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junko.yoshida
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Re: keys?
junko.yoshida   10/3/2013 12:15:43 PM
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Yeah, I hear you, Kris. 

But you know, digital still cameras are quickly being replaced by smartphones; many use GPS in their smartphones while in their cars; and certainly, in some countries, transit cards are replaced by NFC inside smartphones. 

It may not be the real "problem" as you say, but it could happen. Never say no to what people do these days with their smartphones!

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krisi   10/3/2013 12:21:31 PM
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I know Junko...and fully understand a desire to pack everything in one device...but centralizing everything in one device creates many potential problems in case of drain battery, hacking or just plain losing it...you probably need a backup phone stored in safe location, home?, safety deposit box?...personally I prefer to have my phone, my keys and my wallet as separate devices...but that could be an old fashion view, I recognize that...Kris

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junko.yoshida   10/3/2013 12:28:08 PM
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@Kris, believe me, I am actually like you. I would hate to pack everything in my smartphone. Unlike other people, I often leave home without my phone, but I would not forget to bring my car key and house key!

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Caleb Kraft   10/3/2013 12:36:14 PM
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I agree. With the fast turnover rate of cellphones right now (2 year contracts are seen as a long time to own a phone!) combined with the fact that your phone could then be possibly used as an entry point for thieves leaves me rather unexcited about the prospect.

Biometrics would be great, but something that drops into my wallet would be ideal I hate carrying my keys, I won't go anywhere without my wallet though.

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Re: Nissan smart watch
Caleb Kraft   10/3/2013 12:37:20 PM
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I think this would just fall in line with the practice of trying to constantly innovate. They probably know that there's no market, but every time they explore something like this it opens new doors and areas to explore.

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krisi   10/3/2013 12:52:12 PM
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Another issue is software upgrade, what if you can't open the car after the upgrade?...this is not as far fetched as you might think...I have recently upgraded my iPhone and it changed the colors, ring tone, and display, most of these "improvements" can't be changed, basically their created a teeneger version of my phone without me agreeing to it!...the phone is not user friendly anymore and I can't go back to the previous version!...Kris

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Re: Nissan smart watch
junko.yoshida   10/3/2013 1:07:48 PM
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You are absolutely right about that, Caleb. Get it out first, get consumers' feedback, and improve... But still...why a watch?

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junko.yoshida   10/3/2013 1:11:20 PM
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damn, i hear you. They do this all the time in the name of "upgrading" -- while leaving consumers holding the bag (to learn a whole new user interface, etc.)

yep. Phones are definitely getting user-unfriendly. I agree.

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Re: Nissan smart watch
Caleb Kraft   10/3/2013 1:19:25 PM
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because pebble did well. now every person wanting to design some small connected device has that in their mind. 

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Re: keys?
krisi   10/3/2013 2:03:39 PM
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Yes, and they are getting away with it!...imagine buying a blue BMW, you like it, brag about it to your friends, buy another one for your spouse...and then one day a message appear on your dashboard: pls upgrade engine software...with hesitation you do it...after that the software upgrade changes the color of your car into green and red...the dashboard get's crammed with extra icons that you don't need and can't read anymore (too small font and white in color)...and the gear shift is now in the ceiling!...and you can't go back to the previous version although it was just a software update...this is what you get from Apple today

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