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Old 19.03.2014, 11:24
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It's a question of style.
You guys are nuts!

The only style I see is Motorola badly copying an apple promo video, except with vaporware instead of an actual working product.

Sorry, that video is 1.41 minutes long and just full of appropriately hip types talking about a gamechanger.

Well, where is it? A few exterior shots of a watch which is not shown to be working. Why is the GUI is not shown? Why are no details of the watch functions and capabilities shown? Anything biometric going on? Unknown. Charging method? Unknown. Release date? Unknown. Price? Unknown.


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If you watch the Google video, you can see it's going to be great.
Sorry, what? What am I missing? Am I looking at the wrong video?
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Old 19.03.2014, 11:30
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Re: The Smartwatch thread

Google Wear - announced to spice up Google I/O where all the solid stuff will be announced.

http://www.designboom.com/technology...ce-03-17-2014/

There are no surprises for me here. I even got it down to Android Wear being based on Google Now....without reading anything.

So we'll all now have to wait for late June. Or sign up for I/O and get one as your booty.
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Old 20.03.2014, 15:13
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Re: The Smartwatch thread



Yesterday's Hangout on the 360 topic...
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Old 20.03.2014, 16:31
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Re: The Smartwatch thread

It looks like Motorola may have been pipped to the post by a very similar looking concept revealed a month earlier.







Anyway, given that Google SDK will include both circular and square faces, we should see some real beauts being released... including Swiss Made ones
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Old 20.03.2014, 16:41
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Yesterday's Hangout on the 360 topic...
A 22 minute video about the watch.... without the watch!!!

They ought to be ashamed of themselves!
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Old 20.03.2014, 17:03
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A 22 minute video about the watch.... without the watch!!!

They ought to be ashamed of themselves!
I actually prefer this to the Apple 'shock and awe', everything-on-one-day launches.

Motorola have a good working prototype that is not ready for prime-time, but never-the-less through the blogosphere etc.. they're already gauging reaction and incrementally making improvements. Unlike phones, I won't be getting a new smartwatch every year so it needs to be pretty spot-on first time.
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Old 20.03.2014, 17:33
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Re: The Smartwatch thread

I'm finding it hard to get excited about smart watches. Which is strange because I love watches and I love gadgets. So it should be right up my street.

But that's what it is. I prefer my gadgets to be gadgets and my watch to be Swiss made and....a watch.

Saying that I used to scoff and mock the iPhone when it came out and said that touch screens will never take off and everyone wants a physical keyboard etc. etc.
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Old 20.03.2014, 17:55
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Re: The Smartwatch thread

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I'm finding it hard to get excited about smart watches. Which is strange because I love watches and I love gadgets. So it should be right up my street.

But that's what it is. I prefer my gadgets to be gadgets and my watch to be Swiss made and....a watch.

Saying that I used to scoff and mock the iPhone when it came out and said that touch screens will never take off and everyone wants a physical keyboard etc. etc.
I know what you mean... I like my watches to be elegant and, er, timeless, time-telling devices.

I think that Smartwatches are potentially great as a business tool... they will allow you to get snapshot information in meetings and when on the go without having to get out your phone/laptop/tablet. But, as a 24/7 device, I can't think of anything worse... I don't want to see every shred of information from my phone on my wrist at all times, especially when out and about with friends.

If you think checking phones is bad when you're out for drinks... can you imagine someone constantly and visibly checking their watch? Ugh, no thanks.
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Old 20.03.2014, 19:28
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Re: The Smartwatch thread

I think some of the designs I've seen in the last bit of this thread I might find tempting - I especially like the idea of being able to pull up a small local map.

Then again it is just another gadget that I'll add to my collection, and with HW advances being what they are these days and the trend towards batteries being non user replaceable, if at all, it'll be a brick in two years. Not sure I fancy ponying up a few hundred, or maybe a thousand, for something that would essentially be an accessory to my other gadgets for a very limited timeframe.
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Old 21.03.2014, 19:45
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Re: The Smartwatch thread

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I use Google Now all time and it would be great to have those notifications on a watch.


