Fossil Gen 3

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I visited a Fossil shop last week and was surprised at how heavily the company is pushing smart watches and watches in general. The entire focus of the store was towards the wrist with the traditional watches, bags and other products relegated to the sides.

Even more of a surprise was the Gen 3 smart watch which really is a smartly designed wearable. It’s Android Wear so not ideal, but boy does it look good.

Facer 4.0

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There are currently around 30,000 watch faces in the growing Facer database. While smartwatches and the potential for designers to come up with creative watch faces is exciting, there will naturally be demand for the good design of familiar and iconic watch faces too. But existing watch designs or something too closely mimicking them submitted by third parties are obviously a concern. Let’s be honest that this problem is not limited to smartwatch faces, and we also see a lot of “inspired by” design across the watch industry – but let’s stick with the topic of smartwatches and Facer for now… More at A Blog To Watch.

I can’t quite get my head around the idea of watchmakers allowing their faces to appear on a smart watch. It’s not real in any way.

As one of the commenters to the above article wrote- ‘It’s like putting a Porsche spoiler on the back of a Ford Escort.’

Not every Apple Watch owner is a triathlete

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The Apple Watch is a capable fitness device which has been lauded by many for helping them move more and be more aware of they general activity levels.

I felt this way for some time, but then decided that I could live without it in preference to a real watch. A FitBit Charge 2 was slapped on the other wrist and things kind of changed for me which is evidenced by 30 lbs of weight loss in 12 weeks.

I am not for one minute suggesting that the FitBit is the reason I have lost the weight, but it has certainly helped keep me aware of the finite detail I need to ensure that I can keep on track. And this is where the FitBit app in particular leaps ahead of Apple’s offering.

The variety of tracking is impressive-

Steps

Heart rate

Sleep

Weight loss (ideally using a set of Aria Wi-Fi scales)

Calories in and out (including the ability to log food using bar codes or by a simple search)

Water consumption

Exercise

For those who want to lose weight this is a near perfect set of data that covers all of the important bases and I have used it extensively to track calories in and out, weight lose and in particular to check the trend through the graphs.

Now, you can do all of this on an iPhone with an Apple Watch, but you are using multiple apps and it does not all work in one place to help you organise your change of lifestyle.

I take full credit for the weight I have lost because it cannot be down to a gadget, but being able to visualise what is happening helps a great deal and I believe that Apple could be more ambitious with the Apple Watch so that everyone can benefit from it, not just those who are already fit and thin.

Why I still wear the Apple Watch

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The Apple Watch is the last watch most of us will ever wear. Watches, as a fashion statement and a tool, are fading and things like the Apple Watch are the last vestige of these strange objects that William Gibson called “the very finest fossils of the pre-digital age.” The Apple Watch is a hyper-evolved version of the watch that Packard tucked into his waistcoat, the culmination of centuries of work in miniaturization and design. It is also the Omega, the last of its breed. Sure, obsessives like me will still wear mechanical watches as my primary daily wear pieces – most recently I’ve been most enamored by the aforementioned Airman SST Purist edition, one of the few watches with a 24-hour-dial. But even obsessives like me will wear the Apple Watch because, compared to every other electronic watch I’ve tested, barring a few higher-tech Casios, the Apple Watch is still the only – and last – wrist-worn computer worth buying… More at TC.

Good article from what I have read so far. Thanks to, you guessed it, Bob!

The Samsung Gear Sport looks better than any Apple Watch

 

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Get motivated to move more, eat better, and live a healthy life. The Gear Sport tracks your fitness and diet, keeping you on the right path to reach your goals. It’s as stylish as it is functional.

Change the look of your Gear Sport with a wide range of different straps and watch faces.* Whether it’s the sporty Hybrid Sport, the timeless Classic Leather, or the casual cool Premium Nato, there’s a style to go with your look… More at Samsung.

That is a ‘much’ better looking watch than anything Apple has produced to date.

The fitbit ionic

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Designed to give you more guidance than ever, Ionic serves up personalised workouts that play on screen and guide you through every move.

Exercise routines adapt based on your feedback so you’re always getting the right workout for your fitness level.

Get recommended workouts based on your recent activity – like yoga after a big run or a more intense session after a restful night… More at fitbit.

This is a product you would potentially wear all of the time, and it looks like that.

You can make payments, use popular apps (which presumably means not many) and it appears to do stuff that the Apple Watch and other fitbit products already do. Can’t see why this is worth £299 personally, but those who are very serious about exercise may like it. The question is- will there be enough of these people to make the profits fitbit needs?

Why smartwatches failed

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But even this low number hides a more telling reality: Many consumers who did buy smartwatches don’t wear them. After purchase, and some months of use, those watches are now gathering dust in a drawer somewhere. Because: What’s the point?

Smartwatches failed to meet expectations and penetrate the mainstream consumer market for a variety of reasons. The top reason is that they are either too bulky and expensive or they’re too limited in functionality to justify purchase and use by all but the most dedicated gadget enthusiast… More at Computerworld.

And you thought I was negative. Thanks to Bob for the link.