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Smartwatch Popularity on the Rise

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richnass
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big fan of these
richnass   7/26/2013 8:39:30 AM
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I think these types of watches have so much potential. From reading emails and texts to answering the phone, etc., they can be indispensible. I'm waiting for my GPS watch to arrive as we speak. Oh yeah, they tell time too!

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apresher   7/26/2013 10:39:49 AM
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Agree with you, Rich.  This could be an interesting product category that expands the use of mobile.  Will be interesting to see the feature set that a product like the iWatch would support.

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Listen To The Light
tekochip   7/26/2013 12:19:33 PM
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Timex had a smart watch back in the Nineties.  The Timex Datalink had a personal organizer App, and allowed the user to download other Apps into the watch.  It was a simple dot matrix display, but the battery life was excellent.  The really clever part of the watch was the way it would sync with your computer.  The watch had a phototransistor that was used to detect an NRZ data stream from your monitor.  Your monitor would display a series of lines, representing the Start, Stop and ten Data Bits, and the watch would see the data bit when the particular line was scanned, much like a light pen.  It was really a clever interface, and a wireless download to your watch took only seconds.
 
While looking at my watch one day I noticed what appeared to be random ones and zeros on the watch band, but then I noticed that the ones and zeros were actually ASCII, with the message "Listen To The Light".  I felt like Ralph on "The Christmas Story" decoding Little Orphan Annie's message.


Rob Spiegel
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Re: big fan of these
Rob Spiegel   7/26/2013 1:36:27 PM
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This may be the only way watches can save their market. Tons of people, including myself, quit wearing watches when they started carrying cell phones. The only way back for watches is to out-tech the smart phones.

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notarboca   7/26/2013 9:51:00 PM
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"While looking at my watch one day I noticed what appeared to be random ones and zeros on the watch band, but then I noticed that the ones and zeros were actually ASCII, with the message "Listen To The Light".  I felt like Ralph on "The Christmas Story" decoding Little Orphan Annie's message."

This will become a "happy thought" for me when I am in a engineering funk.  Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Listen To The Light
a.saji   7/27/2013 11:38:42 AM
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So looks like the wrist watch has gone social or mobile or both ? I think it's a good option to have but will be a bit difficult to operate as a mobile device since the texting and reading will be a bit more difficult since we are kind of used to a much bigger screen than a wrist watch screen.       

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Nancy Golden   7/27/2013 12:41:58 PM
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a.saji has expressed my biggest concern - I cannot imagine even attempting to do anything worthwhile on such small screens. I have a Rumor Touch that has a 3 inch diagonal screen size and after attempting to use it for internet access a few times, I disabled that feature to save money on my plan. On the flip side - I am one of the few that appreciate a real wrist watch and wear one two-three times a week. I have noticed more people wearing them nowadays - I think they are making a comeback.

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Greg M. Jung   7/27/2013 8:49:12 PM
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I agree with the limitations of the small screen.  There will invariably be some apps that still work great on the small screen, but a watch-sized display will have limited functionality. I do eventually see a camera and a phone function that will be worn on your wrist that will allow you to video-conference others.

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a.saji   7/28/2013 9:23:58 AM
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@Greg: Yes but then you will have to hold the screen towards your face. That means you have to have your hand held to a straight point till things are over.        

NadineJ
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NadineJ   7/28/2013 4:56:37 PM
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It's the fastest and easiest wearable technology we have.  Because they've been around so long, most consumers are open to wearing smart watches.

Keep an eye on what's coming up to replace these.  I've seen some wearable and washable technology highlighted here and elsewhere.  It would be great to read more about the development on DN.

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