DAILY DOT COM - Nearly 70 years after Dick Tracy began wearing a two-way wrist radio in the funny pages, the technology that once seemed impossibly futuristic will be widely available by Christmas.
It seems Smartphones and tablets could soon be so 2012…at least Samsung hopes so. The tech giant will be the first major player out of the blocks with a phone that it says will have everything -- not at your fingertips but on your wrist.
The new smartwatch called Galaxy Gear was unveiled at a trade show Wednesday in Berlin. The Galaxy gear watch isn't a phone. Instead, it links up with Samsung's Galaxy Smartphones and tablets to let users know when they receive a call, text message or e-mail.
The digital watch features a 1.63 inch screen and runs on Google's Android operating system. The watch strap is available in several colors, from black to oatmeal beige to wild orange.
Apple is expected to release its own smartwatch, though it's not clear yet when. With smartphones and tablets all-over now, electronics companies are trying to create a new category of products that put advanced computing technology into everyday objects like watched and glasses.
It may pay off. Experts say there is an appetite among consumers to be ever more closely connected to their devices. According to recent data from an industry research group, 36 million smartwatches are projected to be shipped by 2018.
The Galaxy Gear will cost $299. It will be available for shipping beginning September 25, 2013.
Ten University of South Alabama football players were honored with the release of the 2013 all- Sun Belt Conference teams on Wednesday, December 11, and Jaguar head coach Joey Jones was selected the league's Coach of the Year.
An arrest has been made in the robbery to the Country Breeze convenience store on Old Pascagoula Road in Grand Bay.
The Fairhope Police Department recently arrested three young men in connection with multiple cases of burglaries in town.
Three people are dead after a shooting near the University of South Alabama Tuesday, December 10. Mobile Police said China Barber, Augustus Bennett, and Robert Sprinkle were the victims of what police call a murder-suicide.
Mobile police have released the names of three shooting victims. Police say the shooting was the result of domestic violence.
Bay Area Food Bank, Christian Food Pantry, and American Flooring and Cabinets join together to feed families in need this Christmas season.