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Avi Greengart
If you push the top right button, the LG Watch W7 mechanical hands move out of the way so you can read your notifications. It sort of works.
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Benedict Evans Oct 3
Replying to @greengart
It’s like one of those videos of a drunk Russian hitting themselves on the head with a shovel.
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Avi Greengart Oct 3
Replying to @benedictevans
The Google Wear OS guy insisted that the hands disappear (you stop noticing them) after you wear it for a week or so. I’m ...skeptical.
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Arjun Subhash Oct 3
Replying to @greengart
it's should automatically go away when a notification is opened
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Avi Greengart Oct 3
Replying to @Extr0ne
They’re physical hands mounted in the center of the display. They can’t “go away” when something happens on the display underneath. This is LG’s compromise.
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Saikat 🇮🇳 Oct 3
Replying to @greengart
i want to know who designed this..i mean seriously ????
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John Gruber Oct 3
Replying to @greengart
It looks like a swimmer doing the butterfly stroke.
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Avi Greengart Oct 3
Replying to @saikatc99
Someone at LG trying to balance battery life and time display with smartwatch functionality. If you prioritize the former over the latter, it’s not a crazy compromise.
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leor stern Oct 3
Try it and let me know!
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CyberAgileBlockchainFrumble ~ frumble@chaos.social Oct 3
Replying to @greengart
Wait, the hands are mechanical?
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Avi Greengart Oct 3
Replying to @gruber
It’s the motion of the info on the display while the hands are moving out of the way that makes it look that way.
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Avi Greengart Oct 3
I don’t have a review unit yet, but I certainly hope to.
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Avi Greengart Oct 3
Replying to @cyberfrumble
That’s the whole point of the design. Turn the screen off and the Watch W7 is a watch for 100 days before needing to be recharged.
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Stefan Oct 3
It's a good idea, but it could have been handled so much better. The screen should be split into two horizontal sections, one with notifications and the other with some other info. Pressing the button could then simply straighten out the hands to be in between the two sections.
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Avi Greengart Oct 3
That’s nice, but WearOS doesn’t work that way.
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Bill Geiser Oct 3
Replying to @greengart @gruber
Right idea to use a bi-directional gearbox to move the hands. But the execution of the hand movement and synchronization with the screen display is terrible. Is this a production release or beta?
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Avi Greengart Oct 3
Replying to @billg @gruber
Almost certainly beta - LG gave out phones to some journalists ahead of the event, but no watches.
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Mel Gross Oct 3
So, if you don’t notice them after a week, what’s the point?
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Avi Greengart Oct 3
When the screen is off, you have a watch. When the screen is on, you have a smartwatch (and supposedly don't notice the mechanical hands in the way)
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Marko Schulz Oct 4
Replying to @greengart
That the text on the display moves upward is triggered by the same button press? 😕
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