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To expound on that thought you could have a small hearing aid type device in your ear to hear what is needed from the phone/watch so no embarrassing blue tooth headset and the glasses can be worn around the neck and have the microphone on the glasses...someone calls you hear them through the hearing aid and they hear you because the mic is right there in the glasses worn around your neck....you bring the glasses up and actually wear them when you need to see something or browse the internet because you would have the watch for simple display stuff like Red is saying they have already.

It may be a little more of a chore to have to remember to put in the ear piece AND grab the glasses instead of just grabbing your phone now, but I can see how this would work.

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I went to a technical school back in 05 and there was one kid who had a blue tooth headset WAY before they became a little more main stream and smaller. The thing was HUGE and it looked ridiculous on his ear, but he was ahead of the curve.

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So Yoda, if you're in a message and expecting an important email, what do you do when your phone vibrates or chirps saying you've got an email? I can quick glance at my wrist, see what the email is, and if it's not the one I need to leave the meeting for, I do nothing.

If you're helping a customer and need to remember when your next meeting is, what do you do? I check my watch... a half second glance and I can see the time.

Is a smartwatch a necessity? Of course not. But it's a very hand convenience that I would hate to give up. It certainly isn't obsolete.

This is kind of what I was getting at. I don't wear a watch and don't particularly want to but I do like gadgets quite a bit and am trying to envision when I'd use something like this (and whether the benefit would outweigh my general dislike of watches).

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Does a smart watch give you a reason to actually wear a watch or is it something like if you already wear a watch it is just a much better version of the watch? What are the advantages to smartwatch + smart phone versus just a smartphone for someone who doesn't wear a watch?

Sorry QS... totally missed your message some how.

I typically wore a watch anyway, so it wasn't a radical change for me to go to a smartwatch. But I think the pluses make it worth it if you're not a current watch owner. Now, that said, if you actively dislike wearing a watch (as in: "I hate to have something strapped to my wrist... hate the feel, hate the weight" rather than simply: "It isn't that I hate watches, I just have no reason to wear one because my phone has a clock on it.") then the benefits may not be worth it to you.

So here's my typical day:

I usually take a bus to work, though sometimes drive. If I'm on the bus I'm typcially listening to music and reading a book on my phone. During this time co-workers might text people that they are sick or running late. Obviously if I'm driving I'm not going to want to pull out my phone to read a text. Similarly, if I'm reading a book I'd prefer not to exit the app, open up a text, close it, re-open the book and continue where I left off. With the watch, I don't have to. The text shows up on my watch, I glance at it quick and continue driving/reading.

At work in the AM, and I'm in an important meeting. Wait, did my phone change to vibrate properly? I don't want it to ring right now... a quick glance at my wrist: Yup, I'm okay.

Lunchtime: Time to read again. I may get 5-10 emails while I'm reading through. Most are unimportant and a quick glance at my watch lets be keep reading. But then I see the one from my boss: Servers down! Yikes... lunch time is over.

In the afternoon I'm on a phone call with a customer. My phone is clipped to my belt. I get a text from a co-worker. Instead of reaching for my phone I just turn my wrist to see what it was.

Still later I've got another meeting, but I have to walk to another building for this one. It's cold out and the wind is blowing. Phone is buried under my coat and I don't hear it ring at all. Fortunately, my watch starts vibrating to alert me to a call. Meeting was canceled... turn around and walk back.

Then it's time for the PM commute. Repeat the actions above.

A home I plug in my phone to charge up. During dinner I get a text... is this from work? Another emergency? Rather than get up from the table, walk into the living room and grab my phone, I again look at my watch. Nope, just a text from my brother. That can wait until after dinner.

Later at night I'm watching the Tigers and I drift off for a bit in my chair. I wake up later... check my watch again: 3 emails and 2 unread text messages... Guess I better see what was happening while I was sleeping.

Just before getting ready for bed the wife asks: "What's the weather supposed to be tomorrow?" I can turn on TV and check, or if my laptop is handy I could check that, or my phone as well... or, just push a button on the watch: Party Cloudy, high of 36.

Okay, I know a little silly, but this are some of the "real world" times I use the watch, and really I use it MANY more times per day than this. It's the sort of thing that I become so used to having that instant info about the notification right on my wrist without grabbing the phone, without unlocking, opening the app... it's very handy even when I'm just sitting at by desk at work. That easy access no matter what you're doing or where you are makes it worth it to me.

