Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 1st Sep 2013 19:10 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

Samsung is set to reveal its Galaxy Gear smartwatch next Wednesday, Sept. 4, in Berlin. But this weekend, we got a first look at the watch.

Here it is.

I love watches (I have several watches for different occasions and clothing styles), but this thing looks ridiculous. A three inch contraption shaped like a Galaxy phone strapped to my tiny wrist?

What?

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by Hiev on Sun 1st Sep 2013 19:17 UTC
Hiev
Member since:
2005-09-27

to do know is to wait for Apple to release one and the copy the desing, they have done it before.

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RE: ...
by glarepate on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 07:13 UTC in reply to "..."
glarepate Member since:
2006-01-04

lol!

And then of course chronically litigious Samsung will sue them over it. /sarc

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RE: ...
by bassbeast on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 14:05 UTC in reply to "..."
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

Uhhhh..why? Is there some huge demand for big funky watches that require a smartphone which does all the funky huge watch does and more?

I don't know if things are different in the EU but more and more folks here in the states aren't even wearing watches, they just use their smartphones. Heck they have the things in their hands all the time, checking messages and email, getting directions or looking something up so why not just use it, right?

Ironic that they are trying to make watches all high tech when the idea of watches seems to be going the way of the 8-track. Maybe things are different there but when i asked customers about smart watches and whether they'd spend the $$$ required to get one? They all thought I was trying to pull their legs, they found the whole idea just absurd.

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RE[2]: ...
by darknexus on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 15:07 UTC in reply to "RE: ..."
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Heck they have the things in their hands all the time, checking messages and email, getting directions or looking something up so why not just use it, right?

Yeah, and they're completely unaware of everyone and everything around them. I guess I'm weird by state standards, I don't even want to use my smartphone in public unless I absolutely have to. I don't mind using it when I'm stationary (on a train, by myself at a restaurant, etc) but I can't stand the idiots that have those damn things in their hands constantly then bitch and complain when they get run over by a car that they would have been perfectly aware of had they taken their eyes off that screen for a millisecond. Oh yeah, and I wear a watch too. Nothing fancy, just tells me the time so as not to need to pull out my phone to see something that simple.

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RE[3]: ...
by bassbeast on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 20:30 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

Well you'd probably hate my guts then but at least I do have the common courtesy not to be walking down the street using it, instead I stop under an awning to check mine.

But you've seen it too, right? This is what I don't get about pushing the whole "smartwatch" idea, as people are moving AWAY from watches and from what has been reported these things are gonna be in the $300 and up range which frankly most folks? Not gonna pay that for a watch, not when they can get a nice new smartphone that does everything the watch does and more and WITHOUT having to be tethered to anything for cheaper.

BTW I don't know when this change occurred but I have noticed it seems to cross age and income boundaries, I have seen everything from teens to gals in their 50s using their smartphone for a watch and everything from guys that work the backhoe to bankers that likewise use their smartphone instead. Heck it even happened to me and my family, don't know why, just one day I quit wearing the watch and never thought about it again, and both my boys have likewise stopped wearing watches. Even my 72 year old mom has stopped wearing a watch but in her case she says her Android is easier to read and see so at least she has a legitimate reason, I don't know why I did but I can't see myself paying $$$ just to have on my wrist what I already have in my pocket at all times.

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Right, that's it...
by Vanders on Sun 1st Sep 2013 19:33 UTC
Vanders
Member since:
2005-07-06

...who do I need to write too to tell them I don't want a bloody smart watch. Who are these people these companies keep asking for market research? Are they asking 4chan or something: "Hey guys would you buy an Android watch?" "Hahaha, oh yeah man, totally."

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RE: Right, that's it...
by p13. on Sun 1st Sep 2013 19:50 UTC in reply to "Right, that's it..."
p13. Member since:
2005-07-10

Here's a crazy idea.
Ready?

--->Don't buy it!<---

I think it could be a fun product, but only if it's priced right.

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RE: Right, that's it...
by Sodki on Sun 1st Sep 2013 20:37 UTC in reply to "Right, that's it..."
Sodki Member since:
2005-11-10

...who do I need to write too to tell them I don't want a bloody smart watch.


