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2013-02-11 11:01:01 AM
Who wears a watch these days?
 
2013-02-11 11:14:09 AM
Oh my god...it's multiplying.
 
2013-02-11 11:48:07 AM
If this sells, I'm convinced that appletards would buy a piece of dried dog poop if it had an Apple logo on it.
 
2013-02-11 12:16:26 PM
more like completely ripping off pebble
 
2013-02-11 12:18:59 PM
also, i seriously doubt an apple watch would replace the smartphone so much as it would provide a convenient way to interact with the smartphone.
 
2013-02-11 12:37:37 PM
So you would always be on speaker unless you had a Bluetooth, which would make the whole thing pointless anyway.
 
2013-02-11 12:47:51 PM
Voice input for everything ever will be SO AWESOME!
 
2013-02-11 12:48:48 PM

SnarfVader: Who wears a watch these days?


I do. Far quicker and easier than pulling out my phone, turning it on, looking at the time(If it's displayed on the lockscreen, or unlocking it and looking at the time), turning it back off and putting it back in my pocket.

I don't want my watch to be a farking phone though. Although, I would like to find a phone as tough as my G-Shocks have been throughout the years.
 
2013-02-11 12:48:57 PM
Between this news and Motley Fool saying AAPL was oversold, my shares popped $8 today. Thank you, Apple-istas!
 
2013-02-11 12:50:55 PM
And the iFans will claim that Apple came up with the idea before that Dick Tracy creator.
 
2013-02-11 12:51:26 PM
Good plan!

i219.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-11 12:52:31 PM

SnarfVader: Who wears a watch these days?


I used to be a fanatic about wearing a watch, so much so that if I forgot to put mine on, I'd turn around and go back home to get it.  Then one day, my battery went dead and I didn't have a chance to run out and get a new one.  After feeling naked for a few days, I got over it and haven't worn one since.  Everybody carries a phone these days, there's no reason to wear a watch unless you're trying to make a fashion statement.
 
2013-02-11 12:52:45 PM
I'd love to see the prior art disclosures on that patent filing......
 
2013-02-11 12:53:48 PM

Mikey1969: SnarfVader: Who wears a watch these days?

I do. Far quicker and easier than pulling out my phone, turning it on, looking at the time(If it's displayed on the lockscreen, or unlocking it and looking at the time), turning it back off and putting it back in my pocket.


Yeah really. You might as well have a pocket watch if you want to do all that. Plus with the way my POS phone eats battery life, I'd be charging my phone every 4 hours, which I almost do anyway.
 
2013-02-11 12:54:28 PM
In other news, Apple just patented the circle.
 
2013-02-11 12:55:38 PM
I can't wait to have a 1" x 1" interface. That will be so convenient for reading.
 
2013-02-11 12:55:41 PM

thomps: more like completely ripping off pebble


Getting mine soon, can't wait. I'm just psyched for the waterproofing, primarily. I fried a couple Sony LiveView watches by forgetting to take them off before showering.
 
2013-02-11 12:56:09 PM
That's stupid. No one is going to have phone coversations with their wrist. It better be bluetooth capable, and then what's the point of wearing it on your wrist where you can accidently smack it into things and get it wet.
 
2013-02-11 12:57:48 PM
Why is it called a watch? No one watches a watch. They glance at it. It should be called a glance.

/what's the deal with gornnnnuts?
 
2013-02-11 12:59:04 PM
Oh look - another unsubstantiated rumor from a tech writer pulling shiat out of the air to improve click rates.

/yawn
//in nine months when an iWatch doesn't materialize it will be all Apple's fault because they can no longer innovate
 
2013-02-11 01:04:35 PM

SnarfVader: Who wears a watch these days?


I do. It's awesome being asked for the time twenty times a day by cow-orkers who don't wear watches and aren't supposed to be fiddling with their phones when customers are around.

I'm looking forward to the day our phones and music players are implanted right in our heads. It might seem revolting at first but it's coming. Might as well get used to it.
 
2013-02-11 01:06:02 PM
I realize this is more than just a phone but they had wrist watch phones at that Innoventions thing at EPCOT like 15 years ago. There's a reason people aren't walking around with watch phones and it's not because we're not there technologically yet, it's because it's farking stupid. Now this....

www.bikingbis.com

That's convenience.
 
2013-02-11 01:07:58 PM
cdn.slashgear.com

Step 1: Redesign iPod Nano so it no longer works as a watch.
Step 2: Make a new iWatch.
Step 3: Profit!
 
2013-02-11 01:08:38 PM
plenty of android watch phones out there.
 
2013-02-11 01:09:07 PM
And the Iwatch will have different rubber covers to help protect and spiffify your Iwatch.... That sounds familiar....
 
2013-02-11 01:11:18 PM

HeartBurnKid: [cdn.slashgear.com image 475x500]

Step 1: Redesign iPod Nano so it no longer works as a watch.
Step 2: Make a new iWatch.
Step 3: Profit!


We have a winner!
 
2013-02-11 01:11:49 PM

Saiga410: And the Iwatch will have different rubber covers to help protect and spiffify your Iwatch.... That sounds familiar....


yep, swatches from the 80s.
 
