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?


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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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