Shout at your wrist in the street with the EP2502 cell phone watch

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I’m an apologetic fan of wrist watches that double as cell phones. largely because of a boyhood fascination with Dick Tracy that had my grade school teachers puzzled by the flabby boy with the wild mop of hair and crazed eyes in the back of their classroom, loudly calling APBs into his “radio watch”… which was, in actuality, a He-Man swatch. Leave aside that it makes more sense to use your cell phone as a time piece than it does to use a watch as a cell phone: there’s something about shouting, “Hello! John Brownlee here!” at my wrist that appeals to me, even if it is functionally both inconvenient and absurd.

The EP2502 cell phone watch seems a cut above its competitors, though. It’s still every lick as ridiculous as you’d expect, but it’s actually fairly attractive, featuring an OLED touch screen, a 2 megapixel camera, tri-band support, Bluetooth and even waterproofing. It’s being released in just a few days for $250, which seems respectable.

Of course, where these cell phone watches really fall apart is privacy: it’s not practical taking your watch off every time you need to answer your phone, which means you’ll need to hold your wrist up to your ear like for swathes of time or loudly shout at your wrist in the street while passers-by shoot you alarmed looks. I suspect no one’s really going to get into these until they simply function as wearable video conferencing devices. Then we’ll all feel like Dick Tracy.

EP2502 OLED WaterProof TriBand Watch Phone [Surprising Gift via Gizmodo]

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5 Responses to Shout at your wrist in the street with the EP2502 cell phone watch

  1. santulli says:

    John: I also doubt that folks will warm to these, but I’m not sure if this particular example of convergence is completely impractical. The bluetooth is where it’s at. Think for a second of all the people you know who seem to constantly live with a blue tooth headset growing from their ear. This device could let them eliminate their phone altogether, get it out of their pocket or unstrapped from their belt. Which of course brings us one step closer to the the ultimate goal: the day when the phone actually resides inside our ear.

  2. liatach says:

    i recently won a pair of walky talky watches from a drillbit taylor promotion,
    never got round to seeing the film, but the toys are great, tho somewhat huge,
    they req. 3x AAA’s to run and they are quite bulky and hideous, but they have pretty amazing range and clarity and my son loves them.
    as for the cell cell phone watch, i’ll wait for the portable holographic video phone version.

  3. ROSSINDETROIT says:

    Sure, it looks great but can you play Explode Pigboat on it?

  4. License Farm says:

    As a kid I had the Dick Tracy movie watch, which had an LCD “analog” display and a “speaker” which lit up when you pressed one of the buttons. I think there were higher end versions of it, but mine was cheap plastic.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Provided the bluetooth works well, I think this is great. For people who just want a phone without the extra stuff – I’m sure there isn’t much memory for PDA stuff, MP3s etc – it’s perfect. You don’t have to worry about squashing it while it’s in your pocket, no holster, etc. If you’re like me and wear a watch anyway, it’s just one less gadget to have to carry.

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