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It's starting

Posted: Mon, 18 May 2015 10:13 am
by bgd
On Sunday I saw a girl talking to her watch. She talked for a while and then retrieved her phone to (I guess) carry on the conversation. At the end of the call there was a lot of tapping the watch. Whole thing looked awkward.

I guess in a year or two this might he a common sight.

Wasn't an Apple watch.

Re: It's starting

Posted: Mon, 18 May 2015 3:29 pm
by Dert42
I can't wait til i have something implanted in my head and it looks like i'm talking to myself!

Re: It's starting

Posted: Mon, 18 May 2015 5:04 pm
by sundaymorningstaple
I don't need the implant. I already talk to myself. AND I answer. It's the only time I can get an intelligent conversation. (BS!)

Re: It's starting

Posted: Mon, 18 May 2015 7:24 pm
by JR8
Hehehe.
These new things always seem a bit awkward and surprising. Reminds me of the Walkman or indeed mobile phone.
For the technological advance to stick, it seems it has to be major. Talking to my watch.... why would I want to do that? :)
Now if you could make it an all-in-one hands-free ear-piece ... that might be revolutionary enough, and more of a keeper.

Re: It's starting

Posted: Mon, 18 May 2015 8:56 pm
by zzm9980
I'm the biggest Apple fan boy on this forum, but to me the watch is ridiculous. I don't see how it helps. Siri (apple's voice input) is terribly unreliable, so you can't really use it to create messages. All the watch is going to do is tell you that you need to look at your phone. Why not just look at your phone more?

Re: It's starting

Posted: Tue, 19 May 2015 6:40 am
by nakatago
My watch is smart enough to know not to run out of juice at the most inopportune moments. Y'all know me as high tech as the next nerd but I like my watches old school enough (the only thing I require to be cutting edge for it is the power source).

I know other nerds who own smartwatches. Their watch faces are old school and they don't talk to their watches in public.

Except this guy:

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Re: It's starting

Posted: Tue, 19 May 2015 7:50 am
by Steve1960
zzm9980 wrote:I'm the biggest Apple fan boy on this forum, but to me the watch is ridiculous. I don't see how it helps. Siri (apple's voice input) is terribly unreliable, so you can't really use it to create messages. All the watch is going to do is tell you that you need to look at your phone. Why not just look at your phone more?


My daughter just had a new audio head unit put in her car, can't remember the brand but it is designed to be driven by an iPhone. It uses Siri and apparently is very successfully hearing my daughter speak and converting to text messages while she is driving. Maybe the car environment is more suitable or the microphone better quality I don't know.

I think early adoption of the watch is probably a mistake but if the second generation has more features like blood pressure monitor, sleep tracking etc then there could be a user case for it.

Re: It's starting

Posted: Tue, 19 May 2015 8:30 am
by zzm9980
Steve1960 wrote:
zzm9980 wrote:I'm the biggest Apple fan boy on this forum, but to me the watch is ridiculous. I don't see how it helps. Siri (apple's voice input) is terribly unreliable, so you can't really use it to create messages. All the watch is going to do is tell you that you need to look at your phone. Why not just look at your phone more?


My daughter just had a new audio head unit put in her car, can't remember the brand but it is designed to be driven by an iPhone. It uses Siri and apparently is very successfully hearing my daughter speak and converting to text messages while she is driving. Maybe the car environment is more suitable or the microphone better quality I don't know.

I think early adoption of the watch is probably a mistake but if the second generation has more features like blood pressure monitor, sleep tracking etc then there could be a user case for it.


I'm glued to my phone and use Siri constantly to dictate messages. Siri is extremely dependent on network connection. You'll have completely different results based on being on Wifi, 4G, 3G, or one provider vs. the other. More so than even audio background noise. And the funny part is, the "better" connection doesn't always make Siri more reliable. A lot of it is the backend latency from your provider back to Apple's infrastructure (I have some insight into this). I've had Siri work perfectly, go into an elevator, watch my signal cycle from 4g, to nothing, and back to full 4G, but now I have a new route to a different end-point and it works terribly.

The best is when Siri understands you perfectly as you dictate, you hit 'ok', and watch its 'auto correct' algorithms change your what was 98%+ accurate dictation to something resembling Dr Seuss.

Re: It's starting

Posted: Tue, 19 May 2015 8:38 am
by nakatago
Steve1960 wrote:
zzm9980 wrote:I'm the biggest Apple fan boy on this forum, but to me the watch is ridiculous. I don't see how it helps. Siri (apple's voice input) is terribly unreliable, so you can't really use it to create messages. All the watch is going to do is tell you that you need to look at your phone. Why not just look at your phone more?


My daughter just had a new audio head unit put in her car, can't remember the brand but it is designed to be driven by an iPhone. It uses Siri and apparently is very successfully hearing my daughter speak and converting to text messages while she is driving. Maybe the car environment is more suitable or the microphone better quality I don't know.

I think early adoption of the watch is probably a mistake but if the second generation has more features like blood pressure monitor, sleep tracking etc then there could be a user case for it.


In-car systems make more sense since it is a relatively closed system...unless you're driving with jackasses.

The second part, that's more fitness tracker territory:
https://www.microsoft.com/Microsoft-Band/en-us
https://www.fitbit.com/au/surge
http://www.sonymobile.com/global-en/pro ... ch-3-swr50

Re: It's starting

Posted: Fri, 18 Sep 2015 1:41 pm
by x9200
zzm9980 wrote:I'm the biggest Apple fan boy on this forum, but to me the watch is ridiculous. I don't see how it helps. Siri (apple's voice input) is terribly unreliable, so you can't really use it to create messages. All the watch is going to do is tell you that you need to look at your phone. Why not just look at your phone more?

A more recent version can also be eaten:

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Re: It's starting

Posted: Fri, 18 Sep 2015 2:50 pm
by nakatago
x9200 wrote:
zzm9980 wrote:I'm the biggest Apple fan boy on this forum, but to me the watch is ridiculous. I don't see how it helps. Siri (apple's voice input) is terribly unreliable, so you can't really use it to create messages. All the watch is going to do is tell you that you need to look at your phone. Why not just look at your phone more?

A more recent version can also be eaten:

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Needs a narration by Jony Ive.