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Fossil Wrist Net Smart Watch for MSN Direct (AU4000)

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  • Sports, news, instant messages, and more--delivered wirelessly to your watch face
  • One of the first devices to use MSN Direct, a wireless subscription service
  • Automatically updates to the correct local time when you travel
  • Customizable data channels and watch faces
  • Syncs up with your Outlook calendar

Product Details

Supplementary Guide [3.75mb PDF]| Product Manual [773kb PDF]
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0001540G4
  • Item model number: AU4000
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,422 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 6, 2004

Product Description

Product Description

With The Abacus Wrist Net? for MSN® Direct, you get the information you need delivered to your watch so you're in the know while on the go. Find everything from a great new restaurant to the latest sports scores of your favorite team, all at a glance! By delivering services tailored to your interests and location, Abacus Wrist Net keeps you in the cutting edge, any time. Enjoy any or all of the following features: Stock Quotes, Time, News, Weather, Calendar, Text Messages, Glance, and much more. For more information, please check our website at www.abacuswatches.com.

Amazon.com

Amazon.com Product Description The Wrist Net watch with MSN Direct receives information wirelessly, so you’re in the know while on the go. Find everything from stock quotes to the latest news, all at a glance. Along with a glanceable, seamless connection to your world, there are tons of watch faces to choose from, for just the look you want. Set-up is easy: simply charge up, activate your watch online, and set up the content channels you want. A subscription to MSN Direct--available in top cities across the U.S. and Canada--is required to take full advantage of all watch features.

FAQ

What's included?
Wrist Net Smart Watch, Reference Guide, Quick Start Guide, Charger, and AC Adapter.

What is MSN Direct?
MSN Direct is a new, specialized wireless service that delivers personalized information through an FM network. Watches with MSN Direct provide you timely, glanceable information conveniently available at the flick of a wrist. Stay connected to the information that matters to you most, including news, weather, stocks, personal messages, appointment reminders, and more. Find the latest info and get a subscription at www.msndirect.com.

How do I set the time on my watch?
MSN Direct uses an atomic clock (an extremely precise timekeeping device that uses atomic measurement for absolute accuracy) as its time standard, and broadcasts this time to your watch over local FM radio waves. You do not need to set the time your watch will automatically receive the time and remain accurate. If you travel to another time zone, your watch will update to the correct local time, as long as you are within an MSN Direct coverage area. If you are outside an MSN Direct coverage area, you may need to manually set the time on your watch.

How will I know when my watch is activated?
To activate your watch with the MSN Direct service, go to the MSN Direct Web site -- www.msndirect.com -- and click Activate. Follow the instructions on your screen to activate MSN Direct and personalize the content you want to receive. Once you complete this process, the service will send a Welcome message to your watch. When you receive the Welcome message, your watch has been activated. After the message arrives, your watch will continue to receive other configuration information to complete its initial setup. The activation and configuration process is complete when the channels on your watch match those you have selected on the Web site. This initial process may take several hours to complete. To see the available channels on your watch, press the Channel button repeatedly.

How do I replace or recharge the battery in my watch?
The battery in your watch is rechargeable, not replaceable. To recharge your watch, simply place it on the charger supplied by your watch manufacturer. For more information, see the user manual that came with your watch. Recharging your watch may take up to 2 hours. For best results, we recommended that you recharge your watch daily.

How often do I need to recharge my watch?
Your watch battery will run 3-7 days on a single charge, depending on usage. For best results, we recommend that you recharge your watch daily. You can recharge your watch at any time. There is no need to wait for the battery to drain completely. For more information about your watch battery capacity and recharging your watch, see the user manual that came with your watch.

What happens when I leave an MSN Direct coverage area?
When you travel to a different MSN Direct coverage area, your watch is automatically updated to the new time zone and information such as local news and weather are updated for your new location. And no matter what, your watch will always work as a watch, continuing to tell time. Information you already received will remain on your watch.

How do I view more information on a news story?
On the MSN Direct Web site, click the Channels tab, click News, and then click View Latest News. To view an entire article, click Read Full Article for the article you are interested in. To sort alphabetically by headline, click Headline at the top of the list. To sort by date, click Date. To sort alphabetically by news category, click Category. Note: You may see articles on the MSN Direct Web site that you never saw on your watch. These articles may have cycled through your watch before you had a chance to read them. If you want to increase the number of news articles stored on your watch, go to the News Settings mode of the News channel.

