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Companion Device Computing as envisaged and implemented by Pranav Mistry and his TTT team from Samsung: the case of Galaxy Gear + Galaxy Note 3

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See also the The new Air Command S Pen User Experience making the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phablet, and Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition tablet next-generation devices [‘Experiencing the Cloud’, Sept 12, 2013] post for another aspect of the advancement of the state-of-the-art.

Samsung Galaxy GEAR – Pranav Mistry (Samsung Unpacked 2013 Episode 2) [Pranav Mistry YouTube channel, Sept 9, 2013], Mistry’s and his team’s professional background see in the last section of this post

Watch Pranav Mistry, Head of Samsung Think Tank Team (TTT), Samsung Research America presenting Samsung Galaxy GEAR at Unpacked 2013 Episode 2 in IFA, Berlin. Find more about Galaxy GEAR athttp://www.samsung.com/galaxynote3+gear/ Samsung Introduces GALAXY Gear, a Wearable Device to Enhance the Freedom of Mobile Communications – 800 MHz processor – 1.63 inch (41.4mm) Super AMOLED (320 x 320) – 36.8 x 56.6 x 11.1 mm, 73.8g

Samsung Introduces GALAXY Gear, a Wearable Device to Enhance the Freedom of Mobile Communications [press release, Sept 4, 2013]

Samsung GALAXY experience is now extended through GALAXY Gear 
Berlin, Germany – September 4, 2013 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today introduced the GALAXY Gear, a perfect companion device that further integrates the Samsung GALAXY experience into everyday life. Samsung GALAXY Gear combines smart device connectivity, tailored technological features, and stylish design as a single premium accessory.
“Samsung’s ongoing smart device innovation leadership reflects our commitment to listen to our consumers, who want their daily lives to be easier and more enjoyable. Samsung GALAXY Gear benefits consumers by integrating smart device technology even deeper into their everyday lives, and bridges the gap between the mobile device and fashion worlds to create truly wearable technology,” said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics. “Samsung GALAXY Gear frees users from the need to constantly check their smart devices while maintaining connections. It provides what we call ‘smart freedom,’ by allowing users to choose how, why, when and where they are connected.”
… <continued at the Samsung Tomorrow blog entry below>

Samsung GALAXY Note 3 + Gear : Official First Hands-on [SAMSUNGmobile YouTube channel, Sept 5, 2013] with additional official explanation from here include after the video

[GALAXY Note 3] 1. Introduction http://youtu.be/-Fo5x7ZIPCM?t=14s 2. Everyday Made Easier with the S Pen Air Command http://youtu.be/-Fo5x7ZIPCM?t=1m51s Action Memo http://youtu.be/-Fo5x7ZIPCM?t=2m37s Scrapbook http://youtu.be/-Fo5x7ZIPCM?t=4m10s New Easy Clip http://youtu.be/-Fo5x7ZIPCM?t=6m31s S Finder http://youtu.be/-Fo5x7ZIPCM?t=7m19s New S Note http://youtu.be/-Fo5x7ZIPCM?t=8m41s 3. Smarter Large Screen Experience New Multi Window http://youtu.be/-Fo5x7ZIPCM?t=10m28s Pen Window http://youtu.be/-Fo5x7ZIPCM?t=11m53s [GALAXY Gear] 1. Introduction http://youtu.be/-Fo5x7ZIPCM?t=12m53s 2. Notification & Smart Relay http://youtu.be/-Fo5x7ZIPCM?t=15m11s 3. Hands-free Call http://youtu.be/-Fo5x7ZIPCM?t=15m46s 4. Memographer http://youtu.be/-Fo5x7ZIPCM?t=16m51s For more information : http://www.samsung.com/galaxynote3
From the hardware design and specifications to making your everyday tasks easier and faster, we go hands-on with the new Samsung GALAXY Note 3 and the GALAXY Gear.
The new Samsung GALAXY Note 3 delivers a smarter large screen experience for the best viewing experience and more powerful multitasking, and introduces significant new S Pen improvements that help to make everyday tasks easier and faster.
The Samsung GALAXY Gear is a wearable, perfect companion device that further integrates the Samsung GALAXY experience into everyday life by combining smart device connectivity, tailored technological features and stylish design as a single premium accessory.
This video will take you through some of the key features with narrative that you’d encounter in your day-to-day life. Watch the video from start to end, or skip to specific sections which you wish to find out more about using the direct time-code links below.

