5 Ways I’m Using my WIMM One Smart Watch Today

The days of watches that only tell you time and date are long gone. At CES we saw an explosion of smart watches from many vendors, but the most exciting smart watch I saw was the one I had on my wrist.

For the past month I’ve been wearing a smart watch, or as WIMM calls it, a wearable device. I want to share some of my favorite uses of a smart watch.

The smart watch I am using isn’t some concept that might come out, it doesn’t just offer a new watchface like the iPod Nano and it’s way more useful than the MotoACTV if you aren’t a fitness nut.

The WIMM One Developer Preview is a smart module that comes with a wriststrap that turns it into a smart watch, but we’ll soon see a number other accessories that allow you to connect it to your bike, hiking stick, neckband and more.

The WIMM One Developer Preview is available for an attractive $199 at Amazon right now, and according to the company we’ll see branded versions coming out from retailers in the near future.

Here’s a look at how I am using a smart watch in my everyday life, and why I can never go back to a dumb watch.

How I’m Using a Smart Watch

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Receiving Notifications

Smart Watch WIMM One Text notification

One of my favorite uses of the WIMM One smart watch is the ability to receive notifications of calls and text messages on my wrist. When you get a text message or phone call on your Android or BlackBerry the watch vibrates and makes a noise, which you can turn off if you need quiet.

At CES this was a necessity given the noise on the show floor, and now that I am at home I still love the notification feature. Wether I am in line at the store, driving or just sitting around I can see why my phone is making noise without taking it out of my pocket. You can even see photo of your contacts.

Right now I can send a call to voicemail, but I have no response options. According to WIMM, they are working on a set of 10 predefined auto responses, so hopefully I’ll be able to respond soon.

Checking the Weather

Smart Watch WIMM - Check Weather

Forget asking Siri what the temperature is today, just glance at your wrist to see the current temperature. Within a few taps you can even get a seven day forecast for multiple locations.

Paying for Coffee

Smart Watch WIMM - Paying for Coffee

The Starbucks Micro app lets you pay for coffee with your watch, just like you would on your smart phone. I love using this app to pay for my coffee — almost as much as the barista enjoys seeing it.

Checking My Calendar

Smart Watch WIMM - Calandar

Another nice feature is the ability to see my Google calendar on my watch This lets me get a look at my day without opening up my phone, and it sounds alerts for appointments, which I might not hear or see in noisy environments.

News Reading

Smart Watch WIMM - News Reader

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Comments

  1. Anonymous says

    Dick Tracy would be jealous; I’m sure the we’ve only begun to see the potential of this form factor.  Not sure I would need one…but do I WANT one?  Hmmm…

  2. Iborgel says

    Wow, for 100 less then they originally were, I think I’ll buy one…
    What sort of battery life are you getting?

    • Lali Szumowski says

      Battery life varies dramatically depending on usage and which components are ON/OFF and for how long.  

      With average usage and Bluetooth turned OFF we typically see anywhere from 27-32 hours of battery life with the latest software. The 5 hour variance depends on which sensors are being used and how much time the module is truly in active mode. When Bluetooth is turned ON and actively connected to a phone, the battery life is roughly 60% of the above numbers (16 to 19 hours until the device shuts off completely). Using the WimmCompanion on Android or Blackberry typically yields about 1-2 more hours of battery life as we only actively communicate over SPP when there is an SMS or incoming call.

      We at WIMM Labs are continuing to work on ways to improve battery life.

      • Iborgel says

        Interesting, thats a pretty wide range. I wonder how well it would do with WiFi off and Bluetooth on. 

        So far, in my first ~12 hours of ownership, I am very impressed! It is MUCH thinner and smaller then I expected, I almost don’t feel it on my wrist. As long as it lasts at least a day, I suppose it doesn’t matter.

        Any info on adding any functionality to the Companion app for Android?

      • Tracy Cooper Jr. says

        Is the screen recessed at all? That’s the main reason I didn’t buy the
        Liveview or MOTOACV. I don’t want to buy one and have it get scratched
        within a day.

  3. Cuhulin AmHairghin says

    Now, if they would just put basic phone functionality and bluetooth in that thing, so that one wouldn’t need a separate phone and could just use an earpiece and the watch, this and a tablet would be ideal.

  4. Brad Hutchings says

    @JM_66: I bought one in early November. Figured I’d write an app see if it went anywhere. Didn’t expect that my TAG would mostly sit in a jewelry drawer and this would be my everyday watch. But it is. Might move the TAG to my right hand, but would that look silly?

  5. Anonymous says

    I am super excited about the WIMM and immediately pulled the trigger today when I found out they dropped the price and have it on amazon. I really hope more watch bands come out soon and other nifty holders. I especially like that interesting watch band that is more like a “C” that I noticed on their website.

  6. Tracy Cooper Jr. says

    Is the screen recessed at all? That’s the main reason I didn’t buy the Liveview or MOTOACV. I don’t want to buy one and have it get scratched within a day.

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