WHO, WHAT, WEARABLE
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)
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)
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