2013-02-11 01:13:51 PM

Popcorn Johnny: Everybody carries a phone these days, there's no reason to wear a watch unless you're trying to make a fashion statement.


Yeah, because NObody tries to "make a fashion statement" by whipping out tyheir iPhone27 to show that they bought the new one, even though it is exactly like the iPhone26, except more buttons, less icons, etc...

My watch is handy, portable, always with me, and about a billion times easier to check without letting someone know that I'm actually checking it. It also doesn't have to be plugged in at night, could survive a 5-story drop, is waterproof to 200 M, and never crashes.
 
2013-02-11 01:15:11 PM

theflatline: plenty of android watch phones out there.


Screw that, cell phone watches have been around for years.

They're pretty big in Japan and to many in Europe (where laws for cell phones and carriers are much lax than here in the US). But don't tell that to anyone who thinks this idea is revolutionary and new.

In all honesty though, I don't know why people need a cell phone watch.... The battery life must be horrid due the size limitations, unless you're looking to wear something Leela's wrist-computer thingy or a Pip-Boy.
 
2013-02-11 01:15:18 PM

SnarfVader: Who wears a watch these days?


I sort of wear a watch:
d2ui3ko1lobjrf.cloudfront.net
 
2013-02-11 01:15:54 PM

SnarfVader: Who wears a watch these days?


I do. Glancing at a wrist watch is faster and easier than dragging out a phone.
 
2013-02-11 01:17:25 PM
www.macobserver.com
Combine this with Bluetooth and it might be the first Apple product I'd buy. Just as my first smartphone was a big step up on the portability scale from my laptop, this could be the next logical step.
 
2013-02-11 01:17:45 PM

theflatline: Saiga410: And the Iwatch will have different rubber covers to help protect and spiffify your Iwatch.... That sounds familiar....

yep, swatches from the 80s.


Except you won't be able to afford to wear 4 or 5 of them ata time.
 
2013-02-11 01:18:42 PM

thomps: more like completely ripping off pebble


Or the Sony Liveview (which I actually own) or the Sony Smart Watch or to a lesser degree one of the old Fossil Bluetooth watches. And I'm sure there are other ones I'm forgetting.

I don't know about the Sony Smart Watch, but the Sony Liveview was an AWESOME concept..... with utterly atrocious implementation. It was cool when it worked, which was for all of 15 minutes - TOPS - at a time. Then it would invariably freeze up. I gave up on it in disgust after a while, then a year later or so I heard about an update for it from Sony.

With hope in my heart I performed the update... and things hadn't gotten much better. Now it went for 30 minutes without freezing up or losing the bluetooth connection and needing to be reset and re-synched with the phone. An improvement, but after a day of wearing it I still wanted to throw it against the wall. I would have thought I might have gotten a lemon, but there were tons of people online having the same experience.

The most frustrating part was the wasted potential... In the brief intervals it worked you could: see the caller ID of the people calling you, read text messages, read emails, check the calendar, control the music player on my phone remotely, start and stop My Tracks GPS recording - among other features. If the thing worked reliably all day it would have been one of my all-time favorite gadgets, and I'd be wearing it right now. Instead, the poor execution just made me furious at Sony.

If the rumors are true, then I *may* possibly be very interested, depending on the details. If Apple does make it, it will likely be expensive and only work with iOS....... but it will also almost certainly NOT have the same fury-inducing stability issues that the Sony P.O.S. Liveview does. If the Apple one works with an Android phone it will be on my short list of gadgets to buy this year...... but the chances of that will be pretty damn slim, from what I know about Apple.
 
2013-02-11 01:19:27 PM

gingerjet: Oh look - another unsubstantiated rumor from a tech writer pulling shiat out of the air to improve click rates.

/yawn
//in nine months when an iWatch doesn't materialize it will be all Apple's fault because they can no longer innovate


Or when it does come out, you'll be here to tell us how awesome it is.
 
2013-02-11 01:19:28 PM

Mikey1969: My watch is handy, portable, always with me, and about a billion times easier to check without letting someone know that I'm actually checking it. It also doesn't have to be plugged in at night, could survive a 5-story drop, is waterproof to 200 M, and never crashes.


LOL you wear a plastic watch.
 
2013-02-11 01:20:08 PM

RexTalionis: SnarfVader: Who wears a watch these days?

I sort of wear a watch:
[d2ui3ko1lobjrf.cloudfront.net image 630x326]


Are you a prison inmate from the future?
 
2013-02-11 01:20:57 PM

Popcorn Johnny: is waterproof to 200 M


Do people actually wear their watches at 200m below? Because that seems rather stupid.
 
2013-02-11 01:22:10 PM

Contrabulous Flabtraption: Why is it called a watch? No one watches a watch. They glance at it. It should be called a glance.


Lake Trout is neither from a lake nor is a trout.  Discuss.
 
2013-02-11 01:25:22 PM

poughdrew: Contrabulous Flabtraption: Why is it called a watch? No one watches a watch. They glance at it. It should be called a glance.

Lake Trout is neither from a lake nor is a trout.  Discuss.


Why do they call it fark when everyone here is a virgin?

