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#1 OFFLINE   securitybreach

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 06:53 PM

Yesterday, I ran across the older Moto 360 for $120 so I bought one. I have only messed with it some but I think I like it. I know the new one is coming out soon but this is much more affordable for me right now and supposedly the new one doesn't offer that much more over the older model.

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1.56" LCD display; 320 x 290 pixels; 205ppi; Corning Gorilla Glass 3
TI OMAP 3 Processor/chipset
512MB RAM
4GB of built-in storage
320mAh battery rated at a full day of mixed use
Qi wireless charging with bundled cradle
46mm in diameter; 11.5mm thick
Stainless steel case with IP67 rating
Bluetooth 4.0 LE connectivity
Dual-microphone setup for voice commands
Built-in optical heart rate monitor and pedometer
Android Wear 5.1.1 with Google Now integration

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Photo of the charging dock:

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To turn the screen on, simply flip your wrist and it comes on.  Most of the actions are voice controlled but there are also swiping functions and you can also use it as a remote to play music or take pictures from your phone. Neat little device. :thumbsup:
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Posted 08 September 2015 - 06:56 PM

These are screenshots from the actual watch, including the watch faces at the bottom:

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 07:17 PM

There is also an app on the play store called Facer (1.99) that lets you design your own watch faces with thousands to premade ones to choose from.  That is how I got most of those watch faces but the Play store has hundreds to choose from as well. I also have like 20 more watch screens but the ones above are my favorites, so far anyway.
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Posted 08 September 2015 - 08:00 PM

Interesting, Josh. Thanks for the review.
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Posted 09 September 2015 - 09:00 AM

Cool watch. Doubt if I would have a use for such a thing. Love the different faces and the smart recharge thingy. Looks like a pretty conventional watch which is much better than some of the smart watches around. :breakfast:
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Posted 09 September 2015 - 09:07 AM

View Postabarbarian, on 09 September 2015 - 09:00 AM, said:

Cool watch. Doubt if I would have a use for such a thing. Love the different faces and the smart recharge thingy. Looks like a pretty conventional watch which is much better than some of the smart watches around. :breakfast:

Well having notifications, texts, emails, etc. on your wrist is really convenient. I kind of disagree about the looks as most smart watches look like normal watches to me. Now if your referring to the square ones, I have several dumb watches that are square.

Plus those are just the free watch faces... I have about 20 on standby (wishlist) when I get some money to spend...
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Posted 09 September 2015 - 09:33 AM

I have only ever seen squarish smart watches in adverts till today. I can see they might be useful to modern folk but as I do not have a smart phone and have not needed or worn a watch for twenty years or so they would be of no use to me.

Last watch I had was a Swatch, black rubbery type strap with a black body , black face and black hands. In fact thinking about it it was entirely black. Oh and it was waterproof too and light as a feather. :breakfast:
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Posted 09 September 2015 - 09:34 AM

Yeah, it would be completely useless without a smartphone..
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Posted 09 September 2015 - 01:44 PM

View Postsecuritybreach, on 09 September 2015 - 09:07 AM, said:

Well having notifications, texts, emails, etc. on your wrist is really convenient.
Only if you're under 60 and have good eyesight! :whistling:
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Posted 09 September 2015 - 02:38 PM

View Postebrke, on 09 September 2015 - 01:44 PM, said:

View Postsecuritybreach, on 09 September 2015 - 09:07 AM, said:

Well having notifications, texts, emails, etc. on your wrist is really convenient.
Only if you're under 60 and have good eyesight! :whistling:

Well they do have ways of fixing the eyesight issues and it's becoming a lot more affordable... http://www.lasik.com/
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Posted 11 September 2015 - 05:02 AM

View Postsecuritybreach, on 09 September 2015 - 02:38 PM, said:

View Postebrke, on 09 September 2015 - 01:44 PM, said:

View Postsecuritybreach, on 09 September 2015 - 09:07 AM, said:

Well having notifications, texts, emails, etc. on your wrist is really convenient.
Only if you're under 60 and have good eyesight! :whistling:

Well they do have ways of fixing the eyesight issues and it's becoming a lot more affordable... http://www.lasik.com/

Over the years I have driven hundreds of patients to the eye departments at various local hospitals. The results from different hospitals ranged from very good to very bad. In the main I would recon that 90% of folk had good results, ie: their sight had improvement. Note that is some improvement not perfect vision. I will not detail the bad cases but loss of sight is in there for some unfortunate folk. Every operation carries a risk of total failure and in worst case scenarios death, though as most eye correction operations are done under a local anaesthetic moralities are  very rare and usually caused by poor post-op care causing infections.
Me I have been on the table 15 times and I do not ever want to do so again. As for letting anyone near my eyes with a knife or laser whilst I am still alive and kicking, all I can say is ................................... !

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Posted 11 September 2015 - 08:25 AM

I hear ya but given the chance/money, I would in a heartbeat as I have known lots and lots of folks who have had the procedure and now see better than 20/20
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Posted 11 September 2015 - 08:59 AM

I went to an Ophthalmologist in 2002 to see if I was a candidate for Lasik as a golfing buddy had had it done and was very pleased with the result - I'd been wearing glasses for distance since 1967. Well, after he dilated my eyes and checked them out, told me that I wasn't because a cataract had formed on my left eye, and was starting to form on the right. I was only 58 years old! Had the lens replacements done two weeks later and haven't worn glasses for distance since. My company's Major Medical insurance covered the whole procedure - Lasik would have been all out of my pocket. I can read the computer screen very well and read books or magazines without helpers as long as the paper is white with black print. I do need helpers for fine detail, or if what I'm trying to see isn't well lighted.  
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Posted 11 September 2015 - 09:03 AM

When you say "lens replacement", do you mean your actual eye lense?
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Posted 11 September 2015 - 09:13 AM

Yes, the actual existing lens is removed, and replaced with an artificial lens. It's totally painless and I was awake through the whole procedure both times - the eyes were done 30 days apart. https://en.wikipedia...ataract_surgery
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Posted 11 September 2015 - 09:58 AM

Wow, ok :thumbup:
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Posted 11 September 2015 - 04:51 PM

I too had early cataract surgery--I was only 56 at the time--and my distance vision is now pretty good without glasses although I do wear them for driving to be safe. However, my close vision is terrible. I never had to wear reading glasses until after that surgery.
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Posted 13 September 2015 - 08:06 PM

Love the wiki link, especially the history part.

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The earliest form of cataract surgery, now known as 'couching', was first found in ancient India and then introduced to other countries by the Indian physician Sushruta (ca. 800 BC [21]), who described it in his work the Compendium of Sushruta or Sushruta Samhita. The Uttaratantra section of the Compendium, chapter 17, verses 55–69, describes an operation in which a curved needle was used to push the opaque phlegmatic matter (kapha in Sanskrit) in the eye out of the way of vision. The phlegm was then blown out of the nose. The eye would later be soaked with warm clarified butter and then bandaged.

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Posted 13 September 2015 - 08:19 PM

View Postabarbarian, on 13 September 2015 - 08:06 PM, said:

Love the wiki link, especially the history part.

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The earliest form of cataract surgery, now known as 'couching', was first found in ancient India and then introduced to other countries by the Indian physician Sushruta (ca. 800 BC [21]), who described it in his work the Compendium of Sushruta or Sushruta Samhita. The Uttaratantra section of the Compendium, chapter 17, verses 55–69, describes an operation in which a curved needle was used to push the opaque phlegmatic matter (kapha in Sanskrit) in the eye out of the way of vision. The phlegm was then blown out of the nose. The eye would later be soaked with warm clarified butter and then bandaged.

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