Feeds

Casio touts 'Bluetooth Low Energy' wristwatch with 2 year battery

Also: WiFi rodent spotted in Vegas

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

CES 2011 Casio is showing off a prototype Bluetooth Low Energy watch at CES, hoping that it is battery life that's stopped us rushing out to buy wrist-mounted Bluetooth kit.

The watch, which still lacks a model number, uses Bluetooth Low Energy to communicate with a mobile phone so it can buzz when the phone rings. Not only that, but it can set the time based on the phone's clock – though we can't help hoping that a Casio-designed watch would keep better time than a cellphone clock, and it's hard not to see the whole thing as a solution in search of a problem.

Casio Bluetooth Watch

Sony Ericsson managed this years ago, and could show the caller's number too...

Bluetooth Low Energy is based on Nokia's abortive Wibree technology, and is basically a separate radio stack that delivers very low bandwidth at very low power, allowing Casio to promise a two-year battery life for its prototype watch.

Not that Casio is alone in thinking that we're all searching for better wireless communications: Ozmo Devices, pioneers of the using-Wi-Fi-for-everything approach, have been demonstrating a Wi-Fi mouse ideal for all those laptops that don't have Bluetooth of any variety.

Ozmo's technology runs on top of Wi-Fi Direct, the peer-to-peer Wi-Fi technology being pushed so hard by Intel. Ozmo has managed a deal with Logitech to create Wi-Fi-powered speakers, replicating something Bluetooth has been happily doing for years.

But Intel has a decent patent portfolio in Wi-Fi, enough to motivate the company into pushing the technology as widely as possible, while the Bluetooth SIG is hoping that the increasingly-health-obsessed baby boomers will provide a market for its Low Energy variant, though even they probably won't be wanting a buzzing watch, no matter what the battery life. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST
It's not just a thumb war, it's total digit war
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.