/Keeps his iphone in a vest pocket, attached with silver chain.
 
2013-02-11 01:25:24 PM
http://asktog.com/atc/apple-iwatch/

Someone who understands UI design and integration and is an Apple Fellow (ex) and knows what this stuff is all about.

A good (somewhat long) read.
 
2013-02-11 01:26:24 PM

RexTalionis: Do people actually wear their watches at 200m below? Because that seems rather stupid.


Aquaman has appointments to keep too.
 
2013-02-11 01:27:22 PM
I would rather have the flying trash cans.
 
2013-02-11 01:28:34 PM
Seems to me that most people wouldn't really want to wear a watch, but Apple fanboys are a bit ridiculous and probably would end up wearing them.  I really do like my iPhone, and nobody comes close to an iPod for my music needs, but I can't think of anything they could do with a watch that would make me wear it unless it made me supermodel gorgeous, in which case I'd never take it off. But that's about it.
 
2013-02-11 01:28:35 PM

RexTalionis: Popcorn Johnny: is waterproof to 200 M

Do people actually wear their watches at 200m below? Because that seems rather stupid.


You know how we know you've never been scuba diving, don't you?
 
2013-02-11 01:30:40 PM
fark watches.

red5ish: I do. Glancing at a wrist watch is faster and easier than dragging out a phone.



The extra 5 seconds is going to ruin my day!
 
2013-02-11 01:30:52 PM

Stone Meadow: RexTalionis: Popcorn Johnny: is waterproof to 200 M

Do people actually wear their watches at 200m below? Because that seems rather stupid.

You know how we know you've never been scuba diving, don't you?


Hey look at the colorful school of fish over by the reef and OH MY GOODNESS LOOK AT THE TIME!
 
2013-02-11 01:37:03 PM
The article said they've shown interest in wearable computing... they're looking at improved display functionality/battery life. I think that the tech is  pretty much there for a watch. I think they're looking at glasses like Google's Project Glass. I think they could release a watch tomorrow with current tech if they wanted to (and they might) but the true innovation will be glasses. I personally can't wait to get a badass dragonball Z monocle or pair of eye glasses and I'm the type of person who JUST got a smart phone last Christmas.

I think Apple has been trying to throw red herrings talking about TV and watches - I gotta say though, Google is really getting the jump on them by letting app makers beta test their glasses. It might be hard to play catch-up to Google on this.
 
2013-02-11 01:38:07 PM

crab66: fark watches.

red5ish: I do. Glancing at a wrist watch is faster and easier than dragging out a phone.


The extra 5 seconds is going to ruin my day!


Some of us can do a lot of work in those 5 seconds at our high powered, important jobs with duties that include posting at Drew Curtis' FARK.com during the day.
 
2013-02-11 01:43:52 PM

poughdrew: Stone Meadow: RexTalionis: Popcorn Johnny: is waterproof to 200 M

Do people actually wear their watches at 200m below? Because that seems rather stupid.

You know how we know you've never been scuba diving, don't you?

Hey look at the colorful school of fish over by the reef and OH MY GOODNESS LOOK AT THE TIME!


Yeah, now we can go up to the next decompression stop!

/never a problem going up too slowly
//provide you have the air
///wear a watch...carry the card
 
2013-02-11 01:45:48 PM

Popcorn Johnny: Mikey1969: My watch is handy, portable, always with me, and about a billion times easier to check without letting someone know that I'm actually checking it. It also doesn't have to be plugged in at night, could survive a 5-story drop, is waterproof to 200 M, and never crashes.

LOL you wear a plastic watch.


So do I when I'm at work.
 
2013-02-11 01:56:56 PM

Contrabulous Flabtraption: Why is it called a watch? No one watches a watch. They glance at it. It should be called a glance.



umm, One account says that the word "watch" came from the Old English word woecce which meant "watchman", because it was used by town watchmen to keep track of their shifts.[7] Another says that the term came from 17th century sailors, who used the new mechanisms to time the length of their shipboard watches (duty shifts).[8]
 
2013-02-11 01:58:26 PM
What'll be really impressive is when they create an iWatch that's the cellular phone/data component that talks wirelessly to the iPad/iTouch for internet/music and to your wireless bluetooth earbuds with microphone in a little personal area network. Seamless transfer from device to device. That way you could pull out the tablet for the large interface (games, email, texting, browsing) and just use the watch for notifications, time, weather, and like a remote control for any other convenient tiny-screen functions. The phone-sized device currently isn't all that convenient for any particular task.

I'd love to have a classy-ish phone notification on my wrist, since I miss about 90% of my text messages with the phone in my pocket. I never seem to notice the buzz.
 
2013-02-11 02:04:34 PM

HeartBurnKid: Step 1: Redesign iPod Nano so it no longer works as a watch.
Step 2: Make a new iWatch.
Step 3: Profit!


I was gonna say I thought the nano could already do this
 
2013-02-11 02:11:20 PM
The four year old inside me is screaming to have this. Who DOESN'T want to emulate Dick Tracey?!
 
2013-02-11 02:15:06 PM

Popcorn Johnny: SnarfVader: Who wears a watch these days?

