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Is That an Android On Your Wrist?

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the or-are-you-yourself-an-android dept.

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DeviceGuru writes "Two startups are about to go chrono y chrono with competing Android gizmos. The I'm Watch exclusively targets smartwatch applications, whereas the WIMM Platform is meant to create 'a new market of connected wearable devices that deliver timely, relevant information at a glance' — of which smartwatches are but one example. The Italian-designed I'm Watch runs a customized Android 1.6 on a 454 MHz ARM9 processor with just 64MB of RAM; the WIMM module, a product of Silicon Valley, runs Android 2.1 on a 667 MHz ARM11 CPU. Would you actually wear one of these things?" Personally, I'd rather have an IBM watch running Linux.

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119 comments

not there yet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37877616)

really, when are manufacturers going to come up with something that really works?

any pointers, folks?

Re:not there yet (2)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 2 years ago | (#37877672)

Is it just me, or does the WIMM look like a thick iPod Nano?

Is this dream of a 'Dick Tracy watch' still alive? We can do more with our smartphones than ever imagined, but the screen on a reasonably sized watch is far too small to be useful for most people. The keyboard would be too small so user input would need to be via voice (say goodbye to personal messages via your watch). And the reception? I can just see it now ... your watch tells you to turn south ... a few degrees more ... that's better ... now raise your fist in the air to limit transmission interference ... your such a well trained monkey, here's a little prize: Duke Nukem 3D on your watch.

Re:not there yet (2)

JoeMerchant (803320) | more than 2 years ago | (#37877920)

I bought one of the PalmOS based watches about 8 or so years ago, I actually wore it for a week out of stubbornness, but the reason I don't wear a watch is because I don't like having _anything_ on my wrist, much less a big ugly chunk. If it had GPS and network connectivity, I still don't see the watch being more useful than a pocketable phone.

Anecdote, I sold a very pretty watch to a friend, he was wearing it, just for fun, I asked him what time it was, he reached into his pocket and pulled out his phone to read the time...

Re:not there yet (2)

Mr. Bad Example (31092) | more than 2 years ago | (#37878038)

> now raise your fist in the air to limit transmission interference

There's some prior art [wikipedia.org] on that already.

Re:not there yet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37878236)

Didn't Arsenio Hall do that a lot back in the early 90s?

Re:not there yet (1)

BrokenHalo (565198) | more than 2 years ago | (#37877816)

any pointers, folks?

Not me, but I will point out that the fine submission (Personally, I'd rather have an IBM watch running Linux) is just a bit silly, since of course Android is Linux.

Sigh...

Re:not there yet (1)

BrokenHalo (565198) | more than 2 years ago | (#37877860)

Actually (with apologies for the solecism of replying to my own post), I might also mention that for the true nerd, there are some fine offerings for watches at the Unemployed Philosophers Guild [philosophersguild.com] .

[Unashamed plug because I happen to really like their products... ;-)]

Re:not there yet (1)

Dwonis (52652) | more than 2 years ago | (#37878290)

Android is Linux.

No, not really. I mean, in a trivial sense, yes, it runs a Linux kernel, and there's something like BusyBox on it, but the userspace is a different, non-Unix, pseudoJava-based platform. Most of the other stuff we expect on a "Linux" system is missing. To use RMS's terminology, it runs Linux, but not GNU/Linux.

I agree with the sentiment expressed in the submission: I'd rather have a GNU/Linux system than an Android/Linux system.

Re:not there yet (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 2 years ago | (#37878804)

RMS should be thankful to Google: Now he has a real-world example of a system which is Linux but not GNU.

Re:not there yet (1)

Dr Max (1696200) | more than 2 years ago | (#37877888)

I like the idea but i agree they ain't there yet. Once They sort out the connection problems (better automatic pairing, bluetooth 4 maybe), needs a speaker and microphone for hands-free, under 10mm thickness more like 6-8, ability to view sms and the start of emails not just see how many you have, integration with a siri like program, a few days of battery and your set.

Option C (1, Informative)

lennier1 (264730) | more than 2 years ago | (#37877618)

Don't give a shit about either one.

