We couldn’t quite get our hands on the LG Watch Phone concept (and they were stopping all non-press individuals from even taking photos, which always seems strange to us) but we did get to talk to an LG rep about what the concept may evolve into and what features are working already. The screen is gorgeous and they’ve built the system to work with just three buttons, including a jog button of sorts, which lets you scroll easily. The concept sends and receives texts and is currently built to work on GSM but they said they haven’t finalized providers or networks yet, and could easily be made to work on CDMA. No word yet on battery life, but the watch *will* apparently include a built in mic and speaker (for “Dick Tracy”-style communication, ostesibly) but will be primarily for use with Bluetooth. Since this is just a concept, they were also mum on any sort of release date, but LG sounded like sometime this year or early next year would be reasonable.
What’s your opinion on the utility of a watch phone? Would you want something with stripped down functionality like that? (Text messaging would be a nightmare I think, but you could store templates and recall them I suppose.) As a user of the Fossil FX-6001, I absolutely love having my watch integrate with my phone, but it only tells me when I receive a call or text, and who’s calling. And that’s enough for me. I much prefer the phone as a separate device, I think.
Check the video for some close-up shots of the clock on the watch in operation and the nice screen and sleek design.
Tokyoflash has alerted us to the most recent of its watches with the Tibida. It has 42 white LEDs and tells time by hour, minute, or binary. The lower display shows the hours, while the upper displays the minutes, and you count each individual LED as a progression of 5 minutes. Choose between red, blue, or black face in stainless steel or black case with orange face. The watch is available through the February 5 for 12,900 JPY ($122.00,) with free shipping included.
Read More | TokyoFlash
Never worry about a lost remote again. Next time you are thinking that you need to replace your watch, you might consider the SL-2020 TV Remote Control Watch. The timepiece displays time in a 12/24 hour format with alarm, is a 1/1000 stopwatch, keeps track of all time zones, and can control hundreds of different TVs, VCRs, and DVD players. Water resistant, it works up to a distance of 3 to 5 meters, with the puny price of $12.50.
Read More | Vavolo
Our friends from Tokyo Flash have informed us that they have a new watch in town. Twelve 5-9’s Q comes in a gun metal or brushed silver finish with a stainless steel strap and 26 multi-colored LEDs. Push a button once for a random pattern, twice to skip that function. As with other watches from TF, it will take a bit of work to be able to tell time with its 12-5-9 method. The first two lines show the hours, the next line depicts increments of ten minutes, and the bottom two show single minutes. Available with both Japanese and English instructions, it comes with a year warranty with a price of ¥15,900 ($144.72.)
Read More | Tokyo Flash
Who knows where artistry leaves off and technical skill begins when it comes to designing gadgets? In the case of Fabrizio Cavalca, the two are intertwined. Visual design meshes with auditory sounds to create such items as this watch with Swiss automatic movement from Steinway & Sons. Using the “Golden Ratio,” the ratio of the longer side to the shorter is 1.62:1, which is supposed to be “naturally pleasing to the eye.” We just know that we dig the design no matter what muse struck him. The Limited Edition watches are available beginning at $1,000.00.
Read More | Steinway & Sons
We love all gadgets that you can wear and lessen the chance of losing, and this Luxury MP4 Watch is no exception. Enclosed in a steel shell and with a 1.8-inch 160 x 128 pixel OLED, it features a built-in Li-on battery. You can play MP3s, WMAs, Mp4s, music videos, movies, and display JPG images. It also allows wireless broadcasting through your car stereo or portable radio by an integrated FM transmitter.
The player holds 1 GB memory, connects to your PC by USB for downloading, has voice recording with built-in mic, features 4 hours of video playback time and 7 hours with audio, and recharges in only 1.5 hours. About the only thing it won’t do is wash windows. The MP4 Watch is available from our buds at vavolo For $110.00.
Read More | valvolo
Sony Ericsson has released the MBW150 Bluetooth 2.0 Watch. One generation removed from it’s 100 model, it is made of stainless steel and crystal and comes in Classic, Executive, and Sporty designs. Designed to go with their Walkman phone, the timepiece features a remote control for the music player and shows what track is playing on the watch face. The device vibrates when you receive a call, can trace IDs, and has mute and reject buttons. We suspect that in the near future, this watch will become the phone. Check with Sony Ericsson for more details.
Read More | Cool Hunting
This timepiece is for those that believe that the cup is half empty or maybe for those who know that time keeps on ticking, ticking away. Crispin Jones designed his Accurate watch in what he refers to as Critical Design, “using the language and tools of design to articulate a critical perspective.”
Created with a mirrored dial like the original analog with rotating discs, his watch is available in a Limited Edition of 100 for ~$163.00. To see more of Jones’ concepts with messages, check out his website.
Read More | Cool Hunting
Hitachi has developed a Biometric Wristwatch. While working 24 hours a day for 10 consecutive days, it will analyze your pulse, your sleeping habits, and your exercise routine. Based on a prototype they developed two years ago, the watch now has a lighter weight of 40 grams and is half the size at 43 x 35 x 15 mm. You only need to connect to your PC (wirelessly) to read the data. We think that we are already nervous about a device that tells us that we eat too much and exercise too little. Expect it to hit the market in 2008.
Read More | Industry Watch
TokyoFlash’s latest bizarro watch, the Geomesh, has arrived. At least this one is simpler than most of their products, although it requires some elementary math skills. Count the hours by the vertical lines and minutes by the horizontal ones. The watch comes in a brushed, mirrored Gunmetal finish with your choice of blue, white or multi-color LEDs. The Geomesh is available for ¥13,900 ($122.00.) While you are visiting the site, take a peek at their preview page with other unique timepieces that will soon be available.
Read More | TokyoFlash
© Gear Live Inc. – User-posted content, unless source is quoted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Public Domain License. Gear Live graphics, logos, designs, page headers, button icons, videos, articles, blogs, forums, scripts and other service names are the trademarks of Gear Live Inc.