Wearing a bulky, oversized watch is good training for the next phase in wristwatches: the Internet-enabled, connected watch. Why the smartphone-tethered connected watch makes sense, plus Ivan demos an entirely new concept for the "smart watch."
No offense Ivan, but I think I'm going to pass on the sardine watch, although I do think it's very stylish and even though I definitely do need my omega-3 fatty acids. Have you considered creating a walnut watch?
On another note, i have no interesting in a smart watch. i don't even wear a dumb watch. The only thing I can imagine doing on my watch would be watching footbal on the go. And that would likely get me killed so I'll settle for the DVR.
@Ivan- I get the security. But seriously, if i can't lok at a regular watch and decide I have time for coffee or not, I'm letting a watch tell me. I think we're downloading too much of ourselves and our own autonomy into our devices. I think we're making ourselves less capable in the process.
Well, that's a larger question, and I suspect your fears are well-founded, that we are doomed to transforming ourselves into a species entirely maladapted to the rigors of independent thought.
Having said that, the watch will serve as an excellent delivery mechanism for alerts, i.e. "Here's a small sample of what you'll find if you pull out your smartphone."
It'll also work great for voice control, so you can initiate a query without having to pull out the phone. If it's a short answer, i.e. Yes/No/"John Ratzenberger" you'll be able to complete the loop with an answer to your query, entirely through the watch.
And so we see the utility of the smart watch -- it will create a class of computer-mediated interactions for which you will not have to pull out your phone, and by reducing the friction to those interactions, serving to increase the number of daily interactions, in turn bringing us more tightly into the embrace of the hive.
@Freespritiny25 I think with these gadgets comming into market every now and then I feel in future we will be having less place on our body to place these gadgets so its better to have most of the things in one gadget like smart watch or google glass.
@JPoe--You know, I used to be in your camp. I stopped wearing a wristwatch about 10 years ago.
Then, for some reason, I decided to buy a new one and have rediscovered the simple one-step pleasure of finding out what time it is just by looking at my wrist. To me, this is an improvement over the multi-step process of reaching into my purse or pocket, finding my smartphone and consulting it for the time.
@Dave: LOL. Since I never venture outside before dark the tan lines won't be a problem. And, I never forget what it means when the big hand is on the two and the little hand is on the five: Happy Hour!!
@JPoe- I'm still on your side, but yesterday I forgot to charge my phone and spent the whole day at a museum with my family wondering what time it was. It made me reconsider...except I discovered a lovely thing. The museum had a sun dial. I just kept going back to the sun dial when I needed to know the time. Now that's old school! :)
It is possible the smartwatch market could go mainstream. Apple being at the forefront, has remained innovative within the sector yet also remains a traditional hardware technology company. The global watch industry estimates to be valued at $60 billion in sales in 2013. Organizations should understand the importance of sophisticated technologies required to innovate to devices such as smartwatches. Companies like Apple are poised to compete in inventing new products and even more importantly instill leading standards of these devices.
My first reaction to the Smart Watch was definitely a lot like Dave's... why would I want it over a smartphone? And then it needs a smartphone to work... there was little bit of dissonance there. I wasn't getting what all the hype was about. I came around eventually, though. I'm not sure exactly what did it. Maybe an enduring love for cheesy sci-fi has more to do with it than I'm willing to admit.
Sardine jokes aside (and let me tell you, the laughs on that one were not to be dismissed), I really agree that this is an untapped market. The production is potentially very cheap, and the demand could be huge if it hits in the right place at the right time. We have a rabid consumer base that's always demanding more, but this could be an area where a little goes a long way - just a couple of the kinds of features Ivan described working and working well could really get people excited, I think.
"the demand could be huge if it hits in the right place at the right time."
I think this is key.
Currently we're already looking down our smartphone when walking....so we'll be doing the same but looking at our wrists?
I do definitly see many many good applications for a wrist watch that's an extension to a smartphone. For starters, you can embedd hardware to a wrist that sends information to a smartphone to display (heartrate for instance), thus allowing for a far greater use of smartphones without requiring additional upgrades.
You could also have many paired wrist watch to a single smartphone, so in the world of sports, this could really come in handy for a low budget way to meassure speed and accuray in a track and field setting.
So yeah, there are many possibilities, and like you say, if done at the right time, it could definilty hit a home run
I am very positive on the smart watch idea and probably will replace the mobile phones at the beginning and the smart phones then. But I have to note that the new gadget must fulfill new design criteria relative to how resistant is.
I am so glad that I caught your video Ivan, because the smart watch is really a non-entity. I just recently replaced my traditional watches and I would never wear the google watch. So far it essentially just tells you what your phone tells you anyhow. I can't believe Google really thinks this is a good idea, but then again they are working on glasses as well. Well it won't be long before you can get the matching shorts and t-shirt to go with it.
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