Jewelry Tools, Apps & Supplies: November–December 2018



WHO, WHAT, WEARABLE

Skagen Falster 2

skagen falster 2 pairDanish watch and accessories brand Skagen has released an update to the sleek Falster smartwatch it debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show in ­January. The Falster 2 adds to the connected watch’s functions—most notably, a heart rate monitor in response to customer demand—and builds on its spare design with the addition of minimalist battery-saving watch dials and two programmable pushers (for quicker access to apps). “The Falster 2 represents everything Skagen stands for,” says Frederik Thrane, the company’s creative director: “an appreciation of simplicity and a thoughtful approach to how your time is spent.”

What we liked: Falster 2 has GPS capabilities built into the watch, meaning it doesn’t need to tether to a synced smartphone. So you can leave your phone at home on a long bike ride or run while still tracking your route (and distances) on your wrist.

What we didn’t like: Not much—this is one of the all-around best wearables we’ve seen this year. Though it would be great to see a Falster 2 in bright hues. We’d like to request bright fuchsia and mango-orange, please.

Best features: The smartwatch has a waterproof case for swims and splashes—an upgrade from the original Falster—and features a magnetic steel-mesh strap that’s both flexible and comfortable and facilitates quick fastening but doesn’t forsake style. ($275; skagen.com)

The Falster 2 is powered by Wear OS by Google OS and seamlessly runs fitness app Google Fit.

 

APP CHAT

KanbanFlow

kanbanflowKeep your team on track—and apprised of daily ­expectations—with the user-friendly KanbanFlow project management app. The color-coded mobile interface provides an easy-to-digest overview of a business’s workflow and offers quick and effective ways to communicate with your employees, which can lead to better productivity. In-app tools include a timer that allows users to log time spent on any activity and the ability to generate analytic reports that can pinpoint potential bottlenecks. ($5/month; kanbanflow.com)

KanbanFlow is easily integrated into popular calendars such as Google Calendar and Outlook.

 

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MatrixGold Essentials

matrixgold essentials Jewelry design technology firm Gemvision, which was acquired by Stuller in 2009, has introduced a new CAD software system, MatrixGold Essentials, that combines features from top CAD setups Matrix and RhinoGold while incorporating elements of the user-friendly ­CounterSketch ­interface. The software boasts a clean design, an easy search bar, a custom-built browser, and ­a reimagined jobs bag to support efficient workflow, among other features. “We’re very excited to introduce a completely new software to the industry,” says Gemvision’s programming director, Albert Oldfield. Because in today’s jewelry industry, “customization is more important than ever.” (Introductory price: $5,200; gemvision.com/matrixgold)

The MatrixGold Essentials system runs on what Gemvision describes as the most powerful CAD engine, Rhino 6.