Posts tagged with: watch
  • by | February 27, 2014 7:26 AM

    Wearables, especially smartwatches, are the next "big thing" in mobile technology. Exactly what they should do is still being discovered through iterative trial and error. Currently we have the Pebble 1.0 and Pebble 2.0 (referring to the firmware on the watch itself, and not to be confused with Pebble and Pebble Steel) and the Galaxy Gear. There are a few other more minor players, but already we're seeing the proverbial floodgates open -- and it's not necessarily a good thing. Don't get me wrong, choice is good. Competition is great. Learning from one's own mistakes is valuable, and ...

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  • by | July 1, 2013 7:32 AM

    Your watch is undergoing a dramatic transformation as the battle for your wrist is beginning to heat up. Timekeeping has been of great importance over the centuries. What started as large, ornate boxes in high-class homes and businesses gradually miniaturized to mantle-top pieces, then wall hangings, and eventually to something that you could tuck into your pocket. The first pocket-watches showed up in the 1500's, and became popular in America in the 1830's. Wrist-watches didn't begin replacing gold-chained pocket-watches until the 1920's, and electronic watches didn't arrive until the ...

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  • by | March 6, 2013 5:28 PM

    Around here, we're no strangers to wrist-worn smart devices. From bare-bones Bluetooth sport watches to full-on smartphones condensed to wearable size, we've seen them all. Problem is, we haven't been all that impressed by what we've seen. Whether by halfhearted design or a misguided quest for all-encompassing functionality, most of the intelligent watches we've strapped on have very quickly found themselves retired to the novelty drawer. Last year, a company named Pebble -formerly Allerta- burst onto the scene with aspirations to change all that. Pebble's halo product: an e-paper-based ...

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  • by | May 15, 2012 5:47 PM

    Perhaps we should start off by explaining what a smart watch is. Like a regular watch -- or chronograph if you'd prefer -- a smart watch tells time, but it does so much more. A regular watch (which we'll just call a "watch") might also include the date, the day of the week, and if you had a super-fancy one, even the barometric pressure and altitude. The nice thing about a watch is its simplicity. You glance at it and get all the information you need. As we started waltzing toward the chasm of information overload, brought on by the now ubiquitous smartphone, the traditional watch just ...

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