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rick merritt
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Wearing watches
rick merritt   5/2/2014 2:03:34 PM
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I used to love wearing a watch as man jewlery and had a few Casio models. Now even though its clunkier, I don't mind checking time on the iPhone strapped to my belt. It's some mix of fashion and utility for me.

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Nice article
y_sasaki   5/2/2014 2:12:56 PM
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Thank you for showing past, now and future of SmartWatch. As a Japanese it is sad that Japanese companies (like Casio, Sony, Sharp...) are at leading edge in 20 years ago, but far behind US, Korea and China now. We can still make (and do) "good" product, but not really exciting, cutting edge, crazy idea comes from Japanese company in these days.

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Re: Nice article
Joel-Teardown   5/2/2014 4:30:08 PM
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Agreed, Casio esp led with breakout products. Unfortunately too early. Market is still young, will a eager young Japanese engineering team step up?

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What about the Fossil PDA watch?
TonyTib   5/2/2014 5:08:06 PM
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Joel-Teardown
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Re: What about the Fossil PDA watch?
Joel-Teardown   5/2/2014 5:42:32 PM
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here you go! The Fossil FX-3002 is one of the first Microsoft Smart Personal Objects Technology (SPOT) devices to reach the market. Operating with a customizable data filter to FM-subcarrier broadcast information, the Fossil watch provides 'at-a-glance' updates on sports, stock market, weather, and other news items. Text messages can also be delivered via MSN Messenger. Both the nature of the news items to be displayed and the display characteristics can be selected by the user to match individual tastes and interests. Access to the information requires the user to sign up for MSN Direct service which is $9.95/month or $59.95/year.

http://www.techinsights.com/reports-and-subscriptions/open-market-reports/Report-Profile/?ReportKey=5624

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Re: Nice article
tb100   5/2/2014 6:14:56 PM
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My teenage son still prefers to wear a Casio watch than a smartwatch.

There's one dramatic difference: battery life. Smartwatch battery life is measured in days. Casio watch battery life is measured in years.

 

Garmin has a watch that has a several year battery (Vivofit), but it is more of a fitness watch than a smart watch.

 

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Re: Nice article but
Crusty1   5/4/2014 6:20:09 AM
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For me it always going to be the mechanical watch that gets my vote.

Rolex oyster perpetual date just, 3 services in 40 years and I can pop it in the pawn shop if desperate for cash.

Chronograph time keeping, what more do you need.

Even better it does not suffer from idiots cold calling me to tell me how good their products are.

 

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_hm   5/4/2014 8:37:03 AM
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All pictures of smart watches looks very unattractive.

First requirement to design novel, pretty smart watch is that it must be totally defined by non-technical person and with no involvement of EE or SW engineer. Their duty should be just restricted to implementation of requirements and no other voice to screw up design.

With this, perhaps you may get dream smart watch, again object of desire for billions around world.

 

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Re: Nice article but
David Ashton   5/5/2014 5:42:24 AM
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@Crusty....niiiice....was that from your 100 years of working on London Underground?

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Re: Nice article but
Crusty1   5/5/2014 7:31:49 AM
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Hi David: Nearly right.

I was one of the main people responsible for installing fire alarms in all London Underground stations after the Kings Cross fire disaster.

I worked 7 days a week 12 hours on duty and 12 hours on call for one year.

The higher duty payment would have been frittered away, so I decided that we would have something to remember that massive task. Which is why I bought from a very reputable jewelers  my Rolex and two ladies Rolex  for the wife and one for the daughter all second hand but worth every penny.

 

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