I used to be a fanatic about wearing a watch, so much so that if I forgot to put mine on, I'd turn around and go back home to get it.  Then one day, my battery went dead and I didn't have a chance to run out and get a new one.  After feeling naked for a few days, I got over it and haven't worn one since.  Everybody carries a phone these days, there's no reason to wear a watch unless you're trying to make a fashion statement.


My story, exactly. I'm 2 years watch-free now, and never looking back.
 
2013-02-11 02:20:24 PM
"Six, two and even.  Over and out!"
 
2013-02-11 02:26:10 PM
So, what's it gonna do besides show the time and date? Anyone know?
 
2013-02-11 02:30:02 PM

Tyrion's Favorite Wench: The four year old inside me is screaming to have this. Who DOESN'T want to emulate Dick Tracey?!


Prune Tracy
 
2013-02-11 02:32:41 PM
if it's got a good mic. and is a cheaper alternative then sure, then you'd be able to use speaker phone all the time without having to put the phone down, less likely to drop it

on the downside if it rains you're screwed
 
2013-02-11 02:34:01 PM
Apple to sue Chester Gould in 3... 2... 1...
 
2013-02-11 02:35:03 PM
I will kick the first person I see wearing one of these in the nuts.

//twice, if they previously did not wear a watch but do now.
 
2013-02-11 02:35:23 PM

Stone Meadow: RexTalionis: Popcorn Johnny: is waterproof to 200 M

Do people actually wear their watches at 200m below? Because that seems rather stupid.

You know how we know you've never been scuba diving, don't you?


Ah, but do you know how we know  you have never been scuba diving either?
 
2013-02-11 02:36:52 PM

Theaetetus: Ah, but do you know how we know  you have never been scuba diving either?


Come on man, I'm sure a lot of deep divers go to Wal-Mart for their dive gear.
 
2013-02-11 02:37:41 PM

Stone Meadow: RexTalionis: Popcorn Johnny: is waterproof to 200 M

Do people actually wear their watches at 200m below? Because that seems rather stupid.

You know how we know you've never been scuba diving, don't you?


Well, to be fair - the list of people needing a wrist watch that goes to 600 feet down would be pretty short - maybe about a half- dozen.
blog.fatfish.fr
 
2013-02-11 02:51:59 PM

MrSteve007: Stone Meadow: RexTalionis: Popcorn Johnny: is waterproof to 200 M

Do people actually wear their watches at 200m below? Because that seems rather stupid.

You know how we know you've never been scuba diving, don't you?

Well, to be fair - the list of people needing a wrist watch that goes to 600 feet down would be pretty short - maybe about a half- dozen.
[blog.fatfish.fr image 390x272]


I agree that the normal diver doesn't need a watch tested to 200m. I certainly don't, but by picking a ridiculous depth they assure virtually all divers the watch will suite their needs.
 
2013-02-11 02:57:36 PM
Wow. You can tell Steve Jobs is dead.
 
2013-02-11 03:02:50 PM

SnarfVader: Who wears a watch these days?


Men do, kid. Men do.
 
2013-02-11 03:06:19 PM
It's funny cause I reading this on a non-Apple smartphone watch that I got for $100 unlocked on Rakuten. Also, that Apple will claim they invented the cell phone watch.
 
2013-02-11 03:10:14 PM
I just want a set of gauntlets, Predator-style.

Small screen pops up, I push a few buttons, my ship self destructs.  Is that so much to ask?!
 
2013-02-11 03:21:26 PM
I can easily see a wrist phone as not a replacement for a smart  phone but as a terminal for one  that can handle 80% of the phone's every day usage. Such tasks as:

 1) display who's calling and answer phone.
 2) call Mom or other frequent numbers.
 3) show time
 4) show alerts and be able to dismiss them.

Basically simple things you can do while walking. Of course you can do more involved things with the main phone body and larger screen but those more sit-down tasks.
 
2013-02-11 03:22:58 PM

Mikey1969: I don't want my watch to be a farking phone though. Although, I would like to find a phone as tough as my G-Shocks have been throughout the years.


What about these  http://www.casiogzone.com/
 
2013-02-11 03:24:45 PM

SnarfVader: Who wears a watch these days?


Sometimes I wear my lovely old 1950s Buren Grand Prix, but this is really an item of jewellery now .

That said, I do find myself using it to.. and I know this is shocking.. Tell The Time! Its more convenient than getting my phone out of my pocket and semi-waking the screen up. Might catch on these things.
 
2013-02-11 03:25:35 PM

Popcorn Johnny: If this sells, I'm convinced that appletards would buy a piece of dried dog poop if it had an Apple logo on it.


I hear that dried dog poop with the Microsoft logo is not doing very well.
 
2013-02-11 03:27:03 PM
I'm perfectly happy with my Apple pocket watch.

/Always hated wearing watches
 
2013-02-11 03:30:48 PM

loonatic112358: Mikey1969: I don't want my watch to be a farking phone though. Although, I would like to find a phone as tough as my G-Shocks have been throughout the years.