You and I might not want it, but some people do. Some people say they don't, but they will eventually buy one.

Personally, I find smart watches interesting because designers will have to deal with a constrained user experience and IO. Let's see what comes out of it.

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RE[2]: Right, that's it...
by Fergy on Sun 1st Sep 2013 20:55 UTC in reply to "RE: Right, that's it..."
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

Personally, I find smart watches interesting because designers will have to deal with a constrained user experience and IO. Let's see what comes out of it.

I think there is a market for smart watches but not for small smartphones on your wrist. Here is what I think it should do:
- Normal battery that runs for 3 years
- No larger than a tricked out sports watch
- Sub 200 dollar
- Waterproof of course
- Synchronize clock
How they could do it: e-ink display, blue-tooth low power
What it could do: weather, small messages, programmable beeps for specialized alerts

It should just connect to your smartphone and get its information from it.

Edited 2013-09-01 20:57 UTC

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RE[3]: Right, that's it...
by Sodki on Sun 1st Sep 2013 22:01 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Right, that's it..."
Sodki Member since:
2005-11-10

What it could do: weather, small messages, programmable beeps for specialized alerts


Yes, I see what you mean. Things like Google Now make a lot of sense on a smart watch, besides the ability to be notified about *things*, like incoming calls, SMS, E-mail or even changing the music track you're listening. Like I said, I find it interesting.

Don't get me wrong, we'll also be flooded with very crappy stuff.

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RE[3]: Right, that's it...
by pandronic on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 06:36 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Right, that's it..."
pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

I think this fits the bill:

http://getpebble.com/

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RE[4]: Right, that's it...
by Fergy on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 06:44 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Right, that's it..."
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

I think this fits the bill:

http://getpebble.com/

Almost ;)
Q. How long does the battery last?
A. The rechargeable battery keeps Pebble going for 7+ days.

Maybe when they can charge wireless... But I still just want a normal watch with bluetooth and simple extras. Even Pebble is a little bit too fancy.

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RE[4]: Right, that's it...
by WereCatf on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 07:33 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Right, that's it..."
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

I think this fits the bill:

http://getpebble.com/


I was just thinking to myself that a smartwatch with a low-power e-Paper display would be a step in the right direction, then I noticed your link. That Pebble-thing might actually be useful since you don't have to be recharging it all the time. There's two niggles with it that bother me, though: it looks like an ass and it apparently has no audio capabilities, only vibration. Perhaps the next version will be better ;)

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RE[5]: Right, that's it...
by darknexus on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 09:09 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Right, that's it..."
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

it apparently has no audio capabilities, only vibration. Perhaps the next version will be better ;)

Sounds perfect to me, that way you people don't get to disturb the rest of us with your annoying beeps and sounds. The smartphones are bad enough, not to mention the damn fools who get their iPods out and blast music none of us want to here. If everyone's watch starts making noise too, I'm going dark for a while or else I'll probably go insane and do some neck shaking of my own.

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RE[4]: Right, that's it...
by OSbunny on Wed 4th Sep 2013 12:28 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Right, that's it..."
OSbunny Member since:
2009-05-23

"HOW IT WORKS.

Pebble connects by Bluetooth to your iPhone or Android device."

If you already have a phone why would you want something else to lug around?

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RE[3]: Right, that's it...
by ssokolow on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 08:28 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Right, that's it..."
ssokolow Member since:
2010-01-21

"Personally, I find smart watches interesting because designers will have to deal with a constrained user experience and IO. Let's see what comes out of it.

I think there is a market for smart watches but not for small smartphones on your wrist. Here is what I think it should do:
- Normal battery that runs for 3 years
- No larger than a tricked out sports watch
- Sub 200 dollar
- Waterproof of course
- Synchronize clock
How they could do it: e-ink display, blue-tooth low power
What it could do: weather, small messages, programmable beeps for specialized alerts

It should just connect to your smartphone and get its information from it.
"

Agreed. I've been happy with Timex watches that just do date, time, day of the week, stopwatch, alarm, and indiglo since some time in the mists of my childhood.

