Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Dec 2012 15:50 UTC
Apple "According to Chinese gadget news site Tech.163, Apple may be in the process of developing its own smart watch that connects to your Apple devices via Bluetooth. Based on the report, Intel will be working with Apple to create the smart watch, with a 1.5-inch PMOLED display made by RiTDisplays with ITO-coated glass." It must be the holiday lull. I'm this close to putting this in the joke category.
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Good idea, wrong producer
by Carewolf on Thu 27th Dec 2012 18:51 UTC
Carewolf
Member since:
2005-09-08

I have wanted that idea for a while. Imagine being able to see messages and reject calls from the watch.

But it needs to be an open standard, since one watch design is just not going to be enough. Only the Apple market segment are unimaginative and uncreative enough to ever accept only one look.

Still hope they will make it open though, or an open "copycat" version will follow behind soon. I have been asking for this for 10 years ever since my first mobile with texting.

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RE: Good idea, wrong producer
by zima on Thu 27th Dec 2012 20:45 in reply to "Good idea, wrong producer"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

You haven't been paying attention ;)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_Ericsson_LiveView - check out links in the article; released 2 years ago, quite decent price.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_SmartWatch - or the current model. Both work "with most Android phones".

PS. But how this SE watch went unnoticed, how Sony one goes unnoticed, perhaps tells us something... perhaps smartwatches aren't that good idea, in practice?

Edited 2012-12-27 20:49 UTC

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Carewolf Member since:
2005-09-08

Maybe the technology should have gone the other way. Watch manufacturer to improve sales adds programmable backlight to most high end watches. And the Phone manufactorer could then find ways to integrate that. Because I would not buy a Sony or Apple digital watch, but a good Seiko that is augmented by bluethooth integration to my phone would be awesome.

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RE[2]: Good idea, wrong producer
by Morgan on Fri 28th Dec 2012 04:24 in reply to "RE: Good idea, wrong producer"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I had a Sony SmartWatch for a while; it's an interesting device in theory but the execution is not quite there yet. I gave it to a friend who is more of a "watch man" than I am, he enjoys it well enough.

I can't see Apple improving much over the Sony watch, as it already felt and looked like an Apple device.

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shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

Deep in the R&D labs of the like os Samsung, Microsoft, Apple, Google etc there are probably a bunch of people who look at things like the S-E device and try to take the ideas to the next step.
They evaluate the technology, try it out and then do some crystal ball gazing as to where that bit of tech might go PLUS how it might be integrated into the current and future product set that their company is selling/developing. The 'How cool is that team'.

If they didn't do this then that company is most certainly going to be left way behind the competition over 3-4 product cycles.

Therefore, IMHO this is not really news. What would be news would be release of information that company X was never going to use Tech Y in their products.

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