I'm making a big deal out of the Gear's camera because, well, it is a big deal. Of all the smartwatches CNET has covered thus far, no other has an embedded camera. It's usually the domain of headgear. It seems somewhat insane that the Gear even has a camera at all, but there are some logical future uses: scanning bar codes or QR codes in stores, or taking quick visual memos that can be tied to events to remind you later. Every other feature the Gear has so far -- health tracker, notifications, music and media control, voice command, and speakerphone -- can be found elsewhere. The camera is the "new thing." And, in a sense, Gear and Glass have some things in common. Both are trying to introduce cameras into new places, both are positioning themselves as helpful, always-listening devices you can speak to, and both are trying to knit lots of brand-name apps into the wearable experience.
I might find myself wearing the Gear more often than Glass, simply because it feels natural as a watch, and starts to become invisible the moment I slip it on, But that invisibility becomes something a little more threatening with a camera, Snaps aren't the only thing the Gear can take: it can record 15-second video clips, too, And those can be triggered in advance, running silently, Capturing perfect undercover footage from my wrist that doesn't look commuter series case for apple iphone x and xs - pink like bad roller-coaster outtakes isn't easy, but it can be done, And what does that mean?..
It means cameras will be everywhere. They already are everywhere. I can sneak a picture on my phone pretty easily. Not so long ago, people found cameras on phones to be surprising and odd. Today watches, tomorrow little clip-ons. I don't like cameras on everything, and I don't like the lack of privacy, but what Gear shows even more than Glass is how easily cameras will slide into the world around us. Maybe this is just the beginning of something commonplace, but right now -- as long as people don't think cameras will be on watches -- it's a recipe for social weirdness.
Read CNET's review of the Samsung Galaxy Gear, How does it feel to strap a camera onto your commuter series case for apple iphone x and xs - pink wrist? The Gear's odd tech proposition feels as voyeuristic as Google Glass..maybe even more so, "Excuse me, I just wanted to ask: did you know I was taking a picture of you with my watch?"This is what I asked a barista at a coffee shop near work, because, moments before, that's exactly what I did, Wearing a black-and-steel Samsung Galaxy Gear on my wrist, I made a few swipes and taps on the screen that captured my subject as he was making me coffee..
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