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lcovey
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Solving a non existant problem
lcovey   6/30/2014 10:58:31 AM
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Re: Let us define Wearable device
junko.yoshida   6/30/2014 9:26:48 AM
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@_hm. I think you planted an excellent seed for the converation for a wearable device definition. Based oncomments posted here, I can sum up wearable definition:

1. Needs to run many days (weeks and months) without worrying about charging.

2. Serves a specific function (rather than a catch-all-device)

3. Comes with communication capability -- but communication needs to be always in the background, not in the foreground

4. Needs to be small enough to wear, but it's flexible enough to attach almost anywhere.

I hope people will add more to the list above; or debate on any points I listed above.

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Re: Is GoPro wearable device?
junko.yoshida   6/30/2014 9:21:24 AM
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@Anand, I do wonder, too, if Google Glass would become a tough competition for GoPro. But then, I think Google Glass tries to do way too much, and yet, it doesn't give users enough flexibility ---like putting the camera on a handle or any other part of the extreme sports equipment... I think Google Glass is another case of devices that try to do way too much and yet lack flexibility to meet specific individula usage or demand.

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Wearable definition
junko.yoshida   6/30/2014 9:17:13 AM
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@prabhakar, you wrote:

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.

Voila. I think that pretty much sums up wearable requirements.

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Re: sucessful devices will likely be "newer" experiences
junko.yoshida   6/30/2014 9:14:32 AM
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@MWagner_MA, you wrote:

its the right tool for the right application.

I think that's the quintessentail definition of what's needed in the wearable devices. I don't think we can ask consumers to attach "do-everything" device onto themselvesl all the time.

 

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sucessful devices will likely be "newer" experiences
MWagner_MA   6/30/2014 7:20:30 AM
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As I watch this new industry unfold, there are many gimmics (like the dick tracy watches).  However, the stuff like the GoPro camera systems are likely going to continue.  It provides a way of sharing types of physical experiences that up to now (like skydiving) you either had to have VERY expensive equipment or you had to do it yourself.


I suspect many other products will just be a fad.  I"m not willing to trade my VERY reliable stainless wrist watch for a gadget that likely will fail just before i need to catch a plane.  Again, its the right tool for the right application.

 

Products that try to do EVERYTHING in a small package are likely a compromise and will have very poor reliability.  Alas, there will be a market for that for the generations that don't mind buying the same device every two years.

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Re: Is GoPro wearable device?
elctrnx_lyf   6/30/2014 6:20:52 AM
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Just so bad that FLIP was bought by Cisco just to be killed. I don't think they will ever come out with soem product such as this GoPro.

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Re: Is GoPro wearable device?
AZskibum   6/29/2014 3:23:56 PM
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There's no question that the GoPro is a wearable device. It's primary customer base are action sports enthusiasts who attach it to a helmet, or to handlebars, or to a pole that can be extended in front of the user to enable "selfies", as in the photo that appears in this article.

I also find it interesting that with the increasing popularity of affordable quadri-copter drones, GoPro seems to be the camera of choice for consumer aerial videography. This is a whole new and probably unexpected market for GoPro. Perhaps small now, but possibly significant in a few more years.

I also agree with the comment that Flip could've been a GoPro competitor if they hadn't been bought & buried before they got a chance to really hit their stride.

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Re: What we have to compromise
Duane Benson   6/29/2014 2:42:37 PM
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Alex - That would be a good step in the right direction. It won't help when I'm hiking or otherwise away from power sources.

It would also be nice if the wireless charging was standardized so hotels could have wireless charging hot spots.

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Re: What we have to compromise
alex_m1   6/29/2014 2:35:40 PM
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Duane, with wireless charging ,(in the future) you'll just need to put your watch in a box/bowl at the end of the day for charging. It can become a habit and require little effort.

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