Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Jan 2015 20:15 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Early December 2014, I bought the Moto 360 with Android Wear. As someone who loves both watches and technology, it seems like a great time to jump into the world of smartwatches, and see if it has evolved beyond the bulky '80s stuff that has come before. I'll first give you a concise history of smartwatches, after which I will dive into Wear and the 360 themselves.

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by Antartica_ on Thu 8th Jan 2015 21:20 UTC
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Personally, I want from a computer-watch the following:
- have it easy to know what weekday is today (yes, I'm that forgetful)
- having lots of configurable alarms that repeat weekly (this one is the main reason to have a computer-watch instead of a regular watch)
- being able to look-up the time (amazingly this one is not so important; there are lots of clocks around me; at work, at home, in the street...)
- bonus functions (games, calculator, etc)

I've been wearing some type of computer-watch for the last 25 years (casio databank, onhandpc, timex datalink, again onhandpc, metawatch and now a galaxy gear). Of all of them the onhandpc was best maching that. And it had a 3-weeks battery life (or 1.5 months if you put not-recommended batteries and didn't mind having to swipe its joystick to look at the time). Pity that it broke.

Now I'm managing with a Galaxy Gear flashed with an alternative rom (null) and bluetooth and autolit-sensor disabled just to get 1 week of battery.

Amusingly, one of the things I love of it is being able to put notes in it; I just use a whiteboard to write the note (at work or at home) and then I use the camera to capture it.

Other niche use: use kanjidraw/narau to look-up japanese kanjis drawing them in the screen (try to hold a book and a cell phone and then use a finger to draw in the screen a kanji at the same time -- with two hands it is almost impossible without dropping something).

Other mainstays, as the games (2048 is nice in the watch) or the calculator is just added bonus.

The problem as I see it, is that a computer-watch may have good uses for certain people, but finding a use that makes it "indispensable" for the average person will be very tough. For example, the current focus on "displaying messages" and "sport sensors" doesn't add anything desirable for me.

Edited 2015-01-08 21:22 UTC

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