Samsung has taken the wraps off its Galaxy Gear smartwatch according to news reported on AllThingsD.com, Time.com and other sources Sept. 4. The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch debuted in Berlin at a consumer technology show known as IFA. The smartwatch is new technology even though comic strip character Dick Tracy had something similar, called a 2-way wrist TV, way back in 1964.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch functions similarly to Google Glass in that it needs to communicate with a smartphone or tablet for most of its functionality. In the case of the Galaxy Gear, that smartphone has to be a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, also new, also introduced and demonstrated Sept. 4 at IFA in Berlin.
Apple is also developing a smartwatch. There are already a couple of smartwatches available on the market, one from Sony and one called the Pebble.
Here are a few interesting facts about Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
Screen: Measures 1.6 inches diagonally, very large for a watch. It's a Super Amoled touch screen display like many of Samsung's smartphones.
Camera: Has 1.9 megapixels so it's far smaller than most new smartphone cameras which are now 5, 8 and 10 megapixel models.
Battery life: Samsung estimates it at 24 hours, and it requires its own unique charger. That's fairly short. You'll need to take the charger along when traveling even on short trips.
Colors: Samsung offers a choice of 6: Jet Black, Mocha Gray, Wild Orange, Oatmeal Beige, Rose Gold and Lime Green.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch connects via Bluetooth to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone (due in stores Sept. 25) or Samsung Galaxy Note tablet.
The watch button on the right side functions as a home button.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear has an adjustable band that is supposed to be able to get small enough for a woman to wear it in comfort, if not style. Look for the Samsung Galaxy Gear in stores beginning Sept. 25.
IFA stands for International Fuhrenden Marken, which can be translated as Leading International Brands. It's an annual trade show in Berlin that focuses on consumer technology including smartphones, televisions, tablets, home appliances and more.
Copyright © 2013 Susan J. Walker.
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