What about these  http://www.casiogzone.com/


I'd totally forgotten about those.... A friend of mine has them because he's getting old and shaky and keeps dropping his phone in embarrassing places like the toilet(He's in his 60's, the parent of a girl I went to HS with). Anyway, apparently this thing can be run through the dishwasher, although he hasn't tested it yet. That's a farking hpe that seems worthy of the G-( ) designation. I'd not be adverse to owning one.
 
2013-02-11 03:33:31 PM

MrSteve007: Stone Meadow: RexTalionis: Popcorn Johnny: is waterproof to 200 M

Do people actually wear their watches at 200m below? Because that seems rather stupid.

You know how we know you've never been scuba diving, don't you?

Well, to be fair - the list of people needing a wrist watch that goes to 600 feet down would be pretty short - maybe about a half- dozen.
[blog.fatfish.fr image 390x272]


Actually, the real point is that people who dive don't want to have to go up and leave their watch up top because it's only good to a certain point. Sorry guys, can't dive past 10 meters today, because I'm wearing the wrong watch. You go on and have fun without me. As for me, it's an added perk. I don't dive, I wear this watch because of its overall durability. The 200 M just means that ANY water I go in will never be too deep. One less thing to worry about.
 
2013-02-11 03:41:11 PM

SnarfVader: Who wears a watch these days?


Seriously, what's so hard about looking at the lower-right side of your monitor.  Or top-right if you swing that way, not that there's anything wrong with that.
 
2013-02-11 03:47:06 PM

Mikey1969: Actually, the real point is that people who dive don't want to have to go up and leave their watch up top because it's only good to a certain point. Sorry guys, can't dive past 10 meters today, because I'm wearing the wrong watch. You go on and have fun without me. As for me, it's an added perk. I don't dive, I wear this watch because of its overall durability. The 200 M just means that ANY water I go in will never be too deep. One less thing to worry about.


A 50 meter rating would cover 99% of the world's scuba divers. Beyond that, you're talking about technical decompression or tri-mix diving. Anything with compressed gas beyond 100 meters is either military or daredevils. Most commercial operations would be using ROV's at that point.

Unless you're going for a world depth record, a 200M rating is beyond overkill.
 
2013-02-11 03:50:50 PM

RoxtarRyan: thomps: more like completely ripping off pebble

Getting mine soon, can't wait. I'm just psyched for the waterproofing, primarily. I fried a couple Sony LiveView watches by forgetting to take them off before showering.


Mine is out for delivery TODAY

// won't have looked this nerdy since the days of the Databank Calculator Watch
 
2013-02-11 04:01:42 PM
It's going to suck when you have to sync it to itunes to download the time and day.
 
2013-02-11 04:02:59 PM

SnarfVader: Who wears a watch these days?


most business people that wear suits to work...you know, not you or your circle of friends
 
2013-02-11 04:03:17 PM

MrSteve007: Mikey1969: Actually, the real point is that people who dive don't want to have to go up and leave their watch up top because it's only good to a certain point. Sorry guys, can't dive past 10 meters today, because I'm wearing the wrong watch. You go on and have fun without me. As for me, it's an added perk. I don't dive, I wear this watch because of its overall durability. The 200 M just means that ANY water I go in will never be too deep. One less thing to worry about.

A 50 meter rating would cover 99% of the world's scuba divers. Beyond that, you're talking about technical decompression or tri-mix diving. Anything with compressed gas beyond 100 meters is either military or daredevils. Most commercial operations would be using ROV's at that point.

Unless you're going for a world depth record, a 200M rating is beyond overkill.



Overkill is a good thing when you're talking about essential equipment like that though. Over-engineering something which could kill you if it farks up is just a good idea. It's a watch... it's not like engineering it extra strong to withstand pressure is going to change the economics much for the maker, but not having the extra safety afforded by the over-engineering could...

So fark it, we make the casing and seals 0.1 millimeters thicker and change the failure rate from 1 in 500,000 to 1 in 10 million (for instance, just making those numbers up for illustrative purposes) and hardly effect the final price of the watch at all, but have made it safer for our toughest customers.
 
2013-02-11 04:07:53 PM

ProfessorOhki: Seriously, what's so hard about looking at the lower-right side of your monitor.


Some people do not spend all of their waking hours sitting in front of a screen.
 
2013-02-11 04:17:47 PM
The biggest hurdle with a wristwatch communicator is convincing consumers they won't look like total dorks when they use it in public.
 
2013-02-11 04:17:54 PM

RexTalionis: Popcorn Johnny: is waterproof to 200 M

Do people actually wear their watches at 200m below? Because that seems rather stupid.


if 200m isn't enough go for one that claims to be good in 3900m
 
2013-02-11 04:19:41 PM
Hope they call it iLikeToWatch.

/got nuthin'
 
2013-02-11 04:34:41 PM

gingerjet: Oh look - another unsubstantiated rumor from a tech writer pulling shiat out of the air to improve click rates.

/yawn
//in nine months when an iWatch doesn't materialize it will be all Apple's fault because they can no longer innovate


Pretty much this.
 
2013-02-11 04:40:08 PM

buttcat: It's going to suck when you have to sync it to itunes to download the time and day.


Even worse it will ask to check if you want the newest version as soon as it finishes updating
 
2013-02-11 05:54:49 PM
This is Tracy. All units, move in. And send Moon Maiden up to my room.
 
