Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is planning the first commercial launch of its innovative watch phone, a small wrist watch which includes a mobile phone. The product will be available by early summer in the US and is expected to be very popular especially with the youth market. The watch phone uses Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology.
Samsung's watch phone is the first watch phone for mass consumers and the latest in the company's long history of innovative firsts. The dynamic design, while conjuring images of science fiction, signals a new marketing approach by manufacturers to target specific generations of wireless telecommunications users.
Company officials expect the watch phone to be well received by people with active lifestyles. Worn just as a traditional wristwatch, Samsung's watch phone offers exceptional portability for people involved in outdoor sports or activities who can not be encumbered by a traditional handset.
Samsung's CDMA-based watch phone is the lightest and smallest wireless terminal ever produced, weighing just 1.3 ounces (1.7 ounces with battery) and measuring 2.7 inches by 2.3 inches by 0.8 inches. Samsung's watch phone comes with a miniature duplexer that has been hailed as an important breakthrough in the development of wireless technology.
With 90 minutes of continuous call time and 60 hours of standby time, the watch phone has an array of features including voice-activated dialing, phone directory, ear phone and vibrate alert. Using animation, a graphic LCD guides the user through the phone's many features.
The new watch phone also provides an innovative voice command feature that allows users to dial numbers and operate the phone through spoken commands. Text-to-speech (TTS) technology will soon be applied to the watch phone, enabling users to check their Short Messaging Service (SMS) or e-mails by hearing, and not reading, the messages they receive. This technology was developed by the co-operation of Samsung and Conversa which creates speech recognition software, and headquartered in Redmond, Washington, U.S.