple, just choose the timezone (ex: “NYC” for New York) from the list, and the time is set automatically.

The readability of the red hand doesn’t pose any problem. The date is also clearly legible, you can choose several display modes of the 2 digital screens located in the bottom half.

I quietly giggled when I read other users’ reviews on the Internet before buying it. Especially those who say they are disappointed with the red color of the small hand, because it was not good at night with the backlight. It is obvious, that when you buy this watch, it is normal to see the red hand not as much as the white, otherwise go buy another watch. And if you really don’t see it, that’s because it is under the white one! It takes a little time to adapt and after that it will work for you. Personally that doesn’t bother me at all, and that’s what also makes the charm of this watch.

It is a very nice watch except for the stopwatch function, where the figures are small enough for a satisfactory reading, especially when the needle is in the front of the dial and masks the figures.

Otherwise the design is really very very nice! Lots of sporty looks. It’s a relatively large mens watch (it’s a G-Shock, what do you expect). The price is quite reasonable compared with the quality of the product. Reliable.

After 3 months of use, not a scratch despite the daily use in all circumstances. I could not yet test the tightness in diving.

In conclusion, I wanted this model for resistance to shocks, and the sports-oriented look. I am thrilled because I love the aesthetics of this watch, pleasant and easy to use, which in the end is the most important.

Here’s a Youtube vid about the GA-100-1A4ER:

Visit to Zion National Park Utah. Wow

Located near Springdale, Utah, Zion National Park was established as a National Park on November 19, 1919.

Zion National Park is comprised of 229 square miles of breathtaking, spectacular scenery. There are sharp sandstone cliffs which soar 2,000 feet above a maze of narrow canyons. These canyons are cut through the sandstone by the Virgin River

There are a number of hiking trails in Zion National Park.

Zion Narrows

The most challenging hiking trail is the Zion Narrows. It is 12.5 miles through a canyon, sometimes as narrow as 20 feet with vertical walls that are 2,000 feet high. The river is the trail as it meanders through gorges of sandstone arches, grottos, and soaring walls. The trail is on the river so you will have to do some wading and you may have to swim. This is a strenuous trail.

Emerald Pools

This a scenic hiking trail that children and adults will enjoy. It has waterfalls, pools, and monoliths. The trail can be hiked in a day. It is 3 miles round trip. This hiking area has three levels of difficulty. The Lower Pool is easy. The Middle Pool is moderate. The Upper Pool is moderately strenuous. The trail can be hiked year-round and the trails are well-maintained. The Emerald Pools trail was completed in 1925.

Canyon Overlook Trail

Zion_park_viewIf you want a spectacular view of the lower Zion Canyon, this is a trail your will enjoy. The hiking time is an hour because the distance is one mile round trip. This is an easy trail for adults but moderate for kids. There are exposed cliffs so consider a fear of heights for this trail.

At Zion National Park, you can find trails that are easy, moderate, and strenuous. You will also find trails that require a great deal of experience because of their difficulty. Make sure to have adequate equipment, and especially a good hiking daypack.

You can combine your vacation as a camping and hiking trip. The park has several campgrounds. The Watchman Campground accepts reservations. There are six primitive camp sites at Kolob Terrace for the outdoor enthusiasts. The East Zion Riverside RV Park has a number of amenities.

Safety is your responsibility. Make sure the trail you like is one that fits you physically and emotionally. You should have the proper gear for camping. A good pair of hiking boots is recommended. Before starting off alone on a hike, check the weather forecast. The area can have flashfloods.

The park’s naturalists lead guided tours along some of the trails and also lead off-trail hikes through canyons from late March to November.

If you are looking for a great outdoor vacation with beautiful scenic views, a visit to Zion National Park will be an experience you will not forget.

