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Short description: It's a watch that makes it so you're always on time.
A bit more detail: Watches nowadays are tied into smart phones and GPS systems,
and could adjust themselves to ensure that even if you're usually late to things,
you're always on time.
Okay, okay, here's how it works: Your
watch always knows what time it is. But the
time that it SHOWS doesn't necessarily have to be the same time. Your watch is
connected to your smart phone, and therefore has access to your appointments.
Thanks to GPS, it also knows when you're traveling and when you've presumably
arrived at an appointment. If you're habitually late, it will cause reported time to
run a bit faster in advance of your appointment, so that even if you get there five
minutes late, you've really arrived right on time.
But what about for things that aren't in your calendar? Not a problem. Nobody
schedules things for, say, 2:36. If you are traveling for a period of time, and then
stop moving at 2:36, the assumption is (taking into account your previous degree of
punctuality) that you were six minutes late for a 2:30 appointment. If that's a
general pattern, the watch will eventually tend to run about six minutes fast.
I'm baking something like this
Including [pocmloc]'s comment, in effect. No progress in the past year, though. [notexactly, Nov 09 2015]
Traffic signal preemption
// I've always wondered whether traffic light timings are adjusted for ambulances passing through. // [notexactly, Nov 09 2015]
||It should also have access to public transport schedules, so it could, for example, put you on an earlier flight than you were planning to get, so as to allow you enough time to get a taxi across town to your meeting.
||If that ends up being a problem, the watch randomly
displays the correct time sometimes, just to keep you on
||what [MB] said... [+] nonetheless for sheer digital perversity.
||I've always wondered whether traffic light timings are adjusted for ambulances passing through. Theoretically, public transportation could be prioritized by collective appointments somehow, although this is open to abuse. At one time in Russia there was apparently a rash of private drivers using sirens on their cars.