My third and most recent one (the first broke its watchband mounts and I wore out one of the buttons on the second) added a countdown timer and I get TONS of use out of that.

I don't own a smartphone but, if you substitute "Linux PC" to cover my desktop and my OpenPandora, my ideal smart watch would be something similar but with the following features over and above the ones you listed:

- Ditch the three alarms and let me have more than one countdown timer preset instead. (I currently just leave mine on 15 minutes and "flip the hourglass" however many times I need in order to time something)

- Some method to sync with an atomic clock via my PC so I don't have to think about things like daylight savings time, leap years, leap seconds, and clock drift. (Without sacrificing the ±15 seconds per month accuracy of my current watch on the assumption that it'll always have a smartphone nearby.)

- Some Thunderbird+Lightning-compatible way for my watch to keep a second alarm which automatically syncs with the "remind me when..." time for whatever the most recent alarmed TODO is in my daily planner.

Edited 2013-09-02 08:35 UTC

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RE[4]: Right, that's it...
by ssokolow on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 09:51 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Right, that's it..."
ssokolow Member since:
2010-01-21

I just noticed that I accidentally edited away some of the sense in my response.

"Ditch the three alarms and let me have more than one countdown timer preset" was referring to my current Timex non-smart watch.

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RE[4]: Right, that's it...
by DrillSgt on Tue 3rd Sep 2013 13:23 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Right, that's it..."
DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

"- Some method to sync with an atomic clock via my PC so I don't have to think about things like daylight savings time, leap years, leap seconds, and clock drift. (Without sacrificing the ±15 seconds per month accuracy of my current watch on the assumption that it'll always have a smartphone nearby.)
"


They actually have watches that sync by atomic clock with no need for the PC. They are a bit hard to find in stores though. No reason they could not just implement that in these smart watches.

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RE[2]: Right, that's it...
by Vanders on Sun 1st Sep 2013 22:02 UTC in reply to "RE: Right, that's it..."
Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

Who? Who are these people? I wish to meet them, and shake them by the neck.

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RE[3]: Right, that's it...
by Sodki on Sun 1st Sep 2013 22:33 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Right, that's it..."
Sodki Member since:
2005-11-10

Who? Who are these people? I wish to meet them, and shake them by the neck.


I don't see what your problem is. No one is forcing you to buy a smart watch. No one. You will still be able to buy other watches.

Regarding other people, I personally don't know anyone who actually wants one, but they're out there. For example, when Apple releases its own smart watch, don't you think they will be a new craze? Don't you think a lot of people will buy them? I'm not even mentioning quality, it's probably going to be good, but either way it's a guaranteed success. Even if the only reason is the logo.

Just to reiterate, I am *not* an Apple fan and I am *not* a smart watch fan. I don't even wear a regular watch.

Edited 2013-09-01 22:34 UTC

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RE[4]: Right, that's it...
by Vanders on Sun 1st Sep 2013 22:43 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Right, that's it..."
Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

No see, you're assuming they're out there because otherwise companies wouldn't be wasting their time developing these boondoggles. You admit yourself you're not aware of anyone who's ever expressed an interest in buying one.

Apple doesn't count: they could release anything and Apple fanboys would buy it. A cranial implant that requires 13/14 staples to attach it to the skull would fly off the shelves.

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RE[5]: Right, that's it...
by _txf_ on Sun 1st Sep 2013 22:49 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Right, that's it..."
_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

No see, you're assuming they're out there because otherwise companies wouldn't be wasting their time developing these boondoggles. You admit yourself you're not aware of anyone who's ever expressed an interest in buying one.


I (and many others that I have seen) have a Pebble ...

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RE[5]: Right, that's it...
by Sodki on Sun 1st Sep 2013 22:54 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Right, that's it..."
Sodki Member since:
2005-11-10

Apple doesn't count: they could release anything and Apple fanboys would buy it.


So you're admitting that there is a market, even if it's for the wrong reasons. We're on the same page, then.

