I lost my watch in America. Yes, I was wearing a watch. I decided to wear a watch again after I hadn't for over ten years and it was mostly a fashion accessory. But when selecting the model I went for features as well: I picked a radio controlled, solar powered one that also had multiple timezone support. Now it's gone and I'm thinking about how to replace it. I could simply buy the same model again, or I could go for something smarter – a smart watch.
Unfortunately nobody seems to understand what a smart watch should do. Manufacturers seem to think of it as either a second mobile phone or at least as a second screen to your phone. But that's not it. It's the sensors, stupid!
Let's have a look at some products available (or in funding) right now:
|Fitbit Flex||Jawbone Up||Angel||Pebble||Sony MN2SW||Galaxy Gear|
|Heart Rate Sensor|
|Blood Oxygen Sensor|
|Battery Life||~5 days||~10 days||?||~5 days||~3 days||~1 day|
See where I'm getting at? There are some very useful fitness/health sensor products available that already found their niche and usecase. They are lightweight, stylish and supposed to stay on my wrist all day. But none of them tells the time! And then there are “smart watches” that are a bit clunky and basically do nothing my phone not already does.
Quantified Self is where the future of watches is. Make use of the position a watch gives you: permanently in touch with my skin, worn all day, exposed to the environment I live in. Let it gather the data and let my smartphone do the cool things with it. Make me healthier, let me sleep better or simply make my life more convenient.
So here's the product I'd buy:
What I don't need:
Now if you could put that into a somewhat decent looking design, you'll get my money.
We're back from our three week road trip through the North East of America. We had a rental car and slept in Motels. Thanks to booking.com for their mobile app which made it very easy to find a place for the night spontaneously. Even though some receptionists were a bit surprised by getting a booking just half an hour before arrival .
Our rough route was this:
As always, here's a small selection of the photos we took. Enjoy.
Bonus: some videos in my Youtube Channel.
We're back from a week of vacation in Crete and this is the usual pic dump. Some detailed diary entries are already written and will be posted (in German) on Kaddi's blog in the next days.
Update: Here are the detailed blog posts for each day in Kaddi's blog:
On Mother's Day my Mum took us to Plattenburg (careful: automatic background sound) - an old castle from the 13th century. Besides eating some good food, we attended a falconry show. It was fun to watch even though some of the birds preferred to roam free instead of doing the tricks they were asked to do . And of course it was a good opportunity to try our new camera: