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[3]: Right, that's it...
by MOS6510 on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 04:10 UTC 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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RE[4]: Right, that's it...
by WorknMan on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 07:15 in reply to "RE[3]: Right, that's it..."
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

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.


I think a better approach is to tell your phone to stop beeping at you about non-important information, esp the social media crap. Not only will you save yourself $200+, but you also won't have to wear this ridiculous fucking thing on your wrist, and have to charge it every day.

If you feel like you need a smartwatch because the amount of times you pull your phone out of your pocket every day becomes cumbersome, I'd say you're way too distracted by your phone.

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RE[5]: Right, that's it...
by MOS6510 on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 07:19 in reply to "RE[4]: Right, that's it..."
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

As I mentioned I won't be buying the "ridiculous fucking thing". I'm waiting to see if Apple comes up with anything or go for a Pebble.

My smart phone isn't smart enough to determine what is and what isn't interesting for me. This could also change depending on the situation I'm in, like being in a meeting or at the movies.

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BlueofRainbow Member since:
2009-01-06

There is nothing more disturbing to a real-time (business, technical, social) discussion than hearing a buzzing and seeing a participant getting their smart phone out and checking their displays.

Unfortunately, the expectation of an immediate response has more or less become the norm in the corporate and social worlds.

I could see this kind of gadget being useful as being a discreet way for one fulfilling such expectation.

Since this is a watch, there could be a one-touch reply button sending a message like "Currently in a meeting (or busy) for another mm minutes" for the non-important stuff. The mm data could directly come from the calendar data.

For the really important annunciation, tapping the display (or touching another button) would initiate the reply allowing the user to be relaxed in stepping aside and getting the phone/tablet in hands.

One downside is that this would not help those seeking to elevate their sense of self-worth and status in front of others by being constantly connected.....

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RE[4]: Right, that's it...
by ichi on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 10:36 in reply to "RE[3]: Right, that's it..."
ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

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.


Just my opinion here, but it seems to me that smartwatches are one step to far into proxying the information.

Not saying that people shouldn't buy them (if they are your thing, great) but for me the whole point of buying a smartphone is being able to carry around a connected computer with a convenient form factor. I'll still be using my computer for more complex tasks, but the smartphone suffices for lots of uses and I can use it on the go.

I'm taking my smartphone around, not both my smartphone and my computer.

A smartwatch on the other hand doesn't replace my phone with a more convenient and portable form factor since I still have to carry my smartphone around anyway.

I guess the next iteration in gadgetry could be smartglasses (google glass style) that connect to the smartwatch that's connected to your smartphone, and then looking at your wrist will feel cumbersome.

Later on we could have smart contact lenses connected to the smartglasses that are connected to the smartwatch that is connected to our smartphone, so we can see important notifications straight away without even bothering to look slightly upwards to the smartglasses display.

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RE[5]: Right, that's it...
by MOS6510 on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 10:57 in reply to "RE[4]: Right, that's it..."
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

My reason is part geekness and part luxury.

But I'm also hoping the Apple iWatch, if it arrives, will monitor stuff like your heart rate and your movement. I have a number of healthy apps on my iPhone and I'd love to see some info fed automatically.

It would be great to go for a run without having to launch an app and press virtual buttons. Just make sure you're wearing your watch and go.

And it can add some convenience. Like getting an alert if your phone moves away from you (theft). Or being able to see who's calling/texting when you're in a swimming pool or taking a shower. Just a quick glance at your watch is much easier and quicker performed than grabbing your phone.

I can see a lot of handy features being possible and I must admit they are pure luxuries so the world won't end if you don't have a smart watch.

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RE[4]: Right, that's it...
by Morgan on Tue 3rd Sep 2013 01:36 in reply to "RE[3]: Right, that's it..."
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I used a Sony SmartWatch for a while (I believe you and I discussed it via email a while back) and while it seemed like a good idea, the execution fell short. It did allow me to glance surreptitiously at my wrist whenever my phone vibrated, instead of pulling the beast out to check the screen, but between the terrible battery life and the overall bulkiness of the large watch on my large wrist, it ended up being a waste of time.

I'm really glad I didn't pay for it ("healthy living" insurance reward in the form of an Amazon gift card), and right now it's on semi-permanent loan to a friend who was curious about the concept of a smart watch. I don't miss it, but if someone out there could get the concept down to a manageable size, with a month-long battery, for $100 or less, I'd be interested enough to give it another go.

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RE[5]: Right, that's it...
by MOS6510 on Tue 3rd Sep 2013 04:38 in reply to "RE[4]: Right, that's it..."
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Battery life is indeed a bummer concerning a number of devices.

It's a good thing battery life of laptops has increased over the last few years. I hope they'll put in the same effort for mobile phones and smart watches.

If laptops and tablets have the long running feature it will become something people will expect. I'd happily have a less slim phone that runs much longer on a single charge.

People use battery cases now that make phones bulkier then when they would have had a larger internal battery.

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