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junko.yoshida
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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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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: 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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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: Watches
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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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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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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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: 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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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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