Will Samsung Gear Be Like a Digital Swiss Army Knife?

After plenty of speculation, Samsung has confirmed that it is planning to unveil a smart watch at the IFA technology trade show in Berlin on Sept. 4. With that, Samsung goes head-to-head with Sony and Pebble while Apple has yet to reveal specific plans for the category.

In an interview with The Korea Times, Samsung revealed the name of the smart watch -- the Galaxy Gear -- and that it will offer a non-flexible display. But we don't know much else about the long-awaited device.

"The Gear won't have a flexible display. The new device will enhance and enrich the current smart mobile experience in many ways," Lee Young-hee, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile business, told the paper. "It will lead a new trend in smart mobile communications. We are confident that the Gear will add meaningful momentum to the mobile industry."

What Features Will Samsung Include?

To get a pulse on the smart watch possibilities, we turned to Avi Greengart, a principal analyst at Current Analysis. He told us we're at a wearable technology tipping point. The price and size of the technologies that enable small devices have declined and the battery life has lengthened, thanks in large part to smartphones.

"The fact that consumers are carrying smartphones means these wearable devices have something to talk to and, in some, cases offload processes to as they have constant communication to the macro network," Greengart said. "Smartphones are basically always connected super computers in our pocket. And when you can connect an always-connected super computer in your pocket to something on your wrist or head, it opens up all kinds of new possibilities."

The question on Greengart's mind -- and the minds of many other industry watchers -- is which of those possibilities has Samsung decided is compelling enough to consumers to land in the...

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