Freddy Cloud

Frederick (“Freddy”) Cloud has had a passion for all things electronic since he “accidently” caused the class Commodore PET to malfunction in 8th grade.

“I swear. I didn’t do it on purpose” He was quoted as saying to a very unhappy computer teacher…

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Excuse me, is that your wrist vibrating?

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I have a confession to make … I have a watch problem. I love watches. If you follow me on Pintrest, you’ll see the board I have with the most pins contains watches. I don’t know exactly how many watches I have in my possession, but it’s quite a few. All sorts of dials and materials and styles. Ironically the one thing I’m missing from my collection is a “smart watch”. However, with the interest in “wearable technology” (like Google Glass) growing as quickly as it is, this may not be the case much longer.

For this post, I’m discounting the Fitbit and the Nike Fuelband; those serve very specific purposes. I think a “smartwatch” is a device that goes beyond those two. I consider it more like a wrist-pda, or an extension of your mobile device that gives you more than the time and how many steps you’ve taken. Several manufacturers already have watches on the market that provide you a constant stream of information by pairing with your phone (usually via Bluetooth), and they all have their pluses and minuses. For example, the Samsung Galaxy Gear will only pair with Samsung phones, such as the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy S4. It won’t pair with iOS devices or any other Android phone from any other manufacturer, which to me seems like a rather large oversight. The Pebble Smart Watch is an e-ink displayed device that while it doesn’t have as many bells and whistles as the Galaxy Gear, it’s half the price and works with both Android and iOS. Then there’s the Sony Smartwatch 2. I’d argue that it’s the nicest looking out of the three, and unlike the Galaxy Gear although it only works with Android devices, it works with more than just one manufacturers Android device. There are quite a few others out there (from the likes of Qualcomm, Martian, and MetaWatch to name a few), and there are rumors that the both Apple and Google will have their devices out sometime in 2014. I have a feeling when Google and/or Apple throw their devices into the ring, that’s when you’ll see a lot more people staring at their wrists.

So hopefully at some point next year, I too will be looking at my wrist for some other reason than checking out the time and/or the date. Yes, I’m one of the shrinking groups of people who don’t default to looking at their phone for this information. Well, unless it’s dark. Not all of my watches have back-lighting. OH! Check out my Pinterest board if you have a thing for watches. You’ll be amazed at the craftsmanship companies put into a timepiece. Some cost over a million dollars. Yeah … for a watch …

Talk to you soon!

Freddy C.

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