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 ichi on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 10:36 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Right, that's it..."
ichi
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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[6]: Right, that's it...
by JAlexoid on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 12:24 in reply to "RE[5]: Right, that's it..."
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

will monitor stuff like your heart rate

It will most definitely not do that. It's impractical to do constant heart rate monitoring on your wrist.

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