Smart watches

Are smart watches a luxury or a must have?

Apple Watch

Episode 1177

Lawrence from Newport Beach, CA

Lawrence has a Samsung Neo Smartwatch and he's thinking about why people should have one. The main reason is that if he leaves the phone in a restaurant, it'll let him know. That alone is worth getting a smart watch! Leo says that's a great feature. Additionally, Leo says that he can do everything with a smart watch like the apple watch. There are times where he may not want to have to answer the phone, but the watch can reply without anyone knowing. But the bottom line is, no one really needs one. It's a definite luxury.

Is there a market for high end smart watches?

Apple Watch

Episode 1154

Dave from Fullerton, CA

Dave says that there will be a market for the Apple Watch. Leo agrees and says that Swiss watches are worried that these smart watches will put them out of business. Especially the really expensive watches. But those expensive ones are status symbols, and nothing more. A good reliable watch now is under $10 thanks to quartz movements. It's really all about jewelry.

Why doesn't my Moto 360 smartwatch turn on when tilt my wrist to look at it?

Motorola Moto 360

Episode 1148

Carl from Riverside, CA

Carl has a Motorola Moto 360 watch. Leo says it's the best smartwatch out there to date. But Carl says it won't automatically turn on when he puts his watch up to read it. Leo says to turn on "ambient display" in the settings. The Moto 360 will still have enough battery life to last throughout the day.

Should I buy a Pebble watch?

Pebble Watch

Episode 1145

Tom from Warren, OH

Dan is thinking about buying the Pebble smart watch. Leo says that while the Pebble watch is a cool device, it's a first generation watch that isn't cheap at $349. Leo prefers the Android Wear watches. It's exactly what a smartwatch should be. Breaking news, time, adjustable watch face, and tells him who's calling. Leo advises waiting on the Pebble or go with an Android Wear watch.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1131

This week's gadget from the GizWiz is The Spark. It's a watch that has a camera and it watches you to make sure you don't fall asleep while you're at work at school. Spark uses motion-tracking algorithms developed in conjunction with sleep researchers to analyze an individual’s motion patterns throughout the day. Using this data, the watch can detect when its user has fallen asleep at an inconvenient time. If it sees you nodding off, it vibrates to take you back up. The preorder price is $49, while retail will be $79.

More on Android Wear and the LG G Watch

LG G Watch

Episode 1100

While Leo remains skeptical on the idea of the smart watch, he has begun to like the LG G Watch more. He finds it convenient to send and receive text messages and get notifications passed from his phone. He can talk to it, query it, and tap the screen. It's not as much of a health tracking watch, as other fitness bands and smart watches have been, but it does measure steps taken. Leo says the jury is still out on this, and probably not worth buying yet. He suggests waiting to see if Apple does something magical to make watches good.

A Look at the Android Wear LG G Watch

LG G Watch

Episode 1099

Leo bought the Android Wear LG G Watch. This is the latest smart watch, after many previous watches like the Pebble or Samsung's Galaxy Gear Gear. There have also been many fitness bands like the Nike Fuel Band, Jawbone Up, and the Fitbit Flex. Microsoft even had a Spot Watch over a decade ago, and even the Casio calculator watch. Unfortunately, the LG G Watch is only marginally better than those past attempts according to Leo.

Google Announces 'Android Wear' Platform at I/O Conference

Episode 1095

Google has announced its Android Wear platform for smart watches. LG and Samsung have announced Android Wear watches, and Motorola will be doing another one this summer. These watches will let you know when you have an incoming call, and even will allow you to respond because it has a built in microphone. They'll also have Google Now, so it can provide contextual information when you need it, right on the watch face. These watches also have sensors to track your health statistics, like many of the fitness bands that are already on the market.

Google Announces Android Wear, an Operating System for Wearable Devices

Episode 1067

Google announced Android Wear this week; an operating system for wearable devices. Already Motorola and LG have announced watches based on Android Wear, and one of the watches is actually round in shape.

Google announces Android Wear, a Nexus-like platform for wearables (Engadget)…
http://www.engadget.com/2014/03/18/google-android-wear/

How can I get support for my Pebble Watch?

Episode 1025

GJ from Santa Barbara, CA

GJ has an idea for how to avoid the CryptoLocker virus. He says people can turn on "File History" in Windows 8 or "Volume Shadow Copy" in Windows 7. Leo says the issue is "hot backups". If he'd have a "hot backup" that is running, it will backup the encrypted file. With versioning turned on, it would be possible to go back to a version of the file before it was encrypted. So Leo says to be careful and not assume that all backups would be alright, but the new versioning in Windows 8 would help.