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  • p1esk - Wednesday, September 04, 2013 - link

    So, what is the purpose of this thing? The display is too small for browsing or texting. Use it as a dumbphone for old-fashioned phone calls? Maybe, I don't know...

    And no, I don't care about music players as a separate device.
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  • Brian Klug - Wednesday, September 04, 2013 - link

    Similar to every smartwatch that's out currently – notification delivery, screening of calls, playback control, and of course information display (weather/time/appointments). I'll have a full functionality rundown soon.

    -Brian
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  • p1esk - Wednesday, September 04, 2013 - link

    Are there any "smartwatches" out currently? The only one I've ever seen was Nike bracelet with no display.
    The more I think about it, I could actually see myself using a "smartwatch" as a dumbphone, especially if it offers good voice recognition for texting.
    It has to look a lot more elegant than this one though.
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  • p1esk - Wednesday, September 04, 2013 - link

    Well, I guess you can say that Nike bracelet has a "display". Reply
  • Brian Klug - Wednesday, September 04, 2013 - link

    Off the top of my head, there are now:

    1) Pebble
    2) Sony SmartWatch and SmartWatch 2
    3) MetaWatch
    4) Motorola MOTOACTIV
    5) Samsung Galaxy Gear

    -Brian
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  • jeffreytz - Wednesday, September 04, 2013 - link

    I currently own:
    - Martian Passport (my favorite, wear it every day to work)
    - Pebble
    - MetaWatch (original TI developers version)
    - MetaWatch Strata (Kickstarter)
    - Sony LiveView (awful)
    - Sony SmartWatch (better, but looks like a plastic toy on your wrist)
    - I'm Watch (disaster)

    Of the new contenders, the Toq definitely looks the best to me, I'm really interested in this one. I'm not impressed at all with the Samsung Galaxy Gear, but I don't use Sammy phones (my old Galaxy Nexus doesn't count) and I'm not going to pair it to my Samsung Galaxy Camera. I think the design of the new Sony SmartWatch 2 looks far better than the last SmartWatch but I need to see it in person.

    I like the Martian best because I get all the notifications I want on the OLED screen at the bottom on a device that is a real analog watch. That said I do like the MetaWatch and the Pebble as far as how much information you can see at a glance, so there's trade-offs. The other cool thing about the Martian is you can answer a call on it without taking the phone out of your pocket, it has a mic and speaker, pretty handy when you're driving and didn't put your phone in the cradle.

    JT
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  • Brian Klug - Wednesday, September 04, 2013 - link

    Wow I had no idea about the Martian Passport, that looks phenomenal. Also that's a super comprehensive list there.

    I might try and get a Martian Passport, I like the style.

    -Brian
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  • dabotsonline - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Brian, is there any chance that you'll be able to get hold of a review sample of the Omate TrueSmart at the same time the Kickstarter developers receive them (October?) The Sapphire Glass face has now been included as a standard feature and backers can pay $20 to upgrade the RAM from 512MB to 1GB. Reply
  • Brian Klug - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Getting review samples of kickstarter products is usually really difficult or impossible, unless you know someone personally.

    -Brian
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  • jleach1 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Yep, Motorola has the MOTOACTV, and there are a few others that can not only interface with android, but they run it as well...which means that we can hack, flash, and mod them until our geeky hearts are full of love and are content. Reply
  • speculatrix - Thursday, October 17, 2013 - link

    TI have a "smart watch" called the Chronos, and you can build your own apps for it.
    I used quotes because it's really a development platform to help developers get acquainted with a specific SoC.
    It uses low power radio rather than Bluetooth. It has a variety of sensors.
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  • Daniel Egger - Wednesday, September 04, 2013 - link

    You basically it's a completely useless gimmick? Reply
  • kjmathew - Wednesday, September 04, 2013 - link

    Looks promising.
    Here's what I'd look for in a smartwatch:
    * Time! (hh:mm:ss ddd dd MMM YYYY)
    * Battery life (4 to 5 days here?)
    * Charging time
    * Waterproof
    * Scratchproof (Sapphire?)
    * Timezones with GPS sync
    * Do I have to turn this off on a plane?!
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  • kjmathew - Wednesday, September 04, 2013 - link

    + high pixel density display Reply
  • kjmathew - Wednesday, September 04, 2013 - link

    That's a 223ppi 1.5" 288x192 display. 'll be interesting to see the 577ppi 600x600 next-gen version (Ref 2:12 of the video at http://www.engadget.com/2013/05/21/qualcomm-miraso... Reply
  • bah12 - Wednesday, September 04, 2013 - link

    Don't forget price. Samsung just released pricing on theirs at $299...LMAO as if. Maybe $50-75 definitely not more than $100.

    I feel like they are trying to reinvent the abacus here, didn't we kill off watches for a reason?
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  • UpSpin - Wednesday, September 04, 2013 - link

    + Outdoor readable display with zero power consumption while displaying static content, else the battery life won't survive.
    + Noise cancelling microphones for voice commands/speach recognition (answer short sms, short searchs, calling contacts by names, ...)
    + Metallic wrist band (If I pay $200+ for a watch, it must also look and feel good.)
    + slim design. It must be a device I can wear everywhere and all the time, not just while doing sports.
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  • Muthurasu - Wednesday, September 04, 2013 - link

    Any info about "HEAT DISSIPATION". I feel our wrists/nerves won't afford the heat. Any thoughts? Reply
  • omarccx - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I want this, but not for $300. That could buy me a new Nexus phone. Reply
  • Deelron - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    It at minimum is one step better then the Samsung one, you can actually use it as a watch. Reply
  • Kidster3001 - Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - link

    Is it possible to stream local content via BT to a headset and be connected to a phone for notifications at the same time? It seems I spend a lot of time being away from my phone for 1-2 minutes. BT usually can't reach that far and breaks so I'm either grabbing my phone to carry with me, if I remember, or reconnecting BT all the time. If I could change to streaming from the watch but still be connected to the phone for notifications it would be a great solution for me. Reply

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