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frankspin

by frankspin

A mechanical chronograph smart watch?! Yes please!
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I've bemoaned over smart watches and their lack of utility in (my) life. Aside from lack of utility I have found most of them to be pretty ugly. I'm the furthest thing from a watch enthusiast (though I have gone to an actual private watch showing) but I do appreciate the finer details of a fully automatic watch. I don't expect to ever see an Omega or Sinn smartwatch, that just isn't their style. However Kairos is probably the closest we'll see to a proper watch right now.... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

Gadget unicorn sightings
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Gadget unicorns are how I refer to when a gadget gets massive hype, and then fizzles out with little to no fanfare due to poor reception. I think of things like the Kindle DX or the Nexus Q. Just stuff you would never expect to see out "in the wild" but when you do, you're in awe of what just came across your eyes.
Just yesterday, while at the train station in a small NJ town I saw someone with a Galaxy Gear. I felt bad because I kept staring at the person's wrist, but I have literally never seen... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

Are we too connected to the internet?
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This is going to sound a bit luddite, please hear me out, but I think we may need to re-evaluate our "need" to be on top of everything going on around us. I started to get this feeling after watching the Android Wear demos and exploring all the different watches currently available. If you go back and re-watch the onstage demo, and look at any press shots or hands on, every image shows it receiving a... Read more →
dave

by dave

What is the real "worst tech product of 2013"?
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The 2013 Engadget Readers' Choice awards are over! There were many winners, and one big loser. You can check out the full list of results right here: http://www.engadget.com/2014/03/20/winners-2013-engadget-awards-readers-choice/
One of the more surprising results was for the worst product of 2013. The winner of this unfortunate category?
The iPhone 5c.
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I know there's often a lot... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

What's the deal with smartwatches?
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There was no shortage of smartwatch announcements today, with Google announcing Android Wear [1], featuring partnerships [2] with HTC, Qualcomm, Motorola [3] and LG [4]; the latter two showing off their first smartwatches under that partnership.
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Even after watching Google's concept videos for Android Wear I am still having a hard time understanding what benefit smartwatches bring to the consumer. I... Read more →
dave

by dave

Smartwatches everywhere
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Smartwatches are all the rage right now at IFA 2013. Everywhere you turn, someone is making a new accessory for your wrist. In the last few days, we've seen a number of companies announce new smartwatches:
  • Qualcomm Toq: This uses a new energy efficient display technology from Qualcomm (named Mirasol) that allows the 1.5-inch screen to stay on while using minimal amounts of energy. It's like color e-ink, but not exactly. It sounds like Qualcomm is looking for hardware
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day4bananafish

by day4bananafish

Does the Samsung Galaxy Gear make you want a smart watch?
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Today, Samsung revealed the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. It comes with a 1.63-inch color touch display, a camera, a microphone and speaker, 4GB of storage, about 70 apps, a claimed 25 hours of battery life, and a band that comes in multiple colors. You can answer phone calls, read messages, track fitness, and record video all without pulling your phone out of your pocket. It costs $299.
Samsung seems to have loaded this watch with... Read more →