My Casio has been working the last 15 years (2)

Colin Smith (2679) | more than 2 years ago | (#37878098)

It is accurate to the second, the battery lasts something like 10 years.

It has never failed me. I really can think of another piece of advanced technology I can say that about. It has to be the single best technology purchase i've ever made.

Why would I want an operating system? Are you totally insane?
 

Re:My Casio has been working the last 15 years (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 2 years ago | (#37878828)

Well, I could think of a watch with GPS being useful: It could automatically detect the time zone you are in and set the time display accordingly.

Re:Option C (1)

poetmatt (793785) | more than 2 years ago | (#37878128)

I agree. Forget android hate or love, these are just purely crap. At least the Motoactv [techcrunch.com] (note their weird spelling) is more interesting since it combines heart rate monitoring + gps + music + android sync stuff. How much are people really expecting to do out of a wristwatch?

Re:Option C (1)

realityimpaired (1668397) | more than 2 years ago | (#37878690)

Depends on the wristwatch. I know several people who wear a dive computer as a wristwatch for their day-to-day use... those can be somewhat unwieldy compared to some other watches on the market, and aren't much bigger than the ones discussed in the submission.

That said, there's a reason dive computers are that big... they can be built into smaller devices, but are deliberately that big so that they can have large easy-to-read displays. Kind of an important thing when you're 100 feet under water, diving a wreck where the only light is coming from your safety lamp. When you don't need a display that big, it seems kind of pointless to wear a device of that size, especially when you already have a phone that does all of the above, and is in a form factor where having a screen with a usable size, or a fold-out keyboard, isn't going to make you look like an idiot.

Re:Option C (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37879564)

An asshole and his opinion are soon violated.

Wrist computers will eat our brains (5, Funny)

For a Free Internet (1594621) | more than 2 years ago | (#37877624)

People are becoming stupider because of conputers. Now with wrist conputers, people will become as dumb as sea anenomies. That is why my plan is to conqyer the world by never using conputers. I have my assistant type and submit all my slashdort posts. She is stupid but loyal and frisky.

Re:Wrist computers will eat our brains (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37877648)

She can't spell either.

Re:Wrist computers will eat our brains (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37877714)

Yeah but her conputer conqyers slashdort.

(That was surprisingly hard to type.)

Re:Wrist computers will eat our brains (1)

MagusSlurpy (592575) | more than 2 years ago | (#37877738)

How do you know she can't spell "either?" I don't think it's actually in that post anywhere. . .

Re:Wrist computers will eat our brains (1)

cvtan (752695) | more than 2 years ago | (#37878076)

She can't spell neither.

Re:Wrist computers will eat our brains (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37878904)

Damn, I should have remembered to post this as an anemonous coward.

Re:Wrist computers will eat our brains (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37879652)

>She is stupid but loyal and frisky.

She can't spell either.

Overengineering (2)

EdZ (755139) | more than 2 years ago | (#37877652)

I've got a smartphone in my pocket that can do anything either of those watches could do (and more) except sit comfortable on my wrist. These seem hugely overpowered for what should be a simple RTC, display and bluetooth/PAN radio. It shouldn't need to process ANYTHING onboard other than to decode a low-res video stream. Cheaper, better battery life, more versatile.

Re:Overengineering (2)

chromas (1085949) | more than 2 years ago | (#37877678)

Your smartphone is a pocket (smart-) watch with a wireless chain. Classy.

Re:Overengineering (1)

cheekyboy (598084) | more than 2 years ago | (#37877694)

Then if your so smart, go pitch your idea to a VC or google, and make a working prototype even if its 3x the size and ugly.

Go on...

any one ring back yet?

I think it looks cool btw, just no more than $299 usd

Re:Overengineering (1)

hitmark (640295) | more than 2 years ago | (#37877768)

Like say a SE (or just Sony now?) Liveview?

http://www.sonyericsson.com/cws/products/accessories/overview/liveviewmicrodisplay [sonyericsson.com]

Re:Overengineering (1)

EdZ (755139) | more than 2 years ago | (#37877958)

No, that also needlessly runs android. Your watch needs an OS about as much as your monitor needs an OS.

