September 19, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Features Camera, Voice Function

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch

Small Business owners and entrepreneurs on the go already look for mobile devices to make their lives easier.

But in addition to smartphones and tablets, there’s a new gadget in town: the smartwatch.  The watch allows users to check updates “hands free” without even touching your phone.   Samsung has introduced its version of the smartwatch, called the Galaxy Gear.

Galaxy Gear Introduced as Companion to Note 3

The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch introduced last week at an unboxing event in Berlin is the next step for these devices.

The new smartwatch was unveiled along with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3, a next generation of the company’s so-called “phablet” device (larger than a standard phone, with features like a tablet).

The watch is expected to work as a companion to the phone-tablet hybrid. A 1.63-inch display allows you to check updates from your phone at a glance to your wrist, and use about 70 pre-loaded apps, mostly with gesture commands.

But what may be the best features allow you to initiate a phone call from the watch or take video or photos from a wristband camera both in conjunction with your mobile device.

Make Calls or Take Video

Using the watch’s S Voice feature activated by double-clicking a button on the side of the display lets you make a call or dictate a text message to your mobile device hands free.

The 1.9-megapixel camera on the wristband can take photos or short videos that can be stored temporarily with about 4 GB of storage on the watch or sent directly to your mobile device.

It’s not clear how wide the appeal will be for smartwatches.  As one commenter here at Small Business Trends predicted on an earlier article about smartwatches, it may be that the only people who are interested in smartwatches are the same people who bought a calculator watch a few decades ago when those were hot.  Time will tell.

Image: Samsung

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Joshua Sophy - Staff Writer


Joshua Sophy Joshua Sophy is a staff writer for Small Business Trends, covering technology and business news. He is a journalist and editor with 15 years experience in media. A former newspaper reporter and editor, Joshua also serves as President of the Board of Directors of a curling club and is editor of a regional newsletter focused on the sport of curling in the Eastern U.S.

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  1. We’re entering James Bond territory here! Either 007 or Electa Woman and Dyna Girl! :) In all seriousness, I’m looking forward to seeing one these up close. It may solve my sister’s problem of losing her phones every year.

    • You’re right Stephanie, I too thought of Bond, James Bond and Inspector Gadget. Next up will be the smart belt with accessories ala carte!!

  2. I am all for this one..much better than having to hold smartphones and loosing them, all they needs to add is phone capabilities

  3. Come on now what’s next the smart stove the tablet refrigerator the kindle Television or maybe even cordless cable TV. Time will only tell.

    Americans are getting more lazy and spoiled. What ever happened to them old fashion gadgets like a phone booth and pay phones…they will be introducing the Smart Car Next Year…..

  4. I tend to agree with Michael! I believe that higher technologies in the future will only be humanities demise!!!

  5. Well, this product is definitely getting a lot of buzz, Joshua.

    I think that it is only the first of many to come down the pike.

    Kind of cool-looking.

    The Franchise King®

  6. I think this will work for the fact that it is more portable than the galaxy note and other Samsung phones. Imagine being able to take pictures and videos with just a watch. But I think it is still limited to a companion gadget instead of an all-around all-in-one gadget.

  7. another act of foolishness.who would resort to watch for taking photos when the phone itself has a better camera.innovation=stupidity these days.get innovative with the hardware inside the phone.

  8. Wow, those watch are really cool!!!!

  9. I just bought the Galaxy Note II and after seeing this, I want the Note III and the watch! I am a sucker for tech items that are useful but still not necessary.

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