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  1. WasteSomeTime's Avatar
    How many times have we said, "it won't change anytime soon" and it still changed? People believe that windows 7 and OS X have the perfect interfaces and that it won't change. But people like me who own several W8 devices know that it will eventually change.
    I own many watches. I just don't see how shoving a feature like Bluetooth into a $400 watch will make it elegant. Yeah it will be a nice gimmick. I have seen someone wearing it and asked wtf is that piece of s**t. That person was not surprised since I wasn't the first to make that comment. Having to switch the Bluetooth from the watch to the headset everytime someone calls you is ******ed.
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    03-26-2013 11:33 PM
  2. WavingReds's Avatar
    Well well...so this topic was actually created...

    I will just say this

    IF and IF and I do emphasize on the IF these "smart" watch can shoot lasers like the ones in James Bond or Spy Kids etc, I will definitely get one if not, what a piece of junk for people to waste money on since my phone can do much more.

    Most of the time when I'm communting, I tend to take my phone out to change the song to what I want to, turn it on and "Ohhhhh myyyyy (George Takei's voice)" look at the time, on the lock screen, on the status bar, it's like every where on my phone.
    03-26-2013 11:39 PM
  3. TonyDedrick's Avatar
    I'll be interested to see where this goes.
    03-26-2013 11:52 PM
  4. cameradork's Avatar
    Yes, the first round will look dorky, but if they take off, eventually they'll look like normal watches, but just give us a quick-access notification center. I wouldn't mind having volume controls for my phone on my watch (a metal dial around a round face would be pretty cool for that). I also wouldn't mind being able to send a call to VM without pulling the phone out if I'm in a meeting. I really don't see how it's a big deal. Glasses will be a harder sell, but those will eventually be HUDs in contact lenses (further in the future) and you won't look like a tool wearing them. I'm actually pretty excited about wearables, but not really the first generation of them :)
    03-26-2013 11:54 PM
  5. rmichael75's Avatar
    Well well...so this topic was actually created...

    I will just say this

    IF and IF and I do emphasize on the IF these "smart" watch can shoot lasers like the ones in James Bond or Spy Kids etc, I will definitely get one if not, what a piece of junk for people to waste money on since my phone can do much more.

    Most of the time when I'm communting, I tend to take my phone out to change the song to what I want to, turn it on and "Ohhhhh myyyyy (George Takei's voice)" look at the time, on the lock screen, on the status bar, it's like every where on my phone.

    Exactly, I have stopped wearing watches for the last 5 years.. My cellphone is my watch as well. I don't think the smart watches will go very far. Same with google glasses.
    03-26-2013 11:55 PM
  6. rbxtreme's Avatar
    Do you realize that these so called smart watches would also come out with some very tiny batteries and you would be required to plug your "smart"watch beside your smartphone forever coz it runs that dreadful google OS. This is like apple coming out with iphone shuffle with that retina display and multitouch and off course Siri.... I don't wanna wake up to a day where i get to hear samsung's working on a new project "smart cond0m" with gesture support and multitouch....
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    03-27-2013 12:07 AM
  7. Gaichuke's Avatar
    Make a smart watch with a physical design of an old pocket watch, add skeumorphic touchscreen and an Apple logo somewhere and hipsters will buy those in millions.
    03-27-2013 01:50 AM
  8. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Make a smart watch with a physical design of an old pocket watch, add skeumorphic touchscreen and an Apple logo somewhere and hipsters will buy those in millions.
    I'll stick with my antique railroad standard pocket watches.





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    03-27-2013 02:00 AM
  9. ninjaap's Avatar
    I'd sport a flava flav type smart watch round my neck and gold chains.

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    03-27-2013 03:05 AM
  10. Ratstorm's Avatar
    I can see smart watches turning into the Pipboy from the Fallout series. The thing holding back any mobile tech at the moment is battery life. If there was say a charge once a month battery, I'm sure it would take off yesterday but until that day I don't think it will take off... ergo Microsoft isn't late to the game.
    03-27-2013 03:20 AM
  11. AskaLangly's Avatar
    I don't even care about these smart watches. I got a watch I bought back in '07 repaired recently and using that. That + the 822... who needs one?
    03-27-2013 03:40 AM
  12. AngryNil's Avatar
    Microsoft's vision is computing spreading around you, not spreading onto you.
    03-27-2013 04:05 AM
  13. martinmc78's Avatar
    The form factor is too small for a smart watch to be comfortable to consume media. Even a smart sleeve would have issues that I think are too insurmountable if you take into account the differing sizes of peoples forearms, orientation lock, getting a decent display that made the media seem flat rather than curved. Its a brilliant concept of course but I just don't see it happening or taking off

