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    Casio blurb on Bluetooth Low Energy prototype

    CASIO DEVELOPS WATCH THAT COMMUNICATES WITH SMARTPHONES VIA BLUETOOTH® LOW ENERGY LINK



    Prototype Features the Latest Wireless Technology with Very Low Power Consumption

    LAS VEGAS, JANUARY 5, 2011 - Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced today that it has developed a watch using Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE) technology, the new low-power-consumption version of the short-range wireless networking standard*. A prototype of the watch, sharing a two-way data link with a smartphone, will be exhibited at Casio's booth (#11006) at the International Consumer Electronics Show to be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from January 6-9, 2011.

    Casio has been redefining the wristwatch for years by applying the latest technologies. Now, Casio's application of BLE positions the company to create new possibilities for the way people use their watches. Taking advantage of the low power consumption of BLE, the new watch powers wireless communication functions with a single, ordinary button-cell battery, and without consuming any more battery life than a conventional wristwatch. Users can wear it every day just like they normally do, without the hassle of recharging which is required by typical mobile devices. Battery life is estimated at approximately two years based on the prototype model, assuming that the Bluetooth wireless communication function is used for 12 hours per day.

    Casio's new prototype communicates with BLE-equipped smartphones, which will be available in the near future and will connect to networks of various kinds of devices. As the wireless link between smartphones and watches gains in adoption, and as the universe of smartphone applications continues to grow, Casio expects to see new possibilities for watches in everyday life.

    Casio aims to produce its first Bluetooth Low Energy Watch in 2011. Meanwhile, Casio will call for partner companies to develop applications compatible with smartphones and other household devices in such areas as sports, health, home entertainment, security, and communication with family and friends.

    Overview of Casio's Prototype Bluetooth Low Energy Watch
    Main features:
    • Wireless communication is powered by the button-cell battery used in small devices and watches
    • Battery life with the communication functions is the same as previously released watches
    • The watch case measures a comfortable 53.4 (D) x 44.4 (W) x 12.8 (T) millimeters
    Main functions:
    • The alert signal notifies the wearer of calls and e-mail messages arriving on the networked smartphone
    • Alarm and vibration functions of a smartphone can be activated using a watch button
    • A smartphone's ring and vibration alerts can be stopped by tapping the watch
    • Accurate time information can be transmitted from a smartphone to the watch to ensure correct time

    Casio's demonstration of the Bluetooth Low Energy Watch uses a prototype of a Bluetooth Low Energy smartphone. The demonstration will be conducted at Casio's Booth (#11006) at 2011 International CES, in cooperation with NEC Casio Mobile Communications.
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    Re: Casio blurb on Bluetooth Low Energy prototype

    That's pretty neat. Reading a text/e-mail on the watch while the phone's in the pocket or backpack/purse would be one useful function to start.

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    Re: Casio blurb on Bluetooth Low Energy prototype

    I've yet to manage to connect one Bluetooth device with another. Haven't tried that hard though - one failure and I've usually given up.
    I used to list my watches here until I realised it ruined people's Google searches...

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    Re: Casio blurb on Bluetooth Low Energy prototype

    It does work*, but I've always been put off because, for example, a bluetooth headset for the car needs charging every couple of days. I'm prepared to charge my main portable device - the phone - every night, but adding something else to that mental list exceeds my brainpower, it appears.

    So if they can make this device work for 2 years due to the low energy standard revision, it could be good.


    *I went through a phase of hacking into other people's phones on the tube to pass the time. Much easier than you would hope.
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    Re: Casio blurb on Bluetooth Low Energy prototype

    There was an article elsewhere stating Casio were planning on releasing this feature in a g-shock this year and then progress into more from there.

    Being able to go running with my phone, which I use as my mp3 player, in my rucksack or a pocket and change tracks by pressing a button on my watch would be seriously good. Add wireless headphones (if anyone can reccomend any pm me) and Id be one happy bunny.


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    Re: Casio blurb on Bluetooth Low Energy prototype

    Awesome news! I think Casio is trying to recapture their market share lost due to a large share of the cell phone users not wearing watches anymore these days. Great idea for Casio! I think if applied properly it would do wonders for current non watch wearers. Plus it will also eliminate the need for all those atomic syncs. Just sync to the phone and get the most accurate time all the time. How cool is that? I say brilliant!
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    Re: Casio blurb on Bluetooth Low Energy prototype

    That fella looks like it could do with a bezel.
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    Prototype bluetooth watch

    found this from the Press Release,

    LAS VEGAS, JANUARY 5, 2011 — Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced today that it has developed a watch using Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE) technology, the new low-power-consumption version of the short-range wireless networking standard. A prototype of the watch, sharing a two-way data link with a smartphone, will be exhibited at Casio’s booth (#11006) at the International Consumer Electronics Show to be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from January 6-9, 2011.
    http://www.casio.com/news/content/D0...-5B8B40606043/
    http://www.casio.co.jp/release/2011/0106_ble-watch/

    image from casio.co.jp
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    Re: Prototype bluetooth watch

    Looks like the Silencer.
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    Re: Prototype bluetooth watch

    Yep - we have some discussion here as well.

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f17/cas...pe-489748.html
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