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    Why isn't Casio getting involved in makiing a G Shock 'smart watch'?

    I'm a massive fan of G Shocks, and have been for 30 odd years, but there's no denying that their design is somewhat from the stone age!

    Why can't they aspire to something like this?

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    Re: Why isn't Casio getting involved in makiing a G Shock 'smart watch'?

    I love their stone age design It would be cool if they offered a g-shock designed like that, more modern style. But they should and have to keep the 80's look in their watches.
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    Re: Why isn't Casio getting involved in makiing a G Shock 'smart watch'?

    Casio knows G-Shocks own the "tough watches" category. In afew years once the "wearable tech" dust settles I'm sure they will make something thats great and works well. Most of the tech watches out today are a passing fad and will not be on anyone's wrist more than 6 months.

    G's last and provide value for over many years.

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    Re: Why isn't Casio getting involved in makiing a G Shock 'smart watch'?

    600mAh and "100 hours standby" means you'll be charging this thing constantly...
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    Re: Why isn't Casio getting involved in makiing a G Shock 'smart watch'?

    All I just wanted was a tough as nails watch, that tells me the time and has some very few other features. That's the customer that Casio was aiming for for the last 20 or 30 years. Nowadays, since they want to go upscale and high-end, who knows, maybe they'll come up with a wrist computer.
    I'll personally be glad if they stick with what they're good at and don't try to reinvent the wheel.
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    Re: Why isn't Casio getting involved in makiing a G Shock 'smart watch'?

    I don't want a standalone smart watch. Something like the GB6900 is closer to my needs:
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    Re: Why isn't Casio getting involved in makiing a G Shock 'smart watch'?

    That omate looks cool, I'll admit. But will I be wearing it 5 years from its release? Probably not. Many of Casio's watches have the durability and simple functionality that give them lasting appeal. These smart watches, should they ever catch on, will render even "new" models obsolete as they try to outdo their competitors with multiple reiterations to accommodate new technology. Reminds me of my old mp3 watch, which now sits in a drawer. Cool tech at the time, but outdated as the years or even months pass by.
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    Re: Why isn't Casio getting involved in makiing a G Shock 'smart watch'?

    The construction of the contact buttons makes me worry, with such big pushers you could accidentally damage the PCB (the larger a button is, the higher force it will create when pressed).

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    Re: Why isn't Casio getting involved in makiing a G Shock 'smart watch'?

    I'd love to see something smarter than the current Bluetooth offerings. But there is a real use case question here. If it interfaces with your smartphone, its lifetime is limited to your smartphone (unless the functionality is pretty limited). There are a lot of things my phone can do that I DONT want my watch to do (like read my email). But I'd love to see some real thought go into what technology might enable on the wrist without being a huge power drain. It looks to me like Casio is at least exploring this with the Bluetooth watches. Can't wait to see what comes next.
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    Re: Why isn't Casio getting involved in makiing a G Shock 'smart watch'?

    NO, smart watches don't make me look smart, but make me look "technology-dependency" isolating myself from the surrounding world

    i don't even like the BlueTooth
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