    If you think about the hardware that would be involved in a proper smart watch - small display with touch, processor, ram, sim card, storage, wifi/Bluetooth, speakers and mic and battery it would be too big to be practical. Games and most apps would be pointless - without a huge leap in tech I think all a smart watch would be capable of is holding your contacts and letting you make calls linked to a Bluetooth earpiece, maybe show notifications, small amount of music storage, messaging could be done by voice at a push but that's about it. Its not really a smart watch more like a watch phone with mp3. Sony already have one that works alongside the experia phones and its ok for changing music tracks looking at messages and of course checking the time but your still end up taking your phone out of your pocket for almost everything else.
    03-27-2013 04:42 AM
  14. gandhule's Avatar
    I think smartwatches is only an attempt from device maker to make users more attached to a particular ecosystem or brand. People would likely be able to replace their smartphones and possibly mobile OS back and forth anytime they wish. It will be harder for them to switch ecosystem if they own lots of gadgets tied to the same OS. That is why Google shove Google Glass and design this so called Android@Home idea. Once your home Android-ated, and your smartphone or whatever serves as controller or hub, switching ecosystem suddenly becomes complicated.

    Does microsoft late to this market? Yes if they pursue this same wearable gadget path. I reckon that Microsoft had two winning recipes that had been proven, namely PC and Xbox. I think this is why they are trying their best to link WP8 with Windows8 and Xbox.

    IMO, the winning ecosystem would be the one that provides the best home-office/work-play experience. If Microsoft is lagging a step behind in creating that idea, it would be even harder for them to gain more customer.
    03-27-2013 05:42 AM
  15. ohgood's Avatar
    microsoft will still be trying to figure out how to execute tiles on a watch sized screen many years after someone makes the device in question.

    yes, I think that translates to "late".

    headgear isn't where its at either.

    nor is clothing.

    its a device, that is around 4", kind of like now. the other stuff is research, and research is GOOD. I'm for all the companies innovating, everyday. copying or patent wars drone on like whiny toddlers. let the innovators continue to own the market, as they should.


    watches, I had a good laugh, thanks.
    03-27-2013 06:13 AM
  16. sueha's Avatar
    I wouldn't even wear one if Microsoft paid me 200$. I want my watch to be a watch!
    03-27-2013 08:30 AM
  17. cameradork's Avatar
    This will be called the Samsung Galaxy Neck S IV 10. Also available in 20, 19, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14.....

    I'd sport a flava flav type smart watch round my neck and gold chains.

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    03-27-2013 09:01 AM
  18. Marute's Avatar
    I have to say that while I agree smartphone will someday migrate to the wrist, I also agree that companies are too early with their smart watches. I simply don't think there is a market for it yet.

    Imagine If an electronics company were to work together with the big watch brands to combine the style of a traditional watch with the features of smart watch then we are talking business. Imagine a traditional watch with a see-through touchscreen that comes to life when you tap it.
    Last edited by Marute; 03-27-2013 at 11:53 AM.
    03-27-2013 09:08 AM
  19. omniusovermind's Avatar
    The thing is though that something like the internet would have to change quite radically for these to take off I feel. There's just no way you will comfortably browse the web on a 2" watch screen. Voice commands for example can make operating these quite easy for the most parts if voice recognition etc advances alot like it probably will, but I really don't want to walk around the city talking to my hand.

    Point being, I don't see these be anything more than accessories to your phone and at that point most people probably won't bother and will just dig the phone from their pocket.

    Somehow having to charge a watch daily isn't that attractive idea either, but hey.. wireless charging: just lay the watch next to your 920 on the nightstand :P
    These types of devices will take off though if they become regarded as fashionable. If both Apple and Googlesung really push these hard in marketing then yeah, people are going to start grabbing them up just to to be trendy. It'll get worse if Apple pushes them more than it would be if Google pushed them though because Apple has a legion of followers who simply just want to be seen at Starbucks with the latest bitten fruit logo on something.

