Well Here's A Hidden Benefit, That Oughta Appeal to RealJock Guys!

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    Sep 26, 2015 1:46 AM GMT
    I'm getting some flack here for having bought an Apple Watch. Asking what good is it, compared to other watches, or wearing any watch.

    Well, today I've been playing with it, and entered my height, weight, age, etc, and activated some kind of health app.

    And it just now alerted me to stand up and walk around, I've been sitting for too long! And haven't met my daily calories burned goal!

    I mean, a wristwatch that tells ME what to do? But OK, I got up and did some stuff, and it reported back that I had met my daily activity goal. My daily goal? I didn't know I had one!

    This technology is just mind-blowing to me. You gotta understand that when I got my first wristwatch as a Christmas gift in 1957 it was considered cutting-edge because it was self-winding (aka automatic). And even more amazing, had luminous hands. You set the time manually by pulling out the winding stem and turning it.

    I was so thrilled I ran into my bedroom, jumped into my bed, and threw the sheets & blankets over me, to be in total darkness. And just stared & marveled at the glowing hands, and at the dots where the numbers were.

    Now I'm using a watch that displays live moving images from my iPhone camera, a watch that obeys my voice commands, or turns my words into text I can instantly send. It gives me the hourly weather forecast for today at a tap. Alerts me to my appointments, notifies me of my texts & emails. And I've just scratched the surface.

    My head is spinning. You younger guys take these things for granted. But for someone born in the 1940s I can hardly believe the Jetsons world I've lived to see. So hopefully you'll give me a little allowance if I gush a bit (or a lot).

    And I can't begin to imagine the world you're gonna see, after I'm long gone. At least if we don't blow it up or poison it first.
  • mystery905

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    Sep 26, 2015 2:01 AM GMT
    I'm glad you like your new gadget.

    However, aren't most of the functions you're describing originating from the phone anyways?

    e.g. text messages, e-mails.
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    Sep 26, 2015 12:25 PM GMT
    mystery905 saidI'm glad you like your new gadget.

    However, aren't most of the functions you're describing originating from the phone anyways?

    e.g. text messages, e-mails.

    Correct, the Apple Watch primarily functions as an extension of the iPhone. It becomes little more than an ordinary timepiece if you don't have your iPhone with you. But I normally keep my iPhone in my pocket, I don't carry it in my hand all day long. And so with my poor hearing (I've had hearing aids for nearly 20years) I often miss calls and other messages and alerts.

    But the Watch does have some unique capabilities of its own. Like using skin sensors on the case back that allow it to monitor your body conditions. And there's simply a way-cool, Dick Tracy aspect (a comic strip perhaps before your time) when you speak to it on your wrist, and it responds back to you. The dear thing calls me "Bob", I guess it figured that out from my existing stored Apple data, I didn't program that into it myself.

    And I mentioned its ability to receive live images from my iPhone camera, and to control it remotely. That alone blows my mind. So yeah, most of its capabilities are based on the iPhone with which it pairs. But for someone like me, and perhaps for others, it enhances those features, makes them wearable and more instantly accessible at every moment.
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    Sep 26, 2015 1:57 PM GMT
    While I,as of yet, do not see the need for an Apple watch, several of my friends have one and say they really do like the features you mentioned, Bob.

    So, let the scoffers scoff, they're just envy they owe 20million dollars in student loans and cannot buy one!


    {that oughta start a flame war!!}
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  • FRE0

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    Sep 26, 2015 10:10 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    mystery905 saidI'm glad you like your new gadget.

    However, aren't most of the functions you're describing originating from the phone anyways?

    e.g. text messages, e-mails.

    Correct, the Apple Watch primarily functions as an extension of the iPhone. It becomes little more than an ordinary timepiece if you don't have your iPhone with you. But I normally keep my iPhone in my pocket, I don't carry it in my hand all day long. And so with my poor hearing (I've had hearing aids for nearly 20years) I often miss calls and other messages and alerts.

    But the Watch does have some unique capabilities of its own. Like using skin sensors on the case back that allow it to monitor your body conditions. And there's simply a way-cool, Dick Tracy aspect (a comic strip perhaps before your time) when you speak to it on your wrist, and it responds back to you. The dear thing calls me "Bob", I guess it figured that out from my existing stored Apple data, I didn't program that into it myself.

    And I mentioned its ability to receive live images from my iPhone camera, and to control it remotely. That alone blows my mind. So yeah, most of its capabilities are based on the iPhone with which it pairs. But for someone like me, and perhaps for others, it enhances those features, makes them wearable and more instantly accessible at every moment.


    Will it communicate with the Moon Maid?
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    Sep 27, 2015 6:11 AM GMT
    Wow. As if this needed its own thread. icon_lol.gif