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2014-01-07 03:55:45 AM
I don't even wear a watch. I have a phone that tells me what time it is.
 
2014-01-07 04:07:20 AM
no, nothing so far at CES in the wearable category really has done anything for me. Maybe next year...
 
2014-01-07 04:21:15 AM

Piizzadude: no, nothing so far at CES in the wearable category really has done anything for me. Maybe next year...


Working or attending at CES?
 
2014-01-07 08:47:59 AM

simplicimus: I don't even wear a watch. I have a phone that tells me what time it is.


I have a pocket watch.  I don't carry a phone.

I used to wear a watch, and probably will again.  And it will have an analog face, because digital readouts of time aren't very visually intuitive.
 
2014-01-07 08:55:17 AM
I like wearing a watch, and have felt quite odd without mine since the battery died before Christmas.  The smart-watch thing seems like conspicuous consumption to me, but yet if you're a person with a book-sized phone then it makes ergonomic sense to have a time/caller-id/SMS display that is hands free and tied wirelessly to your mammoth phone.  And the smart watch peripheral looks a whole lot less "I'm a tool" than the BT earpiece.
 
2014-01-07 08:55:37 AM
I used to wear a Nike Fuel Band. I wear a Fitbit Force now.

So, yeah, probably, I'd get one.
 
2014-01-07 09:05:37 AM

factoryconnection: I like wearing a watch, and have felt quite odd without mine since the battery died before Christmas.  The smart-watch thing seems like conspicuous consumption to me, but yet if you're a person with a book-sized phone then it makes ergonomic sense to have a time/caller-id/SMS display that is hands free and tied wirelessly to your mammoth phone.  And the smart watch peripheral looks a whole lot less "I'm a tool" than the BT earpiece.


Every time I see someone with a Bluetooth headset, I see this:

2.bp.blogspot.com

I'd climb up her Jeffries tube.
 
2014-01-07 09:11:49 AM
Smartwatches and the like are embarrassing, but at least this one doesn't look like you got a toy out of one of those quarter machines in the front of the local diner.
 
2014-01-07 09:20:07 AM
I was one of the first on my block to get a calculator watch.

I've done my watch trending duty.
 
2014-01-07 09:38:10 AM

dittybopper: And it will have an analog face, because digital readouts of time aren't very visually intuitive.


Digital readouts of time are the very definition of visually intuitive. You don't even have to know how to tell time.
 
2014-01-07 09:51:31 AM

dittybopper: simplicimus: I don't even wear a watch. I have a phone that tells me what time it is.

I have a pocket watch.



Is it synchronized with the steam train schedule?
 
2014-01-07 09:55:20 AM

jaylectricity: dittybopper: And it will have an analog face, because digital readouts of time aren't very visually intuitive.

Digital readouts of time are the very definition of visually intuitive. You don't even have to know how to tell time.


Not really.

It gives you a precise readout of the time, but it's not visually intuitive like a properly designed analog display.  This is why, for example, glass cockpit displays emulate to a large degree the old "steam gauges".  Sure, the information is also presented as ditigal data, but you need something you can intuitively understand at a glance.

So if I'm wearing a digital watch (and I actually used to), and I have to be somewhere at Noon and I glance at the watch and it says "11:45", well, I kinda have to do a little math in my head:  OK, I've got 12:00 - 11:45 = 00:15 to get where I'm going.

But if I glance at an analog watch face, I can instantly see that I have one quarter of the watch face, which is of course a quarter of an hour, to get there.  I don't have to think abstractly, I've got essentially a time graph.

Truthfully, the those watches that combine both are probably the most utilitarian:  You get the precision of a digital read-out, and the intuitive ease of an analog display.
 
2014-01-07 10:00:30 AM

dittybopper: So if I'm wearing a digital watch (and I actually used to), and I have to be somewhere at Noon and I glance at the watch and it says "11:45", well, I kinda have to do a little math in my head: OK, I've got 12:00 - 11:45 = 00:15 to get where I'm going.


