Ivan Schneider: The Future of the Smart Watch

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."
9/12/2013 | 39 comments
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Sara Peters   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/12/2013 10:53:16 AM
Hilarious
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?
Ivan Schneider   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/12/2013 11:52:48 AM
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@Sara: That's nuts.
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Sara Peters   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/13/2013 2:23:59 PM
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@Ivan  OUCH! The pun! It burns us!
David Wagner   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/13/2013 6:09:13 PM
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@ivan- I really can't help but worry about your suit. It was a nice suit. i hope you didn't get sardine guts on it.
David Wagner   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/13/2013 6:10:04 PM
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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.
David Wagner   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/13/2013 6:13:09 PM
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By the way, i think the first smart phone app should be a virtual pet app like the old school Tamagotchis.
Ivan Schneider   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/13/2013 7:54:33 PM
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@Dave: Think voice commands and geolocation. 

"Where's my car?" (an arrow points in the right direction)

"Do I have time for a coffee?" (YES/NO based on time until next appointment)

Plus, because the watch can see you and take your pulse, it's probably good for security authentication. 

 
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David Wagner   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/16/2013 1:30:39 PM
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@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.
Ivan Schneider   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/16/2013 2:45:25 PM
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@Dave

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.

 
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Susan Nunziata   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/20/2013 8:51:10 PM
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@Ivan, @Dave:

"We are doomed to transforming ourselves into a species entirely maladapted to the rigors of independent thought."

Done. i think you both missed the memo. This has already happened.

 
freespiritny25   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/28/2013 11:18:45 PM
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@Susan:I think you are right.
mejiac   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/25/2013 8:01:20 PM
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@Ivan Schneider,

Wow...that would be really cool.

 

You could also utilize it as a next generation child locator....very cool.

And what I like about the concept is that upgrading to a watch that offers more capabilities is less costly that upgrading to a new smartphone.

Very cool
Nemos   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/26/2013 5:07:14 PM
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"child locator" I don't get it why that supposes to be cool ? 
mejiac   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/27/2013 10:47:12 AM
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@Nemos,

When, like in my case, you have a 4 year old and a 2 year old that love to run around like squirrels....yeah, you can have a panic attack when all of a sudden can't find them.

So If I can locate them using my phone, it's definilty a life saver
Nemos   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/27/2013 5:55:42 PM
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ahhaha :D Yes, that's been a good reason , I don't have a child so it was difficult to figure out the "disappearing" image.
freespiritny25   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/28/2013 11:14:36 PM
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So true. I still use a wristwatch to tell time. I'm probably one of the few that turns to their wrist before my cell phone to look at the time.
Nomi   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/29/2013 4:17:39 AM
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@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.
Hayder   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/29/2013 4:20:20 AM
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@mejiac, its difficult to understand the working of child locator. Do you really feel these kind of aps are the mind changers from smart phones to smart watches. I am little doubtful.
mejiac   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/30/2013 1:14:42 PM
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@Hayder...I definitly don't think they'll be the mind changer.

What I do think is that they'll be really got candidates for technology transfer, and by that I mean becoming the new vehicle for existing gadgets (like child locators).
JPoe   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/29/2013 4:42:20 PM
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@David,

Funny: I was just thinking about ditching my watch, the other day. It has become redundant. My iPhone always knows the right time. Smartwatch? Dunno. Still redundant-sounding, to me.
Susan Nunziata   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/29/2013 5:40:01 PM
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@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.

 
JPoe   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/29/2013 6:07:26 PM
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@Susan, 

There's always that one thing that the watch (as it's currently known) does really well. Old-school, quaint, but effective.
Susan Nunziata   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/29/2013 6:52:14 PM
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@jPoe: Yep. Imagine, a device (the watch) that has only one purpose! Quaint, indeed.
David Wagner   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/29/2013 6:59:41 PM
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@Susan- As celebrity chef Alton Brown says, "i hate unitaskers." :)
Susan Nunziata   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/29/2013 7:15:26 PM
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@Dave: Unitasking is peaceful. Try watching an analog clock go round. It's a good way to meditate. Ommm shanti shanti.

;)
David Wagner   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/29/2013 6:23:14 PM
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@Susan- Yes, but now you'll get tan lines and you'll have to remember what it means when the big hand is on the two and the little hand is on the five. That's too much for me. :)
Susan Nunziata   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/29/2013 6:53:58 PM
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@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!!

:D

 
David Wagner   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/29/2013 7:01:14 PM
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I just set up that Happy Hour joke on a tee an dyou knocked it out of the park. :)
Susan Nunziata   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/29/2013 7:16:10 PM
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@Dave: Thanks, that was an easy one. Time for another?
David Wagner   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/29/2013 6:19:48 PM
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@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! :)
Technocrat   The Future of the Smart Watch   11/30/2013 10:11:40 PM
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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! :)

@David   That is seriously old school !   Raced out of the house last week without my watch and felt under-dressed.  I had my phone, but who use that to tell time ?
Ivan Schneider   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/13/2013 6:59:46 PM
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@Dave: Not a problem, the suit's a rental. 

 

 
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jastro   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/12/2013 5:09:26 PM
Sardine Watch Apps and Marketing
Great idea -- creative, unique, and room for expansion into other food groupsl; it's a goldmine from a marketing perspective

I have two Apps for the Sardine Watch ready to go

- SharkBait

- Brainteasers
MDMConsult   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/12/2013 5:43:46 PM
Re: Sardine Watch Apps and Marketing
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.
Susan Nunziata   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/20/2013 8:49:22 PM
Re: Sardine Watch Apps and Marketing
@jastro: LOL! May I add to your list the following app:

CatHerder

Ivan would be like the Pied Piper for stray kitties if he wore this on the street.
zerox203   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/22/2013 5:30:47 PM
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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.
mejiac   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/25/2013 7:59:42 PM
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@zerox203,

"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
Nemos   The Future of the Smart Watch   9/26/2013 5:04:52 PM
Note
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.
Technocrat   The Future of the Smart Watch   11/30/2013 10:08:06 PM
The Total Ensemble
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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