Also looks like the Motorola watch will use wireless charging which makes sense. I just the battery life is reasonable. It is bad enough with having to charge the phone so regularly.


I think it is also good to see Google putting together real software that it can be presented publically at Google IO, as well as getting a number of well known companies to produce devices rather than FUD that a well know fruit company seems to perpetuate.


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Old 21.03.2014, 19:58
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Re: The Smartwatch thread

I would buy a smartwatch when it can do the following:
- you can use it like a Jaeger Le Coutre reverso: one side smartwatch, one side normal watch
- it has no battery but powered by an automatic movement - like a watch
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Old 21.03.2014, 20:03
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I think it is also good to see Google putting together real software that it can be presented publically at Google IO, as well as getting a number of well known companies to produce devices rather than FUD that a well know fruit company seems to perpetuate.
Oh Martin, you can never resist a dig, can you.

Regarding that fruity company - the only fear, uncertainty and doubt that's perpetuated is by online pundits and fanboys that, quite frankly, do not know their arse from their elbow. Said fruity firm has actually mentioned nothing at all about a watch, or any other wearable for that matter.

Given the lack of photographic leaks that typically occur when said fruity firm is ramping up production I'd guess that you won't see anything from said fruity firm anytime soon in terms of wearables.

Of course I could be wrong - about the wearables that is.
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Old 22.03.2014, 00:36
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Re: The Smartwatch thread

Hi,


I think companies feed "friendly" journalists so a lot of these "rumours" are companies testing the waters to see what reaction they get.


By the way I was reacting more to another comment previously in this thread that it is better to say nothing officially then present something at a press conference than to get developers interested before the hardware is available.


Not too long until Google IO and so we will know if the reality is anything like the concept videos.


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Old 22.03.2014, 10:24
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I fully expect Google to be dogfooding it.

Anyone in Zurich doing just that?
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Old 22.03.2014, 10:47
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Re: The Smartwatch thread

I like my Pebble a lot but when this Google-Now watch comes out I will tell my Pebble adios.
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So, I've got a Gear Live which is a lot more useful than I ever thought it would be - especially when you've got your hands full of small people and need some Raymond Scott now! - but I have a small problem with it.

Google Now is a fussy bugger. If you ask it a question about local stuff, it has to be in German, else it won't understand. So "Thai restaurant Glarus" gives "Thai restaurant glorious", but "ich will ein Thailandisches restaurant Glarus" gets you the information you want because the "ich will" clues the app into the fact that German words and placenames are coming up. Fair enough - it's mildly irritating, but makes sense.

Unfortunately, the watch only understands English, even though the app on the phone is set up to understand both languages.

Does anyone have any idea how to train the watch to understand German as well? It's a right pain (although clearly a First World Problem) to have to drag the phone out of my pocket every time I want to check bus times or see whether the cafe down the road is open.

Any hints?
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Re: The Smartwatch thread

train your small people to nip down to the cafe and find out the opening times, job done
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So, I've got a Gear Live which is a lot more useful than I ever thought it would be - especially when you've got your hands full of small people and need some Raymond Scott now! - but I have a small problem with it.

Google Now is a fussy bugger. If you ask it a question about local stuff, it has to be in German, else it won't understand. So "Thai restaurant Glarus" gives "Thai restaurant glorious", but "ich will ein Thailandisches restaurant Glarus" gets you the information you want because the "ich will" clues the app into the fact that German words and placenames are coming up. Fair enough - it's mildly irritating, but makes sense.

Unfortunately, the watch only understands English, even though the app on the phone is set up to understand both languages.

Does anyone have any idea how to train the watch to understand German as well? It's a right pain (although clearly a First World Problem) to have to drag the phone out of my pocket every time I want to check bus times or see whether the cafe down the road is open.

Any hints?
Please post a recording of you speaking German.
Perhaps it sounds like English
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Perhaps it sounds like English
Works fine on the phone, though - and it's the same app!
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DB speaking English doesn't sound English.

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