[GALAXY Note 3]

1. Introduction
2. Utilizing the S Pen
Air Command
No need to toggle between screens, memorize commands or look up different menus
Action Memo
Handwrite a note, and automatically execute a function or convert it into formatted content. Action Memo can instantly access to many key functions of the phone.
Scrapbook
Organize or track down content and information from various sources in one place so that you can easily look back at collected content all at once.
New Easy Clip
When you roughly draw around the desired image, then it converts that content into a more precisely cropped image.
S Finder
Expansively search for content on your device regardless of the type. By putting in keywords or filters, you can search related documents, events, communication threads, and even the Help page – all in one place. In addition, you can also search for hand-written content in their Notes and memo applications, as well as symbols and formulas.
New S Note
The new S Note can also be synced with Evernote or a Samsung account and be enabled for accessing and viewing from different devices.
3. Smarter Large Screen Experience
New Multi Window  
You can toggle seamlessly between applications without closing the window or opening a new page, allowing for enhanced productivity and collaboration across programs. You can also run one application in two windows at the same time!
Pen Window
Pen Window from Air Command further enhances multitasking experience by allowing consumers to draw a window on the screen and launching popular applications while continuing current tasks on the GALAXY Note 3.

[GALAXY Gear]

1. Introduction
2. Notification & Smart Relay
It notifies you of incoming messages and delivers a preview of those messages and creates the opportunity for you to accept or discreetly ignore those messages.
3. Hands-free Call
The built-in speaker allows users to conduct hands-free calls directly from the Gear, maintaining connections to their mobile communications without disrupting their daily routines. You can also draft messages, create new calendar entries, set alarms, and check the weather on the GALAXY Gear with S Voice.
4. Memographer
When you are on the move or participating in physical activities, you can record both photos and video with a 1.9 Megapixel camera to create quick, visual records, as well as share them on their social networks.
For more information : http://www.samsung.com/galaxynote3

More information is in The new Air Command S Pen User Experience making the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phablet, and Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition tablet next-generation devices [‘Experiencing the Cloud’, Sept 12, 2013] post

Introducing GALAXY Gear, a Wearable Device [Samsung Tomorrow, Sept 5, 2013]

Samsung Electronics introduced the GALAXY Gear, a perfect companion device that further integrates the Samsung GALAXY experience into everyday life. Samsung GALAXY Gear combines smart device connectivity, tailored technological features, and stylish design as a single premium accessory.
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“Samsung’s ongoing smart device innovation leadership reflects our commitment to listen to our consumers, who want their daily lives to be easier and more enjoyable. Samsung GALAXY Gear benefits consumers by integrating smart device technology even deeper into their everyday lives, and bridges the gap between the mobile device and fashion worlds to create truly wearable technology,” said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics.
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Experience new mobile communications freedoms
Samsung GALAXY Gear lets users to live in the moment while staying connected to their Samsung GALAXY devices. It notifies users of incoming messages, such as calls, texts, emails and alerts, delivers a preview of those messages and creates the opportunity for users to accept or discreetly ignore those messages. When an incoming message requires more than a quick glance, users can simply pick up their Samsung GALAXY devices and the Smart Relay feature will instantly reveal the full content on the screen.
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Voice operation
The built-in speaker allows users to conduct hands-free calls directly from the Gear, maintaining connections to their mobile communications without disrupting their daily routines. For example, a user leaving the grocery store, whose hands are full with shopping bags, could still make a call by speaking into the GALAXY Gear without touching the screen. Users can also draft messages, create new calendar entries, set alarms, and check the weather on the GALAXY Gear with S Voice.
Capture daily life from your wrist
In addition to enabling smart device controls, Samsung GALAXY Gear introduces several features that help users easily capture life’s meaningful moments which otherwise might be missed. With the  Memographer feature, a 1.9 Megapixel camera, users who are on the move or participating in physical activities can record both photos and video to create quick, visual records of important information or events from their daily lives, as well as share them on their social networks. Extending the quick-record concept, Voice Memo lets users capture important thoughts or conversations from their wrists and save those voice recordings into texts on their Samsung GALAXY devices.
A growing list of controls for favorite features
With the GALAXY Gear, users gain a wide range of favorite features that further increase the benefits of this new accessory.
New security enhancement Auto Lock automatically secures the companion smartphone screen any time that GALAXY Gear is more than 1.5 meters away from the smartphone, and then unlocks the smartphone when the companion devices are near each other again.
Find My Device helps users find the location of their smart devices when they have been misplaced by making them beep, illuminate and vibrate.
With Samsung GALAXY Gear, users can also control the music played on their Samsung GALAXY devices. As with traditional music players, it helps users browse, play and pause songs even when their smart device is not within reach.
Finally, the GALAXY Gear also works like a Pedometer to track physical activity via enhanced, built-in sensor technology. This feature systematically and automatically monitors users so they can track key personal data such as calories burned, steps taken and distance covered.
Standalone Watch and Iconic Fashion Accessory
Samsung GALAXY Gear embodies understated elegance. Its refined design, executed in, high-quality finishes, conjures images of luxury jewelry while still being understated enough to go well with any outfit. A rounded and simple flowing form wraps around the body, integrating with the user’s personal environment, and maintaining comfort at all times.
The GALAXY Gear also serves as a wristwatch and includes several face options that create the opportunity for users to personalize their watch face. It will come preloaded with 10 different clock options and more choices will be downloadable via Samsung Apps. The GALAXY Gear experience can be further personalized by selecting from six colors that will be available at launch: Jet Black, Mocha Gray, Wild Orange, Oatmeal Beige, Rose Gold, and Lime Green.
Samsung GALAXY Gear will be launched with the GALAXY Note 3 in more than 140 countries around the world starting from September 25.
Samsung GALAXY Gear will be on display at the Samsung booth # 20 at IFA 2013, September 6 through September 11, 2013. Full details and product images are available at http://www.samsungmobilepress.com or m.samsungmobilepress.com.
Endorsement by featured application partners:
[Evernote] Phil Libin, CEO
“The potential for wearable devices is incredibly exciting. Evernote strives to be a second brain, providing information to people when and how they need it, so they can lead better, smarter lives. It is important for us to be involved with products like the Samsung GALAXY Gear so we can start delivering on that promise, and better understand how and when people want to consume information through these new, innovative devices.” Phil Libin, CEO, Evernote
[Glympse] Bryan Trussel, Co-founder & CEO
“Samsung is setting a very high bar for wearable technology with this stylized and incredibly functional device. Location sharing is a natural fit with the watch, and we are thrilled to partner with a smart, innovative company like Samsung to provide their users with Glympse location technology.”
[Path] Dave Morin, CEO
“Path’s intimate social graph lends itself perfectly to wearable devices like the Samsung GALAXY Gear, sharing only relevant notifications from the people who matter most,” said Path CEO Dave Morin. “Taking advantage of the built-in camera and touchscreen, Path on GALAXY Gear lets users to easily take photos, give feedback to friends, and post their location. We’re excited to evolve the Path experience on this breakthrough wearable device as well as our partnership with Samsung.”
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All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

