Though technology giant Samsung is known primarily for its phone, tablets and televisions, the company's recently unveiled smartwatch may add to that list. YNN's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
Though it's certainly not the first and won't be the last, Samsung's launch of a smartwatch may officially begin what could be the next "it" category of consumer electronics.
It doesn't hurt that Apple is expected to also unveil one at any moment.
As for Samsung though, its smartwatch is called the "Galaxy Gear."
"It's got a Bluetooth low-energy link, and it transfers information back and forth between two devices. So not only can I get things like notifications, which you would expect - so SMS, email, incoming call, calendar alert - we've got a very cool app ecosystem that we're developing for this, so we'll have about 70 applications available that can run between your smartphone and your Galaxy Gear. You'll notice it has a 1.9 mega-pixel camera, so it can actually capture 1.7 mega-pixel photos and 720 P video," says Ryan Bidan from Samsung.
At the moment though, the only phone the Galaxy Gear links with is the Galaxy Note 3, which Samsung also just unveiled.
Again, smart watches have been launched several times before, so does this one offer enough to finally make this category stick?
"Maybe this is the start, I feel like this is a little bit like Google Glass. This isn't the ultimate, not the end, it's the beginning, and maybe this is the first real practical smart watch," says Lance Ulanoff from Mashable.com
The Galaxy Gear and the Galaxy Note 3 both go on sale September 25.
The watch will cost about $300, though the price for the phone hasn't yet been announced.