[OT] SmartWatches

Richmond richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Wed Sep 11 04:47:27 EDT 2013


On 09/11/2013 10:57 AM, Erik Beugelaar wrote:
> Hello Alex,
>
> I am a Dutchman and a Dutch worldwide known product designer, called
> Hermen van denBurg, is designing smart watches since 2009 so long before
> Samsung is now claiming to be the first company to present an Android
> smart watchŠ He has various models.
>
> The website is http://www.burgsmartwatch.com/
Certainly looks convincing.

I don't have any sort of watch as I just don't like them.

Richmond.
>
> Good luck,
> Erik Beugelaar
> http://www.solidit.nl
>
> On 9/11/13 1:43 AM, "Alex Tweedly" <alex at tweedly.net> wrote:
>
>> On 07/09/2013 22:07, Peter Haworth wrote:
>>> Just curious - is anyone rushing out to buy one of these things?
>> No, not rushing out to buy one now. In fact, I'd say the likelihood of
>> me buying one within 2 years is just about 0%. But within 10 years ? -
>> probably 50%.
>>
>> Indeed, I think within 5 years the capability will exist to build a
>> smartwatch that I would very much like to have - though whether it will
>> be within my price range is another question. And of course my wish-list
>> may be so different from what the manufacturers want to build that I
>> never get one.
>>
>> My needs (and/or desires)
>>
>> 1. Robust.
>>     - at least 10m water resistant or I won't even consider it; in
>> practice 1 meter would be enough for me - but I probably wouldn't feel
>> safe buying it unless it was safe for at least 10m.
>>     - wide operating temp range (Yes, I do sometimes sleep in a tent
>> below -5C)
>>     - somewhere near to as scratch-, bang- and knock-resistant as my
>> current mechanical watch
>>
>> 2. Power. Ideally auto-powered (cf Citizen self-winding quartz watches),
>> but I'd settle for 24 hour battery life and easy charging (i.e.
>> non-contact) on my bedside table within 2 hours.
>>
>> 3. Close to size/weight limits of reasonable mech watch
>>
>> 4. Voice activated for at least some functionality (yes, I know, I have
>> a Scottish accent, so this will be a source of great frustration much of
>> the time :-) http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/collections/p00hvv42
>>
>> 5. Good apps for mail, voice calls, browsing, calendar, etc.   - need
>> quite a bit of improvement and/or adjustment from current phone/tablet
>> versions.
>>
>> 6. Significant progress in availability and use of sensor and remote
>> control apps. (e.g. TV / radio remote, walkie/talkie over wifi to other
>> family members, etc.)
>>
>> Given those as a minimum (and a huge wish list to go along with them),
>> I'd be a customer.
>>
>> Of course most of those could be done by your phone. But apart from my
>> wedding ring, my watch is the *only* thing that goes everywhere with me
>> - even the phone gets either accidentally left behind (or mislaid)
>> sometimes, and it does occasionally get left behind deliberately. Having
>> a watch that could replace 85% of the function (even if only 50% of the
>> convenience) would make it possible to leave it behind more often. A
>> phone is (today) still too heavy, intrusive and fragile
>>
>> -- Alex.
>>
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