The business media expectations before the announcement:
Smartwatches: Are They the Future or Just a Fad? [Bloomberg YouTube, Aug 20, 2013]

Greg Harper, president of Harpervision Associates, discusses smartwatch technology. He speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “In The Loop.” (Source: Bloomberg)

The summary and evaluation of the announcement by the same business media:
Samsung Galaxy Gear: The Hands-On Test [Bloomberg YouTube, Sept 6, 2013]

This week Samsung revealed one of the most anticipated gadgets of the year: the Galaxy Gear. Bloomberg Businessweek’s Sam Grobart strapped on the SmartWatch for an up-close look at the gadget and he’s got some concerns.


Then the general reception of the concept (as presented at the event) in the same business media:

Samsung Galaxy Gear Watch No Slam Dunk: Grobart [Bloomberg YouTube, Sept 4, 2013]

Bloomberg’s Sam Grobart discusses Samsung’s new Galaxy Gear smartwatch and its cost of $299. He speaks with Emily Chang on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West.”

Samsung Galaxy Gear a Must-Have Watch: Blair [Bloomberg YouTube, Sept 4, 2013]

Wedge Partners’ Brian Blair discusses Samsung’s new Galaxy Gear wristwatch device after receiving a demo. He speaks with Emily Chang on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West.”

Samsung Galaxy Gear: Is This the Next iPod? [Bloomberg YouTube, Sept 5, 2013]

Brian Blair, principal and senior tech analyst at Wedge Partners and Robert Burke, chairman & CEO at Robert Burke Associates, examine the market for Samsung Galaxy Gear and whether it will drive sales to other Samsung products. They speak on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.”

Underwhelmed by Samsung’s Galaxy Gear Watch: Om Malik [Bloomberg YouTube, Sept 5, 2013]

Om Malik, founder of GigaOm, discusses Samsung’s unveiling of the new “Galaxy Gear” wristwatch device. He speaks with Emily Chang on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West.”


Pranav Mistry’s and his team’s professional background

Working Experience (from his CV)

    • Head, Think Tank Team at Samsung and Director of Research, Samsung Research America
      2012 to current, Samsung Research America, Samsung Electronics
    • Co-Founder at Miztry Ltd.
      2011 to current, Miztry Limited, Hong Kong
    • Research Assistant at Fluid Interfaces, MIT Media Lab
      2008 to 2012, Fluid Interfaces Group, MIT Media Lab.
    • Visiting Researcher at Japan Science and Technology Agency
      winter 2009, JST ERATO IGARASHI Design Interface Project, Tokyo.
    • Researcher at Microsoft Research
      summer internship (summer 2009) with Adaptive Systems and Interaction, MSR.
    • Research Assistant at Ambient Intelligence, MIT Media Lab
      2006 to 2008, Ambient Intelligence Group, MIT Media Lab.
    • Teaching Assistant at Media arts and Sciences, MIT
      2007, New Paradigms in HCI, MIT Media Lab.
    • Research Intern with Global Connection Project
      summer internship (summer 2007) with GigaPan Project (CMU, NASA, Google and UNESCO).
    • UX Researcher at Microsoft
      2005 to 2006, Microsoft India Development Center.
    • Project Manager at Microsoft
      summer internship (summer 2004) with Incubation Team at Microsoft India Development Center

