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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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by Antartica_ on Fri 28th Dec 2012 10:01 UTC 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[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by novad on Fri 28th Dec 2012 12:37 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
novad Member since:
2010-06-10

I agree with you about the usage you could make with such a watch but want to answer your "Apple haters" comment.

First there is prior art for "smart watches" and not only in TV shows. If Apples implementation differs a bit it's not a revolution... It's simply a new implementation... Nothing more.

I think in this kind of situation Apple fanboys (And Apple itself) are worse as they will claim it's Apples invention and that everybody else who makes a watch that works with electricity copied them (The proof is there... Look at the patent XXXX where Apple "invented" the usage of electricity to accomplish intelligent tasks in a device attached to a body)

As always... Sorry for my English... It's really not my first language :-)

Edited 2012-12-28 12:38 UTC

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