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Patent documents filed by Samsung have revealed details - for the first time - about what the South Korean tech behemoth's R&D department have been working on over the last few months: a smartwatch. According to a filing with the US Patent and Trademark Office, the gadget - dubbed Samsung Galaxy Gear - falls under the "wearable …

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Anonymous Coward

bangle?

its not going to be black with silver trim and a big red plastic block on it?

Down and safe.

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"Sony recently trumpeted that it was six years ahead of the pack in the race to ship a viable smartwatch"

And Microsoft beat Apple to tablets by several years, but being first means nout in the end.

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Not to mention that would mean Sony got a smartwatch to market all the way back in *2007*. I don't think the smart*phone* was a market item back then.

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You've never heard of Windows Smartphone 2003 then? There were smartphones long before Apple invented the dumb smartphone and convinced everyone it was the second coming.

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@QtheMisanthrope

And Microsoft had the SPOT watches a few years back.

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Anonymous Coward

I had a smartphone back in 2000. Nokia Communicator 9110.

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lol smartwatches

what a load of crap. going to be a total fad i'm telling you. i predit they'll be popular for 6 months, then end up in a drawer never worn again and the market will collapse.

wearable tech ain't gonna be what people think it is.

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Re: lol smartwatches

Shrug. I've been wearing my Pebble for months now. It does exactly what (as an extension to my phone) I want without going overboard (I don't need an Android operating system on my watch).

Wearable tech is fine as long as has the features you actually need.

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Re: lol smartwatches

[I] predit (sic) they'll be popular for 6 months, then end up in a drawer never worn again and the market will collapse.

I'm not saying this isn't what's going to happen, but didn't we all think the same about tablets?

I dimly remember El Reg calling the iPad a "broken oversized iPhone".

And here we are today, desktops and notebooks are down, smartphones and tablets are up, up, up.

Paris, because I have about as much of a clue on what the Next Big Thing (C) will be.

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Re: lol smartwatches

I said smartwatches would never catch on when the reg did a series of articles on them last year and, seemingly, every year before that. Every time I get downvoted by the smartwatch fanclub yet the things are no closer to being mainstream.

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Crowded market?

That's just precious: "The market is starting to look crowded with - among others - Apple's iWatch, Microsoft's Surface Watch and now Samsung's Galaxy Gear" - you list companies that may *intend* to enter this market but aren't in it, but "forget" to list the ones already there (e.g. Sony, Pebble).

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Hipsters love Pebble

because it's crowd funded, but Sony Smartwatches are where the real decent tech is.

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Out of left field...

One thing I'd love to see is a morse code app for smart-watches so that incoming emails/SMSes from nominated sources (spouse/close friends/boss) can be 'vibrated' into your wrist.

With practice you could feel messages without having to hold the watch up to your face or painfully reach for your mobile. Great for meetings, driving, 'on the job', covert work etc.

Please note that I don't know morse code though I'm willing to learn for this very purpose!

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Re: Out of left field...

Or you could employ someone to stand in a room in the opposite building and semaphore your texts for you...?

I like the idea of learning Morse specifically for this purpose :)

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> I like the idea of learning Morse specifically for this purpose :)

I know it sounds stupid though I would actually jump on the smartwatch bandwagon for this.

If I find out learning morse code is actually harder than I thought then I retract all previous statements.

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Re: Out of left field...

"One thing I'd love to see is a morse code app for smart-watches so that incoming emails/SMSes from nominated sources (spouse/close friends/boss) can be 'vibrated' into your wrist.

With practice you could feel messages without having to hold the watch up to your face or painfully reach for your mobile. Great for meetings, driving, 'on the job', covert work etc.

Please note that I don't know morse code though I'm willing to learn for this very purpose!"

I suspect your one of, oh, 100's worldwide!

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Re: Out of left field...

"If I find out learning morse code is actually harder than I thought then I retract all previous statements."

Men are not allowed to! You chose your folly, stick to it!

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> I suspect your one of, oh, 100's worldwide!

Very true. Worst case I'll write the app myself as a pet project. Code name: "Wrist Humper".

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Judging by their phones, Samsung's watch will be made of creaky plastic, have a battery life of 25 minutes and be the size of a dinner plate.

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And there will be 500 very similar varieties, and six will come with a stylus.

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"The market is starting to look crowded with - among others - Apple's iWatch, Microsoft's Surface Watch and now Samsung's Galaxy Gear."

You can't move for 3 competitors watches!

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Wearable tech, SNNOOOOOOZZZZE.

Wake me when its small enough to implant.

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