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Is this the crappest 'smart' watch yet?
« on: May 27, 2013, 09:44:15 pm »
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/203572986/vachen-smartwatch?ref=category

Big clunky case, backlit TFT display - 48Hr battery life  :wtf:
Not to mention the awful video....
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Re: Is this the crappest 'smart' watch yet?
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2013, 10:33:38 pm »
I could probably live with a 7 day battery life if I got a lot of extra features from a smart watch.
But a 2 day battery?  :wtf:
 

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Re: Is this the crappest 'smart' watch yet?
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2013, 10:50:22 pm »
Looks like a grandfather clock strapped to your wrist.
 

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Re: Is this the crappest 'smart' watch yet?
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2013, 10:56:23 pm »
Maybe they want to imitate the old spring loaded mechanical clocks. The ones you should wind every day or two. That why the 48 hours battery life. It's a feature!  >:D >:D >:D

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Re: Is this the crappest 'smart' watch yet?
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2013, 11:29:14 pm »
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/203572986/vachen-smartwatch?ref=category

Big clunky case, backlit TFT display - 48Hr battery life  :wtf:
Not to mention the awful video....
I bet that display looks familiar... 48hr battery life with an FPGA is actually pretty good!

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Re: Is this the crappest 'smart' watch yet?
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2013, 11:33:58 pm »
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First, we had to solve the battery life issue. We designed the first generation Smartwatch to hold a battery with a life of 400mAh, boosted this up to 700mAh during mass production, and consistently reduced its electricity consumption, enabling it to be powered on over two to four days.

So they solved it?  :wtf:

Must be meant just to wear out for an evening or two to impress your date.  :o
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Re: Is this the crappest 'smart' watch yet?
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2013, 11:36:04 pm »
OMG that video!
 

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Re: Is this the crappest 'smart' watch yet?
« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2013, 11:42:40 pm »
Well, that wristwatch is OK, but I still use an old watch, that my grandma gave me in 1998. It's a cheap watch from Hong Kong but it's pretty accurate though...
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Re: Is this the crappest 'smart' watch yet?
« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2013, 11:44:23 pm »
OMG that video!

Well I had to watch it after that comment. That guy is a dork.

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To optimize battery life, VACHEN Smartwatch is not always turned on. The Intelligent Backlight On feature has been adopted to automatically turn on the VACHEN Smartwatch when necessary.

So it only lasts for two days with battery saver technology?  ???
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Re: Is this the crappest 'smart' watch yet?
« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2013, 11:46:30 pm »
Well, that wristwatch is OK, but I still use an old watch, that my grandma gave me in 1998.

And how many times have you had to change the battery?

48Hr battery life  :wtf:

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Re: Is this the crappest 'smart' watch yet?
« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2013, 12:53:59 am »
- 48Hr battery life  :wtf:

Hmm ... in reality after the battery was used for quite sometimes, means < 24 hrs.  :palm:

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Re: Is this the crappest 'smart' watch yet?
« Reply #11 on: May 28, 2013, 01:13:20 am »
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Lastly, we centered a stainless steel heat sink panel at the heart of the Smartwatch to cool things down. This heat sink panel runs across the entire width of the Smart movement, and via its conductive casing, allows heat to disperse safely in all directions.

I have a general rule, which works for most cases. If you have to add a heatsink, then you will not have a long battery life! If you are doing so in a mobile phone or "smartwatch"... you are doing it wrong!
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Re: Is this the crappest 'smart' watch yet?
« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2013, 01:23:35 am »
A HEATSINK? On a freaking wristwatch??



That might just be a little excessive.
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Re: Is this the crappest 'smart' watch yet?
« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2013, 01:39:30 am »
And how many times have you had to change the battery?
I don't know. Maybe once in three years? Once i crashed the glass so i had it replaced.
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Re: Is this the crappest 'smart' watch yet?
« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2013, 03:15:34 am »
OMG I will buy this!  I always want to change my watch face 10 times a day, but it is cumbersome to change watches.  :palm:
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Re: Is this the crappest 'smart' watch yet?
« Reply #15 on: May 28, 2013, 07:03:31 am »
Yes, that could be the winner of the crappest. Every detail is strange on this watch. Why they make so much money with every gimmick called "smartwatch"? Is it because they show convincingly that they really have something?

They all set up an rumor that Apple developing a "smartwatch". Unbelievable!
 

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Re: Is this the crappest 'smart' watch yet?
« Reply #16 on: May 28, 2013, 07:07:10 am »
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Is this the crappest 'smart' watch yet?

Smart enough - they hit their funding target.

As to the watch? I'd rather get one of the wrist straps for an ipod nano.
 

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Re: Is this the crappest 'smart' watch yet?
« Reply #17 on: May 28, 2013, 08:23:11 am »
A HEATSINK? On a freaking wristwatch??


That might just be a little excessive.

It needs Android-gingerbread just to tell you the time, and you complain about the heatsink? no watch for you!
 

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Re: Is this the crappest 'smart' watch yet?
« Reply #18 on: May 28, 2013, 08:45:56 am »
I didn't even notice the  stuff about heatsinking - if you need a heatsink you're definitely doing it wrong.
And if it's made of stainless you might as well not bother.
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Re: Is this the crappest 'smart' watch yet?
« Reply #19 on: May 28, 2013, 08:50:33 am »
It seems like this "SMART" watch is bought by enough people for reaching the funding goal. interesting  :-DD 48h battery life time is ridiculous... There are better options out there - like an iPod nano.

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Re: Is this the crappest 'smart' watch yet?
« Reply #20 on: May 28, 2013, 09:49:34 am »
You are all missing the point. Its not a watch. Its a fashion statement.
This thing is the size of my phone :o and WTF is with this bigass BGA???
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Re: Is this the crappest 'smart' watch yet?
« Reply #21 on: May 28, 2013, 10:08:08 am »
I didn't even notice the  stuff about heatsinking - if you need a heatsink you're definitely doing it wrong.

Nope, you're dead wrong and totally missing the point, that heatsink is for increasing the effectiveness of the wrist warmer if you wear it in pairs.  So order two instead of one. :-DD

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Re: Is this the crappest 'smart' watch yet?
« Reply #22 on: May 28, 2013, 10:43:58 am »
DealExtreme has been selling cheap smart watches for a while, they are much smarter than this one in that they're often complete media players (+recorders) or GSM phones too. They don't have much better battery life, but then again they do a lot more than just tell you the time.

(I personally use a mechanical self-winding watch. Never needs batteries nor winding.)
 

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Re: Is this the crappest 'smart' watch yet?
« Reply #23 on: May 28, 2013, 11:10:30 am »
Holy shit, a full blown Android chipset @ 1Ghz to keep the time? So.Much.Fail.
 

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Re: Is this the crappest 'smart' watch yet?
« Reply #24 on: May 28, 2013, 11:12:13 am »
I kinda like it ... I've emailed him to see if there's a car  / solar charger kit. I'd FINALLY be the snappiest dude in town !!
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