BlackBerry maker dials in to watchphones
'Anything LG can do, we can do better'
Research in Motion clearly isn’t happy with LG’s upcoming GD910 watchphone stealing the limelight. The BlackBerry maker has also announced plans to make a branded wrist accompaniment.
The Rim Alpha 1 watchphone, supports voicecalls - but not videocalls
Unfortunately – judging by the picture – it doesn’t look like the Alpha 1 will support videocalls, but Rim executive Antoine Boucher has promised to build in a solid selection of features alongside the watch’s analogue dial.
For example, Alpha 1 will include noise-reduction technology to ensure that voice clarity is always "crystal clear" when you are making or receiving calls.
The watch will also allow you to stream music to it from your BlackBerry and, much like Sony Ericsson’s existing MBW-150 phone-connected watch, will use Bluetooth to alert you to texts and incoming calls.
The Rim staffer also promised that the watch will keep you updated on Twitter and Facebook posts.
A price or launch date for the Alpha 1 hasn’t been announced. ®
I thought Twitter users were already doing things with their wrists without having this thing strapped to them....
You mean you don't find any appeal in being in a RIM up to your wrist? So to speak....
...someone has been leading El Reg up the garden path!
Just what the Long Island Rail Road needs, another way for morons to "improve" the commute by screaming into their watches. As if RIM, Nextel et al didn't have so much to answer for in the "eroding quality of life" arena of atrocity with their bloody push-to-talk "technology".
And it you think twitterbabble is bad, the conversations people commonly have on these things make it look impenetrably intellectual by comparison. A few weeks ago everyone on the 6:04 out of Brooklyn was treated to a forty-five minute loud cellphone conversation in which all our side of the debate did was run variations of "pull the machine out from the wall, turn it off and turn it on again". Forty-five minutes. One computer. I don't know who was more stupid, the guy on the train or the idiot he was talking to.
Another idiot attacked someone who suggested he turn down his squawkbox, only to be taken off the train ten minutes later by the police at the next stop. Moron.
Then there was the tw@t who was amazed that I took him to task for allowing his lengthy ringtone (Mozart's 40th) to play twice then attempting to hold the converstation while I and a few dozen others were trying to watch the first-run screening of "The Fellowship Of The Ring". He told his caller "Some idiot wants me to hang up", but got less belligerent when his closing the phone got a round of applause.
I think it should be illegal to own a piece of electronics unless you can prove you have a higher IQ than it, and that it should be legal to shoot anyone who cannot produce the paperwork saying this is the case on demand.
I don't think I'd like...
my wrist in RIM