I had a Timex DataLink (Listen To The Light!) way back when. Timex had a very novel and clever wireless communication scheme for the watch using bars of light on your monitor to produce an NRZ serial stream, sort of like RS232 based upon the monitor scan line timing. It worked very well in the days or CRTs and was completely wireless. I used the watch steadily as a personal organizer until I got a Pocket PC.
Since you always have your cell phone with you, who needs a watch to do that now?
It's interesting to watch how the styling for gadget watches hasn't changed much. I had a Casio calculator watch in school. It was about the same size as the new gadget watches. When it fell out of fashion, it was considered too big and bulky.
These gadgets are much more powerful but I expected something with a more elegant design by now.
The thing that fascinates me is the arrangement of components in the device. Apple also tries to beautify the components placement and try to place each component after doing a lot of thinking. It's amazing because customers rarely open the device and see what's inside, but successful companies like Samsung and Apple still make it look beautiful not only from the outside but also from the inside.
That being said, it's a great challenge to arrange so many components into a small space and still make it beautiful to look at. Great slideshow.
Excellent post Miroslav. Great slide show. I also am absolutely amazed as to the compact nature of these devices. QUESTION: Did you put it back together? One this also, I'm sitting here looking at my watch and noticing the crystal--broken in two places and scratched in one place. All three somewhat noticeable. I do consulting work and frequently find myself in factory environments. Maybe I'm just clumsy but I thing I would destroy a "wearable" device such as this. One other thing, I have my cell phone hyper-linked to my PC in the office. All of my e-mail is displayed on my Android. I have to take a break after an hour or so when reading the very small screen provided by Motorola. I assume from looking at your slides, this would be the same case with the technology shown. Maybe I need a desk job. Again, excellent post.
Miroslav, this is a lot to put into such a small package. Considering that it has Android, a Linux based OS in such a small package, it is quite amazing. I have worked with some of the parts (the STM32, specifically) and they are quite capable. The only way to make it much smaller would be to hybridize it. That is a process where unpackaged chips are placed in a substrate which is itself a chip. It replaces the PCB. Of course, it can be expensive and I only used it on spacecraft.
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