Mobile ComputingThe watch is taking charge
The smart watches that are available up to now are not particularly convincing. Without a mobile phone, they can only be used to a limited extent, if at all. So why strap an additional device to your wrist when you have to take everything you need along in your trouser pocket anyway? The Canadian start-up Neptune is now reversing the dependency: the watch is becoming the smart hub that controls the apps and establishes mobile connections. And the phone? That degenerates to a dumb touch screen without its own processor. Same difference? No, because instead of the “pocket screen”, any touch screen that is just as restricted and, by means of a dongle, any screen can be transformed to an input device for the hub on your wrist. The major advantage: I always have my central computer with me, only need to synchronise it with my data cloud and can change my input device as I wish. Simon Tian, the only just 20-year-old founder of Neptune, is sure that his concept will usher in a new era in computing. In purely visual terms, his literally smart watch and its dumb screens certainly make a good impression. Whether they also keep their promises when it comes to use will become clear in February 2016. This is when the set consisting of watch, phone screen, tablet screen, keyboard, dongle and headphones currently advertised on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.com is due to be delivered.