You don't have me convinced, but that's a pretty good argument. Fair enough.
 
2014-01-07 10:05:18 AM

UberDave: dittybopper: simplicimus: I don't even wear a watch. I have a phone that tells me what time it is.

I have a pocket watch.


Is it synchronized with the steam train schedule?


Nope.  Telegraph time.  Because Morse code.
 
2014-01-07 10:12:18 AM
There's lots of things that nobody truly needs but that we have found we either really like or that make life easier or more enjoyable for us. In my case, the original Pebble is one of those things. Do I need it? No- on the occasions when I either forget to put it on or decide it's not wise to wear it (going to be doing something where it might get broken) I can survive without it, but I do find that I miss having it.

Watches have been around for a LOT longer than smartphones, and it is simply nicer to be able to just look down at your wrist and see the time instead of taking out your phone to see what time it is (if you're not sitting in front of a computer already). It's also a lot less obvious and less rude than pulling out your phone- it can be done when conversing with someone without their really even noticing- and you don't have to worry that they think you're reading an email on your phone or something and that you think it's more important than what they're saying.

It's also really nice getting the caller ID, email, and messages (at least a preview of them) on the watch in the Pebble's case. If I'm in a meeting and my phone goes off, I can see who is calling and decide to decline the call without most people even realizing my phone was ringing. When driving and at text comes in I can see if it's something important simply by glancing at my wrist quickly. And at least in the case of my cars, the controls on the Pebble work a lot better than trying to control the phone over Bluetooth than the controls on the stereo itself.

I don't know if they're legitimately going to be the 'next big thing,' but I at least enjoy mine, am glad it exists, and think it was well worth what I paid for it. Well, that's not quite fair- I got mine in effect for free. I'd quickly replace it were it damaged beyond use and not complain about paying full price for the new one.
 
2014-01-07 10:20:38 AM

simplicimus: I don't even wear a watch. I have a phone that tells me what time it is.


So you have a pocket watch. What is this, the 19th century again?
 
2014-01-07 10:26:54 AM
Does anybody really know what time it is?
 
2014-01-07 10:27:23 AM

jaylectricity: dittybopper: So if I'm wearing a digital watch (and I actually used to), and I have to be somewhere at Noon and I glance at the watch and it says "11:45", well, I kinda have to do a little math in my head: OK, I've got 12:00 - 11:45 = 00:15 to get where I'm going.

You don't have me convinced, but that's a pretty good argument. Fair enough.


It really depends on the person on what is more intuitive. If you are more of a mathematical or visual thinker when it comes to interpreting information. Anyone who is more visual is going to be better with an dial watch, but someone who is more of a mathematical person who thinks more in pure numbers than visualizing what the numbers represent will be more comfortable with digital.
 
2014-01-07 10:27:42 AM

jaylectricity: dittybopper: So if I'm wearing a digital watch (and I actually used to), and I have to be somewhere at Noon and I glance at the watch and it says "11:45", well, I kinda have to do a little math in my head: OK, I've got 12:00 - 11:45 = 00:15 to get where I'm going.

You don't have me convinced, but that's a pretty good argument. Fair enough.


While I know what he is getting at, I'm not sold on it applying to time. Force bars, pressure gauges, things like that which have caps and limits and restraints to operate within for various reasons? Sure, presenting as a fractional bar is more useful than a numerical value, since you get 'at a glance' reading on how it's sitting within tolerance.

Time doesn't have that, and the more precise the better. Especially since the 'mental math' isn't quite as involved as he made it out. It's just as reflexive to see 1145 on a digital and know you have a quarter hour as it is on an analog.

I wasn't able to google anything about jets and clocks due to the clock targeting system.

All things being equal I just assume dittybopper is being deliberately anachronistic and making reasons for it.
 
2014-01-07 10:29:48 AM
Got a Pebble for Xmas.  Have worn it everyday since.

