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  1. berty6294's Avatar
    I don't like wearing watches... I prefer just checking my phone for the time.
    03-27-2013 12:09 PM
  2. MFmonster's Avatar
    How do we know MS is not working on something similar, or if they are late to a party that has yet to start? The watches and google glasses are far from release. Personally I am not interested a "phone watch". However, if the phone watches were James Bond'ish I am game. I would be using the tranq darts with my new watch before I make my first phone call with it!
    03-27-2013 12:11 PM
  3. Old_Cus's Avatar
    You're missing the point. Look at current products like the Pebble smartwatch, MotoACTV and that one Sony released. I've tried all these products and I find it very convenient to be able to see notifications, change tracks and check my calendar without having to take my phone out of my jeans pocket (which can be tough if I'm sitting down or have my hands full). I wouldn't even need to see entire emails or texts - just the SMS sender or email header is enough for me to decide if its something I want to read immediately or if it can wait for later. I would pay at least $150 for this utility, and I value functionality over form, so I don't much care how it looks. Besides, I've always worn digital watches anyway.
    I think you hit the nail on the head. The key word is FUNCTIONALITY. Come up with a concept that is functional to most and people will buy it, it's just a matter come coming up with the right conbination of features. I wear a watch, always have and always will. I'd rather look at my wrist than pull out my cell phone. Start off my making my watch a notification hub for my phone and I'd see you have the start of something. Add the "find my phone" function to it so I don't have to look for a computer if I need to find my phone.

    But the way it's nice to read a thread that is civil, fun and actually full of different ideas.
    Simon Tupper likes this.
    03-27-2013 12:30 PM
  4. JerseySal's Avatar
    What's the next gimmick..a Google- House Arrest Ankle Bracelet?
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    03-27-2013 12:30 PM
  5. Simon Tupper's Avatar
    What's the next gimmick..a Google- House Arrest Ankle Bracelet?
    A gimmick isnt supposed to be practical. A gimmick would be a regular watch with a screen made of sapphire and a 4k resolution to see the details in the numbers. Then you add an apple somewhere, gimmick.
    03-27-2013 01:18 PM
  6. power5's Avatar
    Brain tumors everywhere.
    Really? If they come up with a way to hardwire a piece of hardware into the brain, I would hope we have already cured brain cancer.

    The watch better have a quick disconnect. I see lots of people plugging their wrist into their computer while working and inadvertently ripping their computer off their desk when they jump up to grab something off the printer. Right now my phone just sits there while I run to the other room because its not attached to my wrist.
    03-27-2013 01:40 PM
  7. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    It'll also look even worse to see people talking to their watches in the grocery store. The people who walk around with Bluetooth earpieces and talk in the grocery store already look terrible. I'm glad I don't know them and wouldn't want to be associated with them.
    03-27-2013 01:52 PM
  8. Simon Tupper's Avatar
    Really? If they come up with a way to hardwire a piece of hardware into the brain, I would hope we have already cured brain cancer.

    The watch better have a quick disconnect. I see lots of people plugging their wrist into their computer while working and inadvertently ripping their computer off their desk when they jump up to grab something off the printer. Right now my phone just sits there while I run to the other room because its not attached to my wrist.
    I assume someone would take off the watch before he/she plug it in a computer.
    03-27-2013 01:55 PM
  9. Raghu Gundlapalli's Avatar
    I just don't think smart watches will really take off... Just a tired extension of your phone.

    More and more people forgo even wearing watches now. I love yo wear a watch, nice ones at that, but I still leave them at home most of the time.

