While we are only in November, Samsung unveiled an infographic depicting the evolution of intelligent devices within the brand and we talked in a previous article. However, to the extent that it is a communication stunt that is not intended to retrace the history of intelligent and connected watches, the editorial team of AEV! Has completed this history after the first article appeared.
Obviously, all the watches we will talk about in the development to follow are only those related to telephony as well as the models that seem to us the most interesting, both by their success and by their functions.
A (short) history of intelligent watches, then connected:
In 2003, Centralledwatch announced the Watch Phone Smart Watch with LED screen with a resolution of 96 pixels by 64 pixels, which is checked by button. However, despite an interesting concept, the watch will not pass the concept stage.
But because of a market may be too expensive and lackluster, Samsung pauses for 6 years between 2003 and 2009. Thus, to maintain a perpetual search by brand innovation, Samsung develops and markets the first Bluetooth headset of the market, with an autonomy of 8 hours. This is the WEP150.
However, given that it is an advertisement, the products marketed by the competitors are not unveiled, and the history of intelligent watches would not retrace the reality if we did not say a few words about these competing watches.
Indeed, the same year is out another model of smart watch, rather interesting: the Fossil Wrist PDA. This is a smart watch developed by the brand rather known leather goods, running Palm OS 4.1.2. It embeds a CPU 66MHz, 8MB of RAM and a screen monochrome touch (16 shades of gray) touchscreen 160 x 160 pixels. At its output, the price of this Fossil was approximately $ 250.
In 2008, LG has marketed the LG GD910, an innovative and pioneering shows in many ways. Indeed, it is the first smart watch compatible 3G. It has a screen capacitive touchscreen of 1.43 inches, as well as existing functions on phone: phone, SMS, music, Bluetooth (for connecting to a headset). This is a technological showcase to the extent that its price was 1000 euros.
In 2009, Samsung is developing a new product, the GT-S9110, a smart watch with functions for calls, SMS, Bluetooth. It has a screen LCD touch 1.76 inch 176 x 220. However, despite a later release, it lacks the 3G compatibility. The battery life of 4:15 in communication and 300 hours standby is ensured by a battery of 630 mAh.
It should be noted that since that time, the watches are smarter as Samsung were the first models, insofar as they can no longer spend independently calls. From now on, it is necessary that the watch is associated with a Smartphone via Bluetooth so as to make the calls, the watch acting as a device. Thus it is appropriate to speak of connected watches.
Two years later, in 2011, shows the connected WIMM One is marketed. Its specificity is to be a show developers compatible with Android 2.1, with a CPU of 667 MHz and 256 MB of RAM and 2 to 32 GB of internal storage. Its screen is a transflective LCD (internal lighting and lighting capture ambient light). This screen is a very appropriate element to the extent that this type of display illumination allows high brightness outdoors. Therefore, the display of 1 inch 160 x 160 resolution is perfectly readable in the sun. In addition to all this, the watch embeds Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a gyroscope and an accelerometer. Regarding the price, it was $ 300. Note the WIMM One is originally designed as a housing. It was therefore possible to make a keychain, or a screen installed on the handlebars of a bicycle, all depending on the support.
The following year, two firms each sold a connected watch.
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