If LCDs are eventually surpassed by paper-thin OLED technology as some predict, they may still have a life in the timepiece business. The German-designed "MF" wristwatch features twin LCDs--one for hours and minutes, the other to display scrolling seconds. Why? Who knows, but at least we can actually read both screens, which is a lot more than we can say of other models that have only one.
If you find yourself even vaguely interested in this multimedia remote watch, there may be some 12-step programs to consider. What's even more disturbing is that it's not the only one of its kind on the market.
Unlike the previous touch-screen version, this one apparently doesn't need a stylus because it has buttons more like a full-size remote, which can work up to 5.5 yards away, according to GeekAlerts. But we still don't know why any sane person would need to keep a remote attached to the body at all times, unless tthere's a … Read more
The proliferation of watch phones in the last year has given rise to countless Dick Tracy analogies, including many in this space. But the truth, as every schoolboy knows, is that the storied device created by Chester Gould in the '40s was never a phone at all--it was a two-way radio.
So for those who are really big fans of the strip, here's a wrist-bound gadget that comes a lot closer to the iconic original: a walkie-talkie watch. According to 7Gadgets, this pair has a range of more than 1 kilometer, supports multiple channels, and has rechargeable batteries.
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Another day, another eye-gougingly ugly high-tech watch. After already being subjected to the latest barely viewable watch phone, we're now forced to cast our poor eyes upon the latest incarnation of Casio's "Baby G" line of timepieces.
At least the earlier model we saw had some phone and media features to brag about, to help offset its homeliness; the Baby G is pretty much just a watch, albeit one known for its ruggedized features, atomic accuracy, and battery technology.
Like moths to a flame, CES attendees were drawn to LG's prototype of Dick Tracy's wristwatch cell phone updated (of course).Based on currently available information, it's Bluetooth and GSM-based. It would have to be Bluetooth enabled, otherwise you'd look quite odd talking on the phone. No release date, no cost, no lack of interest. But here, at least is a picture.
Assessment: The watch phone would be coveted (if the crowds even near closing time were indicative) but the downside is that you'd definitely have to use a Bluetooth headset if you were out … Read more
There's nothing more annoying than the phantom mobile phone call. There you are, minding your own business, when suddenly you feel your leg vibrate and you're sure your phone is ringing, but when you take it out of your pocket, it's not.
One solution is Sony Ericsson's latest Bluetooth watch--it vibrates unmistakeably when you receive a call and displays the caller's number. It even alerts you when you get a text message.
Someone over at Nike's product design team must be a fan of the crazy watch site Tokyoflash, because the new "Nike Amp+ Sport Remote Control" looks as if it could have come directly from the Japanese retailer's catalog. At least Nike's product goes beyond just the usual indecipherable flashing LED lights, providing "instant voice feedback of a runner's time, distance, calories, and pace" when used with Nike+ Ready shoes and the Nike+ iPod Sport Kit, according to Electronista.
It controls the music, of course, and has a dedicated button that plays the &… Read more
We're not sure if we believe all its marketing claims but, if half of them are true, this watch is well worth the $179 it's going for.
As its name implies, the "SleepTracker Pro," monitors your nocturnal patterns so it can sync up with your sleep cycle, according to ProductDose. Then, when you program it to awaken you within a particular 90-minute window (or less), it will gently rouse you with its vibrating mechanism.
This last feature is an important distinction from the previously released standard version, which offered only a rude ringing alarm, as well … Read more
Multimedia watches have been on the market for awhile now, but most of them look like something a deep-sea diver might wear. Stylish headphone maker Skullcandy, however, has taken its considerable design expertise and applied it to the wrist instead of the ear with its "Bully" line.
We presume that the watch owes its name to its touted durability, including a non-scratch sapphire crystal and water resistance up to 100 meters. But it still seems like something of a misnomer, particularly for the pink version. It matters not: As someone famous once said, it's how you look … Read more
Extreme TV viewers, however, may find this item of interest. Hailing from China, this remote control watch claims to work with most major brands of TVs and DVD players, commanding functions from a small touch-screen LCD that's backlit for use when you've got the mood lights on. But as Technabob notes, the face is so small that you might … Read more