2013-02-11 05:57:22 PM

HairBolus: ProfessorOhki: Seriously, what's so hard about looking at the lower-right side of your monitor.

Some people do not spend all of their waking hours sitting in front of a screen.


Fine fine. "...or the top-right corner of your phone."
 
2013-02-11 06:05:05 PM

Epicedion: What'll be really impressive is when they create an iWatch that's the cellular phone/data component that talks wirelessly to the iPad/iTouch for internet/music and to your wireless bluetooth earbuds with microphone in a little personal area network. Seamless transfer from device to device. That way you could pull out the tablet for the large interface (games, email, texting, browsing) and just use the watch for notifications, time, weather, and like a remote control for any other convenient tiny-screen functions. The phone-sized device currently isn't all that convenient for any particular task.

I'd love to have a classy-ish phone notification on my wrist, since I miss about 90% of my text messages with the phone in my pocket. I never seem to notice the buzz.


Your wish is being fulfilled. Pre-order now -  Pebble Watch
 
2013-02-11 06:05:26 PM
A third party company who couldn't even demo it at the booth they'd setup is (claiming to) test a smartwatch.  Not apple, the circle of derp is in full swing on this one though.
 
2013-02-11 06:19:14 PM
images.shopnbc.com
I used to wear this bad boy every day until it died
 
2013-02-11 06:53:19 PM

tbhouston: SnarfVader: Who wears a watch these days?

most business people that wear suits to work...you know, not you or your circle of friends


You're right. I actually work for a living and so do my friends.
 
2013-02-11 06:56:19 PM

sure haven't: SnarfVader: Who wears a watch these days?

Men do, kid. Men do.


You can call me kid if you're older than 60. Otherwise, get the hell off my lawn, punk.
 
2013-02-11 07:07:14 PM
Actually, I just bought a new watch.  For a *very* specific reason.

I'm a sysadmin, with over 80 servers in my data center.  The servers usually get their time synchronized from the domain controllers, and the DCs are set to pull time from authoritative time servers on the web.  And some of our clients have very particular requirements for their time sync and precision.

Now, there are a lot of places to get instructions on how to set this up.  And lots of places on the web where you can sync your time.  But one thing they don't do very well yet is to give you some way to check and make sure that this stuff is really working as advertised.

So, I just picked up a new Casio WaveCeptor watch, $40 online.  Quartz crystal as usual, but has a radio receiver and picks up the time sync signal from the National Bureau of Standards and Technology several times a day to keep itself accurate to within a second or less.

Now, I use that to double-check and make sure our time sync is working properly.
 
2013-02-11 07:41:38 PM

Fano: Tyrion's Favorite Wench: The four year old inside me is screaming to have this. Who DOESN'T want to emulate Dick Tracey?!

Prune Tracy


th00.deviantart.net
Is not amused by your shenanigans. .
 
2013-02-11 07:51:33 PM

machodonkeywrestler: It's funny cause I reading this on a non-Apple smartphone watch that I got for $100 unlocked on Rakuten. Also, that Apple will claim they invented the cell phone watch.


Whether they claim that or not, brainwashed losers like you will be parroting this garbage endlessly.

/do you have any thoughts that don't come from Samsung's propaganda department?
 
2013-02-11 08:41:53 PM
Phone watches are huge, clunky, and have horrible battery life. I'd take something like the Pebble with less functionality for half the price, though.
 
2013-02-11 08:56:09 PM

thomps: more like completely ripping off pebble


This times 9000.  I hope they have good patent lawyers.
 
2013-02-11 09:35:11 PM
I see it's mostly been covered, but I hate to waste a perfectly good CTRL+C, so:
http://www.alibaba.com/showroom/watch-phone.html
 
2013-02-11 11:20:37 PM
another useless piece of drm strangled poo-poo
 
2013-02-11 11:42:31 PM

Popcorn Johnny: I used to be a fanatic about wearing a watch, so much so that if I forgot to put mine on, I'd turn around and go back home to get it.  Then one day, my battery went dead and I didn't have a chance to run out and get a new one.  After feeling naked for a few days, I got over it and haven't worn one since.  Everybody carries a phone these days, there's no reason to wear a watch unless you're trying to make a fashion statement when you're too lazy to get the battery replaced.



FTFY since it takes 10 to 15 minutes, if that, and you replaced something with a battery life measured in years with an item with a battery life measured in hours.
 
2013-02-12 01:22:07 AM

MrSteve007: Mikey1969: Actually, the real point is that people who dive don't want to have to go up and leave their watch up top because it's only good to a certain point. Sorry guys, can't dive past 10 meters today, because I'm wearing the wrong watch. You go on and have fun without me. As for me, it's an added perk. I don't dive, I wear this watch because of its overall durability. The 200 M just means that ANY water I go in will never be too deep. One less thing to worry about.

A 50 meter rating would cover 99% of the world's scuba divers. Beyond that, you're talking about technical decompression or tri-mix diving. Anything with compressed gas beyond 100 meters is either military or daredevils. Most commercial operations would be using ROV's at that point.

