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[2]: Right, that's it...
by Fergy on Sun 1st Sep 2013 20:55 UTC 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[4]: Right, that's it...
by Fergy on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 06:44 in reply to "RE[3]: Right, that's it..."
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

I think this fits the bill:

http://getpebble.com/

Almost ;)
Q. How long does the battery last?
A. The rechargeable battery keeps Pebble going for 7+ days.

Maybe when they can charge wireless... But I still just want a normal watch with bluetooth and simple extras. Even Pebble is a little bit too fancy.

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RE[4]: Right, that's it...
by WereCatf on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 07:33 in reply to "RE[3]: Right, that's it..."
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

I think this fits the bill:

http://getpebble.com/


I was just thinking to myself that a smartwatch with a low-power e-Paper display would be a step in the right direction, then I noticed your link. That Pebble-thing might actually be useful since you don't have to be recharging it all the time. There's two niggles with it that bother me, though: it looks like an ass and it apparently has no audio capabilities, only vibration. Perhaps the next version will be better ;)

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RE[4]: Right, that's it...
by OSbunny on Wed 4th Sep 2013 12:28 in reply to "RE[3]: Right, that's it..."
OSbunny Member since:
2009-05-23

"HOW IT WORKS.

Pebble connects by Bluetooth to your iPhone or Android device."

If you already have a phone why would you want something else to lug around?

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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[4]: Right, that's it...
by ssokolow on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 09:51 in reply to "RE[3]: Right, that's it..."
ssokolow Member since:
2010-01-21

I just noticed that I accidentally edited away some of the sense in my response.

"Ditch the three alarms and let me have more than one countdown timer preset" was referring to my current Timex non-smart watch.

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RE[4]: Right, that's it...
by DrillSgt on Tue 3rd Sep 2013 13:23 in reply to "RE[3]: Right, that's it..."
DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

"- 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.)
"


They actually have watches that sync by atomic clock with no need for the PC. They are a bit hard to find in stores though. No reason they could not just implement that in these smart watches.

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