Re:Overengineering (1)

hitmark (640295) | more than 2 years ago | (#37878060)

No, it does not. It simply acts as a disply for the Liveview app running on a Android phone (the app is available via Android Market, and will function on any Android 2.0 or later phone). All the smarts are in the phone, and as such Liveview will be more or less a expensive watch without it.

Re:Overengineering (1)

peragrin (659227) | more than 2 years ago | (#37878568)

bad analogy. especially with all in one displays more popular than ever.

I do agree, however it is because I only wear a watch while racing, and the moment I don't need it on my wrist it comes off.

I just need to find a good digital fob watch or use my phone

Re:Overengineering (1)

JoeMerchant (803320) | more than 2 years ago | (#37877944)

My ideal traveling gadget set is a 10" razor thin tablet with ALL the smartphone capabilities, and a bluetooth earpiece. I hate those earpiece phones, but then I hate phones in general, so pulling the earpiece out of my pocket when I need to use it isn't so bad, and as long as the tablet is within 20' of me, I do have a fully functional phone with a screen I can read. Connect it to a bluetooth full-sized keyboard and mouse at the desk, and maybe put on a couple of HDMI ports capable of driving 30" monitors and we're all set.

A watch sized device is going the wrong direction from the current smartphone, at least for me.

Re:Overengineering (1)

Arlet (29997) | more than 2 years ago | (#37878438)

My ideal traveling gadget set is a 10" razor thin tablet

So you can also use it as a razor ?

Re:Overengineering (1)

realityimpaired (1668397) | more than 2 years ago | (#37878990)

So... what you're saying is you want an iPad with Skype installed? After all, that's a very thin 10" tablet, it supports bluetooth, Skype would let you make phone calls, and you can get a "Digital AV" adapter that allows you to plug an external monitor into it.....

Re:Overengineering (1)

JoeMerchant (803320) | more than 2 years ago | (#37880334)

Yes, and I have one, but I'm too damn cheap to pay for 3G and Skype points, and too damn lazy to figure out how to configure my bluetool earpiece to work with it. Also, iOS apps don't really fill my needs as well as Windows or even Linux would.

Re:Overengineering (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37880640)

My ideal traveling gadget set is a 10" razor thin tablet with ALL the smartphone capabilities, and a bluetooth earpiece. I hate those earpiece phones, but then I hate phones in general, so pulling the earpiece out of my pocket when I need to use it isn't so bad, and as long as the tablet is within 20' of me, I do have a fully functional phone with a screen I can read. Connect it to a bluetooth full-sized keyboard and mouse at the desk, and maybe put on a couple of HDMI ports capable of driving 30" monitors and we're all set.

A watch sized device is going the wrong direction from the current smartphone, at least for me.

My ideal traveling gadget set is a 10" razor. Wanna argue which one's better?

Re:Overengineering (1)

bemymonkey (1244086) | more than 2 years ago | (#37877976)

Agreed, we need more stuff along the line of Sony's Bluetooth watches, but with bigger displays and better software. The current models all seem to be rather restricted in terms of what they can do, and the main problem seems to be the tiny two line LCD.

I'd love a watch that displays all my notifications and such, and has a decent speakerphone built in, but you're right - it really doesn't need to be a standalone Android device.

Re:Overengineering (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37878150)

Yeah, to me it seems like the design of this thing went in the wrong direction. It's as if someone started by saying, "Hey, let's make an Android-based watch. We can take the smartphone stuff and make it smaller."

What should have happened instead is for someone to say, "I want to make a smart watch. Let's start by saying it should have [whatever big list] features. It should have a battery life of [however long], should weigh no more than [some weight] and be no bigger than [whatever size]. The screen should be visible under [some range of conditions]. The whole thing needs to be available for under [a determined price]."

Fill in the blanks for whatever would make for a useful product that people would buy. When you're done, figure out if you can actually build something that all that, that you can sell for the determined price and still make a profit. If the answer is "yes", then go build exactly that product. If the answer is "no", then wait until the technology gets there.

This is one of the secret's to Apple's success. They design these things from the correct starting point: starting from "what people will need/want" rather than "what we can already produce easily."

