Samsung shows off its smart watch

Samsung can pat itself on the back after it released its wearable smart watch before its rival Apple did the very same.

According to Bloomberg, the watch can snap photos, track workouts and use an array of apps but basically means that users can keep their smartphones in their pocket and not have to fish it out when they need it.

The Samsung Galaxy Gear will join Google Glass as the latest example of wearable technology.

The watch is synced to a mobile phone, allowing users to answer calls and receive text messages from their wrists.  Apple is rumoured to be working on something similar.  The fact that Samsung did it first, to an underwhelming reaction, should be a warning that this sort of toy is not really going to be the starter some tech companies will be hoping for.

Samsung showed it off at a ceremony ahead of Berlin’s Internationale Funkausstellung, one of the world’s largest trade shows for consumer electronics.

Samsung’s head of mobile spinning  J.K. Shin, introduced the new device by pretending to receive a text message on stage.

“Don’t forget to mention Android,” Mr. Shin’s message read.  Gear runs on Google’s Android operating system.

The Gear has a 1.63 inch screen which can receive e-mails, share pictures and use some apps.

Galaxy Gear has 512mb of RAM and an internal memory of four gigabytes. It has an 800-megahertz, single-core central processing unit and weighs 73.8 grams. Colours include lime green, oatmeal beige, wild orange, mocha gray, jet black and rose gold.

Pranav Mistry, the head of research at Samsung Research America, said the watch was “packed with technologies from the next decade” although somehow we think it is more likely to be packed with apps from the previous decade.

The watch has a rubber wristband which has a fairly pointless 1.9-megapixel camera embedded.

The device is activated by pressing a button on the outer right side of the display or aiming the wristband lens at an object.

If you swipe downward quickly the camera is turned on.

Swiping upwards brings up a number pad where a user can make a call. A user can answer incoming calls by lifting the wrist to an ear. 

The speakers and microphone have been positioned so you can talk as if you were on a regular phone.  It just means that the people on the train will be shouting into their wrists instead of mobiles.

The Gear is set to be released worldwide next month, expected to sell at $199 in the United States.