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RE[5]: Right, that's it...
by viton on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 02:09 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Right, that's it..."
viton Member since:
2005-08-09

Apple doesn't count: they could release anything and Apple fanboys would buy it.

http://www.shophex.com/shop/watch-bands

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RE[5]: Right, that's it...
by shotsman on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 05:44 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Right, that's it..."
shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

Samsung doesn't count: they could release anything and Samsung fanboys would buy it. A cranial implant that requires 13/14 staples to attach it to the skull would fly off the shelves.

There fixed it for you.

seriously, there are just s many (if not more) fandroids out there than fanboi's. To them the great god Samsung can do no wrong. If Samsung had retail stores, I'm sure they would become the same places of homage and worship as the Apple ones.

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RE[6]: Right, that's it...
by tonny on Tue 3rd Sep 2013 06:12 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Right, that's it..."
tonny Member since:
2011-12-22

I wouldn't so sure about that. At least, fanboi are more loyal then samsung fans club. They can jump ship. Like, to Nexus, or Sony. And where ifanboi can jump to? ;)

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RE[4]: Right, that's it...
by zima on Fri 6th Sep 2013 12:57 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Right, that's it..."
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

For example, when Apple releases its own smart watch, don't you think they will be a new craze?

Apple kinda already had a smartwatch, in previous-gen iPod nano (the ~square one) which could be equipped with an armband.

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RE[3]: Right, that's it...
by MOS6510 on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 04:10 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Right, that's it..."
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I'd buy one, just not from Samsung and not with Android.

I'd love to be able to see information from my phone on my watch and I'm pretty sure once you get used to it taking out your phone will feel cumbersome. It's a great way to handle non-important information. A quick glance and you're done. No taking out the phone out of your pocket.

If Apple doesn't come with a watch I'd go for the Pebble.

Not sure about the neck shaking.

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RE[4]: Right, that's it...
by WorknMan on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 07:15 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Right, that's it..."
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

It's a great way to handle non-important information. A quick glance and you're done. No taking out the phone out of your pocket.


I think a better approach is to tell your phone to stop beeping at you about non-important information, esp the social media crap. Not only will you save yourself $200+, but you also won't have to wear this ridiculous fucking thing on your wrist, and have to charge it every day.

If you feel like you need a smartwatch because the amount of times you pull your phone out of your pocket every day becomes cumbersome, I'd say you're way too distracted by your phone.

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RE[5]: Right, that's it...
by MOS6510 on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 07:19 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Right, that's it..."
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

As I mentioned I won't be buying the "ridiculous fucking thing". I'm waiting to see if Apple comes up with anything or go for a Pebble.

My smart phone isn't smart enough to determine what is and what isn't interesting for me. This could also change depending on the situation I'm in, like being in a meeting or at the movies.

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RE[6]: Right, that's it...
by WorknMan on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 15:53 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Right, that's it..."
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

My smart phone isn't smart enough to determine what is and what isn't interesting for me.


Isn't that the real problem we should be trying to solve, instead of inventing yet more devices that let you view information you really don't care that much about?

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RE[7]: Right, that's it...
by MOS6510 on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 16:26 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Right, that's it..."
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

That would be great, but I don't see how.

When my phone enters DND it will still make sound if it's my wife, but often it's not important, but one day it could be.

And some stuff might interest you, but not today.

It's hard for software to determine what is important to you and what can wait. It's also fuel for court cases of people who missed important info that your system didn't view as such.

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BlueofRainbow Member since:
2009-01-06

There is nothing more disturbing to a real-time (business, technical, social) discussion than hearing a buzzing and seeing a participant getting their smart phone out and checking their displays.

Unfortunately, the expectation of an immediate response has more or less become the norm in the corporate and social worlds.

I could see this kind of gadget being useful as being a discreet way for one fulfilling such expectation.

Since this is a watch, there could be a one-touch reply button sending a message like "Currently in a meeting (or busy) for another mm minutes" for the non-important stuff. The mm data could directly come from the calendar data.

For the really important annunciation, tapping the display (or touching another button) would initiate the reply allowing the user to be relaxed in stepping aside and getting the phone/tablet in hands.

One downside is that this would not help those seeking to elevate their sense of self-worth and status in front of others by being constantly connected.....