Re:Overengineering (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37879442)

That's one option, but I'd rather have one watch I always wear providing voice service (which I barely use) and data uplink for whichever handheld PC, tablet, or laptop I happen to be carrying. That way, if I have (let's say) my touchpad, I don't have to also bring a phone.

You can accomplish the same thing by ensuring every device has 3G and a mobile WiFi hotspot feature, and swapping a SIM around, but a single device serving as an access point, and light enough to wear all the time, is far simpler.

Re:Overengineering (1)

Crudely_Indecent (739699) | more than 2 years ago | (#37880104)

What I don't understand is why these people are trying to break out one paradigm by imitating it - badly. Why would I trade my Eco-Drive watch (solar) which requires 0 maintenance, and my Galaxy S (next week it will be an S2) for a device that tries to imitate both and delivers less.

If you're going to replace a watch with something more smart phone like, why not replace it with something that will actually deliver more than is currently available? Something like a gauntlet, which can pack much more technology than a tiny wristwatch sized package, could deliver more than the average smartphone. If you think about it, bigger can mean a lot of things. More battery life (plenty of space for batteries), more storage (again, plenty of space), bigger screen (how big is your arm...)

You know, something like Turanga Leela [wikia.com] wears.

Re:Overengineering (1)

Larryish (1215510) | more than 2 years ago | (#37880784)

I want a sleeve-tablet. Something that I can strap to my forearm with a decent screen (7x3 inches?) and a fold-out qwerty keyboard. Also wifi and USB for use with a wireless connectivity dongle and at least 8 hours of battery life.

I am willing to pay $100 for one of these, with a 12 month warranty.

C'mon, Chinese people. I know you bitches can cough it up. Get crackin'. Chop chop.

cancer anyone? (1)

e-berlin.org (1796296) | more than 2 years ago | (#37877668)

i wonder if it's ok for your body to keep such transmitter so close to it 24/7..?

Re:cancer anyone? (0)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 2 years ago | (#37877676)

What's it gonna do, make your wrist joint weaker so it hangs limp all the time? It'd be easier just to buy an iPhone, it does the same thing.

Re:cancer anyone? (2)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 2 years ago | (#37877692)

i wonder if it's ok for your body to keep such transmitter so close to it 24/7..?

According to this [slashdot.org] there is no link between cell phones and cancer. I'm pretty sure strapping either one of those two 'watches' to your wrist 24/7 will decrease the chance of getting laid.

Re:cancer anyone? (1)

CryptDemon (1772622) | more than 2 years ago | (#37877912)

So it does reduce the chance of cancer? And by cancer I mean kids.

Re:cancer anyone? (1)

JoeMerchant (803320) | more than 2 years ago | (#37877978)

i wonder if it's ok for your body to keep such transmitter so close to it 24/7..?

According to this [slashdot.org] there is no link between cell phones and cancer.

"researchers say more work is needed to be completely sure." - as they have been saying for the last 50 years (re: emi from powerlines, radio transmitters and other sources), anybody been studying cancer trends across the last 50 years? I don't think we're getting less cancers now than we did in 1960.

I'm pretty sure strapping either one of those two 'watches' to your wrist 24/7 will decrease the chance of getting laid.

I was married when I wore my Palm OS watch, it was mostly the children decreasing my chances of getting laid then.

Re:cancer anyone? (1)

realityimpaired (1668397) | more than 2 years ago | (#37879220)

I don't think we're getting less cancers now than we did in 1960.

We're getting more. By a very wide margin. But what's in question is whether that's caused by EMI from our electronic devices, or whether it's caused by contaminants in the environment. My money's on a mix of the two, with the bulk of the cause lying in the contaminants in the environment: We're eating a hell of a lot more toxic stuff now than we did 50 years ago. It's in our food, it's in our water, it's in the air. Individual devices/cars may be cleaner now than they were in the 60's, but there's so many more of them that the cumulative effect is much worse.

We're still waiting on the results of some longitudinal studies into whether EMI actually causes a problem. Frankly, without results from 30-year studies, we really can't know whether the cell phones actually have an effect like that. Besides, I don't know about you, but most of the time my cell phone is either in my purse (substitute laptop bag if you don't carry a purse) or sitting on my desk, and I spend a heck of a lot more time texting than I do actually on the phone. I don't think that I, or most of the younger generation for that matter, am at a very large risk from cell phones.

