MIRAI PULSE

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MIRAI PULSE

Mirai Pulse – the charging dock for Apple Watch that makes Smart Doll interactive – make calls, check mail and more. The Mirai Pulse App for Apple Watch features the voice of Mirai Suenaga who will speak and teach you Japanese too.
The Mirai Pulse Torso Dock will be available this fall for 15,000 yen (Smart Doll sold seperately!)

Up until now there has never been an Apple Watch charging dock for folks who appreciate Japanese culture and cute things – Mirai Pulse changes this first world problem.

I picked up the Apple Watch after watching the Keynote on WatchOS 3 and decided to get one. After playing around with it for a while and thinking about the Smart Watch market, I saw a trend where the manufacturers are mostly marketing their wearable machines as a health device.

Smart Watches are essentially computers sized down to fit in a watch. What makes the Apple Watch special however is that the form is not hindered by protruding lugs like all other Smart Watches out there – this makes the Apple Watch’s rounded rectangle perfect to be put in other places – who said it had to be worn on a wrist?

Smart Gear is a series of add-ons for Smart Doll that give them the Smart functionality – the Apple Watch Charging Torso add-on for Smart Doll is the first time we have made a new Slush Casting mold in the series. The Magnetic Charging Cable that comes with Apple Watch slots into the torso on the inside. The magnetic pull keeps Apple Watch securely in place. All you have to then do is to swap out the torso with the one on Smart Doll.

The first prototype we made is for the 38mm Apple Watch but will be looking at how to make it 42mm compatible. Will probably end up with two torso types as I don’t want to use those one-size-fits-all brackets.

This is what the side of the Apple Watch looks like. As it was important to have the Crown and Side Button accessible, only half of the watch is embedded into the torso.

Apple Watch in the middle of being charged.

This is the default app screen and all functionality available through the fully exposed Crown and Side Button.

I recently introduced the concept of Miraicon – the term for turning a Smart Doll into a computer by inserting an Android or PC stick into the torso. While this is great – the external monitor, keyboard and mouse is not ideal for folks who want a Miraicon On the Move (MOM).

We are in the middle of making an App for Mirai Pulse which gives you functionality specific to Smart Doll. This is the Home Screen which gives you access to various settings.

This is the Mirai Pulse clock. I’m currently digging through the developer docs to see if there is a way to keep the screen always on in WatchOS 3.

There is a function to teach you Hiragana, Katakana and some Kanji too which Mirai will read out to you – very similar to the learning cards Moekana and Moekanji.

You can make phone calls through Apple Watch which means…

 

If you are looking for extensibility for a fashion doll then Smart Doll is what you would be looking for.

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