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[4]: Right, that's it...
by WorknMan on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 07:15 UTC 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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RE[6]: Right, that's it...
by WorknMan on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 15:53 in reply to "RE[5]: Right, that's it..."
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

My smart phone isn't smart enough to determine what is and what isn't interesting for me.


Isn't that the real problem we should be trying to solve, instead of inventing yet more devices that let you view information you really don't care that much about?

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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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