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Duane Benson
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What we have to compromise
Duane Benson   6/29/2014 2:08:10 PM
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My very first cell phone, a now ancient Motorola Flip Phone, would need to be charged once a day if I didn't use it much. The last non-smart phone I had could go a week or more without a battery charge if I didn't use it much. My first smart phone needed to be charged once a day, if I didn't use it much - a big step backwards in a major part of the utility.

I can't imagine going from two years on a watch battery to needing to charge a watch every day.

The purpose isn't the only thing necessary to consider when producing and selling a wearable device. It's also important to consider what we have to give up to get there. Apparently, the utility of a smartphone outweighed battery life for most people, but in my mind, it was a pretty lousy trade off.

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Re: Is GoPro wearable device?
Anand.Yaligar   6/29/2014 10:57:16 AM
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As the technology improve, the next generation sport camera may go a quarter of the size of today's GoPro, consumer may start using it elsewhere.

@chanj0, do you think Google glasses will give tough competition to GoPro cameras because Google glasses can be easily fitted to helment ?

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Anand.Yaligar   6/29/2014 10:53:27 AM
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Currently it's only a niche product, but it's probably profitable(for the hw companies , and it's peanuts for google) - so why not sell and it and be ready incase some innovation(in sensors, in google now, in fashion) will make it a hit .

@alex_m1, I agree with you. Wearable devices have become fashion statements for many youngsters. Many of them dont want to carry smartphones in their pockets instead they would like to wear it in the form of watches or glasses.

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Re: Is GoPro wearable device?
Anand.Yaligar   6/29/2014 10:46:56 AM
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 I concur with you that comanies should not replicate the smartphone functionality into wearable devices but should innovate and create value for money.

@Wilber_xbox, I agree with your opinion. But I am sure many people dont like carrying around smartphone in their pocket. They would love to wear those devices instead of carrying around them in their pocket.

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Re : Wearable: Ask First 'Why Wear It?'
Anand.Yaligar   6/29/2014 10:44:18 AM
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@Junko,Thanks for the post. GoPro is popular because its small and lightweight, which is very convenient when filming yourself with sports or just action shots. Other reasons why its very popular is because its waterproof and there are millions of secure mounts that let it fit anywhere. 

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prabhakar_deosthali   6/29/2014 6:36:55 AM
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As per my opinion, the difference between a wearable device and a smart phone is same as the difference between an embeeded system  and a laptop or tablet computer.

While in a Laptop or tablet, the computing is at the forefront , whereas in an embedded system  the user  function it is performing is at the forefront.

 

Similarly in a wearable device the functionality should be at the forefront and the phone capability or any kind communications capability should be a background function and should be automatically happening wihout user intervention.

 

 

 

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Re: Is GoPro wearable device?
wilber_xbox   6/29/2014 3:24:21 AM
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Thanks Junko for putting my feelings about wearables into words. I concur with you that comanies should not replicate the smartphone functionality into wearable devices but should innovate and create value for money.

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alex_m1   6/28/2014 5:46:51 PM
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I think the strategy behind those watches is this: Currently it's only a niche product, but it's probably profitable(for the hw companies , and it's peanuts for google) - so why not sell and it and be ready incase some innovation(in sensors, in google now, in fashion) will make it a hit . The other option is not being ready and letting someone else grab a critical platform - quite a big risk.

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Let us define Wearable device
_hm   6/28/2014 4:07:59 PM
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I am not entirely convinced. So why not put efforts and begun start generically define - wearable device?

This will help EE community in general and we can have winner who can define it most aptly.

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Re: Is GoPro wearable device?
chanj0   6/28/2014 12:36:04 PM
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Absolutely. Junko, I enjoy your article and agree with your view of GoPro.


GoPro thrives so quickly. Not only have I seen athletics like cyclists, skiiers, etc wearing it but also motorcyclist who is commuting having a GoPro on the helmet. It provides on the road video and, in case of accident, an evidence of the incidence. So far, GoPro is definitely a wearable in athletic world. Although size matters, it doesn't need to be tiny. Who knows? As the technology improve, the next generation sport camera may go a quarter of the size of today's GoPro, consumer may start using it elsewhere.

To me, wearable shall not be limited to general public and is not just defined by the size.

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