Unless you're going for a world depth record, a 200M rating is beyond overkill.


Well, if I could find my G-Shocks with only 50M depth, I'd buy one, just so you could sleep at night, because it really concerns me that you are so worked up about it. As I said, it's just one more facet of my life I don't have to worry about. Short of a hammer blow directly to the crystal or an explosion. my watch is going to take anything I throw at it , and I've thrown a lot at them over the years, only ones that have broken were 2 where morons farked up the seals replacing the battery and one that had a blow directly to the crystal. Compare that to my phone which fell 8 inches and got a cracked screen.
 
2013-02-12 01:27:42 AM

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Actually, I just bought a new watch.  For a *very* specific reason.

I'm a sysadmin, with over 80 servers in my data center.  The servers usually get their time synchronized from the domain controllers, and the DCs are set to pull time from authoritative time servers on the web.  And some of our clients have very particular requirements for their time sync and precision.

Now, there are a lot of places to get instructions on how to set this up.  And lots of places on the web where you can sync your time.  But one thing they don't do very well yet is to give you some way to check and make sure that this stuff is really working as advertised.

So, I just picked up a new Casio WaveCeptor watch, $40 online.  Quartz crystal as usual, but has a radio receiver and picks up the time sync signal from the National Bureau of Standards and Technology several times a day to keep itself accurate to within a second or less.

Now, I use that to double-check and make sure our time sync is working properly.


As long as you get a signal, that watch will be spot on . I have issues depending on what part of town I'm in, since we have a giant mountain range on the east side of town. Even if it only checks in every 3 or 4 days, it's perfect. Love it. Just make sure that if you've got the solar, you don't always wear long sleeves, and don't have the auto-backlight on. Your capacitor will stop charging and never get back up to 'High'. Not a replaceable part, either. Found that out the hard way when some asshole at the watch store crammed a battery in there anyway and it dies the next time I went to the river.
 
2013-02-12 01:30:28 AM
Saw one of these once when I was a kid. No idea why some kid in 7th grade had one, though.

http://www.techeblog.com/index.php/tech-gadget/feature-world-s-first -t v-watch-from-1982
 
2013-02-12 01:35:32 AM

HairBolus: ProfessorOhki: Seriously, what's so hard about looking at the lower-right side of your monitor.

Some people do not spend all of their waking hours sitting in front of a screen.


The watch haters are convinced that they don't need watches, not out of some actual self-realization, but because the Cool Kids™ said it once, so it must be true. All I know is that I don't have to recharge my watch, I don't need to pull it out of anywhere to use it, I don't have to wake it up, and it never needs a battery pull, or to reboot. I can also drop it and get it wet.

Of course, as far as status symbols go, it requires someone with an eye for that, as opposed to marketing-demographic sheep.
 
2013-02-12 01:45:29 AM

crab66: fark watches.

red5ish: I do. Glancing at a wrist watch is faster and easier than dragging out a phone.


The extra 5 seconds is going to ruin my day!


James Bond wears a wrist watch.
 
2013-02-12 02:15:12 AM
I love the pebble watch idea, but it's too much. Here's what I want. I want an e-ink watch. I want it to connect to my smrtphone. I want it to display the time. I want it to vibrate when my smrtphone does something. I want ONE line of clear text displaying who's calling, where I'm supposed to be in 26 minutes, etc. I want buttons on the side so I can select and read my text messages one line at a time. I want a speaker so I can talk to Siri or HAL. I want a 48-hour battery life. I want it to be small enough that I don't immediately think of a PIP-Boy when I look at it.

For anything else I need, I'll just pull out the smrtphone. For bonus points, I'd really like it if the company that makes this watch I'm requesting could also come up with a way for me to use a headset without looking like a douchebag. Hm. Actually, maybe if you had only an earpiece, you could talk to the watch. The main douchebag aspect of a headset is that you look like you're talking to yourself.
 
2013-02-12 02:15:50 AM
3 years later: Microsoft resurrects the Timex Datalink watch, although customer confusion exists between the base Datalink model which is a plain digital watch, and the Datalink Pro which is a full-fledged Windows 10 computer in a wristwatch form factor.
 
2013-02-12 02:16:34 AM
Clearly when I said speaker, I meant microphone. Too much whiskey on the keyboard.
 
2013-02-12 02:59:57 AM

Mikey1969: MrSteve007: Mikey1969: Actually, the real point is that people who dive don't want to have to go up and leave their watch up top because it's only good to a certain point. Sorry guys, can't dive past 10 meters today, because I'm wearing the wrong watch. You go on and have fun without me. As for me, it's an added perk. I don't dive, I wear this watch because of its overall durability. The 200 M just means that ANY water I go in will never be too deep. One less thing to worry about.

A 50 meter rating would cover 99% of the world's scuba divers. Beyond that, you're talking about technical decompression or tri-mix diving. Anything with compressed gas beyond 100 meters is either military or daredevils. Most commercial operations would be using ROV's at that point.

Unless you're going for a world depth record, a 200M rating is beyond overkill.

