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This Square, 3-Time Zone, $55 WOLXS Watch, Is So Stupid & Ugly That It Makes Me Smile.

by Anura Guruge

Click to access the product page for this crazy watch at WOLXS.

Google, Facebook & Amazon knows that I like watches — though they haven’t, as yet, worked out that I, for the last 2.5-years, have only worn Garmin smartwatches.

So, it was no surprise that this watch started popping up on my Facebook timeline. Initially I thought the top display was that for an analog radio. Then I had a closer look.

Stupid and ugly. Yes, I have three time zones on my Garmin Fenix 6s BUT I do not need three physical faces. Three presses of a button is good enough.

WOLXS claims that this watch was initially priced at $155. That has to be a joke. It is $55 now, and even that is $40 too expensive.

To be WOLXS has some other semi-decent watches.

Just wanted to share this with you.

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by Anura Guruge

Garmin Activity/Fitness Trackers — Issue With ‘Pool Swim’ vs ‘Open Water Swim’.

by Anura Guruge

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This issue as to the difference between ‘Pool Swim‘ vs. ‘Open Water Swim‘ comes up repeatedly in the context of Garmin activity/fitness trackers/watches such as the Vivoactive 3 and Forerunner 645.

The Vivoactive 3 and Forerunner 645, in particular, do NOT support ‘Open Water Swim’ though they do support ‘Pool Swim’.

This distinction and restriction drives folks nuts, so, I decided to get to the bottom of it.

It has all to do with GPS/Glonass support — or lack thereof IN WATER.

GPS does not work very well when the sensor is submerged in water. THAT IS THE CRUX OF THE ISSUE.

If you just want a GPS distance and track while you swim in open water you could try putting your watch into running mode and having it attached to a swim cap. That is supposed to work.

‘Pool Swim’, by definition, means that GPS is DISABLED. Pool swim data is measured using the ACCELEROMETER. Got that? No GPS … just accelerometer.

So, how do the more expensive watches like the Garmin Forerunner 935 and Fenix 5 support open water swimming? They use the GYROSCOPE.

With the gyroscope you only need occasional GPS fixes. The gyroscopes fills in the gaps between the GPS readings. The Vivoactive 3 does NOT have a gyroscope. Hence why open water swim is not available.

But, alas, a gyroscope alone is also NOT enough. For open water swim you ALSO need a powerful enough CPU to continually calculate the data. Got that?

Hence why open water swim is not supported on the Forerunner 645 though it has a gyroscope. The CPU in it is not as powerful as that in a FR935. Got that.

So, that is the deal.

To get open water swim support you need a gyroscope and a big enough CPU. Without that you only get pool swim which only uses the accelerometer.

You can TRY and use running or pool swim in open water — though the results will be mixed and most likely inaccurate.

So, that is the story. Now you know.

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Why Do Sportsmen Wear Watches When They Are In The Middle Playing — Nadal And His U.S. $690,000 The Grossest Example.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi, ‘Boom-Boom’, Making the sign of the ‘T’ — requesting a TV replay.

They were talking about Nadal’s latest $690,000 (Rolex-built) watch this morning on CNBC and it got me on one of my pet peeves.

I do not understand why sportsmen (and for that matter sports women) feel that they need to wear a watch WHEN they are in the middle PLAYING?

Have no problem whatsoever about them wearing watches or whatever when they are not playing. Hey, I like watches and tend to wear by 25 year old Rolex quite a bit.

But, why does Nadal need a watch when he is on court. The courts that he plays on have plenty of watches and digital scoreboards. Look up or sideways and he has all the timing data he needs.

Amazes me even more when I see International cricketers, while fielding, wearing big clunky watches. I think it makes them look stupid!

All International cricket venues have plenty of readily visible clocks. That is part and parcel of the game. We need to know when lunch is … we need to know when it will be tea. So cricket grounds have clocks. They are sighted so that they can be easily seen.

A player in the middle will always have ready access to one or more clocks. IF they can’t see ‘the clock’ they should not be out there — because they must be blind as a bat!

So, I don’t get it. Seems like a puerile affectation.

Cute, Ultra-Modernistic, ‘Orbital’ Watches From Hammacher Schlemmer


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As I have said before, I am not sure why Hammacher Schlemmer perseveres in sending me their printed catalog and frequent e-mails. I am way off their target demographics. The above two watches were in an e-mail that I got this morning.

There are nice, but not my style — at least these days. Yes, I have been known to wear digital watches and even had one that displayed a full month calendar, but I am into ‘classic’ watches, in my old age, and the watch I wear most often is 25 years old.

I like Skeleton watches and have a couple of cheap, and by that I mean less than $5, Chinese imitations. They are not very good but look half-way decent.