Top 10 Geeky Digital Watches

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Bill Loguidice
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As a purveyor of fine geeky watches, from mixed analog/digital to calculator watches to MP3 watches and everything in-between, to my current watch (a binary LED watch with date function directly from Japan), I looked with interest at PC Magazine's Top 10 Geeky Digital Watches list. Mine is not there, but some nifty ones are.

Myself, if I could have any watch invented, I'd like a full function cell phone PDA watch. Now THAT would be cool...

Of course if this video watch that PC Gamer mentioned had a built-in speaker [EDIT: It looks like the ones on eBay do!], it would be pretty awesome, as I have a 256MB MP3/memory/voice recorder/FM watch that was quite handy and this goes one step further: http://raremonoshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=105
I have yet to find good video conversion software though. I'd want something that converts DVD's and video files quickly and simply to various portable formats... [EDIT: Again, it looks like the eBay one has software that does it, but I'd still want a do-everything package. I think I'll start a new forum topic.]

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whoops....
Bill Loguidice wrote:
Mark Vergeer wrote:

The exact same watch is on his wrist! A true geek watch! It can even solve Sudokus!

Interesting. Which watch can?

Mark just made a little joke :)

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Solving Soduku puzzles...
Mark Vergeer wrote:

The exact same watch is on his wrist! A true geek watch! It can even solve Sudokus!

Interesting. Which watch can?

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that's the watch my electrical engineer father in law is using

The exact same watch is on his wrist! A true geek watch! It can even solve Sudokus!

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GPS's
Matt Barton wrote:

Does that watch have a GPS? Now that'd be an interesting concept.

No, but there are watches with GPS's, yes. They tend to be very expensive, though. Honestly, I think the form factors of phones or handheld GPS's are better options than watches given the smaller screen sizes and how much power consumption is involved in the process. Having a solar powered watch naturally negates some of those power concerns, but still.

As for the watch I ordered, this is a summary of the main features: Solar powered and syncs with atomic clocks, keeping time and date sync’d. It also has a stopwatch, compass, water resistance to 330 feet, altimeter, barometer, thermometer, and autolight. The higher priced watches in this line pretty much just add things like moon and tide phases (and/or are designed with titanium).

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Does that watch have a GPS?

Does that watch have a GPS? Now that'd be an interesting concept.

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Bill Loguidice
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I'm not to be trusted - My Father's Day gift

Ironically, despite my statements below, I've been drawn back into the world of watches in a big way. My wife recently ordered herself a new sports watch for use at the gym and poolside and that got me thinking about watches again. Perusing the most technologically interesting watches that could hold up to abuse and swimming, I came across the Casio Pathfinder series of watches: http://pathfinder.casio.com/watches/ . I was only interested in the "Solar Atomic Triple Sensor" tier. I ended up ordering this model, http://www.casio.com/products/Timepiece/Pathfinder/PAW1100-1V/, for just $139.99, inclusive, which is not bad considering it generally retails for between $200 - $300.

Casio Pathfinder PAW1100-1VCasio Pathfinder PAW1100-1V

Features:

Multi-Band Atomic Timekeeping
(US, UK, Germany, Japan) Recieives time calibration radio signals which keep displayed time acurate
Auto receive function (up to 6 times per day)
Manual receive function Signal: US WWVB, UK MSF, Germany DCF77, Japan JJY40/JJY60 Frequency: US 60kHz, UK 60kHz, Germany 77.5kHz, Japan 40/60kHz

Tough Solar Power

Digital Compass
16 points of measurement
Measuring range: 0 to 359 degrees
Measuring unit: 1 degree

Altimeter
Measuring range: -700 to 10,000m (-2,300 to 32,800ft)
Measuring unit: 5m (20ft)
Auto memory measurements
Altimeter Memory
Memory capacity: 40 records
Measurement data: altitude, month, date, time
High / Low altitude memory
Cumulative ascent / descent memory
Relative altitude display
Altitude tendency graph
Altitude differential graphic
Altitude alarm

Barometer
Display range: 260 to 1,100 hPa (7.65 to 32.45 inHg)
Display unit: 1 hPa (0.05 inHg)
Atmospheric pressure tendency graph
Atmospheric pressure differential graphic

Thermometer
Display range: -10 to 60 C (14 to 140 F)
Display unit: 0.1 C (0.2 F)
100M Water Resistant
Low Temperature Resistant (-10 C / 14 F)

Autolight
Full Auto EL Backlight with Afterglow
Duplex LCD
World Time
29 times zones (30 cities), city code display, daylight saving on/off
Hourly Time Signal
Countdown Timer
Measuring unit: 1 second
Countdown range: 1 minute to 60 minutes
Other: Auto-repeat function
1/100 second stopwatch
Measuring capacity: 9:59'59.99"
Measuring modes: Elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place times
Auto Calendar
(pre-programmed until the year 2099)
12/24 Hour Formats
Accuracy
+/-15 seconds per month (with no signal calibration)
Storage Battery
Solar Rechargeable Battery
Battery Power Indicator
Power Saving Function
Approx. battery life
5 months on full charge (without further exposure to light)
Module 3043

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I have one of these from Fossil

I wear it quite often but my failing eyesight makes it hard for me to use. (Mine is in better nick that the sample pictured).

Its a bit of a hog - it needs two watch batteries but its a great conversation piece when out and about.

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Yes, I've stopped wearing

Yes, I've stopped wearing them a long time ago.

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Bill Loguidice
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Watches
Hatta wrote:

What, no Donkey Kong watch?

Ah, how things change in just three years. I've stopped wearing watches and just have my iPhone with my at all times. I still occasionally buy game watches, though. Probably my favorite game watch of all time is Nintendo Tetris (I've never tried StarFox or some of the others), and the last game watch I got was a poker watch. I would definitely buy another watch at some point if it were truly cool (at this point, if it fully interfaced with my phone in some manner), but I have a feeling that watches are going the way of the dodo in terms of advancements since fewer and fewer people are wearing them these days (the only time I wear one anymore is a G-Shock when I go the beach or something for convenience to keep track of time) outside of as a status or style symbol.

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What, no Donkey Kong watch?

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