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betajet
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Re: Appliance can be that small?
betajet   2/25/2014 1:45:12 PM
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Susan asked: Remember the term Internet appliance design from 10 years ago or more?

When it comes to computers, I understand the term appliance to mean "a device easily used by non-technical consumers".  Most tech gadgets fail this test.  While they can be used to a certain extent by non-experts, if anything goes wrong the user is unlikely to be able to deal with it.  How many of us have to visit their parents after a power outage to reset the clocks?  What happens when over-the-air digital TV stations change frequencies and are no longer accessible?

As a historic note, when the Apple II was first advertised in Byte magazine and other places, the advert showed a non-geeky couple using their Apple II in the kitchen.  Get it?  It's an Appliance.  Brilliant marketing, forshadowing huge success in selling to non-technical consumers.

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Re: Wearable Appliances
betajet   2/25/2014 1:36:11 PM
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Not a good idea.  When I hear the phrase "wearable appliance", I immediately think "colostomy bag".

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Re: Cloud or local?
Caleb Kraft   2/25/2014 10:50:29 AM
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I don't think this is too far off! I can see this ability being common in the next few years. I think there's a big enough market for it that we're just waiting for ways to sense these things accurately that don't involve breaking the skin!

Caleb Kraft
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Re: Cloud or local?
Caleb Kraft   2/25/2014 10:49:12 AM
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I think ultimately, we can consider cloud computing for everything, but until there is absolutely no chance of losing your connection, wearables will need something local to the person.

The reason for this is that much of the data that I forsee wearables utilizing will be real-time.

Caleb Kraft
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Re: Wearable Applainces
Caleb Kraft   2/25/2014 10:48:06 AM
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I absolutely agree that the customization factor is appealing for wearables. I'd rather upgrade my processing box at a different cycle than my accessories.

Caleb Kraft
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Re: Appliance can be that small?
Caleb Kraft   2/25/2014 10:46:39 AM
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Well, in different circles, "appliance" means different things. I tend to use it as a term to mean that something can stand on its own, it doesn't need another device to function. Others draw the distinction in the hardware somehow.





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Re: intelligent accessories
Caleb Kraft   2/25/2014 10:44:47 AM
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That is the area where I tend to spend my time thinking. I realize there will be aesthetic accessories and entertainment ones as well, but smart sensing seems to be the real future to me.

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Re: Cloud or local?
resistion   2/25/2014 8:42:29 AM
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Ok, I get the feeling that these wearables will not be driven by keyboard input so much as sensory input. So it would not be a computing-intensive device at all, with an operating system, etc. (So no blue screen of death!) Probably calculator-type chip with sensors. It's a new direction for sure, for the foundries and their customers.

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Embed wearables in the already existing wearables
prabhakar_deosthali   2/25/2014 4:37:56 AM
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I am also of the opinion that instead of designing separte wearable appliances, effort should be made to embed such appliances in the current wearables for men as well as women.

Which means we can embed such accesories /sensors in our shoes, belts, spectacles, watches, earings, necklace, clothes, pens and such things.

 

This will make the person wearing such a device or accessory, feel comfortable and just forget that he is carrying something extra on his/her body.

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Wearable Applainces
prabhakar_deosthali   2/25/2014 3:27:02 AM
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We can just combine the two terms "wearable"  & "Appliance"  to coin a new term Wearable Appliances to suit these new generation of devices .

But I would prefer more accessorires than the Appliances on my body. Because  with accessories I can pick and choose and make own system on my body  and I can use  my smart phone or even some other wi-fi device to collect the data from these accessories and procees it.

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