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junko.yoshida
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Selfie phenomenon
junko.yoshida   2/25/2014 10:04:22 PM
Well, I know I am being blunt here, but I don't think I am the only one who thinks selfies are for idiots.

When I heard Huawei executive talking Ad nauseam about what a great selfie photo the company's newest handset, Ascent Mate 2, can take at CES press conference, I rolled my eyes. First, I thought this might be Chinese thing, but then, quickly, I realized that this phenomenon is just about everywhere. It's global!

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Re: Selfie phenomenon
zewde yeraswork   2/26/2014 9:17:10 AM
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The wrist remains the key to the wearables market. I suppose one can wear anything on the wrist, and its a natural place for all kinds of gadgets and gizmos to go. It'll be a while before we see companies moving away from making devices for the wrist.

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tb100   2/26/2014 12:55:30 PM
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I don't know. If you are travelling by yourself, you can take a lot of photographs, but you'll have no proof that you were actually there unless you hand your camera/phone to a stranger, or you can take a selfie.

Even if you are with a group--if you want everyone in the group in the picture, you have the same problem.

I guess if you are carrying around a heavy camera bag you can set a camera up on a tripod and use a timer, but that seems cumbersome for most of us.

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Re: Selfie phenomenon
junko.yoshida   2/26/2014 1:03:12 PM
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@tb100, fair enough. If you are compelled to take a picture for the sake of "I was there" statement, sure, selfies come in handy.

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Re: Selfie phenomenon
KurtShuler   2/26/2014 2:35:42 PM
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The only thing worse than a selfie is a photo of the plate of food you are eating. I don't understand why people take and send these.

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junko.yoshida   2/26/2014 3:25:08 PM
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@kurt, your comment made me laugh. I guess I'd have to confess that I do take a picture of the plate of food, now and then. What can I say... I am a foodie, after all. Yep. I am guilty.

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KurtShuler   2/26/2014 6:53:32 PM
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If you send me one, then I'll reply with a pic of my 4-yr old after he is done eating. Trust me, you'll no longer be a foodie after seeing that!

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Susan Rambo   2/27/2014 2:43:21 AM
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Amen to that.

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Re: Selfie phenomenon
alex_m1   2/27/2014 9:16:30 AM
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The reasons behind selfies and food pics is simple. Humans have a strong need for self expression coupled with feedback from others. Selfies and food pics are : a sort of self expression, very easy to create, and get much more likes than text on facebook(because they're easy to consume, and do elicit emotion from viewers). Hence they're optimal to the task.

Is it silly ? No more silly than listening to the fads of fashion. But humans are silly.

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junko.yoshida   2/27/2014 9:51:00 AM
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@alex, beyond human being "silly," what social media successfully mined is our basic needs for "recognition."

Selfies meet that needs when consumers are willing to post them on the social media.

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alex_m1   2/27/2014 10:27:29 AM
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@Junko, why is "recognition" in qutoes? In some sense publishing news or a book, you get some personal recognition, but a lot of "virtual" recognition , knowing many people read it, talked about it and probably liked it, and recongition is important to authors.

Of course i'm not comparing this to selfies, but creating nice food and dressing nicely(in the case of selfies) are subjects that interest many, and selfies are just a way to get some of that "virtual" recognition.

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junko.yoshida   2/27/2014 10:39:26 AM
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@alex, I totally agree with you. I put quotation mark around recognition -- to emphasize it; with no intention to minimize the significance of it to all people. It's basic human needs. I remember sitting in a room with a ZTE executive in Shenzhen a year ago. 

Ni Fei, I was interviewing, was telling me how important it is to have a really good camera in a smartphone. It's because people want to show off a really cool pix they took in the best light and "to get recognized," he said.

http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1264662

That quote really stuck to me. It's true. Selfies are not just for self-absorbed but those of us who crave for recognition (reporters included).

 

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Record your life?
AZskibum   2/26/2014 11:01:15 AM
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I wonder if users really want their entire lives recorded, and how they hope to use & manage that data. The idea of a wearable that vibrates for every text, tweet & Facebook like is amusing. For some, that could be a steady stream of interruptions.