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RE[4]: Right, that's it...
by ichi on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 10:36 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Right, that's it..."
ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

I'd love to be able to see information from my phone on my watch and I'm pretty sure once you get used to it taking out your phone will feel cumbersome. It's a great way to handle non-important information. A quick glance and you're done. No taking out the phone out of your pocket.


Just my opinion here, but it seems to me that smartwatches are one step to far into proxying the information.

Not saying that people shouldn't buy them (if they are your thing, great) but for me the whole point of buying a smartphone is being able to carry around a connected computer with a convenient form factor. I'll still be using my computer for more complex tasks, but the smartphone suffices for lots of uses and I can use it on the go.

I'm taking my smartphone around, not both my smartphone and my computer.

A smartwatch on the other hand doesn't replace my phone with a more convenient and portable form factor since I still have to carry my smartphone around anyway.

I guess the next iteration in gadgetry could be smartglasses (google glass style) that connect to the smartwatch that's connected to your smartphone, and then looking at your wrist will feel cumbersome.

Later on we could have smart contact lenses connected to the smartglasses that are connected to the smartwatch that is connected to our smartphone, so we can see important notifications straight away without even bothering to look slightly upwards to the smartglasses display.

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RE[5]: Right, that's it...
by MOS6510 on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 10:57 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Right, that's it..."
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

My reason is part geekness and part luxury.

But I'm also hoping the Apple iWatch, if it arrives, will monitor stuff like your heart rate and your movement. I have a number of healthy apps on my iPhone and I'd love to see some info fed automatically.

It would be great to go for a run without having to launch an app and press virtual buttons. Just make sure you're wearing your watch and go.

And it can add some convenience. Like getting an alert if your phone moves away from you (theft). Or being able to see who's calling/texting when you're in a swimming pool or taking a shower. Just a quick glance at your watch is much easier and quicker performed than grabbing your phone.

I can see a lot of handy features being possible and I must admit they are pure luxuries so the world won't end if you don't have a smart watch.

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RE[6]: Right, that's it...
by JAlexoid on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 12:24 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Right, that's it..."
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

will monitor stuff like your heart rate

It will most definitely not do that. It's impractical to do constant heart rate monitoring on your wrist.

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RE[4]: Right, that's it...
by Morgan on Tue 3rd Sep 2013 01:36 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Right, that's it..."
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I used a Sony SmartWatch for a while (I believe you and I discussed it via email a while back) and while it seemed like a good idea, the execution fell short. It did allow me to glance surreptitiously at my wrist whenever my phone vibrated, instead of pulling the beast out to check the screen, but between the terrible battery life and the overall bulkiness of the large watch on my large wrist, it ended up being a waste of time.

I'm really glad I didn't pay for it ("healthy living" insurance reward in the form of an Amazon gift card), and right now it's on semi-permanent loan to a friend who was curious about the concept of a smart watch. I don't miss it, but if someone out there could get the concept down to a manageable size, with a month-long battery, for $100 or less, I'd be interested enough to give it another go.

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RE[5]: Right, that's it...
by MOS6510 on Tue 3rd Sep 2013 04:38 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Right, that's it..."
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Battery life is indeed a bummer concerning a number of devices.

It's a good thing battery life of laptops has increased over the last few years. I hope they'll put in the same effort for mobile phones and smart watches.

If laptops and tablets have the long running feature it will become something people will expect. I'd happily have a less slim phone that runs much longer on a single charge.

People use battery cases now that make phones bulkier then when they would have had a larger internal battery.

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Too little battery life
by jgfenix on Sun 1st Sep 2013 20:58 UTC
jgfenix
Member since:
2006-05-25

A watch that doesn't even last a day? That is ridiculous.

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RE: Too little battery life
by p13. on Sun 1st Sep 2013 21:16 UTC in reply to "Too little battery life"
p13. Member since:
2005-07-10

Agreed. If the battery life claims are true, then this would be quite useless. It needs to last for at least two days imo. Ideally a week or more.

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RE: Too little battery life
by Nelson on Sun 1st Sep 2013 22:38 UTC in reply to "Too little battery life"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

A watch that doesn't even last a day? That is ridiculous.


"A phone without a keyboard? That is ridiculous." - said about the iPhone.

I'm not convinced that charging a device is an issue in an era where all we do is charge devices.

