Multimedia Watch Makes Wrist Mounted Accessories Useful (Almost)

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The day when the watch is once again a useful piece of technology is looming over us. For proof, check out Chinavasion's Multimedia Watch, which packs in a 1.8-inch LCD (160 x 128), voice recorder, in-built loudspeaker, 8GB flash, as well as support for pretty much every media codec ever conceived. (AVI, MP4, WMV, MOV, MP3, WMA, JPEG and the list goes on.)

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Illustration for article titled Multimedia Watch Makes Wrist Mounted Accessories Useful (Almost)
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The E-book reader function will ensure you need to wear spectacles within a week's usage, whilst the earphone jack will save your eyes and let you rock out to your stored tunes. Video plays back at 20 fps, so you really couldn't get any good viewing done, but V3.0 of the Multimedia Watch is going to be mega for sure. [Chinavasion via Geekalerts]

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No wonder the watches people like the most are old-fashioned looking. Watches themselves are old fashioned, and the contemporary aspirations of this watch make it painfully clear.

Cramming that many features in a watch is like shining a light on the impending death of watches. Given that people now carry around devices that do all those things a lot better (oh, and also supply the time) makes this watch doth protest too much.

The idea a hundred years ago that you would strap a metallic disc to your arm that would give you the time seemed like a great idea.

But the idea that you would strap a disc to your arm today that would give you the time when you already carry a mobile phone/computer/media center in your pocket seems anachronistic.

So the watch turns into a second rate iPod Touch in its death throes, but unless people just have to have something strapped onto their arms, a single function (or even multifunction) device shackled onto your arm seems increasingly stuparded.

I mean, aside from habit, how many times do you have to look at the time? Unless you're a NASA launch specialist or a pastry chef where every second counts, how necessary is it to have a timepiece cuffed onto your arm in constant view?

If you have to have something on your wrist, just get a lance armstrong bracelet or something, and put your time-giving, media-supplying, communications device in your pocket.