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?

What?

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RE: Right, that's it...
by Sodki on Sun 1st Sep 2013 20:37 UTC in reply to "Right, that's it..."
Sodki
Member since:
2005-11-10

...who do I need to write too to tell them I don't want a bloody smart watch.


You and I might not want it, but some people do. Some people say they don't, but they will eventually buy one.

Personally, I find smart watches interesting because designers will have to deal with a constrained user experience and IO. Let's see what comes out of it.

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RE[2]: Right, that's it...
by Fergy on Sun 1st Sep 2013 20:55 in reply to "RE: Right, that's it..."
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

Personally, I find smart watches interesting because designers will have to deal with a constrained user experience and IO. Let's see what comes out of it.

I think there is a market for smart watches but not for small smartphones on your wrist. Here is what I think it should do:
- Normal battery that runs for 3 years
- No larger than a tricked out sports watch
- Sub 200 dollar
- Waterproof of course
- Synchronize clock
How they could do it: e-ink display, blue-tooth low power
What it could do: weather, small messages, programmable beeps for specialized alerts

It should just connect to your smartphone and get its information from it.

Edited 2013-09-01 20:57 UTC

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RE[3]: Right, that's it...
by Sodki on Sun 1st Sep 2013 22:01 in reply to "RE[2]: Right, that's it..."
Sodki Member since:
2005-11-10

What it could do: weather, small messages, programmable beeps for specialized alerts


Yes, I see what you mean. Things like Google Now make a lot of sense on a smart watch, besides the ability to be notified about *things*, like incoming calls, SMS, E-mail or even changing the music track you're listening. Like I said, I find it interesting.

Don't get me wrong, we'll also be flooded with very crappy stuff.

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RE[3]: Right, that's it...
by pandronic on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 06:36 in reply to "RE[2]: Right, that's it..."
pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

I think this fits the bill:

http://getpebble.com/

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RE[3]: Right, that's it...
by ssokolow on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 08:28 in reply to "RE[2]: Right, that's it..."
ssokolow Member since:
2010-01-21

"Personally, I find smart watches interesting because designers will have to deal with a constrained user experience and IO. Let's see what comes out of it.

I think there is a market for smart watches but not for small smartphones on your wrist. Here is what I think it should do:
- Normal battery that runs for 3 years
- No larger than a tricked out sports watch
- Sub 200 dollar
- Waterproof of course
- Synchronize clock
How they could do it: e-ink display, blue-tooth low power
What it could do: weather, small messages, programmable beeps for specialized alerts

It should just connect to your smartphone and get its information from it.
"

Agreed. I've been happy with Timex watches that just do date, time, day of the week, stopwatch, alarm, and indiglo since some time in the mists of my childhood.

My third and most recent one (the first broke its watchband mounts and I wore out one of the buttons on the second) added a countdown timer and I get TONS of use out of that.

I don't own a smartphone but, if you substitute "Linux PC" to cover my desktop and my OpenPandora, my ideal smart watch would be something similar but with the following features over and above the ones you listed:

- Ditch the three alarms and let me have more than one countdown timer preset instead. (I currently just leave mine on 15 minutes and "flip the hourglass" however many times I need in order to time something)

- Some method to sync with an atomic clock via my PC so I don't have to think about things like daylight savings time, leap years, leap seconds, and clock drift. (Without sacrificing the ±15 seconds per month accuracy of my current watch on the assumption that it'll always have a smartphone nearby.)

- Some Thunderbird+Lightning-compatible way for my watch to keep a second alarm which automatically syncs with the "remind me when..." time for whatever the most recent alarmed TODO is in my daily planner.

Edited 2013-09-02 08:35 UTC

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RE[2]: Right, that's it...
by Vanders on Sun 1st Sep 2013 22:02 in reply to "RE: Right, that's it..."
Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

Who? Who are these people? I wish to meet them, and shake them by the neck.

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RE[3]: Right, that's it...
by Sodki on Sun 1st Sep 2013 22:33 in reply to "RE[2]: Right, that's it..."
Sodki Member since:
2005-11-10

Who? Who are these people? I wish to meet them, and shake them by the neck.


I don't see what your problem is. No one is forcing you to buy a smart watch. No one. You will still be able to buy other watches.

Regarding other people, I personally don't know anyone who actually wants one, but they're out there. For example, when Apple releases its own smart watch, don't you think they will be a new craze? Don't you think a lot of people will buy them? I'm not even mentioning quality, it's probably going to be good, but either way it's a guaranteed success. Even if the only reason is the logo.

Just to reiterate, I am *not* an Apple fan and I am *not* a smart watch fan. I don't even wear a regular watch.

Edited 2013-09-01 22:34 UTC

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RE[3]: Right, that's it...
by MOS6510 on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 04:10 in reply to "RE[2]: Right, that's it..."
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I'd buy one, just not from Samsung and not with Android.

I'd love to be able to see information from my phone on my watch and I'm pretty sure once you get used to it taking out your phone will feel cumbersome. It's a great way to handle non-important information. A quick glance and you're done. No taking out the phone out of your pocket.

If Apple doesn't come with a watch I'd go for the Pebble.

Not sure about the neck shaking.

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