SEQUENT

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SEQUENT has not only solved a major problem of the smart watch industry, which suffers from insufficient battery supply for its devices, but it also generates 100% clean energy. The watch features the newest generation of Heart Rate sensor, GPS tracking and notification system, which can connect by Bluetooth to our proprietary Biofeedback health & sport app.

It has done very well on kickstarter so far and the idea makes perfect sense, if it is actually able to produce the required power to run a heart rate sensor etc.

If a product like this could just hit the market with the required investment behind it, the chances of success would be greatly increased. The whole kickstarter style of getting products off the ground still doesn’t sit easy with me.

Flexible Smartwatch Project

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This project aims to build a thin, flexible smartwatch. It’s wrap-around display and touchscreen will allow it to display more data at a glance than current devices. Besides telling time and displaying notifications, the watch will feature pulse rate, blood oxygen, and step sensors for health monitoring… More here.

That could work you know.

The future of the smartwatch…

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Instead of trying to shove tech components into the watchface, companies should shift their focus to a different area: the watch strap. We’ve already seen a few attempts at this. The Montblanc e-Strap tried to have the best of both worlds with a full screen on the bottom of a strap for its regular mechanical watches. And more recently, the crowdfunded Smart Buckle cleverly fit an entire fitness tracker into a standard watch band buckle… More at The Verge.

I completely disagree with this, and that comes from someone with an unhealthy obsession with real watches. For someone like me a smart band could be a solution that works, or even a smart buckle, but the reality is that to truly become an object that offers all of the advantages of the wrist a smart watch needs a face.

The Apple Watch showed me that- a quick glance to check the time, your exercise stats and notifications that can be ignored by simply resting your wrist again. Done right, and by that I mean by not trying to cram too much into a small screen, a smart watch can perform the task that real watches do in almost exactly the same way. Admittedly it will lack the style and craftsmanship or a well-made watch, but the vast majority are not looking for that.

You may also want to check out this article which asks the question of what a smart watch actually is. The answer is not that simple. Thanks to Bob for both links.

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Sami: Who saw this coming? Since the last few phones featuring Android and not even any special features, I was surprised people were even buying any.

Kirk: yeah. one if the advantages of the industry’s race for thinness at all costs is that people looking to sport proud bling could spend a few thousand on a bling case instead of 30K or whatever, and still have plenty width left for gems or whatever the hell they’re putting on this

Andrew: Yes, I think many of us could see this coming but it is a blip in the general trend of wealth and fashion. I do think much of it has to do with Apple and the iPhone – it’s a high quality aspirational product. Anyone can be proud of an iPhone, even the wealthy. However, compare this with the smart watch business…. I don’t think any of Pateks, APs or Vacherons will be losing too much sleep over this.

Kirk: Yeah- for a while Apple lived what Warhol “You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too. A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the Cokes are the same and all the Cokes are good.”- but with the Watch Edition, they’re at least willing to think of courting the hyper-money’d…

Andrew: Absolutely right, Kirk. I’d forgotten about the Coke quote.

Shaun: The market just got away from Vertu. They succeeded when billionaires wanted simple phones that could not be hacked or listened in to i.e. a simple Nokia, but to also show the wealth. When they started making Android phones, the first selling part was gone.

Andrew: Perhaps but there’s a point where better tech outweighs bling. If your luxury Nokia only plays snake compared with apps for everything, you don’t look good. Most luxury items do the same as cheaper ones, only they’re handcrafted or made from better materials. If your luxury phone does less than a cheaper one, it’s not going to be a success.

Andrew: Image is everything for the rich and famous.

Sami: I’d say it was purely Apple. They almost are the Coke. Everyone has one, but you can buy the 128gb one to show off you’re richer

Kirk: but no one can SEE the 128. for a while the “rose gold” like colors showed off you had enough to get the latest and greatest….

Andrew: I think at the level of wealth we’re talking about here, $100 for extra memory is inconsequential.

Andrew: Here, Federer has just won Wimbledon. Check out what watch he has when he hoists the trophy.

Andrew: I think he’s a Rolex ambassador.

And that conversation on the Lost In Mobile WhatsApp group takes us back to watches and products that are considered to be either luxury items or just there to brag about. The first comment came from the collapse of Vertu, but I do feel that there is a fundamental difference between wearing a watch that someone may have wanted for years and owning the latest iPhone the day it is released.

One is a status symbol (in the eyes of the beholder) and the latter is just the latest thing. There is a big difference.

The X-Doria Action Band

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The bands are adjustable to eight positions and are very comfortable. The clasp is made of two angled metal prongs that poke through perfectly sized holes in the nylon band. Because the two prongs feel solid and are angled, the band feels extremely secure. The metal buckle also adds to the security of the band. Plus, once you slide the loop over the band, you add a third layer of security… More at Gear Diary.

I like how the band changes the overall look of the Apple Watch while remaining consistent with the design of the watch itself. The more I look at it, the more I like the implementation.

The low and high of Android Wear

We shall start with a $119 Android Wear smart watch-

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Besides managing calls and messages, Ticwatch S (Sport) and E (Express) empower your active lifestyle with the convenience of Google Assistant, fitness apps like Google Fit, and the powerful ecosystem of Google Play. Google Play brings you apps that enable sleep monitoring, music detection, multi-language support, and much more. The possibilities are endless with your Ticwatch S & E… More on kickstarter.

And here is one starting at $2,450-

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The Tambour Horizon is made in conjunction with Google and Qualcomm Technology, with a case made in Switzerland. TAG Heuer, also part of LVMH like Louis Vuitton, worked with Google and Intel so, apparently, Louis Vuitton’s smartwatch is not using the same technology or module as the TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45. We presume that is because of the Tambour’s smaller case size – TAG Heuer’s module, comprised of a battery, chip, and screen, could not fit into the smaller case that Louis Vuitton insisted upon for the Tambour Horizon… More at A Blog To Watch.

If only choice was all that mattered.

The world’s first Alexa-powered smartwatch

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Unveiled in April last year, the Amazon Alexa-powered CoWatch has now been rebranded as the iMCO Watch, and is now available in India via Yerha.com.

The iMCO Watch brings Alexa’s voice-based assistant functionality like asking for weather, controlling your smart home, looking up information on the Wen, or ordering stuff online… More at Android Authority.

Logically this makes perfect sense. Why would you want to access most functions on such a small screen when voice is much quicker. Just go to get over the ‘speaking to your watch in public’ thing.

Flex 2 Battery Life

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I fully charged it when I first received my Flex 2 and find that the battery lasts about 2-3 days if I’m lucky. It also takes forever to charge even if it’s already at medium.

I’m upset I had to turn off functionalities in order to try to make it last longer such as silent alarm, text notifications and all day sync. You shouldn’t have to render these features unusable just to ensure a longer battery life.

Is anyone else having this problem or is it just me? More here.

I am. The Flex 2 has performed well so far, but the battery promises are way off the mark.