Expect an Apple wrist device in 2013, an iPhone companion with a curved display, gesture recognition and maybe even using solar power or energy harvesting.
As many as ten million people already have last-generation iPod Nanos retrofitted to wear on their wrists. The Pebble generated enough interest to send its founders scrambling to link up a supply chain. And there’s an emerging class of health devices emerging in one sector of the vast Internet of Things.
In short, it’s about time for iWear. Even sober Wall Street analysts say the product is coming.
That said, it’s not as big a deal as the also-rumored iTV, also not expected to debut amid the noise of CES in Las Vegas this month.
Rumors say Intel is working with Apple on the iWatch. That seems like a stretch to me given Intel’s struggles to get into smartphones which are an order of magnitude larger in size and power consumption.
I can imagine an x86 smart watch. It’s slightly smaller than an ultrabook. It runs for a week on an optional belt-worn lead acid battery. It comes in a Windows version to tap the wealth of applications and out of work Windows programmers.
Memo to Tim Cook: ARM has whole families of processors that consume much less power than its Cortex series. Check them out sometime as you venture into the Internet of Things, or should I say, iThings.
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