    I think it will be a quick fad... Now, for a smart watch that is designed to be used in certain circumstances like a gps watch for training is a little better.
    i think one day phones will be replaced by watches, there will be a touch screen, most of the interaction will be by voice commands. Battery life will be the bottleneck, it is difficult to put a bigger battery in a watch, cant increase the size just like they are doing with phones now.
    03-27-2013 02:01 PM
  10. Simon Tupper's Avatar
    It'll also look even worse to see people talking to their watches in the grocery store. The people who walk around with Bluetooth earpieces and talk in the grocery store already look terrible. I'm glad I don't know them and wouldn't want to be associated with them.
    I don't think Bluetooth earpieces will disappear, if anything it could eventually be in a Google glass-like device. When technology will be more present in our live and we wouldn't feel awkward to talk to someone who's always wearing a little camera/computer/whatever it will be. But I don't think you will see anyone talking to their watch except if it has a virtual assistant in it.
    03-27-2013 02:01 PM
  11. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I don't think Bluetooth earpieces will disappear, if anything it could eventually be in a Google glass-like device. When technology will be more present in our live and we wouldn't feel awkward to talk to someone who's always wearing a little camera/computer/whatever it will be. But I don't think you will see anyone talking to their watch except if it has a virtual assistant in it.
    The problem is the rudeness factor. People tend to speak softly if they're just talking to themselves, but they speak loudly while wearing Bluetooth earpieces. Nobody else needs to hear the private conversation.
    03-27-2013 02:05 PM
  12. Simon Tupper's Avatar
    i think one day phones will be replaced by watches, there will be a touch screen, most of the interaction will be by voice commands. Battery life will be the bottleneck, it is difficult to put a bigger battery in a watch, cant increase the size just like they are doing with phones now.
    If you make it a 3" - 3.5" rectangular display, then you can make a solid product with decent battery life.
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    03-27-2013 02:07 PM
  13. Simon Tupper's Avatar
    The problem is the rudeness factor. People tend to speak softly if they're just talking to themselves, but they speak loudly while wearing Bluetooth earpieces. Nobody else needs to hear the private conversation.
    Well, people speak just as loud when they are on the phone. No? I never really paid attention to that.
    03-27-2013 02:09 PM
  14. cameradork's Avatar
    In two years, we'll look back at this thread and laugh... either because wearables died on the vine, or because everyone here will have one. I'm going with the latter - it seems like one of those things that a lot of people won't understand until they try it, or a killer app is written for it, and then all of a sudden we'll wonder how we lived without it.
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    03-27-2013 02:14 PM
  15. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Well, people speak just as loud when they are on the phone. No? I never really paid attention to that.
    I've seen much more texting than talking lately. The talkers tend to be the ones wearing the Bluetooth earpieces. Those without Bluetooth earpiece usually text and are not loud or annoying.
    03-27-2013 02:26 PM
  16. Simon Tupper's Avatar
    I've seen much more texting than talking lately. The talkers tend to be the ones wearing the Bluetooth earpieces. Those without Bluetooth earpiece usually text and are not loud or annoying.
    I've seen a lot of iPhone users talk to Siri in public but most people send SMS or type what they are looking for on Google or Bing.
    03-27-2013 03:19 PM
  17. berty6294's Avatar
    I only use voice commands when I'm in the shower, shouting from a pool, driving (with Bluetooth), or when I'm snowboarding (so I don't have to take my gloves off)
    03-27-2013 03:25 PM
  18. Simon Tupper's Avatar
    I'm waiting for an assistant that controls my house and follows me everywhere. Microsoft talked about this and added that soon the assistant will always be turned on to help you when it understands that you need assistance. The assistant could give you personalized advices and more. Technology can never go fast enough.
    I want that.
    Last edited by Simon Tupper; 03-27-2013 at 04:17 PM.
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    03-27-2013 03:40 PM
  19. Simon Tupper's Avatar
    Really? If they come up with a way to hardwire a piece of hardware into the brain, I would hope we have already cured brain cancer.

    The watch better have a quick disconnect. I see lots of people plugging their wrist into their computer while working and inadvertently ripping their computer off their desk when they jump up to grab something off the printer. Right now my phone just sits there while I run to the other room because its not attached to my wrist.
    You would need a chip to transmit and receive data through micro waves... studies have mixed results, some say micro waves do not affect the brain, others say it kills neurons. But I'm not putting anything inside my brain until there's a solid 10 years of human testing.
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    03-27-2013 03:46 PM
  20. omniusovermind's Avatar
    I'm getting Google glass, an iWatch, and one of those robot women the Japanese are working on and disabling the voice.

    Just kidding ladies! Lol

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk 2
    03-27-2013 08:28 PM
  21. Villain's Avatar
    not something I would be interested in (I always have my phone in hand anyway BUT this is exactly the stuff Gates and ballmer complained about only a few months back.

    " the pace of his companys innovation wasnt fast enough and that he and current CEO Steve Ballmer were not satisfied with how quickly the company was getting out ahead of trends"

    http://bgr.com/2013/02/18/bill-gates-microsoft-criticism-330516/
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    03-27-2013 09:05 PM
  22. Chris_Kez's Avatar
    I'd sport a flava flav type smart watch round my neck and gold chains.

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    watch-pad? I'm in.
    03-27-2013 09:28 PM
  23. Peter Boev's Avatar
    You're missing the point. Look at current products like the Pebble smartwatch, MotoACTV and that one Sony released. I've tried all these products and I find it very convenient to be able to see notifications, change tracks and check my calendar without having to take my phone out of my jeans pocket (which can be tough if I'm sitting down or have my hands full). I wouldn't even need to see entire emails or texts - just the SMS sender or email header is enough for me to decide if its something I want to read immediately or if it can wait for later. I would pay at least $150 for this utility, and I value functionality over form, so I don't much care how it looks. Besides, I've always worn digital watches anyway.
    Excuse me, isnt this a tread about smartphones moving on to our wrists? Youre describing future watches as accesories and not full fledged replacement devices, which is quite different and very much possible, but far from the idea of the original poster.
    03-28-2013 05:40 AM
  24. Coolknight1968's Avatar
    Quartz watches now Smart watches. Yes it will be a huge business and no it will not reshape the watch industry. Fact is, anyone who has the money wears a Swiss Automatic. However the Smart watches will put the Swatch under pressure, so I expect someone to be smart enough (MS, Google or Apple) to actually work with the Swatch group... Don't forget, watches are also a styling statement and watches enjoy wide spread distribution.
    03-28-2013 05:51 AM
  25. Hesht's Avatar
    What? Smart watches are a terrible, terrible idea. Who would think of that? Who would think that's a useful thing?
    03-28-2013 05:55 AM
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