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Old Dec 5, 2012, 02:05 PM   #1
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Casio Announces 'Bluetooth Low Energy' Enabled G-Shock Smart Watch




Casio has officially announced the Bluetooth G-Shock, a $180 Bluetooth v4-enabled smart watch. Though the watch will ostensibly be competing with the Pebble e-paper wristwatch, the G-Shock is in a bit of a different category.

It's a much more traditional watch, looking nearly identical to other G-Shock watches, water resistant to 200m, and with significantly fewer features resulting from its Bluetooth v4 connectivity than the Pebble. When paired with an iPhone, the Casio smart watch can automatically set its own time, alert you to incoming calls and email, and locate your iPhone from the watch.

The watch only works with the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5 at the moment. They are the only iPhones that support the new Bluetooth Low Energy specification which we've covered previously. Casio isn't the only company to adopt Bluetooth Low Energy; the Pebble watch and other watches like the Strata are both using the same technology.

There are a number of other possible uses for Bluetooth LE including heart rate monitors, proximity sensors like the one built into the Lockitron lock, and more. These products, however, have been slow to come to market.

The G-Shock uses an ordinary watch battery and the company says it should last 2 years when connected to Bluetooth for 12 hours per day. The watch lists for $180 and has limited availability at select retailers.

Article Link: Casio Announces 'Bluetooth Low Energy' Enabled G-Shock Smart Watch
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 02:09 PM   #2
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for all the people who still think this throw back is cool
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 04:18 PM   #3
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for all the people who still think this throw back is cool
What a goofy looking timepiece! Why not strap a gold-plated sundial to your wrist and really impress your friends?
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 07:06 AM   #4
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for all the people who still think this throw back is cool
Don't underestimate how popular they are in certain countries. In Japan practically every second person has one.
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 02:09 PM   #5
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This is exactly where I was hoping Apple was taking the 6th generation iPod Nano. But I guess that would have fallen outside of their newfound Incremental Advances Only motif.
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 02:12 PM   #6
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People who think G shock watches are cool....

Well let's just say i'm willing to bet that they get laid way less often compared to someone who wears classy watches...

Just saying.
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 02:25 PM   #7
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People who think G shock watches are cool....

Well let's just say i'm willing to bet that they get laid way less often compared to someone who wears classy watches...

Just saying.
Well let's just say i'm willing to bet that people who criticize other people's tastes in watches get laid way less often compared to someone who could care less...

Just saying.
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 02:37 PM   #8
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Well let's just say i'm willing to bet that people who criticize other people's tastes in watches get laid way less often compared to someone who could care less...

Just saying.
Couldn't*

because if you could care less if defeats the purpose of saying it.

But I DO agree with you!

Regarding the watch, I don't know about you guys but my phone is always with me or very near. Why would I need my watch to confirm my phone is in fact ringing? It would be cooler to predict when my phone is about to ring! I'd buy that.
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 03:12 PM   #9
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Couldn't*

because if you could care less if defeats the purpose of saying it.

But I DO agree with you!

Regarding the watch, I don't know about you guys but my phone is always with me or very near. Why would I need my watch to confirm my phone is in fact ringing? It would be cooler to predict when my phone is about to ring! I'd buy that.
Thanks for the correction haha!
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Couldn't*

because if you could care less if defeats the purpose of saying it.

But I DO agree with you!

Regarding the watch, I don't know about you guys but my phone is always with me or very near. Why would I need my watch to confirm my phone is in fact ringing? It would be cooler to predict when my phone is about to ring! I'd buy that.
This explains the 'I could care less' thing rather well :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om7O0MFkmpw
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Well let's just say i'm willing to bet that people who criticize other people's tastes in watches get laid way less often compared to someone who could care less...

Just saying.
*Couldn't care less.

If you could care less it means you still care a bit.
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 04:16 PM   #12
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*Couldn't care less.

If you could care less it means you still care a bit.
I was corrected back on page 1, thanks though.
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 02:26 PM   #13
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People who think G shock watches are cool....

Well let's just say i'm willing to bet that they get laid way less often compared to someone who wears classy watches...

Just saying.

This is SO TRUE. I wore my G-Shock all last week and I only got laid 3 times. I wore my RADO the week before and I got laid 6 times!!
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 02:33 PM   #14
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Useless

As the operating range of bluetooth is very limited, I don't see a single useful feature here, except you look so great, that you need to scare off some chicks with its obnoxious 1990's design.

Dear 1990s - no offense intended.
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This is SO TRUE. I wore my G-Shock all last week and I only got laid 3 times. I wore my RADO the week before and I got laid 6 times!!
Well, shoot. I don't care for the looks of the Rado's I have looked at all that much. Perhaps my tastes are not that refined. But based on your data I guess I'll be getting one.
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Nifty little watch. Reminds me of my very first calculator watch with the small buttons.

(*That was before I could add :P*)
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Everyone needs to stop being so serious...

LOL. Should have known better than to make such a bold statement on a geek forum. Sorry guys. I was just making fun of how ugly those watches truly are... I'm pretty sure that my Bart Simpson Casio from first grade got me more ass!
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People who think G shock watches are cool....

Well let's just say i'm willing to bet that they get laid way less often compared to someone who wears classy watches...

Just saying.
Try wearing one of you're purdy watches downrange in a combat zone.....
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So there are people that still wear watches?
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If the iPhone 4S or 5 were around in the late 80s, I might have wanted this.
Alas...
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So there are people that still wear watches?
That was my first thought too.
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So there are people that still wear watches?
Yes, people with style. Of course not sure who'd wear this watch as it's the opposite of style and functionality. But nice dress watches are very much in as a fashion statement.
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So there are people that still wear watches?
Ever tried swimming with an iPhone strapped to your wrist? Did it work?
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So there are people that still wear watches?
Oh yes. Two reasons:

1) In a long meeting or other situation when I want to check the time, it's much more obtrusive to pull out a cell phone than to just glance at my watch. Way more discrete.

2) Second hand. I really don't think I could like without a second hand. When you are trying to catch a bus or a train, the difference between 2:44:01 and 2:44:57 is a huge difference. It's the difference between making it or missing it. When I'm cutting it close (nearly every day), it's invaluable to see whether I have almost a full minute or whether I might as well slow down and wait for the next one. My watch (a pretty inexpensive model) syncs against the US atomic clock each night, so it's dead on for that sort of stuff.

Sure, some people might like to get there a few minutes early and just stand around on the platform, but I like being able to cut it close if I need to.
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So there are people that still wear watches?
Oh yes. I wear a watch everyday for the simple fact that it is much easier to look at my wrist then to pull my phone out of my pocket.

This is the same thing that people cite when they say they have started wearing watches again. I've read several articles since summer stating the watch is becoming popular once more, especially vintage ones. There is one guy I know of on eBay who sells at least 12 vintage Timex watches every 1-2 days for $30-$90. Pretty good business.

I would never buy a bluetooth however though I do own two G-Shocks and 12 other watches.
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