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Smart watches - the next revolution?

Posted 14 May 2013 - 08:23 AM

Watches, smart watches, seem to be a slowly growing trend and becoming the new vogue area to branch into the realm of prefixing "smart-" on to.

Sure back in the day the pinnacle of 'smart(ish)-watches' was the Casio Calculator watch:

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(which, oddly, you can buy on thinkgeek: Casio Classic Calculator Watch)

It was for the nerd on the go and was about three times more cool than a slide rule.

Though James Bond was shoving things in his watch all these years, the watches were lacking on the processing side. Just stun darts, garret wires, and, of course, freaking laser beams.

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For a while now Tokyoflash has been providing super neat looking time pieces, but for all the glitz there is little in the way of 'smarts'.

Now it I am hearing things about metawatch, pebble, and so on. Crame small LCDs, some programmable apis, and off you go. The little puppies sync, and work in conjunction with, your phone to show you calendar events, caller id, and twitter feeds. After flipping through Scott Hanselman's blog post (Smart Watches are finally going to happen - Pebble Watch Reviewed) I may be a believer in this interesting trend popping up.

What is everyone's thoughts on this? Do folks even wear watches anymore outside of fashion, but less functional, statements?

I am on the fence about the whole rise, but that may be just my dislike of watches that has developed over the years.. See I used to enjoy watches until it became a sad task of trying to find one that fit my wookie wrists. Sure I _could_ get some different bands, but, by then, I wasn't just buying a watch - I was buying a project that will sort of look like the watch I wanted. Funk that.

Maybe if I hold out another year or two I can ride out this smart phone fad and cruise right into bad ass watch worlds!

Is there any special feature, excluding just telling time, that you would love to see on a watch? Any that are deal breakers for picking one up? Do revolutionizing the device that tells the time trip your trigger?

Side note - Image pulled from his site of what the pebble looks like in action:
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Metawatch:
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Some smart watch product links:
http://www.metawatch.com/

http://getpebble.com/

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Re: Smart watches - the next revolution?

Posted 14 May 2013 - 09:44 AM

My HRM does these things. Well idk if I can program it, but it's pretty fucking cool.

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 09:46 AM

iPod Nano Watch
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Posted 14 May 2013 - 11:45 AM

i would wear a pebble.
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Posted 14 May 2013 - 12:08 PM

What's wrong with still using a sun dial to tell the time of day?
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Posted 14 May 2013 - 12:09 PM

clouds. no apps.
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Posted 14 May 2013 - 12:22 PM

That's why I'm making the electric sundial. It's gonna be awesome.
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Posted 14 May 2013 - 12:31 PM

If you can shove it in a pocket watch format I would be on that like a fat kid on cake.

Ah.. op.. never mind.. etsy to the rescue!

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http://www.etsy.com/...ass-on-a-pocket
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Posted 14 May 2013 - 08:23 PM

I know very few people that actually wear watches my age and younger. I would even go so far as to say this is true of my generation. Phones have taken over that role. Unless a smart watch could fill the role of a smart phone as well(seems plausible) then I don't see this happening sans old people trying to look trendy. Some people might find that their wrist is a more convenient location than their pocket so I can see that happening from this angle. Filling the exact role of a smart phone seems difficult however. The surface area(and hence screen and number of buttons) would be very small so a new means of user input would probably need to be used. It's also very difficult to fit the level performance we expect on something that small.

tl;dr: maybe, seems like there are some issues with this trend.
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Posted 14 May 2013 - 10:54 PM

I agree with ishkabible. They offer next to nothing of value. The only people who will be buying these are those with too much money on their hands.

Now something I do think they could bring to the table, is reliability. I know a lot of watches pride themselves on that fact and if you could get these smart watches to survive places I wouldn't take my phone, then they might have a good idea. But right now it's nothing more than a $150 useless novelty.
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Posted 15 May 2013 - 04:42 AM

View Postsupersloth, on 14 May 2013 - 03:09 PM, said:

clouds. no apps.

What, you've never heard of these?

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 05:06 AM

This would actually be very useful for my current work situation. They have a strict "no phones" policy during the shift, which is a pain when needed to read a text/email or see who's calling. Doubt they'd realize I was reading a text message when I'm looking at my watch.
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Posted 15 May 2013 - 05:16 AM

I think it's useless for now.
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Posted 15 May 2013 - 06:25 AM

View Postishkabible, on 14 May 2013 - 10:23 PM, said:

I know very few people that actually wear watches my age and younger. I would even go so far as to say this is true of my generation.


View Postcreativecoding, on 15 May 2013 - 12:54 AM, said:

I agree with ishkabible.


So you don't think that adults' concept of utility was different when they were kids?
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Posted 15 May 2013 - 06:33 AM

Well watches are classy as fuck. I used to wear watches all the time but I'm so rough on them and go through watches like most people go through underwear. I stopped wearing them for a while but since I got this HRM I've just been wearing it like a watch.
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