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Mobile World Congress: More Wearables On Deck
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Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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2/20/2014 | 5:40:34 PM
What will these wearables do?
Everyone seems to have a wearable in the works but beyond fitness metrics and constrained communication, there doesn't seem to be much clarity about why one would want a wearable.
Stratustician
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2/22/2014 | 1:52:08 PM
Re: What will these wearables do?
I personally wear a Pebble smartwatch, and I have to admit it has its usefulness.  I'm the type of person who would rather leave my phone in my bag and leverage my Pebble to show me if I have a text or email coming in, or even as call display.  It's also super handy for controlling my music while I commute.  That being said, it destroys my phone's battery life.  Even with powersave mode, the constant bluetooth connection is a vampire on my phone.  Until they can fix that issue, it's going to be tough to sell more wearables, especially which drive additional functionality that can sap even more system resources.
Kristin Burnham
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2/26/2014 | 8:56:22 PM
Re: What will these wearables do?
I'm curious -- does the watch have any capabilities that your smartphone doesn't have?
J_Brandt
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2/27/2014 | 5:50:28 PM
Re: What will these wearables do?
Wasn't it IBM that ten, 20 years ago proposed the "body network?"  Were just getting to that with wearables.  Those of us who own watches know the value of turning your wrist to see information quickly and efficiently rather than having to fish your phone out of its case, look at it and then return it to its holder.  Now if we can just work out all the secure communication and battery issues....
mak63
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2/28/2014 | 11:38:13 PM
Re: What will these wearables do?
I believe that soon, the wearables will catch up with the smartphones and both will do pretty much the same. At that moment, the (wearable) function will be perfectly clear. Don't you agree?


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