In this day and age of instant connectivity and increasingly pocketable mobile phones, some people don't bother wearing watches anymore. To them the watch has outlived its usefulness and the act of checking the time can be easily done using a phone. I'm not ashamed to admit I'm one of those people.
But it's announcements like this one from Citizen Watch in Japan that may entice us to wear watches again. Citizen has developed a Bluetooth wrist watch called the i:VIRT that will vibrate and light up to indicate an incoming call with the phone it's synchronised with.
It will show who's calling both with the phone number and the name of the person, provided you've transferred the phone's address book to the watch before hand. The i:VIRT can store up to 1000 contacts, displaying their names on a small monochrome OLED screen. You can then use the watch to divert the caller to voicemail or disconnect them altogether if you don't want to talk to them.
The watch will also alert you when it's gone out of range and lost the connection to the phone, which is good for letting you know that you've forgotten it if you rushed quickly out of the house to go somewhere. The i:VIRT can be recharged using a charging stand that does it without connecting anything - just slide the watch onto the charging arm and it begins charging. The charging stand is included in the retail package, but the watch will last on average for five days without a recharge.
However, the i:VIRT doesn't feature a microphone, meaning you can't hold the phone call through the watch. It seems like Dick Tracy wannabes will need to wait longer for the all-conquering Bluetooth wrist watch that can actually conduct phone calls.
Nonetheless, Citizen is producing the watch in two colours (black and silver) and is only making 2500 of each on a limited edition basis. Unfortunately it looks like they're all destined for Japan and won't be coming to Australia.