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    I tell you what would be a good new feature...

    Stumbled on this today, and it made me think a WiFi-network present indicator would be a terrifically useful feature for a new range of G-SHOCKS.

    "Netman", anyone?

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    Re: I tell you what would be a good new feature...

    I wonder how acurate they are???? Seems very cool to me......
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    Re: I tell you what would be a good new feature...

    That WOULD be a handy feature, throw in a web browser and Skype phone too and I'll take one!




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    Re: I tell you what would be a good new feature...

    I think that's a little too much to ask, but it could allow for synchronization with a network time server, enabling atomic accuracy in territories where Waveceptor reception is not possible.

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    Re: I tell you what would be a good new feature...

    Quote Originally Posted by Seamaster73 View Post
    I think that's a little too much to ask, but it could allow for synchronization with a network time server, enabling atomic accuracy in territories where Waveceptor reception is not possible.
    That's still quite a bit to ask for in a watch. A "WiFi present" indicator can work from a basic receiver with minimal pattern recognition for 802.11x modulation. Actually getting time from even an SNTP server would require:
    • Transmitter and full 802.11x modem (measure button cell battery life in minutes)
    • Registration as a network device producer, which has bookkeeping and import/export restrictions
    • A network stack consisting of 802.11x link-layer, IP, and UDP
    • DHCP and router advertisement support for the IP layer (autoconfig)
    • SNTP itself (which is fairly simple compared to the rest of it)
    • Enough computing horsepower to handle all of the above at WiFi speeds, which is nontrivial in watch

    In comparison, the shortwave broadcasts they listen to now are easy: information is transmitted on a one-minute cycle, at a rate of 1 bit per second. It's slow, it's simple, it avoids complicated receivers, and all the watch has to do is listen passively.

    Too bad, 'cause it would be pretty cool.

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    Re: I tell you what would be a good new feature...

    That would be a great feature, hmm, if they used a protrek screen you could even get your emails!

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    Re: I tell you what would be a good new feature...

    Sounds like a slippery slope to having WUS forum updates on our G-Shocks. And then eventually we would post here from our G-Shocks and it would be a very dangerous feedback loop indeed. Tribe would not approve.

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    Re: I tell you what would be a good new feature...

    Quote Originally Posted by Riley View Post
    Tribe would not approve.
    Predictable, aren't I?
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