Well, if I could find my G-Shocks with only 50M depth, I'd buy one, just so you could sleep at night, because it really concerns me that you are so worked up about it. As I said, it's just one more facet of my life I don't have to worry about. Short of a hammer blow directly to the crystal or an explosion. my watch is going to take anything I throw at it , and I've thrown a lot at them over the years, only ones that have broken were 2 where morons farked up the seals replacing the battery and one that had a blow directly to the crystal. Compare that to my phone which fell 8 inches and got a cracked screen.


A 200M rating doesn't mean you're cool to go diving with it to 200M, and a 50M rating doesn't mean it'll stand up to any and all rec diving. Those ratings are determined in perfectly controlled optimal conditions, not a real-world swim/snorkel/dive. If you're going to dive with it you want 200M and if you're going swimming you want at least 50M.
 
2013-02-12 04:23:08 AM

Epicedion: I'd love to have a classy-ish phone notification on my wrist, since I miss about 90% of my text messages with the phone in my pocket. I never seem to notice the buzz.


That's why I drop mine down my tighty-whiteys.
 
2013-02-12 07:11:57 AM

SnarfVader: Who wears a watch these days?


I wear one every day. I don't have one of those giant, gaudy ones. I wear a round face or a square face Citizen ecodrive. I feel naked if I don't have it on. I have a smart phone and I occasionally check it for the time, but I guess since I have worn a watch since the 90's I have trained myself to look at my wrist for the time...
 
2013-02-12 07:24:45 AM

Trade Secret: SnarfVader: Who wears a watch these days?

I wear one every day. I don't have one of those giant, gaudy ones. I wear a round face or a square face Citizen ecodrive. I feel naked if I don't have it on. I have a smart phone and I occasionally check it for the time, but I guess since I have worn a watch since the 90's I have trained myself to look at my wrist for the time...


I stopped wearing one in the late 80's after catching it one too many times on the boat (sub) ladders. I broke the band and just put it in my pocket. After that I would carry a pocket watch (difficult to find but not impossible). When I started carrying a cell for work after the Navy, I abandon it altogether. I wasn't saying in my original comment that watches weren't useful, as some have taken it. I meant that I don't see many people wearing one these days. If that's what works for you, wear it.
 
2013-02-12 08:09:33 AM

SnarfVader: Trade Secret: SnarfVader: Who wears a watch these days?
 If that's what works for you, wear it.


I see what you are saying. I think that more people wear them as jewelry and less as a time piece. I suppose it is like a belt versus suspenders for me. Suspenders may work better, but I have always worn a belt.

I could see going from a pocket watch to using your phone as a time piece, that isn't much of a stretch
 
2013-02-12 12:41:02 PM

red5ish: crab66: fark watches.

red5ish: I do. Glancing at a wrist watch is faster and easier than dragging out a phone.


The extra 5 seconds is going to ruin my day!

James Bond wears a wrist watch.


If you want to make that sale, this thing had better come with a grappling hook and laser. I can do without the spinning faceplate blade from Live and Let Die though; that one seemed like an accident waiting to happen.
 
2013-02-12 07:47:53 PM

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: A 200M rating doesn't mean you're cool to go diving with it to 200M, and a 50M rating doesn't mean it'll stand up to any and all rec diving. Those ratings are determined in perfectly controlled optimal conditions, not a real-world swim/snorkel/dive. If you're going to dive with it you want 200M and if you're going swimming you want at least 50M.


At least with underwater camera housings, this isn't the case. For shaits, I've taken a 40 meter case down a little past 50 meters. Both it, and the camera inside, survived and functioned properly beyond its rated crush depth. It seems that they over engineer by at least 20% to ensure they hold up to real world use.

www.underwaterdigitalcamera.org.uk
Although I'm not about to try the same thing with my Canon 5D mkii.

/PADI Divemaster & certified SDI enriched gas blender, with my own 32' dive boat & 10' tender
//getting my techrec ratings this summer (including 100 meter tri-mix) & Open Water Instruction certs
 
2013-02-12 09:24:04 PM

MrSteve007: Monkeyfark Ridiculous: A 200M rating doesn't mean you're cool to go diving with it to 200M, and a 50M rating doesn't mean it'll stand up to any and all rec diving. Those ratings are determined in perfectly controlled optimal conditions, not a real-world swim/snorkel/dive. If you're going to dive with it you want 200M and if you're going swimming you want at least 50M.

At least with underwater camera housings, this isn't the case. For shaits, I've taken a 40 meter case down a little past 50 meters. Both it, and the camera inside, survived and functioned properly beyond its rated crush depth. It seems that they over engineer by at least 20% to ensure they hold up to real world use.

[www.underwaterdigitalcamera.org.uk image 500x500]
Although I'm not about to try the same thing with my Canon 5D mkii.

/PADI Divemaster & certified SDI enriched gas blender, with my own 32' dive boat & 10' tender
//getting my techrec ratings this summer (including 100 meter tri-mix) & Open Water Instruction certs



Yeah, I have one a lot like that, 40M. Hadn't thought of that. But I'm not sure the water-resistance guidelines for wristwatches apply to purpose-built underwater housings.

Anyway, this guy has it more or less how I understand it:  http://deloachwatchservice.com/other_stuff/water_resistancy.htm

/good luck on the IDC/IE
 
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