Get Gmail, Hangouts, calendar, and SMS alerts.  Can see who's calling.  Can skip and pause music on my phone.  It's great when driving and when in meetings at work.
 
2014-01-07 10:29:51 AM
The wristwatch, cigarette, and safety razor were conveniences for troops in the trenches of WWI, and were carried back as part of daily life that shaped the following century of consumer products.

So, here we are a century later, and maybe we don't need to smoke tubes of tobacco, scrape our faces smooth, and have a reminder of the seconds of our lives passing pointlessly on our wrist.
 
2014-01-07 10:33:11 AM
I bet they were sitting in a room

Tech1: what time is it?
Tech2: let me check my phone.. its in my bag (digs around)
Tech1: there has to be an easier way to check the time
Tech2: if only we had some way to display the time over bluetooth or something
Tech1: maybe something you can wear,,,  eyeglasses, necklace
Tech2: im not going to wear a necklace for time!  how about the wrist?
Tech1: the wrist.. thats good.. maybe a nice display.. quick look, its  brilliant!!
 
2014-01-07 10:33:58 AM
Just got a pebble as a gift for Xmas. I enjoy it. It's not huge like the Samsung. Looking forward to additional apps.
 
2014-01-07 10:34:21 AM

shanrick: Does anybody really know what time it is?


All I know is it's 5 o'clock somewhere.
 
2014-01-07 10:34:41 AM
Ashyukun: It's also a lot less obvious and less rude than pulling out your phone- it can be done when conversing with someone without their really even noticing-

If you really think that people don't notice you checking your watch during a conversation, then you're a cartoonishly oblivious, not to mention extremely rude, person.

And while I'll give you the using caller ID to know whether to answer the phone in a meeting of interruptable importance, if you intend to check out texts on your wrist while  driving then you're also a dangerous person in addition to the rudeness, so in general for the love of god please just take the bus before your careless arse kills somebody.
 
2014-01-07 10:37:14 AM

Jim_Callahan: if you intend to check out texts on your wrist while  driving then you're also a dangerous person in addition to the rudeness, so in general for the love of god please just take the bus before your careless arse kills somebody.


Like you've never glanced at your radio to see what song is playing.  Get off your horse.
 
2014-01-07 10:38:43 AM

Jim_Callahan: If you really think that people don't notice you checking your watch during a conversation, then you're a cartoonishly oblivious, not to mention extremely rude, person


What's more distracting in a meeting:  Somebody glancing at their wrist or somebody digging in their pocket and pulling out a phone?

/doesn't wear a watch
 
2014-01-07 10:41:28 AM
I wear a wristwatch, mainly just because i have it in my head that they are something a gentleman wears.
 
2014-01-07 10:43:57 AM

dittybopper: factoryconnection: I like wearing a watch, and have felt quite odd without mine since the battery died before Christmas.  The smart-watch thing seems like conspicuous consumption to me, but yet if you're a person with a book-sized phone then it makes ergonomic sense to have a time/caller-id/SMS display that is hands free and tied wirelessly to your mammoth phone.  And the smart watch peripheral looks a whole lot less "I'm a tool" than the BT earpiece.

Every time I see someone with a Bluetooth headset, I see this:

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 850x637]

I'd climb up her Jeffries tube.


Whenever I'm in the city centre I like to play a wee guessing game to see if I can work out whether the person I see shouting towards thin air is either trying to hold a conversation over a Bluetooth headset or yet another tramp having a heated argument with a lamppost.
 
2014-01-07 10:44:03 AM

simplicimus: I don't even wear a watch. I have a phone that tells me what time it is.


My watch is far faster to tell the time than your phone. Unless it's in your hand 24 hours a day and turned on.

As for these watches, they're a stupid design. Not a single person has thought yet to have a raised bezel to keep the screen from scratching. Until they make a smartphone that equals my G-Shocl in durability, I won't even give these a second chance.
 
