Foxconn unveils iPhone-compatible smartwatch

Foxconn unveils iPhone-compatible smartwatchSmartwatches! Get your smartwatches here! Anyone for smartwatches? No? Well, like it or not, they’re coming thick and fast, with everyone and his dog rumoured to be working on a watch what is smart.

Not to be outdone by Apple, Samsung, LG and now Google, bloomin’ Foxconn has confirmed it’s working on a smartwatch of its own.

Foxconn is best known for manufacturing Apple products, and all the controversy that goes with it. Over the years, we’ve heard of poor working conditions, suicides, riots and explosions. Eek.

On a, uhm, more positive note, Foxconn has said it’s about to start making its own junk for its own damn self, and one of the first such devices looks like being an iPhone-compatible smartwatch.

What’s the point? Let’s listen to Hon Hai chairman Terry Gou: "With such a device, you can keep your phone in your pocket and simply check all kinds of messages on your watch.”

The Foxconn smartwatch will monitor vital signs such as respiration and heartbeat, and – more importantly – allow you to catch up on Facebook.

As WantChinaTimes writes, if the user’s vital signs ain’t so good, the Foxconn smartwatch will give suggestions on how to improve them, possibly including: “Stop eating kebabs and get some exercise, you big fatty.”

We're also told to expect fingerprint security, which is of course the headline feature on the imminent iPhone 5S. Probably.

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 28, 2013 at 16:04

Oh boy... Fingerprint security the big one, eh?! That'll stop the NSA and Russian phishers

Not to mention that winmo phones had that 7 years ago, and that made winmo sooo big!

barrybarryk  Jun. 28, 2013 at 16:07

"With such a device, you can keep your phone in your pocket and simply check all kinds of messages on your watch.” - As long as they're 3 words long

"The Foxconn smartwatch will monitor vital signs such as respiration and heartbeat, and – more importantly – allow you to catch up on Facebook."
lol we've had watches that monitor your vital signs for over a decade and I doubt anyone is going to want to try check their facebook on a 1-2" screen. It'd be like trying to browse the web on one of those tiny iPod Nanos

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 28, 2013 at 16:10

Well, there are people who constantly check their phones (recent study in the UK suggests on average 100x per day! AVERAGE!!!).

Sad, really :p

barrybarryk  Jun. 28, 2013 at 16:15

And how often do they check their watches? Oh no wait they stopped wearing them a decade ago

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 28, 2013 at 16:47

And how often do they check their watches? Oh no wait they stopped wearing them a decade ago touche :p
I haven't worn a watch in 30+ years....

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 28, 2013 at 16:51

And how often do they check their watches? Oh no wait they stopped wearing them a decade ago touche :p
I haven't worn a watch in 30+ years....

Same here. I don't think I've ever worn a watch with any degree of regularity. I'm just never in a place where I don't have some other, non-wrist irritating, way of telling the time.

CTPAHHIK  Jun. 28, 2013 at 17:08

Monitor respiration? Those things do not work reliably.

Need a blood alcohol monitor.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 28, 2013 at 18:08

And how often do they check their watches? Oh no wait they stopped wearing them a decade ago touche :p
I haven't worn a watch in 30+ years....

Same here. I don't think I've ever worn a watch with any degree of regularity. I'm just never in a place where I don't have some other, non-wrist irritating, way of telling the time.


and we don't like wrist-irritation :p

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 28, 2013 at 21:15

Also: what on earth is up with that photo, Mr Curdie! That is even creepier than the usual bikini-babe fare o_O

lcurdie / MOD  Jun. 29, 2013 at 09:40

Also: what on earth is up with that photo, Mr Curdie! That is even creepier than the usual bikini-babe fare o_O
I don't make the rules. Blame Google Images ;)

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 29, 2013 at 12:22

okay

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