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prabhakar_deosthali
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For physically challenged
prabhakar_deosthali   8/20/2013 9:47:28 AM
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Wearable devices have the real use for the people who are physically challenged.

for example a wearable device for a blind should work almost like its eyes and may continuously tell him in his/her ear about the surrounding.

Or a person engrossed in talking over mobile can get an alert from a wearable dwevice about some obstacle or on coming vehicle while crossing the road.

Wearable device should not be just for fancy because that will not be a long lasting market.

Both Apple and Samsung need to have a hard look on what they are going offer in wearable devices  to have some good impact on the society

 

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Low power wearables
JanineLove   8/20/2013 10:10:37 AM
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There has been a lot of work on wearables in low power wireless market, from ANT, Bluetooth ULP and other proprietary technologies. The first major markets seem to be excercise/health and medical devices. Not sure how the tablet/phone makers plan to play in the wearable space.

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p_g   8/21/2013 7:23:08 AM
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One possible combo could be replacing phone and tablets with watch where watch act as central hub for all data communication, and use dumb screen which connects wirelessly through watch and attend phone through BT wireless headphone. So assume you are wearning nice looking smart watch with bluetooth headphone in pocket and use it to attend call when needed (lile a tiny phone in pocket) and a chrome book type device on your desk which will use net to connect you to your login session where ever you go...

 

Well its wild imagination ... but my point is you never know what utility can click. I never expected iPod to be such a hit and especially when iPhone and iPad came which were nothing but bigger screen of iPod with modem.. who expected people will keep consuming them. And moreover tablet is not the new idead of apple, they just made is more usable and desirable.

 

Some idea may make smartwatch also desireable.

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Watches
JanineLove   8/20/2013 10:14:14 AM
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Back when "wireless" was first mentioned (and rf/microwave was striclty the purview of the military, radio manufacturers, and microwave oven makers), I remember seeing a magazine cover (was it Microwaves&RF?) evoking the Dick Tracey watch. Well... we still don't have them as a common timepiece. Perhaps one of the issues is aesthetic. Let's face it, I don't need a watch to tell time anymore (I can just look at my iPhone). I wear it as jewelry. So it cannot be ugly...Which leads me to ask, why do I need my watch to access the internet? It's not like I'm going to browse on it. I find browsing on my phone irritating enough!

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Re: Watches
rick merritt   8/20/2013 10:30:28 AM
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Good points, Janine. As Microsoft and LG found out there's not much you can do with those expensive cell-watches because they are so small.

FitBit etc. are interesting but seem kinda niche.

It will take some real fresh thinking to create compelling wearables, even though folks have been looking into this for 10+ years.

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rich.pell   8/22/2013 10:21:14 AM
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"FitBit etc. are interesting but seem kinda niche."

That's true, but those types of devices are at least addressing a specific market need that exists now, and would appear to have a huge potential as the technology improves.  "Smart" watches or "iWatches" or whatever seem to be a gadget in search of a market.

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old idea which needs to be revisited
EE,etc.   8/20/2013 1:14:44 PM
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Very interesting topic! And well though comments.

I agree that the idea of small wearable device is an old one and has failed before, also agree that due to its small size, it's not a replacement for Smartphone, but the idea is still an attractive one, we just need the right application and use case for it. Let's consider a smart watch for example:

- It will be hard to combine beauty and practical features at least in the beginning, so the new smart watch won't be a jewelry watch!

- The access to watch as long as few keys are needed; is more convenient than phone, in my opinion, it will serve a mobile phone function very well but not suitable for writing/viewing directly on the watch,

- Maybe a Bluetooth piece in your pocket\bag can be used for viewing\texting. And that can be much smaller\thinner than today's smart phones, and if you lose it you have not lost your phone with all your personal data which is in your watch! They can be simple\cheap touch screens that only interact with the watch so no data is actually saved on them

- Less prone to damages as a result of accident, falling, robbery, leaving behind, because you are wearing it right?

And the opportunities are endless, just needs a new visionary to bring it to the market.

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Re: old idea which needs to be revisited
rick merritt   8/21/2013 10:05:57 PM
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@EE: Agreed. We need a visionary here to clear up the fog and find what's cool in all the mishmash of what could be done.

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Re: old idea which needs to be revisited
EE,etc.   8/22/2013 3:01:53 PM
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thanks Rick, interestingly, nowadays, oversize wrist watches are fashionable, that may help the development of this idea:)


I ran into this item as a cell-watch on amazon, the reviews for the usage and quality are promising
http://www.amazon.com/Watch-Unlocked-Camera-Mobile-Screen/dp/B00AIIMSTU/ref=pd_sbs_watch_1

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Not watch, but jewelry!
junko.yoshida   8/21/2013 6:04:48 PM
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Rick, you quoted Muller saying:

"Watches have been disappointing to me because their functionality is too limited to make them compelling," Muller said. "But we think jewelry could be a platform that's interesting," he said.


I totally agree. The truth is that many people don't wear watches any more. Rather than trying to cram every mobile phone function onto a watch, it's time to rethink what needs to be communicated for what purposes from which wearable devices.

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Re: Not watch, but jewelry!
rick merritt   8/21/2013 10:03:37 PM
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@Junko. Agreed. Remember the :LG CTO with his smart watch at CES? Whatever happenbed to that.

You may have seen work Philips has done in e-clothing and jewlry with its LEDs as much fun and fadshion as function.

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Re: Not watch, but jewelry!
junko.yoshida   8/22/2013 10:27:02 AM
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Rick, I do remember LG's smart watch at CES (yeah, i too wonder whatever happened to that), and those e-clothing by Philips at CES. That was a bit flashy to my taste!

But then, again, the problem with those flashy demos is that it is just meant to be a demo to "wow" the audience for a second. Neither has laid out "why" they are useful, or why people should have it.

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Re: Not watch, but jewelry!
jaybus0   8/23/2013 10:05:52 AM
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I'm not sure there needs to be a 'why', or that the devices need to be useful. As George Carlin put it, "If you nail two things together that have never been nailed together before, some schmuck will buy it."

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Re: Not watch, but jewelry!
junko.yoshida   8/23/2013 12:23:06 PM
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@jaybus0, i love that Carlin's quote! Then, the question is how many schmucks will be out there to buy it? I guess the answer is more than we think.

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Samsung Gears
_hm   8/22/2013 7:44:35 AM
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Samsung Gears will not come out until Apple Gearw comes out. And when they come out, it will look and work very similar to Apple but little cheaper!

If Samsung does try to come out with these gears, it may be very expensive for them as not many people will opt for it.

The most important aspect is to find current problem and offer solution to it with these new gears. Hope, Apple may have more innovative ideas.

 

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vasanth kumar d   8/22/2013 9:01:34 AM
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The term watch itself is really old. Wrist computer might be the new term to define this segment.

As someone said, medical applications are the first to come. For example, a wrist computer (smart watch) will now watch your heart rate, ecg, blood pressure, etc.. and inform it to the smartphone. An app on that smartphone can make the information useful. Thus it is obvious that the company that can integrate more number of sensors on the device will be more successful.

Beyond these, there are certain other interesting things you can do with a wrist computer. For example the motion sensors on the device can monitor your hand movements and count the number of times you smoke per day and will warn you when exceeded a certain limit. With motion sensors, you can also take control your home appliances or smart TVs by simply gesturing your hand in the air. No need of kinects and video cameras.

It is easy to say many applications like this. Implementing them is quite different.

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