2014-01-07 10:46:10 AM
I don't need one of these. I need a PIPboy.
 
2014-01-07 10:48:34 AM

kroonermanblack: All things being equal I just assume dittybopper is being deliberately anachronistic and making reasons for it.


Well, maybe there is a *TOUCH* of that, but I've got a pretty mathematical mind, and I find an analog dial serves me better.  Like I said, I used to wear a digital watch, back in the 1980's.  If I were going for retro-cool, I'd get a nixie watch.   We used to have a big, very cool nixie tube clock on the wall where I used to work.

Or even better, a binary watch:

matt.might.net

But back to the conventional analog watch dial, if you think of time as repetitive cycle (which it is), and then the problem of a conventional stop and start point is moot:  You set it by convention to be some arbitrary point (in our case 00:00:00), and there you go.  You measure to and from that point.  That's how you can reasonably accurately tell time with a clock like this:

abcofdesign.com

You glance at that and you know it's about 10 minutes until 5:00, even though no numbers are displayed, and in fact there isn't even a marked starting point (but we understand by convention that it is at the top center of the circle).
 
2014-01-07 10:49:28 AM
I'm a ref for my kids' soccer league: I haven't played with a Pebble, I could see it being really useful for that if it has some basic input capability.  Countdown timer, score sheet, even who gets the ball at the start of the next half.  (Do 3 games in a row and it gets all fuzzy)

Maps integration would also be kind of nice- it's a lot less obtrusive to just glance at a watch to see directions.  I'm always a bit paranoid when I'm in the middle of a city and I need to pull out a phone for directions- I'd like to be less of an obvious theft target
 
2014-01-07 10:51:54 AM

Vertdang: I don't need one of these. I need a PIPboy.


Which one?  Manny, Moe, or Jack?

www.cafalawblog.com
 
2014-01-07 10:52:16 AM

Glockenspiel Hero: Maps integration would also be kind of nice


There's an app for that:

a2.mzstatic.com

a2.mzstatic.com
 
2014-01-07 10:52:26 AM

shanrick: Does anybody really know what time it is?


Now o'clock.  Halfway to beer thirty
 
2014-01-07 10:54:19 AM

Glockenspiel Hero: I'm a ref for my kids' soccer league: I haven't played with a Pebble, I could see it being really useful for that if it has some basic input capability.  Countdown timer, score sheet, even who gets the ball at the start of the next half.  (Do 3 games in a row and it gets all fuzzy)


I coach a little league baseball team (well, assistant coach), and at the lower levels a little bit up umpiring.  I bought a $3 plastic clicker at Dick's to keep the balls, strikes, outs, and innings straight.
 
2014-01-07 11:02:31 AM

Jim_Callahan: Ashyukun: It's also a lot less obvious and less rude than pulling out your phone- it can be done when conversing with someone without their really even noticing-

If you really think that people don't notice you checking your watch during a conversation, then you're a cartoonishly oblivious, not to mention extremely rude, person.

And while I'll give you the using caller ID to know whether to answer the phone in a meeting of interruptable importance, if you intend to check out texts on your wrist while  driving then you're also a dangerous person in addition to the rudeness, so in general for the love of god please just take the bus before your careless arse kills somebody.


I suppose if you are a clumsy oaf tilting your wrist into your line of sight is totally obvious. Do you hold it up to your face or something?
 
2014-01-07 11:07:39 AM

shanrick: Does anybody really know what time it is?


Does anybody really care?
 
2014-01-07 11:15:54 AM

simplicimus: I don't even wear a watch. I have a phone that tells me what time it is.


My house thermostat has a watch, my oven has a watch, my cable box has a watch, there is one on my tv on many channels and my dvd player has a watch, my microwave has a watch, my computer has a watch, my camera has a watch, my alarm clock has a watch, my car has one in the dash and one on the cd player, there's one on my bicycle speedometer, there is one on half a dozen buildings around town, they announce the time on most radio stations every ten or fifteen minutes and my phone has one.  If I don't know what time it is another watch on my wrist isn't gonna help.  Also I don't give a ratsass what time it is anyway.
 