He won INVENTION OF THE YEAR 2009 award by Popular Science (June, 2009) with: WUW / sixthsense – a wearable gestural interface [Pranav Mistry YouTube channel, Feb 11, 2009]

We’ve evolved over millions of years to sense the world around us. When we encounter something, someone or some place, we use our five natural senses to perceive information about what is facing us. That information helps us make decisions and chose the right actions to take in a situation. But arguably the most useful information that can help us make the right decision is not naturally perceivable with our five senses, namely the data, information and knowledge that mankind has accumulated about everything and which is increasingly all available online. Moreover, Information is confined traditionally on paper or digitally on a screen. ‘WUW’ attempts to free information from its confines and releases it into the world, seamlessly integrating it with the physical world.
With the miniaturization of computing devices that fit inside our pockets, we are always connected to the digital world. However, there is no link between our interaction with these digital devices and interaction with the physical world. ‘WUW’ bridges this gap by augmenting the physical world around us with digital information and proposing natural hand gestures as the mechanism to interact with that information. ‘WUW’ brings the intangible information out into the tangible world. By using a camera and a tiny projector mounted on a hat or coupled in a pendant like device, ‘WUW’ sees what you see and visually augments any surfaces or objects you are interacting with. ‘WUW’ projects information to any surface, walls, and the objects around us, and to interact with the information through natural hand gestures, arm movements, or with the object itself. ‘WUW’ is like having the entire world as your computer.

He got honored as ‘Young Global Leader 2013’ by World Economic Forum. His personal page there says:

Pranav Mistry is a research assistant and a PhD candidate at the MIT Media Lab. Designer, engineer and inventor, Mistry is passionate about integrating the world of information with real-world interactions, and is the inventor of SixthSense. Some of his previous work includes intelligent sticky notes that can be searched and located, and send reminders and messages; a pen that can draw in 3D; a public map that can act as Google of the physical world; and an invisible computer mouse. SixthSense was awarded the 2009 Invention Award by Popular Science. Mistry also won the Young Innovator Award TR35 by Technology Review and was named on 2010 Creativity 50 list of the most influential and inspiring creative personalities of 2010. This year, Asian Scientist honoured him as one of the 15 ultimate scientists of Asia to watch.

From those achievements watch here QUICKIES: sticky notes of 21st Century [Pranav Mistry YouTube channel, April 17, 2010]

Think Tank Team [Samsung Information Systems America (SISA), Sept 4, 2013]

The Think Tank Team (TTT) was created in May of 2012 as a group of interdisciplinary researchers, scientists, designers and engineers. Located within Samsung Research America in the heart of Silicon Valley, the team is led by Pranav Mistry and crewed by experts in fields from industrial design to physics, with experience in institutions such as MIT, Disney Imagineering, Art+Com, RISD, and others. Areas of interest include electrical engineering, optics, computational imaging, machine learning, natural language processing, visual design, computational graphics, material science, biochemistry, and others. The team’s work covers a large time scale, from products that are ready to be mass-produced, to ideas that will take many years to come to fruition. The team is always looking for people and ideas that will expand its horizons in new ways, with the mission of re-imagining existing products, creating new product classes, and exploring new materials, technologies, affordances, and experiences.

Visit the TTT site to learn more.

SEEKING EXPERTS FOR THINK TANK TEAM [SISA, Sept 4, 2013]

Full Time Positions and Internships

Who are we?

We are a small team of interdisciplinary researchers, scientists, designers and engineers located in San Jose. We are passionate about inventing experience-centric future products and technologies. We aim for real-world impact by turning our disruptive concepts into products that connect objects, environments, information and people. Our team is led by Pranav Mistry and crewed by experts in fields from industrial design to physics, with experience in institutions such as MIT, Disney Imagineering, Art+Com and others. Together we combine new designs, materials, technologies, and approaches to create the products of tomorrow.

Who are we looking for?

We seek talented and passionate researchers, designers and engineers to join our team. Areas of work include electrical engineering, optics, computational imaging, robotics, machine learning, natural language processing, visual design, computational graphics, material science, biochemistry, and others. We are looking for people who share our passions and wish to expand our mission to frontiers we haven’t thought of.

If these challenges pique your interest, send a portfolio demonstrating your combination of hands-on skills and creative thinking capabilities to TTT-hire@sisa.samsung.com .

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