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RE[2]: Too little battery life
by jgfenix on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 02:40 UTC in reply to "RE: Too little battery life"
jgfenix Member since:
2006-05-25

True, but I think there is a reasonable limit to everything. A watch is something that I put on in the morning when I get out of bed and I put off in the night. A watch that ceases to work in the middle of the day can't be called a watch.

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RE[3]: Too little battery life
by Hayoo! on Tue 3rd Sep 2013 03:44 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Too little battery life"
Hayoo! Member since:
2013-04-13

A watch that ceases to work in the middle of the day can't be called a watch.

It would still be a watch, albeit a ridiculous one.

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RE[2]: Too little battery life
by Fergy on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 06:39 UTC in reply to "RE: Too little battery life"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

I'm not convinced that charging a device is an issue in an era where all we do is charge devices.

Yeah it is totally normal to wake up. Unplug your phone. Unplug your watch. Go to work. Plugin your phone. Plugin your watch. Go to lunch. Unplug your phone. Unplug your watch. Go home. Plugin your phone. Plugin your watch.

Edited 2013-09-02 06:39 UTC

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RE[3]: Too little battery life
by Neolander on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 06:54 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Too little battery life"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

"I'm not convinced that charging a device is an issue in an era where all we do is charge devices."

Yeah it is totally normal to wake up. Unplug your phone. Unplug your watch. Go to work. Plugin your phone. Plugin your watch. Go to lunch. Unplug your phone. Unplug your watch. Go home. Plugin your phone. Plugin your watch.

To play the devil's advocate, the question here is not whether it's normal or reasonable to do so, but whether the consumer sheep will buy it anyway if it looks cool enough in other areas. And judging by the sales of smartphones that require you to carry around a power cord because they can't even last a week-end of use, that does sound like a fair bet.

At some point in the direction we're heading, manufacturers could as well give up on cellular connections and save money by doing network connections using PLC through the power cord ! ;)

Edited 2013-09-02 07:00 UTC

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*must* be a fake
by mistersoft on Sun 1st Sep 2013 21:02 UTC
mistersoft
Member since:
2011-01-05

surely Thom you don't buy that's their true offering??

If it is, it's ridiculous! I mean the Note or Mega phablets arguably have their place.

But IF (as some sort of SmartPhone--AR_Glasses intermediate) we're to be inflicted with SmartWatches then surely but surely they ought to look at least as O.K. as the Pebble or better
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pebble_(watch)

I can JUST about except something like this 2009 sammy concept:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2403215/Samsung-unve...

before we eventually end up with something more like..
http://www.cambridgenetwork.co.uk/news/ttp-brings-clear-vision-to-a...

Then again, if SmartWatches in five or ten years time come to possess all the power and connectivity of today's SmartPhones along with a reasonable svelte well designed form then perhaps *they* can become the semi-permanent phone replacements with AR_glasses (or scary 'brain interfaces') becoming the more occasional hi-res-visuals-&more interlopers

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Yup another one.
by judgen on Sun 1st Sep 2013 23:18 UTC
judgen
Member since:
2006-07-12

This product is per usual not for me, but i do not even own a smartphone nd probably never will.
That said:
I could also not care less for the branding of the category "smart" (everything from TV's, phones and all the way to ice makers and fridges) as all those products lacks reasoning and predictive capabilities and thus not smart at all but rather "app" devices or sometimes just programmable.

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Comment by ichi
by ichi on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 00:11 UTC
ichi
Member since:
2007-03-06

I don't think I'll be buying a "smart" watch any time soon, but if that's actually Samsung's watch then sure as hell I'm not buying that one.

The huge borders around the screen remind me of those vtech laptops for kids.

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it isn't a watch
by unclefester on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 02:52 UTC
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2007-01-13

It isn't a watch. It is a compact ruggedised smartphone designed for active people. As such it is potentially extremely useful.

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Flexible Displays Will Help
by Pro-Competition on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 04:11 UTC
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2007-08-20

I can see the smartwatch as one of the first uses for flexible displays.