    Those of you forecasting a fail for these devices are forgetting that fashion > function so if they succeed in marketing the fashion, and celebrities all start wearing them, your arguments about how useful they are go straight down the toilet. I probably would never bother... ok I lied I'm addicted to gadgets. I'll probably one of the first strolling along with a smartwatch and Google glasses on. If I could hook an IV cable into my arm to integrate my central nervous system with the internet I'd do it
    03-27-2013 09:12 AM
  20. falconrap's Avatar
    I think, ultimately, smart watches will be like bluetooth headsets; they'll be hooked into a standard, maybe bluetooth itself, and be able to hook into any mobile OS that supports the standard for displaying stuff on them that the phone controls. In other words, I see them as being platform agnostic. Maybe Apple and Google will have some that aren't, but I can easily see the industry, wanting any piece of the pie, to go this route and make it so that manufacturers can build their own flavor of smart watch that hooks into any smart phone cable of running the protocol they use. If these watches actually start becoming phones, using bluetooth headphones for making calls, then the platform won't matter.

    In other words, I don't see this impacting eco-systems at all unless a standard isn't developed, which I believe it will.
    03-27-2013 09:49 AM
  21. Peter Boev's Avatar
    The general opinion appears to be, that watches of this type would not become mainstream anytime soon. While the majority of your arguments are mostly valid, you seem heavily biased by your personal liking of the idea.
    If you take a closer look at the smartphone development trends during the last couple of years youll see exactly what people seem to be interested in bigger and better displays and cameras, powerful hardware and faster data transfer. That being said, I feel its only logical to assume that the smart watch, which trades off all of those important trending features for compactness and convenience, can never be considered seriously as the immediate successor of the smartphone.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    03-27-2013 11:29 AM
  22. Simon Tupper's Avatar
    The general opinion appears to be, that watches of this type would not become mainstream anytime soon. While the majority of your arguments are mostly valid, you seem heavily biased by your personal liking of the idea.
    If you take a closer look at the smartphone development trends during the last couple of years youll see exactly what people seem to be interested in bigger and better displays and cameras, powerful hardware and faster data transfer. That being said, I feel its only logical to assume that the smart watch, which trades off all of those important trending features for compactness and convenience, can never be considered seriously as the immediate successor of the smartphone.
    i'm not even sure that people know what they want... a lot of people chose their phone by making a status update saying, "What's the best phone?" and inevitably they will chose an iPhone 5 or a GS3. the techies have specific needs, while most people would use anything as long as it's good and that they look cool with it.

    People seek acceptance and they want the others to appreciate what they own. In the end it's all about trends, fashion and the need to be look at. The quality of the devices is secondary... people prefer a trending device to a device that no one know but is high quality. (I'm speaking in general, I'm not making a judgment on anyone)
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    03-27-2013 11:37 AM
  23. ag1986's Avatar
    The general opinion appears to be, that watches of this type would not become mainstream anytime soon. While the majority of your arguments are mostly valid, you seem heavily biased by your personal liking of the idea.
    If you take a closer look at the smartphone development trends during the last couple of years youll see exactly what people seem to be interested in bigger and better displays and cameras, powerful hardware and faster data transfer. That being said, I feel its only logical to assume that the smart watch, which trades off all of those important trending features for compactness and convenience, can never be considered seriously as the immediate successor of the smartphone.
    You're missing the point. Look at current products like the Pebble smartwatch, MotoACTV and that one Sony released. I've tried all these products and I find it very convenient to be able to see notifications, change tracks and check my calendar without having to take my phone out of my jeans pocket (which can be tough if I'm sitting down or have my hands full). I wouldn't even need to see entire emails or texts - just the SMS sender or email header is enough for me to decide if its something I want to read immediately or if it can wait for later. I would pay at least $150 for this utility, and I value functionality over form, so I don't much care how it looks. Besides, I've always worn digital watches anyway.
    Simon Tupper likes this.
    03-27-2013 11:41 AM
  24. Daniel Ratcliffe's Avatar
    How about hard coding the silicone into the brain. So then just by thinking about it, your eyes project a hud in front of you to look at, giving at a glance information, plus because of the nature of it, it could probably also be built to have augmented reality. We then become half human half machine.
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    03-27-2013 11:55 AM
  25. Simon Tupper's Avatar
    How about hard coding the silicone into the brain. So then just by thinking about it, your eyes project a hud in front of you to look at, giving at a glance information, plus because of the nature of it, it could probably also be built to have augmented reality. We then become half human half machine.
    Brain tumors everywhere.
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    03-27-2013 11:58 AM
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