Re:cancer anyone? (1)

JoeMerchant (803320) | more than 2 years ago | (#37880352)

I don't think the cell phone risk is large, hell, I sit at my desk with a 1W transmitter 2' over my head for hours at a time, but it amuses me that after a lifetime of talking about it, nobody can quantify the risk.

Re:cancer anyone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37878048)

Only if the chance of getting laid is above zero before

Re:cancer anyone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37877696)

Cancer of the hands/arms is actually EXTREMELY rare. It seems we have some sort of ability to not develop cancer in those areas, so no cancer is not really a consideration, plus it's non-ionising ffs!

Re:cancer anyone? (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 2 years ago | (#37877864)

Cancer occurs with greatest probability in regions of very high cell division. Stomach lining, gonads, skin. Cancer in regions without lots of dividing cells is comparatively rare, with the odd exception of brain cancer (About 7/100,000). There isn't a whole lot of dividing going on in the wrists, just the baseline level that keeps the muscles healthy and the epidermis replaced.

Non-ionising radiation (1)

Namarrgon (105036) | more than 2 years ago | (#37877704)

It might warm you up a little, but anything below ultra-violet frequencies won't give you cancer.

Re:cancer anyone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37877710)

I think it is. There's so much radiation around us at all times that the low energy output on the GSM band doesn't trouble me at all. Also DNA is quite immune to mutation by weak radiation when it's not in the process of mitosis, which is a rarer event on your arm or your head than in f.i. the liver, lungs or testicles. In other words: http://xkcd.com/925/

Im Watch (4, Insightful)

should_be_linear (779431) | more than 2 years ago | (#37877670)

I'm watch is excellent execution of really stupid idea. If battery can last for AT LEAST one month... but one day? For wristwatch???

Re:Im Watch (2)

munch117 (214551) | more than 2 years ago | (#37877868)

Right. There are gas meters that can run for 20 years on a single AA cell [flonidan.dk] . And these guys have a long-term goal of reaching 48 hours battery life?

But they do look cool. They should make a model with no electronics at all, displaying the fixed image 16:01 . I'd buy that: "Oh, sorry, mr. PHB, it's getting late, those TPS reports will have to wait until tomorrow."

Re:Im Watch (1)

wertarbyte (811674) | more than 2 years ago | (#37879964)

No, you have it wrong, the right time is always 5:02 PM, 22 April 2011. That's the time and date, it's always been like this.

Re:Im Watch (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37880780)

That reminds me to pick up more fish fingers and custard.

Re:Im Watch (3, Insightful)

Fozzyuw (950608) | more than 2 years ago | (#37878114)

The specs aren't in it's favor.

  • 48 hour max battery life without bluetooth.
  • Requires tethering (which will require you to carry a smartphone with you anyhow!)
  • One way communication? (I don't see or hear anything about writing tweets or email. Just reading)

All for a reasonable price of over $400? Ok, the exclusive obsessed and uber-rich might buy a few, and at those price points, it might make them some money (given I doubt it cost that much to develop). But once people start using them and they have a big cumbersome bracelet on their wrist (because you forgot to charge it) that has no practical purpose to respond to the emails you just got or order movie-tickets online, without pulling out that heavy phone in your pocket or purse, it will lose it's "cool factor".

Re:Uber Rich (1)

thegarbz (1787294) | more than 2 years ago | (#37878282)

The Uber-rich and sufficiently nerdy are much more likely to fork out for something like this. [ablogtoread.com]

I honestly don't see the point of this. I was in a watch museum in La-Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland, the curator said to me that a watch is not to tell you the time, time is free, It's available on every phone, every computer screen, nearly every street corner, and if you're really stuck simply ask someone.

Watches are fashion accessories.

With that in mind the I'm Watch looks like a cheap toy.

That's exactly right (1)

Phoenix666 (184391) | more than 2 years ago | (#37879110)

Miniaturization is not the big challenge with concepts like these, battery life is. Close behind battery life comes interface: how do you get information into and out of the darn thing? How much fun would it be to try to type an email on a watch using one hand?

