Breaking News
Comments
Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
R_Colin_Johnson
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Watches Make a Comeback
R_Colin_Johnson   8/5/2013 4:44:43 PM
NO RATINGS
A year ago I would have said that verbally responding to texts was not ready for prime time, but after using Siri for 8 months, I'd have to agree with you--voice-to-text works great and on a watch it would solve 90 percent of the "Dick Tracey" problem.

Tom Murphy
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Watches Make a Comeback
Tom Murphy   8/4/2013 4:24:21 PM
NO RATINGS
Colin: You're probably right -- that sounds like a very plausible idea. But that would be so disappointing. I'm sure there are probably wristwatch phones out there already -- now that most people I know have stopped wearing wristwatches.  I'd trade mobile web access for a feature phone the size of my watch, especially if I could reply to texts verbally.  Would you?

R_Colin_Johnson
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Watches Make a Comeback
R_Colin_Johnson   8/3/2013 3:41:14 PM
NO RATINGS
Yes, I've also been waiting for the Dick Tracey watch, but it looks to me like it will be tethered to the smartphone that everybody has in their pocket anyway. That way the watch only needs low-power Bluetooth, and can use the smartphone screen for any graphics it needs to display. And by adding a digital compass to a watch, it can log and trigger by location for all sorts of apps--from health to entertainment.

Tom Murphy
User Rank
Blogger
Watches Make a Comeback
Tom Murphy   8/3/2013 3:12:58 PM
NO RATINGS
As someone who pops my phablet-phone into my pocket every time I head out somewhere, I'm sort of looking forward to the further evolution of the wristwatch to become the Dick Tracy-style phone of the future.  This compass is a small step in that direction.  The problem is that for anyone over the age of 40, it will be hard to rely on that for anything but the shortest of messages. For emails, photos, and even longer texts, I guess we'll still need phones with readable screens.

This suggests that we will have an "arsenal" of tech weapons to choose from as we leave the home. Watch, phone, tablet, laptop. Each might need a data plan in addition to WiFi unless something changes soon.  That adds up to a whole lot of money for the average person. 



Flash Poll
EE Life
Frankenstein's Fix, Teardowns, Sideshows, Design Contests, Reader Content & More
Engineer's Bookshelf
Caleb Kraft

The Martian: A Delightful Exploration of Math, Mars & Feces
Caleb Kraft
3 comments
To say that Andy Weir's The Martian is an exploration of math, Mars, and feces is a slight simplification. I doubt that the author would have any complaints, though.

The Engineering Life - Around the Web
Caleb Kraft

Surprise TOQ Teardown at EELive!
Caleb Kraft
Post a comment
This year, for EELive! I had a little surprise that I was quite eager to share. Qualcom had given us a TOQ smart watch in order to award someone a prize. We were given complete freedom to ...

Design Contests & Competitions
Caleb Kraft

Join The Balancing Act With April's Caption Contest
Caleb Kraft
54 comments
Sometimes it can feel like you're really performing in the big tent when presenting your hardware. This month's caption contest exemplifies this wonderfully.

Engineering Investigations
Caleb Kraft

Frankenstein's Fix: The Winners Announced!
Caleb Kraft
8 comments
The Frankenstein's Fix contest for the Tektronix Scope has finally officially come to an end. We had an incredibly amusing live chat earlier today to announce the winners. However, we ...

Top Comments of the Week
Like Us on Facebook
EE Times on Twitter
EE Times Twitter Feed

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)