Reasons to pursue passions of Rock Collecting

Men and women have lots of different passions. It is essential in everyone’s life to enjoy spare-time activities, doing something for the sake of absolute desire that helps you relax and also connect the deeper being of you to your own self. Any kind of interests one has varies from one to the other. Many love playing plus mastering some or the other musical instrument such as drums or even a violin during their leisure time. Some others care to follow fine arts and so focus on artwork or pencil sketching as their interest. And then, yet others undertake any kind of actual physical pursuit, intense or perhaps not, including Backpacking, Gymming or even Mountaineering as their interest. Then again you can find persons around the world who prefer amassing stuff and so engage in collecting this stuff as their leisure activity. Many people compile postage stamps, many people amass coins all of the time yet there are plenty of folks who like collecting all sorts of a particular category of electronics across the globe and then there may also be folks who love Rock Collecting and so practice that as a leisure activity. There isn’t really a a respectable and not-so hobby to engage in. There exist merely passions a person wants to practice and exactly how bad or good he or she may be at that particular pursuit conveys a whole lot with respect to nature of that person. Rock Collecting is certainly one this type of passion whereby a person compiling rocks and stones has his own accumulated stones and rocks convey a lot about him. Such as a great number of poets and even philosophers suggest, just what we happen to be and also our life’s philosophy is usually mirrored by the stuff we all do and the way we all do them. In the same way, any person can practice Rock Collecting for a leisure activity and then apply the a large percentage of his fervor, mind, expertise together with attention for searching for and then choosing the best possible stones and rocks present on this planet. On the other hand you will also find persons across the globe who practice a pastime merely because they feel that it is ‘in’ or perhaps since all others are pursuing it. There’s no wisdom in doing this since practicing a pastime is similar to getting in touch with ones own self, setting up a interaction with the deeper echelons of oneself and considering that a person is low enough to be pursuing Rock Collecting merely because he or she perceives it to be fashionable, this too conveys a whole lot about him/her.

Music bands

When one speaks of music bands, the things which automatically come up in the person’s mind are those artists which play rock and pop music. While this is completely justified due to the fact these are the genres of music which are most popular, other types of audio artists furthermore do exist and their presence cannot be disregarded. For the sake of convenience we shall begin by speaking about the more popular rock and pop type of artists, and follow up on the rest eventually. Rock music bands have never really gone out of flavour ever since they first started blossoming in the latter half of the 20th century. Coming up across the hippie period, it maintained the momentum which the hippie movement failed to sustain. Synonymous with head banging and terrific guitar play, rock bands are found in virtually every nook and cranny on earth and not a piece of Americanisation as a lot of people would like to believe. Metal music is alternately considered a variation of rock and a separate form of music altogether depending on whom you ask.

Music bands which play pop music are in close competition with rock bands for popularity charts. However, if we would have lived in a world where we go by names, pop music bands would have taken the trophy, since ‘pop’ is in fact a short form of ‘popular’. Pop music bands are slightly varied throughout the world, but on an average have a universal appeal across cultures. Ideally, pop music is something which promises to lift a person’s spirits and helps him unwind after a tiring day. The major difference between rock and pop music is that rock is a much harsher form which is often viewed as a way for people to take out their frustrations. Blues is an additional genre of music popular amongst music bands and their listeners. Starting somewhere towards the end of the 19th century, blues is a form which used to be native to the African-American community in Sothern U. S. A, before its popularity sky rocketed. The characteristic element of blues music would be the fact the music contains a lot of rhythm and flow. A much later variation of blues is termed R&B, which means rhythm and blues, which is often seen as a more popular form than blues today. Other than these, additionally, there are various music bands which play jazz, classical music, country music and folk music. The features of these bands often vary from place to place.

Digital arts

Digital arts have slowly but surely taken an edge over the conventional forms of art. It has reached a stage whereby it would be safe to say that digital arts are going to rule the roost in the future and have already pushed all other competition off the shelves.

For those of us who are still coming to terms with what they actually mean, digital arts are any piece of art which have been made digitally. The term is often used alternately with computer art, computer graphics, multimedia art, etc. Whichever way it is referred to, they all fundamentally mean the same.

Digital arts can be used to make what were earlier called sculptures, paintings, etc. They are probably the best example of the phrase, ‘world going online’. There are various ways in which these new wonders of the digital world can be created using different kind of software. The best part about these software that are used to make art pieces are that they are constantly updated and made better, faster and more effective.

Digital art can be made using fractals or algorithmic art or even by creating vector images. Irrespective of the jargon, the sheer variety that digital arts offer are a perfect recipe for their success. Besides, the other parameter which ensures success for any art form has always been the availability it has to the masses.

Being available to everyone who has access to digital technology, its potential is not only enormous, but also rapidly expanding.

Another way to segregate the many digital arts available are their division into 2D, 3D still and 3D motion, the last of which is also called digital animation. A 2D image is a two directional image which is flat and does not have a z-axis.

On the other hand, 3D images are those which are rounded and support the visual perception of seeing an image on all three axes. Digital animation is nothing but these 3D objects in motion. To simplify this, a 2D object is something which is like a painting, while a 3D object is something like a sculpture.