HP Shows Off Connected “Metal Watch”, But What Does It Do?

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A big selling point for many mobile devices is the extent to which they can interact with, and enhance the capabilities of, other portable gadgets. Your smartphone may be plenty useful on its own, but outfit it with mobile hotspot software, and it becomes all the more valuable. Thinking along these lines, HP has been trying to come up with one device that you’d always have on you and would serve as some sort of central point, through which all your other gadgets could communicate. After deciding that a watch would be the ideal candidate for the job, HP has teamed up with Fossil to make a concept device called the “Metal Watch”.

HP CTO Phil McKinney showed off the watch to a crowd in Shanghai. As to exactly what the watch does, and how the user interacts with it, McKinney was vague, with his descriptions of the project focusing on the watch’s role as hub for other mobile devices. He said the watch runs a “full software stack”, but does he mean a proper webOS install (which seems very unlikely) or just something more like a network stack on top of an embedded OS?

Unlike the Sony Ericsson LiveView, with its prominent touchscreen display, it’s not clear how you’re expected to interact with the Metal Watch. Its construction is much more that of a standard wristwatch than the LiveView, complete with analog hands. We suppose the face could be an LCD panel, but there’s no evidence yet to support that guess.

The Metal Watch seems a bit high-concept, and we get the sense that not even HP is quite sure exactly what it expects users to do with the watch. We’ll definitely be keeping an eye on this one, hopefully learning more about its actual capabilities in the future.

Source: HP (YouTube, ~25 minute mark)

Via: mobilesyrup

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!