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Gear watch is sci-fi technology for your wrist

By Brier Dudley
The Seattle Times

Gear is a new gadget that will help popularize wearable-computing devices, a category expected to soar over the next five years.

It works better than I expected and does plenty of tricks to impress your friends and co-workers, such as placing calls, displaying email and taking pictures and videos with a camera in the wristband.

But the Gear also feels a bit like a prototype – a work in progress that Samsung released early to build interest among app developers and beat its nemesis, Apple, to the punch.

The price is a little misleading because you’ll probably need to buy a new, high-end phone to make it work. Samsung plans to make the Gear work with multiple Android-based devices, but for now, it only works with Samsung’s new Note 3 phone.

The Note 3, with a 5.7-inch display and a stylus that slips into its leatherette case, is a nice option if you’re looking for a jumbo phone. But it also starts at $299, plus a service plan.

Once you’ve paired the Gear and the Note 3, they connect automatically when they’re within about 5 feet of each other.

Brier Dudley, Seattle Times

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