Tool Time, April 2015: Gadgets, Apps, and Wearables



WHO, WHAT, WEARABLE

Zazzi Prism

While most wearable developers are consumed with shrinking device technology to dust-mite proportions, Zazzi founder Judy Tomlinson is more ­interested in “making beautiful jewelry women would want to wear anyway.” The Prism—a chunky cuff that displays texts, calls, and social posts on a full-color screen embedded underneath a rectangle of see-through Swarovski crystal—certainly reads more bauble than smart band.

What we liked: Juicing up the Prism is as simple as plugging a standard-issue USB cord into its ­backside. No “charging box” (that will be instantly lost) required.  

What we didn’t like: The button-free device needs to be controlled almost totally by a smartphone. But you’ll never lose your cell again—the Prism vibrates or beeps when it travels too far from its phone.

Best features: Its big screen is easy to read. And the crystalline cuff is a great one-and-done accessory.

Price: Still TBD at press time, but “definitely under $300,” says Tomlinson. (fashionteq.com)

Pull up a (setter’s) chair!

SUPPLY IN DEMAND

Stuller Setter’s Seat

As a bench jeweler, you don’t want to mess around with a chair that kills your back or encourages you to lean forward. Enter Stuller’s new ergonomic setter’s seat—a rolling, rotating, fully adjustable leather perch that holds the hips and knees at a 135-degree angle, instead of the traditional 90-degree angle. The result? A pain-free back and neck. So you can reach for the gold instead of the Advil. ($299; stuller.com)

APP CHAT

Scandit

Since app developers entered the checkout game, procuring a ­first-rate point-of-sale system has been as easy as downloading an app or two. The new Scandit app, for one, turns mobile devices into enterprise-grade barcode scanners that capture ­multiple codes (including QR) with a single swipe. Scan codes upside down, sideways, at skewed angles—the software was built to operate flawlessly under chaotic, low-lit ­conditions: perfect for selling on the fly at trade shows, pop-ups, and special events. ($399 a month for the full suite of software; scandit.com)

Alpina & Mondaine Smartwatches! See jckonline.com/jewelry-­equipment-tech for that and more.