Last but not least you have to think through the use-cases very thoroughly. Look at the iPad. Pretty, cool to have. Not terribly useful. Where do you have time to sit down and use it? If you live in Chicago, New York, or some other place that has public transportation you might get lucky enough to get a seat so you can type. But if you have to stand in rush hour traffic you need one hand to hold on to something, which means you need the other hand to hold the device and a third hand to type/interact with the screen. If you are at home or work and want to get real work done, you're gonna want to be able to touch type and you can't do that with a tablet. So again, not terribly useful.

In the same vein, why would you have a watch like this instead of a smartphone? What use-case would trump the use-case for a phone? Because it's attached to your wrist and you're never going to accidentally leave it at home? Because you can take it into the shower with you?

Re:Im Watch (1)

ljw1004 (764174) | more than 2 years ago | (#37879166)

Most GPS-enabled watches last a day -- typically used by athletes to track their workout, especially endurance athletes.

It becomes a nightly ritual to recharge it just like you recharge your smartphone. My Nokia 8210 from ten years ago used to last 10 days without recharging.

Not sure about wearable (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37877674)

But for the Chumby community the WIMM seems like it could be interesting. I don't see how Slashdot can be anti-wearable PCs but pro Raspberry Pi. This is a Rasperry Pi (admittedly much more expensive) with a screen - you may even be able to get it running Linux natively.

Re:Not sure about wearable (1)

M0j0_j0j0 (1250800) | more than 2 years ago | (#37877748)

It's different, the Raspberry Pi is very cheap, and the point is not the portability, it's the fitability , the problem with any portable device so far is the batterys, we still have a lng road ahead on batterys autonomy.

Not interested (1)

Arlet (29997) | more than 2 years ago | (#37877712)

I'm waiting for the model that allows two-handed typing.

Re:Not interested (1)

Sez Zero (586611) | more than 2 years ago | (#37877752)

Actually, I wonder if it could use the accelerometer in your wrist to figure it out. Like the smart phone does in this story [slashdot.org] .

Think of all the keyboards we'd save when we can replace them with pieces of paper that just look like keyboards!

Re:Not interested (1)

Crudely_Indecent (739699) | more than 2 years ago | (#37879914)

Actually, I wonder if it could use the accelerometer in your wrist to figure it out.

But then all of your slashdot posts would read "spank spank spank spank spank spank...."

Timely watches? (1)

Sez Zero (586611) | more than 2 years ago | (#37877730)

connected wearable devices that deliver timely, relevant information

A timely watch that tells time? I have one of these already.

Bring on the rugged model (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 2 years ago | (#37877740)

When I can get a ruggedized model that I'm not going to instantly destroy and that doesn't require me to cover my watch arm with a plastic bag for use in the rain, let me know.

EP..?! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37877744)

Had *become like 200 running NT We all know,

Motorola Beats Them Both (1)

MagusSlurpy (592575) | more than 2 years ago | (#37877760)

With the MotoACTV: http://www.engadget.com/2011/10/18/motorola-announces-motoactv-the-ultimate-fitness-device/ [engadget.com]

Better hardware overall, better functionality, lower price.

Still more than I would pay, but I'm nerdy enough I would like one if I didn't have to pay for it.

Misread the headline (1)

Required Snark (1702878) | more than 2 years ago | (#37877762)

"Would you like an asteroid on your wrist?"

Power of Q-ray! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37877764)

Bundle it with the Q-ray bracelet and you could sell billions!

like ipod nano wristband ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37877820)

bat i want.

Knight Rider (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37877832)

Finally, I can shout "KITT, KITT can you hear me?" to my watch, and even have a chance for a response.

Wrong expression? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37877872)

Wouldn't the expression be 'chrono a chrono'? Submitter is making a play on the phrase 'mano a mano', no?

How about something useful... (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 2 years ago | (#37877876)

Like a head-mount screen compact enough to wear and high-res enough to be useful? That could have real applications in the fields of porn-viewing-in-public and support team rapid response.

I'm Watch? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37877916)

I smell an episode of Jobsian Wrath (aka lawsuit) over the obvious misuse of the i prefix.

