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Apple iWatch: 7 Reasons It Won't Fly
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AjoyB
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AjoyB,
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2/13/2013 | 2:17:11 AM
re: Apple iWatch: 7 Reasons It Won't Fly
It may be a less-capable computing device, but it's a vastly-more-capable wristwatch. Depends how you look at it.
Gadgety
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2/12/2013 | 9:55:20 PM
re: Apple iWatch: 7 Reasons It Won't Fly
Wasn't that what they told the Wright brothers? It'll never fly. There are endless predictions which are just hilarious in hindsight. Seriously Mr Claburn I used to have a SonyEricsson BT watch strapped to my wrist. The genius is in the hands free quick glanceability, discretion, the advantage of touch vibration alerts on your skin etc etc. It was flawed, however, as the OLED screen died a certain number of years after manufacture, which is the reason I don't wear one today. In addition your analysis may be too narrow or short sighted. Don't you think there's a demand for this when people started strapping non-BT equipped Nanos to their wrists as watches? Or when one of the most successful Kickstarter fundings ever, the Pebble, is a, hold on for it, BT wristwatch? Have you noticed how phones have grown to mini tablets - they're cumbersome to take out unless you want to surf the web, or text a message? The rest can be handled better without committing both your hands to an activity. Recharging could be taken care of while you sleep. People are used to it. It's no big deal. "You don't need an iWatch to make good personal decisions about exercise and diet. " True. In fact you don't need a diet, and if you don't own a car or any means of transport, you'll get free exercise. Despite this, pulse watches sell. In fact they sell quite well. And to many different segments of users. And look at the whole industry set up for dieting. Billions of dollars. Is it necessary despite exercise and diet is just common sense? Apparently. There's a demand out there.Your writing seems to suggest it'll replace a phone: "Squeezing a processor into an iPod Nano form factor mostly means a less-capable computing device", er, yes and so? Do people buy Nanos and a phone? Some, not all. It may be a niche product, yet Apple has the knack for producing high margin products and still sell in huge amounts. What about fashion? Apple products are design statements in and of themselves. If women like it for its look it'll take hold just based on that. If it adds functionality, so much the better.
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2/12/2013 | 8:56:58 PM
re: Apple iWatch: 7 Reasons It Won't Fly
Not less a person than Steve Balmer, the CEO of Microsoft, wrote off Apple iPad when it was first released, saying on live TV that it would not sell because there is no need for it.

Two decades earlier Bill Gates reportedly said that he did not see why anyone would need more than 1.44Mb of storage, concluding that the 1.44mb floppy drive was sufficient into the unforeseeable future.

Condemning the iWatch is like not learning from the past. People will first buy it because it looks "cool", then they'll figure out why they need it.
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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2/12/2013 | 8:21:48 PM
re: Apple iWatch: 7 Reasons It Won't Fly
True enough. I hope Apple will prove me wrong. But Apple's success in those areas hinged largely on how badly everyone else had implemented MP3 music players, mobile phones, and tablets. I don't see a broad failure to deliver functional wristwatches that Apple could exploit. And adding new functions to the wristwatch would mean those functions could be added to anything, since they're not essential to time keeping. If we're taking watches as passcode tokens, we could just as easily be talking about any accessory embedded with the right crypto tech.
Thomas Claburn
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2/12/2013 | 8:17:19 PM
re: Apple iWatch: 7 Reasons It Won't Fly
I believe there are already voice stress apps that purport to identify lies. I suspect they're not all that accurate, and that would probably be a problem with any facial expression analysis. If facial lie detection actually worked, I'd expect to see botox sales increase.
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2/12/2013 | 7:45:35 PM
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It may be that a killer app will come along and make eyeglass displays work. I propose an app that uses a camera to measure the facial expressions of a person you're talking to and display whether it's likely that they are lying.
GIGABOB
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2/12/2013 | 5:57:52 PM
re: Apple iWatch: 7 Reasons It Won't Fly
Actually the watch becomes interesting when it replaces the phone. Combined with glasses and Bluetooth link between the two - this could very well be a winning combination. Imagine a pair of glasses with imaging, ear bud or jawbone on each end of the glasses for audio and BT link to the phone engine on the wrist. A nice intermediate evolution before moore's law takes us to a fully integrated compute environment in a lightweight glasses frame.
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2/12/2013 | 5:55:55 PM
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While I tend to agree with you, similar articles were written about iPods, iPhones, and iPads, so you might want to grab the salt shaker.
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