Plus there's the whole "It's a cool gadget" aspect. For example, there's a new program that called MetaQR where I can display a QR code on my phone. I linked it to my .vcf file that I've got uploaded online. So now someone wants my contact info? Just.. push a couple of buttons on my watch, they scan it with their phone, download and import the file and they have all my info! A digital business card of sorts. I know with the Sony SmartWatch someone wrote a "spy cam" sort of thing where your watch displays what your phone camera sees.

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Here's a really nice short video unboxing the watch. The guy has it paired with an iPhone so you can see how it works with that. It also shows the screen really nicely had the goods and bads of that.

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If people still wear them, are they in fact obsolete? When I first started carrying a cell phone, I quit wearing one. I started again about a year ago because I work often with gloves on, and I do not want to handle my phone with gloves on, or take them off to check the time, and I am not always in view of a clock. It also allows me to check the time without taking the chance that a person I am talking to will assume that I am ignoring them, and checking my phone. (email, text, motownsports, etc.)

Surely as someone that works with gloves on (hopefully) you can relate to this a little.

I'm always in one place, so I can just look at a clock. I also wouldn't be able to touch said watch with dirty gloves on (cross-contamination) so I'd only be able to look at the face anyhow. But if you need to know the time often and can't get to a clock, I suppose that would come in handy.

I wasn't trying to sound snobby or anything, it just seems like such an unnecessary item for about 95% of the population. I do realize the majority of people do still wear them, though, but I think it's mostly out of habit or simply as a fashion accessory. They're dying pretty quickly and I imagine it will continue.

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If you wear any sort of watch you may as well also wear a top hat and monocle.

This is exactly what I do, but my watch is a pocket watch with a fancy chain, and I am a peanut.

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If you wear any sort of watch you may as well also wear a top hat and monocle.

Well, for what it's worth 68,929 backers of the Pebble on Kickstarter and 1,767 backers of the Strata on Kickstarter disagree. These are all people who in the last year forked over upwards of $150 for a new watch. It also doesn't count anyone who bought either product off Kickstarter, or people who bought the Sony SmartWatch or will buy the Casio connected watch. All of these people bought the watch for function, not fashion.

Now I fully understand that even 100,000 people is a VERY small percentage of world population, but it's still a pretty significant number of people in my opinion.

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I'm always in one place, so I can just look at a clock. I also wouldn't be able to touch said watch with dirty gloves on (cross-contamination) so I'd only be able to look at the face anyhow. But if you need to know the time often and can't get to a clock, I suppose that would come in handy.

That's what I do 99% of the time anyway. It's relatively rare that I'm pushing buttons. You saw my watch face above... that's what's on the screen all the time. I can push buttons to get to other screens, but I don't have to push a thing to display the info that's on my default face.

When I get a notification, it "pops up" on the screen and shows me relevant information, then goes back to the default face.

I wasn't trying to sound snobby or anything, it just seems like such an unnecessary item for about 95% of the population.

I think your percentage is a little high, but I don't disagree in principle. That said, I think smart watches may start become more popular, not less.

One of the founders of MetaWatch said something to this effect: Back in the day people had pocket watches, but this meant pulling out a watch from your pocket every time you needed to look at the time. A watch on the wrist just became much more convenient.

Now people are pulling their phones out of their pockets all the time... not just for time, but to see updates, and read notifications. A watch on the wrist that displays this information just becomes much more convenient.

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Sorry QS... totally missed your message some how.

I typically wore a watch anyway, so it wasn't a radical change for me to go to a smartwatch. But I think the pluses make it worth it if you're not a current watch owner. Now, that said, if you actively dislike wearing a watch (as in: "I hate to have something strapped to my wrist... hate the feel, hate the weight" rather than simply: "It isn't that I hate watches, I just have no reason to wear one because my phone has a clock on it.") then the benefits may not be worth it to you.

So here's my typical day:

I usually take a bus to work, though sometimes drive. If I'm on the bus I'm typcially listening to music and reading a book on my phone. During this time co-workers might text people that they are sick or running late. Obviously if I'm driving I'm not going to want to pull out my phone to read a text. Similarly, if I'm reading a book I'd prefer not to exit the app, open up a text, close it, re-open the book and continue where I left off. With the watch, I don't have to. The text shows up on my watch, I glance at it quick and continue driving/reading.