I would probably design it with a long, narrow display that wraps halfway around around the wrist. When idle (i.e. in "watch" mode), only a little part of the screen needs to be active. But when in use, it would show more information and be easier to navigate.

Of course, I would probably give it minimal computing power to conserve battery life, and make it mainly an accessory to the phone.

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ugly
by l3v1 on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 06:01 UTC
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2005-07-06

Well, seems a bit large, and doesn't hold it's charge long enough to be useful, but I still might be interested in it. One thing though, I'd never wear it in public, since it just looks awful, horrible, ugly. My hand would just fall off in protest. Watches are more than a tool, they should also look nice. That said, we've always seen watches that are ugly and people still buy them, so there will definitely be people, who'll buy this thing as well.

If you can't make it nicer or smaller, make it to look like a traditional pocket watch, with chains and everything, nice silver housing ;) I still wouldn't wear that, but at least it wouldn't look exceptionally horrendous.

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Prefers this watch
by Vai777 on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 14:09 UTC
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2005-09-02
RE: Prefers this watch
by Morgan on Tue 3rd Sep 2013 01:46 UTC in reply to "Prefers this watch"
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2005-06-29

That's more of a smartphone replacement, correct? I could get by with one of those paired to a Bluetooth earpiece for the occasional call. However, it would need to be rugged, water resistant, and able to be placed on a custom wristband (I'm a tall guy with large wrists) before I'd even consider replacing my smartphone with it.

Still, it's an interesting concept, and I like the design of it.

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Too big, redundant
by cmost on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 15:05 UTC
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2006-07-16

It seems to be wrongheaded thinking for the tech giants to focus on smart watches. Most people I know don't even bother with watches anymore because they have their cell phone glued to their hand 24/7. Furthermore, if the leaked photos are to be believed, the Samsung watch is too big and its ability to run Android apps seems redundant in light of the ubiquity of Android powered smart phones which now outnumber iOS phones. Why anyone would want or need what amounts to a mini telephone strapped to their wrist while also carrying a full fledged smart phone in his or her pocket is beyond me. I can only envision very niche uses for such a device.

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Yellow trenchcoat sales expected to soar
by gan17 on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 15:30 UTC
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2008-06-03

Cue Dick Tracy, emphasis on Dick, which is what I'll call the first person I see talking to his watch.

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Why?
by ishtar on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 16:30 UTC
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2013-07-30

Why buy a 300$ tablet or 600$ phone when you can have a completely useless 800$ watch... first world problems FTW.

Edited 2013-09-02 16:30 UTC

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Wot,
by quackalist on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 18:17 UTC
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2007-08-27

I don't get it, do these 'Smart-Watches' have 3D holographic displays or something equally cool...no, oh dear.

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Wall before you can run
by djrikki on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 21:54 UTC
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2011-09-02

My two cents, surely these kinds of devices should be generating electricity from Kinetics or is it a case that in order to create enough energy you must act like a member of the ministry of silly walks?

Edited 2013-09-02 21:56 UTC

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'smart' watches have been out for a while.
by leech on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 23:07 UTC
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2006-01-10

I don't know why this is even much of a discussion, so called 'smart' watches have been out for a while.

I recall quite a few years ago, a Linux watch being made and it even ran X11.

Personally, I don't really want a 'smart' watch, I just want one where I can make calls on, because talking to your wrist like you're a spy would be awesome.

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ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

Personally, I don't really want a 'smart' watch, I just want one where I can make calls on, because talking to your wrist like you're a spy would be awesome.


A smartshoe would make a far better ergonomic fit for the mic and speaker locations.

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I don't know why this is even much of a discussion, so called 'smart' watches have been out for a while.

I recall quite a few years ago, a Linux watch being made and it even ran X11.


I remember that too, along with a Palm based PDA watch by Fossil. I'd love to have both in my gadget collection.


Personally, I don't really want a 'smart' watch, I just want one where I can make calls on, because talking to your wrist like you're a spy would be awesome.


Behold:

http://www.amazon.com/Water-Proof-Stainless-Unlocked-Mobile/dp/B005...

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3 inches??
by wannabe geek on Tue 3rd Sep 2013 21:52 UTC
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2006-09-27

With that size it might as well be a bloody phone!

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