Smartwatch watching: Samsung is getting in on the action
Going all Dick Tracey on the world is what Apple, Sony, Samsung - and everyone else with a wristband - is aiming to do. Will we die of boredom waiting for something that we had hoped never to wear again? Probably. Until someone comes up with a smartpocketwatch that dangles from a chain attached to your vest and can tell you exactly where the stagecoach from Tuscon is on Google Maps.
According to PC World:
Samsung has laid the groundwork for its potential entry into the much-hyped smart-watch market, by filing an application for a U.S. trademark on the name “Samsung Galaxy Gear.”
The trademark would be used for “wearable digital electronic devices in the form of a wristwatch, wrist band, or bangle capable of providing access to the Internet and for sending and receiving phone calls, electronic mails and messages,” Samsung said in a filing with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office dated July 29.
The devices could also be used for “the wireless receipt, storage and/or transmission of data and messages and for keeping track of or managing personal information; smart phones; tablet computers; portable computers,” according to the filing.
The kicker is the 1.6 inch screen which makes us wonder why we ever got rid of the iPod Nano in the first place.
Seriously, is this stuff even remotely innovative or worthy of headlines?
According to the International Business Times - both international and business-y so they must be right - we are idiots for not being all up in the smartwatch market:
Samsung is reportedly in a race with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) to be the first company to introduce the next generation of smart watches. Although Apple has started applying for its iWatch trademark in various countries, the company is expected to launch the device only in 2014 and is hiring more employees to get its smart watch to the next level in development.
Market analysis firm Canalys has claimed, in a recent forecast, that worldwide shipments of smart watches will surpass five million units in 2014. If the estimate proves correct, the figure will be more than 15 times the 330,000 units shipped in 2012 and 10 times the 500,000 units expected to ship by the end of 2013.
“Smart watches will be the most important new product category in consumer electronics since the iPad defined the market for tablets,” Chris Jones, an analyst at Canalys, said in a statement.
On the other hand, nothing. I have nothing. It could be great but who ever got excited about a roided Timex.