Other Programmable Watches (2)

northerner (651751) | more than 2 years ago | (#37878126)

A programmable watch with communications is a great idea. The market will help pick the right features/size/ price, and these two watches help that process as people explore new applications.

Texas Instruments has 3 watch styles with low-power MSP430 microcontrollers. The $200 models have Bluetooth and the older $49 watches have a simpler digital display and ISM band wireless links.

https://estore.ti.com/Search.aspx?k=watch [ti.com]

http://www.metawatch.org/ [metawatch.org]

https://estore.ti.com/MSP-WDS430BT2000D-Bluetooth-Wearable-Watch-development-system-with-Digital-display-P2447.aspx [ti.com]

https://estore.ti.com/MSP-WDS430BT1000AD-Bluetooth-Wearable-Watch-development-system-with-Analog-Digital-display-P2446.asp [ti.com]

https://estore.ti.com/eZ430-Chronos-433-eZ430-Chronos-Wireless-Watch-Development-Tool-P1734.aspx [ti.com]

input ... (1)

georgesdev (1987622) | more than 2 years ago | (#37878198)

one thing's for sure, it will be hard to type with both hands on those droids

Re:input ... (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 2 years ago | (#37878886)

Morse code seems to be ideally suited for such a device. :-)

Anyone remember MS's SmartWatch/Dick Tracy? (1)

IANAAC (692242) | more than 2 years ago | (#37878304)

I got one when they came out and actually liked it.

It was handy getting news, sports and weather on the watch.

But it was expensive, you needed a subscription and the battery had trouble getting through the day. I wouldn't mind seeing an update of this form factor at all. Hopefully they've got the battery performance figured out, although I doubt it, considering its screen tech. But the price will probably be about what the SmartWatch was a decade ago - not cheap enough, and you'll still need some sort of subscription (ie. cell contract) if you want any connectivity.

Re:Anyone remember MS's SmartWatch/Dick Tracy? (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 2 years ago | (#37878494)

yours must have been defective. I get a solid 2 days out of my Fossil MSN watch. and this thing is well over 6 years old now and has been left dead for weeks which is bad for the battery.

and yes, for what you got it was expensive. if it was BT and talked to my phone, it would have use, but now I only wear it to nerdy events to out nerd the others nerds.

I want wrist armor - Bracers would be cool (1)

BlueCoder (223005) | more than 2 years ago | (#37878320)

I want a bracer with curved OLED screen. Kind of like a smart phone but permanently landscape oriented. Just make it tough enough to take a few bumps and push against it such as when you might be lifting something but still light enough and with enough ventilation so you don't get sweaty wrist. With a touch screen it's the ultimate geeks toy. Always within reach, no more pulling out your smart device. And for you uber geek you they can wear the left and right handed models on both arms. You can have a vertical mode with your wright facing you and your hand pointed up (dialing a phone number) and an angled orientation for holding your wrist in front of you. If the screen were 360 all the way around your wrist then even better. I can even image a bizarre way of taping behind back side of your wrist for tap typing in a way similar to a stenographers keyboard.

Microsoft already tried this. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37878332)

http://direct.msn.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smart_Personal_Objects_Technology

Re:Microsoft already tried this. (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 2 years ago | (#37878470)

and failed because they tied it to their service that is horribly slow over FM broadcast. if they made them open and bluetooth then the MSN watch would have actually taken off a lot better.

And that is always Microsoft problem with hardware... Great idea, now let's crippled it with the software and close it up so people have to pay monthly to use it.

Re:Microsoft already tried this. (1)

northerner (651751) | more than 2 years ago | (#37879970)

I was surprised to see that the MSN Direct watch service is still running, but not accepting new customers. It's shutting down in a few months.

direct.msn.com says, "Notice: Beginning November 1st, 2010, Microsoft will no longer be accepting new subscriptions to the MSN Direct Smart Watch service. As announced in 2009, Microsoft will continue MSN Direct Smart Watch service until January 1, 2012. All existing customers as of October 31st, 2010 will still continue to receive service until January 1, 2012.

