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Samsung smartwatch on the way

The wearable technology race is about to shift into high gear

Jim Kerr is Alberta Venture's web editor. Get in touch with him at jkerr@albertaventure.com.

Aug 19, 2013

by Jim Kerr

While some wait patiently to see whether or not BlackBerry will survive, many other tech observers are watching as the wearable technology race comes to a head.

Apple is one of several companies said to be working on putting out a “smartwatch,” but it appears bitter rival Samsung will be the first out of the gate. The South Korean company will reportedly be unveiling the Galaxy Gear on September 4th, ahead of the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin.

Bloomberg says the “wristwatch-like device” will allow users to surf the web, check e-mails and even make phone calls. I imagine it also tells the time, if you’re wondering.

Admittedly, it’s tough to gauge just how ahead of the curve Samsung is with this device since they’ll be the first big company to release one, but it does sound intriguing. As long as the screen is a reasonable size, the ability to surf the web and check e-mails could be a big selling point. As for the ability to make phone calls – there was a time, not long ago, when it was a bizarre sight to see someone strolling down the sidewalk having an animated conversation with themselves (but actually talking into a headset). Those days are gone though, so the thought of walking around looking like Dick Tracy likely won’t put many people off.

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One feature this device won’t have is a flexible display, something that outfits like Apple have been trying to perfect in recent months. Reports say Samsung will also be releasing the Galaxy Note 3, a smartphone tablet combination, on the same day.

What do you think: Will the smartwatch trend take off?

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