Does my watch automatically adjust for time zones and daylight savings time?
Yes. MSN Direct references an atomic clock (an extremely precise timekeeping device that uses atomic measurement for absolute accuracy) as its time standard, and broadcasts this time to your watch over local FM radio waves. Your watch should automatically receive the time and remain accurate, without needing to be set by you. If you travel to another time zone, your watch should update itself automatically with the correct local time, as long as you are within an MSN Direct coverage area.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Seems the battery or charging ciruit is not functioning fully.
l8apex
In all, the watch must have reset itself close to 10 times within that hour it took me to complete my lap.
Markus Egger
Anyway, I don't regret this purchase like I did with the T-Mobile Sidekick.
Gadgester

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

72 of 76 people found the following review helpful By S. Sande on January 7, 2004
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I heard about Microsoft's Smart Personal Object Technology (SPOT) devices a while back, and it intrigued me. Although as a certified gadget geek I have a number of wireless devices that can receive news, weather, and sports, I had always thought that the perfect device would replace my existing watch. While this first generation device isn't perfect, it's not bad.
Opening the box containing the Abacus Wrist Net Smart Watch for MSN Direct (there's a mouthful!), you'll find two small manuals, the watch, and a two-piece charger. The charger consists of a plug (thoughtfully made to fold flat) and a rather clunky charger with an "arm" that rotates into place to hold the watch. You just lay the watch onto the arm and it starts charging through induction - no charging port or contacts to get dirty!
You need to activate the watch through MSN Direct to get your news, and it's best to take the $59 one-year subscription rather than go with the $9.95 monthly plan. You will need a credit card to subscribe. Once you've entered your unique watch ID and personal information, you get to pick the type of content you want sent to your watch. At this time (1/7/04) the sports channel powered by ESPN isn't available, but it's supposed to be ready soon.
It takes about 10 minutes to get a confirmation message on the watch telling you everything's OK, and then it can take up to 12 hours for all of your info to show up.
There are five buttons on the device that are used to turn on the white backlight (rather uneven, I thought), change channels, and navigate (enter, next, and previous). The buttons seem a little spongy, but not too bad. The Abacus AU4000 isn't waterproof but will survive splashes.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gadgester HALL OF FAME on January 20, 2004
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Wow, that guy from Boise sure has a lot of watch rage! Most of what he/she says doesn't make sense and is not even accurate. Anyway, I've had this watch for a little over a week now, and let me give you a quick review.
The upshot is, at first I found a lot to complain about, but after a week, it started to grow on me, and right now, I like it a lot, and everyone I show it to is impressed, although most don't think it's worth the price + subscription fee. Anyway, I don't regret this purchase like I did with the T-Mobile Sidekick.
Pros:
- Lots of geek appeal with real-time information updates
- Changeable watch faces
- Can receive updates from Outlook Calendar
- Atomic clock auto-syncing
- ESPN channel coming at end of January
- 10-second white backlight at the touch of a button
- Alarm clock, chronograph (stop watch), timer, time zones
- FM radio frequency, so low power and potentially low chances of us getting tumors from wearing this
Cons:
- Kinda large, not for slim wrists
- Not particularly attractive physically
- No color
- Battery life can be an issue; I've recharged only once but it's only because I use the animations sparingly and turn off the radio at night
- The wrist band is hard to use and adjust (this is one thing the rage man from Boise got right)
- Update can be slow at times
- You need to set up a travel schedule to receive personalized information (i.e., Outlook appointments) when you travel, which is totally stupid, especially as the set-up page on the Web is a perfect example of stupid programming (but not unlike the typical Microsoft goofs) -- too complicated to explain here, let's just say it doesn't work the way it should.
- Coverage is not consistent, and only works in the U.S.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Barry Brendel on November 28, 2004
I found a great website to discuss these watches. Beyond-spot.com they have reviews forums and more! I had many questions about the watch and they answered them all!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Markus Egger on September 5, 2004
Many of the features of this device are awesome and show a clear path into the future of wrist-watches. Heaving your watch know your calendar just makes sense.

However, there are problems!

The watch simply resets itself all the time! This means that it does not keep track of time well at all, because every time it resets itself, the time of the watch goes to 2am, Jan 1st 2003. Granted, over the next few minutes, the watch re-aquires the correct time from the server, but even that does not make it OK when the watch resets itself sometimes several times within an hour.

Example: I went to the park jogging today. I tried to use the built in chronograph to see how long it took me to run my usual lap. However, within a few minutes, the watch reset itself and with it the chronograph. In all, the watch must have reset itself close to 10 times within that hour it took me to complete my lap.

And not only is this a problem for just plain time-keeping. How much do you trust calendar reminders when the watch more often than not has the wrong time? Also, you end up reading the same news over and over, since the watch looses track of what it had already downloaded. Argh!

The concept here is great. I just can not believe that MS would let such a severe bug slip into the release version of this product! And it's not just that the watch resets/reboots, but what I really do not understand is why it looses track of time in that process?!? When I reboot any other computer, the system clock does not get set back! I mean: C'mon! With all the hurdles they had to clear to make this device a reality, they could not make a watch that keeps track of time?!?

For now, I really can not recommend this product. However, once they have this bug ironed out (and the coverage area expanded), this will be one awesome device!
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