Re:Microsoft already tried this. (1)

northerner (651751) | more than 2 years ago | (#37879934)

...And lots of companies were building smart phones before Apple hit upon the iPhone with the most successful combination of features (so far).

Yet not one will make a hot seller.... (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 2 years ago | (#37878448)

A double din android car stereo.

I made a personal prototype that I use and every single person that sees it wants one, just not at the $2200.00 price tag I have on them.. $1000 in parts and $1200 in my labor for a week comes with no warranty.

This would be an item that one of these china crap companies could make and dominate a market.

People don't wear watches anymore (1)

MindPrison (864299) | more than 2 years ago | (#37878472)

and those that do, usually wear some kind of gentleman's watch... not a digital timepiece.

Re:People don't wear watches anymore (1)

rocketPack (1255456) | more than 2 years ago | (#37880024)

Maybe where you live, but I wear a Timex Ironman Triathlon [timex.com] and I receive complements all the time.

Didn't some dude create an iPod watch... (1)

NoSleepDemon (1521253) | more than 2 years ago | (#37878618)

...Some time ago there was a post about a guy who created a wrist strap and holder for his iPod Nano. This seems a lot like it, anyone know if there's a connection?

Found the URL: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1104350651/tiktok-lunatik-multi-touch-watch-kits [kickstarter.com]

From the amount of money pledged I think it can be assumed that he found some fairly major backing

Re:Didn't some dude create an iPod watch... (1)

rocketPack (1255456) | more than 2 years ago | (#37879786)

Here's one good example: http://store.apple.com/us/product/H3791ZM/A [apple.com]
Or, here's about 50 more: http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&keywords=ipod&rh=n%3A377110011%2Ck%3Aipod&page=1 [amazon.com]

Seriously, I'm a huge Android fan but... I'd take an iPod Nano wristwatch over these any day: cheaper, better battery life, and easy to use

Give me Bluetooth Low Energy instead please (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37879162)

I already carry a powerful, internet-enabled device in my pocket (my smartphone).. If my watch could connect to that one without killing my phone/its own battery, that would be much more interesting. With Bluetooth Low Energy being adopted, this isn't too far into the future I guess!

(plus oNe Informative) (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37879310)

tto, can be a long time FreeBSD

Malware alert (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37879432)

Webroot Security on Android wants to block platform.html on the wimm site due to being known for malware or spam. YMMV. Could also be tactical from a competitor.. someone should find out.

There's a reason this won't work (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37879810)

People just don't wear watches anymore. It makes since, too, since you're carrying a cell phone, which has a clock on it. You're surrounded by devices that will tell you the time. A watch is an item from a paradigm that just doesn't exist anymore.

Maybe they can make a buggy whip holster with android on it too.

...Or are you just glad to see me? (1)

Mike Greaves (1236) | more than 2 years ago | (#37880044)

8-)

Smart status and control for other android devices (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37880130)

I was looking for an alternative solution to using a headphone remote for hanging up, switching tracks, volume, and see what's playing. There was something like the wimm (probably that) on the market running android + bluetooth that did this. It was a great idea but poor execution. It had problems connecting. I still think it would be cool to have but since purchasing a pair of Klipsch s4i, now s5i's I was done with it. Still, the phone remote would be cool, especially now that phones are becoming the new in-home entertainment center.

Re:Smart status and control for other android devi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37880206)

Oh... It was a Sony Ericsson LiveView. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KN2qoA0FfHQ
It's a good idea.

Don't call it a watch and you might sell a few. (1)

mark_reh (2015546) | more than 2 years ago | (#37880462)

As I predicted, those iPod watch straps have shown of for $1 on the deal-a-day type web sites. No one wants to have to push a button to see the time. That went out on the 80s when LCD displays displaced LED displays from digital watches. People forgot about that when they came up with the iPod-as-a-watch idea a couple years ago, but now they've figured it out again.

Now some dopes are proposing the same folly with a device that runs Android. If you call it a watch it is doomed to failure. People will stop wearing their watches for a week or so until they figure out how inconvenient it is to push a button to check the time. Then they'll take off the Android device and put their watches back on and that will be the end of that. If you don't call it a watch people may wear the Android device and their watches and will then revel in all the cool stuff the Android device can do.

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