2014-01-07 11:19:34 AM
Watches are great, I'll never understand the preference to pulling a phone out and using that to check the time when you can just look at your wrist.
 
2014-01-07 11:21:43 AM
no.
 
2014-01-07 11:24:41 AM

Orgasmatron138: I wear a wristwatch, mainly just because i have it in my head that they are something a gentleman wears.


I pretty much did this, from 1987 until a year and a half ago. But I never replaced my watch when it stopped working, and I haven't really missed it.

I'm surrounded by digital time displays 24/7. It is 10:24 as I type this.
 
2014-01-07 11:27:47 AM
Stop thinking of Pebble as a watch and think of it as a wearable vibrating alert appliance with a text display.
 
2014-01-07 11:29:34 AM
I think its cool that the Pebble has an accelerometer - this means that apps can be commanded with arm gestures - e.g sideways shake means delete or cancel. I can imagine someone wearing one on both wrists and waving arms frantically.

What it really needs is separate accelerometers on a rings for fingers which would allow much smaller gestures.
 
2014-01-07 11:35:03 AM
i much prefer old-school mechanical watches of the swiss variety, but this is pretty cool.
 
2014-01-07 11:38:34 AM

HairBolus: I think its cool that the Pebble has an accelerometer - this means that apps can be commanded with arm gestures - e.g sideways shake means delete or cancel. I can imagine someone wearing one on both wrists and waving arms frantically.

What it really needs is separate accelerometers on a rings for fingers which would allow much smaller gestures.


Sounds cool, until you masturbate and lose everything.
 
2014-01-07 11:38:40 AM

Slaxl: Watches are great, I'll never understand the preference to pulling a phone out and using that to check the time when you can just look at your wrist.


In order to use a watch, I have to wear a watch. That's more of a nuisance than pulling out my phone to check the time the couple of times a week when my internal clock isn't good enough and there are no visible clocks in my environment.
 
2014-01-07 11:43:37 AM

thurstonxhowell: Slaxl: Watches are great, I'll never understand the preference to pulling a phone out and using that to check the time when you can just look at your wrist.

In order to use a watch, I have to wear a watch. That's more of a nuisance than pulling out my phone to check the time the couple of times a week when my internal clock isn't good enough and there are no visible clocks in my environment.


And a $200 watch, whose sole function is to save me the trouble of pulling my phone out, at that. If it was sold as an add-on accessory to a phone, like a $40 or even $70 Bluetooth piece, I'd be more willing to consider it.

Conspicuous consumption that saves whole minutes per year. Minutes!

// a few guys in my office have Pebbles
// several more have Google Glass, which I could understand slightly more, but not this early
 
2014-01-07 11:49:24 AM
I got a Pebble for Christmas.  I like it.  Plenty of nice features, extensible through apps, customizable through watchfaces upgradeable through firmware, and it doesn't try to be your phone's little brother with 1GHz full colour Android-enabled features.  Instead it does what a wearable should do, which is be an extension of your phone.  Maybe a bit more, but not to the point where your phone becomes the accessory.  Its focus on being your phone's extension, foregoing things like a big colour screen and high speed processor gives it great battery life -- try going a week on your Galaxy Gear or whatever.  It's got some growing to do but it's getting there, and I'm enjoying exploring it.  It's nice to be able to control my music wirelessly, check my notifications without having to yank out my phone, even answer/reject/disconnect calls while my phone stays in its pocket while I'm on the go.  Especially in frigid weather like this.  And the buttons are big and hardy enough to activate through gloves.  So that's a plus in winter.  Daylight readable screen helps too, and a flick of the wrist will activate the light in darkness.

Works for me.  Maybe not for everyone, but I'm enjoying it and finding it quiet handy.
 
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