Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
h a l f b a k e r y
Birth of a Notion.

idea: add, search, annotate, link, view, overview, recent, by name, random

meta: news, help, about, links, report a problem

account: browse anonymously, or get an account and write.



Bluetooth Wristwatch

Displays and dispatches incoming calls and calendar reminders
  (+5, -3)
(+5, -3)
  [vote for,

Your watch should be part of your personal area network. When your phone rings (which may happen silently on the watch display before the vibrator goes off in the phone itself), the number should be displayed on your watch, and the watch buttons should do what your phone buttons would (send to voicemail, answer on headset, etc.).

When a meeting reminder goes off in yhour PDA or notebook, the reminder text should appear on the watch, and the watch buttons can handle the "OK" or "defer" functions. Even better, the watch should contain a replica of your reminders. When you'rfe carrying both your watch and your PDA, the reminder appears on the watch. When you have only one device with you, that device (watch, PDA, or even phone) displays the reminder. You should never get bugged for the same thing by two devices.

Some other alerts would be interesting to see on your watch as well. For example the popup alerts from nextbus.com (e.g. "the bus is 2 minutes away") would be useful on your watch. This could work if the watch could see some other device with internet (or maybe SMS) connectivity.

Of course a connected watch could always sync itself to a better time source via NTP, and report on the last time it did so when prompted. It could also act as an NTP server to other clocks under your control, to sync thgem when you come near (assuming a bluetooth interface is cheaper or uses less power than a WWV receiver for the satellite clocks).

The Seiko thing (see Google link below) is still (as far as I can tell) a prototype (therefore not necessarily baked). Its exact capabilities are not precisely known (so it may not do these things). The propotype (and the wrist computer from IBM that matches the same search) are enormous things like a Dick Tracy wrist TV. This isn't baked until it looks like a real watch (with hands and an LCD behind or in front of it) and I can buy one for $50.

sdpinpdx, Aug 04 2002

Bluetooth Wristwatch http://www.google.c...search=&safe=images
No comment. [DrCurry, Aug 04 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]

PDA Wristwatch http://www.geek.com...da/fossil/index.htm
More of a PDA than a watch, though, and no Bluetooth. [DrCurry, Aug 12 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]


       The power consumption for bluetooth is not negligible. I don't think the battery life would be too great. But if you can live with that, fair enough.
pottedstu, Aug 05 2002

       Errrr...... um. This is definitely under development and tantalisingly close to market release; expect them in the shops by this Christmas. I could tell you more, but then I'd have to kill you.
8th of 7, Aug 06 2002

       8th of 7, you can tell ME, because this is the type of slave bracelet technology that makes life not worth living. Probably a 'killer app' in the sense of inducing stress-releated disease. Pavlov's dogs had it better.
pfperry, Aug 12 2002

       pfperry: Pavlov was not a nice man - he carried out some very crude and doubtless painfull surgery on his test subjects, involving cutting open their salivary glands. Check the history.   

       I'm not sure that the watch - which after all is just a compact terminal - is any worse than having a web-enabled PDA with built in phone; it's just an extension of the user interface. Your choice. We aren't proposing implanting RFID tags in your neck or tattoing UV-readable barcodes on your forehead -yet. That's next year's development.   

       You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.
8th of 7, Aug 12 2002

       Another, less mature, communications technology for wristwatches and the like relies on near field effects to send signals using the person's body as the transmission medium. The benefits are much lower power (milliwatts) than far field technologies like Bluetooth. Check this site out for details,   

       [see link. --admin]
B_Smitty, Jan 09 2003


back: main index

business  computer  culture  fashion  food  halfbakery  home  other  product  public  science  sport  vehicle