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wilber_xbox   2/26/2014 12:39:57 PM
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We just now added another IoT device to collect more personal data for big cooperations to sell. I mean if i am paying for smartphone or smartdevice then all the data that i am storing either on cloude or on personal hardware should be only mine.

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junko.yoshida   2/26/2014 1:00:20 PM
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@AZskibum, I could easily picture my colleague's wrist twiching non-stop, had he bought one of those.

As for recording your whole life, no, I think you can be selective about the moment you choose. The point is that you don't need to write down words, captions, curate the content or worry about connectivity. The app should do that sort of stuff automatically. But still, yes, you will end up a lot of content. But then, can you imagine all the crap we post on FB and twitter? That's a lot of data! 

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still lame
Frank Tu   2/26/2014 12:50:58 PM
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Let's just duct-tape the cell phone to our wrist.  Is that all these wearables do?  They're just a meager output extension of the phone (with a little input).  So what? 

With the occasional exception (Mio), you're lucky if it picks up anything more than the swing of your arm.  Most then interpret (very incorrectly) every movement into exercise making crazy assumptions about calories or sleep (no brain waves needed).   Maybe I'm really driving down a bumpy road or sitting still in a movie.  How about adding the exercise of pulling your phone out of your pocket/purse to see what's going on?

There's nothing fashionable about that Sony band - or does it come in real gold, platinum, silver, tennis bracelet, orange bead, and pearl styles so it blends in with actual jewelry?  As fashionable as Google Glassholes.  And as the other Frank says, who wants the continuous alerts?  Let's just go back to an old pager. 

I suppose these wearables will finally let us correctly answer the question we get asked on the witness stand: "What were you doing at 3:05 on July 28th and who can confirm that?"  But normally, by the next day, who really cares?

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junko.yoshida   2/26/2014 1:08:49 PM
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@Frank Tu, you wrote:


I suppose these wearables will finally let us correctly answer the question we get asked on the witness stand: "What were you doing at 3:05 on July 28th and who can confirm that?"  But normally, by the next day, who really cares?


Exactly. But then, can you remember those days when you first fell in love with someone? How you fell for that person, what you did with that person, what you ate, what you talked about, which music you listened together, which movies you both liked and laughed out loud.... every moment and every movement was prescious -- not to the whole world -- but to YOU. For those in love, and for those self absorbed, I must defend Sony that LifeLog is useful.

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Frank Tu   2/26/2014 1:55:48 PM
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I'm not allowed to remember all of those things.  My wife fills in the correct answers for me.  What was it that MeatLoaf sang?  "Now I'm waiting for the end of time..."  (JK)  If I needed some digital device recording all that very important human stuff, I'd be in pretty sorry shape in the first place.  Plus, I'm certain Sony would run all that stuff up to the Cloud where Google, Facebook, MSFT, or the NSA would collect $$ sharing it with everyone.

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junko.yoshida   2/26/2014 3:07:04 PM
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Ha, ha, Frank Tu, well said. I think men and women definitely differ in that respect. But you do have a point. Once all that information is in the Cloud, yep, no doubt that it will become soon or later public information!

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Re: still lame
chanj0   2/26/2014 3:25:59 PM
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"I suppose these wearables will finally let us correctly answer the question we get asked on the witness stand: "What were you doing at 3:05 on July 28th and who can confirm that?"  But normally, by the next day, who really cares?"


On one hand, by submitting your GPS data and other info captured by the wristband, you answer the question and prove innocent.

On the other hands, I hope people don't equate failing to submit those information proves otherwise.

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electro-optical cell technology?
chanj0   2/26/2014 3:21:43 PM
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I wonder what this technology does exactly. I have seen multiple apps that measure your heart rate by touching the camera and the flash at the same time. The accuracy is reasonable, about 5-10% error depending on how heavy you pressed the camera.


Nonetheless, it is a cool device to have your heart rate measured every now and then. Maybe, a heart attack warning or overly stressful warning can be raised. ;)

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Re: electro-optical cell technology?
junko.yoshida   2/26/2014 3:30:36 PM
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That's the thing, Chanj. It all depends on what each wearable device is for. If it is for, say, heart-rate monitor, for a heart patient, it sure is a useful device, as long as it is accurate.

But, then,  can you imagine, a hypochondriac gets not so accurate reading on one of those devices and get even more stressed out?!

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