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[7]: Right, that's it...
by MOS6510 on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 16:26 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Right, that's it..."
MOS6510
Member since:
2011-05-12

That would be great, but I don't see how.

When my phone enters DND it will still make sound if it's my wife, but often it's not important, but one day it could be.

And some stuff might interest you, but not today.

It's hard for software to determine what is important to you and what can wait. It's also fuel for court cases of people who missed important info that your system didn't view as such.

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RE[8]: Right, that's it...
by WorknMan on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 17:45 in reply to "RE[7]: Right, that's it..."
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

When my phone enters DND it will still make sound if it's my wife


The question is, why do you have your wife bypassing DND mode? Doesn't DND on the iPhone have a feature where if someone calls back in 3 minutes, that it will ring through? So just tell her to call twice if it's really important.

At any rate, phones could be made to be much more flexible in this regard. For example, you walk into a meeting, you put the phone in 'meeting mode', so it has different rules than if you were at home watching TV, or sleeping. So if your wife messages you, it sends her a message back, letting her know you're in a meeting, and if it's really important, do 'xyz' to bypass DND mode. At any rate, I'd bet at any given time, there's probably only a few people you would have to make special exceptions for.

Even better, phones should have a way so that you could set a priority when sending someone a message to denote how important it is, which would eliminate a lot of the guess work. Of course, there will always be those pricks who would abuse this feature, so that's why a blocking option would be paramount ;)

But Samsung and other companies say, 'No! Instead, let's just build a watch where you're constantly distracted by Twitter feeds and other bullshit you care nothing about most of the time' ;) After all, if they built devices that actually gave you this level of control, they couldn't sell you other gadgets like smart watches.

Edited 2013-09-02 17:47 UTC

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RE[9]: Right, that's it...
by WereCatf on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 17:59 in reply to "RE[8]: Right, that's it..."
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Instead, let's just build a watch where you're constantly distracted by Twitter feeds and other bullshit you care nothing about most of the time


The solution is simple: don't add such bullshit accounts on it! Keep them on the phone and POOF! The problem is gone.

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RE[9]: Right, that's it...
by MOS6510 on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 20:25 in reply to "RE[8]: Right, that's it..."
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Well, she's my wife so she will ignore any DND system anyway.

She will bypass DND because she's in my favorite calls list. Those lucky few bypass DND. Other people can also if the call again in 2 or 3 minutes as you mentioned.

Some director at work came in today complaining he often misses calls because his iPhone didn't ring. Today he learned about the DND option too. Of course he denied setting it, but he had it on for 4 weeks(!).

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RE[9]: Right, that's it...
by darknexus on Tue 3rd Sep 2013 09:48 in reply to "RE[8]: Right, that's it..."
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2008-07-15

At any rate, phones could be made to be much more flexible in this regard. For example, you walk into a meeting, you put the phone in 'meeting mode', so it has different rules than if you were at home watching TV, or sleeping.

You know what's sad? We had that. Anyone remember the profiles feature in Symbian S60, and the customizations you could do there not to mention the profiling apps that could take it further? You could have any number of profiles and, with a short press of the power button you got a list to switch between them. Simple. Damn, I miss that platform. It wasn't all that feature packed nor all that useful for a lot of things, but god damn it was good at being a smart phone, with the emphasis on phone. I still don't see a real profiles feature on iPhone nor Android, nor do I see some other advanced smart phone functions. The phone has become secondary to the PDA rather than the other way around (not unlike Windows Mobile) which, given the way communication is going, does make a kind of sense. Still, sometimes you just need a phone and would like it to be good at being a phone, and no current smartphone platform offers that now.

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