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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Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Fri 28th Dec 2012 08:01 UTC
MOS6510
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2011-05-12

In the 80's I had a computer watch, although it didn't connect to my phone. Well, it only connect to my Commodore 64 with a cable. Anyway, there is nothing new about "computer" watches.

The Apple watch rumor has survived a couple of times ever since people started wearing iPod Nano's as watches. It sound ideal to be able to use your watch to see if you need to get the iPhone out of your pocket. It would be great if Nike+ on the iPhone displayed information on the phone, because it's easier to peek at your watch while running than to grab a phone.

I have an above average person number of watches (including Apple watches), but I've stopped buying them the last 2 years in anticipation of an Apple watch or another brand that connect with an iPhone.

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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by Antartica_ on Fri 28th Dec 2012 10:01 in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
Antartica_ Member since:
2012-12-28

Just for completeness, there exists now a watch like that: the metawatch.

Of the current crop of smart watches (sony smartwatch, imwatch, metawatch and wimm), the metawatch has versions that connect with the iPhone, and shows notifications, SMSs et al in the watch. It also supports call notification.

In the android camp, I know that work has been done in the android support program to implement call notification/rejection, but don't know if rejection is completely implemented.

For more information:

http://www.metawatch.org/

Be aware that the firmware is somewhat rough around the edges, especially for iPhone users (with android it has had a lot more testing, although it can be a little finicky with the phone firmware's bluetooth stack; it works best with CyanogenMod).

Both the watch firmware and the phone support app are open source, with caveats (the watch firmware has a binary blob for the bluetooth stack).

Discaimer: I own a metawatch since September 2011.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Fri 28th Dec 2012 11:19 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I like the Metawatch's display (nice retro and very clear and easy to read), but I'm not to fond of the strap, I prefer metal. Also the bezel is a bit large, rather they used it for a larger display. A very good thing is it being water resistant.

But if I buy a smart watch it needs to connect to Nike+. When I go running I carry my iPhone in an armband and it's not easy to keep running while taking it out, looking at it and putting it back.

It would be great if you could use your watch to talk with your car, although Apple haters will claim prior art as they had it in the 80's and even based a TV series on it.

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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by zima on Fri 28th Dec 2012 16:19 in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

In the 80's I had a computer watch, although it didn't connect to my phone. Well, it only connect to my Commodore 64 with a cable. Anyway, there is nothing new about "computer" watches.

Plenty of those from Seiko back then http://pocketcalculatorshow.com/nerdwatch/seiko-computer-watch-fun/

But apparently they didn't prove very useful. Maybe trying to be useful is the wrong way, maybe it's better to try being fun - like a watch with... Tetris ;)
http://www.handheldmuseum.com/Nelsonic/Tetris.htm

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Sat 29th Dec 2012 09:45 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12



Aye, I have the RC-1000 and UC-2002 watches plus the UC-2200 and UC-2100 keyboards.

The RC-1000 could be attached to a C64, allowing you set alarms and upload memos.

It had an hour chime, daily alarm, weekly, monthly and IIRC an alarm at date X. The nasty thing was ALL the alarms were either on or ALL alarms were off. Thus if I set an alarm for November 5th a few months in advance every hour, every day and every week the watch would make a noise. If I turned that off I wouldn't remember the 5th of November.

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