At work in the AM, and I'm in an important meeting. Wait, did my phone change to vibrate properly? I don't want it to ring right now... a quick glance at my wrist: Yup, I'm okay.

Lunchtime: Time to read again. I may get 5-10 emails while I'm reading through. Most are unimportant and a quick glance at my watch lets be keep reading. But then I see the one from my boss: Servers down! Yikes... lunch time is over.

In the afternoon I'm on a phone call with a customer. My phone is clipped to my belt. I get a text from a co-worker. Instead of reaching for my phone I just turn my wrist to see what it was.

Still later I've got another meeting, but I have to walk to another building for this one. It's cold out and the wind is blowing. Phone is buried under my coat and I don't hear it ring at all. Fortunately, my watch starts vibrating to alert me to a call. Meeting was canceled... turn around and walk back.

Then it's time for the PM commute. Repeat the actions above.

A home I plug in my phone to charge up. During dinner I get a text... is this from work? Another emergency? Rather than get up from the table, walk into the living room and grab my phone, I again look at my watch. Nope, just a text from my brother. That can wait until after dinner.

Later at night I'm watching the Tigers and I drift off for a bit in my chair. I wake up later... check my watch again: 3 emails and 2 unread text messages... Guess I better see what was happening while I was sleeping.

Just before getting ready for bed the wife asks: "What's the weather supposed to be tomorrow?" I can turn on TV and check, or if my laptop is handy I could check that, or my phone as well... or, just push a button on the watch: Party Cloudy, high of 36.

Okay, I know a little silly, but this are some of the "real world" times I use the watch, and really I use it MANY more times per day than this. It's the sort of thing that I become so used to having that instant info about the notification right on my wrist without grabbing the phone, without unlocking, opening the app... it's very handy even when I'm just sitting at by desk at work. That easy access no matter what you're doing or where you are makes it worth it to me.

Plus there's the whole "It's a cool gadget" aspect. For example, there's a new program that called MetaQR where I can display a QR code on my phone. I linked it to my .vcf file that I've got uploaded online. So now someone wants my contact info? Just.. push a couple of buttons on my watch, they scan it with their phone, download and import the file and they have all my info! A digital business card of sorts. I know with the Sony SmartWatch someone wrote a "spy cam" sort of thing where your watch displays what your phone camera sees.

I can see a watch like this being useful if you had a bunch of work-related emergencies a lot, but man I would HATE being this plugged-in to my office. While you're relaxing with a Tigers game? Man, that's my time. If there's something that's truly urgent, someone will call me. I recently disabled the auto-check of emails on my iPhone because I got tired of the constant notifications. The vast majority of emails and texts can wait.

I would like to see what Apple does with this though. The model posted in this thread is really hideous, IMO.

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One of the founders of MetaWatch said something to this effect: Back in the day people had pocket watches, but this meant pulling out a watch from your pocket every time you needed to look at the time. A watch on the wrist just became much more convenient.

Now people are pulling their phones out of their pockets all the time... not just for time, but to see updates, and read notifications. A watch on the wrist that displays this information just becomes much more convenient.

I don't see that as a very good comparison at all. The watch did everything the pocket watch did. A watch will never replace a smartphone. In fact, you still need a smartphone to run that watch.

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It boggles my mind how our nation has become so interconnected electronically. I spend too much time on my laptop already and have no desire to have instant communication on my wrist or pocket. Of course I'm of the ilk that a ringing phone or an incoming message is to be answered at my convenience only. I'm not debating the need for such items, only that not everyone has the desire to participate.

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I can see a watch like this being useful if you had a bunch of work-related emergencies a lot, but man I would HATE being this plugged-in to my office. While you're relaxing with a Tigers game? Man, that's my time. If there's something that's truly urgent, someone will call me. I recently disabled the auto-check of emails on my iPhone because I got tired of the constant notifications.

Well, yeah of you're disabling notifications then something like this definitely isn't for you. A smartwatch isn't something for everyone, certainly.

The vast majority of emails and texts can wait.

I agree... well, I suppose I'd wouldn't say VAST majority, but I generally agree. The thing with the Smartwatch is that it lets you quickly determine if that notification is one that needs to be handled right now or not without pulling out your phone.

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