Smart watches - the next revolution?

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Re: Smart watches - the next revolution?

Posted 15 May 2013 - 08:10 AM

I don't want one I need one.
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Posted 15 May 2013 - 05:28 PM

I think they make sense. Until Google Glass can respond accurately to my brainwaves (and maybe connect to the internet on its own? That always helps...), it's just not practical. On the other hand, I can actually see myself using a smartwatch. I don't see watches replacing smartphones, because they wouldn't be as well-suited to gaming or photography. If I were in charge of design, I would try to make a hybrid: a tiny magnetic smartphone/tablet that attaches firmly to its wrist-based counterpart. I think smart watches may be a hit for a while, but they won't replace smartphones at all; and before we know it, technology will catch up with what we all wish Google Glass really was, and smart watches will be a thing of the past.

Maybe smartwatches and augmented-reality glasses will work in conjunction? That would solve the awkward camera on a smartwatch, and I would feel like a bad ass cyborg flipping through apps on my wrist and doing God knows what with my heads-up display.
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Re: Smart watches - the next revolution?

Posted 15 May 2013 - 06:19 PM

I suppose it really depends what you want to do. If you want full lobotomy, the google goggles are going to be the only way to go. Phones and tablets seem to be creating a space for themselves, and people are getting used to using them for some functions, so there's going to be some stickiness there. But for making calls, for texting, even music playback and directions, the watch could be a pretty good fit, and will probably find a space. I imagine that runners would love to have a watch with headphones (maybe wirelessly connected, even) instead of even a fairly small modern phone, for one example, and people who are only using the thing for phone calls and texting and music playback might find it convenient to have a smaller device that's harder to lose.

I myself am holding out for the pocket watch model...
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Re: Smart watches - the next revolution?

Posted 15 May 2013 - 11:16 PM

View PostSlice, on 15 May 2013 - 06:06 AM, said:

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.

you need a new job more than you need a new watch.
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Re: Smart watches - the next revolution?

Posted 16 May 2013 - 03:13 AM

View Postsupersloth, on 16 May 2013 - 07:16 AM, said:

View PostSlice, on 15 May 2013 - 06:06 AM, said:

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.

you need a new job more than you need a new watch.


Well it's a reliable income while I finish my degree, but yeah, I would rather have a new job than a new watch.
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Re: Smart watches - the next revolution?

Posted 21 May 2013 - 08:25 AM

Hmmm... about time! This "AGENT" watch runs on a modified Netduino so that means:

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Watch apps can be written in C# using Microsoft Visual Studio 2012

Developers can also use AGENT as a secondary display, interacting with it remotely via Bluetooth from their Objective-C, C#, or Java smartphone app.


It also uses the Qi wireless charger station so that's neat.

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7 days of battery life with Bluetooth. 30 days of battery life in watchface-only mode. This is the minimum standard we set for AGENT.


http://www.kickstart...-smartest-watch

Hmm.. now if I only had one of those fangled smart phones before I go off and get a dandy new watch!
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Posted 25 May 2013 - 09:04 PM

Cnet did a story on smart watches not that long ago:
http://news.cnet.com...the-smartwatch/

FWIW I liked the Data Link watches I had a little over a decade ago and I plan on getting one of these watches when they hit a price I can afford and offer the features I want.
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Re: Smart watches - the next revolution?

Posted 26 May 2013 - 10:22 AM

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I myself am holding out for the pocket watch model...


so you mean a small smart phone? have you seen the HP Veer?
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Re: Smart watches - the next revolution?

Posted 27 May 2013 - 08:37 AM

What about this watch



And here are the prices, warning prices not for fainthearted, you've been warned. :)

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