Samsung just announced its first smart watch called the Galaxy Gear. The Galaxy Gear is the first smart watch by a major tech player and could be paving the way for a new major tech product category.
This watch is powered with Android software and syncs via bluetooth with Samsung’s new phone called the Galaxy III. It seems the watch is not meant to be packed with features that would replace your other mobile products, but rather serve to complement them to augment functionality.
The watch has a 1.6 inch screen that shows incoming phone calls, emails, texts. It also has some apps, such as The Memographer for capturing photos and videos and the Pedometer for tracking physical activities.
Smart watches represent a major step towards wearable technology. It’s difficult to say whether the smart watch will catch on soon. However, it does seem very unlikely they would carry the same popularity as smartphones in the foreseeable future. Watches still represent a classic fashion accessory, and it seems unlikely people will immediately replace their branded timepieces with a tech-infused watch – especially one that doesn’t really offer exceptional functionality.
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Here is a video from Mashable showing the Galaxy Gear:
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